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The 2014 Explorer Academy Cadets Graduation Day

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Let’s say you are a teenager with a strong interest in becoming a law enforcement officer. What is your first step? What should you be doing to prepare yourself? For many young men and women around the county, the Explorer Academy at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is the best possible introduction to a long and rewarding career in crime-fighting. In fact, fifty-seven such adolescents have recently completed over eighty hours of rigorous instruction, and are graduating from the program’s 13th Explorer Academy Session. These Explorers come from eleven Sheriff’s Department stations and represent the rich diversity of the county’s population.

The training these youth receive includes classroom instruction in firearms, gangs and narcotics, as well as hands-on weapons training at the Academy Range. The instruction is modeled after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Basic Academy, and in many respects is just as robust. In fact, Sheriff’s Department personnel act as tactical officers to simulate the high stress drill-sergeant tactics experienced by a Deputy Sheriff Trainee. The department prefers that its trainees undergo this very program – the Explorer Academy – as a first step to becoming a full-fledged deputy.

Other facets of the Explorer Academy involve tours of the County Coroner’s Office, Sheriff’s Dispatch, the Aviation Division, and Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center. In the relatively brief time spent in training, the Explorers receive a remarkably well-rounded picture, or overview, of the Sheriff’s Department’s law enforcement mission. The spark of interest by one seventeen year old high school student harbored when it came to policing is now fanned into a flame, and she has received an invaluable introduction to the world that awaits her. And, by the way, she knows that she – like all the Explorers – must keep her grade point average at B-level to have any hope of remaining in the program. She has already learned that the sheriff’s standards are high. Incidentally, she has also found herself surrounded by fourteen other female Explorers in the current crop, making a total of fifteen girls on an equal footing with 42 males.

One of those young ladies now looking at joining the ranks of the department is nineteen year old Explorer Ashley Brown. Ashley is so determined to be a deputy that she overcame the hardships of the foster care system (her mom and dad haven’t been in the picture for many years), the rigors of single motherhood, and the harshness of many a sleepless night, in order to graduate with her class. She would work all night while her aunt watched two-year old Aaden. Ashley would get off work at 4 a.m. and rush to be at the Explorer Academy by 6:15 or 6:30 a.m. In spite of the difficulties, she gives her experience in the Explorers an A+. Ashley is focused on entering the full Sheriff’s Academy next year, and with her gutsy sense of commitment, her willingness to work hard and her perseverance, we’re betting she becomes a standout and a star in the career that lies before her.

I am extremely proud of each and every graduating cadet”, stated Sheriff John McMahon. These young men and women sacrificed their summers to commit to their future goal of becoming a Deputy Sheriff. They are truly the future of the department, he added.

source: SBSD Headquarters

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Help Save Victorville’s Route 66 Museum: Drive-thru Fundraiser 7/25/20

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(California Route 66 Museum Facebook)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The California Route 66 Museum in old town Victorville is hosting a drive-thru fundraiser Saturday, to help keep the landmark from closing forever amid the pandemic.

“Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions and state business closure requirements, our famous, local landmark is in jeopardy! Join us for this unconventional car show and show your support,” stated the museum.

The one-day fundraiser will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 9 AM – 1 PM at the museum located at 16825 D Street, across the street from the Greyhound transportation center.

  • People are encouraged to cruise through in any vehicle and make a donation in any amount. Cash and checks accepted (make payable to California Route 66 Museum, INC).
  • Photos will be taken of each vehicle and posted online at califrt66museum.org
  • This is a drive-thru event event only. No parking, no vendors, no music, no awards.
  • Car and motorcycle clubs are encouraged to participate and drive-thru together.

Donations can also be made online via PayPal using the email address cart66musm@gmail.com. Checks can be mailed to PO BOX 252, Oro Grande, CA 92368.

(California Route 66 Museum Facebook)

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San Bernardino County reports largest single-day increase with 753 new COVID-19 cases

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — San Bernardino County health officials reported 753 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths on Tuesday.

According to the county’s COVID-19 dashboard, the latest numbers mark the county’s highest single-day increase of confirmed cases since testing began in late March. The previous single-day record was 649 new cases on June 23rd.

Health officials said, “a large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.”

As of June 30th, there are 12,250 confirmed coronavirus cases, 6,931 (projected) people have recovered, and 253 deaths have been attributed to the disease. A total of 139,704 persons have been tested and 9% were positive.

People ages 70+ account for 145 deaths, followed by the 60-69 age group with 51 deaths. The case fatality rate is 2%.

LOCATION: POSITIVE CASES:DEATHS:TESTED:
ADELANTO17141,574
APPLE VALLEY17724,181
BARSTOW6021,635
HESPERIA33434,276
OAK HILLS431606
PHELAN430621
VICTORVILLE 52787,846
(Totals as of 6/30/20)
6/30/2020 - A large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.
6/30/2020 – A large amount of data was entered into the database as a result of a backlog of cases over the past several days. This caused a spike in the number of new cases.

For all COVID-19 related information, including case statistics, FAQs, guidelines and resources, visit the County’s COVID-19 webpage at http://sbcovid19.com/.  Residents of San Bernardino County may also call the COVID-19 helpline at (909) 387-3911 for general information and resources about the virus. The phone line is NOT for medical calls and is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you have questions about social services, please call 211.

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Adelanto family searching for runaway 16-year-old girl

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ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The family of a runaway Adelanto teen is asking the public’s help in locating 16-year-old Jai’nyah Taylor.

Jai’nyah’s uncle Kenny Smith told VVNG she was last seen on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at about 7:30 AM in the area of Dollar General and Adelanto Stadium.

Her uncle said Jai’nyah has a history of running away and believes she’s at an unknown friend’s house.

Jai’nyah is 16-years-old 5’7″, 120 lbs., and a student at Adelanto High School. She was last seen wearing black pants and a hooded gray/white sweater and white sandals.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jodi Miller confirmed there was a report taken reference a runaway juvenile. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station at 760-552-6800.

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