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Two Arrested in Barstow Motel Drug Bust

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BARSTOW, Calif.(VVNG.com)– A search warrant at a Barstow motel resulted in the arrest of two for possession of drugs with intent to sell.

An on-going narcotics investigation led Officer Arias to the Budget Inn Motel located at 1111 east Main Street, within the city of Barstow.

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, at approximately 5:59 p.m. officer Arias, along with additional officers of the Barstow Police Department, served the search warrant for the motel room of Robbin Lesley, where they located Lesley and Martine Hanna inside the room.

During the search of the room officers located suspected methamphetamine and marijuana packaged for sales along with other paraphernalia indicative of sales of the drugs.

Robbin Lesley was arrested and booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center Jail in Adelanto for sales of Methamphetamine and sales of Marijuana.

Martine Hanna was arrested and booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Barstow Jail for sales of Methamphetamine and sales of Marijuana.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Arias at 760-256-2211. People with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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Barstow residents urged to respond to the U.S. Census

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BARSTOW, Calif. — Nationwide and in California as a whole, responses to the 2020 Census are on track, as more than 62% of households have responded online or by phone, or by mail if they received a paper questionnaire in the mail or on their doorstep.

However, it is vitally important that everyone be counted. Results from the 2020 Census inform planning and funding decisions for such critical public services, emergency and disaster response,  and schools and education programs. In fact, census results will shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next decade.

As of July 29th, just 55.3% of Barstow residents have responded, ranking 429th out of the state’s 482 incorporated cities. 

And for every person who does not respond, the California Department of Finance estimates that state and local governments will lose out on $1,000 a year in federal funding tied to population for the next 10 years.

Now more than ever, your response to the 2020 Census matters. Responding is easier than ever. For the first time this year, you can respond online. And the census asks just a few questions and takes only a few minutes to respond. 

(Census takers may also deliver a paper questionnaire by hanging it on the front door in a water-resistant plastic bag.)

Making it even easier, the Census Bureau is now sending emails to households in low-response neighborhoods to urge them to respond. If you receive one of these messages from 2020census@subscriptions.census.gov and haven’t yet responded, please click on the link to do so.

Whether you receive an email or not, if you haven’t responded, please do so today, and urge your family, friends, and neighbors to respond too. It’s easy, safe and important.

For more information, visit https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html.

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Firearms and rare coins seized during search warrant in Barstow

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BARSTOW, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Barstow Police arrested two suspects and seized rare coins, several firearms, and a jig used for converting them into “ghost guns”.

On July 29, 2020, at approximately 3:34 P.M., Barstow detectives served a search warrant at the residence of Jace Criado on the 28000 block of Bonanza Road.

As detectives were knocking on the front door of the residence, 38-year-old David Tippett attempted to leave out the back door, stated officials. Tippett was stopped by detectives and was later found to have an outstanding felony warrant for H&S 11378 – Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale.

During the search of the residence, detectives located multiple rare coins that had been stolen during a home invasion robbery that occurred on the 1100 block of Borrego Drive on July 13, 2020.

Detectives met with the victim of the home invasion robbery and the victim positively identified the coins as their property that was stolen during the robbery. “Additionally, detectives seized drug paraphernalia, a firearm with a large capacity magazine, a firearm with a destroyed serial number and a jig for converting 80% lower receivers into functioning firearms, also known as “ghost guns”, stated the release.

Tippett was later booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for his outstanding warrant. Criado was later booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for PC 496(a) – Possession/Receiving stolen property.

Barstow Police said this is the second arrest associated with the home invasion investigation, which is ongoing.

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Anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Thomas Lewis at 760-255-5187. People with information regarding the home invasion robbery who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or at wetip.com.

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“A ghost gun is a term for a privately-made firearm that lacks commercial serial numbers or other identifying marks. The term is used mostly in the United States by gun control advocates, gun rights advocates, law enforcement, and some in the firearm industry.”

*Wikipedia

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