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Vehicle Gas Tanks Drilled by Thieves

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Gas theft in Apple Valley

APPLE VALLEY: (VVNG.com) – On Monday, May 9th at approximately 4:00 P.M., a Hesperia resident got into her vehicle, parked toward the back of the Apple Valley, Lowes Parking lot.

Upon starting her vehicle she immediately noticed that ¾ of the tank was empty when before leaving her vehicle she had a full tank. After a quick inspection of her vehicle, she noticed that there was something hanging from her vehicle, so she called her husband so he could go find out what the problem was. Her husband found the tank had a screw driver in it with black tape holding it in.

In an interview, her son, who wishes to remain anonymous said, “There is a hole in the tank so now they need to have it fixed or replaced. My dad is disabled so my mom is the only one that works and they got 3/4 of a tank.”

This is both alarming and an unfortunate event that most only hope was an isolated one. Since the information came out, Victorville man named, Sean Stewart came forward with a photo and information about a similar incident that happened to him while visiting his girlfriend’s Apple Valley Home. Her home is in the Bear Valley Road. The incident occurred sometime between 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. on May 29th.

“This happened in the driveway of my girlfriend’s home when I was parked right up to the door where there are motion sensor lights.” said Stewart. Stewart noticed his tank was completely empty after starting it. “I actually started my truck, luckily saw my gauge read empty, so I parked my truck and when I turned the truck off I heard the last little bit dripping” added Stewart. When he looked under where the vehicle was parked he could see a puddle in the dirt, metal shavings from what looked to be a drill and a hole in his gas tank. “Terrible to leave everyone stranded, basically money stolen and dangerous being combustible” said Stewart.

“I didn’t make a police report although, I should have” said Stewart thinking back. Others have claimed to have similar incidences affect them, also in the Apple Valley area. One person mentioned it happening at the Wells Fargo, also on May 29th on Bear Valley Road and Apple Valley Road.

Residents are asked to be vigilant and if you see anything suspicious call the Apple Valley Police Department at (760)240-7400.

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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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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