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Victorville Amongst the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in California

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Victorville Police File Photo (photo by Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

VICTORVILLE-(VVNG.com):  In a report released by the Law Offices of Graham Donath last Thursday, the City of Victorville was listed in the top 10 most dangerous cities in California. This list was gathered using the statistical data from 68 cities throughout California with Victorville ranking #9 coming in just before Inglewood, which ranked #10. Cities listed all have populations of 100,000 or more, making Victorville the only High Desert city able to make the list.

“People would say hello to you and had manners, now you can be right behind someone walking into an establishment and they will let the door hit you in the face,” said Kelly Headley Ridge on a Victor Valley News Facebook group comment. “Now you have 15-year-olds running into businesses with guns, nightly gunfire, cops tasing people in the neighborhood and not to mention the helicopter all night.”

The danger was not only calculated using the city crime statistics, as Victorville was ranked #14 based only on crime, with Inglewood ranking #9. Data used to make final calculations was based on crime, police presence, and other community factors.

These community factors included population density, poverty rate, unemployment rate, the percentage of high school graduates, days over 80 degrees, police budget per capita and officers in comparison to population. These all were considered factors of increased crime risks.

The Law Offices of Graham Donath website report indicated that nearly 24% of Victorville residents are living in poverty with 6.5% unemployed, this in comparison with Irvine, ranking #68 on the list with only around 11% of their residents living in poverty and around 3% unemployed.

With the weather being one of the factors where studies have shown higher temperatures lead to a high crime during that period. Victorville had 168 days in 2015 where temperatures were above 80 degrees when Irvine had less than half of that with only 83 days.

Although some believe the #9 ranking is accurate, others like Victor Valley News Facebook group member, Jolie Olson think the numbers may not accurately depict the crime in the City of Victorville.  “I’ll believe that when we have to sleep on the floor at night so we don’t get hit by stray bullets whizzing by,” said Olson.

Although the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Annual report in some areas indicates reduced crime in 2015 all violent crime in Victorville, including murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault went up, murder up by 100% in comparison with 2014.  The City of Victorville has 1,731 residents per deputy and ranks 4th for the lowest police budget.

Victor Valley News contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Victorville Station for comment, but messages were not immediately returned.

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Man arrested for the murder of his 30-year-old son in Victorville

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Deputies responded to a shooting in the 16700 block of Yucca Ave. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 49-year-old Victorville man was arrested for the murder of his son, officials said.

At about 10:00 PM on Friday, August 7, 2020, deputies responded to the 16700 block Yucca Avenue regarding to 911 calls of gunshots heard near an apartment complex, officials said.

Deputies from the Victorville Police Department arrived and detained a male, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Sr., outside of the complex.

Deputies quickly located an unresponsive male victim, outside of the apartment, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Clyde Buschbaum Jr., was pronounced deceased at the scene, officials said.

Homicide Detectives responded to conduct the investigation and determined there was an altercation between Clyde Jr. and his father, Clyde Sr.

“At some point during the altercation, Clyde Sr. shot and killed his son outside of the apartment,” stated sheriff’s officials.

Clyde Buschbaum Sr. was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for murder.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Michelle Del Rio, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com

Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)
Clyde Buschbaum Sr., 49, was arrested for the murder of his son in Victorville. (Hugo C. Valdez, VVNG.com)

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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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