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VVAPL Recognizes Top Volunteers for 2017

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Photo: (left) Emily Caruth, Hesperia Mayor Paul Russ, Susanne Roy, and Joshua Dysart

(PRESS RELEASE) – VVAPL Humane Society recognizes Susanne Roy, Joshua Dysart, and Emily Caruth as their top Volunteers for 2017.  They were recently honored at the City of Hesperia Volunteer Network’s 6th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.  This year Emily Caruth was also awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year by the Hesperia Volunteer Network for her dedication and commitment to helping dogs find homes.

Besides walking dogs and assisting prospective pet parents in the adoption center and at off-site adoption events, Roy has been instrumental in many dogs finding homes.  Through her social media networking, 52 dogs were adopted, and 20 were transferred to no-kill rescues.  Susanne’s social media campaigns reach an amazing amount of people, resulting in dogs going to homes in various parts of California, other states, and Canada.

Raising two special needs dogs taught Dysart how to give dogs the love and care they need.  Dysart is in the adoption center every Saturday assisting prospective pet parents, teaching dogs basic obedience, playing with the dogs, and socializing them with other dogs.  He gives extra attention to dogs remaining in the adoption center over a month to prepare them for a home.  Joshua goes the extra mile by either donating money or food every three months.

Caruth uses her experience about breed and temperament to help VVAPL’s dogs.  Every Saturday Caruth notes any dogs that need extra TLC.  Then she walks dogs, takes them for runs in the play yard, gives them obedience training and socializes them with other dogs.  She also cleans kennels, answers questions from prospective pet parents and lets families interact with the dogs to see if it’s a good match.  Caruth considers herself an extra pair of eyes and ears for the welfare of animals and is a pawsitively excellent choice for Volunteer of the Year.

VVAPL Humane Society is a nonprofit located at 21779 Zuni Road in Apple Valley.  For more information call 760/247-2102, visit www.vvapl.com to view animals, and like us on Facebook.

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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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