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VVTA now serving route 42 between Apple Valley and Victorville

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Hesperia, Calif. – The new Victor Valley Transit Authority (VVTA) Route 42 started daily bus service between north Apple Valley and Victorville on Sunday, August 13.

To introduce the new hourly service and encourage new ridership, the public may ride the route for free through Sunday, August 20.

The route now connects VVTA’s major transfer point at Victor Valley College (VVC) to previously unserved key locations throughout northern Apple Valley. They include major bus stops at the VVC Regional Public Safety Training Center, Walmart Distribution Center, the High Desert Juvenile Detention Center, and Los Ranchos Mobile Home Park.

“This route is a milestone for the community. In addition to VVC and its Regional Public Safety Training Center, which trains future firefighters, police officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians,” said VVTA Board Member and Town of Apple Valley Council Member Barb Stanton. “The bus route will offer service to over a thousand employees at the Walmart Distribution Center.”

After Sunday, August 20, regular fares apply. Single-trip fixed route fare is $1.25. Student discount fare is $1. Single-trip discount fare is 60 cents for veterans, seniors 60 and over, and those with disabilities or on Medicare. Students age 14 and over and all discount fares require photo identification.

“This is the first wave of system improvements outlined in the recent VVTA Comprehensive Operational Analysis,” said VVTA Chair and Victorville Mayor Gloria Garcia. “We are encouraged to see the positive impact this route will have on the lives of the 400 homes at Los Ranchos Mobile Home Park, for example. It opens significant opportunities for those families, students, and senior citizens who had few public transportation options previously.

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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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18-year-old out on bail arrested again after a pursuit in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old out on bail was arrested again after leading Victorville deputies on a pursuit.

At about 2:28 AM on August 6, 2020, a deputy from the Victorville Police Station observed a vehicle run a red light at Amargosa and Palmdale Roads and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, identified as Antoine Jackson, of Victorville, failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit for approximately 7 miles, officials said.

During the pursuit, Jackson drove at high speeds, exceeding 100 mph at times. He also drove in opposing traffic lanes and ran several red lights and stop signs.

The pursuit came to an end in the 12500 block of Terrano when Jackson crashed into a parked car.

Jackson, who was out on bail from a July 28, 2020 arrest, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center for VC2800.2(A) Evading a Peace Officer with disregard for safety and PC12022.1(B) New Felony Offense while on bail.

His bail is set at $100,000 and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on August 10, 2020.

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