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Walmart Supercenter Coming to Apple Valley

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Apple Valley, Calif. (news release) – After a lengthy legal challenge, the Town of Apple Valley has signed on the dotted line authorizing a Walmart Supercenter on Dale Evans Parkway near Thunderbird Road.

The proposed 227,000 square foot facility will become part of the Town’s Development Code and Apple Valley’s Commercial Specific Plan 30 days after the October 24 council meeting. The submittal of Walmart’s documents, including drawings of the facility, will begin the plan check process whereupon the town will become eligible to issue permits for the proposed Supercenter.

“A larger store can provide local residents with more choices for grocery and consumer items,” said Mayor Scott Nassif. “Too many of our residents must often drive out of town to find these items. This will help keep jobs and dollars local, including sales tax dollars which go toward fixing roads and funding public safety.”

For comparison, the town’s current Walmart across from Dale Evans Parkway on Highway 18 sits at approximately 100,000 square feet. Apple Valley customers are limited here in the quantity of goods and services when set side by side to the neighboring cities Supercenters. The former Lowe’s building, at less than 150,000 square feet, is also too small for a Supercenter concept.

(Photo courtesy Town of Apple Valley)

“We know the owners of the neighboring retail centers and buildings, including the former Lowe’s building, have long awaited the return of this project,” said Interim Town Manager Lori Lamson. “Walmart’s ability to draw consumers has a positive effect on nearby properties and gives them greater opportunity to attract other retailers and restaurants to fill nearby vacant space—just consider the retail growth surrounding each of the other locations in our neighboring communities.”

Town spokesperson Gina Whiteside shared that Walmart officials are already working on selling the existing building to identified buyers. Once vacated, the existing Walmart building will provide opportunities for new businesses at this desired commercial location. Consistent with the will of the voters during a special election in November 2013, the new Walmart Supercenter will provide long awaited growth for Apple Valley’s Commercial Specific Plan and offer residents the accessibility, prices and furnishings of other Supercenter stores.

(Photo courtesy Town of Apple Valley)

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Woman airlifted from crash on Sheep Creek and El Mirage Roads Saturday night

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Traffic Accident on El Mirage and Sheep Creek Road
(Photo by Jessica Christopherson)

ADELANTO, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Several people were injured in a T-bone crash at the intersection of Sheep Creek near El Mirage Roads Saturday night.

According to the California Highway Patrol incident logs, the traffic accident was reported at about 9:30 PM on August 8th and involved a silver Chevy Tahoe and a silver Ford F-150.

San Bernardino County Firefighters responded and located the Tahoe with major damage to the passenger side and used extrication tools to remove a young child. A female adult sitting in the front passenger was critically injured and a helicopter was requested to airlift her to a trauma center.

A CHP helicopter H-80 landed in the roadway and subsequently flew the injured woman to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Jessica Christopherson was on her way home from work when she drove up to the accident and heard children inside the SUV screaming and pulled over to call 911. Jessica said the little girl’s leg was pinned but when firefighters removed her from the vehicle she only had some scrapes.

According to Jessica, the dad in the Tahoe was okay and another little girl was shaken up and all three were taken by ground ambulance to LLUMC. The driver of the pickup truck sustained a gash to the back of his head.

Jessica told VVNG she’s almost been involved in several accidents on El Mirage Road due to people speeding and would like to see at least a 3-way stop sign instead of just one.

The California Highway Patrol Victorville Station is handling the investigation into the cause of the crash.

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Man found dead at High Desert Inn Motel in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Police said no foul play was suspected after a man was found dead at the High Desert Inn.

On Thursday, August 6, 2020, at approximately 1:02 a.m., deputies responded to High Desert Inn, located at 14320 Main Street, in reference to a medical aid call.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Taylor Reynolds said A 59-year-old male was found unresponsive at the incident location. “Deputies did not discover any signs of foul play,” stated Reynolds.

The spokeswoman said the investigation is being handled by the Coroner’s Division and had no other information available for release.

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At least 3 killed, 3 airlifted in 15 freeway crash near Baker

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BAKER, Calif. (VVNG.com) – At least three people have been confirmed killed, and three others were airlifted from a crash that shut down a stretch of 15 freeway Saturday evening.

It happened just after 7 p.m. on the northbound I-15 near Baker after an SUV crashed into the back of a semi truck and caught fire.

When firefighters arrived on scene they located the vehicle fully involved in fire with an unknown amount occupants still trapped inside.

Scanner traffic indicated that the fire quickly spread from the SUV to the semi truck, which was described as a 53-foot general cargo truck loaded with clothing.

Scanner traffic also indicated that three helicopters landed on the freeway to transport a 15-year-old, a child, and the child’s mother to Las Vegas University Medical Center.

In all, 1 person sustained critical injuries, 3 others sustained moderate injuries, and at least 3 people were pronounced deceased onscene with a possible fourth person still in the wreckage, scanner traffic reported.

Firefighters had a knock-down of the fire at about 9:45 p.m.

The identification of the deceased is not expected to be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Officers from the CHP Barstow Station are handling the investigation into the cause of the accident.

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