Author: Cathy Herrick

BVCHD Announces Resignation of CEO and CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, July 28, 2015, 5:00pm -Bear Valley Community Healthcare District has approved leadership transition changes recommended by it’s new management advisory firm, Quorum Health Resources.  Donna Nicely, President of the Hospital Board, has announced the resignation of Interim Chief Executive Officer, Randy Simmons and Chief Financial Officer, Wade Sturgeon.  “We appreciate the contribution made to our hospital by Mr. Simmons and Mr. Sturgeon and we wish them well in their future endeavors”, said Nicely.  “Our Board was concerned about recent management decisions, and with Quorum here, we were able to respond quickly and bring in Quorum executives to make a seamless transition”.  As of July 28th, Quorum executive, Barbara Brooks will be on-site providing Quorum oversight to operations.  Quorum division Vice President, Bill Donatelli, will install a new Interim CEO, David Faulkner on Monday, August 3rd.  On August 5th, Donatelli plans to have options for the Board to select an Interim CFO.  The Hospital Board will be closely involved to find the best candidates for this hospital and community.  “There is no current time frame for the searches to be completed”, Nicely explained.  “Quorum management services provides immediate interim resources to minimize disruption within the hospital while allowing the Board time to choose a CEO and CFO who can meet our needs and fill the significant role executives play in the hospital and the...

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Missing Person – Robert “Bob” Ramsey, Resident of Big Bear City

Big Bear City, CA, July 9, 2015, 4:00pm – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station is requesting the public’s assistance in locating missing person Robert Ramsey.  Ramsey was last seen on March 5, 2015, when he was released from Riverside Community Hospital.  He is known to voluntarily disappear for months at a time without notifying family or friends.  Unaware of his whereabouts for over two months, family members reported Robert Ramsey as a missing person on May 9.  To date, all attempts to locate Ramsey have been unsuccessful.  Ramsey is a 65-year-old white male adult, 5’9″ tall, 230 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone having contact with Robert Ramsey is requested to call Detective Jim Wijnhamer of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at...

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Sterling Fire Reported in the City of San Bernardino

San Bernardino, CA, June 25, 2015, 8pm – A new fire was reported at 6:30pm called the Sterling Fire now up to 60 acres in size and located east of Del Rosa in the City of San Bernardino, west of Highway 330 and west of the San Manuel Casino.  Calfire, the City of San Bernardino and the US Forest Service are responding with dozers, engines and crews.  According to fire authorities, because of the proximity of helicopters fighting the Lake Fire, quick air response is expected on the Sterling Fire.  At 8:10pm, CalTrans reported that the Sterling Fire tanker...

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Arrest Made in Homicide Fire Coverup

Big Bear Lake, CA – June 24, 2015 –   As we previously reported on April 28, 2015, at approximately 11:20 a.m., deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a deceased male at a residence in the 42000 block of Willow Avenue in Big Bear Lake. A relative of the deceased called the Sheriff’s Department after finding the victim, 33-year-old George Kovacevich, dead at the location. Deputies determined Kovacevich to be the victim of a gunshot wound. John David Simmons was identified the next day as the suspect in this matter. Simmons was located and found to be suffering from a gunshot wound. Suspect Simmons was interviewed and then transported to a local area hospital for medical attention. Investigators learned that Simmons and Kovacevich met at the location to trade stolen guns. An argument ensued between Kovacevich and Simmons. Kovacevich shot the suspect Simmons. Simmons returned fire, killing Kovacevich. Simmons then took all of the stolen guns, along with the victim’s identification, and fled the scene. Several hours later, Simmons returned to the cabin where he spread a flammable liquid inside the residence and left the gas stove on in an attempt to destroy any evidence and conceal his involvement in the homicide. On June 19, 2015, the District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against suspect John Simmons for burglary, attempted arson, destruction of evidence, and possession of stolen...

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First Mountain Bank and PBB Bancorp/Premier Business Bank Announce Merger Negotiations

Big Bear Lake, CA, June 8, 2015 – First Mountain Bank and PBB Bancorp/Premier Business Bank announced today that they have entered into exclusive negotiations for the combination of the two banks.  The parties anticipate that a merger agreement will be signed and terms announced by mid-June 2015.  Vince Smith, Chairman of FMB, stated “We are pleased with the progress of the merger process and the opportunity to combine with Premier Business Bank.  We believe they share our long standing commitment to serve our customers and support our communities.  John Polen, President and Chief Executive Officer of PBB stated “Community banking is the core focus of Premier Business Bank.  I believe that completion of our merger will provide First Mountain Bank more services to offer to it’s customers, more support for it’s community and more opportunities for it’s employees.  Preserving First Mountain Bank’s local identity, local decision making and fine customer base is our number one priority”.  Premier Business Bank operates two banking offices in Los Angeles and Palos Verdes.  First Mountain operates three banking offices in Big Bear Lake, Running Springs and Lucerne Valley.  More information on FMB is available at...

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