Author: Steve Cassling

Big Bear Lake Home Damaged by Fire

Big Bear Lake, CA – A residential structure fire was reported at approximately 2:45 p.m., Thursday, June 15, at Lakeview Drive and Lagunita Lane in Big Bear Lake. Upon arrival, fire crews observed the approximately 1,000 square foot, single-story, single family residence was fully charged with smoke and some flames visible from the exterior. Crews made entry through the front door and took approximately 20 minutes to suppress the fire. Seven Big Bear Fire Department crew members responded with three engines and two ambulances. Fire Chief Jeff Willis and Assistant Fire Chief Mike Maltby were on-scene along with Fire Prevention...

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Graduations and Promotions

Big Bear, CA – It’s that time of year again. The end of another school year and transition time for many of our Big Bear Valley students.  The schedule of events is as follows: The Middle School Promotion Ceremony is at Big Bear High School on Wednesday, June 14th, and begins at 4:00pm. Students need to arrive at 3:15pm. The Chautauqua High School Graduation takes place on Thursday, June 15th, at 10:30am at Chautauqua High. Big Bear High School Class of 2017 holds their Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 16th, at 4:00pm. Parking will be available at the High...

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Pursuit Ends in Big Bear With Use of Spike Strips

Big Bear, CA – On Thursday, June 1, at 1:20 a.m. deputies from the Yucaipa Police/Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a violation of a domestic violence restraining order. The suspect was identified as 35 year old Leonard Gerra of Redlands. Gerra made comments to the victim causing the victim to believe he may attempt to harm or injure the victim. During the investigation, deputies observed Gerra driving in the area of the victim’s residence and initiated a traffic stop. Gerra failed to yield and led deputies on a pursuit through Mentone, Redlands, Highland, north on highway 330 and on to Highway 18. Spike strips were deployed by deputies from the Big Bear Station and Gerra’s vehicle was stopped on Simonds Dr. and Big Bear Blvd. Gerra was arrested without incident and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for felony violation of a domestic violence restraining order, felony evading and for a felony no-bail warrant for corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Yucaipa Police/Sheriff’s Department at 909-918- 2305. Information can be provided anonymously by calling WeTip at 800 78-CRIME (800-782- 7463) or by visiting the WeTip website at...

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Hiker rescued by Sheriff’s Aviation on the Pacific Crest Trail

Big Bear, CA – On Wednesday, May 31, at approximately 4:15 p.m., Sheriff’s Volunteer Forces contacted the Aviation Unit regarding a hiker who activated a Personal Locater Beacon (PLB) on Pacific Crest Trail, near the North Fork area. The GPS coordinates from the activation showed the hiker, identified as Jared Lee Ewing, was approximately 6 miles south of Onyx Peak. 40 King 2, with a crew of two Deputies, responded to the GPS coordinates to search for Ewing. As soon as the crew arrived they immediately located Ewing, who was near an open area at the bottom of the canyon....

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Stolen Bronze Star Medal Recovered and Returned to Family of Korean War Vet

Big Bear, CA – In August, 2014, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of S. Winding Lane in Big Bear City and recovered stolen property that included a Bronze Star medal with a “V” Device. The Bronze Star had the name Dell Bender engraved on the back of it. The search warrant resulted in the arrest of multiple suspects and convictions. The criminal case has since been adjudicated and the stolen property was authorized for release to its rightful owner. A records check revealed that Mr. Bender is...

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