Author: Steve Cassling

FRAUD ALERT – Bluecut Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 26, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports from residents of a man calling claiming to represent CALFIRE. The caller is asking residents for donations to assist persons displaced by the recent Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with CALFIRE that they are not soliciting for donations and encourage citizens not to give anyone personal or banking information via the telephone regarding donations. CALFIRE will not call citizens and ask for donations. If you have been contacted by anyone seeking donations on behalf of CALFIRE, you are asked to call...

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Overturned Dumptruck Closes SR-330 For Several Hours Yesterday

Big Bear, CA, August 24, 2016 – Yesterday, at approximately 8:40 am, Police Officer A. Gunnoe, was traveling northbound on SR-330 when he observed a three axle Peterbuilt dump truck traveling southbound on SR-330 at 40 to 45 MPH, smoking from all of its wheels. Officer Gunnoe turned around and attempted to catch up to the dump truck. As the Officer was approaching, he observed the dump truck through a cloud of smoke and dust starting to travel sideways on the highway. Consequently, the dump truck overturned onto its right side and slid into a white, 2004 Toyota Sienna, traveling northbound. Officer Gunnoe stopped and walked over to the dump truck and found the driver, a 52 year old resident of Fontana, California, inside of the cab. The victim was then extricated by Officer Gunnoe and a passerby though the windshield of the dump truck. The truck driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The driver of the Toyota was not injured and was able to drive his vehicle home. The dump truck was loaded with asphalt and spilled its load across both lanes of the highway. SR-330 was closed for approximately four hours and 50 minutes to allow for removal of the dump truck and scene clean up. The dump truck also damaged approximately 140 feet of guardrail. As a result, Caltrans began...

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BVCHD Announces Permanent CFO

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 23, 2016 – The Board of Directors of Bear Valley Community Healthcare District is pleased to announce the appointment of Garth Hamblin as the permanent Chief Financial Officer effective immediately. Mr. Hamblin has served the District as the interim CFO for the past 11 months, and the Board voted unanimously to keep him with the district as the new permanent CFO. Garth Hamblin was born and raised in southern Idaho where he attended Ricks College in Rexburg, and graduated with an Associate Degree. He continued his education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. Prior to joining the District, Mr. Hamblin has worked for over 30 years in healthcare finance. Most of Mr. Hamblin’s years were spent in Alaska, however from August 2013 to June 2015, he and his wife, Sandy lived in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific. When Mr. Hamblin is not working he enjoys fly-fishing, camping, reading, music and singing. He and his wife enjoy traveling, and he expressed that his favorite place that they have traveled to is Polynesia. Mr. Hamblin stated “I am excited to be the permanent CFO! We still have some work to do, and I am excited to be a part of the District’s future.”...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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Thieves Arrested in Bluecut Fire Evacuation Area

San Bernardino, CA, August 19, 2016 – On Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 a.m. deputies responded to a call of suspicious subjects at a home located within the Bluecut Fire evacuation area. Deputies arrived and made contact with Daniel Mervine, 27, of Jurupa, Natasha Rovinsky, 27, of Diamond Bar, and Trevor Sanchez, 29, of Riverside, who were attempting to leave the residence with a flatbed truck. The suspects told deputies they were picking up property for a friend that lived at the residence. Deputies made contact with the property owner who advised that he did not give anyone permission to take his property. The three suspects were taken into custody without incident and will be booked for Looting and Grand Theft Auto.               If anyone has information related to the suspects involved, they are urged to contact Sheriff’s Central Station at (909)387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at WeTip. The Bluecut Fire, which started on Tuesday, is currently 37,000 acres with 26% containment. Most areas evacuated are still under evacuation orders, however they have been lifted for West Oak Hills, East Oak Hills and South...

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