Author: Vanessa Finney

Sexting Lands Man in Jail

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 24, 2014 – An 18-year-old male has been arrested for sending sexually explicit messages to students at Big Bear Middle School and Big Bear High School. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station opened an investigation into the case on September 18, after girls reported receiving the messages through texting and social media. Deputies say at least nine female juveniles were targeted by Jaime Lopez, who was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was booked into Big Bear Jail on felony charges of sending harmful matter with the intent to seduce a minor and contacting a minor with the intent for sexual acts. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000 bail. Two arraignment hearings were held this week at San Bernardino County Superior Court; no word yet on the outcome. Distribution of sexually explicit content to minors or depicting minors is a crime. Parents are encouraged to continue to talk with their children about the importance of reporting obscene materials received via social media and/or text messaging. Bear Valley Unified School District issued a letter Monday assuring parents that the Sheriff’s Station notified school officials immediately of the situation but asked them to withhold details until authorized by law enforcement. Anyone having additional information on this matter should report it to Detective Jeremy King at (909) 866-0100. or anonymously online at...

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Holloway’s Celebrates 100 Years in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 20, 2014 – Big Bear Lake offers the opportunity for every imaginable water sport activity, from quiet kayak outings to high-adrenaline wakeboarding. And one of the busiest hubs for watercraft is Holloway’s Marina, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It started with a nurseryman from Corona. Charles Holloway loved to fish, so in 1914, he hauled boat parts up the old Clark Grade to assemble them in Big Bear Lake, and he was approached by someone wanting to rent it before he even got it in the water. Charles knew he was onto something. He built a camp with 16 cabins, 30 rental boats, a general store and a barbershop. In 1930, his daughter Frances moved up to help run the business. In 1939, a Holloway’s employee named Homer bought the landing and married Frances a year later. He became a director for the Chamber of Commerce and the wastewater agency. Charles retired to a stone house in Lucerne Valley that still stands today. In 1971, two couples — Marge and Don Hafen and Betty (Marge’s sister) and Bruce Turner — bought the property from the Moores, ending a 57-year era. The Hafen/Turner family expanded the business a few years later with the purchase of three additional acres of land. Loren Hafen currently runs the family business with his brother and cousins, and says the...

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Tailgating Driver Was Carrying Meth

Big Bear City, CA, September 18, 2014 – Shortly after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Big Bear Sheriff’s Deputy Ferronato pulled a driver over for tailgating near the intersection of North Shore Drive and Mound Street in Big Bear City. The vehicle’s driver of the vehicle, 53-year-old Daniel Vanbuskirk, was found to be driving on a suspended license and to be carrying a large quantity of methamphetamine. Vanbuskirk resisted arrest and reportedly initiating a fight with the Deputy; additional deputies arrived on scene to assist. Two deputies received minor injuries and were treated at Bear Valley Community Hospital. Vanbuskirk was tased and taken into custody without further incident. The Sheriff’s Station says cash and packaging consistent with drug sales was found in the suspect’s vehicle. Vanbuskirk was booked into the Big Bear Jail on felony charges of resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance for sale. He remains in custody in lieu of $50,000. An arraignment hearing in this matter is set for 09/19/14 at San Bernardino County Superior Court....

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New Bike Law Designed to End Fatal Trend

Big Bear City, CA, September 18, 2014 – It’s long been encouraged, but now it’s the law. As of September 16, California drivers are required to give bicyclists a three-foot margin as they pass them on the road. Our state isn’t the first to take such measures: According to the website 3footrule.com, 20 other states have some version of the law already on the books. Three other states have laws or codes requiring vehicles to maintain an unspecified “safe distance” from cyclists. If a law enforcement officer witnesses a violation, violators could get at least a $35 fine, or a $220 fine if a collision occurs. Allowances are made, however, in cases where there’s not enough room for a driver to give three feet; in that case, they must slow down to safely pass. There has been a small but steady annual increase in the number of fatalities over the past decade. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012, 726 cyclists lost their lives in crashes with motor...

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Rare Funnel Cloud Develops Over Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 17, 2014 – A very rare occurrence developed Tuesday with Big Bear’s outbreak of thunderstorms. KBHR Meteorologist Ben Brissey explains that upper level winds and atmospheric conditions were favorable for severe weather and the development of funnel clouds–as demonstrated in this...

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