Tag: Arctic Circle

Death Investigation Ongoing After Body Found In Burned Vehicle

Big Bear, Ca, April 25, 2011, 4:00pm – In the early morning hours of April 25, at approximately 2:15 a.m., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station along with Fawnskin Engine 92 County Fire responded to a report of a vehicle fire on Highway 18 near Lakeview Point. The fire was extinguished and a badly burned body was located inside the vehicle. The age, race and gender of the body could not be determined, and the vehicle was also badly burned, therefore a description was not available. Big Bear deputies have requested the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide and Arson/Bomb Details to assist with the investigation.  The investigation is continuing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective David Johnson or Sgt. Frank Montanez at Sheriff’s Homicide Detail at 909 387-3589.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78 CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip Website...

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Despite Influx of Crowds for Fourth of July, Sheriff’s Captain Reports, “We Had Relatively Few Incidents”

Big Bear Valley, CA — This year’s Fourth of July weekend in the Big Bear Valley was marred by the July 5 drowning of an 18-year-old from Yucca Valley, though, given the influx of crowds here for the holiday, local law enforcement and fire agencies report that it was a relatively calm weekend. In addition to an extra 20 deputies on patrol, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station’s law enforcement efforts included boat patrol, bike patrol, reserves on duty, and the volunteers of the Citizens on Patrol and Sheriff’s Explorers. Sheriff’s Captain Greg Garland’s crew made 11 DUI arrests and two for boating under the influence; there was also one assault with intent to rape and one rape over the weekend, though officials tell KBHR that both of these incidents were between acquaintances, neither of whom are local. Within the Big Bear Valley, there were also several traffic-related incidents, and a few injuries and searches for lost tourists on the San Bernardino National Forest. Other incidents included petty thefts, given belongings left behind on the lakeshore or in vehicles but, all told, Captain Garland tells KBHR, “While we had a large number of people in town and traffic was heavier, we had relatively few incidents over the weekend.” Local fire agencies attended to at least 27 medical aid calls, both on land and water, and extinguished some small open fires...

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CalTrans Implements Maintenance Projects at Base of Mountain, and in Boulder Bay and Fawnskin Areas

Big Bear Valley, CA — In addition to the ongoing construction of the Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion next year, there are a few CalTrans maintenance projects slated for this week. Work resumes in the Highland area this week, which will affect those traveling on the 210 freeway and Highway 330 at the base of the mountain. From 8am to 4pm through Friday, July 9, the connectors from the 330 to the 210, both eastbound and westbound, will be closed, though detours will be available, with signage posted. On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the connector from Highway 330 to the southbound portion of Highway 18 at Running Springs will be closed for excavation work; this closure will be from 8am to 5pm and, again, for just two days. Closer to home, there will be three different pavement maintenance projects, each of them scheduled to take one day, from 8am to 3pm. On Wednesday, July 7, motorists can expect flagging from Talbot in the Boulder Bay area west to the Big Bear dam. Pavement projects on Thursday and Friday are in the Fawnskin area, so expect flagging on the North Shore at Bruin Trail on July 8 and on the North Shore at Cherokee Street on July 9. There may also be minimal delays for those taking Highway 18 east toward the Lucerne Valley; from 8am to...

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Overnight, Midweek Road Closures on Arctic Circle Portion of Highway 18; CalTrans Does Clean-up, Post-Winter Repairs

As of last night (June 20), CalTrans has implemented a maintenance project on the Arctic Circle portion of Highway 18, from the Big Bear dam west to Lakeview Point. This road work has resulted in overnight closures on Highway 18; closures will be on Sundays through Thursdays, from 10pm to 4am, extending through July 1st. Highway 18 will remain open round the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, though there is the possibility of weekend lane closures during the roughly two-week project. Some of the maintenance work being done includes the repair of guardrails damaged during the winter season, the widening of shoulders, and the cleanup of turnouts along the Arctic Circle. A couple other CalTrans projects are taking place at the base of the mountain, so just FYI: the northbound Highland Avenue off-ramp at the base of Highway 330 will be closed from 8am to 4pm this week. Also, for those commuting on Highway 38, know that there may be some delays in the Mentone area, as only one lane will be open, from 8am to 4:30pm, to accommodate a sidewalk project expected to take four weeks to complete (as of Wednesday, June 23). For road updates, closures and construction projects, you can visit the KBHR Big Bear Road Conditions page. Update: As of Thursday, CalTrans is implementing another road project at the base of the mountain, and this...

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CalTrans to Suspend Flagging, Delays on Highway 18 to Accommodate May 21 Activity for Amgen Tour

Big Bear Lake, CA — Those picking up their use of Highway 18 the “front way,” now that Highway 330 has been re-opened, are likely mindful of the weekday flagging taking place at the dam, to accommodate the construction of the new Big Bear bridge, scheduled for completion in 2011. Over the last year, CalTrans-hired contractor Flatiron Construction Inc. has conducted intermittent flagging between 7am and 5pm. However, in consideration of anticipated traffic on Friday, May 21 for the Amgen Tour of California cycling race, flagging will be suspended on this day. Flatiron employees will continue to work off the roadway, however, so motorists are reminded to be mindful of these individuals and proceed with care and caution. The new Big Bear bridge project for Highway 18 will include three 12-foot travel lanes, 10-foot shoulders, and an ADA-compliant sidewalk on the lake side of the bridge. The long-awaited project, at a cost of roughly $39 million, will also include a traffic signal at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 38, which heads east along the North Shore through the Fawnskin area. (For road specifics on May 21, visit KBHR’s Spectators’ Guide to Enjoying the Amgen Tour of California in Big Bear...

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