Tag: Big Bear Lake

Burglary Arrest Clears Multiple Cases

Big Bear Lake, CA, November, 17, 2014 – Last Thursday, November 13, deputies of the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station arrested Jason Daniel Hernandez, a resident of Big Bear Lake, in conjunction with a residential burglary that took place in Twin Peaks. On Friday, the Multiple Enforcement Team of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station conducted further investigation and has identified Hernandez as the suspect in 4 additional burglary cases and 2 cases of grand theft auto that occurred in Big Bear Lake in the residential neighborhood off Catalina Road. As a result, multiple stolen items of property were recovered, including a stolen vehicle and stolen electronic gaming devices. The owners of the property that was recovered have been identified. Suspect Jason Daniel Hernandez was booked on additional felony charges of burglary and grand theft auto. He remains in custody in lieu of $75,000. An arraignment hearing in this matter is set for today at San Bernardino County Superior...

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Vehicle Pursuit Results in Felony Arrest

Big Bear lake, CA, October 28, 2014 – Shortly before 5:00 a.m. this morning, a deputy of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station heard screaming coming from the Travelodge  in Big Bear Lake. He determined it to be a physical altercation between a male and a female. While making contact with the female, he noticed a male subject get into a vehicle and speed away from the location. Additional deputies responded to the incident and when the driver of the vehicle failed to yield, a pursuit began. A records check of the license plate found that the vehicle was stolen. The vehicle fled East on Big Bear Blvd. at speeds nearing 90 miles per hour and continued on to Highway 38 towards Onyx Summit. Deputies from the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station assisted by deploying a spike strip on the highway in Angelous Oaks. Big Bear deputies then performed a pursuit intervention technique, or PIT maneuver, that effectively stopped the vehicle in Angelous Oaks. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Stephen Cano, was taken into custody and booked on felony charges of spousal abuse, possession of a stolen vehicle, evading a peace officer, and disregard for public safety and remains in custody in lieu of $100,000...

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DWP Hands Over Rimforest Water

Big Bear Lake, CA:  October 3, 2014 – In 1989, the City of Big Bear Lake acquired the water systems that the City of Big Bear Lake, Department of Water and Power (DWP) currently operates and maintains.  The systems include the majority of the Bear Valley plus the small water system of the unincorporated community of Rimforest, near Lake Arrowhead.  The Rimforest Water System (Rimforest System) services about 300 customers and is actually contained within the service area of the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District (LACSD).  On January 29, 2014, the DWP authorized the sale of the Rimforest System to the LACSD, followed by authorization from the Big Bear Lake City Council on February 24, 2014. By law, this transfer had to put on the ballot for Big Bear Lake voters to approve.  On June 3, 2014, the majority of the City of Big Bear Lake voters voted “yes” on Measure E, which approved the transfer.  Effective as of October 1, 2014, the Rimforest community is now serviced by the LACSD.  This transfer allows the DWP to operate more efficiently by not having to travel to Rimforest to service customers.  Due to closer proximity, the LACSD will be able to provide prompt customer service to the Rimforest...

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Busy Labor Day Weekend in the Valley

Big Bear, CA, Sept. 4, 2014 – As the unofficial end of the summer season, Labor Day Weekend and all the visitors it brings to the valley is something local businesses in Big Bear look forward to every year. Judging by the never ending line of traffic heading west from Big Bear City towards Big Bear Lake and the checkout lines at the grocery store, there were a lot of people enjoying what our valley has to offer. According to the MWD, many of those visitors were out on the lake. On Saturday afternoon there were 545 boats on the water and on Sunday there were 352. This is double the number of boats out on a typical Saturday or Sunday. There were also 571 boat launches from the two public ramps. These numbers are similar to 2013, however last year Sunday was the busy day. From an informal survey of several restaurants both in Big Bear Lake and Big Bear City, most said it was their busiest weekend of the summer. Also, the private home rental businesses reported over 95%...

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MWD Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Big Bear, CA, August 16, 2014 – In the late 1950s and early 1960s, southern California was in the midst of an extended drought. Due to large demands on water from Big Bear Lake for irrigation down the hill, the lake had been reduced to little more than a large mud puddle. Although the dam was originally constructed to provide irrigation water for the Redlands and San Bernardino areas, the extensive recreational community of Big Bear decided to attempt to gain control of the lake since recreation on the water requires a reasonably stable lake level. In 1964, by an overwhelming vote, the people of Big Bear Lake created the Big Bear Municipal Water District with the express purpose of stabilizing the level of the lake. The new MWD Board of Directors got right to work. A thirteen year legal battle ensued which finally led to an out of court settlement where for 4.7 million dollars , the MWD acquired title to the dam, the lake bottom, and the surface recreation rights of Big Bear Lake. The solution to satisfying irrigation interests downstream as well as maintaining lake levels is that each year the Bear Valley Mutual Water Company determines irrigation needs and estimates the demand on Big Bear Lake to meet those needs. The MWD then has the option of either releasing water from the lake or supplying...

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