Tag: Big Bear Sheriff

Human Remains Found on Forest Trail in Big Bear City

Big Bear City, CA, March 30, 2015 – According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Friday, March 27, 2015, at approximately 11:05 a.m., a hiker reported finding what he believed to be human remains in the forested area North of Myrtle Avenue and North Shore Drive in Big Bear City.  Deputies and detectives from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to the scene and confirmed the remains are human.  Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail were requested and responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  The victim’s identification and cause of death will be determined and released by the Coroner Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  Anyone having information on this matter is requested to contact Detective Jonathan Woods at 909-387-3589.  Information can also be reported anonymously by calling WE-TIP at (800) 78-CRIME or online at...

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Tow Service Operators Needed

Big Bear, CA, February 5, 2013 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting open enrollment for tow service operators interested in contracting for services with the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station.  The open enrollment period is from March 1st through March 31st, 2013.  Applications are available on-line at sbcounty.gov/sheriff then proceed to follow the link to Tow Service Agreement.  The application is included as part of the SBCSD standardized Tow Service Agreement, and includes information regarding the application and inspection process.  Former or existing tow service operators are required to re-apply on an annual basis.  No applications will be accepted after the March 31st...

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Local Woman Identified in Swim Beach Incident

Big Bear Lake, CA, September 17, 2012 – UPDATE: The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has released the name of the deceased victim found in a car that was pulled from the waters of Big Bear Lake at Swim Beach in Meadow Park last Saturday, September 15th.  In a bizarre series of events, at approximately 6am, a single vehicle apparently crashed through the fencing at Swim Beach, traveled through the beach area and into the water.  According to the San Bernardino Sun, a neighbor contacted the Sheriff’s Department describing a man who was soaking wet yelling from the fenced area immediately after the incident.  The man is described as the victim’s boyfriend and later explained to deputies that his vehicle had gone into the lake.  The Sheriff’s Dive Team was called to the scene who discovered the vehicle contained a woman’s body and that of a dog.  After investigation, the man at the scene, Ronald Michael Hitchcock, 56, was arrested and booked into the West Valley Detention Center and is currently being held without bail.  The victim, Deborah Crouch, 53 years of age, from Big Bear City was found deceased in the vehicle along with a dog.  The event is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department Homicide division.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death and any contributing factors to her death.  Anyone with information is...

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Crime Scene and Vehicle Accident at Meadow Park

Big Bear Lake, Ca, September 15, 2012 – Details are few regarding an incident that happened in the early morning hours today at Meadow Park.  A single vehicle apparently crashed through the fencing at Swim Beach, traveled through the beach area and into the water.  As of 3:00pm, the vehicle was still in the water with Big Bear Sheriff deputies examining the area as a crime scene.  The entire Swim Beach area is closed off to the public during the investigation.  As more information becomes available, we will report on the series of...

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Big Bear Sheriff’s Station Releases Warning for Residents of a Sexually Violent Predator

Big Bear, CA, June 15, 2012, 5:00pm – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station has just released information for the public’s safety regarding a new resident of Big Bear Lake who is a Sexually Violent Predator.  Martin Kenneth Smith registered at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station on Thursday, June 14th, as required by law, listing his new address as Motel 6, Room 152, at 42899 Big Bear Blvd in Big Bear Lake.  The motel is located in a residential area, surrounded by numerous single-family homes inhabited by young families with children.  Smith is described as a white male adult, 47 years of age, 5’7″, 180 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes.  In 1994, Smith was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison in San Diego County for multiple counts of lewd or lascivious acts against a child under 14 years of age. However, he was paroled in 1999 and soon violated the terms of his parole sending him back to state prison and was committed to Coalinga State Hospital in 2006.  He was recently released from civil commitment without any supervision or electronic monitoring.  Smith is classified as a Sexually Violent Predator by the California Department of Justice.  Of the 123,821 registered sex offenders in the State of California, less than 1 percent of those are deemed Sexually Violent Predators.  Smith is not wanted for any crimes at this time and he...

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