Tag: Christopher Dorner

Highway Dedication Ceremony Honors Slain Detective

Yucaipa, CA, April 17, 2014 – A local law enforcement officer who lost his life in the Christopher Dorner shootout last year was memorialized again yesterday. Detective Jeremiah MacKay now has a five-mile segment of Highway 38 dedicated to his memory. The highway signs honoring him were unveiled in a somber ceremony at the Community Park Amphitheatre in Yucaipa. Officials paying tribute to Detective MacKay included Sheriff John McMahon, 33rd District Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, dignitaries from the City of Yucaipa and the County of San Bernardino. MacKay was fatally wounded on February 12, 2013 at the mountain cabin where Dorner made his last stand. He receives a posthumous award tonight at the Sheriff’s Exceptional Service Awards Ceremony, honoring employees for their dedication and selfless acts on behalf of San Bernardino...

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Locals Share Their Experiences During the Dorner Case

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 12, 2014 – Today KBHR is airing the final installment of our retrospect on the case of Christopher Dorner. The three-minute segment airs at the top of every other hour on 93.3 FM, and features brief interviews with three Big Bear residents. They tell us what it was like to lead a school during a crisis, to be a concerned parent, and to get caught in the middle of a high speed car chase. On Monday, February 10, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office released a 59-page memo concluding that the deadly and non-deadly force used by law enforcement personnel in Angelus Oaks a year ago today was legally justified. The report reads, in part: All of the actions of law enforcement were legally justified based on the choices made by Christopher Dorner….It should also be pointed out that Dorner was not killed by law enforcement or by the fire in the cabin. Dorner had the opportunity to surrender or escape throughout this incident, up to and including the point at which the fire started. He had windows and doors that were available to him even several minutes after the fire started at the cabin. He chose to kill himself rather than surrender to law enforcement and face trial for his crimes. His death is not the result of the actions of the...

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Dorner Reward Still Not Fully Disbursed

  Big Bear, CA, February 11, 2014 – The City of Los Angeles offered a $1 million reward last year for the capture of fugitive homicide suspect Christopher Dorner, however the Big Bear couple taken hostage by Dorner and two other men who were to share in the reward money haven’t received all that they were promised.   Lee McDaniel encountered Dorner at a Corona gas station on Feb. 7, 2013 and alerted police to his presence in the Inland Empire and Snow Summit employee Daniel McGowan called authorities when he spotted Dorner’s burning truck in Big Bear later that morning. Jim and Karen Reynolds of Big Bear, were tied up by Dorner on Feb. 12 after they discovered him holed up in one of their vacation rentals. Karen got loose and called 911 after he fled in their car. As of today, about $860,000. has been distributed. The problem is that the $1 million reward is actually a combination of several awards that had their own rules. The city of Riverside has rescinded their promise of $100,000. because the precise terms of the pledge, that Dorner be arrested and convicted, were not met. A panel of judges assigned to choose the recipients of the $1 million reward waived the arrest-and-conviction requirement of the Los Angeles portion of the reward, calling it impossible to meet. McDaniel was awarded 5%,...

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A Fugitive in Our Midst: Christopher Dorner in Retrospect

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 10, 2014 – In February of 2013, many of us began following the news of a disturbed, disgruntled ex-cop as he crisscrossed southern California: A pair of murders in Irvine, an attempted boat theft in San Diego, an officer shot in Corona, and a fatal ambush in Riverside. It was chilling to watch Christopher Dorner’s path of vengeance, even from afar. And then, he was in our neighborhood. On Thursday, February 7th, CNN published Dorner’s manifesto, in which the former Navy marksman said his killing spree was in retribution for his wrongful termination from the LAPD. The same day, his Nissan Titan was found abandoned and on fire in the San Bernardino National Forest. The County Sheriff’s Department set up a command post in the nearby parking lot of Bear Mountain Resort, and began a massive manhunt aided by SWAT teams with snowcats and, when the heavy snow allowed, aerial searches. Schools in the Bear Valley Unified School District went on lockdown, and did not reopen the next day. On Sunday the 10th, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Dorner’s arrest and conviction. Meanwhile, searchers in Big Bear continued to trudge through the forest in knee-deep snow, and check hundreds of empty vacation cabins. Local children went back to school on Monday, but were in another...

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Batter up for Heroes!

San Bernardino, CA, July 16, 2013 – With the Dorner manhunt just months behind us, residents of Big Bear are invited to a fun community event that will donate 20% of ticket proceeds to the families of Deputy Alex Collins and the late Detective Jeremiah MacKay. On July 20, the Inland Empire 66ers will play in sheriff-inspired jerseys adorned with MacKay and Collins patches, which will be auctioned off following the game. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at San Manuel Stadium (280 S. E Street, San Bernardino), after a helicopter brings Collins to the field to throw out the first pitch. But the gates open at 6:00 p.m. for Protect and Serve Night, featuring pre-game activities for the kids, a sheriff’s rodeo, K9 unit demonstrations, bag pipers and  classic police vehicles. Individual ticket prices range from $6.90 to $13.55. For more information or to RSVP, contact Adam Franey at (909) 495-7633 or visit the baseball...

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