Tag: Christopher Dorner

Reward money decided in Dorner case

Big Bear, CA, May 8, 2013 – It was announced today that a decision has been made as to who will receive the reward money offered by authorities  in the case of Christopher Dorner.  James and Karen Reynolds, who were held hostage in their condo near Bear Mountain Resort by Dorner, will receive the bulk of the $1 million reward money at 80% or $800,000,  15% will be awarded to Danny McGowen, who reported Dorner’s burning pick up truck in the forest near Bear Mountain and 5% will be awarded to a truck driver, R. Lee McDaniel, who spotted Dorner outside a gas station.  None of the money will go to Rick Heltebrake, who was car jacked by Dorner while law enforcement were in pursuit, as authorities determined that his phone call did not aid in the capture of Dorner.  Christopher Dorner was an ex-LAPD who began targeting fellow law enforcement officers and their families after posting a manifesto of his intentions.  He was killed in a shoot out with police in a cabin in the area of Seven Oaks on February...

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Heltebrake to file lawsuit for Christopher Dorner Reward

San Bernardino Mountains, April 20, 2013 – An attorney for Rick Heltebrake has announced he will seek the entire one million dollar reward offered by the City of Los Angeles in the Christopher Dorner case. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered the reward in February for information leading to the apprehension and capture of Dorner, who was the subject of a widespread manhunt after killing and wounding several people. On February 12, Dorner carjacked Heltebrake on a road off Highway 38 near Barton Flats. Heltebrake then reported the incident to a San Bernardino County Deputy Sheriff’s deputy. The deputy and others later trapped Dorner in a cabin where the suspect ultimately died. Heltebrake’s attorney, Allen Thomas, claims the City of Los Angeles is ignoring both California law and City ordinances by unilaterally selecting its own judge and jury to decide who qualifies for the reward. Specifically, Thomas says the City’s procedure would not allow his client to present evidence directly to the tribunal and question witnesses but would allow the Los Angeles Police Department unfettered access to the tribunal. The proceedings could be conducted in secret beyond public scrutiny. The lawsuit will allege the City breached a valid reward contract and violated Heltebrake’s civil rights by attempting to force an unfair proceeding on him that impairs a valid contract without just compensation. The Media Relations department for the City of...

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Money Raised for Deputy Jeremiah MacKay’s Family

Big Bear, CA, March 16, 2013 – Local community members organized a bake sale on March 2nd for Deputy Jeremiah MacKay to raise money for the fallen officer’s family.  Deputy MacKay, a member of the Yucaipa Police Department, lost his life in a gunfight with Christopher Dorner in an attempt to apprehend the suspect in the area of Seven Oakes on February 12th.  Another officer, Deputy Alex Collins, was shot and survived with severe injuries.  The main local organizer of the bake sale was Wendy Craig.  Mrs. Craig tells Kbear that to date, $3640.64 has been raised.  At least 40 residents donated food for the bake sale with hundreds who came by the Middle School to buy baked foods and donate money to support the cause.  Mrs. Craig described the event as a great caring and loving environment and an opportunity to give back.  “People came by with food and would just stay for two hours”, she tells Kbear.  Donations are still being accepted for both officers families.  Mail your tax deductible donation to the Sheriff’s Employee Assistance Team, Attn: Kari Tesselaar, Sheriff’s Executive Staff, at 655 East Third Street, San Bernardino, CA  92415.  Indiciate which deputy your donation is for in the memo line.    ...

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Services scheduled for fallen detective

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 17, 2013 – The City of Yucaipa and its Police Department will conduct a candlelight vigil in memory of Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay.  The vigil will be held in front of Yucaipa City Hall at 34272 Yucaipa Blvd. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 6pm.  The memorial is open to the public. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, February 21 at 11:00 a.m., at the San Manuel Amphitheatre located at 2575 Glen Helen Parkway in San Bernardino. Detective MacKay — who leaves behind a wife and two young children — was assigned to the Big Bear Station in January of 2011 and transferred to the Yucaipa station in August of 2011. On February 12, he was fatally shot in Seven Oaks by Christopher Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer at the center of one of the largest manhunts in...

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Sheriff Commends Search Tactics as Sound, Effective and Valiant

Big Bear Lake, CA, February 16, 2013 — During a press conference Friday, multiple authorities recapped the previous eight days of the Christopher Dorner investigation. San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon expressed pride in the heroic efforts of peace officers who put themselves in imminent danger to protect the public and each other, and thanked the allied law enforcement agencies who provided essential support during the incident. He also explained the delay of local deputies in positively identifying the truck found on forestry road 2n10 on February 7, saying they were wisely reluctant to go into what could have been ambush situation. Instead, they waited for a tactical team that included reinforcements from off the mountain. “I don’t believe we made any mistakes at this point. Our deputies and the SWAT team performed their search flawlessly during heavy snow. They did not give up, they continued through the night, and if we hadn’t sent them home, they would’ve continued until they dropped,” said McMahon. As for the condominium complex owned by the Reynolds family, where Dorner found shelter, McMahon explained he had not authorized deputies to force entry into residences that showed no signs of a break-in. Reports are that when sheriff’s deputies checked the residence Thursday evening, the door was found locked and no one inside responded to attempts at contact. Law enforcement did not get word until February...

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