Tag: Common Ground

Alleged Orange County Predator Sparks New Workshop for Big Bear’s Common Ground

Riverside/Big Bear, CA, March 5, 2012, 2:00pm –  Last week, Valley News reported on the trial of an Orange County man accused of using Facebook and MySpace to arrange meetings with young girls whom he photographed nude, resulting in at least one alleged rape.  Joshua David Threlkeld, 34, is accused of posing as a 13-year-old girl on Internet sites using the fictitious name of “Sara Miller” to initiate communication with girls on-line.  Court documents allege the defendant targeted girls between 11 and 17 years old, contacting most of them between August 2007 and the winter of 2009.  After establishing a rapport with the girls, he allegedly would attempt to talk them into meeting for photo sessions in order to make money.  The prosecutor alleged that some girls turned him down flat, while others expressed an interest, leading to face-to-face encounters between the defendant and his alleged victims.  Most of the girls who met the defendant were from Corona, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Palm Springs, Romoland and Winchester, according to the prosecution. Threlkeld allegedly set up photography sessions at his Orange home, in San Jacinto and in Palm Springs.  Threlkeld could face multiple life sentences if convicted of the 103 felony and misdemeanor charges in connection with 50 alleged victims though prosecutors believe the actual number of victims is in excess of 100.  To help educate parents on how to keep...

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Local High School Senior Gets Artsy For Autism Awareness

Big Bear, April 29, 2011, 8:00am – When Sierra Hood found out that two of her classmates were autistic, she started researching autism, and found out that 1 in 91 kids have autism.  Sierra, who enjoys art, discovered through her research that art therapy has been a major tool in working with kids with autism.  As this is Sierra’s senior year at Big Bear High School, she decided she wanted to combine her love for art, with her passion for helping people with autism, and created ‘Si-Si’s Art Angels for Austism Awareness’, an Art Exhibition and Fundraiser.  The art exhibition will showcase paintings, sketches, pottery, and other artwork created by people with autism.  The art can be bid on throughout the free event, and donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds from the event will go towards The Miracle Project and Big Bear’s Common Ground.  The event takes place at the Marina Resort from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday May 1st.  In conjunction with the art exhibit, a special showing of the HBO documentary “Autism: The Musical” will be shown Saturday night at Community Church by the Lake, with a special performance by some of the children who were shown in the documentary, as well as local cellist Dru...

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