Tag: San Barnardino County Sheriff’s Department

SBD County Sheriff Warns Public of Telephone Kidnapping Scams

San Bernardino County, CA, November 22, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division would like to warn the public of telephone kidnapping scams. In a typical scenario, people receive a phone call from a person who says a family member is being held hostage, and the caller vows to hurt or kill the hostage unless the caller’s demands are met. Family members will be ordered to collect personal items of value such as jewelry and money. Callers will demand items be left at a designated drop-off point or, to send money through a wire transfer. Family...

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Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Big Bear, CA, October 21, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in over six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to any one of the collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated...

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FRAUD ALERT – Bluecut Fire

Big Bear, CA, August 26, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has received reports from residents of a man calling claiming to represent CALFIRE. The caller is asking residents for donations to assist persons displaced by the recent Blue Cut Fire. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with CALFIRE that they are not soliciting for donations and encourage citizens not to give anyone personal or banking information via the telephone regarding donations. CALFIRE will not call citizens and ask for donations. If you have been contacted by anyone seeking donations on behalf of CALFIRE, you are asked to call...

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Evacuation Orders Lifted For All Communities Affected by Blue Cut Fire

San Bernardino County, CA, August 22, 2016 – Effective Sunday, August 21st, at 4:00 p.m., the evacuation orders for Wrightwood, Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, West Cajon Valley and Lytle Creek have all been lifted. RESIDENTS ONLY will be allowed past the road closures. Some residents returning to their homes may find that they are without electricity. Southern California Edison is working diligently to restore utilities. Residents returning to the evacuation zone should exercise caution. Firefighters, engines, and heavy equipment continue to operate in the area. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue enhanced patrols through these areas with additional units. Hwy 138 is open to residents only from Hwy 2 to Stone Basin Road. Hwy 138 at Stone Basin Road to Interstate 15 is closed to allow emergency equipment in the area to replace power poles affected by the fire. Lone Pine Canyon Road at Swarthout Canyon Road to Hwy 138 is closed. US Forest Road 3N31 at Lone Pine Canyon Road is closed. The dirt road portion of Lytle Creek Road is closed from the gun range into the forest. The fire is currently 37,020 acres with 89% containment. 1,223 personnel are assigned to the fire. A Damage Assessment Team working under the Blue Cut Fire Unified Command announced that a preliminary estimate of 105 single family residences and 216 outbuildings were destroyed by the Blue Cut Fire. Calfire and all the agencies...

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Thieves Arrested in Bluecut Fire Evacuation Area

San Bernardino, CA, August 19, 2016 – On Thursday, August 18, at 7:00 a.m. deputies responded to a call of suspicious subjects at a home located within the Bluecut Fire evacuation area. Deputies arrived and made contact with Daniel Mervine, 27, of Jurupa, Natasha Rovinsky, 27, of Diamond Bar, and Trevor Sanchez, 29, of Riverside, who were attempting to leave the residence with a flatbed truck. The suspects told deputies they were picking up property for a friend that lived at the residence. Deputies made contact with the property owner who advised that he did not give anyone permission to take his property. The three suspects were taken into custody without incident and will be booked for Looting and Grand Theft Auto.               If anyone has information related to the suspects involved, they are urged to contact Sheriff’s Central Station at (909)387-3545. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at WeTip. The Bluecut Fire, which started on Tuesday, is currently 37,000 acres with 26% containment. Most areas evacuated are still under evacuation orders, however they have been lifted for West Oak Hills, East Oak Hills and South...

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