Tag: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department

Arson Suspect Arrested Following Extensive Search

Crestline, CA – On Monday, May 1, at about 8:07 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received multiple 911 calls reporting a male attempting to start a fire on Highway 18 just below the Highway 138 cut off in the area of Crestline. Officers from both agencies responded to the scene along with Cal Fire and US Forestry Fire. Numerous additional 911 calls were received reporting the subject was armed with a firearm and carrying an ax. The subject also threw rocks at a vehicle on the highway. The subject ran down the highway, fled over the side, and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon. The subject lit an additional fire in the dense brush of the canyon, below the highway. Highway 18 was closed and all traffic was evacuated due to the fire and armed subject. Multiple law enforcement agencies including San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks and Central Stations, California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire Investigators, US Forest Service Officers, and K9s from both the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police responded. A perimeter was established as helicopters from the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol used FLIR to search for the subject in the dense brush. The subject, identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, a 27 year old resident of Cedar Glen, was located on the side of Highway 18, within...

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INCIDENT: Death Investigation

LOCATION: 40770 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake VICTIM: Unidentified Male On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:33 a.m., deputies from the Big Bear Station were called to the Big Bear Lake shoreline behind the Marina Resort Hotel located at 40770 Big Bear Blvd. Hotel employees reported finding a male subject floating face down near the shoreline. Deputies from the Big Bear Station as well as the Big Bear Lake Fire Department responded and located a deceased male in the lake. An investigation into the subject’s death is ongoing and no other details are being released at this time....

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Sonar Training on Big Bear Lake

Big Bear, CA, May 23rd, 2016 – Big Bear Lake played host to numerous law enforcement agencies from around California and Arizona this week. The participating agencies took part in state ­of­ the ­art sonar training on Big Bear Lake. The training exercise was hosted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies used the training sessions on the Sheriff’s Department boats to better prepare for future investigations. Many of the law enforcement agencies require staff with expertise in search and rescue or evidence retrieval operations on lakes and ponds. They may be searching for a missing person, stolen property, a vehicle or a discarded weapon used...

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Sheriff McMahon recognizes the Greatest of Gift Givers

Big Bear, CA, December 19th, 2015 – In this, the season of giving, San Bernadino County Sheriff John McMahon recognized 32 individuals for giving the ultimate gift in 2015; The gift of life. Both public employees and private citizens received The Sheriff’s Lifesaving Award for acts of courage, wisdom, aid and mercy to those in need.  These individuals are responsible for administering CPR, preventing attempted acts of suicide and providing first aid which directly contributed to saving many lives. From Sheriff’s deputies, on and off duty– like Deputy Will Fifita who performed CPR on his own father upon his arrival at LAX, with the...

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Hikers and Their Dog Rescued After Spending the Night On San Gorgonio

San Bernardino County, CA, December 16, 2015 – The holidays will be much happier for the families of two hikers and their dog who were rescued Sunday after spending the night in below zero temperatures in the San Gorgonio Wilderness. The San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner’s Department says 21 year old Tiffany Finne of Costa Mesa and 29 year old Kenny Pasten, attempted to hike along the Vivian Creek Trail, from Forrest Falls to the summit of Mount San Gorgonio. They were unable to make it to the summit and although they did not have the proper clothing or shelter, they decided to stay the night on the mountain. In the early evening a weather system moved in, temperatures dropped below zero, and the area received several inches of snow.  On Monday, December 14th, at approximately 8:06 a.m., Kenny Pasten called 911 on his cellphone requesting help, but the call was dropped and the latitude/longitude captured by 911 was incorrect. There was also intermittent cloud cover near the summit, which initially prevented San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation personnel from searching for the victims. At approximately 10:10 a.m.,  with limited information, a search  began by air and approximately 45 minutes later, Pasten was found on a ridgeline about a half mile west of the San Gorgonio Summit. He was suffering from moderate hypothermia and non-life threatening injuries. Approximately 15 minutes later, the...

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