Tag: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department

Local Terrorist Threats Determined Not Credible

Big Bear, CA, December 6th, 2015 – The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station received information that a 16 year old male juvenile was making threats to cause injury and harm to persons at the local high school. Deputies made contact with the juvenile and determined the threats were not credible and that the subject did not have the means to carry out the reported threats. The male juvenile was determined to meet the criteria for Welfare & Institutions Code 5150 and was transported to a facility for evaluation. The Big Bear Sheriff’s Station appreciates the public’s diligence in reporting this incident. In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino on Wednesday, community members are encouraged to report any and all suspicious...

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First County Female Inmate Hand Crew Graduates Fire Training

San Bernardino County, CA, November 25, 2015 – San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and Deputy Fire Chief Jim Johnstone have announced the graduation of the first County Female Inmate Hand Crew, the first such crew in the nation, known as Glen Helen Crew 15-9. After 8 weeks of training that began in July, with an initial curriculum in wildland fire suppression techniques, along with the basic Incident Command System, first-aid, CPR, confined space awareness, chainsaw operations, and small engine and facility repair— GlenHelen Crew 15-9 has been deployed to assist in a vegetation fire in Victorville, with several upcoming assignments to include preparation for El Nino. Proud of their accomplishments, Sheriff McMahon says the goal is to assist them in turning their lives around and send them back into mainstream society rehabilitated, educated and ready for employment. To be considered for the crew, the inmate must be a low-level offender (no criminal history of violence, sexual or serious violations); must have 15-18 months sentence left to serve; no documented gang affiliation; no prior discipline; and must not be a flight...

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State Fire Camp Inmate Escaped

San Bernardino, CA, November 4, 2015 – Sheriff’s dispatch received information that an inmate had walked away from a fire crew at Hwy 330 and E. Highland Avenue in the City of Highland.  The inmate was last seen at approximately 12:30 p.m.  Deputies immediately responded to the area and began searching for Kent Lesporavsky.  Sheriff’s Aviation and search dogs have also responded to the area and are assisting in the search.  The inmate, Kent Lesporavsky is described as a white male adult, 43 years of age, weighing approximately 220 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes and was last seen wearing an orange...

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IRS Phone Scam

Big Bear, CA, September 4, 2015 – Yesterday, the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station received a report from a local resident who conveyed they had been contacted via telephone by a subject claiming to be a representative from the IRS. They were able to provide personally identifying information about the resident to initially make them believe the call was legitimate. The representative stated that tax payments were past due and needed to be paid immediately. They went on to outline a repayment plan using cash cards. At that point, the resident hung up. Within a few minutes, the resident received another call from a subject claiming to be from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, telling the resident that deputies were on their way to arrest them for non-payment of back taxes. The Caller Identification indicated the call was coming from the general number of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station. The resident again hung up on the caller and immediately notified the actual Big Bear Sheriff’s Station. Citizens need to be aware that if they receive this type of call, IT IS A SCAM! The IRS does not take payment of back taxes by way of cash cards. Do not rely solely on Caller Identification to determine the legitimacy of someone attempting to collect a debt. Caller Identification service is susceptible to fraud. Using a practice known as “Caller ID spoofing,”...

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Boating Under the Influence

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 19, 2015 – Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on August 17, deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of a male adult being severely injured as a result of a boating accident on Big Bear Lake. While on vacation in Big Bear, Shillan Jalalian and Iman Jalalian, sister and brother, rented a boat from a local marina. Shillan was driving the boat when Iman was ejected from the vessel into the lake. When Shillan circled the area where her brother entered the water to pick him up, Iman was injured by the propeller of the boat. Shillan jumped into the lake in an attempt to rescue Iman. Officers from the Municipal Water District (MWD) were patrolling the area on the lake and responded when they realized the tourists were in distress. Iman was found to have severe lacerations to both of his legs and at least one broken bone. Both subjects were pulled from the water on to the MWD boat and transported to the West Boat Ramp where paramedics from Big Bear Fire were waiting to administer medical aid. Iman Jalalian was airlifted by Mercy Air from the West Boat Ramp to Loma Linda Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries. Deputies from SBCSD’s Boating Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene to conduct further investigation of the incident....

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