Tag: San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department

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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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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