Tag: Sheriff John McMahon

Coroner Asking For Help Identifying Man Found In The Forest

Big Bear, Ca, December 9, 2015 – The Coroner’s Division of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an adult male who was found dead, inside a tent, in the San Bernardino National Forest north of Cedar Lake Camp on November 28. The decedent is described as a possible white male, had short grey hair and a beard, and was approximately 5’7″ – 5’8″ in height. He was wearing brown GoreTex Merrill boots, Polarma black thermal pants, a Polarmax black thermal shirt, blue hiking pants, a large light green button up shirt, and an Avalanche brand green and grey jacket. He was staying in a grey and green tent, and was using an orange and grey Suisse Sport sleeping bag. Anyone with information about the identification of this subject is requested to contact Det. Jim Wijnhamer at the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station, (909)...

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15th Annual ‘Shop With A Cop’ Holiday Program Underway

San Bernardino County, CA, Dec. 8, 2015 – During the month of December, Law Enforcement volunteers from all over San Bernardino County will chaperone hundreds of children on an unforgettable holiday shopping spree through the 15th annual SEBA ‘Shop With A Cop’ program. This program focuses it’s attention mostly on children over the age of 12 who have different needs than their younger counterparts. Most of the donations to other programs at this time of year are toys for younger children which is why ‘Shop With A Cop’ was created. Every child who participates will be taken on a...

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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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Bounty Offered for Drone Operators

San Bernardino County, CA, August 5, 2015 – Drone operators have been asked repeatedly not to fly their aircraft during wildfires. But at crucial moments in each of the wildfires that have broken out in San Bernardino County so far this year, fire-fighting air tankers had to be diverted away from their targets because of the presence of small airborne hobby drones. The County Board of Supervisors decided asking is no longer enough and created a $75,000 reward fund for the arrest and conviction of anyone who flew any remote control-operated aircraft and interfered with fire-fighting aircraft during the recent Lake, Mill 2, and North fires. “Because fire-fighting planes could not be used, those fires spread faster and further,” Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos said during a news conference. “In the most recent fire, the North Fire, we saw cars and trucks burning on the freeway, we saw homes burn, and we saw families running for their lives,” Chairman Ramos said. “We want to know who was flying drones, and we want them punished. Someone knows who they are, and there is $75,000 waiting for them.” Sheriff John McMahon said his department will actively pursue drone operators in addition to its other vital duties during wildfires. And District Attorney Mike Ramos warned drone operators that they could and would be prosecuted for murder if their drones led to the death...

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Putting the Squeeze on Scooby Doo

San Bernardino County, CA, October 29, 2013 – Sheriff’s deputies have served dozens of smoke shops and liquor stores throughout the county with a letter outlining the ban on selling synthetic drugs. Business owners are being given a chance to dispose of “spice” or “bath salts” legally and avoid criminal prosecution. During a recent sweep, five locations voluntarily surrendered nearly 200 packets of the product known as “spice” – removing 746 grams of it from store shelves. Spice is a mixture of herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals and smoked. Bath salts are synthetic chemicals in a powder or crystal form that’s snorted or injected. The designer drugs are formulated to create the same effects of more common drugs, such as marijuana, PCP or methamphetamine, but to not be detected on standard drug tests. For this reason, abuse tends to run rampant in professions requiring drug testing. Spice is packaged with colorful cartoon icons, such as Scooby Doo or the Superman logo, to appeal to youth. They’re falsely marketed as potpourri, decorative sand, shoe deodorizers or glass cleaner. “Some business owners may not understand exactly what they are selling,” Sheriff John McMahon said. The effects of these highly addictive drugs range greatly because there is no prescribed dosage on any of the packages. Users have been known to suffer cardiac arrest, brain seizures, tremors, excited delirium or homicidal tendencies — making them extremely dangerous for law enforcement...

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