Tag: Starvation Flats

Homicide Suspects Arrested

UPDATE: Big Bear Lake, CA, October 30, 2015 – 5:22pm – Two suspects, Sarah Miskam, a 27-year old female and Dusty Miskam, a 31-year old male, have been arrested today in the homicide investigation reported earlier this morning.  The victim, Alexander Miskam, a 25-year old male, was pronounced deceased in the early morning hours today after the Big Bear Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man down on Starvation Flats Road shortly after midnight.  During the investigation, detectives learned that three suspects attempted to rob another individual in the Holcomb Creek area.  During the course of the armed robbery, the intended victim confronted the suspects.  Alexander Miskam sustained life threatening injuries and was taken by car by another suspect to where his body was later discovered.  As a result of the investigation, Sarah and Dusty Miskam were arrested on charges of murder and armed robbery.  Both were booked at the Big Bear jail, where they are currently being held without bail. Big Bear Lake, CA, October 30, 2015 – Shortly after midnight this morning, deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to a call of a man down on Starvation Flats Rd. just south of Big Bear Blvd. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a male subject lying in the roadway. The subject was transported by ambulance to Bear Valley Community Hospital and pronounced deceased. Investigators believe the subject...

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There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills!

  Big Bear, CA, March 15, 2014 – In 1848, gold was discovered in northern California which brought thousands of people to the state from all over the world. One of these people was Bill Holcomb who tried his luck up north, but quickly decided to head to southern California. He heard rumors of gold in Big Bear Valley, but wasn’t sure how to get there. He and his partner, Jack Martin, finally got directions and made their way to the valley in 1859. There they met up with other miners who were working the area known as Starvation Flats, very close to where the Stater Bros. Shopping Center is today. Not having any luck, they decided to hunt bears instead. Holcomb ended up shooting and wounding a bear which he followed into a beautiful little valley to the north which people started calling Holcomb Valley. He returned to the valley in search of more bear and while he was there decided to do a little gold panning. Much to his surprise, he  found gold. Soon word got out and hundreds of people came to Holcomb Valley to make their fortune. Jed Van Dusen was asked to build a wagon road from Holcomb Valley to the Cajon Pass to make it easier to bring lumber and machinery to the valley. Consequently, the town that sprang up was named Belleville...

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