Category: Police

Distracted Driving is No Accident

Big Bear, CA, November 11, 2016 – Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured or killed statewide in vehicle collisions caused by distracted drivers. The unfortunate truth is distracted driving collisions are 100 percent preventable, because distracted driving is a choice. Though there are numerous distractions a driver must manage, cell phone use is the most prevalent. With multiple modes of communication and instant entertainment at their fingertips, drivers are constantly engaging in cell phone use while driving. To combat this issue the California Highway Patrol is launching a statewide Adult Distracted Drivers traffic safety program. This program is...

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A Search Warrant Leads to Four Narcotics-Related Arrests

Sugarloaf, CA, November 7, 2016 – Following investigative leads of possible narcotics sales, the Multi-Enforcement Team and Patrol Deputies of the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station served a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of Riverside Avenue in Sugarloaf shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. Suspects Gary Simrak, Erica Wilson, Jericho Redhawk, and Justina Bowden were found to be inside the residence at the time the warrant was executed. During the search, Deputies seized a large amount of methamphetamine, heroin, hypodermic needles, and packaging that is consistent with sales of illegal substances. All four suspects...

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Stay Safe and Use a Designated Driver this Halloween

Big Bear, CA, October 24, 2016 – For all those planning to party this Halloween, be sure to stay safe and use a designated driver! Our wonderful mountain community has a great program, the Big Bear Designated Driver Program, which offers incentives for designated drivers across the mountain. The Big Bear Designated Driver Program was put in place by the Breakthrough Task Force in order to keep the roads safe for both residents and visitors. The program does not provide designated drivers but encourages people to be the designated driver for their group of friends or family. Many wonderful businesses on the mountain participate in the program. Designated drivers who dine or shop at these businesses receive perks for committing to be the designated driver for their group. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Big Bear Designated Driver sticker in the window! The Restaurants and bars that serve alcohol give out official designated driver wristbands to the designated driver along with a discount of the establishment’s choosing such as free nonalcoholic drinks for the night, a free appetizer, half price off your meal and so on. After visiting the alcohol serving restaurant or bar, the designated driver can redeem this wristband at participating local shops and restaurants as a coupon. The California Highway Patrol supports the designated driver program because it works and saves lives. Remember, if...

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Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Big Bear, CA, October 21, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in over six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to any one of the collection sites. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in 447 tons (over 893,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,400 sites operated...

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Residents Catch and Detain Arsonist

San Bernardino, CA, September 28, 2016 – On Sunday, Sept. 25, at about 8:15 p.m., firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire and the US Forest Service responded to a reported vegetation fire in lower Waterman Canyon in San Bernardino. Upon their arrival, the fire had been extinguished by a resident.  The resident stated a male subject had started the fire and gave fire authorities a description.  A search of the area turned up negative for the subject described. Later the next morning just after midnight, another vegetation fire was reported in the same vicinity. While firefighters fought to contain the...

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