Category: Police

Homicide Investigation in Running Springs

Running Springs, CA, December 5, 2016 – On Friday, December 2, 2016, at approximately 9:06 p.m., deputies from the Twin Peaks Station responded to the 31000 block of Wagon Wheel Drive in Running Springs for a report of a man suffering from trauma to his upper torso. The man, later identified as John Eastwood, a 45 year old resident of Twin Peaks, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Homicide Detail were requested and are conducting the investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Troy Mooradian or Sergeant David Johnson at (909)387-3589. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at...

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SBD County Sheriff Warns Public of Telephone Kidnapping Scams

San Bernardino County, CA, November 22, 2016 – The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division would like to warn the public of telephone kidnapping scams. In a typical scenario, people receive a phone call from a person who says a family member is being held hostage, and the caller vows to hurt or kill the hostage unless the caller’s demands are met. Family members will be ordered to collect personal items of value such as jewelry and money. Callers will demand items be left at a designated drop-off point or, to send money through a wire transfer. Family members will be instructed to check into a local hotel nearest the drop off point and wait for further instruction. Callers try to dissuade people from contacting their allegedly “kidnapped” relative. There are several warning signs to a possible kidnapping scam. The calls will come from a non-local area code such as 775 or 664 or from out of the U.S., not from the phone of the kidnapped victim. Callers will try to keep people on the phone for as long as possible. Investigators suggest asking to speak to the kidnap victim and to “listen carefully” to verify whether it is a family member. The public is urged not to send money or provide financial information to an unfamiliar person, especially unsolicited phone calls or emails. Do not provide names...

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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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