Big Bear, CA, March 1, 2016 – On February 26, 2016, at approximately 02:55 pm., deputies from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of an attempted robbery at Nick’s Automotive Center. Upon arrival deputies were advised that a male subject entered the business and showed an imitation firearm to the clerk working at the front counter and demanded money. He then fled west on Big Bear Blvd. before receiving any money. A vehicle description and license plate were obtained before the vehicle fled. Sheriff’s Aviation and Twin Peaks Station assisted Big Bear Deputies in a search for the vehicle. The vehicle was located on Highway 18 near Arrowbear Drive in Running Springs by Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Deputies. The Suspect was arrested and booked into Big Bear Jail for attempted robbery with a bail of $50,000.
Also on Friday, a woman hiking in the Big Falls area fell about 30 feet and suffered serious injuries. San Bernardino County Fire and USFS personnel responded after a 911 call. The victim was in the canyon at the 6000 foot level near the falls in very steep and rocky terrain. Ground crews were unable to carry her out of the area and requested the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter for a hoist rescue. Helicopter AR 306 maneuvered into the narrow canyon and completed a 137 foot hoist rescue. The hiker received medical aid for her injuries while in the canyon and was transported to a local area hospital for further treatment.
Yesterday, two prisoners in the San Bernardino County jails filed a federal class action lawsuit, claiming that conditions in the jails are unconstitutional. They claim that the jails are depriving them of basic medical and mental health care, protection from harm, and the denial of reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. The prisoners seek an order from the court requiring county officials to improve jail conditions to comply with constitutional standards. The county denies that conditions in the jails are unlawful and believes that health care provided to inmates is of high quality, that inmates with disabilities are accommodated, and that prisoners are housed in a safe and secure environment. The county has been working cooperatively with the Prison Law Office for more than a year in an effort to address the claims that have been made in the lawsuit.