VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A search has resumed at a Mojave Desert landfill where authorities believe the body of a 6-year-old boy is buried.
Landfill searched for missing Southern California boy
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's detectives, volunteers and search dogs combed a Mojave Desert landfill Tuesday for remains of a 6-year-old Southern California boy as his mother and aunt were...
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on murder charges filed in the case of a missing Southern California boy (all times local):
8 injured at federal prison in California
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say eight people have been injured at a federal prison in Victorville but details remain sketchy.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department says there...
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a prison guard has been arrested on suspicion of taking cash bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into a Southern California...
Deputy identified in woman’s fatal Victorville shooting
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have identified a San Bernardino County deputy who fatally shot a woman after they say she drove her car toward him.
The sheriff's department says Deputy Jaime Pulido shot 36-year-old Lajuana Phillips on Oct. 2 near a Victorville used-car lot.
The department says Phillips became angry after going to the lot to complain about a car she had bought, punching one man and threatening to kill employees.
California deputies shoot suspect following assault report
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been shot and killed by sheriff's deputies responding to reports of an assault in Southern California.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says the woman, who was not immediately identified, died at the scene Tuesday in Victorville.
4 inmates charged with killing prisoner in California
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Murder charges have been filed against four inmates accused of beating to death another man at a federal prison in California.
Authorities say the indictment unsealed Tuesday charges the men with first-degree murder and conspiracy in the 2013 killing of a 38-year-old inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution in Victorville.
Southern California-Las Vegas train back on track after sale
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A plan to build a high-speed train between Southern California and Las Vegas is back on track after a private rail company announced Wednesday it has taken over the project.
Florida-based Brightline said it has acquired the rights to XpressWest's 185-mile (298-kilometer) federally approved rail corridor along Interstate 15. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
3 arrested in allegedly fraudulent funeral fund scam
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The signs being held by three people along a Southern California desert interstate said "Funeral Donations," ''Anything is a blessing" and had photos of a little boy. "RIP Johnny," one sign noted.
But when Victorville police investigated Monday they discovered the little boy was not deceased and that water bottles held by the trio contained cash allegedly donated as a result of the fraudulent signs.
Uzbek man gets 20 more years for trying to kill warden
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years in prison for plotting to help a foreign terrorist group has been sentenced to another 20 years for trying to kill a federal prison warden in California.
Fazliddin Kurbanov was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles. Prosecutors say he acknowledged fashioning a knife and trying to slit the warden's throat at a federal prison in Victorville.
Calvin Johnson, the warden, recovered from the 2016 attack.
Immigrants held in US prison sue over harsh conditions
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Immigrants sued the U.S. government Wednesday over conditions at a federal prison in California used to house detainees since the Trump administration sought to toughen enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say four people have been arrested after a woman's skeletal remains were found inside a trash can at a Southern California home.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Wednesday identified the woman as 47-year-old Judith Ornelas.
Officials say Ornelas had been dead for more than a year at the time the skeleton was discovered July 8 in Victorville. The trash can was partially filled with cement.
81-year-old California man suspected of killing his wife
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — An 81-year-old Southern California man has been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his 76-year-old wife.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department says Hyae Yu was found suffering from a gunshot wound Sunday inside a home in Victorville. She died at the scene.
William Yu was arrested at the home and could face one count of murder. It wasn't known Thursday if he has an attorney.
NEEDLES — Superior Court of San Bernardino County services available in Needles are expanding to include remote video appearances on misdemeanor probation cases. Modifications or extensions on payments, program enrollments and jail reporting requirements may now be requested via video on the first Friday of each month.
Cases will be heard by a judicial officer at the Barstow Courthouse, which can be contacted at 760-718-3660 to schedule a hearing.
California neighborhood inundated by tumbleweeds
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — High winds raking Southern California left one community buried in tumbleweeds.
Residents of Victorville in the high desert northeast of Los Angeles had to call the city for help when tumbleweeds piled up Monday.
Victorville spokeswoman Sue Jones tells the Daily Press that as many as 150 homes were affected in a neighborhood that faces open desert.
2 rescued from Southern California thrill ride
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Two people got more than they paid for when a thrill ride at a small Southern California amusement park got stuck with the pair 165 feet in the air.
The San Bernardino County Fire Department says the Sky Screamer ride got stuck Sunday night at the Scandia park in the high desert city of Victorville.
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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say deputies investigating illegal cockfighting seized at least 20 roosters and uncovered a sophisticated marijuana growing operation at a Southern California home.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy arrested for pretending to be a sheriff's deputy launched phony investigations and pulled people over while driving around his Southern California neighborhood in an SUV equipped with flashing blue and red lights, authorities said.
The unidentified teen was taken into custody Tuesday after deputies found counterfeit money, fake guns, ballistic vests and other law enforcement-related items in his home, San Bernardino County sheriff's officials said.
Arrest in burglary, vandalism of California Route 66 Museum
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say surveillance footage has led to the arrest of a suspect in the burglary and vandalism at the California Route 66 Museum.
The roadside attraction in Victorville east of Los Angeles reported more than $5,000 in thefts and damage following the break-in last week.
Suspect in 3 carjackings across 2 states is arrested in Utah
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a man suspected in a string of carjackings in two states has been arrested in Utah.
Police say the carjackings started Friday after the man dropped a female acquaintance with a stab wound off at a hospital in San Bernardino.
Sgt. Steve Turner says investigators believe the man injured the woman, who is expected to survive.
3 plead not guilty in fatal shooting of California girl, 12
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three people have been charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old Southern California girl.
The Daily Press newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/2wPJRmD) Anthony Pitts, Danielle Campbell and Reyna Mercado entered not guilty pleas at their arraignment Tuesday.
They were arrested following last week's shooting in Victorville. Officials said Makiya Walls was inside her home when shots smashed through the front window and struck her.
3 arrested in fatal shooting of 12-year-old California girl
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Three people were arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 12-year-old Southern California girl after a feud between one of the suspects and the girl's family, sheriff's officials said Friday.
The three suspects — Anthony Pitts, Danielle Cummings and Reyna Mercado — were arrested after Wednesday night's shooting in Victorville, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
The Latest: Girl, 12, shot to death through window of home
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 12-year-old girl who was shot in her home (all times local):
Authorities are looking for a gunman who walked up to a Southern California home and opened fire, killing a 12-year-old girl.
San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say Makiya Walls was inside a Victorville home when shots smashed through the front window and struck her Wednesday night.
Girl, 12, dies after being shot in California drive-by
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California authorities say a 12-year-old girl has died after being struck in an apparent drive-by shooting.
San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say the girl was inside a residence in Victorville when she was hit by several bullets Wednesday night.
Neighbors told reporters they heard multiple gunshots.
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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Southern California have arrested a mother they say left her four toddlers in a parked car during triple-digit heat.
San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies responding in inland Victorville around midday Wednesday discovered three girls and a boy trapped in the hot car. Temperatures in the area topped 100 degrees.
Investigators believe the kids, ranging in age from 1 to 3, were inside for about 30 minutes with the engine off and the windows rolled up.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old man sought in Las Vegas after a shooting at a dominoes game that left two people dead and a third badly wounded has been arrested in California.
Records showed that Frederick Douglas Martin was arrested Tuesday near Victorville, California, and was being held Thursday in a San Bernardino County jail pending a court appearance for an extradition hearing.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Uzbek refugee serving 25 years behind bars for a plot to kill U.S. military personnel or civilians has been charged with stabbing the warden at the California federal prison where he was serving his sentence, prosecutors said Thursday.
Former Missouri postal worker sentenced for drug plot
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City, Missouri, postal carrier has been ordered to spend three years in federal prison for her role in distributing PCP.
Federal prison guard guilty of kicking inmate in head
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors in Southern California say a federal prison guard has pleaded guilty to kicking a handcuffed inmate in the head and then lying about it.
Thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Flores was convicted Friday in Riverside.
Federal prosecutors say Flores worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and was supervising inmates at a women's prison camp in Victorville in June 2013 when she "initiated a physical altercation" with an inmate.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect who slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from the back seat of a patrol car in Southern California has been caught in Nevada.
San Bernardino County sheriff's officials say 31-year-old Charles Brown was arrested Tuesday in Las Vegas.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Southern California sheriff's deputies are searching for a suspect who slipped out of handcuffs and escaped from the back seat of a patrol car.
San Bernardino County officials say 31-year-old Charles Brown was arrested Sunday on suspicion of transporting narcotics.
Brown was taken to the Victorville Police Department to be interviewed but before he could be brought inside he managed to wriggle out of the cuffs and get out of the car.
Homicide detectives investigate body at Victorville park
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Homicide detectives are investigating after a woman was found dead at a San Bernardino County park.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman says the body was found late Wednesday at Hook Park in Victorville. She didn't provide additional details.
The Daily Press reports (http://bit.ly/2mMzFXb ) witnesses claimed to see a man run over and beat a woman near a parking lot at the park's southwest corner.
Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on Feb. 28, 2017. Council members Tona Belt, Louise Evans, Shawn Gudmundson, Clayton Hazlewood, Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Mayor Ed Paget M.D. were present; Council member Robert Richardson M.D., participated via teleconference call from Victorville.
Audit: California water authority mismanaged millions
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An audit finds a wastewater treatment authority that serves a large swath of the high desert northeast of Los Angeles mismanaged millions of dollars in federal emergency management funds.
The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday (http://lat.ms/2ljF9H6 ) that auditors determined the Victor Valley Water Reclamation Authority did not comply with numerous regulations on Federal Emergency Management Agency contracts worth nearly $32 million.
Deputy recorded threatening to trump up charges to jail man
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating after a deputy was recorded on video threatening to trump up charges to jail a man.
Victorville resident Duncan Hicks tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise newspaper (http://bit.ly/2jyTEKM ) he was treated rudely and refused service when he went into the sheriff's station to file a domestic incident complaint Jan. 27.
How they voted: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on Jan. 10, 2017. Council members Tona Belt, Louise Evans, Shawn Gudmundson, Clayton Hazlewood, Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Mayor Ed Paget M.D. were present. Council member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Victorville.
Report from executive session:
Conference with legal counsel, existing litigation, one case. No reportable action.
Dog pack protects toddler found in California park
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a toddler found nearly naked in a rainy California park was protected by a pack of dogs.
A Victorville police sergeant called to Brentwood Park found the 2-year-old in the rain Wednesday morning. He was wearing a dirty diaper and was surrounded by seven dogs.
Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, Needles Public Financing Authority and Board of Public Utilities met in special session on Dec. 6, 2106. Council members Tom Darcy, Louise Evans, Tony Frazier, Shawn Gudmundson, were Present. Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Victorville, Calif. Vice Mayor Jef Williams and Mayor Ed Paget were not present, Tony Frazier was chosen as presiding officer. Public Utilities members Phil Lejeune, Michael Wright, Stephen Moffitt, Chair Bruce Pocock, Murl Shaver, Mike Schneider and Terry Campbell were present.
$11M in heroin found in big rig pulled over for speeding
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Police in California have discovered more than 200 pounds of heroin worth about $11 million in a tractor trailer they pulled over for speeding.
The California Highway Patrol tells KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2gFEVZp ) the truck was stopped Thursday morning in the high desert city of Victorville, about 80 miles from Los Angeles.
Highway Patrol officers say they became suspicious when the driver began acting nervous.
Ex- postal carrier admits to mail drug-distribution scheme
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City, Missouri, postal carrier has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to distribute PCP through the mail.
The U.S. attorney's office says 65-year-old Carol Barfield entered the plea Monday. Co-defendant Michael Garrett, of Victorville, California, pleaded guilty in September to his role and to using a telephone to distribute PCP.
How they voted: Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on Nov. 8, 2016. Council members Tom Darcy, Louise Evans, Shawn Gudmundson, Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Mayor Ed Paget M.D. were present. Participating by teleconference were council members Robert Richardson M.D. from Victorville; and Tony Frazier from Duck Creek, Utah.
Report from executive session: No executive session was scheduled.
Texas Panhandle traffic stop yields nearly $3.5M in drugs
AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a traffic stop in the Texas Panhandle has yielded nearly $3.5 million worth of drugs allegedly being smuggled from California to Mississippi.
The Texas Department of Public Safety on Friday announced the seizure of 37 pounds of methamphetamine, more than 4 pounds of cocaine and two arrests.
How they voted: Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency meeting in regular session on Oct. 11, 2016. Council members Tom Darcy, Louise Evans, Tony Frazier, Shawn Gudmundson, Tom Darcy and Mayor Ed Paget M.D. were present. Council member Robert Richardson M.D. was to participate by teleconference from Victorville. Council member, Vice Mayor Jeff Williams requested an excused absence.
Drone to the face doesn’t stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.
The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn't stop the show or even the song.
Police seek man who threw urine on McDonald’s employee
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Police are looking for help finding a man they say threw urine on a Southern California McDonald's employee after an argument about his order.
Police Det. Mike Mason tells KNBC-TV (http://bit.ly/2cQ93E9) that on the night of July 26, three people ordered bundt cakes at the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Victorville.
How they voted: Needles City Council meeting in regular session on Sept. 13, 2016. Council members Tom Darcy, Louise Evans, Tony Frazier, Shawn Gudmundson, Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Mayor Ed Paget M.D. were present. Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Victorville.
Report from executive session: No executive session was held.