SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Sara Snyder says beware of the “arrest warrant” scam… In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF SAYS DON’T GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE, team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF ENFORCING OFF-ROAD LAWS THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND

The Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin OHV Team would like to remind everyone this Fourth of July holiday weekend that they will be out utilizing dual-sport motorcycles and 4X4 vehicles on patrol enforcing OHV violations with the assistance of County Code Enforcement. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF ADVISES, DON’T GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE, team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

…View Full Story…

NEW SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN A FAMILIAR FACE IN THE MORONGO BASIN

County Sheriff John McMahon promoted Lieutenant Jeff Joling to the rank of captain yesterday. Captain Joling will take over as commander of the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station June 27. He takes over from Captain Dale Mondary who is leaving June 12 to serve as the chief of police in nearby

…View Full Story…

DEPUTIES’ NAMES RELEASED IN CASE OF TELEVISED BEATING OF APPLE VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department has released the names of the deputies involved in the televised beating of an Apple Valley man following a chase on a stolen horse a month ago. Placed on administrative leave are Deputies Nicholas Downey, Scott Hamilton, David Moore, Dominic Moody, Detective William Doemner, and Sergeant James

…View Full Story…

COUNTY SETTLES WITH BEATING VICTIM

Wasting little time, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors settled with the victim of a beating by Sheriff’s deputies that was televised earlier this month. In a closed session Tuesday morning, the supervisors unanimously approved a $650,000 settlement in connection with the arrest of Francis Pusock, 30, “to avoid

…View Full Story…

FBI INVESTIGATING THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

In the wake of a horrific beating captured on camera by a KNBC News Helicopter, the FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during the pursuit and altercation involving Francis Jared Pusok and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.

“The results of the review will be

…View Full Story…

SUSPECT IN FOUR LOCAL ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTED

Detectives with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station have arrested the man suspected of robbing three Twentynine Palms businesses in February and March, and a Yucca Valley business Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, Ramirez Brown, 35, of Victorville, robbed the Check-n-Go in the Vons shopping center in Yucca

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SUED BY THE ACLU OVER TASER USE

The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, asking a court to order the department to turn over documents showing steps it has taken to comply with county grand jury recommendations on the use of Tasers. The grand jury found that deaths related to the

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT MARIJUANA EDIBLES

The Sheriff’s Department warns residents of the dangers of eating food with medical marijuana in it. Many marijuana edible products are made by unlicensed and unregulated producers. In addition, today’s marijuana is of a much higher potency than marijuana of years past. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main ingredient in

…View Full Story…

A “KING OF THE HAMMERS” REMINDER FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

The Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone that the King of the Hammers off-road event in Johnson Valley is in full swing. OHV riders should ride in designated riding areas and trails only and respect private lands. Several law enforcement agencies to include the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department,

…View Full Story…

INVESTIGATORS LOOKING FOR HELP AFTER LARGE BRAWL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying people involved in a brawl in Twentynine Palms late Monday night. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, police were called to the 74000 block of Samarkand Drive about 11:30 for a report of about 20 people fighting. Yost said

…View Full Story…

TWO NEW SHERIFF’S SERGEANTS AT THE MORONGO BASIN STATION

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station welcomes two new sergeants, Sergeant Jim Thornburg has been with the county Sheriff’s department for 16 years, and was assigned to the Morongo Basin as a deputy and detective. He was promoted to sergeant seven months ago. Thornburg’s experience includes narcotics and he came here

…View Full Story…

CIVIL LAWSUIT IN SHERIFF’S DEPUTY FATAL CRASH GOES TO ARBITRATION

The case involving a Sheriff’s deputy who killed a Twentynine Palms man in a 2013 crash has gone to mediation. About 7:30 p.m. April 30, 2013, Deputy Erdem Gorgolu was driving eastbound on the highway in front of the Stater Brothers shopping center in Twentynine Palms when his patrol car

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT TELEPHONE SCAMS

The Sheriff’s Department is warning about a new scourge of telephone scams being run here in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to protect yourself… The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind citizens of the increasing frequency of telephone scams occurring throughout our county

…View Full Story…

“SHOP WITH A COP” PROGRAM LOOKING FOR DONATIONS

The San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association is accepting donations for its Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop pairs law enforcement professionals with children, and sends them on a shopping spree for clothing, toys, and personal care items. Shop with a Cop tries to ensure that

…View Full Story…

SHERIFF WARNS ABOUT SCAM TEXTS

Local residents are being targeted by scam artists who are using text messaging to try and get your personal information. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Northcutt joins us with this warning… With online and mobile banking skyrocketing, it isn’t a surprise that scams quickly follow. One recent tactic is the use

…View Full Story…

FOUR SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES PLACED ON LEAVE IN FBI INVESTIGATION

This Monday and Tuesday, four San Bernardino County deputy sheriffs involved in a West Valley Detention Center investigation by the FBI were placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into mistreatment of inmates. In March, Sheriff John McMahon ordered an internal investigation into the allegations. A

…View Full Story…

COUNTY SHERIFF ISSUES FITNESS CHALLENGE TO AREA WOMEN

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is holding a fitness challenge for women 21 years and older who want to see if they have what it takes to be a deputy sheriff. The event will consist of a “pursuit and rescue” obstacle course, push ups, sit ups, and a 1

…View Full Story…