Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Inside the News: November 5, 2013

Deputies seek suspects in AV party shooting
Daily Press Staff Report
November 04, 2013 8:10 PM

APPLE VALLEY • San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials are asking for the public’s help as they seek suspects in a house party shooting that wounded one person over the weekend.

On Saturday at about 12:12 a.m., deputies from the Apple Valley Station responded to a home in the 21200 block of Nandina Street in southern Apple Valley, east of Kiowa Road and just north of Tussing Ranch Road.

There was a party at the location and a fight broke out, according to a sheriff’s news release. The people causing the disturbance were asked to leave the party and got into a vehicle, the release stated.

Someone inside the vehicle fired several shots into a crowd of people, and an unidentified female victim was later flown to a local hospital with gunshot injuries, according to the release.

Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call Detective Darren Gilmore at the Apple Valley Station at 760-240-7000. Callers wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip hotline at 800-782-7463 or leave information at www.WeTip.com.

Suspect in bullying video charged
By Melissa Pinion-Whitt and Michel Nolan

SAN BERNARDINO » The teenage suspect in a bullying case at Cajon High School that ended up on a Facebook page on Friday alleg­edly showing him punching an­other student in the back of the head on video was charged Satur­day with battery and challenging someone to fight, the district’s po­lice chief said Monday.

“This is our first incident with the perpetrator, and as far as we are concerned, this is an isolated incident,” according to Joe Pau­lino, San Bernardino City Unified School District police chief.

As of Monday afternoon, the suspect was still in juvenile hall, Paulino said.

“We are viewing this as an as­sault, which is a criminal act,” said SBCUSD spokeswoman Linda Bar­dere.“He is not yet facing disciplinary charges from the district because he is still in custody,” she said.

“And once he is released, he could face disciplinary action from the district that could include sus­pension.”

Cajon High School students viewed a video presentation about bullying at the beginning of the school year, according to Bardere.

“Students went through a presentation that addresses bullying, which we consider a serious offense,” she said.

On Friday, a video surfaced showing one male student punching another in the back of the head.

The video was posted on Facebook, showing the boy following another student for about a minute around the Cajon campus, then pushing and eventually hitting the other boy.

The video was gone by Saturday but not before school officials heard about it. After an investigation, “the juvenile was arrested and booked at Juvenile Hall,” Bardere said earlier.

Both boys are freshmen, according to Bardere.
The victim is 15, the suspect is 14.

“Students learn about the positive and how to deal with conflict in a peaceful way,” she said, adding that Cajon observes the Code of the West, which is 10 behavioral supports for acting in a socially acceptable way. Click here to read the rest of the story.


Burned body found after Apple Valley house fire
Rebecca Howes, Daily Press

APPLE VALLEY • San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner officials confirmed Monday that a burned body was found in a home destroyed by arson near Highway 18 and Rancherias Road on Halloween.

Coroner officials said a body was found in the home and the case was being investigated as a homicide, but they had not made a positive identification of the body as of Monday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant for a parolee in the 20000 block of Highway 18 at about 4 p.m. Oct. 31, and a fire broke out at the home.

Apple Valley Station spokeswoman Trish Hill said the fire was intentionally set in the back bedroom of the home in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence. The blaze quickly got out of control and engulfed the home.

Authorities did not disclose information about a body being found in the home at the time of the incident.

“We just served the search warrants,” Sgt. John Charbonneau of the Sheriff’s Department said Monday. “Once it was determined to be a homicide we turned it over to (homicide detectives).”

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Deputies inform businesses about illegal designer drugs
By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun

Three teams of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department narcotics officers fanned out Wednesday for a county-wide law enforcement education lesson to some smoke shops and convenience marts that they believe have been selling illegal synthetic drugs.

The visitation by plainclothes officers included two smoke shops in Highland and other vendors in Grand Terrace, Bloomington, Barstow, Hinkley, Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, sheriff’s department officials said.

“Some business owners may not understand exactly what they are selling,” said Sheriff John McMahon, in a prepared statement. “We want to educate them on the law and the dangers of synthetic drugs so they do not put the residents of this county -- or their business -- in jeopardy.”

The illegal items fall into two broad categories, “spice” and “bath salts,” which collectively are often called “designer drugs.”

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