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Ventura County Judge Nancy Ayers ruled today against the release of Sexually Violent Predator Ross Wollschlager into the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree. Last month, Judge Ayers proposed releasing Ventura County resident Wollschlager into San Bernardino County, sparking massive opposition from the community and elected officials. San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe attended the hearing and spoke in opposition to Wollschlager’s proposed placement.
“I must commend Judge Ayers for listening to my concerns and those of the local residents who would’ve been impacted by this predator’s release,” said Rowe. “Because of the efforts of Sheriff John McMahon, District Attorney Jason Anderson, and the hundreds of residents who attended the community meeting last month, we were able to stand against this injustice. I’m proud of what we accomplished here today,” added Rowe.
The Board of Supervisors on Oct. 22 unanimously adopted a resolution opposing Wollschlager’s release into San Bernardino County.
Wollschlager, a convicted rapist and child molester, was scheduled to be released from the custody of the State Department of Hospitals under a program known as Conditional Release. Unable to find a landlord willing to house him in Ventura County, Judge Ayers ordered the state to look at other housing options, which included San Bernardino County.
However, following public comment at the hearing on Thursday, Judge Ayers reversed her decision citing concerns with the threat Wollschlager would pose to Joshua Tree National Park’s three million annual visitors, the number of vulnerable residents living in close proximity, and the long response times for law enforcement calls for service in the Morongo Basin.
“The judge’s ruling demonstrates that when a community bands together over a common cause, we can make a difference. Because we had so many community members and elected leaders who were willing to stand up and fight for what is right, Joshua Tree residents won’t have to live in fear for their safety. I’d also like to highlight the efforts of Deputy District Attorneys Maureen O’Connell and Dan Ross, and the deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station for their work to make the public aware of Wollschlager’s proposed placement,” state Rowe.
Third District Supervisor Dawn Rowe, Sheriff John McMahon and District Attorney Jason Anderson will conduct an urgent community meeting in Joshua Tree on Oct. 21 regarding plans by the state to release sexually violent predator Ross Wollschlager into Joshua Tree.
The purpose of the meeting is to “present information to concerned community members and voice our collective opposition of Wollschlager’s placement within San Bernardino County, for the specific purpose of public safety and awareness,” Supervisor Rowe said.
Today, Oct. 17, the District Attorney’s Office announced it had received a letter from the State of California Department of Hospitals concerning a residential placement recommendation made to the Ventura County Superior Court for the community placement of Wollschlager, who was committed as a sexually violent predator, into the community of Joshua Tree.
Under Welfare & Institutions Code §6609.2, the sheriff has authority to give notice of any impending release of a sexually violent predator. During Monday’s meeting, the Sheriff’s Department will summarize the court proceedings to date, as well as those subsequently scheduled, while informing the public regarding options available to the community.
The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Sportsman’s Club, 6225 Sunburst St. in Joshua Tree.
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Sunday night, after the Sunday Night NFL Game on NBC Channel 4, Corporal Travis Vessells, Deputy Brian Weck, and Deputy William “Billy” Poe of the Colorado River Station’s – Marine Enforcement Unit will be recognized as the “Roggin’s Hero: Heroes of the Night” on Fred Roggin’s show, “The Challenge.”
NBC chose these three individuals from our Sheriff’s Department for their continued efforts in seeking out individuals operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Our Marine Enforcement Unit annually leads the state in arresting impaired boating operators.
Take time to watch and support them for having a Vision4Safety for San Bernardino County.
New to this year’s rodeo will be mutton busting. Check out their website at www.pcjbr.org.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Considine, who was shot and wounded after a traffic stop in the county area of Victorville nearly 21 years ago, will be honored as Hero of the Night at an upcoming Ontario Reign hockey game.
On Sept. 27, 1997, Lt. Considine was a deputy sheriff assigned to patrol and was assisting his partner on a traffic stop when the assailant did not stop immediately and lured them to an isolated area.
Once there, the suspect opened fire on Lt. Considine and other deputies using an AK-47 assault rifle at close range. Lt. Considine was wounded four times, but returned fire and killed the attacker.
Lt. Considine recovered from his injuries, but one of his legs was so badly injured it prevented him from serving as a deputy any longer.
Eventually, Lt. Considine’s leg was amputated, he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and he decided to return to the Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Considine not only qualified as a deputy sheriff, he went on to pass through the most rigorous S.W.A.T. program imaginable and graduated at the top of his class.
At the time of the shooting, Lt. Considine was holding a MAGLITE flashlight which now sits in the MAGLITE Museum with the AK-47 round lodged inside. He believes it saved his life.
The public is invited to attend the Ontario Reign hockey game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 where Lt. Considine will be honored during a special ceremony and given the opportunity to drop the puck. The game will be held at Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center in Ontario.
Click here for tickets.
Friday night is devoted to domestic abuse awareness, Saturday to breast cancer awareness, and Sunday to public safety personnel.
All three days are devoted to the best rodeo action in Southern California.
After much anticipation, plans for the second Cars and Stars Car Show have been unveiled.
The event, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Quakes Stadium in Rancho Cucamonga, will have fun for the entire family. Tons of beautiful cars and motorcycles, food, live entertainment, kids activities, specialty vendors, an opportunity drawing, and much more. If you’re coming just to view the cars and partake in the festivities … guess what, it’s free!
Pre-Registrants will receive discounted pricing at $25 (includes a T-shirt and goodie bag). So get them while they’re hot! Must be purchased prior to Oct. 16. If you’re interested in being a vendor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cars & Stars was established in 2015 by members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) event. The primary function is to provide support and assistance to local charities within the Inland Empire.
The organizers are excited to announce that this year they have partnered with Stater Bros Charities. Proceeds from this event will go to breast cancer organizations throughout the Inland Empire. These organizations provide support and assistance while focusing on detection, education and guidance. To learn more about these outstanding organizations please click the links below.
For registration and additional info please visit our website at: www.carsnstarscarshow.com
The Bluecut Fire started on Tuesday at 10:36 a.m. in the Cajon Pass near Kenwood Avenue, west of Interstate 15. For updates and information on the fire, including mandatory evacuation areas, animal evacuation shelters, road and school closures, click here or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4962/. Evacuation centers are available at the Jessie Turner Community Center, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana and the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St., Victorville.
A relief fund for Bluecut Fire victims has been created. To donate, or text RELIEF to 40403, or visit https://ieuw.org/help, or send a check payable to Inland Empire United Way to IEUW Fire Fund, 9644 Hermosa Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730.
The County has opened a Local Assistance Center at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St., Victorville. for residents affected by the fire. The LAC is a one-stop location for a variety of services including but not limited to disaster assistance, property information, and insurance claims. The following agencies are currently providing services at the LAC:
- County Departments:
- Children and Family Services
- Department of Aging and Adult Services
- Department of Behavioral Health
- Department of Public Health
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Employment Development Department
- Land Use Services
- Transitional Assistance Department
- Workforce Development Department
- Non-County Entities:
- State Department of Motor Vehicles
- State Department of Insurance
- State Farm Insurance
- Allstate Insurance
- Farmers Insurance
- Oak Hills water district
- Community Action Partnership
- Southern California Edison
No Wine. No Cocoa. No Gimmicks.
THIS IS GONNA HURT!
Want to challenge yourself, have a good time and stay in shape? Sign up for the Sheriff’s 10K Trail Run, a grueling off-pavement trail run along foot paths and fire roads surrounding the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Training Center. The 6.2 mile course includes challenging hills with moderate to steep inclines. Categories are divided by age and gender (12 years and older). First 200 finishers will receive a Finisher’s Medal!
The event is Sunday, April 3 at 8 a.m.
Proceeds benefit volunteers of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and Star in Motion, a nonprofit organization. Star in Motion fosters positive relationships between the public safety community and the public and supports the health and well-being of the public safety community.
For registration and fee information, visit http://www.starinmotion.org/sheriffs10ktrailrun.php