ZachNews: San Bernardino County, California News Stories: Saturday, June 15th, 2013:
** ZachNews has the following San Bernardino County, California news stories: **
– Apple Valley, CA: 4 people injured in traffic accident.
A traffic accident occurred on Highway 18 near Rimrock Road in Apple Valley, California at around 9:12pm PT Saturday night.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a Toyota pickup was traveling eastbound along Highway 18 when the Toyota pickup attempted to make a right turn from the left turn pocket and collided with a car in another lane.
At least 4 people were injured in the traffic accident.
A juvenile was seriously injured and was flown to Loma Linda Medical Center.
3 people has less severe injuries and were driven to local hospitals.
Eastbound lanes of Highway 18 were closed for at least an hour after the traffic accident.
The traffic accident is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley Station.
– Ontario, CA: Person died from being crushed between a gate.
Just after 5:00am PT on Saturday, 28 year old Winston Perez of Riverside, California was working on a dairy farm in Ontario, California moving cows into a paddock, when he was crushed between a gate and the fence by the cows.
According to the San Bernardino City Police Department, Winston Perez was transported by ambulance to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery for severe internal injuries.
Winston Perez died in the Intensive Care Unit at around 4:36pm PT with his family around him.
– San Bernardino, CA: Shots fired near the intersection of Mt Vernon Avenue and 21st Street.
At around 3:46am PT on Saturday, San Bernardino City Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired near the intersection of Mt Vernon Avenue and 21st Street in San Bernardino, California.
San Bernardino Police Department and San Bernardino Fire Department arrived to the scene to find 32 year old Leenathan Lamont Smith of San Bernardino, California unresponsive on the sidewalk with upper body trauma.
Leenathan Lamont Smith was pronounced dead on scene at 3:53am PT.
The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the incident.
– Rialto, CA: Vehicle rolled over on Cedar Avenue.
At around 1:29am PT on Saturday, Rialto Police Department received a 911 call reporting that a vehicle had rolled over in the street on Cedar Avenue just north of Randall Avenue in Rialto, California.
When officers from Rialto Police Department arrived, they found an overturned vehicle.
Paramedics from the Rialto Fire Department responded to the scene and checked the vehicle’s occupant.
The occupant was identified as 23 year old Irvin Rodriguez of Rialto, California and was pronounced dead on the scene at 1:41am PT.
Witnesses indicated that Irvin Rodriguez was traveling northbound at a high rate of speed on Cedar Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle.
The Rialto Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the collision.
– San Bernardino County, CA: County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood applauded progress in court funding.
After months working with California State leaders, County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood is applauding the latest progress in funding courthouses in San Bernardino County, California.
At least $100 million is being allocated for courthouses across California including cities in the Mojave Desert of San Bernardino County, California.
This news comes weeks after courthouses in both Barstow, California and Needles, California had to close and forced additional cases into courts in both Victorville, California and San Bernardino, California.
According to County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Sacramento is listening and have done an outstanding job in showing that our courthouses are the most underfunded in the State of California.
But, according to County of San Bernardino First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, our work is not done and plans to press for additional court funding.
A State Assembly subcommittee voted to adopt California Governor Jerry Brown’s proposal to provide an additional $100 million directed specifically to trial courts funds for trial court operations.
The State Assembly subcommittee acknowledged that the funding isn’t as much as they would like, but the funding is a starting point and additional funding is being looked into.
The California judicial branch, which serves over 38 million people, has been cut $1 billion in the last 5 years which is a reduction of nearly 65 percent.
At this moment, it’s not immediately clear how much funding would flow to San Bernardino County’s courts.
California Legislators are planning to allocate the funds based on workload which San Bernardino County reportedly has the highest ratio of cases to court staff.
Because of California’s funding cuts, the courthouse in Barstow, California was reduced in May 2013 to one courtroom and open 3 days a week.
As for the courthouse in Needles, California, the courthouse was closed altogether.
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