ZachNews: San Bernardino County, California News Stories: Thursday, August 1st, 2013:
** ZachNews has the following San Bernardino County, California news stories: **
– Lucerne Valley, CA: Arson, attempt murder, and resisting a peace officer.
At around 12:58am PT on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies received a 911 call regarding a house fire in the 11800 block of Moreno Road in Lucerne Valley, California.
The occupied house sustained major damage; however, all the occupants inside the residence made it out uninjured.
At 2:46am PT, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies received a report of 3 additional vegetation fires in Lucerne Valley, California.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alan Pennington responded to the vegetation fires and located evidence at the scene he believed to belong to the suspect.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alan Pennington continued the investigation and was able to locate evidence connecting the vegetation fires and the house fire.
A Detective from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Arson and Bomb Division and an Arson Investigator from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to assist with the investigation.
Evidence collected during the investigation assisted deputies in identifying the arson suspect as 34 year old Marc Cardona of Apple Valley, California.
Marc Cardona was located at his girlfriend’s residence in the 11900 block of Cove Road in Lucerne Valley, California.
When San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alan Pennington made contact with Marc Cardona, he attempted to flee on a bicycle.
Marc Cardona then fought with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alan Pennington as he was attempting to handcuff him and place him under arrest.
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Alan Pennington learned that Marc Cardona tried to set his girlfriends residence on fire before he fled.
Marc Cardona was arrested for 5 counts of arson, 1 count of attempted murder, and for assaulting a peace officer.
Marc Cardona was booked at the Victor Valley Jail where he is currently being held in lieu of $175,000.00.
“The diligent investigation by Deputy Alan Pennington and the cooperative effort with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Departments Arson/ Bomb Division and the San Bernardino County Fire Department has placed a dangerous individual behind bars” stated Sergeant Jim Evans.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Alan Pennington at: 1 (760) 552-6800.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information online at the following We-Tip Hotline website address: http://www.wetip.com
– Yucaipa, CA: Vicious dog attack.
At around 8:11am PT on Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, Yucaipa City Deputies responded to a residence in the 12200 Block of 11th Street following the report of three large Pitbulls on the property that had just killed one of the homeowner’s goats.
Upon arrival, deputies went to the rear of the residence and located the three dogs, still on the property and inside a secured pen with other goats. As deputies approached the pen, they could see the dogs were still actively attacking the remaining goats.
San Bernardino County Animal Control Officers also responded to the residence and attempted to capture and subdue the dogs.
Upon entering the pen, Deputies and Animal Control Officers were immediately confronted by the dogs. As Animal Control Officers were attempting to take control of one of the dogs, one of the Pitbulls charged to attack the officer.
In defense of the officer, a deputy was forced to shoot and kill the charging dog.
As Animal Control Officers continued trying to subdue the same dog, the second Pitbull charged to attack the officers and deputies, forcing the deputy to shoot the dog. The third Pitbull was finally contained and removed by Animal Control.
Upon establishing control of the scene, deputies learned that three of the homeowner’s goats had been killed and also found that prior to their arrival, the dogs had entered the homeowner’s adjacent corral and attacked and injured a horse.
Due to the severity of injuries sustained by the surviving animals, a veterinarian had to respond to the residence to administer emergency care.
Witnesses to the attack told deputies of prior incidents of aggressive behavior by the involved dogs.
None of the dogs involved were wearing any type of collar or tags to help identify their owners, however neighbors directed deputies to a residence on Ave D. Deputies and Animal Control Officers went to the residence in an attempt to contact the owners however, no one was found to be home.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station.
No persons were injured during this incident.
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