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Apple Valley, CA: Father arrested for the murder of his 8 year old son.

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Apple Valley, CA: Father arrested for the murder of his 8 year old son.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 4:59pm PT on Thursday, January 5th, 2017, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Apple Valley Station and medical aid responded to a residence in the 13000 block of Navajo Road in Apple Valley, California following a 911 call of a child not breathing.

Deputies and paramedics arrived at the home where they discovered 8 year old Dominic Nunn unresponsive inside the residence.

C.P.R. was performed and Dominic Nunn was transported to Desert Valley Hospital.

Despite lifesaving measures, Dominic Nunn was pronounced deceased at 7:28pm PT.

Detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children and Homicide Details were summoned and are conducting the investigation.

Detectives determined Dominic’s father, 38 year old Shakir Nunn from Apple Valley, California, was responsible for Dominic Nunn’s death.

Shakir Nunn was arrested during the early morning hours of Friday, January 6th, 2017 and booked into High Desert Detention Center for Murder.

San Bernardino County Children and Family Services responded to assist and took custody of the other juveniles in the home.

Dominic Nunn’s mother was determined to be out of the area at the time of the incident and there is no evidence to suggest she was involved in the crime.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Detective Scott Stafford or Sergeant Robert Warrick at: 1 (909)387-3589.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline website at: http://www.wetip.com

** Press Release: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2017/January/AppleValley-HomicideInvestigation.aspx

** Picture from Photojournalist Alex Vasquez of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

News Update!!: Victorville, CA: Man who was beaten by authorities after horse pursuit charged.

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News Update!!: Victorville, CA: Man who was beaten by authorities after horse pursuit charged.

The man who was beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was captured by a news helicopter camera on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 arrived at the courthouse on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in Victorville, California.

The man, 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California, was reprtedly late to his court arraignment and supposed to be at court at 8:00am PT.

When Francis Jared Pusok didn’t show up to his court arraignment, the judge was about to issue a bench warrant for his arrest, but Francis Jared Pusok would suddenly appeared 3 hours later at 11:00am PT.

Francis Jared Pusok’s Attorney Jim Terrell took the blame for his client being late, but wouldn’t elaborate on how his client could almost miss his court arraignment.

During the court arraignment, Francis Jared Pusok pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges including resisting arrest, and evading arrest in his 3 hour long police pursuit that included a stolen horse which happened before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

That horse pursuit ended when Francis Jared Pusok fell of the horse and well on the ground, was caught on camera by a news helicopter from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 being beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

Since the incident, at least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are being investigated for the beating of Francis Jared Pusok, and members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved during a closed session of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 in San Bernardino, California to pay $650,000 in a settlement with the San Bernardino County to Francis Jared Pusok in order to avoid a lawsuit.

Francis Jared Pusok’s pregnant girlfriend, 31 year old Jolene Bindner, was formally charged on allegations that she and Francis Jared Pusok were in possession of 3 stolen trailers,

Jolene Bindner pleaded not guilty and the judge allowed Jolene Bindner to remain free because of she is pregnant.

Prosecutors asked the judge to raise Francis Jared Pusok’s bail from $100,000 to $575,000 which the judge set Francis Jared Pusok’s bail at $450,000.

Francis Jared Pusok’s attorney called the set bail a political move because his client was paid $650,000 by the county to prevent lawsuits in the beating case.

Because of Francis Jared Pusok’s bail was raised, Francis Jared Pusok was taken into police custody.

According to Prosecutor Shannon Faherty, what happened in court wasn’t about retaliation, but it was about the law.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

 

Breaking News!!: Apple Valley, CA: Police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck ends in Whittier, California.

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Breaking News!!: Apple Valley, CA: Police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck ends in Whittier, California.

A police pursuit of a stolen pickup truck from Apple Valley, California ends with a female suspect being taken down into police custody by Whittier Police Department in Whittier, California at 10:17pm PT on Friday, May 8th, 2015.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the police pursuit started at around 9:20pm PT on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at an AutoZone located on the 20000 block of Outer Highway 18 in Apple Valley, California.

Both the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as well as the California Highway Patrol chased the stolen pickup truck south on Interstate 15 in Apple Valley, California to the westbound Interstate 10 in San Bernardino County, California.

The police pursuit entered into Los Angeles County, California passing West Covina, California along westbound Interstate 10 then went onto southbound Interstate 605.

The police pursuit got onto Pioneer Boulevard from the southbound Interstate 605 and began speeding on streets into a residential area.

The police pursuit ended near Whittier High School in Whittier, California when the stolen pickup truck was blocked by a Whittier Police Department Vehicle.

Authorities had their guns drawn as they ordered the driver to get out with hands up.

The suspect got out and appeared to tried to get away, but was quickly taken down by authorities and was taken into police custody.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

 

News Update!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Latest information regarding beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

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News Update!!: San Bernardino County, CA: Latest information regarding beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

** As of 5:00pm PT on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015: **

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The man who was beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was captured by a news helicopter camera on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 arrived at the courthouse on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 in Victorville, California.

The man, 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California, was reprtedly late to his court arraignment and supposed to be at court at 8:00am PT.

When Francis Jared Pusok didn’t show up to his court arraignment, the judge was about to issue a bench warrant for his arrest, but Francis Jared Pusok would suddenly appeared 3 hours later at 11:00am PT.

Francis Jared Pusok’s Attorney Jim Terrell took the blame for his client being late, but wouldn’t elaborate on how his client could almost miss his court arraignment.

During the court arraignment, Francis Jared Pusok pleaded not guilty to several criminal charges including resisting arrest, and evading arrest in his 3 hour long police pursuit that included a stolen horse which happened before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

That horse pursuit ended when Francis Jared Pusok fell of the horse and well on the ground, was caught on camera by a news helicopter from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 being beaten by several San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

Since the incident, at least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are being investigated for the beating of Francis Jared Pusok, and members of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved during a closed session of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 in San Bernardino, California to pay $650,000 in a settlement with the San Bernardino County to Francis Jared Pusok in order to avoid a lawsuit.

Francis Jared Pusok’s pregnant girlfriend Jolene Bindner were formally charged on allegations that she and Francis Jared Pusok were in possession of 3 stolen trailers,

Jolene Bindner pleaded not guilty and the judge allowed Jolene Bindner to remain free because of she is pregnant.

Prosecutors asked the judge to raise Francis Jared Pusok’s bail from $100,000 to $575,000 which the judge set Francis Jared Pusok’s bail at $450,000.

Francis Jared Pusok’s attorney called the set bail a political move because his client was paid $650,000 by the county to prevent lawsuits in the beating case.

Because of Francis Jared Pusok’s bail was raised, Francis Jared Pusok was taken into police custody.

According to Prosecutor Shannon Faherty, what happened in court wasn’t about retaliation, but it was about the law.

** As of 2:00pm PT on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015: **

**** Breaking News!!: San Bernardino County, CA: San Bernardino County will pay man beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies $650,000 in a settlement. ****

The man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit and was captured by a news helicopter camera will be paid $650,000 in a settlement with the San Bernardino County.

The decision was reached during a San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 in San Bernardino, California in order to avoid a lawsuit and the settlement was unanimously approved in a closed session.

Just before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, a news helicopter camera from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 captured a group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen kicking and punching a man, 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California, who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley, California.

**** As of 12:00am PT on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015: **

In the wake of the beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, a call demanding for body camera on all San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies is coming from San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino County, California.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos and Supervisor Robert Lovingood is calling on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to implement a pilot program that would have San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies wear body cameras as soon as possible.

In a posted statement onto Facebook regarding beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood says, “While the incident in our High Desert last week has provoked concern among members of the Board of Supervisors, we cannot interfere in the ongoing investigations by inserting ourselves into what is a law enforcement and legal matter. It is important that these investigations be allowed to proceed without political consideration. We too urge the public to be patient. The Board of Supervisors has very limited authority over the operations or personnel of agencies headed by independently elected constitutional officers such as the Sheriff, and none over matters under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system. There are two independently elected constitutional officers who will conduct investigations into this matter, the Sheriff and the District Attorney. The Board of Supervisors is confident the Sheriff and the District Attorney will conduct thorough investigations and take appropriate action. The Board of Supervisors is aware the Sheriff has been exploring a pilot program to use body cameras in the department. The Board encourages the Sheriff to implement the pilot program as soon as possible and bring a recommendation to the Board for consideration on a larger-scale program.”

** Read the posted statement onto Facebook regarding beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies from San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood at the following San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood on Facebook website address: **

https://www.facebook.com/robert.lovingood.7/posts/351924151663868

According to San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman James Ramos, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies already using digital audio recorders in the field to record their interactions with citizens and a special committee has now been formed to set up a body camera pilot program in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman James Ramos posted a statement (Below Picture) on San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman James Ramos website regarding the beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

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** Read the posted statement onto Facebook regarding beating video involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies from San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood at the following San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Chairman James Ramos website address: **

http://www.sbcounty.gov/ramos/viewer/attachment.ashx?ID=4cb9e3a6-5a04-4056-ae63-3d38832336c9

This committee includes command staff from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Information Services and Technical Services Divisions as well as commanders from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s in both Apple Valley, California and Highland, California which these 2 stations would be participating in the body camera pilot program project.

According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, they must first get the results of this body camera pilot program committee it can be implemented.

** On Monday, April 13th, 2015: **

The suspect that was seen on news helicopter video being beaten while being taken into custody by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies is out on bail.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Records, 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California was released from jail shortly before 7:00pm PT on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 after posting bail.

According to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, Francis Jared Pusok was scheduled to be arraigned via video in Victorville Superior Court as early as in the afternoon on Monday, April 13th, 2015.

**** On Sunday, April 12th, 2015: ****

NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 is reporting that the attorney for a man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies says that 2 women have come forward saying they heard the deputies discussing kicking the man over police scanners.

** Read more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/San-Bernardino-County-Sheriffs-Deputies-Beat-Man-Audio-Recording-Investigation-299479911.html

**** On Friday, April 10th, 2015: ****

At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after news helicopter video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4 showed a horse chase suspect being beaten while being taken into custody on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 in the Apple Valley, California area.

A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen in the video kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

 

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

During a news conference on Friday, April 10th, 2015, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon told the media, “I am disturbed and troubled by what I see in the video. It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures.”

** Watch the video of the news conference at the following San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on YouTube website address: **

https://youtu.be/JFzT51aL1og

 

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

The man’s identified was released on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California and released this mugshot of Francis Jared Pusok (Above Picture) on Friday, April 10th, 2015.

According the the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Francis Jared Pusok was treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and was later booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga being held on $115,000 bail.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were “familiar” with Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history prior to the police pursuit, a criminal rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, threats against a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, and animal cruelty charges for shooting a puppy in front of family members.

Criminal records also showed Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history which includes driving on a sidewalk at an unsafe speed in 2002; attempted robbery in 2006; fighting in 2011; cruelty to an animal in 2013; resisting a law enforcement officer in 2013; and obstructing or resisting an law enforcement officer in 2014.

“I’m asking for some patience while we complete a thorough and fair investigation. I assure you, if there is criminal doing on the part of any of our deputy sheriffs or any policy violations we will take action,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department won’t release the names of deputies, including a sergeant and a detective, until they’re sure that multiple threats made aren’t valid.

According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, “The video that we saw yesterday is extremely upsetting and I understand the public’s concern. I have the utmost faith in the Sheriff’s Department to conduct a full and complete investigation of this incident. At that time, if there is any misconduct, and I have said this repeatedly before, we will take the appropriate action.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) is investigating this incident and if Francis Jared Pusok’s civil rights were violated.

In a statement released to the media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) said, “The FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during a pursuit and altercation involving Francis Pusok and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies on April 9, 2015. The results of the review will be forwarded to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C., to determine whether further investigation and/or prosecution is warranted. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue its investigation of the matter already underway and questions relative to developments on its case should be referred to San Bernardino County officials. No further comment from the FBI would be appropriate at this time.”

Francis Jared Pusok’s Family Attorney Jim Terrell told reporters that he believes the video “is far worse than Rodney King” and has called for the termination and arrests of the deputies seen in the beating.

Jolene Bindner, Francis Jared Pusok’s girlfriend of 13 years, couldn’t believe what had happen and described Francis Jared Pusok as a great father.

**** On Thursday, April 9th, 2015: ****

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon has ordered an immediate internal investigation into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4.

A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley, California just before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

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** Pictures are courtesy of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

In the video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man is seen being chased falling off the horse and then was stunned with a Taser by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s deputy.

As the video continues, the man appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched then at least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, in the 2 minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons 4 times, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.

As the video continues, the man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man did not appear to receive medical attention while San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies stood around him during that time.

** You can watch the video at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/299348011.html

The man has been identified by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California.

In a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 12:12pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, deputies from the Victor Valley Station went to a residence on the 25300 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley, California to serve a search warrant related to an Identity Theft investigation. Upon arrival the suspect, Francis Jared Pusok, fled the location in a vehicle. Deputies pursued Francis Jared Pusok through Apple Valley, California and further into Hesperia, California. Francis Jared Pusok abandoned the vehicle southwest of Bowen Ranch and fled on foot. Deputies were actively searching for Francis Jared Pusok on foot, using off-highway vehicles and helicopters. Within minutes, deputies received information that the suspect came into contact with a group of people near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and stole a horse. Francis Jared Pusok fled on horseback on dirt trails, through very rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse. A Sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies in the area of Highway 173 and Arrowhead Lake Road in Hesperia, California to take the suspect in to custody. Deputies made contact with Pusok and as they approached, the horse threw him off. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective due to his loose clothing. A use of force occurred during the arrest. An internal investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force. At least 3 deputies were injured during the search, 2 suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All 3 were transported to the hospital for treatment. Francis Jared Pusok was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Also written in the press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon responds to the incident captured on video saying, “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately. In addition, members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation.”

The family of Francis Jared Pusok is outrage of what happen and are trying to find out more information on his health and hospital he’s located.

** Read more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. ****

News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies placed on paid administrative leave related to beating video.

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News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies placed on paid administrative leave related to beating video.

At least 10 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies have been placed on paid administrative leave after news helicopter video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4 showed a horse chase suspect being beaten while being taken into custody on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 in the Apple Valley, California area.

A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen in the video kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies.

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

During a news conference on Friday, April 10th, 2015, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon told the media, “I am disturbed and troubled by what I see in the video. It does not appear to be in line with our policies and procedures.”

** Watch the video of the news conference at the following San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on YouTube website address: **

In the video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man is seen being chased falling off the horse and then was stunned with a Taser by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s deputy.

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** Pictures are courtesy of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

In the video, the man appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched then at least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, in the 2 minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons 4 times, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.

As the video continues, the man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man did not appear to receive medical attention while San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies stood around him during that time.

** You can watch the video at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/299348011.html

** Read more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 ordered an immediate internal investigation into what he called “disturbing” video by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4.

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** Picture are courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. **

The man’s identified was released on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California and released this mugshot of Francis Jared Pusok (Above Picture) on Friday, April 10th, 2015.

In a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 12:12pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, deputies from the Victor Valley Station went to a residence on the 25300 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley, California to serve a search warrant related to an Identity Theft investigation. Upon arrival the suspect, Francis Jared Pusok, fled the location in a vehicle. Deputies pursued Francis Jared Pusok through Apple Valley, California and further into Hesperia, California. Francis Jared Pusok abandoned the vehicle southwest of Bowen Ranch and fled on foot. Deputies were actively searching for Francis Jared Pusok on foot, using off-highway vehicles and helicopters. Within minutes, deputies received information that the suspect came into contact with a group of people near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and stole a horse. Francis Jared Pusok fled on horseback on dirt trails, through very rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse. A Sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies in the area of Highway 173 and Arrowhead Lake Road in Hesperia, California to take the suspect in to custody. Deputies made contact with Pusok and as they approached, the horse threw him off. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective due to his loose clothing. A use of force occurred during the arrest. An internal investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force. At least 3 deputies were injured during the search, 2 suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All 3 were transported to the hospital for treatment.

According the the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Francis Jared Pusok was treated at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and was later booked at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga being held on $115,000 bail.

According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were “familiar” with Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history prior to the police pursuit, a criminal rap sheet that includes attempted robbery, threats against a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, and animal cruelty charges for shooting a puppy in front of family members.

Criminal records also showed Francis Jared Pusok’s criminal history which includes driving on a sidewalk at an unsafe speed in 2002; attempted robbery in 2006; fighting in 2011; cruelty to an animal in 2013; resisting a law enforcement officer in 2013; and obstructing or resisting an law enforcement officer in 2014.

“I’m asking for some patience while we complete a thorough and fair investigation. I assure you, if there is criminal doing on the part of any of our deputy sheriffs or any policy violations we will take action,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department won’t release the names of deputies, including a sergeant and a detective, until they’re sure that multiple threats made aren’t valid.

According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, “The video that we saw yesterday is extremely upsetting and I understand the public’s concern. I have the utmost faith in the Sheriff’s Department to conduct a full and complete investigation of this incident. At that time, if there is any misconduct, and I have said this repeatedly before, we will take the appropriate action.”

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) is investigating this incident and if Francis Jared Pusok’s civil rights were violated.

In a statement released to the media, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) said, “The FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during a pursuit and altercation involving Francis Pusok and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies on April 9, 2015. The results of the review will be forwarded to the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, and the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, in Washington, D.C., to determine whether further investigation and/or prosecution is warranted. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will continue its investigation of the matter already underway and questions relative to developments on its case should be referred to San Bernardino County officials. No further comment from the FBI would be appropriate at this time.”

Francis Jared Pusok’s Family Attorney Jim Terrell told reporters that he believes the video “is far worse than Rodney King” and has called for the termination and arrests of the deputies seen in the beating.

Jolene Bindner, Francis Jared Pusok’s girlfriend of 13 years, couldn’t believe what had happen and described Francis Jared Pusok as a great father.

** Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story. **

Breaking News!!: Apple Valley, CA: An immediate internal investigation ordered into San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department beating.

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Breaking News!!: Apple Valley, CA: An immediate internal investigation ordered into San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department beating.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon has ordered an immediate internal investigation into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4’s News Chopper 4.

A group of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen kicking and punching a man who lead San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies on a pursuit in the Deep Creek area of Apple Valley, California just before 3:00pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.

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** Pictures are courtesy of NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4. **

In the video from NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man is seen being chased falling off the horse and then was stunned with a Taser by a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s deputy.

As the video continues, the man appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched then at least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies are seen immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, in the 2 minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times, punched him 37 times and struck him with batons 4 times, and 13 blows appeared to be to the head.

As the video continues, the man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes.

According to NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4, the man did not appear to receive medical attention while San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies stood around him during that time.

** You can watch the video at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/299348011.html

The man has been identified by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as 30 year old Francis Jared Pusok of Apple Valley, California.

In a press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, at 12:12pm PT on Thursday, April 9th, 2015, deputies from the Victor Valley Station went to a residence on the 25300 block of Zuni Road in Apple Valley, California to serve a search warrant related to an Identity Theft investigation. Upon arrival the suspect, Francis Jared Pusok, fled the location in a vehicle. Deputies pursued Francis Jared Pusok through Apple Valley, California and further into Hesperia, California.  Francis Jared Pusok abandoned the vehicle southwest of Bowen Ranch and fled on foot. Deputies were actively searching for Francis Jared Pusok on foot, using off-highway vehicles and helicopters. Within minutes, deputies received information that the suspect came into contact with a group of people near the Deep Creek Hot Springs and stole a horse. Francis Jared Pusok fled on horseback on dirt trails, through very rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse. A Sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies in the area of Highway 173 and Arrowhead Lake Road in Hesperia, California to take the suspect in to custody. Deputies made contact with Pusok and as they approached, the horse threw him off. A Taser was deployed but was ineffective due to his loose clothing. A use of force occurred during the arrest. An internal investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force. At least 3 deputies were injured during the search, 2 suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All 3 were transported to the hospital for treatment. Francis Jared Pusok was transported to a local hospital with unknown injuries.

Also written in the press release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department John McMahon responds to the incident captured on video saying, “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately. In addition, members of the Specialized Investigations Detail are responding to conduct the criminal investigation.”

The family of Francis Jared Pusok is outrage of what happen and are trying to find out more information on his health and hospital he’s located.

** Read more on this news story at the following NBC affiliate KNBC Channel 4 website address: **

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-on-Stolen-Horse-Stunned-by-Sheriffs-Deputies-in-IE-299250951.html

News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: Latest information regarding vegetation fire.

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News Update!!: Apple Valley, CA: Latest information regarding vegetation fire.

** Here is the latest information regarding the vegetation fire, also known as the “River Bottom Fire”, which was burning in a river bottom area of Mojave Narrows Regional Park near Riverside Drive and Seneca Road in Apple Valley, California. **

** As of 9:00am PT on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015: **

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According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, vegetation fire, also known as the “River Bottom Fire”, remains at 185 acres and is at 95% contained, with full containment by Thursday evening.

Fire department firefighters are having a difficult time accessing a ridgeline on the east side of the riverbed due to steep terrain, dense vegetation, and very unstable ground.

There is approximately 50 firefighters and hand crews are on scene conducting extensive mop-up operations as well as 2 San Bernardino County Fire Department dozers continue to shore up containment lines around the burn area and will remain in the area on Friday.

** As of 3:53pm PT on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015: **

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The vegetation fire named the “River Bottom Fire” is now 95% contained at 185 acres.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, a inmate hand crew member suffered minor injury well fighting the vegetation fire.

** As of 11:30am PT on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015: **

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A Wednesday morning press conference was held updating the media about the vegetation fire, also known as the “River Bottom Fire”.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, both San Bernardino County Fire Department and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department personnel flew over the vegetation fire and mapped the burn area this Wednesday morning and the vegetation fire actually burned 185 acres and remains at 30% contained with full containment is expected late Wednesday evening.

Over 110 fire department firefighters and hand crews remain on scene, as well as 2 water dropping helicopters from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department; a helicopter is able to carry 350 gallons of water and the other helicopter carries 180 gallons of water, and both of the helicopters did over 200 water drops onto the vegetation fire on Tuesday.

This Wednesday morning’s humidity was high and temperatures low, aiding the vegetation fire fight and Wednesday’s weather forecast is similar to yesterday, with winds expected at 10 to 15 mph, with gusts upward to 40 mph out of the west.

Heavy smoke will be seen throughout Wednesday, as the vegetation fire is expected to continue burning in heavy brush in the river bottom.

At this moment, all structure that were threaten have been mitigated.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is now saying Wednesday that the vegetation fire, the River Bottom Fire, was not a controlled burn which changed from Tuesday’s press conference saying it was a “control burn” according to the Public Information Officer with the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department is also saying Wednesday that the vegetation fire was not conducted by San Bernardino County Fire Department and it was staff at the Mojave Narrows Regional Park who was burning under burn permit.

** As of 7:30pm PT on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015: **

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A Tuesday afternoon press conference was held updating the media about the vegetation fire, also known as the “River Bottom Fire”.

All mandatory evacuations have been lifted and Riverside Drive in Apple Valley, California is open to residents only.

The vegetation fire called the “River Bottom Fire” has burned 70 acres and is 30% contained.

According to Tracey Martinez, San Bernardino County Fire Department Public Information Officer, a fully permitted control burn near by got out of hand leading to this vegetation fire.

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** As of 5:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015: **

The vegetation fire has burned 70 acres with no containment.

At least 100 structures are threatened.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for Riverside Drive from Riverside Way and Nokomis Road.

Evacuation Center has been set up at Sitting Bull Middle School located at 19455 Sitting Bull Road in Apple Valley, California.

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San Bernardino County Fire Department as well as other near by fire development resources and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department are assisting in battling this vegetation fire including over 200 fire department personnel and hand crews, 2 dozers, 4 water dropping helicopters.

Firefighters providing structure protection outside a home in the Spring Valley Lake Community.

Some outhouses and vehicles have been damaged by this vegetation fire.

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The vegetation fire was reported at around 12:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015.

There is windy conditions in the area and dry conditions as well in the area.

The cause of the vegetation fire has not been determined.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.

** Pictures was courtesy of the San Bernardino County Fire Department. **