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  1. 'Rolling Home': Apple Valley High grad Austin Charters pens book based on life as a quadriplegicRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Aug 5 | Victorville Daily Press

    Austin Charters may be a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair, but the creativity and zest for living that exude from this tattooed millennial with the infectious smile know no bounds. The 24-year-old graduate from Apple Valley High School recently finished “Rolling Home,” a novel based on his true-life story that includes Charters being struck by a shotgun blast that ripped through his flesh and severed his spinal cord.

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  2. High Desert Opportunity Summit names keynote speakerRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Jul 29 | Victorville Daily Press

    This year's High Desert Opportunity Summit will return to the Victor Valley and feature keynote speaker Chris Gardner, an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award-winning film director. Gardner will speak at the annual business conference scheduled for Oct. 25 at the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville.

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  3. Prelim set in Marc Puckett's felony hit-and-run caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 20 | Victorville Daily Press

    A preliminary hearing has been set in the felony case against Marc Puckett, Apple Valley's former assistant town manager who allegedly fled the scene of a late-night crash that left one woman injured a year ago. The hearing - scheduled for Aug. 9 in Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court - is expected to bring evidence and witnesses from both sides, as well as a decision as to whether the prosecution's case is strong enough to order Puckett to stand trial for the hit-and-run charge he pleaded not guilty to in December.

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  4. County to mull ground ambulance contract following Grand Jury reportRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 14, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    San Bernardino County's oldest ambulance contract may be up for grabs for the first time in over 30 years following the Civil Grand Jury's sweeping recommendations to change how the county administers emergency transport. In its annual report, the Grand Jury recommended that the county create a request for proposal for a new “service provider contract,” along with creating one exclusive operating area, or EOA, for ground ambulance transport throughout the county.

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  5. Hesperia getting 'back to work'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 12, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    The Hesperia City Council voted 3-1 on Wednesday to appoint the 27-year-old Brosowske, who is the youngest Council member to serve in the city's 30-year history. Brosowske will hold his Council position until after the city's first by-district election in November, when the seats of Mayor Bill Holland, Councilman Paul Russ and Blewett become available.

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  6. Recession to resurrection: Housing tract springs where others were bulldozed nearly 10 years agoRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    The Great Recession was punctuated nearly 10 years ago when media outlets from across the nation focused their attention on the demolition of over a dozen new homes in a bankrupt housing development in the High Desert Today, in that “very same spot site” near Bear Valley Road and Highway 395 in Victorville, the once doomed property is seeing a resurrection of sorts as a new developer is building a 105-lot housing tract, according to city spokeswoman Sue Jones. Developer DR Horton began work on the new tract west of Highway 395 last year, with approximately 50 homes currently under construction or completed at this time, Jones told the Daily Press.

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  7. Lawson caps strong first half with All-Star startRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Reggie Lawson's game used all star jersey earned just two bids during the jersey auction at the California League All-Star Game on Tuesday evening. With the way Lawson, a right-handed pitcher on the Lake Elsinore Storm, is playing his memorabilia could be much more in demand in the not-too-distant future.

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  8. New DA Anderson outlines priorities: Personnel, budget before policyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 7, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    The day after his Election Night victory, District Attorney-elect Jason Anderson informed the State Bar that he will pivot from his four-year-old private practice in Rancho Cucamonga. Anderson plans to satisfy obligations to existing clients while underscoring the need to still earn a living to provide for his family.

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  9. With brother sentenced for killing father in Barstow, sisters inch closer to peaceRead the original story w/Photo

    May 27, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    She wanted the official record to reflect who Michael Ruffalo was before tragedy struck, so she noted the “helping hand” he extended to those who were “down and out,” the brotherhood he found in the Marines and his lessons that taught her “what it meant to be a 'good person.' ” From a statement read in a near-empty courtroom, Samorajski detailed Ruffalo's military service in two foreign wars, his four purple hearts and his charitable work in Barstow as a Mason, Shriner and member of the Lion's Club.

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  10. Pinon Mesa students to attend Disneyland workshop a " thanks in part to legendary teacherRead the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    For decades, Pinon Mesa's Wolverine Band has had a reputation for being one of the best middle school bands in San Bernardino County. This month, they'll have to prove it.

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  11. Pre-plea report ordered in Puckett's felony caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 24, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    A pre-plea report has been ordered in the felony hit-and-run case against Apple Valley's former assistant town manager, court records show, signaling the potential for public disclosure of his thoughts on the crash and his alleged fleeing from the scene. An order for the report, which will be prepared by San Bernardino County Probation, came Thursday during Marc Puckett's pre-preliminary hearing, an atypical move in the county's superior court system, according to Deputy District Attorney Tonya Cole.

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  12. Wrightwood patrol operation nets 4 arrestsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 18, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials said the arrests were made as local deputies, together with officers from the county probation department, conducted a “proactive patrol operation” on April 13. The goal of the operation was to locate and arrest subjects with outstanding warrants, as well as ensuring persons on probation remain in compliance with the terms and conditions of their probation, officials stated. The operation led to the arrests of Jacob Treloar, 33, Terry Lee Bottorf, 67, Peter Thomas Halpin Jr, 58, all of Wrightwood, and 31-year-old Palm Springs resident Lainee Nicole Jiminez - all arrested for outstanding misdemeanor/felony warrants or probation violations.

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  13. Over 30 dogs rescued from Phelan home in illegal breeding operationRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Authorities seized over 30 dogs and put a 43-year-old Phelan man behind bars in connection to an illegal breeding operation here early Wednesday. Rick Ray Kenny was arrested after San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department officials searched a home in the 3600 block of Daisy Lane at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday morning, officials stated.

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  14. Millennials face $ dilemma: Group now forking out nearly half their income on rent, survey saysRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    A recent survey found millennials are forking out nearly half of of their income on rent, with the next generation expected to pay even more. The survey that was conducted by RENTCafe examined the amount of rent paid by the last three generations and found millennials, ages 22 to 30, paid a whopping 45 percent of their income toward rent by the time they turned 30. Based on a total income average of $206,000 made over the last eight years, millennials - identified as people born between 1977 and 1996 - paid out nearly $93,000 in rent during that time, which is the most ever paid by any generation, according to RENTCafe.

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  15. Phelan racer, former Hesperia boxer to be honored at 'Tribute to Courage' galaRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 8, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Off-road racing is clearly a thrilling sport but when things go wrong, the consequences can be devastating. After a horrific bike accident during a national Hare and Hound Race in Johnson Valley in January of 2017, Phelan resident and off-road racer Johnny “Ringo” Scharnweber became paralyzed and was told by a doctor he would most likely never walk again.

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  16. Prep Boys Soccer: Bulldogs recover from bad start to advance in shootoutRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    RANCHO CUCAMONGA - If the start of the Oak Hills boys soccer team's quarterfinal game was less than ideal the Bulldogs sure made up for it with a little bit of belief and whole lot of thrill the rest of the way. Oak Hills is semifinal bound after topping Rancho Cucamonga 4-2 in a shootout Saturday night despite falling behind in the very first minute of play.

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  17. Prep Boys Soccer: Burkel blasts Bulldogs to quarterfinalsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 21, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Ethan Burkel didn't know exactly where he was going to send the ball but he said he knew he had a prime chance. Burkel lifted Oak Hills boys soccer team into the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 quarterfinals with the game's lone goal against Monrovia in a 1-0 victory Wednesday afternoon.

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  18. 'Biggest hearts' in High Desert honoredRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Community leaders with the “biggest hearts” in the area were recognized during the 3rd Annual High Desert Unforgettable Heart Awards. Over 40 individuals and organizations from the High Desert and mountain communities were honored by the Unforgettables Foundation during a luncheon Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville.

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  19. In Steak 'n Shake's abrupt closure, the categorical downfall of its ownerRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 14, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    Two months before Steak 'n Shake abruptly closed Feb. 1, restaurant franchisee owners owed more than $46,000 in back rent, according to court documents reviewed by the Daily Press. Bays Properties, LLC, the lessor of the restaurant at 12158 Mariposa Road, sued SoCal SNS, LLC on Dec. 6, seeking to recover overdue payments, court costs and statutory damages up to $600,000.

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  20. This Desert Life: The long goodbyeRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 9, 2018 | Victorville Daily Press

    She had Alzheimer's disease for nearly two decades. I refuse “battled” here because that implies heroism was involved.

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