BARSTOW • The Barstow Police Department and other participating agencies wrapped up a two-day active shooter training exercise at the old Barstow Community Hospital on Friday.
According to BPD Lieutenant Mike Hunter, the training went well and was essential to help prepare for an unexpected active shooter-type scenario.
BARSTOW • Details about the crash that led to the death of an 87-year-old man earlier this week have been released by the Barstow Police Department, and the BPD is asking the public for details that may aid the investigation.
Calvin Bottum, a Coalinga resident, died of injuries at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, severa
FORT IRWIN • The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is asking for the public’s help to solve the three-year-old murder case of a solider in Afghanistan and is offering a $25,000 reward to help nab the suspect.
Investigators believe someone in the Fort Irwin area may have information about the murder of Sgt. Anton R. P
BARSTOW • The California Highway Patrol said a goal of zero fatalities on Interstate 40 over the Thanksgiving holiday was met, as part of the traffic safety challenge.
But the Interstate 5 challenge suffered one fatality, a child that was not restrained in the back seat of a vehicle in Kern County, according to a news release by the
BARSTOW • A third man is in custody — his uncle ordered Wednesday to stand trial — for the 1995 murders of Barstow residents Mark Adamson and Joseph Riley.
Adamson and Riley were last seen 18 years ago getting into a maroon car in the Wal-Mart parking lot, according to previous reports. Authorities say information has si
BARSTOW • An 87-year-old man succumbed to injuries Tuesday after being struck by a vehicle last week.
Calvin Bottum, a Coalinga resident, died of injuries he suffered after a car struck him on Friday in Barstow, according a the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner report.
At approximately 5:15 p.m. Nov. 29, Bottum w
The Barstow Police Department, Barstow Fire Protection District and Desert Ambulance participated in an active shooter training drill at the old Barstow Community Hospital building on Wednesday. The agencies set up various scenarios to prepare for a shooter-type scenario in the vacant hospital. The participating agencies will resume training on
BCH nurses ask for ‘respect’
By Jose Quintero
BARSTOW • Approximately 25 registered nurses employed by Barstow Community Hospital were holding picket signs and chanting in full force by 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.
A demand for respect was the theme during Tuesday&r
BARSTOW • Barstow area California Highway Patrol officers arrested four people for driving under the influence and responded to 10 traffic collisions during the Thanksgiving weekend, according to Barstow CHP spokesman Don Spiker.
Although Spiker said 10 collisions is “pretty high,” he was happy to report there were not a
BARSTOW • Barstow residents should prepare for freezing conditions this week.
The National Weather Service has issued the first hard freeze watch of the season beginning Wednesday night through Saturday morning.
A cold low-pressure system from the Arctic brought a southwest belt of gusty winds to the area on Tuesday.
BARSTOW • Despite a one-day strike planned by the registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital, the hospital’s services won’t be interrupted Tuesday, BCH spokesman John Rader said.
According to a news release sent out by BCH, the hospital received a written notice of the California Nurses Association’s intent to
BARSTOW • A Barstow man was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 15 early Monday morning, minutes after his birthday, California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said.
At approximately 12:01 a.m. Monday, Robert Ruiz, who turned 26-years-old on Sunday, was walking on southbound I-15 for unknown reasons when he was struck just
BARSTOW • To prepare for the heavy flow of Thanksgiving traffic, California Highway Patrol has joined the traffic safety campaign “Buckle up America — Every trip. Every time,” according to a news release sent out Tuesday.
CHP has joined the campaign along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the
FORT IRWIN • Fort Irwin officials responded to an Army Times report of alleged discrimination, stating that the Army post is working to accommodate same-sex couples.
The Army Times reported last week that a legally married female couple was denied participation in a marriage enrichment program at Fort Irwin.
According to the
BARSTOW • USA Today has named Barstow Station the busiest rest stop in the West for Thanksgiving travel.
USA Today’s Nov. 20 report used data from the mobile application Foursquare to compile a list of the busiest rest stops in the country based on the volume of check-ins last year from Nov. 20 through 25.
A 47-year-old man was airlifted to a trauma center Sunday morning after an off-road collision in Dumont Dunes.
California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said the Colorado resident was driving a dune buggy at about 30 mph down a hill at approximately 11:10 a.m.
Spiker said the front end of the vehicle dug in the ground, overt
BARSTOW • A truancy sweep conducted by the Barstow Unified School District and Barstow Police Department resulted in four arrests and 45 issued citations last week, according to a BPD news release.
The truancy sweep enforces the daytime curfew and is intended to also serve as an educational tool for parents and students, with the ai
BARSTOW • Two-time Emmy nominated animation artist, producer, director and writer Will Meugniot is set to host a four-hour art show at Painter’s Palette on Saturday afternoon.
Meugniot is from Barstow and has “made it to Hollywood,” Painter Palette co-owner Sandra Halsey said. Some of Meugniot’s credits are S
Jill Bursell remembers being in class at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill., when the news of John. F. Kennedy’s death was announced over the intercom.
Friday marks 50 years since Kennedy was assassinated, and it’s a moment remembered vividly by many in Barstow and across America.
Bursell, now an employee at Hende
SAN BERNARDINO • Two officers from the Barstow Police Department were recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving at the annual San Bernardino County Law Enforcement Recognition and DUI Training seminar in San Bernardino on Wednesday.
According to BPD Lieutenant Mike Hunter, officers Peter D’Andrea and William Spiller were rec
BARSTOW • Two men have been arrested as a result of an ongoing investigation of a gang-related drug operation, following the arrest of a woman as part of the same investigation the previous day, according to a news release from the Barstow Police Department.
According to the release, Ruben Romero and Alexander Gamez were arrested on
As the calendar rolls deeper into November, the High Desert may get a significant blast of cold air this weekend.
According to the National Weather Service, there is a 40 percent chance of rain in Barstow Thursday morning, followed by a 50 percent chance Thursday night and Friday morning. Temperatures on Thursday night are expected to dr
BARSTOW • The Desert Discovery Center is hosting a Dream Catcher Workshop and Craft Fair on Saturday in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.
The workshop and craft fair is put on in conjunction with the Native American Family Resource Center and San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc., according to Jane Laraman-Brockhurs
BARSTOW • Lou Pizarro is best known for his role on the reality television show “Operation Repo,” but to Barstow residents he is known as the voice of “Repo Radio” on Thursday mornings.
Pizarro, a San Fernando Valley resident, calls Barstow his second home because he fell in love with the High Desert over the
BARSTOW • A 25-year-old Barstow man was arrested Monday after being linked to several burglaries within the city and a hit-and-run collision earlier this month, according to a news release from the Barstow Police Department.
According to the release, BPD Officer Jose Barrientos was conducting an ongoing investigation of several resi