Doug Saunders


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Doug Saunders

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Doug Saunders covers breaking news and public safety for The Sun.

Recent articles

  • Automotive accidents

    Crash on 10 Freeway in Yucaipa kills two, prompts SigAlert

    YUCAIPA >> Two lanes of the westbound 10 Freeway will be closed for an undetermined amount of time while California Highway Patrol officers investigate a double fatal crash between a big rig and an SUV, officials said Friday.The crash prompted officials to initiate a SigAlert.Shortly before 1 p.m., CHP was notified that a collision between a blue Jeep and a big rig sent the SUV rolling over several times, officials said. Both occupants of the Jeep were ejected and...

  • Violent crime

    Victorville home invasion suspect sought by detectives

    VICTORVILLE >> A man held a woman in her home at knifepoint during a home invasion robbery June 16, and detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying him, sheriff’s officials announced Thursday.Shortly before 6:30 a.m., the man entered the home in the 15000 block of Whitekirk Drive though a rear window.The woman was awoken by the man, and he traipsed her around the home while he demanded money and jewelry, according to a San Bernardino County...

  • Sexual assault

    Hesperia tattoo artist, accused of raping 19-year-old, appears before a judge

    HESPERIA >> A High Desert tattoo artist in jail on suspicion of raping a customer pleaded not guilty to all charges Wednesday, according to court records.Henry Richard Camarena Jr., 43, of Hesperia failed to appear before a Victorville judge to answer to two felony charges of raping an unconscious woman Tuesday, but he appeared before a judge Wednesday. Court records list the reason the arraignment didn’t take place as “refusal.”“Based on the...

  • Wildfires

    Hikers, campers asked for tips on cause of 1,540-acre Holcomb fire near Big Bear

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> As firefighters battled through challenging conditions of weather and terrain Wednesday, investigators sought the public’s help in determining how the Holcomb fire started.“Anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 or the Doble Trail Camp...

  • Power outages

    Holcomb fire prompts more rolling blackouts in San Bernardino Mountains

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> One of two power lines running into the San Bernardino Mountains from Lucerne Valley has been damaged by the Holcomb fire, forcing rolling blackouts in the area, and the second line was being threatened Wednesday afternoon, Bear Valley Electric Service announced.The utility is asking customers to minimizing the use of air...

  • Wildfires

    Investigators seek public’s help to find cause of Holcomb fire near Big Bear

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> Fire officials are seeking the public’s help determining how the Holcomb fire started.“Anyone who may have been in or around the area of the Pacific Crest Trail near Holcomb Valley Road north of Highway 18 or the Doble Trail Camp between 6:00 p.m. on Saturday June 17 and 3:05 p.m. Monday, June 19th, is asked to call...

  • Wildfires

    Holcomb fire burns 1,200 acres, remains 10 percent contained

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> Tensions and a spot fire flared as the Holcomb fire burned for a second day, prompting fire officials to briefly evacuate an area northeast of Big Bear Lake. Residents were warned to remain vigilant in case the winds shift again.The fire has burned 1,200 acres in the San Bernardino National Forest, and was 10 percent contained by Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service.Authorities have not announced any damage to structures.The...

  • Wildfires

    Big Bear gas shortages, power outages among trouble caused by Holcomb fire

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> Gasoline was a scarce commodity in the Big Bear area on Tuesday.Rolling power outages caused by the Holcomb fire closed the doors to many businesses, including gas stations.Other stations not affected by the outage sold out of fuel and were forced to turn away customers.All, with one exception of one — Moonridge fuel. The line...

  • Evacuations

    Holcomb fire evacuations lifted in Baldwin Lake area

    BIG BEAR LAKE >> Mandatory evacuations ordered Tuesday as the Holcomb fire flared up and changed direction have been lifted, authorities have announced.Homes on First, Second and Third streets in the Baldwin Lake community northeast of Big Bear Lake were being evacuated. Those ordered were lifted at 5:25 p.m., according to a tweet from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station.“No evacuation orders in effect in (Big Bear) at this time,” the tweet said.

  • Fires

    Holcomb fire north of Big Bear burns 1,000-plus acres; voluntary evacuations underway

    BIG BEAR >> A wildfire raging north of Big Bear Lake has charred hundreds of acres prompting officials to issue voluntary evacuations and the closure of stretch of a mountain highway.However, while the Holcomb fire is spreading rapidly, it appears to be moving away from the San Bernardino National Forest’s most populated areas.As of 8:30 p.m. officials announced the blaze ripped through more than 1,000 acres of the national forest.Fire officials have called...