Doug Saunders


Doug Saunders

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

Recent articles

  • Fires

    San Bernardino river bottom fire in quickly surrounded; 1 arrested

    SAN BERNARDINO >> One person was arrested after firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the bottom of the Santa Ana river on the outskirts of the city Wednesday.Shortly before 1:30 p.m. firefighters raced to Hospitality and Hunts lanes for a report of a brush fire.They quickly surrounded the blaze with hose lines and put the fire out, officials announced on Twitter.One person was arrested, but details were limited at the time of this report.

  • Breaking News

    Victorville teacher dies after being found unconscious in classroom

    APPLE VALLEY >> A teacher at Lewis Center for Educational Research campus in Apple Valley who was found unresponsive in her classroom died Wednesday evening.Michelle Dale, 39, of Victorville, was found not breathing and unconscious in her classroom just before 4 p.m., sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said in an email.Dale was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Sheriff’s officials didn’t release how Dale died...

  • Residential fires

    Heavy flames from roof reported in Forest Falls house fire

    Firefighters battled a house fire in Forest Falls on Wednesday afternoon.Shortly before 1:45 p.m., initial calls to 911 said the fire was in the treeline and burning a vehicle in the carport but those reports were false. Firefighters found heavy flames coming from the roof of a home in the 9200 block of Hemlock Drive, fire officials said on Twitter.Firefighters knocked down flames within minutes and kept the blaze confined to the home.A cause of the fire or an estimate...

  • Arson

    Transient admitted to setting San Bernardino car wash fire, investigators say

    The man detained in connection with a fire at an abandoned car wash in San Bernardino admitted to setting it, San Bernardino County fire officials said.Renee Hernandez Jr., 30, of San Bernardino was living in the vacant Happy Boy Car Wash in the 500 block of North Flores Street when the fire broke out, according to a county fire news release.According to the dispatch, Hernandez admitted to arriving firefighters that he started the fire.A county fire investigator...

  • Automotive accidents

    Four injured in 3-vehicle crash in Highland

    HIGHLAND >> Four people were hospitalized after a violent three-vehicle crash Monday morning in Highland.A Nissan sedan and Honda Passport crashed shortly before 9 a.m. at the intersection of Pacific and Victoria avenues, sending the Nissan into a gas station marquee, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s news release.The Passport spun around in the intersection and crashed into a Honda CRV.Firefighters used the “jaws of life” to...

  • Fires

    San Bernardino car wash fire deemed suspicious, person of interest detained

    SAN BERNARDINO >> Investigators detained a person they believe may be responsible for a structure fire Monday at an abandoned San Bernardino car wash.San Bernardino County firefighters were called shortly before 3:30 p.m. to the 500 block of North Flores Street where they found the vacant car wash well-involved in flames.It took them about 15 minutes to gain control of the blaze. Fire investigators were dispatched to the scene.Shortly before 4:30 p.m.,...

  • Fires

    Bryant 2 Fire in Yucaipa fully contained

    Cal Fire officials announced Friday that the Bryant 2 Fire burning in the foothills surrounding Yuciapa is fully contained.The fire erupted Aug. 3 scorching 325 acres and netted the arrest of a former fire explorer for the San Manuel Fire Department, who authorities have charged with multiple counts of arson.Jarrod Samra, 23, of Yucaipa, was charged with...

  • Crimes against children

    Registered sex-offender suspected of giving teen girls drugs, alcohol in Joshua Tree

    JOSHUA TREE >> A registered sex offender was arrested Thursday after he reportedly gave two runaway girls drugs and alcohol in Joshua Tree, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said Friday.Randy Myers, 58, was booked into the Morongo Basin jail on suspicion of felony child abuse, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.One of two 14-year-old girls was hospitalized from...

  • Violent crime

    Yucca Valley woman suspected of stabbing 2 people

    YUCCA VALLEY >> Deputies arrested a woman Thursday on suspicion of stabbing two people on Aug. 1 in their Yucca Valley home.Ronnie Zink, 23, of Yucca Valley was booked into the Morongo Basin jail on suspicion of attempted murder. She is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.Deputies found Melvin Porter, 46, and Desiree Ramirez, 37, suffering from multiple stab wounds in a home in the 55000 block of Santa Fe Trail, according to a San Bernardino County sheriff’s...

  • Criminal investigations

    Apple Valley pursuit reaches 100 mph; crash leaves driver in grave condition

    APPLE VALLEY >> A man is fighting for his life after he crashed the car he was driving while fleeing from deputies, sheriff’s officials announced Friday.Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday, a sergeant assigned to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s Apple Valley station attempted to pull over a 2004 Honda sedan near Bear Valley and Mohawk roads, according to a sheriff’s news release.Instead of pulling over, the driver fled, reaching speeds exceeding 100...