State inmate escapes from fire crew in San Bernardino County

State inmate escapes from fire crew in San Bernardino County

HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) – Authorities are searching for a state prisoner who walked away while assigned to a fire crew in San Bernardino County.

Sheriff’s officials say Kent Lesporavasky was last seen around midday Wednesday in Highland while wearing an orange Department of Corrections jumpsuit.

Searchers using helicopters and K-9s came up empty.

The 43-year-old is described as weighing about 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

The Sun newspaper says he was serving a sentence for transportation of marijuana and has prior history for theft, drugs and assault on police.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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