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Halloween prank lands two women in hot water with authorities

October 28, 2010 |  4:40 pm

San Bernardino County authorities on Thursday arrested two alleged Halloween pranksters accused of tossing a mannequin wrapped in what appeared to be a bloody sheet onto an Interstate 40 on-ramp in Barstow.

The California Highway Patrol, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and military police from a nearby Marine base responded to the scene Thursday morning after receiving a report of a body in a bloody sheet along the roadway.

Deputies quickly noticed two people on a hilltop with binoculars, about 100 yards away, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Department. When deputies questioned them, they allegedly admitting placing the mannequin near the roadway as a Halloween prank, the statement said.

Tina Jaramillo, 42, of Yermo and Sharron Dennis, 39, of Victorville were arrested on suspicion of making a false report of an emergency.

-- Phil Willon in Riverside