A Marine was killed Monday, and four others injured, during a training accident on board the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. About 11:20 a.m. Monday morning, an amphibious-assault vehicle caught fire in the Bullion/Lead Mountain area, killing Corporal Nicholas Sell, 21, and injuring four others. One of the injured is in stable condition at Arrowhead Medical Center; the other three injured Marines were treated and released from the Naval Hospital on board the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. The Marine Corps has not released the names of the other Marines involved. The Marines were supporting 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, during the month-long Integrated Training Exercise. Corporal Nicholas Sell, of Eagle Point, Oregon, had deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and had been in the Marines for three years. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Monday’s incident marks the second training death this year during ITX at the Combat Center. Private First Class Casey Holmes died March 11 in a bulldozer mishap during the training program.
A Sheriff’s truck loaded with computer monitors
seized from the Boom Town Internet Café in
The last known illegal online gambling café in Yucca Valley was shut down yesterday following a joint raid by the Sheriff’s department and the California Department of Justice. Boom Town Internet Café, in a strip mall in the Vons shopping center, had been under investigation for illegal gambling activities for a couple of months. Sheriff’s Detective Dan Helmick said undercover officers had gone into the business earlier and played slots, Keno, and online card games. About 13 patrons were inside the business at the time of the raid. “They were using the computer stations. Once we entered and made contact with the manager, we asked everybody to step back from the monitors. What I observed when we did that, there was some of these gaming stations that had slot machines on the screen at the time.” No arrests were made at the time of the raid. Deputies seized 31 computers and about $3,800 in cash. Helmick said once detectives determine who the owner of the business is, he or she will likely face charges of possession of gaming equipment. Town officials were pleased to hear about the raid.
Deputy Town Manager Shane Stueckle said gaming establishments attract the wrong crowd. “Gaming establishments tend to bring certain characteristics that are not always desirable. The state has laws that regulate the location and the type of gaming facilities, and if this is one that does not conform to those types of laws, it should not be here.” Yucca Valley Mayor Merl Abel agreed and gave a pat on the back to the Sheriff’s Department.
“It’s very unfortunate that happened in our community, but I’m glad the alleged culprits have perhaps been shut down and our community can be better because of it, so congratulations to our Sheriff’s Department.”contact with the manager, we asked everybody to step back from the monitors. What I observed when we did that, there was some of these gaming stations that had slot machines on the screen at the time.” No arrests were made at the time of the raid. Deputies seized 31 computers and about $3,800 in cash. Helmick said once detectives determine who the owner of the business is, he or she will likely face charges of possession of gaming equipment. Town officials were pleased to hear about the raid.
A fastidious burglar ransacked a Twentynine Palms home sometime over the weekend. The resident, Elizabeth Hanson, of the 6600 block of Tamarisk Avenue, came home about 1:30 Monday afternoon to find that someone had broken her bedroom window, and “wiped her out.” Hanson said not only did the burglar steal a couple of computers, a jewelry box filled with thousands of dollars of jewelry, and several bottles of old wine, but also soap, a toothbrush, and shampoo. While the jewelry is of sentimental value, Hanson said the only thing she hopes the burglar will return is a briefcase filled with personal items. “They know where I live,” she told Z107.7 News. Anyone with information on the burglary should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.
The Lady Trojans from Yucca Valley High School travelled to Indio High School to take on the Lady Rajahs volleyball teams yesterday. They defeated the Lady Rajahs 3-0. Coach Matt Jennings said the team served the ball well with a 93 percent serving percentage. From the service line Chelsea Mondary went 18 for 19 with six aces and Chelsea LeBoutillier went 18 for 18 with seven ace serves. Ashley Priest added six kills and Daylin Anderson had 10 digs. The junior varsity team beat Indio also 2-0 with the improvement of Joelle Hahzer, Evelynn Marin and Chloe Smith, and Jade Adair. The freshman team beat Indio in two straight sets with Nichole Sugita going 13 for 13 from the service line.
The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball team defeated Cathedral City in three sets. The Ladycats were led by senior Cherokee Turner and junior Koko Cabrerra. Hanna Beard also played well tonight. The Ladycats are 3-0 overall.
Yesterday, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcat tennis team won their first game of the season against Cathedral City by a score of 11–7. An outstanding effort was put in by the doubles team of Clarissa Felton and Krystiene Delarosa, who won all three sets with scores of 6-4, 6-4 6-2.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Lady Cats tennis team will travel away to Banning. Match time is 3:15. The Lady Cat volleyball team will also travel to Banning; first serve is at 4:30. And the Joshua Springs Christian School girls’ volleyball team will host Temecula Prep at home; match time is 5 p.m.