TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN SHOT FRIDAY NIGHT, DIES SATURDAY

A Twentynine Palms man who was shot Friday night died of his injuries Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Department has not released much information about the shooting, but Z107.7 News has learned that deputies were called to the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms at 7:11 Friday night on a report of shots fired. Deputies found LaShawn Lightfoot, 42, who had been shot multiple times in the upper body inside the apartment. Lightfoot was taken by helicopter to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he died about 8:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Homicide is investigating. The only description given of the shooter is that he was a black male, 20 to 25 years old. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN DIES IN PIONEERTOWN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A Yucca Valley motorcyclist was killed in a Pioneertown crash yesterday. According to the county coroner, at 7:58 p.m., Troy (Jay) Lewis, 51, was traveling southbound on Pioneertown Road when he collided head on with a northbound 2012 Mazda. Lewis was wearing his helmet. Troy Lewis was declared dead at the scene. Two people in the car were injured and were taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

DNA MATCHES LEAD TO ARREST OF JOSHUA TREE SERIAL RAPIST

A Joshua Tree man suspected in four rapes is scheduled to be arraigned in court today.  According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, an unidentified woman went to High Desert Medical Center July 22, and said Thomas Cole, 40, had raped her.

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Cole was arrested that day for investigation of rape, and has been held in the Morongo Basin Jail ever since on $250,000 bail. Four days later, on July 26, the Sheriff’s Department was notified by the County Crime Lab that Cole’s DNA matched an unsolved rape report from June 20, 2009, in Joshua Tree. Additional information revealed that Cole had been named as a suspect in two additional rape investigations. According to the press release, Cole befriended the victims for a short time prior to allegedly raping them. On Friday, the County District Attorney’s office filed three felony counts of rape and one count of attempted rape against Thomas Cole. Anyone with additional information should call Detective Erik Smoot at 760-366-4175.

SHERIFF’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG TURN-IN DAY SATURDAY

The Sheriff’s Office in Joshua Tree will accept old prescriptions in a special event this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says this is local involvement in a national program…
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Help prevent drug abuse by disposing of your expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs, no questions asked, on Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department in Joshua Tree. Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs. For more information call 909-387-3700.

BATHROOM HEATER STARTS HOUSE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms family who went to the drive-in-movie Saturday evening came home to quite a surprise. According to Twentynine Palms Fire Captain Matt Helmkamp, fire fighters were called to a home in the 74000 block of Serrano Drive about 8:30 when clothing hanging next to a bathroom heater caught fire. A passerby smelled the smoke and heard the smoke detectors inside the house and called the fire department. The entire house suffered smoke damage, and the bathroom was completely destroyed from the fire. Captain Helmkamp said there were no injuries.

HIKER RESCUED FROM ROCKS IN INDIAN COVE SUNDAY

A hiker who was scrambling on the rocks in Indian Cove Sunday morning had to be rescued after she fell. About 9:40 a.m., an unidentified woman fell from the rocks and injured her back and pelvis. Due to the difficulty of reaching her, and the time it would have taken, the Sheriff’s helicopter was called in and she was hoisted out on a cable. The woman was flown to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment.

ROBBERY AT A YUCCA VALLEY STORE SATURDAY NIGHT

A Yucca Valley store was robbed Saturday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, the robber, identified only as a black male, came into a store in the 56100 block of 29 Palms Highway shortly before 6 p.m. The robber covered his face with a black jacket, then demanded the clerk to give him all the money in the register. After getting the money, the robber ran across Highway 62 in a northeasterly direction, toward Mohawk Trail. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

“DEATH CAFÉ” AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FRIDAY

A fascinating look at heath and dying is planned for this week at Copper Mountain College. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the “Death Café” opens Friday….
The Copper Mountain College course, “Perspectives on Death and Dying” has been enlivened by a guests including coroners, funeral directors, embalmers, florists, musicians, chaplains, counselors, even a psychic who communicates with the dead. Instructor Cathy Itnyre says she’s always looking for opportunities to “bring death to life” for her students. Last April the Los Angeles Times ran a front-page article about Death Cafés where people share ideas, fears, and understandings about death over cookies and tea. Hospice social worker Betsy Trapasso will lead a presentation on the Death Café movement, followed by a discussion. The talk is open to the public. It all happens at the Bell Center Community Room on Friday, October 25, at 5 p.m.

REACH OUT TO EXPLAIN SENIOR HEALTH BENEFITS TOMORROW

Are you a “new” senior looking into your Medicare options, or are you interested in looking at other plans from your current one? Reach Out Morongo Basin will host AGA Medicare Options on October 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms. This is your opportunity to research lots of different health plans and to make informed decisions for your future. Each attendee that RSVP’s will receive a complementary pie, courtesy of AGA Medicare Options. For more information or to RSVP call Reach Out at 760-361-1410 or AGA Medicare Options at 888-568-1651.

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION OFFERING TABLE TENNIS

Yucca Valley recreation is offering some fun and good recreation as they offer table tennis classes. ROP Broadcast student Jerrod Edmonds tells you how to sign up…
Whether you call it table tennis or ping pong, it is a game enjoyed all over the world! Develop skills, enjoy the friendly competition, and have lots of fun at the Yucca Valley Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome, beginners to intermediates. Singles and doubles can play; tennis shoes are required, and bring your own paddle. You must be 18 years or older, and it is $2 per session on Wednesdays between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, please call 760-369-7211.

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GOES TO 7-0

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan football team moved to a perfect 7-0 as they beat Desert Mirage 60-16 Friday night. Sixty points are the most points scored by a Trojan team since 2005. Coach Tim Cannavo said both Josh Tierney and Rene Gamboa led the defense with 10 tackles and one forced fumble each. Joey Rutherford forced a fumble, then recovered it and returned the fumble for a defensive touchdown. Shayne Saiza and Eric Salazar both returned kickoffs for touchdowns. This gives the Trojan defense and special teams a total of seven touchdowns this season. On offense, Bradley Soares completed 12 of 14 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns. Logan Vallo had 139 yards receiving with one TD and Gabe Sosa had the other two TDs. The Trojans travel to Big Bear on Saturday to face the Bears who are also 2-0 in league play.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL LOSES ON FINAL DRIVE

The Twentynine Palms Varsity Wildcats played an outstanding game, but eventually fell in the final minutes to visiting Shadow Hills 21-14. The Wildcats defense played one of their best games early as they tallied four quarterback sacks on the game. Senior tackle David Falefitu had two sacks, and junior Dylan Martinez, and sophomore Andrew Wilson each had one. Talo Wilson and Darren Murphy led all defenders with nine tackles each on the game. The defensive front of Tristen Thiers, David Falefitu, Cole Estrada, Dylan Martinez, and Andrew Wilson combined for 21 tackles on the game. Offensively Talo Wilson led the team with seven catches, and Darren Murphy had four for 62 yards. Hall led the team in rushing and scored one touchdown. Sophomore running back Beayahn Carrllo had a nifty 50 yard return on the game as well.

The Frosh-Soph were able to defeat the Knights in the earlier game 22-6. With the win, the Cats have a 2-0 record in league and 6-1 season record.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School girls’ volleyball team travels away to play the Desert Mirage Rams in Thermal. The Twentynine Palms High School Ladycat volleyball and tennis teams travel away to play the Big Bear Bears. Tennis starts at 3:15; volleyball at 4:30. The Joshua Springs girls volleyball team hosts Baptist Christian at home; first serve is at 5 p.m.

UKELELE GROUP FORMED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

Students at Twentynine Palms High School are having fun with their ukuleles and the school’s recording studio, ROP Broadcast Student Nathaniel Thomas explains…
A group of students at Twentynine Palms High School have been using the school’s state-of-the-art recording studio to record their personal music. On ukulele, we have Violeti Tuli, myself, and Premo Sitagata. Singing, we have Violeti Tuli, Eneliko Tuli, and Ziggy Tua. Rapping, we have Xavier Johnson, Brenden Nguyen, Eneliko Tuli, and Colby Thomas. Making the beats, we have Ziggy Tua. And finally we have Colby Thomas on lead guitar. Twentynine Palms High School photographer Melissa Martinez says, “They’re the best I’ve seen here yet. They could actually be on their way to the top.”

MORONGO BASIN SPECIAL OLYMPIC PLACE WELL IN BOWLING TOURNAMENT

On Saturday, October 19, Morongo Basin Special Olympics Green Mojaves traveled to Moreno Valley for their Regional Bowling Tournament. Twenty athletes represented their community by bringing home six gold medals, seven silvers, four bronzes and three fourth-place medals. A few of the gold medalists were Tyler Brayley, James Neal—and winning by one pin—Michelle Pence. Next weekend the Green Mojaves travel to Perris. Two soccer teams will compete in four games for the 2013 Inland Empire Regional Fall Games.