THREE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WITH DRUGS, PARAPHERNALIA, AND WEAPONS

Sheriff’s deputies arrested three Yucca Valley residents and seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons during a search of a Yucca Valley home Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release, deputies and narcotics officers served a search warrant in the 3600 block of Avalon about 6:30 a.m., where Eduardo Villegas, 36, Cheryl Dvorecak, 24, and Michael Mack, 47, were living, along with Villegas’ and Dvorecak’s two infant children. During the search, detectives recovered several grams of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle owned by Villegas, as well as ammunition and syringes in the garage. Deputies also discovered two safes in the master bedroom closet. The smaller safe contained several ounces of marijuana packaged for sale, and a digital scale. The larger safe contained 14 firearms, including semi-automatic hand guns, revolvers, rifles and assault rifles, and a shotgun, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition. Detectives also found in the safe more than four pounds of methamphetamine and a large amount of cash. Villegas, Dvorecak, and Mack are all convicted felons and are prohibited from being in possession of any firearms or ammunition. (Two years ago, Dvorecak pleaded guilty in February 2012 to assault with a deadly weapon when she stabbed Marshall McCoy, 28, of Yucca Valley.) Eduardo Villegas, Cheryl Dvorecak, and Michael Mack were all arrested for investigation of being in possession of a firearm and narcotics, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. Dvorecak and Mack are being held on $50,000 bail, while Villegas is currently out on $50,000 bail.

LUCERNE VALLEY MAN HIT AND KILLED BY CAR

A 65-year-old Lucerne Valley man was struck by a car and killed early Thursday on Highway 18. The man, whose name was not released because his relatives haven’t been notified, was hit at 5:44 a.m. on Highway 18, east of Custer Avenue in Lucerne Valley, California Highway Patrol officers said. He stepped onto the road into the path of an eastbound 2010 Jeep Wrangler. Officers said the driver, Patrick Townes, 46, of Lucerne Valley, had no time to avoid the pedestrian. Eastbound lanes were blocked about two hours due to the crash.

FREE FEDERAL SURPLUS FOOD TO BE DISTRIBUTED MONDAY

The third Monday of the month is the day for most of the monthly distributions of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, November 18th. The locations and times are:

  • The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
  • Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
  • Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
  • Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road, 9 to 11;
  • The fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and
  • Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.

Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags.

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS FACING BANKRUPTCY

The Desert Hot Springs City Council may soon be taking the first steps towards declaring bankruptcy. City officials say the staff will recommend city leaders approve a fiscal emergency, a legal maneuver that gives the city greater flexibility to negotiate its debts and work with employee unions. Under new revenue projections, Desert Hot Springs is on track to spend about $6.9 million more than it has in revenues for the current fiscal year. That figure does not factor in city debts, including $6.7 million in unfunded pensions. City staff warned that Desert Hot Springs could run out of cash by the end of March.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council will hold its regular meeting 3 p.m. Monday, November 18, at the Yucca Mesa Community Center. The HVCC is a coalition of the community organizations of Yucca Mesa, Landers, Flamingo Heights and Johnson Valley. The Council will once again take up the issue of industrial solar fields and their effect on property values, and will urge the county supervisors to change the zoning guidelines in the County’s General Plan.

TEENS FACE MORE RULES TO GET DRIVER’S LICENSE

The process of getting a first-time driver’s license is getting more complicated for teens. ROP Broadcast Student Jacob Seidschlag outlines the requirements….
If you want to obtain your first driver’s license, you must first have a permit according to the DMV of California. To be eligible, you must be 15 and a half or older. To obtain a permit, you have to go to your local DMV and fill out your information. You must also complete a driver’s education class. After having your permit for six months, completed six hours of driving training, completed 50 hours of practice with an adult 25 years or older, 10 of which have to be at night time, you can take your driving test. You will have three chances to pass it. If you fail, you will have to wait two weeks before you can try again. After you pass, you will be given an interim license valid for 90 days until you get your official license.

NEW HOMELESS SERVICES WEBSITE GOES ON-LINE

The newly designed Web site of the Morongo Basin Haven goes on-line today. The homeless problem is complex, and related services are provided by so many organizations, both public and private, that improved coordination of these is a major concern. The goal of the Morongo Basin Haven is to identify these resources and provide services and assistance to help homeless individual and families.

The new Web site is www.mbhaven.org. The Morongo Basin Haven is an affiliate of the Basin Wide Foundation, a non-profit organization. For more information call Kelly Carson at 760-365-7219.

JOSHUA TREE VFW OFFERING MEALS THIS WEEK

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Note the change in hours. Sunday breakfast is pancakes, eggs, omelets, bacon, sausage, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

TOYS FOR TOTS LOOKING FOR CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS

The annual success of the Marines’ Toys for Tots drives depends in part on civilian volunteers. Dan Stork tells you how you can be a part of the effort this year…
The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation relies on local volunteers in several areas, including, assisting in the transportation and storage of toys; assisting in our local warehouse; assisting with meals, and much more. If you would like to volunteer with your local Toys for Tots Office, http://29-palms-ca.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-volunteer-form.aspx and fill out the volunteer information form. You’ll be helping to brighten the holiday season for many children.

FOOD FOR LIFE MEAL TOMORROW, LOOKING TO FOR THANKSGIVING HELP

Food for Life, the non-profit that supplies free meals to low-income residents in the Twentynine Palms area is looking for some help. The busiest time of year is ahead as they plan for the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. Volunteer help is needed to make both of these a success. Volunteers are needed to cook, set up the hall, serve from 1 to 4 on Thanksgiving and 3 to 5 on Christmas, and clean up. Please call Teresa Brown to schedule a time to work at 562-324-9099.

Tomorrow, Saturday, November 16, Palms Baptist Church will be supplying a free, hot, nutritional meal at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms from 3 to 5.

YUCCA VALLEY RECREATION LOOKING FOR BASKETBALL REFEREES

Yucca Valley Recreation is looking for referees for the upcoming youth basketball program. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to sign up…
The Town of Yucca Valley is accepting applications for contract referee positions for the 2013-14 Youth Basketball League. Thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations, techniques and equipment of basketball is required; knowledge of Town of Yucca Valley or SCMAF regulations is highly desirable. Refs must have the skill to make prompt and equitable decisions, and capability of performing regulatory and rule enforcement in officiating youth basketball games. Other duties include monitoring proper conduct amongst players, coaches and fans, inspect courts, call games, impose penalties for rule breaks, and coordinate with scorekeepers. Applicants must be age 16 and over and have the ability to work evenings and weekends on an “as scheduled” basis beginning January 4, 2014. Applications are available at the Yucca Valley Community Center. For more information call 760-369-7207.

DESERT PRESBYTERIAN BREAKFAST TOMORROW

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church will hold a men’s breakfast, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at Carrows in Yucca Valley.

ACTING, SINGING, AND MORE AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT

Tonight, Friday, November 15, is the International Thespian Society, or I.T.S., Café Night at Twentynine Palms High School. Come and enjoy a night of acting, singing, and much, much more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. $3 at the door, $2 if you donate a canned food item.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT CANCELLED

The Twentynine Palms High School Select Choir was to have given performances tonight and tomorrow at Smith’s Ranch in Twentynine Palms. Those performances have been cancelled. The Select Choir will hold other fundraising efforts to raise the money they need for their trip in April to New York City and Carnegie Hall.

FIVE TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS NAMED FOR CIF HONORS

Five Twentynine Palms High School Ladycats volleyball players were named to the All-DeAnza League teams. First Team All-Lleague honors went to seniors Tusia Brown and Rebecca DeGuzman. Second Team honors went to senior Cherokee Turner and junior Nakomis Cabrera. Honorable Mention went to freshman Tatiyanna Mackall.

TWENTYNINE PALMS AND JOSHUA SPRINGS IN CIF FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

Coming up in high school sports tonight, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats and the Joshua Springs Christian School Lightning football teams advance to CIF play-offs. The Wildcats, with a record of 4 and 6 overall, 3 and 2 in league, will play in the East Valley Division CIF playoffs tonight against St. Margaret High School in San Juan Capistrano. The St. Margaret’s Tartans are 9 and 1 overall, 4 and 0 in league play. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Joshua Springs Lightning football team received a bye last week in the first round of playoffs. Tonight they host at home in Lightning Stadium Price High School from Los Angeles in the second round of 8-man Division II play-offs. The Price Knights are 5 and 2 overall; the Joshua Springs Lightning football team is ranked fifth in the state with a 7 and 2 record. Kick-off is 7 p.m.