CONVICTED CHILD MOLESTER ARRESTED IN WONDER VALLEY

A convicted child molester was arrested in Wonder Valley Wednesday afternoon during a compliance check. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy went to the 80500 block of Sandale Road in Wonder Valley to perform a compliance check on Lawrence Friedberg, 63. During the compliance check, the deputy discovered child pornography in Friedberg’s possession. Lawrence Friedberg was arrested for investigation of possession of child pornography, booked at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $25,000. In 2001, Friedberg pleaded guilty to lewd acts with a child under 14, was sentenced to 9 years in prison, and is required to register as a sex offender.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN WITH LENGTHY CRIMINAL RECORD ARRESTED

A Twentynine Palms man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested again Wednesday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, Danny Rios, 32, was in the area of Two Mile Road and Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 9 a.m. Wednesday. When he saw a deputy patrolling, Rios hopped a fence and tried to flee on foot. Deputies caught him at Two Mile Road and Smoketree. Danny Rios was arrested for investigation of failure to register as a sex offender and for a parole violation. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. Rios has been convicted of multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance, burglary, annoying or molesting a child, and for parole violations.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRASHING HIS HOUSE IN DOMESTIC DISPUTE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly destroyed his house during a fight with his wife. According to a Sheriff’s report, Pernell Jones, 24, became angry over the balance in the couple’s account at the bank. The report states that when Jones returned home, he broke down the front door, trashed the house, and took his wife’s cell phone. After an investigation, Pernell Jones was arrested for felony spouse abuse. Jones was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

YOU ARE INVITED TO MEET AND GREET CONGRESSMAN COOK THIS MONDAY

Come say hello to your Congressman. Dan Stork says it’s time to meet and greet Paul Cook…
Congressman Paul Cook is having a “Meet and Greet” event in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, on Monday evening December 16, from 5:30 to 7:30. If you are interested in attending, you’re asked to RSVP by emailing CA08.RSVP@mail.house.gov or by calling Cook’s Apple Valley District Office at 760-247-1815.

HOMESTEAD VALLEY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS COMMERCIAL SOLAR MONDAY

The Homestead Valley Community Council plans to continue the discussion of large-scale, commercial solar projects at its next meeting, Monday, December 16. Dawn Rowe, an aide to Congressman Paul Cook, plans to be at the meeting and will be able to answer questions about the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Recreation Area. The Council will also discuss the unwritten policy that prohibits property owners from building if the owners rely on hauled water. The meeting will be held 3 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Valley Community Center, at the corner of Larrea and Quailbush Roads.

COUNTY FIREFIGHTER COLLECTING TOYS AT WALMART

This will be the last weekend that Morongo Basin firefighters will be at Walmart during a “stuff the truck” event to receive donations of toys to distribute to needy children. Firefighters will be at Walmart Friday, December 13, from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, December 14, 1 to 5, and Sunday, December 15, noon to 5, to collect monetary donations and new toys. Toys for both boys and girls up to age 17 should be valued at $20 or less. In addition, residents can drop off toys at many local businesses, banks, and mobile home parks, including at the Z107.7 studio in Joshua Tree, for another week.

A BUSY KITCHEN AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will not be serving up dinner tonight. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special or a veggie omelet from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.

WINTER SAFETY TIPS FROM COUNTY FIRE

Winter weather means you will be using more heat in your house. Reporter Taylor Thacker passes on the winter heating safety tips from the county fire department…
Winter weather is on its way and during this time we like to lay by the fire or crank up our thermostats. However, these heating devices can be dangerous if not used with caution. Here are some tips to keep you safe and warm. Make sure you clean your chimney regularly and have it inspected by a professional every heating season. Be sure to have a proper spark protector on all chimney tops. Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container. Never use a fireplace when extreme wind conditions exist outside. Never burn trash, paper, or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause a combustible build-up that can eventually catch fire and cause damage to the chimney and your house. Before cold weather begins, change furnace filters prior to using the heater and check vents periodically to make sure they are not blocked. Remember, charcoal barbecues are intended for outdoors only! They contain deadly amounts of carbon dioxide, so never use a charcoal barbecue to heat up your home! Have a safe and warm winter! For more information, visit www.sbcfire.org.

TWENTYNINE PALMS CHURCH GIVING AWAY TOYS AND FOOD TOMORROW

The Spirit and Truth Worship Center Church of Twentynine Palms is collecting toys and gently used clothing for children ages 0 to 15. The toy and clothing donations will then be distributed Saturday morning, December 14, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church, 4751 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms.

DESERT PRESBYTERIAN PLANS HOLIDAY LIGHT FIELD TRIP

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church’s children’s choir will present a special Christmas song during the December 15 service. Later in the day, a group plans to visit the Christmas lights display on Candy Cane Lane in Cathedral City. Meet at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, 56750 Mountain View Trail in Yucca Valley at 4:00 p.m., or at 5:00 pm. at In-n-Out Burger, 72265 Varner Road in Thousand Palms. For more information, call the church at 760-365-6331.

SATURDAY NIGHT CHURCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

Desert Congregational Church in Twentynine Palms will hold a Saturday Night Church Saturday, December 14, at 7 p.m. Musicians of all types are invited to come and play country, bluegrass, and gospel music. The church is located at 5688 Sunrise Road. Call 760-361-0086 for a free ride to the church.

HOSPICE TREE LIGHTING TOMORROW

Hospice of the Morongo Basin will hold its seasonal tree lighting ceremony this Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff says you still have time to get a light for your loved one…
Light up a life Saturday, December 14, at the Annual Hospice Tree dedication ceremony at Copper Mountain College. Individuals or organizations may make a $10 donation for a light on the Hospice Holiday tree in memory of, or in honor of a loved one. Hospice will send an acknowledgement card to the honoree’s family, or donors may take a blank card and send it themselves. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 3 p.m. with music, refreshments, and visiting in the community room of the college’s Bell Center in Joshua Tree. For more information call 760-366-1308.

ELKS HOOP SHOOT THIS SUNDAY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The competition for the annual Elks national free-throwing contest will be held at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School gym this Sunday, December 15 at noon. Boys and girls in three age categories from 8-13 will each have 25 shots at the hoop. The ones with the best scores advance through four tiers of competition to qualify for the National finals. Age groups will be determined as of the child’s age April 1, 2014. For information call Debbie McClure or Billy McClay at 760-367-2828.

HOLIDAY FUN AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

A variety of holiday fun is planned for the Joshua Tree Library tomorrow. Reporter Dan Stork has your invitation….
The Joshua Tree Branch Library invites families to the library for holiday fun on Saturday December 14. The library will be hosting their “Santa’s Workshop” on December 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. Activities will include, a holiday story time, children’s holiday crafts, and Pictures with Santa. Photos and craft activities are provided at no cost through funding by the Friends of the Joshua Tree Library. For more information about “Santa’s Workshop,” story time, or other library programs, please calls the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 760-366-8615.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team got back in the win column with a 60-30 win over Granite Hills High School (Apple Valley) last night in a first-round game at the Hesperia Christian Holiday Classic. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Yvonne Tran led the scoring with 15 points. Junior Ashley Priest added 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Annika Denndekker netted eight points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior Hannah Hughes dished out six assists.

The Trojan boys’ soccer team played a very physical game versus Xavier Prep Wednesday night. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Coach Tee Vallo said the boys played from start to finish with intensity and passion. The Trojan boys had 14 shots and held Xavier to eight shots

In high school sports today, the Twentynine Palms High School girls’ and boys’ soccer teams will host Xavier College Prep at home, with the games starting at 5 p.m. The Wildcat boys’ basketball team will host Palm Springs High School at home; tip-off is at 6:30 p.m.

The Yucca Valley High School girls’ soccer team will travel to Apple Valley to play in the Hesperia Tournament, starting at 6 p.m. The Trojan boys’ soccer team hosts Silver Valley High School at home, starting at 5 p.m.

And finally, the Joshua Springs girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will host Lucerne Valley High School at home. The girls’ game starts at 5 p.m.; boys’ start at 6:30.