A woman who was arrested 10 days ago for squatting in an abandoned cabin was arrested again Sunday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant James Porter, Shashatia Guthridge, 36, was arrested January 10 on suspicion of trespassing after she was found living in a cabin in the 71300 block of Winters Road in Twentynine Palms. Guthridge claimed she owned the cabin, but the cabin’s owner arrived with documentation to prove that Guthridge was not the owner. On Saturday, January 18, the cabin’s owner called the Sheriff’s Department again to report that Guthridge was again living in the cabin. When the deputy arrived, Guthridge showed him paperwork which she said showed she was the owner. The deputy—who was the same deputy who arrested Guthridge earlier for squatting—determined the paperwork was forged. Shashatia Guthridge was arrested for investigation of grand theft of real estate, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.
A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested early Sunday morning after trying to beat each other up. Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Everhart said that about 4:30 Sunday morning, Vicki Nila, 53, of the 55600 block of Napa Road in Landers, called to report her boyfriend, Joshua Homotoff, 37, had punched her in the face, giving her cuts on her lips and nose. Everhart said that in retaliation, Nila hit Homotoff in the head with a pan, cutting his forehead. Vicki Nila and Joshua Homotoff were arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. Nila’s bail was set at $50,000; Homotoff’s bail is $150,000, which includes a $100,000 warrant for a previous felony spouse abuse charge.
Today we continue our series of interviews with the ten contestants for the Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. The girls are all high school juniors and have interviewed a local woman. The Miss Yucca Valley pageant will be held Saturday, February 1, in the Joshua Springs Christian School’s Thunder Dome. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces us to Maddy Nimmo…
Today we visit with Maddy Nimmo, a junior at Yucca Valley High School and candidate for Miss Yucca Valley. Hi Maddy. Tell us, who is the prominent woman you’ve been mentoring with and what you have learned….
“My prominent woman is Laura Jensen. She taught me that there is nothing you can’t overcome to get where you belong in life, and to reach your full potential. Her story really inspired me.”
What have you learned from your experience with Miss Yucca Valley?
“I think I actually learned a lot about myself and who I want to be due to this pageant process. We’ve read “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” as a group each week and its really been amazing to see how much we can apply to our lives and what a difference it has made in all of us already.”
Any final words?
“This pageant has benefited me in so many ways and I’m just so grateful that I got to meet all of these lovely girls. Thank you.”
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ varsity Wildcats basketball team had a busy holiday weekend with two games, one Friday and one on Monday. Friday night, the boys played a home game against the Rams of Desert Mirage. Coach Michael Schneider said it started off with a nice defensive effort, as the Wildcats played to a 27-7 halftime lead. The final score ended up being 50-26, and the Wildcats claimed their first league victory. Leading scorers were: Elijah Grubbs with 10 points; Andrew Wilson with 9 points; and Travis Douglas added 8 points.
Monday, the Wildcats traveled to Los Osos High School in Ontario to play in the MLK Showcase. Their opponent was Victor Valley. Coach Schneider said that cats played really nice defense and went 12 of 16 from the line in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats claimed their second win of the weekend as they beat Victor Valley by a score of 55-52.
Leading scorers were: Alex Chavez with 15 points; Elijah Grubbs and Andrew Wilson both had 11 points.
Twentynine Palms will face Yucca Valley next on Wednesday night at 7:30. JV will begin at 4:30. The games will be held in Wildcat gymnasium.
In high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools soccer teams will play each other in Twentynine Palms. The girls’ game starts at 3:15 p.m., the boys start at 5 p.m.