A Morongo Unified School district custodian was arraigned last week by a federal grand jury with production of child pornography. According to the FBI, Matthew Frazer, 42, of Yucca Valley, was arrested January 31 at his place of employment. Sheriff sources say he was arrested at Twentynine Palms Junior High School. He was indicted by the grand jury February 12, arraigned February 19 and pleaded not guilty.
The indictment states that Frazer enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit acts over several years, which he then shared online. In 2013, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children gave the FBI a series of photos of a girl, aged 4 to 6 years old, being sexually abused by a white male. Over a period of several months the FBI developed leads before finally identifying Matthew Frazer as a suspect. The FBI believes Frazer may have victimized other minors who have not yet been identified. Anyone who believes they may have information about this investigation or additional victims is urged to contact the FBI. MUSD Assistant Superintendent Tom Baumgarten said Matthew Frazer has been placed on administrative leave; he said the school district is taking the necessary steps to keep a safe environment for its students, and is working with law enforcement. Matthew Frazer is being held in the West Valley Detention Center without bond. He will next appear in court April 18. If convicted, he faces a sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison. Photos of Matthew Frazer can be seen with this story at z1077fm.com.
Five people were arrested in Joshua Tree Wednesday on various warrants. About 11:50 a.m., Sheriff deputies went to a home in the 61000 block of El Reposo, looking for Justin Morrow, 20, who was wanted on two warrants for drug-related charges. The deputies determined that four other people at the home—Tanisha Trujuillo, 29, Thomas Fureny, 28, David Vasquez, 40, and Jason brown, 32—were also wanted on drug-related warrants, and arrested them. They were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with their bail amounts ranging from $25,000 to $150,000.
San Bernardino County is part of a nationwide service that provides free referrals to Californians who need help for everything from basic needs to job training or tax filing. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how dialing 2-1-1 could help you…
Each year in California, about 2 ½ million people turn to a free referral service for help with life’s problems. 2-1-1 is a free phone number and online service that can help Californians find heating or utility assistance, shelter, even the closest food bank. People also call 2-1-1 for everyday important non-emergency needs, such as home health care for a relative, developmental screening for a child, job training or free tax filing support. In times of a disaster, 2-1-1 is a non-emergency number people can call for information and assistance. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and in 150 different languages. For more information about 2-1-1, visit 211California.org.
Attention motorcycle riders: Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause will be taking donations to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio with a 30 percent veteran population, and come back to Yucca Valley to give out more donations to MB Haven this Saturday, the 22nd. The run starts at 9:00 a.m. from Razor Fades, 3733 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms, stopping to pick up more riders at Hi-Desert Motorcycle Supply in Yucca Valley, then to Palm Springs Harley to pick up Sword of the Lord Ministries, then to Martha’s Kitchen in Indio. Return route is after refuel from Martha’s Kitchen to Desert Motorcycle Supply arriving at about 1:30 p.m. At the end of the ride, they will have the 180 Ministries band “Sunshine on Wheels” playing, serve food and have local vendors. Vets Cruzin’ for a Cause is a grass-roots organization raising awareness and assistance for homeless veterans. For information, call President Kevin Fish at 760-368-8715.
A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001, and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.
The four Rotary Clubs of the Morongo Basin collected enough food to provide more than 59,600 meals for residents during its first annual food drive last week. The Valentine’s Day food drive collected bags of food at Stater Brothers East in Yucca Valley; each bag contained 10 food items that made up one meal. The food drive collected more than $7,000 in cash in addition to the 59,633 meals. The food and cash will be distributed to The Way Station, American Food Bank, Food Pantry at Faith Lutheran, 29 Palms Community Food Pantry, Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel, United Methodist Church and Copper Mountain Mesa Community Center. Z107.7 was a sponsor of the food drive and Morning Show co-host Pat Michaels provided on-the-air updates from the food drive.
With the Visitor season starting out with big crowds at Joshua Tree National Park we are reminded that park annual passes are a bargain. With details here is Park Ranger Pam Tripp…
Looking for a great way to save money and have fun, too? Regular admission to Joshua Tree National Park is $15 per vehicle and good for 7 days. If you wish to visit the park throughout the year, consider purchasing our annual pass for only $30 and valid for 12 months.
Planning a vacation? Consider purchasing the Federal Lands Pass, good for National Park, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation areas. This pass is valid for 12 months and costs $80. If you are a U.S. citizen, age 62 or older, you qualify for the Senior Pass. To enjoy this lifetime benefit, bring your current identification showing date of birth, and $10 to any park entrance station or visitor center. For more information about our fees and passes please call 760-367-5500.
For the next week, the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter is holding a Cat-a-Palooza adoption event. Through Friday, February 28, adoption fees for cats at the animal shelter are just $20. All cats will be current on their vaccinations, will be spayed or neutered, and will come with a voucher for one free vet visit and a carrier box. The animal shelter is located at 4755 Malin Way in Yucca Valley. For more information, call 760-365-3111.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will be serving up a fish and shrimp dinner, tonight from 4:00 to 6:00. Sunday breakfast is a pork chop special. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1.
On February 22, the United Methodist Church of Twentynine Palms will be serving with the Food for Life program, a meal of baked chicken, baked potato, vegetables, salad and dessert. The meal is served in the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall from 3 to 5 p.m. This is a free meal.
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors have called a special meeting for tomorrow. Reporter and Landers Honorary Mayor Mike Lipsitz tells us why…
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors will hold a special open meeting at 10 a.m. this Saturday. On the agenda is a status review of director’s goals established last year, as well as a review of the Director Handbook, official duties, and a 2014/15 travel budget review. Saturday’s session is at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers.
Yucca Valley High School soccer stars and Yucca Valley Heat dancers will be teaming up for the annual “Dancing with the Soccer Stars.” This annual event is a major fundraiser for both teams. The Heat dancers work with their soccer partners to create original dances. Similar to the favorite TV show, the teams are judged, and based on their scores, first through third place winners are announced. Dancing with the Soccer Stars is this Saturday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School Multi-Purpose Room. General admission is $7, VIP seats in the first three rows are $12, and tickets for children under 6 or with a student ID are $6. In addition to a fun evening of dancing and entertainment, the teams have some excellent raffle items, including a Keurig machine, with raffle tickets going a dollar each, or 6 for $5, or 25 for $20. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last night in Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Gym, in the first round of CIF playoffs, the Twentynine Palms girls’ basketball team won against Flintridge Sacred Heart, 73 to 47. Coach Tim Stanford said freshman Tatiyanna Mackall had 17 points, Nokomis Cabrera had 16 points, and Andraliah Lee had 13 points.
Joshua Springs Lightning boys’ basketball hosts the Providence Patriots tonight at 6:00 p.m. The Lightning, 12-0 Victory League champions, take on the Patriots from Santa Barbara with the momentum of a 10-game win streak. Joshua Springs looks to advance to the CIF Division 6 Quarterfinals for the third straight year. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students.