A Twentynine Palms man was reported to have been shot in the head and killed Sunday night. Sheriff’s homicide detectives were called to a home in the 7300 block of Saladin Avenue last night. Z107.7 News will have more information as it becomes available.
Teachers at Yucca Valley High School report that the high school was without power Monday morning, and has been without power all weekend. According to County Fire Captain Rick Denison, Yucca Valley firefighters were called to a reported transformer explosion right across from the high school at 8:22 Saturday morning. Neighbors from blocks away told firefighters they heard the noise. Yucca Valley High School Music Director Bill Barrett held a music practice in the dark that morning, and teachers at the high school report the school is still without power this morning. School is still in session at the school, and a few classrooms in the lower half of the school do have power. Southern California Edison has been telling school officials all morning that power would be restored any minute.
Five men were arrested Friday in Yucca Valley during an 8-hour panhandling and public nuisance sweep by the Sheriff’s Department. Arrested were Paul Garrison, 26, and Michael Flores, 23, for panhandling near Warren Vista and Highway 62. Flores was also found to be wanted on multiple felony burglary warrants. Michael Flores was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $250,000. George Flynn, 73, was arrested for panhandling near Vons. Gonzalo Diaz, 41, was arrested in the 57200 block of Highway 62 for panhandling. Brandon Garcia, 18, was arrested on a felony assault warrant. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $125,000. Two adults were also issued citations for hitch-hiking.
Good detective work by two Sheriff’s deputies led to the arrest of a Twentynine Palms man Friday night after he was seen speeding on his off-road vehicle. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard, about 8:18, Deputies Ericson Dominick and Shaunna Able saw Alejandro Gomez, 18, driving a quad about 80 miles per hour and without any headlights, on Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms, and started a pursuit. Millard said Gomez, who had a male juvenile with him on the quad, abandoned the quad in the desert east of Mesquite Springs Road and south of Raymond Way. The deputies learned the quad was for sale, located a photo of it posted online, and recognized the apartment complex behind it. The deputies went to the 73400 block of Sunnyvale and arrested Alejandro Gomez for investigation of felony failure to yield, booked him at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000. The juvenile with him was cited and released.
Theatre 29 will hold open auditions for the musical “Nunset Boulevard” tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says backstage help volunteers are also welcome…
Auditions are tonight for “Nunset Boulevard,” the latest in the hilarious musical comedy series. If you’re interested in being in the Theatre 29 production, come to the main stage at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Theatre 29 is on the corner of Adobe and Sullivan roads in Twentynine Palms. “Nunset Boulevard” begins April 25 and runs for five weeks. It follows the exploits of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who have been invited to perform at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama. Director Kathryn Ferguson will cast five women who can sing, play multiple roles, and have some comedic timing. Come prepared with a karaoke tape or professional backing track as no live accompanist will be available. All audition pieces must be Broadway music. Be prepared for cold readings. Stage crew volunteers should also attend auditions.
A Wonder Valley man on felony probation was arrested Thursday after weapons and ammunition were found in his home. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the home of William Wetterer, 67, of the 4700 block of Wilson Road about 8:30 a.m. for a probation compliance check. Deputies searched his property and found three rifles in a shed on the rear of his property, and ammunition in his bedroom closet. William Wetterer was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a firearm, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday evening after her husband said she bit him. According to a Sheriff’s report, a man arrived home in the 57200 block of Juarez Drive and his wife, Yolanda Gilmore, 44, started arguing with him because he was late getting home. The man told deputies that Gilmore was angry and bit him on his arm. Yolanda Gilmore was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked at West Valley Detention Center, with her bail set at $50,000.
Morongo Basin Unity Home will be offering its 40-hour California state Mandated Training class beginning March 4, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Classes will be every Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks. Unity Home offers this course to our community free of charge. For questions, or to enroll, please contact Unity Home’s Outreach Office at 760-366-1247.
Yucca Valley Recreation will be offering dog obedience classes starting this Thursday. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get fluffy signed up…
Find the joys of having an obedient dog with a six week Basic Dog Obedience Training Course beginning on Thursday, March 6th at the Yucca Valley Community Center. This class will cover sit, down, stay, come, heal and leave it commands. The purpose of this class is to gain confidence as a dog handler and open the lines of communication with your dog. Students will also participate in team socialization exercises and target problem solving. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Dogs must be current on all vaccinations. Pre-registration is required for this six week course and the cost is $135. Those interested may register at the Yucca Valley Community Center or online at www.yucca-valley.org. For more information call 760-369-7211.
The Animal Action League will be offering low-cost vaccine and microchip clinics in March for dogs and cats, as well as low-cost spaying and neutering. No appointments are necessary for vaccines or microchips; appointments are required for spay and neutering services. Microchips are only $15, and can help reunite you with your lost pet. Clinics will be held in Joshua Tree, behind the dinosaurs on Highway 62, from 10 to 2 on March 4, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. To make an appointment for spay or neutering, call 760-322-4560. Visit animalactionleague.us for updated schedules on clinics.
Vendors are needed for the Morongo Basin Humane Society’s third annual Woof Walk and Fair. The fundraising event will include a dog walk, blessing of the animals, auction, food, music, pet demonstrations, and vendor booths. The Woof Walk is set for Saturday, April 12, at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown. For more information about being a vendor, call Mimi at 760-366-9306.
Transition Joshua Tree is moving forward, looking for participants in its permaculture project. Dan Stork tells you how to get in on it…
Transition Joshua Tree is forming a permaculture team. Whether you’re experienced in this approach to sustainable agriculture and ecosystem regeneration or are new to it, there’s a place for you. Find out about the possibilities at a potluck on Tuesday March 4 from 6 to 8 pm. To find out where the meeting will be, you have to call 310-795-6991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Bear Lake’s iconic tour boat, “The Big Bear Pirate Ship,” sank sometime during the night Friday, between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. The sunken ship was discovered Saturday at 8 a.m. by a Holloway’s Marina employee. The cause of the sinking was due to severe weather on Friday evening with rain, snow and intense winds. The ship was fully winterized including closed hatches, de-icing, and fenders on the docks. The Big Bear Pirate Ship owners plan to dive today to assess the situation. They say they plan to raise the ship out of the water and repair any damages.
The Reverend Dr. Lou Gerhardt is starting a new eight-week seminar starting Thursday, March 6, entitled “You Have a Spark of Greatness in You.” The seminar is not a Bible study nor a discussion group, but a presentation on how to develop a more positive outlook on life and relationships. Each week will feature a different topic, starting with Your Spark Is Unique, on March 6; on March 13, Help Others Ignite Their Spark; Saint Patrick and Greatness on March 20; Meditation and Prayer on March 27. On April 3, it’s Body, Mind, Soul, and the Gut; Sam Sloneker and Joy with a mini drum circle on April 10; Holy Week Reflections on April 17; and Living Life with Trust on April 24. The free seminars will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church at the corner of Onaga and Church Streets in Yucca Valley, and will feature music and refreshments. For more information, call 800-995-1620.
The High School Baseball season opens this Friday. ROP Broadcast student and Baseball Player Alex Chavez says the 29 Palms High School Team is ready…
The Twentynine Palms High School baseball team is ready to start their new season this year. Last year they had a rough season with a record of 5-17 and 4-11 in league. The team is looking forward to a really great season this year with their first game against Coachella Valley on March 7 at Coachella Valley. Coach Tim Stanford expects the team to come out flying around everywhere on the field and coming out strong.