A convicted felon was arrested in Twentynine Palms Wednesday after he was seen walking down the street with a weapon in plain view. According to a Sheriff’s report, shortly before 8 a.m., a resident in the 72600 block of Juanita Drive reported seeing Darkise Gorman, 31, of Los Angeles, walking toward Highway 62 carrying a handgun. Deputies contacted Gorman, whom they determined to be a felon, and searched him and his backpack. Deputies found a handgun with its serial number filed off. Darkise Gorman was arrested for investigation of being a felon in possession of a handgun, and removing the serial number of a weapon. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000. In 2006, when Gorman was 22, Gorman was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor under 16 and sentenced to four years in state prison.
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Wednesday, after her boyfriend said she busted out his car’s windshield. According to a Sheriff’s report, Tracy James, 39, had a heated argument with her boyfriend in the 5600 block of Lupine Avenue about 7:30 a.m., and threw a large rock at him, hitting his vehicle’s windshield, breaking it. Tracy James was arrested for investigation of assault with a weapon, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.
The third Monday of March 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, March 17. 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, 11 to 12;
• The Evangelist Mission Church at 6595 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon. Note that this is a change of location.
Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. For more information, call 909-723-1580.
Twentynine Palms Elementary School is holding a kindergarten round-up to pre-enroll children for the 2014-2015 school year. Children must turn 5 by September 1, 2014. To pre-enroll, parents must make an appointment and pick up a kindergarten enrollment packet, starting Monday, March 17. Parents must bring to their appointment the completed enrollment forms, their child’s shot records, birth certificate, and address verification. Each child must have a physical and dental exam prior to the first day of school. Pre-enrollment appointments will be held March 31, and April 1, 4, 7, 8, 14, and 15, between 9 and 10:45 a.m., and between 1 and 1:45 p.m. The school is located at 74350 Playa Vista Drive. To make an appointment, call 760-367-3545.