25 ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY WARRANT SWEEP

About 25 people were arrested in Yucca Valley Sunday during an arrest warrant sweep. Some of the people arrested and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail during the 10-hour operation were: Jackie Singer, 57, on a misdemeanor traffic warrant, with his bail set at $50,000; Stoney Thomas, 27, on a felony fugitive warrant from Nevada, and is being held without bail; Scott Bryant, 51, for multiple misdemeanor traffic warrants, with his bail set at $150,000; Richard Austin, 50, of Joshua Tree, on a warrant for transportation of a controlled substance, with his bail set at $50,000; and Sharon Henning, 36, also of Joshua Tree, on a warrant for transportation of a controlled substance, with her bail set at $50,000. Additional arrests were made for misdemeanor traffic offenses, possession of marijuana, being under the influence, narcotics, and others.

 

List of some of those arrested:

Justin Clinton Neill, 23, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on two misdemeanor traffic warrants and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $12,500.

Dawana Salehian, 58, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor public intoxication warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000.

Jackie Singer, 57, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor traffic warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

Lara Burke, 51, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on two misdemeanor traffic warrants and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Ronald Sartain, 27, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor narcotics warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000.

Nicholas Pattillo, 33, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor DUI warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000.

Christa Arboreen, 27, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on misdemeanor traffic warrants and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Kristine Conn, 46, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor narcotics warrant and a misdemeanor DUI warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $10,000.

Stoney Thomas, 27, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a felony fugitive warrant out of the state of Nevada. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail.

Kimberly Guerrero Silva, 35, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on a misdemeanor traffic warrant and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $25,000.

Scott Bryant, 51, of Yucca Valley, was arrested on multiple misdemeanor traffic warrants. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Richard Austin, 50, of Joshua Tree, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $50,000.

Sharon Henning, 36, of Joshua Tree, was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $50,000.

MORE ON FELONY CHILD ENDAGERMENT INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a Yucca Valley woman who was arrested last week, accused of child endangerment. Jacqueline Noonan, 40, who is on probation for a prior narcotics conviction, was sitting in her car in the 7300 block of Dumosa   Avenue about 3 p.m. Thursday with a 12-year-old child. Probation officers and Sheriff’s deputies contacted Noonan and searched her vehicle. The press release states that unbeknownst to law enforcement, Noonan gave the child nearly an ounce of methamphetamine and numerous hypodermic needles to hide for her. The drugs and paraphernalia were discovered, and Jacqueline Noonan was arrested for investigation of felony child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance for sales, as well as her probation violation. She was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail. The child was taken into protective custody by Child and Family Services.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO CONSIDER APPOINTING EMPLOYEE AS TOWN MANAGER

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session and may decide to promote an existing employee to Town Manager. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has a closer look…

Among the items on the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will be asked to approve increases in two contracts, totaling $125,000, for street cleaning after storms, On the action agenda, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked, to put out for bid the sidewalk improvement project along Sage Avenue for the Safe Routes to Schools grant program. Next the Council will be asked to make changes to the Town’s facility use agreement, including changing the hours of facility rentals, pet policy, and fee waiver policies. The Council will then be asked to modify the Town’s reserve policy and transfer $150,000 into the Capital Projects Reserve Fund for slurry seal and street maintenance.  Finally, the Council will go into closed session in which it will consider appointing an employee as the new town manager. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

NEW SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN A FAMILIAR FACE, MORE SHERIFF MOVES MADE

A familiar face will be coming back to the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station. Captain Dale Mondary will take over as commander for the Morongo Basin Sheriff Station effective April 19, As station commander, Mondary will also serve as the Chief of Police for the Town of Yucca Valley and City of Twentynine   Palms. Mondary is a 23-year-veteran of the Sheriff’s Department and a 21-year resident of Yucca Valley, with his wife Danette, and daughters Chelsea and Miranda. His oldest daughter, Drew, is a 2006 graduate of Yucca Valley High School. Mondary currently serves as the commander for the Sheriff’s Court Services and Civil Divisions. Mondary previously worked at the Morongo Station as a deputy, detective, sergeant, and lieutenant. Captain Mondary will be replacing Captain Rich Boswell who retired after more than 30 years of service Sheriff’s sergeants and deputies are also being shuffled. Sergeant James Porter is being assigned to the Highland Division, Sergeant Jason Radeleff is transferring to special investigations, and Deputy Robert Yglesias is moving over to Glen Helen. Taking their places are Sergeants Matt Yost, Robert Warrick, and Deputy Gerardo Jimenez Jr., who are all coming from West Valley Detention Center.

SCHOOL BOARD TAKES UP SOLAR ENERGY AND MATH

Solar energy possibilities and integrated mathematics; Reporter Dan Stork invites you to come and be educated along with the Board of Education of the Morongo Unified School District…

Following a closed session 5:30 pm to deal with pupil personnel and employee bargaining issues, the Board of Education of the Marengo Unified School District will have an open work/study session at 6, featuring a presentation on solar energy, from PsomasFMG, a company that provides solar to schools, businesses, and communities. The featured presentation in the regular 7 p.m. open session will be on integrated mathematics programs. Among the action agenda items are approval of the second interim budget report, and board policies on student leaves of absence, and weapons and dangerous instruments. The Board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School, 4950 Sunburst Avenue.

COUNTY OFFERING VETERANS SERVICES LOCALLY

The County Veterans Affairs Office in San Bernardino sends a service representative to the Morongo Basin two days a week. Misty Taylor is at the County Building, 56357 Pima Trail, in Yucca Valley every Tuesday from 9 to 3. Taylor visits Twentynine Palms on Wednesdays. She is at 73629 Sun Valley Drive from 8:30 to noon, then can be found at the Village Center, Building 1551, on board the Combat Center, from 1 to 3. For more information, call 909-387-5516.

ADULT CRAFTS IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

Why let the kids have ALL the fun? The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering an adult craft program tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker has details…

Find your inner artist at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Wednesday, March 19th. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is offering an Adult Craft Program from 1-4pm for $5 per participant. Take some time out of your daily schedule and enjoy an afternoon making crafts for friends and family while you delight in the company of fellow crafters. All materials are provided but space is limited so sign up now! For more information, or to sign up, call 760-369-7212 or go online to www.hidesertnaturemueum.org.

ANNUAL GIANT ROCK CLEAN-UP THIS SATURDAY

Saturday is the 10th Annual Clean-up Event at Giant Rock, the world’s largest free-standing boulder. Volunteers will gather at Giant Rock in Landers and work from 9 to noon. Trash bags, bottled water and a free lunch donated by the Rib Company will be provided. Each volunteer will also receive a raffle ticket for prizes, including camping gear, tools, and toys, all donated by the Woodman family. For more information or directions, call Dan at 714-322-5937.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION WITH MULTIPLE PUBLIC HEARINGS TONIGHT

Multiple public hearings are scheduled for Twentynine Palms Planning Commission this week. Reporter Dan Stork says they’re about variances, a permit, and unpaved roads…

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold three public hearings at its March 18 meeting. The first is on a variance request to relax the rules for setback, building height, paved access, and lot coverage at a residence on Chia Avenue. The second is for a Conditional Use Permit for an addition for a Teen Center at Palms Baptist Church. Finally, there will be a review of the City’s policy for unpaved roads. The Commission meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

REACH OUT PROGRAM, “INDEGESTION IS NOT NORMAL,” IS TOMORROW

Reach Out Morongo Basin will be hosting a senior and adult holistic health seminar tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center on Adobe Rd, The title of the seminar is “Indigestion is NOT Normal.” This 30 minute program provides practical inexpensive ways to prevent and treat indigestion and avoid acid reflux. Find out about the major causes of the most common digestive complaints and how bad digestion can affect the rest of your body. Learn simple and effective ways to keep your digestive system running smoothly, the value of Tums, the difference between probiotics and enzymes, and which foods are the most common culprits. For more information or to sign up, contact Reach Out at 760-361-1410.

WHAT ARE THOSE BLUE LIGHTS ON THE HIGHWAY, WE WILL TELL YOU

You may have noticed bright blue and green lights on power lines on the south side of the highway on the east end of Yucca Valley. No, they’re not lights indicating a landing zone or runway for aliens. Managing editor Tami Roleff looked into the lights, and says they are not an eye in the sky…

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Time Warner Cable recently began expanding its Wi-Fi network in Yucca Valley. Boxes with bright blue and green LED lights hanging from power lines are visible to westbound traffic, starting at about Prescott Avenue to Sage Avenue. The expansion began in the Coachella Valley in December and is spreading throughout the area. The WiFi expansion provides free Internet hotspots to Time Warner Standard and business customers, and for a charge to non-customers.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Track and Field team traveled to Temecula for the Great Oak Distance Invitational. Junior Steven Bloomfield earned a 17 second personal record in the 1600 meters; Makya Bullion was 0.34 seconds off the freshman meet record, but placed third and scored six points for the team. Adriann Miller ran an outstanding race in the 800 meters. William Gundy, David Knutson, and Travis Douglas each won their races and earned medals! The Wildcats of the Week were freshman D’Avion Oliver and senior Travis Douglas.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan swimmers traveled to Riverside Community College Saturday for the King Invitational and competed with 16 teams. Ashlee Betts, Dania Felix, Moriah Goddard, Sophie Wargo, John Malagon, Bryant Pahl, and Sage Smith swam personal best times. Emily Kennedy qualified for CIF in the 200 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard butterfly.

 

Yesterday Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Boys Tennis Team got their first pre-season win (11-7) against the visiting Indian Springs High School Coyotes from San Bernardino. Singles players Jarod Burks and Bradley Linkey swept, winning 3 out of 3 sets, and singles player John Lanza won 2 out 3. Edgar Sosa and doubles partner Sam Choi won 2 out of 3 sets, Marcus Simon and partner Scott Clinkscales won 1 out 3.

 

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat golf team will host Marywood-Palm Valley at home. Tee off is 2:45 p.m.

 

Also tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat swim team will host Apple Valley at home. The first event starts at 3 p.m.