Z107.7 News has learned that investigators have developed key information in the case of the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine who was reported missing Sunday morning, June 29. Saturday morning, June 28, Erin Corwin, 19, told her husband she was going to scout locations in Joshua Tree National Park in preparation for her mother’s visit. When she did not return, Corporal Jonathon Corwin reported her missing to the County Sheriff’s Department. Her car was found the next day just outside the Marine base. A source close to the Sheriff’s investigation revealed that Corwin, who is three months pregnant, had apparently been having an affair with another married Marine and investigators believe that pregnancy was from her lover, not her husband. The source noted that investigators have interviewed all the parties involved and said while their stories have checked out, the other Marine’s story is full of contradictions and they do not believe they will find Erin Corwin alive. Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary said in interviews with other media that detectives and search-and-rescue personnel have narrowed their search to a few specific areas in the Morongo Basin, but would not say where. In the meantime, the families of Erin and Jonathan Corwin, from Oakridge, Tennessee, have set up a fund-raising website to help the family with expenses, and offer a reward for information about her whereabouts. Anyone who has any information about Erin Corwin, whose 20th birthday is Tuesday, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175. The link to the family’s GoFundMe website can be found with this story on z1077fm.com.
The State Controller’s Office has decreed that a loan repayment of $2.1 million by the Twentynine Palms Redevelopment Agency to the City was inappropriate and must be repaid to the RDA’s Successor Agency, a move that the City says is un-Constitutional. A press release from the City states that the City loaned the RDA about $127,000 in 1999 to purchase four properties on Donnell Hill, and then in 2009, it loaned the RDA more than $2 million for the Historic Plaza renovation. The RDA repaid the City $2.1 million in 2011—as required by the loan repayment provisions—prior to the state-mandated dissolution of the RDA. After a review of the dissolution of the City’s RDA, the State Controller’s Office wrote the City a letter in May, asserting that $2,138,600 must be turned over to the Successor Agency. Under the provisions of the State’s rules for dissolving redevelopment agencies, that $2.1 million will then be returned to the County, which will distribute it to various taxing entities in the County. The City of Twentynine Palms maintains that if it is forced to return the $2.1 million, it will not be repaid the loan amount until some uncertain date in the future. Last month, the City appealed the State Controller’s Office position, and included additional documents that it believes demonstrates the loan repayments were appropriate, and that disallowing the repayments is un-Constitutional under Proposition 22. This loan repayment is a completely different matter from the Department of Finance’s position on the bonds for the City’s Project Phoenix.
A Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms was visiting friends in Lake Havasu for the Independence Day holiday weekend when a fun day on the water turned deadly. About 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July, Lance Corporal Chad Brammer, 23, was riding a Jet Ski in the lake’s South Basin area when he crossed the bow of a 31-foot boat. Brammer, who was wearing a life jacket, was thrown into the water. A witness pulled him out, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. None of the six people aboard the other boat were injured; there was no word on whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. . Lance Cpl. Brammer, a native of Lambertville, Michigan, had been stationed at Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base in California for more than a year.
The Palm Springs Power baseball team is a summer collegiate team comprised of elite college players from all across the nation, as well as the Coachella Valley. Over the past three years, the Power team has led all nationally recognized summer collegiate teams in win percentage; since 2004, 55 of its players have been drafted by Major League Baseball. Copper Mountain College is sponsoring a trip to see the Power this Saturday. Reporter Taylor Thacker has more about this fundraising activity…
Copper Mountain College will be celebrated at the Palm Springs Power, a summer collegiate team, Baseball Game on Saturday, July 12. Join CMC as Max Proudfoot throws out the first pitch at this 7 PM ballgame. Tickets are $11 each and include the game, a hot dog, chips and soda. Five dollars of each ticket sold will go to the Christine Proudfoot Student Activity Center being built at Copper Mountain College. This event takes place at the Power Stadium at 1901 E Baristo Road in Palm Springs. Tickets are available online at www.cmccd.edu/Foundation or at the Foundation Office on campus. For more information call 760-366-3791.
A Joshua Tree ex-con was arrested Tuesday in Moreno Valley, suspected of shooting at a car in a Walmart parking lot. Deputies were called to the Moreno Valley Walmart, just south of Highway 60, about 6:30 for shots fired. Sheriff deputies saw Eric Turnbaugh, 24, running from the shooting scene, and that he matched the description of the shooter. Eric Turnbaugh was arrested and booked for investigation of shooting at an occupied vehicle, being an ex-felon in possession of a gun, possessing a stolen gun, and violation of parole. No one was injured in the shooting.
Internships can benefit college students, as well as the local businesses that participate in the Copper Mountain College Community Partners program. Reporter Dan Stork lists some of those benefits…
Caitlin Logan is one of the Copper Mountain College students who have been part of the College’s Community Partners Internship Program. Caitlin has put in 100 hours of work in the z107.7 office, and has received a program certificate for her efforts.
According to Jeff Drozd, the program coordinator, internship experience is helpful on university applications and resumes. It also opens up networking opportunities and job possibilities. In addition to a certificate of completion, each student who completes the Copper Mountain program gets an Amazon Kindle Fire from the CMC Foundation.
The Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge will hold its Christmas in July Arts and Craft Fair, on July 19 from 9 to 3. Vendor space is still available. Call 760-367-7061 to reserve your space. The event will be held at the Twentynine Palms Elks Lodge at Elk Trail and Highway 62.
The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency Program will hold an opening reception Friday night (July 11) for its new artists in residence. Jed Ochmanek pours oil-based enamel paint onto metal plates to produce his paintings. Writer Andrew Milward will read an excerpt from his non-fiction manuscript, “Jayhawker,” which examines his love for baseketall, and how that love is compromised by race, history, and politics. Zoe Childerley will show her work in progress for a film project, documenting her journey through Joshua Tree National Park. Shea Hembrey will exhibit drawings, paintings, and sculptures that are poetic models of the universe. The reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery in downtown Joshua Tree.
Water in the Desert is the theme of the summer art exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 11, from 5:30 to 7. Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and listen to music provided by fiddler Bobby Furgo. Paintings, photography, mixed media, ceramics, and metal sculpture by more than 20 artists will be on display through September. The gallery is open seven days a week. For more information, call 760-367-6197.
After taking a break for the Fourth of July weekend, the Movies in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms are back tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says to grab your blankets and lawn chairs for tonight’s movie…
The City of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department continues their free event: Movies in Luckie Park, with “The Lego Movie” scheduled for July 10. In this movie, an ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special,’ is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal balance. This movie takes place at the north side of the racquetball courts in Luckie Park and starts at approximately 8:30pm. Gather your friends, family, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the world of Legos.
Mark your calendars: The Joshua Tree VFW will hold its second annual Poker Run Saturday, September 27. The ride, which will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, is open to all riders. The registration fee is $25, or $30 for a rider and passenger. Registration will begin at 10 a.m., and kick-stands up at 11 a.m. The Joshua Tree VFW is at 6402 Veterans Way in Joshua Tree. For more information, call Jim Nutter at 760-366-2357.
Teen tennis in Yucca Valley starts tomorrow, and will be held every Friday for seven weeks. Reporter Cara Conway says grab your racquet and have some fun with your friends…
Challenge your friends to teen tennis every Friday, from July 11 through August 22, at Jacobs Park in Yucca Valley. Boys and girls ages 13 to 17 are invited to play under the court lights from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for jock jams and pizza. No registration required; $2 for pizza.
It’s that time of year again! Soccer will be starting soon and the Yucca Valley High School soccer team will hold a soccer camp. Designed for ages 4 to 14, this camp is organized to teach the basic skills that will help kids be successful. The camp will be held July 21st through the 24th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm each day at the high school stadium field. The cost is $30 for the entire week. Proceeds will go to support your Yucca Valley High School soccer program. Contact Coach Scott Phillips at 760-365-3391 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Attendees are urged to arrive early July 21 to fill out the necessary paperwork.
The Tri-Valley All-Stars girls’ softball team won the Section 9 championship yesterday in Yucca Valley. The team, comprised of the top 9- and 10-year-old players from the four teams of the regular season, dominated their opponents from Jurupa, winning 25 to 4. The Yucca Valley Tri-Valley All-Stars took the District championship last weekend from Twentynine Palms. The girls—Gracie Nelson, Shannon Batts, Montana Rowe-Etter, Katie Alexander, Max Wheeler, Brianna Etter, Malia Rodriguez, Chanel Alderson, Paige Van Hulten, Faith Dudra, and Malia Chandler—are coached by Leon Belden and Kathy Brandon, and managed by Joey Etter.