Twenty-seven days after Erin Corwin, 20, the wife of a Twentynine Palms Marine, was reported missing, specialized Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to find out what may have happened on June 28th, the day she told her husband she was going to Joshua Tree National Park. Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Captain Dale Mondary, who acts as the chief of police for the City of Twentynine Palms, told Z107.7 news that while they have gathered a lot of information, the case is essentially still a missing persons case, as they have found no direct evidence of a crime. Just Tuesday, investigators said they are focusing on looking for a crime scene, any evidence that Corwin had come to harm, or that a crime was committed. Mondary said they are continuing the search, identifying areas to look during the week, and then physically searching weekends, when trained volunteers are available. He added that a specialized Sheriff’s team is looking into abandoned mines in the area, again primarily looking for any evidence of a crime. Captain Mondary said they are getting some assistance from the FBI, who offered their assistance the first day and have been involved in the investigation. Mondary told Z107.7 News he understands the media and public’s frustration with the seemingly slow pace of the investigation but said they have to have hard evidence and real clues to work from and are working tirelessly to find that proof of a crime before any accusations or arrests are made. The Captain reminded us, quote, “It is not a crime to go missing, and right now it is a missing persons case.”
As the California Drought continues, the Mojave Water Agencies’ “Cash for Grass” program is curbing water use. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to get paid for getting rid of the lawn……
High Desert residents continue to embrace water conservation as a way of life. The Mojave Water Agency and the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation have announced that a total of 6.5 million square-feet of turf has been removed since 2008 thanks to the Cash for Grass Program. This has resulted in a cumulative savings of 4,855 acre-feet of water that has helped drought-proof the High Desert region. The program currently offers 50 cents per square foot for turf removed. Residents interested in participating in the Cash for Grass program or desire more information on water conservation should contact their local water provider or call the Mojave Water Agency at (760) 946-7000.
A Yucca Valley man was held yesterday after Sheriff’s Deputies say he hit another man with a 2×4, sending the victim to the hospital. Deputies responded to a 911 call at about 3:30 Thursday afternoon reporting an assault in the 7400 block of Deer Trail to find the victim, Roy Dale unconscious. Witnesses said Dale and Isaiah Davis were painting a residence when Davis became upset over a joke. He approached Dale, who is deaf, from the rear with a 2×4 board and hit him, knocking him out. Davis then fled on foot towards the highway. Dale was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for unknown injuries. Isaiah Davis was located near State Route 62 and Apache Trail, he was booked into the Morongo basin Jail for investigation of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with bail set at $50,000.00.
The Yucca Valley Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint this Sunday, July 27 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. at an undisclosed location. Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint and looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Officers will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to delay motorists only momentarily. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
If you see a drunk driver, call 9-1-1 to report him or her.
Z107.7’s Pat Michaels will be the host for tomorrow night’s Yucca Valley Summer Concert. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says hitch the horses up and come on down to hear “Pacific Rose”…….
The third concert of Yucca Valley’s Summer Music Festival will feature the Pacific Rose Band. The Pacific Rose Band is a modern country rock band fronted by a male/female duo, a rhythm section, twin guitars, and a fiddle player. The band plays songs by Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, and more. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. Bring your own blanket or lawn chair and stake out your spot on the grass on the ball field behind the Yucca Valley Community Center.
Attention runners, mark your calendar for the 11th annual Full Moon run, set for August 8th. Reporter Cara Conway tells you how to sign up…
Experience Yucca Valley’s beautiful vistas during the 11th annual Full Moon Run, Friday, August 8. The moderate 5K course at Machris Park invites all ages. Registration starts at 6 and the race begins at 7 p.m. The entry fee includes registration, t-shirt and refreshments and is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and children 12 and under.
Pacific Clinic’s TAY Center offers young adults a safe and comfortable place to define and accomplish their life goals. Clients can come to the TAY Center to meet their basic needs such as a meal, shower and a place to do laundry. Once they become drop-in clients they can utilize additional services, such as counseling, job training, housing referrals, enrichment groups, medication support services, and a place to meet new people. For more information contact the TAY Center at 760-228-9657 or visit them at 58945 Business Center Drive, Suite D in Yucca Valley.
The 29 Palms Art Gallery has issued a call for exhibitions. Reporter Taylor Thacker explains…….
A Call for Exhibitions has been announced for the 2014-2015 season at 29 Palms Art Gallery. Desert artists are invited to submit an application for presenting an individual or a group exhibition at the gallery. Artists of all media are welcome to apply. Deadline for applications is Monday, August 4th. Artists are requested to supply an artist’s bio or resume, a brief description of their work, description of the proposed exhibition, and up to five images of their artwork. Complete application details and a submission form are available on the Gallery’s website at: www.29palmsartgallery.com. For more information call 760-367-7819.
The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign War will have an all you can eat spaghetti dinner for only $6.00 tonight from 4 to 6. Sunday morning join them for a pancake breakfast and remember Taco Wednesday starting at 11am.
The award winning Yucca Valley High School Trojan band will be hosting a car wash at Tiles and More next to the Yucca Valley Fire Department tomorrow, Saturday July 26, from 8-2. The cost is 5 dollars for car and 10 dollars for truck. They will also have a food truck there with funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and soda. Come support your local Yucca Valley High School marching band. The funds raised will help them travel all over Southern California for competitions.