Narcotics officers and Sheriff’s deputies seized more than 2,000 marijuana plants, and arrested eleven people Wednesday during raids on six illegal marijuana grows in Joshua Tree and Landers. Detectives served search warrants on the illegal grows after watching the locations for several weeks. The plants were found in fenced-in areas around homes. The unsecured locations and the large amount seized indicated the growers did not comply with state medical marijuana laws.
Arrested were: Angi Colindrez, 19, of Los Angeles, $100,000 bail;
Carlos Gonzalez, 41, Los Angeles, $25,000 bail;
Andres Marquez, 39, Santa Ana, $25,000 bail;
Manuel Gutierrez-Perez, 48, Los Angeles, $25,000 bail;
Thonekeo Souvannavong, 55, Fresno, $25,000 bail;
Xayadeth Kayavong, 38, Landers, $25,000 bail;
Athith Kayavong, 35, Landers, $25,000 bail;
Alex Aphayboun, 45, Landers, $25,000 bail;
Phouthone Khaithianthong, 52, Landers, $25,000 bail;
William Callahan, 58, Landers, $50,000 bail.
The name of the 11th person arrested was not available.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for fighting with his wife after they left a court-ordered domestic violence class. According to a Sheriff’s report, Nicholas Vidaurri, 23, began arguing with his wife—who had a no-contact order in effect—about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, after leaving a class about domestic violence, which had been ordered by the court following a previous domestic violence offense. The argument turned physical and Vidaurri, a lance corporal with 1st Tanks Battalion, was arrested by military police, who turned him over to the Sheriff’s Department. Nicholas Vidaurri was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse and committing a felony while on probation, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $75,000.
Last week the California Highway Patrol announced it would hold a DUI checkpoint Saturday, August 16, at some undisclosed location in Joshua Tree. However, the CHP said that due to “logistics,” the DUI checkpoint was held in Morongo Valley instead, its “secondary location.” During the checkpoint’s hours of 8:30 p.m. August 16, to 2 a.m. August 17, 850 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Officers screened 610 drivers and arrested Luis Gomez, 19, of El Paso, Texas, and Michelle Patino, 30, of Yucca Valley, for driving under the influence of alcohol; David Pickard, 23, of Ontario, was arrested for possession of dangerous drugs.
The manic, high-energy comedy “The 39 Steps” is running at Theatre 29 through September 13, with performances this Friday and Saturday night and a Sunday matinee. Managing editor Tami Roleff was in the audience Opening night and offer this review…
“The 39 Steps” is a funny, mad-cap play in the best traditions of Hollywood’s screwball comedies of the 30s and 40s, and the cast at Theatre 29 pulls it off well. The play follows the plot of the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, but as a comedy instead of a thriller. Leonard Weber, as Richard Hannay, takes home a mysterious woman in black, Annabella Schmidt, played by Karissa Matlock, who talks about spies and weapon state secrets. When she’s murdered in his flat, Hannay goes on the run to find out who really killed her. We watch as he’s pursued across the roof of a speeding train—or actually, a pretend train—and the audience accepts the illusion with a grin. Along the way Hannay meets an assortment of characters, the lovely Katie Van Sumeren as Pamela, who is forced to go on the run with him when they’re hand-cuffed together, and Kylie Robinson as Margaret, the farmer’s wife. But the biggest applause must go to Cyrus Short and Ben Bees, who transform themselves into 150 different characters, sometimes playing multiple characters at the same time with just fractions of a second between them. They steal the show and you can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next. There are lots of references to Hitchcock films. While I missed several jokes because the actors didn’t project their lines, they do a fabulous job of creating illusion that is true theater.