PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN MORONGO VALLEY CRASH LAST NIGHT

A 54-year-old woman was killed in Morongo Valley last night when she was struck by a car on the highway. According to the California Highway Patrol, Geraldine Willis, 46, of Twentynine Palms, was driving a 2014 Dodge Avenger eastbound on Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when the still-unidentified woman attempted

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN’S FAMILY SUES THE GOVERNMENT OVER FATAL HUMVEE CRASH

The family of a daughter who was killed in a highway collision in 2013 in Joshua Tree, involving a Marine who allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of a military-issued Humvee, has filed a federal lawsuit in Riverside District Court. Kristin Thrawl, 26, of Yucca Valley, was killed in the

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GARBAGE TRUCK CAUSES POWER OUTAGE IN JOSHUA TREE FRIDAY

Joshua Tree was without power for several hours Friday afternoon due to a low-hanging cable line. According to the California Highway Patrol, Kenneth Porter, 59, of Joshua Tree was driving a Burrtec garbage truck northbound on Mountain View Street, just south of Chollita Road, when the top of the truck

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HOW YOUR NATIONAL PARK WORKS

The 1250 square miles of National Park on our doorstep looks untended. Ranger Pam Tripp gives a hint of how much goes on behind the scenes to tend it…

Joshua Tree National Park consists of approximately 800,000 acres of land, which requires the service of many employees. The park is

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GREENLEAF SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS AND WINNER

Greenleaf Scholarship Finalists Crystalfaith Rickman and Karina Vanegas, Scholarship winner Timothy Hesse, and Finalists Jacynda Gutierrez and Katelyn Sage.

Recently four students were recognized by Copper Mountain College Foundation as finalists for the Greenleaf Scholarship. Jacynda Gutierrez, from 29 Palms High School wants to pursue her doctorate in Psychiatry

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PROPOSED NEW LAW WOULD ALLOW CITIES TO REGULATE MASSAGE PARLORS

State lawmakers proposed new legislation on Wednesday for the regulation of massage therapy in California that would give cities more power to regulate massage parlors. Cities have complained for years that the 2008 Massage Therapy Law prohibited them from enacting laws to regulate massage parlors, and since the law went

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FOUR TEENS INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH NEAR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TUESDAY NIGHT

Four teenagers were injured late Tuesday night when their car rolled over near the Joshua Tree entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 11:30 p.m., a 16-year-old Joshua Tree girl was driving a green 2003 Toyota Solara southbound on Quail Springs Road, toward the

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CHARGED UPGRADED TO MANSLAUGHTER AGAINST WOMAN ACCUSED IN JOSHUA TREE DUI

The charges against a woman accused of causing a head-on crash in Joshua Tree 10 days ago that killed a woman and critically injured her husband and 1-year-old daughter, were upgraded Saturday from felony DUI to gross vehicular manslaughter. According to the California Highway Patrol, Jennifer Zapata, 22, of Magna,

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WOMAN STABBED IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY IN CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A Desert Hot Springs woman was stabbed in a case of mistaken identity in Yucca Valley Saturday evening, and a Joshua Tree woman is in custody. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Erica Devine was arguing with another woman in the 58600 block of Barron Drive in Yucca Valley shortly

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CLAREMONT POLICE, LOCAL DEPUTIES, CHASE AND ARREST YUCCA VALLEY MAN FRIDAY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday morning after a brief chase, accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl in Claremont in March. According to Claremont police, Joseph Davall, 34, entered a home in Claremont late on the night of March 21 and physically and sexually assaulted the girl who

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REMOTE CONTROL TOYS IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Remote control toys are neat, and there are appropriate places to play with them. Ranger Pam Tripp says, the National Park is NOT one of them…

 

Kids of all ages love to play with toys, and visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are no exception. There are restrictions, however,

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SHERIFF DEPUTIES AID IN CAPTURE OF WANTED SEX OFFENDER

Composite sketch of assailant on 12-year old girl in Claremont. Joseph Davall was arrested in Yucca Valley on April 18.

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest and capture of a man wanted for sexual assault on a 12-year old Claremont girl last month. Joseph Davall, 34,

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MAN EJECTED IN ROLL-OVER CRASH IN PIONEERTOWN THURSDAY NIGHT

Yucca Valley fire fighters said just after 9 p.m. Thursday night, a car missed a curve in the 5100 block of Pioneertown Road and drove off into the desert, rolling over several times. The driver was ejected during the roll-over. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with

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MAJOR EXERCISE ABOARD THE MARINE BASE TOMORROW

The Marine Corps will be practicing a drill to evacuate civilians during a training exercise on board the CombatCenter Friday, April 18. In this exercise, Marines will simulate real-life scenarios where non-combatants need to be evacuated from a potentially hostile area. The “civilians” will be evacuated using helicopters and Osprey

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VICTIM IN SUNDAY NIGHT JOSHUA TREE CRASH DIES, MORE DETAILS OF CRASH

One of the victims of a horrific DUI crash in Joshua Tree Sunday evening has died, and four others—including a 1-year-old toddler— remain hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Angela Matthews, 25, a passenger in a red 2011 Mazda 6 driven by her husband, Christopher Matthews, 28, died at Desert Hospital in

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DEATH PENALY SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY CARJACKING-MURDER

The District Attorney’s office announced in court Friday that it intends to seek the death penalty against the men accused of murdering a 33-year-old Beaumont man following a carjacking in Yucca Valley. Jose Gomez, 20, and Bryan Valle, 19, both of Earlimart, are accused of stealing a car in Wasco

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THREE MULTI-VEHICLE CRASHES WITH FATALITIES AND SERIOUS INJURIES

One person was killed, and at least a dozen people were injured in three separate crashes over the weekend. Sheriff officials say that about 3 a.m. Saturday morning, a Honda Fit driven by LaVerne Romero of Cathedral City was driving westbound on Two Mile Road when she ran the stop

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LOST AND FOUND IN THE NATIONAL PARK

Where did my cell phone go? Hmm…I was taking wildflower pictures in the Park. Maybe Ranger Pam Tripp can help me out…

Many visitors enjoy a wonderful trip through Joshua Tree National Park, only to find later that they have forgotten or lost an item. It is not uncommon for

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4-VEHICLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY NIGHT SENDS TWO TO AREA HOSPITALS

Witnesses said the driver of this car ran a red light and hit 3 other vehicles. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs with serious injuries.

A man described as being in “an altered state of consciousness” by paramedics is believed to be responsible for a four-vehicle

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CARBON MONOXIDE DEATHS IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people who were found dead in Yucca Valley Thursday night appeared to have died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Sheriff’s Sergeant Rick Millard said it appeared the man and woman and a dog were trying to keep warm in a shed in the 58000 block of Buena Vista Drive,

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