ACCUSED RAPIST CASE DISMISSED, RELEASED AFTER OVER A YEAR IN JAIL

After being held in jail for over a year while awaiting trial, a man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint in Twentynine Palms was released last Friday when his case was dismissed. According to court records, Lynel Roduk, 30, was in Joshua Tree Superior Court Friday morning for a

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EQUESTRIAN ACCIDENT KILLS YUCCA VALLEY VICAR

A tragedy for a beloved member of the Morongo Basin Clergy. Vicar Jane Lieberg Crase of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley suffered fatal injuries in an equestrian accident Sunday. Friends tell Z107.7 News Crase was riding one of her horses at her home in the Yucca Mesa area

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“KING OF THE HAMMERS” COMING TO JOHNSON VALLEY, STILL TIME TO REGISTER

Tens of thousands of fans and participants will be coming to our Morongo Basin at the end of the month for the “King of The Hammers” event at the Johnson Valley off-road area. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says there is still time to register… One of the major off-road events

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JOB FAIR AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER MONDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center will hold a job fair this Monday, January 11 in hopes of filling a number of openings in multiple departments. Job seekers are encouraged to attend the event which begins 1 p.m. and remains open until 4 p.m. on the hospital campus. Applicants will have an opportunity

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MULTIPLE BURGLARIES REPORTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY

More burglaries and attempted burglaries were reported in Twentynine Palms Thursday. According to Sheriff’s reports, a resident in the 6600 block of Sherman Hoyt Avenue reported that a surveillance camera taped a suspect who looked into the windows of her vehicle parked in her driveway just after 1 a.m. When

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SEEKS WHEREABOUTS OF YUCCA VALLEY MAN WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department has identified one of the men suspected of robbing the Stater Brothers in Yucca Valley last week. The Sheriff’s Department says Christian Trujillo, 29, of Yucca Valley, went to the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley on New Year’s Eve about

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR “POINT IN TIME” HOMELESS COUNT

The county is looking for local volunteers to participate in a count of the homeless population later this month. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has the details… Later this month, the third annual census of local homeless people, known as the “Point-in-Time Count,” takes place. The results will be used in a

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RAIN AND SNOW BRING TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS TO OUR MORONGO BASIN

Continued El Nino-spawned winter storms brought rain and some snow to our Morongo Basin overnight. A jack-knifed big rig closed the Morongo Grade eastbound lanes for about an hour from 4:10 to about 5:10 a.m. this morning. The CHP says both grades are currently open. Some light snow fell, making

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TWO ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT AFTER A TWENTYNINE PALMS ARMED ROBBERY

Two Las Vegas men who are suspected of robbing a Twentynine Palms gas station were arrested at gunpoint early this morning. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Cantu, two men, later identified as Milton Fletcher, 24, and Cedric Russum, 28, walked into the Circle K at Adobe Road and Two Mile

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TWO MEN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GAS STATION ROBBERY

Two Las Vegas men who are suspected of robbing a Twentynine Palms gas station were arrested at gunpoint early this morning. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Armando Cantu, two men, later identified as Milton Fletcher, 24, and Cedric Russum, 28, walked into the Circle K at Adobe Road and Two Mile

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THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY HOME-INVASION ROBBERY

Sheriff’s deputies are searching for three people who forced their way into an elderly woman’s home and robbed her New Year’s Day. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the 71-year-old woman was confronted by two men and a woman outside her home in the 7500 block of Palm Avenue about

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SECOND ASSAULT AT YUCCA VALLEY HOTEL IN TWO DAYS LAST WEEK

Sheriff’s deputies were called for a second time in two days to the Best Western Hotel in Yucca Valley last week. According to the Sheriff’s Department, James Spencer, 30, of Yucca Valley, entered the hotel lobby in the 56500 block of 29 Palms Highway about 9:40 a.m., went over to

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH TWENTYNINE PALMS ARSON

Sheriff’s officials have released the name of the man arrested in connection with an arson in Twentynine Palms last week. On Tuesday, December 29, about 3:45 a.m., firefighters and deputies were called to a home in the 74900 block of Alta Loma Drive for a fire that destroyed a boat

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the

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CALL FOR ART AT TWENTYNINE PALMS VISITOR CENTER ART GALLERY

“A Walk in the Park” is the theme of the next art exhibition at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center and Art Gallery. Desert artists are invited to bring an original piece of art that celebrates 80 years of Joshua Tree National Monument and Park, or 100 years of the National

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HOME SAVED, GARAGE DESTROYED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS NEW YEAR’S DAY FIRE

Twentynine Palms firefighters saved a house from being destroyed by fire early New Year’s Day. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, firefighters were called to the home in the 5400 block of Daisy Avenue shortly before 8 a.m., where they found smoke and flames coming from the garage behind the

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MORE NEW LAWS THAT WILL AFFECT CALIFORNIANS IN 2016:

Some of the 807 laws passed in 2015 will affect everyday issues faced by Californians. Utilities are now required to have 50 percent of their energy come from renewable energy, such as solar and wind, by 2030. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has been granted new authority to protect

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT NEEDS PUBLIC HELP IN IDENTIFYING SUSPECTS IN ARMED ROBBERY

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The Sheriff’s Department is asking the public’s help in identifying two Hispanic men who are suspects in an armed robbery at the “new” Stater Brothers grocery store on the east end of Yucca Valley. The armed robbery occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A photo of the

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CHP ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling during the New Year’s holiday, which means the California Highway Patrol will be conducting a maximum enforcement period from 6 p.m. tonight through midnight Sunday, January 3. All available officers will be out on the roads for enhanced enforcement efforts, focusing on impaired

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