BOAT AND GARAGE DESTROYED, 1 MINOR INJURY, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE

Sheriff’s deputies have detained a man who started a fire in a boat in Twentynine Palms early this morning, destroying the boat, a garage, and damaging a home. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the fire was reported at 3:48 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 74900 block of Alta

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AN ATTEMPTED MURDER AT A YUCCA VALLEY MOTEL YESTERDAY

An attempted murder at a Yucca Valley Motel yesterday. According to the Sheriff’s Department at 4:40 pm, Sunday, December 27, Deputies responded to a report of an attempted murder at the Best Western Hotel on the Highway in Yucca Valley. Deputies were told the suspect, Sherman Brant, 30, was rummaging

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NEW LAWS AFFECTING CALIFORNIA DRIVERS SET TO TAKE EFFECT JANUARY 1

Some new laws set to take effect January 1 will affect California drivers. Drivers will no longer be allowed to wear a headset or earphones that covers both ears, or have earplugs in both ears, while driving a motor vehicle or a bicycle. Electrically motorized boards will also be regulated

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SIGN UP NOW FOR CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNTS

There are several opportunities for residents to participate in the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas bird count. The next count will tomorrow, December 27, at the Mojave River Valley. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Victorville Starbucks on the southwest corner of Bear Valley Road and Hesperia Road, three miles

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JOSHUA TREE PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed last night walking across State Route 62, just 20 to 30 yards west of a traffic signal with a marked crosswalk. According to the county coroner, at 7:34 p.m., Jonathan Dubois, 25, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was walking eastbound in the

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JOSHUA TREE PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED CROSSING HIGHWAY

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed last night running on State Route 62, just 20 to 30 yards west of a traffic signal with a marked crosswalk. According to the county Coroner, at 7:34 p.m., Jonathan Ramsey Dubois, 25, who was wearing dark-colored clothing, was in the eastbound

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ONE ARRESTED, 1 SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY ATTEMPTED MURDER

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about what is now being called an attempted murder shooting during a burglary in Yucca Valley last week. Investigators say a man–whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Department, was walking past a residence in the 5900 block of Avalon Avenue about

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULTING HIS EX-WIFE

A Landers man was arrested early Monday morning, accused of kidnapping and assaulting his ex-wife. According to the Sheriff’s department, James Turner, 33, went to the 58400 block of Stearman Road in Landers where he started arguing and fighting with his ex-wife. According to a witness at the scene, Turner

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BOBCAT KITTEN RELEASED 3 MONTHS AFTER MOTHER KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three months after a bobcat kitten was captured inside a chicken coop in Twentynine Palms, she was released back into the wild near Joshua Tree National Park by an animal rescue organization. In mid-September, the chickens’ owner heard a ruckus in the coop and found the kitten inside the coop

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fund provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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CHRISTOPHER LEE CASE IN COURT FRIDAY; TRIAL DATE SET

A trial date has been set for the former Marine accused of killing his next-door neighbor and former lover a year and a half ago. Christopher Lee, 26, was in court again in San Bernardino Friday morning. Christopher Lee’s attorney requested that Judge Glenn Yabuno dismiss the case due to

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TWO JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY…. OF SHOES

Two students at Twentynine Palms Junior High were arrested for attempted robbery when they tried to steal another student’s shoes. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim reported shortly before 2 p.m. that he was confronted by two students who wanted his Jordan shoes. When the victim refused to give

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL LOOKS AT TROUBLESOME INTERSECTIONS

Prior to spending more than an hour on the issue of medical marijuana at Tuesday’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council members heard about several problem intersections in the town that needed improvements. Managing editor Tami Roleff says in the second of this two-part report that council

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DUI DRIVER WHO KILLED LOCAL MOTORCYCLIST PLEADS GUILTY, FACES UP TO 10 YEARS

A Yucca Valley man pleaded guilty Friday to vehicular manslaughter while driving drunk in 2014, according to court records. David Hayes, 59, a popular drug and alcohol counselor, was riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on Highway 62 in Yucca Valley March 13, 2014, when his motorcycle was hit from behind

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FIRE DESTROYS HALF OF TWENTYNINE PALMS DUPLEX, TWO CHILDREN HOSPITALIZED

An early morning fire destroyed half of a Twentynine Palms Duplex and sent two young children to the hospital. Twentynine Palms Fire Chief Jim Thompson said the residential fire was reported at 5:00 a.m. this morning in the 6400 block of East Court Way. Arriving firefighters found one half of

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TWO JOSHUA TREE MEN HELD FOR BURGLARIZING MULTIPLE HOMES

Two Joshua Tree men were arrested Friday, accused of burglarizing homes in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies were called to the 62000 block of Desert Air Road in Joshua Tree shortly before 3 by a neighbor who saw two men force their way into a home,

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RAFFLE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STEVE RIEMAN SCULPTURE

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program is offering the opportunity to win a Steve Rieman sculpture. Tickets for “Walking Critter” are $100 each, and proceeds benefit the program’s scholarship fund. The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residence scholarship fun provides artists with accommodations, studio space, a stipend, and a gallery

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SOROPTIMISTS SOLICITING DONATIONS OF NEW ITEMS TO GIVE TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

For the last four years, the Soroptimist Club of Yucca Valley has been giving gift baskets at Christmas to residents of the Continuing Care Center in Joshua Tree. The club is soliciting donations of the following new items: pajamas and night gowns, fleece blankets, non-skid socks, windbreakers, sugar-free candy, and

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RESIDENT ACCUSED OF ARSON AT A TWENTYNINE PALMS MOBILE HOME PARK

Fires at a Twentynine Palms mobile home park prompted the arrest of a 58-year-old park resident. According to Deputy Christopher Bingham, about 10:45 p.m., a neighbor in the Blue Horizons Mobile Home Park in the 7300 block of Didsbury Road, saw Gregory Curcio, pouring lighter fluid on a tree in

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LARGE SCALE COMBINED EXERCISE ABOARD TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE

East end Morongo Basin residents will be hearing “The Sound of Freedom” this weekend. The Marine Corps’ will be conducting a large-scale combined arms, live-fire exercise on board the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center. The 1st Marine Division, along with support from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1stMarine Logistics Group,

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