MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN RUGGED DESERT HOT SPRINGS WASH

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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CITY OF PALM SPRINGS SETTLES IN WRONGFUL DEATH OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

Nearly three years after an unarmed Marine was shot and killed by two police officers in a Palm Springs parking garage, the city of Palm Springs has settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the Marine’s family. The trial was scheduled to start next week, but the city’s insurance company

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MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY SENDS MARINE TO HOSPITAL

A Marine was hospitalized following a motorcycle crash in Yucca Valley early this morning. According to rescue personnel, the Marine was driving north on Sage Avenue at a high rate of speed about 1:15 a.m. when he failed to negotiate the eastbound curve in the road by Denny’s. The Marine

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BUDGET SURPLUS FOR THE TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY

After Third District County Supervisor James Ramos introduced the Yucca Valley Town Council to his new field representative Mark Lundquist and assistant Christina Garcia, the council heard good news about the town’s budget. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains how good the news was…

Mark Lundquist, Supervisor James Ramos, and Christina

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SQUATTERS ARRESTED AT TWO YUCCA VALLEY HOMES

Deputies were called to two locations in Yucca Valley Tuesday for squatters living in vacant homes. Sheriff’s reports say neighbors called at 10 a.m. Tuesday to report that someone was living in an empty home in the 55300 block of Navajo Trail. A deputy contacted Michael Deangelo, 38, who was

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MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A woman who was found dead Sunday morning was identified Wednesday as a 28-year-old Morongo Valley resident. The Riverside County Coroner’s office said Stephanie Dixon, 28, was found in Mission Creek Wash, west of Indian Avenue in Desert Hot Springs, about 7:47 a.m. Sunday morning. The Desert Hot Springs police

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WAKES TO FIND MAN TRYING TO RAPE HER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 5:45 a.m. that a man, later identified as Lawrence Carruthers, 51, of the 6100 block of Avalon Court, was in a bedroom in

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THREE COUNTY DEPUTIES CHARGED IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING

Three San Bernardino County deputies were charged Tuesday with felony assault in a highly publicized beating of an Apple Valley man in April. District Attorney Mike Ramos announced that charges were filed against Deputies Nicholas Downey, Michael Phelps, and Charles Foster. If convicted of assault by a public officer, each

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PREFERS MUNICIPAL USE FOR PFF BUILDING

With not even a dozen residents in attendance, the Yucca Valley Town Council discussed options of how to use the abandoned PFF Bank building that was purchased for $1.6 million by the town’s redevelopment agency in 2009. Due to the state’s forced dissolution of the town’s redevelopment agency in 2011,

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MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday morning, accusing of violating a restraining order by stalking and harassing his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gregory Lonsdale, 60, of the 53200 block of Altadena Avenue in Morongo Valley threatened his neighbor and pointed a handgun at him on July 31.

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN JOSHUA TREE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested following a fight with his girlfriend Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called the Sheriff’s Department shortly before midnight Sunday to say her boyfriend, identified as Brian Novak, had a knife, punched her in the face, and threatened her life. Deputies

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER A YUCCA VALLEY HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two transients were arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. Sheriff’s reports say a black F-350 pick up truck driven by Mark Hines, 28, failed to stop at a stop sign at Onaga Trail and Acoma Trail just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When a deputy attempted to

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MAN CAUGHT TOWING STOLEN SPRAYER BEHIND HIS BICYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Friday night when a deputy became suspicious about the pesticide sprayer the man was towing behind his bicycle. Sheriff’s reports say an off-duty deputy spotted Michael Matson, 38, towing a pesticide sprayer behind his bicycle away from the Tractor Supply store in Yucca

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FORMER PFF BUILDING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Among items of interest is a discussion of the future plans for the eyesore former PFF building which has been sitting empty in the busiest intersection of the town since the Town bought it for $1.3 million in October of 2009. In April

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JOSHUA TREE VFW POST BROKEN INTO

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Veterans Way in Joshua Tree was broken into Saturday night. Employees said sometime between 6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday, thieves cut the lock off the gate and stole bags of aluminum cans, folding chairs with the VFW logo stamped

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WAL-MART SHOPLIFTER FOUND WITH GUN AND HEROIN

A Yucca Valley transient arrested Sunday evening, accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart, was found to be in possession of heroin and weapons. Sheriff’s reports say Ruben Minero, 36, went to Wal-Mart about 6:30 p.m. and was cutting items out of their packaging with razor blades putting them into a backpack.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN, EX-WIFE, ACCUSED OF MURDER, DISMEMBERMENT, BURNING BODY

A Twentynine Palms man and his ex-wife are behind bars in Pennsylvania, accused of murdering, dismembering, and burning the body of a man they say stole drugs and money from them more than a decade ago. Police in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, say Stacy Britton, 46, showed police text messages earlier

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SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER ARRESTED FRIDAY

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of holding up a Yucca Valley pharmacy with a knife earlier that day. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man, later identified as Justin Becker, 23, entered the New Pharmacy located in the Town Center Mall about 9 a.m., brandished a

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VEHICLE VERSUS PEDESTRIAN SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL SATURDAY

We have very limited information about a crash that sent a pedestrian to the hospital Saturday evening. About 8:19 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies were called to the intersection of Indian Trail and Adobe Road for a call of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision. The patient was flown from Luckie Park to

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN FLORIDA

Convicted sex offender John Korcz was arrested Wednesday, August 26, in Florida. The Sheriff’s Department has been looking for Korcz since 2007 when deputies discovered that he was not living at his registered address in Morongo Valley. Convicted sex offenders are required to notify law enforcement of their home address.

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