ACCUSED MURDERER PLEADS NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY

Accused murderer Christopher Lee was in court again yesterday, pleading not guilty to charges that he killed his lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms last June. Lee was formally arraigned on the murder charges three weeks ago, and yesterday’s court appearance was a formality for him to plead not

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TODDLER FOUND WANDERING STREETS IN YUCCA VALLEY

A toddler was found wandering in the streets in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening. About 6:45 p.m., an approximately 2-year-old boy was found wandering barefoot and alone near Paradise Park, near Barron Drive and Hermosa Avenue. The youths who found the toddler called the Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff patrol units drove through

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COACHELLA FEST STATUE COMES TO JOSHUA TREE

A part of Coachella Fest came to Joshua Tree Tuesday. Made from white and gray Portuguese marble, The Party God—a statue of a cool cat wearing sunglasses and holding a chilled beverage can—was placed on a 10-acre vacant lot in north Joshua Tree owned by Niki and Simon Haas. The

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MOTORCYCLE RIDER INJURED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

A motorcycle rider was injured in a crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3:15 p.m., Edward Fehd, 28, was driving a Prius westbound on the highway, just past Yucca Mesa Road, when he attempted to make a U-Turn. Kris Buck, 39, was riding a

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT GETS UPDATE ON ASSESSMENT BALLOTS

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors learned at its special meeting Wednesday night that so far, about 2,900 ballots for the assessment vote have been returned. Those ballots are about 28 percent of the total; directors were initially told to expect between 20 and 40 percent of the eligible

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THREE PEOPLE HOSPITALIZED FOLLOWING TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN JOSHUA TREE LAST NIGHT

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to the California Highway Patrol, Raymond Robles, 31, of Yucca Valley, was driving a 1998 red Mercury in the number 1, or fast lane, of eastbound Highway 62 about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed over

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STATE WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS AFFECT LOCAL WATER DISTRICTS

Monday’s ruling by the State 4th District Court of Appeals, which ruled that it is unconstitutional to charge customers more for high water usage—unless the cost is directly tied to the cost of delivering that water—is being closely watched by water districts in the Morongo Basin. So far, that ruling

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COUNTY SETTLES WITH BEATING VICTIM

Wasting little time, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors settled with the victim of a beating by Sheriff’s deputies that was televised earlier this month. In a closed session Tuesday morning, the supervisors unanimously approved a $650,000 settlement in connection with the arrest of Francis Pusock, 30, “to avoid

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HIRES FIRM TO ASSESS PFF BUILDING; REVISES SEX OFFENDER ORDINANCE

The Yucca Valley Town Council agreed at its meeting last night to hire an architectural firm—at a cost not to exceed $60,600—to perform a property assessment on the old PFF Bank building at the intersection of the highway and Joshua Lane. The firm will come up with different ideas of

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TWO JUVENILES ARRESTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARY

Two juveniles were arrested late Monday night, accused of breaking into a Yucca Valley home. According to a Sheriff’s report, the home’s owner, who was in Newport Beach, called the Sheriff’s Department just after 10 p.m. to report that he has video of two people on his home’s surveillance camera

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COUNTY SETTLES QUICKLY WITH BEATING VICTIM

A man who was beaten by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies has already settled with the Board of Supervisors. In order to avoid litigation expenses, the San Bernardino County Supervisors reached an agreement with Francis Pusock, 30, who was beaten by at least 10 Sheriff’s deputies April 9 in the

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EXPECT NOISE FROM MARINE BASE AS EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE IS DISPOSED

They call it the sound of freedom. Residents around the Morongo Basin can expect some louder-than-usual noise Wednesday, April 22, as Marines training in explosive ordnance disposal will detonate bombs and other explosive devices. Ammunition technician Marines will be taking part in their annual Emergency Destruction Training on board the

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SMALL ELECTRICAL FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms firefighters made quick work of a fire at a Southern California Edison substation yesterday afternoon. According to Fire Captain Robert Marquez, just before 6:30 p.m, a malfunction ignited a transformer at the substation located on the highway at Hendys Road, on the west end of Twentynine Palms. SoCal

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says tonight the council will discuss potential uses for the old PFF building…

Among the items on the consent agenda at tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to approve

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BLOOD DRIVE AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TODAY

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive today, April 21, in the Helen Gray Center at Hi-Desert Medical Center, from 10 to 2. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. All prospective donors should be free of infections

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree Clean Team will be out tomorrow morning, April 22, at Alta Loma and Olympic and April 29 at Highway 62 and Yucca Mesa Road (north side). The scheduled time is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. There will be grabber sticks, trash bags and gloves available to

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LOST HIKER IN MORONGO VALLEY RESCUED BY HELICOPTER

A lost hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter crew Saturday night in Morongo Valley. Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo said Bonnie Smith, 65, from Riverside county had been hiking in Big Morongo Canyon Preserve Saturday afternoon with two bottles of water. Family and friends reported her missing to the Bureau

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YUCCA VALLEY FAMILY HOMELESS AFTER FRIDAY FIRE

A Yucca Valley family is homeless following a fire Friday morning. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, Yucca Valley firefighters were dispatched at 11:22 a.m. to a medical aid call in the 6300 block of Richard Drive, but on their way there, it was changed to a structure fire.

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DEADLINE NEARS FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER ASSESSMENT VOTE

Get those ballots in. Managing Editor Tami Roleff reminds Yucca Valley property owners that the sewer assessment vote deadline is approaching…

The deadline for returning ballots for the assessment district for the Yucca Valley sewer project is just over three weeks away. The ballots will be opened and counted following

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YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER LOOKING FOR ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER NOMINEES

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its annual awards dinner. Award categories are Yucca Valley Chamber Member of the Year; Business of the Year; Boss of the Year; Unsung Hero, and Heart and Soul of the Morongo Basin. Nominations must be received by May 7. Winners

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