CORONER ID’S TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER VICTIM

The Coroner’s Department has released the name of the man who was killed in a shooting Monday night in Twentynine Palms. Wayne Kerr, 55, was arguing with Raymond Burney, 51, in the 6300 block of Palmview Avenue about 9:40 p.m. when Burney pulled out a gun and shot Kerr in

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MAN SHOT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A man described only as being in his mid 30s was shot multiple times at 9:40 Friday morning at Calle Todd and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. He was taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to DesertHospital in Palm Springs.

MURDER SUSPECT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS WAS AN EARLY-RELEASE PRISONER

The suspect in the murder of a Twentynine Palms man Monday night had been released from prison early and was on probation under California’s prison realignment plan, known as AB109. Police suspect Raymond Burney, 51, of Twentynine Palms, of shooting and killing a still-unidentified Twentynine Palms man about 9:40 Monday

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YUCCA VALLEY POLICE FOCUSSING ON SPEEDING ON S.R. 62

This week, traffic enforcement officers in Yucca Valley will focus on speeding and other violations on Highway 62 between Apache Trail and Hopi Trail. The Sheriff’s Department reminds motorists the speed limit in the construction zone on the west end of Yucca Valley is 35 miles per hour and to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 3 OF 3: VACATION HOME RENTALS, FIRE DEPARTMENT LOAN FORGIVEN

Reporter Dan Stork broke his report on a very long Twentynine Palms City Council meeting Tuesday night into three parts. In today’s final installment: Building abatement, vacation home rentals, two vacated positions, fire truck loan forgiveness, and a policy for unpaved roads…

Building abatement program

Development Director Matt McCleary showed

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NEW LUCKIE PARK EXCERCISE EQUIPMENT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The outdoor exercise equipment installed in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms is now open for public to use; a ribbon cutting is set for Tuesday, February 11, at 5:30 p.m. Solar lights will be installed sometime in late February or early March. If you’re walking around the park, the distance

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SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN RICH BOSWELL RETIRING IN MARCH

Sheriff’s Captain Rich Boswell, who also serves as the Chief of Police for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, is retiring. Managing Editor Tami Roleff talked with Boswell, aka “Boz”, about his law enforcement career……

After serving as captain of the Morongo Basin’s Sheriff’s station

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LOCAL TEACHER A FINALIST FOR CALIFORNIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms High School teacher was honored last week with 10 other teachers as a finalist for 2014 California Teacher of the Year for Region 10. Donna Petre was nominated for her work with students with severe disabilities at Twentynine Palms High School. She coordinates the efforts of many

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 2 OF 3: PROJECT PHOENIX, A DRAG STRIP, AND TOURISM

Dan Stork broke his report on a very long Twentynine Palms City Council meeting Tuesday night into three parts. In today’s second part: A property management plan, Project Phoenix bond litigation, drag strip boosters, and a tourism marketing contract…

Property management plan

There are four City-owned properties affected by the

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CIGARETTE CAUSES FIRE IN LANDERS HOMESTAD CABIN

A cigarette is believed to have caused a fire in the Landers area early this morning. According to County Fire Captain Matt Anderson, a woman who was smoking fell asleep in her chair and started the chair on fire about 2 a.m. in the 1100 block of Balsa Avenue. It

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VANDALISM AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a case of major vandalism at Yucca Valley High School. About 10 p.m. last night, four juveniles were seen entering the construction site at the high school and vandalizing the air conditioning equipment on the site, to the tune of about $8500. Anyone with information should

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FIVE ARRESTED IN NUISANCE CRIME SWEEP

Responding to public complaints, Sheriff’s deputies arrested five people Wednesday for investigation of panhandling and public nuisance crimes. Arrested for suspected panhandling were: Tonya Trenholm, 46, of Landers, Paul Garrison, 26, and Bobby Owens, 31, both from of Yucca Valley. Arrested for a warrant for public intoxication was Richard Esquibel,

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AN ARREST IN A TWENTYNINE PALMS MURDER

A Twentynine Palms man has been arrested in the shooting death of another Twentynine Palms man Monday night. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies responded to a call of shots fired at an apartment in the 6300 block of Palm View Avenue at 9:43 p.m. When they arrived, they

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AN ARREST IN A YUCCA VALLEY BANK ROBBERY

A Joshua Tree woman has been arrested after a bank robbery Monday in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s Detective Corey Emon said Monday afternoon, a woman, now identified as Darcy Landrum, 61, of Joshua Tree, walked into the U.S. Bank on 29 Palms Highway and handed the bank teller a note that

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 1 OF 3: A DIFFERENT INVOCATION, SCIENCE CAMP, AND GRANTS

The Twentynine Palms City Council licked the plate of its very full agenda clean, but it took it until 10:20 pm to do it. Dan Stork breaks his report on the meeting into three parts. Today in part 1: A very different invocation, a residential science camp, and Community Development

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MAIL THEFT BECOMING A SERIOUS PROBLEM LOCALLY

The Morongo Basin has experienced a high number of mail thefts in the past few months. Thieves have been stealing mail out of individual mail boxes, out of blue mail collection boxes at post offices, and out of community mail boxes in various neighborhoods around the Morongo Basin, and opening

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY VOTES TO TAKE OVER COUNTY WATER SERVICE

Much to the delight of those in attendance, the Bighorn Desert View Water Agency last night approved an effort to take over the County operated water service in the Landers area. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there and files this report…..

Applause erupted from the standing-room-only crowd after last night’s 5–0

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ONE DEAD, ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER A SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS LAST NIGHT

One man is dead and another in custody after a shooting in Twentynine Palms last night. Early information is that deputies were called to a report of gunshots in the 6300 block of Palm View at about 9:45. They arrived to find the body of a man, described only as

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SHERIFF’S LOOKING WOMAN WHO ROBBED A YUCCA VALLEY BANK YESTERDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is looking for a woman who robbed the US Bank in Yucca Valley Monday morning. At 9:56, the woman walked into the bank and handed the teller a note saying “This is a robbery.”

 

The woman demanded money, and the teller gave her

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ONTARIO MAN ARRESTED IN JOSHUA TREE WITH METHAMPHETAMINE

An Ontario man was arrested Sunday in Joshua Tree after he was found with methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Tope, 26, was visiting family in the 61800 block of Clearview Road when he started arguing and pushing family members, who then called deputies. Tope locked himself in a

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