TWENTYNINE PALMS BURGLAR TAKES SHOWER, CUTS HAIR

Breaking into houses is evidently hard work that requires a make-over, at least for one burglar. Sheriff’s deputies are searching for an unknown suspect who broke into a home in the 6600 block of Mesquite Avenue sometime last weekend by prying open the back patio door. The homeowner told deputies

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MAYES BILL WOULD CUT SOME STATE FIRE FEES

State Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley has introduced legislation that may take some of the bite from the controversial State Fire Prevention Fee. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… California’s $150-per-dwelling Fire Prevention Fee, or SRA Fee, has been vigorously opposed by affected property owners since 2011 when it went into

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INITIATIVE PETITION STARTED FOR HALF-PERCENT SALES TAX FOR YUCCA VALLEY SEWER SYSTEM

A committee of Yucca Valley residents has started an initiative petition for a half-percent sales tax that would be used to reduce the costs associated with the proposed sewer project. The initiative proponents-Lori Herbel, Sabrina Peukert, and Nancy Haynych-say that the half-percent sales tax would generate $80 million over 30

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REPAIR SCAMS SPRINGING UP THIS TIME OF YEAR

With the arrival of spring, many Californians are considering making home improvements—and that has consumer watchdog groups warning homeowners to beware of con artists offering steep discounts. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you what to watch out for… Fraud fighter Bob Denz with the AARP says home repair and improvement

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FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 247 LAST NIGHT

A motorcyclist was killed last night in a crash on State Route 247. The County Coroner said at about 9:00 p.m., a 30-year-old male, possibly from Barstow, was traveling southbound on SR-247 north of Lucerne Valley on a Yamaha motorcycle and collided with a northbound 2001 Ford Mustang. Paramedics responded

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THREE-SHOW WEEKEND FOR “WAIT UNTIL DARK” AT THEATRE 29

The mystery “Wait Until Dark” continues its run at Theater 29 with a three-show weekend. Here’s reporter Rebecca Havely with the show times and ticket info… The classic thriller “Wait Until Dark” has audiences raving at Theatre 29. This weekend you have three opportunities to see the production. Friday and

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDANT ON Z107.7 TOMORROW

The superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park will be the guest on tomorrow’s Up Close Show here on Z107.7. David Smith will be able to answer your questions about vandalism and graffiti in the park, archeological and cultural sites that have closed to the public, the park’s impact on the

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HIGH-SPEED MOTORCYCLE CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

A high speed chase through Twentynine Palms Tuesday morning, with speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, ended with the arrest of a Twentynine Palms Marine. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 8:19, Deputy Wayne Greer attempted to stop a motorcycle rider in Twentynine Palms traveling westbound on Indian

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SENDS VICTIM TO THE HOSPITAL

A Yucca Valley man was arrested after his ex-girlfriend went to the hospital for injuries she sustained during an argument. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jason Crepeau, 34, went to his girlfriend’s home Monday morning. The woman told deputies that during an argument, Crepeau punched and kicked her, giving her

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COPPER THIEVES KNOCK OUT LOCAL TELEVISION SERVICE

Morongo Basin residents who use the county’s over-the-air television service can thank copper thieves for knocking out their service last week. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us more… It rarely snows in Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley, but for folks who rely on an aerial antenna and converter box to receive

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YUCCA VALLEY FIRE KILLS DOG, CAT; ONE DOG RESCUED

A dog and a cat were killed, and one dog was rescued, in a fire in Yucca Valley Tuesday night. According to County Fire Captain Donnie Viloria, residents of a duplex in the 7100 block of Murray Lane smelled smoke about 9:45 p.m. and discovered a fire and heavy smoke

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CRASH BRIEFLY CLOSES MORONGO GRADE TUESDAY AFTERNOON

A woman escaped serious injury when her Toyota crashed on the Morongo Grade Tuesday afternoon. About 3:45 p.m., the woman was driving down the grade when for unknown reasons, she lost control and her car rolled over, landing on its roof. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Andy Behrens said she was

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MENTAL HEALTH WORKER STABBED IN THE NECK WITH A PEN AT YUCCA VALLEY WALK-IN

A Yucca Valley girl was arrested early Sunday morning after she stabbed a nurse at mental health walk-in clinic in Yucca Valley. The 17-year-old girl, whose name was not released by the Sheriff’s Department, told the deputy she went to the Crisis Walk-In Center in the 55400 block of Santa

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PROWLER ASSAULTS TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday evening after a woman said he assaulted her after she found him prowling in her backyard. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman, who lives in the 7700 block of North Star Avenue, found Samuel Newton, 41, in her back yard shortly before

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WE ANSWER FAQ’S ABOUT YUCCA VALLEY’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE

Yucca Valley residents will be able to vote on a June 2 ballot measure that if passed, would change the town’s ordinance concerning medical marijuana dispensaries in the town limits. Managing editor Tami Roleff answers some frequently asked questions about Measure X…

Measure X would allow one dispensary for every

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms City Council meets in regular session tonight. After recognizing Finance Director Ron Peck for his service to the city, and hearing a report from the Desert Regional Tourism Agency, the City Council will make appointments to the city’s planning commission. The council will then give direction to

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD CONSIDERS GIVING THEMSELVES A RAISE TONIGHT

The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency Board will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the board will hold a public hearing on giving themselves a raise which could potentially add up to over $1,100 a month.…

Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly

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FOUR INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

Four people were hospitalized following a head-on crash east of Twentynine Palms Sunday afternoon. Two cars—a 2006 silver Toyota Camry, driven by William Bruns, 57, of Long Beach, and a 2014 white Nissan Maxima driven by Paola Gonzalez, 23, of Moreno Valley—crashed head-on near Iron Age Road and Highway 62

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YUCCA VALLEY SEWER PLANT WILL RECHARGE GROUNDWATER

Hi-Desert Water District water customers use about 3,000 acre-feet of water every year. The water district must buy most of that water from the State Water Project. Once the wastewater treatment project (the sewer) is built in Yucca Valley, district officials estimate that the amount of water the water district

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK PUTS AREAS OFF-LIMITS, OTHER CHANGES

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith has revised some park regulations effectively immediately. Changes in the regulations include putting most archeological and cultural sites off limits to visitors. Those still open to the public are the “Disney petroglyphs” on the Barker Dam nature trail; Hidden Valley boulder; Indian Cave

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