The elderly Twentynine Palms man who made a U-turn on Adobe Road causing a crash February 18 has died. Lewis Roller, 91, passed away Sunday at a skilled nursing facility in Palms Springs. Roller was driving a 2000 silver Suzuki north on Adobe Road about 4:30 p.m. when he made a hard left turn at Smith’s Ranch Road in front of Destiny Truitt-Storey, 22, of Yucca Valley, and crashing head on into her southbound 2005 gold Kia. Truitt-Storey had to be cut out of her car with the Jaws of Life. She was flown by Mercy Air to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. Truitt-Storey’s passenger, Mariah Butler, 20, and Roller, were both taken to Desert Hospital.
The Yucca valley Town Council meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the council will set a date to vote on an ordinance legalizing medical marijuana negotiated after a successful citizen’s initiative effort forced their hand…
After being introduced to new firefighters working for the town and hearing an update on the sewer project from the Hi-Desert Water District, the Yucca Valley Town Council will be asked to set a special election date of June 15 to vote on the proposed medical marijuana ordinance. Next, the council will be asked to approve a contract for $42,100 with a Berkeley company to review classifications of town employees and their compensation levels. Finally, the council will go into closed session to discuss pending litigation against the Best Western Yucca Valley Hotel and Suites. The meeting starts at 6:00 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested for robbery after he stole another man’s walker. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, the victim, who lives in the 6500 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms, called police just after noon Friday to report that a man he identified as Clark Cravey, 68, forced his way into his home, bullied him, and threatened him, and then stole his walker. After an investigation, Clark Cravey was arrested on suspicion of residential robbery, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint Sunday afternoon after a woman said he tried to break into her home. According to a Sheriff’s report, Anthony Pitts, 33, and his brother Joshua Pitts, 25, went to a home in the 6700 block of Sage Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 5:45 p.m. to confront the residents about stealing their quad. The resident, who was home at the time, said Anthony Pitts knocked at the door, then went around to the back of the home, and tried to get inside through a window. Another suspect fled in a Red Dodge Ram truck when deputies arrived; deputies detained Anthony Pitts at gunpoint. Deputies said they found methamphetamine on Anthony Pitts, and he was arrested for investigation of possession of paraphernalia. Pitts was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, cited and released.
A long Morongo Unified School District Board of Education meeting tonight deals mainly with tuning board policies. Reporter Dan Stork lists the affected policies, and the other items on the agenda…
The March 3 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education gets off to an early start with a 4:15 p.m. work/study session on: a board policy on facility naming; a board bylaw on attorneys; board priorities; and the second interim budget report. In the 7 p.m. open session, the board may approve the policy and bylaw considered in the work/study session, and will also consider its policies on student records, budget, and the district technology plan. The course outline for an English honors course comes up again for consideration. The board meets at Joshua Tree Elementary School.
A Joshua Tree man was arrested Friday, accused of attacking another man with a machete. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matthew Yost, three men lived in separate residences on the same property in the 66500 block of Daisy Lane in Joshua Tree and were arguing. About 3 a.m., Matthew Snedeker, 46, took one man’s keys and went to his home. The victim followed Snedeker and demanded his keys back, and when he reached his arm through an open window, Snedeker allegedly struck the man’s hand with a machete, cutting open the entire length of his little finger. After an investigation, Matthew Snedeker was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and on three warrants, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his total bail set at $65,000. The victim was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment.
A Marine was arrested Friday morning, accused of beating up his wife. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, Michael Carradine, 28, a sergeant with Communications and Electronics School Headquarters Company, was arguing with his wife in the 8000 block of Sandhill in Twentynine Palms about 11:30 when the argument turned physical. The woman, who had injuries to her face, arms, and back, told deputies that Carradine pushed, kicked, and slapped her multiple times. Michael Carradine was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
The nearby little town of Goffs, east of Amboy, has a fascinating history. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you on a field trip to find out more…
The Morongo Basin Historical Society will host an all-day field trip to historic town of Goffs. On March 14, participants will experience the town of Goffs which was founded in 1893 and has a rich mining, ranching, railroading, homesteading and cultural history. The visit begins at the town that was once a famous stop on Old Route 66. Hugh and Carol Brown of the Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (MDHCA) will give a brief introduction, before participants take a self-guided tour of the 1914 Goffs Schoolhouse Museum and then go over to view the 6,000-volume Mojave Desert Archives, which is stored in a replica of the Goff’s Depot. Signups for this event begin on March 3. For more information, or to sign up, call 760-366-7896.
The DAV Morongo Basin Chapter #60 will hold their next scheduled monthly meeting on March 7, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at the Eagles Aerie at 67330 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms. All veterans and their guests are cordially invited to attend.
This reminder, Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night before you go to bed as we spring forward into Daylight Saving Time. And with the time change, your local fire stations remind you to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your homes.
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission has three topics on its March 3 meeting agenda. Reporter Dan Stork lists them…
An addition to the City Development Code of procedures for dealing with the California Environmental Quality Act will be the topic of a public hearing at the meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. There will also a discussion on a time extension request for a restaurant site plan review. This is a project at 72003 Twentynine Palms Highway that has been hanging fire since April 2011. The property owner recently informed the city that he has formed a business relationship with the owner of John’s Place in Yucca Valley, and intends to “bring John’s Place to Twentynine Palms.” A final discussion will be about responsibilities of the Commission and election of officers. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.
Joshua Springs Lightning of Yucca Valley ended their season Monday night, losing the CIF Division 6 semifinal contest to Orangewood Academy, 64-41, at home. Spokesman Adam Everhart said the number 4 seed Lightning were underdogs to the number 1 seed Spartans. Tyler Pascale led the team in scoring, like he has all season, going for 14 on the night. Lightning coaches praised the team afterwards, who plays eight seniors, as the most successful class in Lightning history, with three consecutive 20-win seasons, including a school record 21-4 campaign this year, and three straight trips to CIF semifinals.
Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball team will travel away to San Bernardino to play Indian Springs High School. First pitch is at 3:15.
Vandalism in the form of spray painting on rocks is becoming a scourge in Joshua Tree and other national parks. A well-known international street artist appears to have vandalized Joshua Tree National Park last week. According to the blog Modern Hiker, Andre Saraiva, also known as Mr. Andre, posted a photo to his Instagram account February 25 showing a rock with graffiti on it, and claiming to be the artist. Mister Andre claimed via Instagram that the “art” was created “with love in a friend’s privet [sic] back yard,” But Modern Hiker determined that the rock was in the parking lot of the trailhead to Contact Mine, just inside the north entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Park Ranger Jeff Ohlfs told Modern Hiker that they have Mr. Andre “in [their] sights.” The Twentynine Palms Inn confirmed that they had given Saraiva—who stayed at the Inn—permission to tag a pink wall there.
In October, a 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, was identified as a primary suspect in vandalizing eight national parks—including Joshua Tree—in the western United States. The woman, who used acrylic paint on rocks inside Yosemite, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Rocky Mountain, Crater Lake, Zion, Canyonlands National Parks, and Colorado National Monument, signed her graffiti drawings as Creepytings. Vandalism is a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
San Bernardino County is revising its General Plan for renewable energy projects in unincorporated areas. Reporter Dan Stork says that the county has scheduled an event to get public input…
County Land Use staff will conduct a listening session on plans for the County General Plan renewable energy element on March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Board of Supervisors Covington Chambers in San Bernardino, with opportunities for videoconference testimony from both the Hesperia and Joshua Tree county government centers.
Three Yucca Valley men and a woman were arrested following a burglary last week. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton, on Wednesday, David Scholar reported a burglary of his business in the 55600 block of Yucca Trail. Scholar said that the door had been forced open, and between $20,000 and $50,000 in antiques, doors, windows, building materials, and other items had been stolen. Scholar and another resident later discovered that a man had sold some of the stolen items to local antique shops. The Sheriff’s department then set up an undercover operation to buy some of the remaining stolen items. According to Arthurton, about 9:30 a.m. Friday, Justin Channell, 29, of Yucca Valley, arrived at the operation location to sell some antiques. Deputies detained Channell until Scholar arrived, who identified the items as his stolen property. Information obtained during the investigation led deputies to a home in the 56300 block of Antelope Trail where they discovered more stolen property, although several thousand dollars worth of property remains missing. Also at the home were Eric Hansen, 47, Cory Rifenbery, 24, and Barbara Gordan, all of Yucca Valley. Hansen had a $5,000 warrant for his arrest and was found to be a felon in possession of tear gas. Eric Hansen is being held at the Morongo Basin jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. Cory Rifenbery is being held at the Morongo Basin Jail without bail on a warrant for felony spouse abuse. Barbara Gordan was cited and released for possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Justin Channell was arrested for investigation of commercial burglary and was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000.
Joshua Tree National Park is recruiting for their Youth Conservation Corps program. Reporter Taylor Thacker tells you how to apply…
This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Teens between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. Selected applicants will work from June 15 through August 6 and will receive minimum wage. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., with every other Friday off. The program provides young people of the community with excellent hands-on work experience. Work will be labor intensive and performed throughout the park. Application forms are available at the Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters in Twentynine Palms and must be returned or postmarked, no later than April 11, 2015. For more information call 760-367-5516.
The undersecretary for the California Environmental Protection Agency will be the keynote speaker at the second annual High Desert Water Summit in Victorville. Gordon Burns will talk about “Science: the Key to Managing Water in a Changing World” and the state’s recent groundwater legislation. The event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Victorville. The event is sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency. For more information, call 760-946-7001.
Tonight’s the night for the next Theatre 29 auditions. The third production of the 2015 season will be cast this evening. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast break down…
Arrive at Theatre 29 tonight at 6:30 pm to audition for director Ben Bees. He is holding open auditions for the suspense thriller “Wait Until Dark.” He is looking to cast five to six male roles and two female roles. The male lead, Mike, is an ex-convict in his 20s to 30s. The lead female role is Susan; this character is blind and should be in her early to late 20s. Her husband Sam, a professional photographer, is also in his early to late 20s. Other male characters are a mix of ex-convicts and police officers and can be any age from 18 up. The key role of Gloria calls for a young actress as young as 10 but no older than 16. Scenes from the script will be available at auditions tonight March 2 at 6:30 p.m. Theatre 29 is located at 73637 Sullivan Road in 29 Palms.
“Wait Until Dark” will run five consecutive weekends from April 10 through May 9 on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m., with 2:30 matinees on April 19 and May 3. Regular tickets are $12 for adults, seniors and military are $10, students with ID and children 12 and under are $8. Reserve your seats now by calling the Theatre box office at 760-361-4151 or by visiting theatre29.org.
The Hi-Desert Home Care Services hospice program will host a free ongoing bereavement support group for those whose loved ones have died. The support group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 2 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church on Hallee Road in Joshua Tree, and at 5:30 p.m. at the Hi-Desert Home Health and Hospice office, 63484 Chickasaw Road Joshua Tree. The group is facilitated by Gloria Beetle. For more information, please contact Beetle at 760-366-6427 or visit the Hi Desert Medical website at www.hdmc.org.