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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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SUPERVISORS OK TRAILS IN JOSHUA TREE'S SECTION 6, PIONEERTOWN WATER INTER-CONNECTION PIPELINE

Two items from the consent agenda of the September 1 meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors have direct local impact. Reporter Dan Stork says one is about a trail project in Joshua Tree, and the other is about bringing water to Pioneertown…
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MORE DETAIL ON PIONEERTOWN WATER ACTIONS


In a related story, Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a closer look at how the supervisors’ action could solve a long-running problem with the Pioneertown water supply and service…
Folks in Pioneertown who have been working with the county on a plan to bring safe drinking water to the...
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FBI SERVES SEARCH WARRANTS ON PALM SPRINGS CITY HALL

A dozen agents with the FBI and the Riverside County district attorney’s office executed search warrants on Palm Springs City Hall yesterday. City Attorney Douglas Holland said staff were cooperating with the agents. Authorities also knocked on the door of an apartment listed as a home address by Mayor Steve...
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OUR TWO STATE REPRESENTATIVES TAKE MORE RESPONSIBILITY

Our state representatives are moving up the state pecking order. Yesterday, the Republican Caucus announced it has selected Assemblyman Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley to be its next leader. Mayes will take over from current Republican Leader Kristin Olsen in January. Mayes, a former council member and mayor of Yucca...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION IN SPECIAL CLOSED SESSION MEETING TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission will hold a special closed session meeting 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 2. The sole item on the closed session agenda is to discuss the significant exposure to potential litigation. The meeting will be held in City Hall on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT FOCUSES ON EASEMENTS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will focus on sewer system easements…..
Easements will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. The water district has successfully negotiated easements on 207 properties, out...
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JOSHUA BASIN WATER LOOKS AT DROUGHT SURCHARGE TONIGHT

The Joshua Basin Water District will meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says, among other items, the board will consider a drought surcharge…
At tonight’s 7 p.m. meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, directors will receive an update on conservation efforts which look to be just short...
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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School volleyball team Lady cats played the Rajahs at home and won in three sets. Coaches say the Lady Cats were led by senior Latasia Benevente with nine kills and Junior Tatiyanna Mackall with seven kills and three blocks. Sophomore Lindsey Scammon and junior Mara Mapuatuli...
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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...
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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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MAN ARRESTED SMASHING YUCCA VALLEY STORE WINDOWS

A Texas man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of smashing windows at two businesses in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s reports say a witness called deputies at 9:19 a.m. to report a man, later identified as Michael Hernandez, 29, of Irving, Texas, walked up to the windows at Marshall’s and Petco and...
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SHERIFF WARNS OF ARREST WARRANT SCAMS

Scam artists are still luring trusting area residents into parting with their hard-earned money. Reporter Rebecca Havely says beware of the “Arrest Warrant” scam…
In this scam, con artists are taking advantage of technology that can change whatever is visible on Caller ID, and allow the to pose as the...
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WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING INTO HER JOSHUA TREE BOYFRIEND

A San Bernardino woman was arrested Sunday morning, accused of running into her boyfriend with a vehicle. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the 6100 block of Panorama Road in Joshua Tree about 8:30 due to a fight between a man and a woman, later identified as Jennifer Casas,...
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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF DRUG DEALING

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of drug dealing. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle driven by Ruby Shaw, 50, near Stardune Avenue and Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms about 12:40 a.m. During the traffic stop, the deputy discovered that Shaw had...
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15-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED AFTER STEALING GRANDMOTHER'S CAR

A 15-year-old boy who stole his grandmother’s car in Joshua Tree early Saturday morning was arrested several hours later in Landers. Sheriff’s reports say the car was reported stolen about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a neighbor said someone ran into her awning in the 6100 block of Valley View Street...
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