DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER, ARRESTED

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested Wednesday, accused of murder. According to the Desert Hot Springs police, officers were sent to the 13300 block of Verbena Drive about 10 p.m. Tuesday night for a call of shots fired. When they arrived, they found Steven Nelson, 49, had been shot. The suspect, Brian Hernandez, 48, was still at the scene and was taken into custody without incident. Nelson was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he died Wednesday. Brian Hernandez was arrested for investigation of murder and brandishing a weapon, booked into the Riverside County Jail in Indio, with his bail set at $2 million.

Brian Hernandez

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST CLEAN-UP DAY SATURDAY

A desert clean-up event will help restore the desert and help military veterans as well. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…
The Mojave Desert Land Trust, along with partners California Conservation Corps, the Conservation Lands Foundation, and the Bureau of Land Management, are sponsoring a desert clean-up, trail maintenance, and restoration day in the Hondo Wash in Flamingo Heights, in the Sand-to-Snow National Monument. The event supports training, mentorship, and paid job opportunities in natural resources management and related fields for post-9/11 military veterans. The clean-up starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Meet at 55200 Hondo Street, at the intersection of Hondo and Kickapoo Trail in the Flamingo Heights area of Yucca Valley. Veterans who are interested in learning more about working with the Veterans Conservation Corps should call Missy Boyd at 760-366-5440 or email missy@mdlt.org.

62-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF DRUG DEALING

A 62-year-old Joshua Tree man was arrested late Tuesday night, accused of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to a gas station in the 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley just before midnight because a man was passed out in his older BMW. The deputy contacted Robert Lotte in the driver’s seat. Lotte had an active warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance for sales. During a search of Lotte and his vehicle, the deputy found a clear baggy of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and cash. Robert Lotte was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales, and for driving on a suspended license, and on his warrant, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $125,000.

AN ARREST FOR WEAPONS AND DRUGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, accused of possession of a dangerous weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Walmart shopping center about 2:15 p.m. for a report of a man, later identified as Casey Moses, 30, arguing with his ex-girlfriend. When deputies arrived, Moses fled on foot, but was captured after a short pursuit. During the pursuit, Moses allegedly dropped drug paraphernalia. Deputies also located a knife on his person, and at the jail, they found heroin in his possession. After an investigation, Casey Moses was arrested on suspicion of possession of a dirk or dagger, and for a warrant for his arrest for conspiracy, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.

ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS, “A FEW GOOD MEN” OPENS TOMORROW

The St. Joseph’s Players of Yucca Valley will open the courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men” tomorrow night. Reporter and Director Rea Rebecca Havely tells you how to get tickets…

“A Few Good Men” follows a slick young Navy lawyer who is assigned a murder case in which two Marines killed a fellow enlisted man, and no one is talking. The cast boasts several veteran actors, including Ben Bees, Liyan Lagevardi, Jericho Mc Williams, Cyrus Short, Abe Daniels and many more. The cast and crew are gearing up for their opening Friday, March 3. The gala opening includes catered food, drink and desserts. Proceeds benefit The Gladys Carol Scholarship, Inc. and Relay for Life. Tickets are $25 and are still available by calling Cheryl at 760-586-2185. The show will run all four Saturday evenings in March at 7 p.m. and the last three Sundays of March at 2:30. Regular ticket prices are $9 to $11. Make your reservations now by calling 760-362-9319. St. Joseph’s Church is located at 56312 Church St. in Yucca Valley.

The cast of “A Few Good Men”

THEATRE 29’S “DISNEY’S MARY POPPINS OPENS TOMORROW

The gala opening night of “Disney’s Mary Poppins” is tomorrow night, Friday, March 3, at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms. The opening night event is sponsored by the Officers’ Spouses’ Club aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live on Cherry Tree Lane. The children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and need a new nanny. Their parents are insistent on someone strict for the job. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who says that “Anything can happen if you let it. ”Disney’s Mary Poppins” will run four consecutive weekends, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and Sundays at 2:30, from March 3 through March 26. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

LOCAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS

The local Democratic Club is offering scholarships. Reporter Edica Gonzalez tells you how to apply…
Morongo Basin high school seniors are invited to apply for a scholarship from the Morongo Basin Democratic Club. Applications may be obtained from the counselor’s office at the Basin’s high schools. The deadline to enter is April 14. More information is available at MBDems.com.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers Association will meet Friday, March 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center on Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. Members will be joined by mythologist and storyteller, Catherine Svehla, Ph.D., who will demonstrate the relevance of mythology to contemporary life by sharing and discussing a classic Arthurian tale.
Lunch will be provided at a cost of $15 per person. Reservations are required. There is no cost to those who attend the meeting but choose not to order lunch, but seats do need to be reserved for meeting attendees. Please call Gay Smith, at 760-369-2211, no later than Monday, March 6, if you plan to attend.

VOTE TODAY FOR MILITARY SPOUSE OF THE YEAR

A Twentynine Palms woman is one of six women who are in the running in a national competition for Military Spouse of the Year, sponsored by Armed Forces Insurance and Military Spouse magazine. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the final day to vote is today….
Just a reminder: today is the day to vote for Jessica Rudd of Twentynine Palms as the Military Spouse of the Year. Rudd, 30, a former Marine, wife of Andrew Rudd, a Marine with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment at Twentynine Palms, and mother of three, was one of 170 spouses who were nominated as the Military Spouse of the Year. Through on-line voting and judging by two panels of judges, Rudd has risen through the ranks to first be named as Military Spouse of the Year for the Twentynine Palms Combat Center, and then the Marine Corps Military Spouse of the Year. Rudd is now one of six spouses who are competing for overall Military Spouse of the Year. Voting runs through 9 p.m. tonight. The winner will be announced at a gala event in Washington, DC on May 12.
http://msoy.militaryspouse.com/vote

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School baseball team will host Cathedral City High School at home. First pitch is at 3:15 p.m.