TWENTYNINE PALMS CHILD CARE WORKER PLEADS GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms woman pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor child abuse. According to San Bernardino County court records, Pamela Cadwallader, 62, who was an employee at the Child Development Center on board the Combat Center, accepted a plea bargain Friday for one count of misdemeanor child abuse for physically punishing a child in her care on March 17, 2016. Four other charges of child abuse were dropped for her guilty plea. The children were a 3-year-old boy, two 4-year-old boys, and two 5-year-old girls at the time of the abuse. Her sentence also includes one day in jail with credit for time served and a $300.20 fine.

TWO ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO REGISTER A STOLEN CAR

Two people were arrested Thursday, accused of trying to register a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Amber Long, 33, and Kurt Hampton, 33, went to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Twentynine Palms about 11 a.m. to register a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. The DMV clerk determined the car had been reported stolen and called the Sheriff’s Department. Long and Hampton told the deputy that the car had been parked in front of their home in the 7300 block of Kellogg Avenue in Twentynine Palms. During the investigation, the deputy located two motorcycles that had also been reported stolen, as well as stolen tools, collectibles, air compressor, and more. Amber Long and Kurt Hampton were arrested for investigation of possession of stolen vehicles and receiving stolen property, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with Long’s bail set at $60,000 and Hampton’s bail set at $75,000.

TWO ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO STEAL FROM WAL-MART

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday, accused of conspiring to steal from Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to Walmart about 5 p.m. for a report that a man, later identified as Brian Laufer, 35, was in the store and cutting open packages of X-box controllers and concealing them. The report states the deputy saw Laufer use his phone, then leave the store, and get into a vehicle driven by Paul Ray, 22. The deputy stopped the vehicle and found the game controllers, video games, and aluminum foil inside the car. Laufer allegedly admitted to the deputy that he stole the foil and had asked Ray to drive him to Walmart. A search of Laufer’s phone revealed text messages between Laufer and Ray about where they should meet outside the store. Brian Laufer and Paul Ray were arrested for investigation of conspiracy, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, and released.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PLANNING WORKSHOP TOMORROW AFTERNOON

The Yucca Valley Town Council will start updating its strategic plan this fall. The Town Council has requested a series of workshops to discuss some issues and priorities to include in the next strategic plan. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special workshop Tuesday afternoon prior to its regular meeting. Some of the items the council members may discuss include town-wide broadband Internet access; workforce development, transportation assistance, code enforcement, a performing arts center, homeless assistance, parks and bike trails, signage, and rodeo grounds. These items and more could possibly be included in the town’s next strategic plan, which is scheduled to be updated this fall. The workshop starts at 4 p.m. in the Mesquite Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

AUDITIONS FOR “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Open auditions are tonight for “Into the Woods,” the next big Broadway musical slated for Theatre 29’s season. Veteran director Charles Harvey is seeking a cast of 16 musical performers. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the cast break down…

The cast of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Into the Woods” consists of a male narrator who also plays a mysterious vagrant; Cinderella and her step sisters Florinda and Lucinda; Cinderella’s father and stepmother; her Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince; Rapunzel; Jack the giant slayer; Jack’s Mother, who doubles as the ghost of Cinderella’s Mother; the Baker and the Baker’s wife; Little Red Riding Hood; the Wolf who pursues her doubles as a Steward; and the Witch. The auditions will consist of singing a Broadway show tune, movement and cold readings. Auditions are Monday March 6 at 6:30 p.m. on the Theatre 29 mainstage.

Bring a karaoke or non-vocal backing track on CD or a mobile device with a speaker and dress prepared to move. For more information, check out the audition details on Theatre 29’s Facebook page and website or email the director at webmaster@theatre29.org. “Into the Woods will run four weekends from April 21 through May 14. For tickets visit theatre29.org

WE REVIEW ST. JOSEPH’S PLAYERS “A FEW GOOD MEN” IN YUCCA VALLEY

The St. Joseph’s Players community theater of Yucca Valley had its opening night gala for “A Few Good Men” last Friday. The Aaron Sorkin play—later made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Tom Cruise—revolves around the court-martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow soldier. Reporter David Haldane was there and offers this review…

It’s a murder mystery/courtroom drama. You know from the outset exactly who did it. Who’s responsible remains to be seen.

I’m talking about “A Few Good Men,” the masterful drama made into a movie by the same name. Now director Rebecca Havely, of Z1077, has done a masterful job herself of bringing it to Yucca Valley. Ben Bees shines in the role of Lt. Daniel A. Kaffee, the cynical Navy lawyer forced into defending what’s right. Abe Daniels crackles as Col. Nathan Jessup, the base commander who ends up cracking himself. And Cyrus Short is nothing short of terrifying as Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick, the fist-clenched marine straight out of a non-com’s nightmare.

It’s all held together by crisp military uniforms on cadence-chanting recruits literally sprinting between scenes. Bottom line: an invigorating way to spend an evening.

“A Few Good Men,” staged at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church in Yucca Valley, runs all four Saturday evenings in March at 7 p.m. and the last three Sundays at 2:30 pm. Regular tickets are $11, or $9 for seniors, military and students. For reservations, call 760-362-9319.

NESTING HAWKS CLOSE CLIMBING AREA IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A pair of nesting red-tailed hawks has temporarily closed some climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park. Park Superintendent David Smith announced that all public entry and activities in the area described as Morongo Man Cliffs—about one-half mile northwest of the Split Rock parking lot—are prohibited during the hawks’ nesting season. This area includes the climbing routes Morongo Man, Morongo Child, and From the Mouths of Dogs. The closure will remain in effect until the birds have fledged and the nest has been abandoned.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CLIMBING FORUM WEDNESDAY

Attention climbers and rock climbing supporters: Joshua Tree National Park will host a public meeting about climbing in the park this Wednesday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells you when and where…

Joshua Tree National Park will host a public meeting Wednesday, March 8, to discuss climbing in the park. The meeting will be an open forum with Park Superintendent David Smith and other park employees to discuss the current and future desired conditions of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. All recreational climbers, guides, and business owners are invited to attend. The meeting is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue. Questions or comments can be sent to Park Ranger Bernadette Regan at Bernadette_Regan@nps.gov.

PRE-SCHOOL STORYTIME TOMORROW AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The Joshua Tree Library holds preschool story time Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 5 and allows children to socialize, sing songs, and make simple crafts. For more information, call the library at 760-366-8615.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL WINS CIF DIVISION, STATE HOME GAME WEDNESDAY

The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ basketball team faced the St. Paul Swordsman from Santa Fe Springs in a Southern Section CIF Division 3A final Saturday. The Wildcats held on in a gritty game and won the division in overtime, 70-68. D’Shaun Barrett scored 29 points and Adam Bell had 17 for Twentynine Palms. St. Paul was down by eight points in the fourth quarter, and forced the game into overtime. St. Paul’s attempt to tie the game and force it into a second overtime failed at the buzzer when the basketball fell off the hoop’s rim. The win earned Twentynine Palms a home berth this Wednesday when they play Sage Creek High School of Carlsbad in the 2017 CIF State Boy’s Division IV Basketball Championship. The game starts at 7 p.m. in the Richard Casey Gym at Twentynine Palms High School. Sage Creek is at 14-17; Twentynine Palms is now 27-3.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School softball team will travel away to Cathedral City. First pitch is at 3:30 p.m.
 
Also tomorrow, the Joshua Springs baseball team will host Temecula Prep from Winchester. The game starts at 3:30 p.m.