A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday, accused of kidnapping and assaulting a woman, holding her in his car for three days. Sheriff’s investigators say the victim said she was camping and met David Graham, 36, Sunday, March 12, who convinced her to get into his car. Once in the car, he held her captive for three days, slamming her head into the car’s window, hitting her with a metal flashlight, and pointing a gun at her, telling her he would kill her if she left. Wednesday, deputies had contact with Graham and the victim two times, but she said she was too afraid to say anything to them. At about 11 p.m. Wednesday night, the woman escaped from the car and ran for help to a residence near Sunnyslope Drive and Palm Avenue in Yucca Valley. She was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. About 2:15 a.m. Thursday morning, Deputy Adrian Garcia located Graham in his vehicle near the intersection of Kickapoo Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley. Garcia searched Graham’s vehicle and found an airsoft pistol. David Graham was arrested for investigation of kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, and making criminal threats. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $250,000.
Our Joshua Tree National Park is at full capacity, and park spokesman George Land says campgrounds are going fast. Rather than be disappointed, park visitors are being urged to check before they make the drive…
Joshua Tree National Park is experiencing a record number of visitors. While it’s great to see people enjoying the outdoors and the beauty that the park offers, your visit requires a bit more planning in order to insure that you have a pleasurable experience.
Call before you come. First come-first served camping spots are at a premium this time of year, with most of them filling up by Friday morning. You will save yourself time and disappointment if you check on campground occupancy before you make the drive.
Back-country camping is only in “permitted” areas and must be one mile from a road and at least 500 feet off of any trail. Campfires are strictly prohibited in the back country.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of knowingly passing a bad check. According to a Sheriff’s report, Timothy Dennis, 38, went to a used car dealer in the 55100 block of 29 Palms Highway February 4 to buy a car. Dennis agreed to a down payment of $3500 for the car, using a credit card for $700 and a personal check for $2800. Dennis asked the car dealer to hold the check until February 27 when he would receive his tax refund. The dealer called Dennis on February 28 to make sure there was enough money in his account to cover the check, and when Dennis said there was, the dealer cashed it. The dealership was later notified by the bank that the check was returned for insufficient funds, and the dealership notified the Sheriff’s Department. The deputy confirmed with Dennis that he knew he didn’t have enough money in the account to cover the check; Dennis said he wanted to keep the car so his family could go home. After an investigation, Timothy Dennis was arrested on suspicion of felony check fraud, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
Rev up your engines at the 17th annual Twentynine Palms Car Show and Street Fair tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the event has something for everyone in the family…
Don’t miss all the antique, classic, and late-model cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Twentynine Palms 17th annual Car Show and Street Fair. Along with the vehicles that will be competing for coveted trophies, there will be a soapbox derby for kids age 5 to 14 down Donnell Hill, starting at 10:30, a climbing rock wall, vendors, live music, a static display from the Combat Center, and tethered hot air balloon rides from 2 to 6 p.m. Early bird tickets for the tethered balloon ride are $20 and are available at the Chamber of Commerce and various merchants; call 760-367-3445. Tickets at the balloon ride are $30. The car show is Saturday, March 18, from 10 to 6 on Highway 62 in downtown Twentynine Palms. For more information, visit 29chamber.org.
Because of extraordinary demand, the production of “Disney’s Mary Poppins” at Theatre 29 is adding an additional Saturday matinee performance.
Patrons clamoring to experience “Disney’s Mary Poppins” have already filled all the online seats for the rest of the entire run. With the permission of Music Theater International, Theatre 29 is adding a Saturday 2:30 p.m. matinee on March 25. With ALL the remaining performance dates already sold out, the time to make reservations for this added date is now. It is HIGHLY suggested that theatergoers get their tickets in advance. There is some “overflow” seating available on an “as available” basis for all remaining performances.
Performances will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, through Sunday, March 26. Friday and Saturday performances start at 7:00 p.m.; Sunday matinees and the added Saturday matinee will be at 2:30 p.m. For tickets reservations can be made online at theatre29.org or by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $12 for seniors and military, and $10 for children under 12 and students with ID.
Sky’s the Limit in Twentynine Palms invites you to an evening with the cosmos Saturday. Reporter Edica Gonzales explains…
Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, March 18. The event begins at 7:45 p.m. and will end about 11 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Late March is great time to view the night sky; eight first magnitude stars and several of the brightest constellations stand out against the rich star fields of the winter Milky Way. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
The third season of Desert Hot Springs Classical Concerts continues Sunday, March 19 at 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. This concert features the Sincopa Quartet, whose members are natives of Armenia, Brazil, Taiwan, and South Korea. Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for a food pantry; donations to the church’s flood recovery fund are also welcome. The church is located at 64545 Pierson Boulevard in Desert Hot Springs.
Tonight’s Live at the Rock free concert series kicks off the fourth season of live music on an outdoor stage at the Twentynine Palms casino. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says “don’t miss this really, really big show” with the Silver Beatles on their Magical Mystery Tour…
Beatles tribute band, The Silver Beatles, kicks off Live at the Rock free concert series at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms starting at 8 p.m. Now in its fourth season, Live at the Rock presents a new tribute band, each Friday through October. The Silver Beatles cover the Fab Four’s entire repertoire, playing their biggest hits for more than a decade. The concerts are appropriate for music fans of all ages. To get to Tortoise Rock Casino heading east on Highway 62, make a right on Adobe Road. Live at the Rock is presented by Z107.7 FM.
Upcoming concerts in March include tributes to Johnny Cash and Kiss.
Teens in the seventh thru twelfth grades, sign-up now through April 6 for the City of Twentynine Palms’ Parks and Recreation 2017 Spring Teen Basketball League.
Register at the Twentynine Palms Recreation Office, 74362 Joe Davis Dr., or online at 29palms.org. The cost is $20 per player. An open gym and evaluations will be held on Thursday, April 6 at the following times and locations.
Pro Division – Boys and Girls 10th, 11th, & 12th Grades – 2:15 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms High School Gymnasium
College Division – Boys and Girls 7th, 8th, & 9th Grades – 6:00 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Junior High School Gymnasium
For Information contact the Recreation Office at 760-367-7562.
Yucca Valley is getting ready to start the spring softball leagues. Reporter Kirby Davis joins us with the details…
What better way to start spring than joining one of four adult slow pitch softball teams? Registration is now open for the Town of Yucca Valley’s four adult slow pitch softball teams. Each team will play an average of 10 games at the Yucca Valley Community Center, followed by playoffs and a championship. There is a men’s league, women’s league and two co-ed leagues. Ladies play on Monday, co-ed teams play Tuesday or Thursday, and the men’s league plays on Wednesday. Registration closes March 22. Register online at yucca-valley.org or in person at the Yucca Valley Community Center from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. League fees are $400 with a $200 deposit to hold a team spot; league play begins the week of April 3.
The Twentynine Palms High School boys’ and girls’ swim teams clipped the wings of the Apple Valley High School Eagles Thursday. The boys won 105 to 61; the girls won 96 to 72. In addition to winning the overall meet, several swimmers improved or obtained their CIF consideration time.
The Girls IM Relay team (G. Crank, T. Scamman, Wade, L. Scamman) improved their CIF consideration time.
The 200 Free Relay team (G. Crank, T. Scamman, Thompson, L. Scamman) obtained a CIF consideration time.
Lindsey Scamman obtained CIF consideration times in the 100 Butterfly and the 100 Breast stroke.
Lexi Wade in the 100 Back also improved her CIF consideration time.
LYNDSAY SCAMMEN CIF IN BUTTERFLY
TPHS WILDCATS SWIM TEAM
TPHS WILDCATS SWIM TEAM
HUGO FOURNIER 100 YARD BRESTSTROKE
GIRLS 200 MEDLEY RELAY TAYLOR SCAMMAN, LEXIE WADE, GABBY CRANK AND LYNDSAY SCAMMAN
COLIN BEAUDOIN AND NICK VALEAZUELA WITH APPLE VALLY SWIMMER IN THE 200 YARD FREE STYLE
In individual races:
200 Medley relay
2nd Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Lexi Wade, Lindsey Scamman
1st Kyle Bobadilla, Josiah Henderson, Kevin Johnson, Brian Soster
3rd Braden Beaudoin, Matthew Councell, Marcus Freitas, Cody Landry
2nd Ashley Waring
3rd Lea Spear
1st Nicolas Valenzula
3rd Colin Beaudoin
200 Individual Medley
2nd Taylor Scamman
3rd Teagan Thompson
1st Kevin Johnson
3rd Braden Beaudoin
1st Gabby Crank
3rd Lea Speer
1st Brian Soster
1st Lyndsey Scamman
2nd Lexi Wade
1st Josiah Henderson
3rd Marcus Freitas
3rd Gabby Crank
1st Brian Soster
1st Nicole Elmer
2nd Ashley Waring
1st Nic Valenzuela
3rd Hugo Fournier
200 Free Relay
1st Gabby Crank, Taylor Scamman, Teagan Thompson, Lyndsey Scamman
4th Tabitha Zuniga, Bella Crank, Devanee Johnson, Ashley Waring
1st Josiah Henderson, Nic Valenzuela, Cody Landry, Brian Soster
4th Kevin Johnson, Braden Beaudoin, Marcus Freitas, Colin Beaudoin
1st Lexi Wade
1st Josiah Henderson
3rd Kevin Johnson
2nd Lyndsey Scamman
3rd Nicole Elmer
3rd Kyle Bobadilla
400 Free Relay
1st Nicole Elmer, Lea Spear, Teagan Thompson, Lexi Wade
2nd Iris Rivera, Meganlynn Slover, Ashley Waring, Victoria Williams
1st Colin Beaudoin, Kyle Bobadilla, Cody Landry, Nicolas Valenzuela
2nd Marcus Freitas, Hugo Fournier, Glen Reaves, Matthew Councell
Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Desert Hot Springs to play the Golden Eagles. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will host Desert Mirage High School from Thermal at home. First pitch for both games is at 3:15.