TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Friday morning, after his wife said he hit her and their baby. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman called just after 1 a.m. to say that she and her husband, Dezell Carroll, 27, had been arguing in the 71600 block of Cactus Drive when he started to hit her in the head as she was holding their one-month-old baby. She added that the baby may have been accidentally hit by one of the Carroll’s blows. Carroll then allegedly began breaking things and threw a television outside, before locking the woman outside the home. After an investigation, Dezell Carroll was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse and child endangerment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS BROTHERS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of threatening to kill his brothers. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6300 block of Balboa Avenue about 4:15 p.m. because Eric Baez, 41, was violating a restraining order that prohibited him from contacting his family there. However, Baez had fled before deputies arrived. Deputies were called back about 6 p.m. and were told that Baez had returned. The report states that Baez attempted to get into the house through a broken window and threatened to kidnap, stab, and kill his brothers and their families. Deputies located Eric Baez and arrested him for investigation of making terrorist threats, booked him into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Seems there’s an app for everything nowadays, the latest is from Joshua Tree National Park. It includes an essentials and a nature guide for visitors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s not all…
The apps aims to help visitors get the most from their visit. It includes “The essentials guide,” which highlights favorite destinations, park history and family-friendly activities.
“The nature guide” describes flora and fauna visitors are likely to encounter. Outdoor activities available in the park are described along with information about the park’s unique nature and science.
“Citizen science” is an another app feature. It provides up-to-date information like the sighting of a Golden Eagle, a Desert Tortoise, or approaching weather.
“Eyes on the park” is also included and allows you to take a photo of graffiti, vehicle tracks off-road, or other issues park staff should know. It sends selected photos to rangers along with GPS coordinates.
And finally, an offline map allows users to navigate within the park when there is no cell coverage. Find the app under Joshua Tree National Park Essentials at iTunes or Google Play.

MAN WHO LED DEPUTIES IN CHASE FOUND HIDING IN A BATHROOM

A Twentynine Palms man suspected of leading a deputy in a pursuit in a stolen vehicle  was found hiding in a bathroom. The Sheriff’s Department said Deputy Jason Jimenez attempted to stop a gray Nissan Altima about 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning near Mesquite Avenue and Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms for failing to stay in its lane. Demetrius Hughes, 25, fled and drove around the block before stopping at the corner of Joshua Drive and Ocotillo Avenue. Hughes fled from the car and was later found hiding in the bathroom of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in the 6300 block of Palo Verde Avenue. The investigation revealed that Hughes had taken the car without permission. Demetrius Hughes was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, and on warrants for driving without a valid driver’s license, no proof of insurance, and speeding. Hughes was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $75,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man who has been convicted of battery, elder abuse, drug possession, and grand theft auto was arrested Saturday, accused of choking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness spotted Brandon Koenig, 24, pinning a woman against a telephone pole and choking her about 6:30 p.m. near Paxton Avenue and Del Monte Avenue in Yucca Valley. When the witness slowed down at the scene, Koenig allegedly stepped in front of the vehicle in a threatening manner. The woman said they were arguing when Koenig grabbed her by the throat, and pinned her against the pole. After an investigation, Brandon Koenig was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF VANDALIZING EX-BOYFRIENDS CAR

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Saturday night, accused of breaking windows of her ex’s house and car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 73300 block of Sunnyvale Drive in Twentynine Palms about 11:45 for a report that a woman, later identified as Shaniqua Frazier, 28, threw a rock through the home’s front window, smashed the windshield of a car, and dented the rear quarter panel with a rock. Shaniqua Frazier was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $25,000.

SIGN UP NOW FOR PARK-TO-PARK BIKE RIDE

The City of Twentynine Palms, in conjunction with the Joshua Tree National Park and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, is sponsoring the first annual Park-to-Park Bike Ride and Earth Day educational fair. Kirby Davis has all the details…
Attention bicycle enthusiasts, mark your calendar for April 29 for the Park-to-Park Bike Ride and Earth Day fair. This 27-mile round-trip bike ride will begin at Knott’s Sky Park in Twentynine Palms and will continue up to Key’s View in the Joshua Tree National Park and back to Knott’s Sky Park. Registration fees are $20 for active duty military and $35 for civilians. This event is limited to 300 participants. Registrations are currently being accepted on the City of Twentynine Palms website at 29palms.org or by calling the Twentynine Palms Recreation Department at 760-367-7562.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING SET FOR TONIGHT CANCELLED

The Yucca Valley Town Council has cancelled its regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, due to a lack of an agenda. The next meeting is set for May 2.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION LOOKS AT MOVING AND FLASHING SIGNS

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight in regular session. The commission will choose a new chair and vice-chair. After an opportunity for public comments, the commission will hold a public hearing on sign regulations for temporary events and moving or flashing signs. The meeting will end in a study session focusing on giving direction to their staff on the regulations for peddling and hawking in the city. The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets at 5:00 this evening at City Hall on Adobe Road.

PET-A-PALOOZA ADOPTION EVENT THROUGH SATURDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL SHELTER

The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter is holding a Pet-A-Palooza adoption event through Saturday, April 22. All dog and cat adoptions are only $40 and include vaccinations, spay or neuter, and a free wellness vet exam. The Yucca Valley Animal Shelter is located 4755 Malin Way. Hours are noon to 5 Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 760-369-1807.

LOCAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB MOTORCYCLE POKER SUN SATURDAY

Get that motorcycle charged up and gassed, air in the tires and polish the chrome. The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will be holding a fund-raising motorcycle poker run. Reporter Edica Gonzalez gets her kickstand up…
The Morongo Basin Democratic Club is sponsoring a poker run fundraiser. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen on the Copper Mountain College campus and ends promptly at noon at Bruce’s. There will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place. The entry fee is $20, and any mode of transportation—motorcycles, bicycles, cars, or trucks—are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program. For more information, call 760-799-3113.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS CLASSES AT RAINBOW STEW

A series of health and wellness classes will be offered Wednesday afternoons at Rainbow Stew in Yucca Valley. The first class is set for 2 p.m. April 19 and will feature information on nutrition and pain. The classes are free. RSVP to Rainbow Stew at 760-418-5170. Rainbow Stew is located on the south side of the highway in Old Town Yucca Valley.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE GRUBSTAKE DAYS TUG O’ WAR

Grubstake Days is coming to Yucca Valley May 25 through May 29. One of the fun and traditional events is the tug o’ war competition. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says gets your team together for fun, bragging rights, and a trophy…
The classic Grubstake Days Tug-O-War is back, and it’s better than ever. The Grubstake Days organizers are searching for teams for the tug of war competition. There is a 1,500 pound weight limit per team. The event will be held on the carnival grounds at the corner of Highway 62 and Hilton Avenue on Saturday, May 27, with the finals continuing at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 28. The deadline to sign up is April 30. The registration fee is $100. Call Carl at 760-401-6552 or Tracey at 760-368-8990 to register.