SHERIFFS DETAIN SUSPECTED ESCAPED CONVICT, NEARBY SCHOOL LOCKED DOWN

A man suspected of being an escaped convict from Colorado was arrested Friday in Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were dispatched to the area around La Contenta Middle School just after 1 p.m. for a report of two escaped inmates who were near the school. School officials, acting on the side of safety, locked down the school during the search. Deputies set up a perimeter and called for the sheriff’s helicopter, 40King, to assist. At about 2:20, a man matching the description, later identified as Isidora Contreras, 42, of Joshua Tree, was spotted by the helicopter near La Contenta and Highway 62. Responding deputies detained Contreras and woman with him without incident. During a search of Contreras, the deputy found a four-inch knife in Contreras’s pants pocket. Isidora Contreras was arrested for investigation of possession of a dirk or dagger, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. There is no word from the Sheriff’s Department about the disposition of the second suspect.

YUCCA VALLEY COUNCIL EXPECTED A TO APPROVE SHERIFF LICENSE PLATE READER

The Yucca Valley Town council meets in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says highlights include forming service districts, adding public safety officers, and the purchase of a license plate reader…
After holding routine public hearings on creating special community service districts for the new Burrtec Waste facility and Hawk’s Ridge subdivision, the Yucca Valley Town Council will appoint two members to the Parks and Recreation Commission. Also on the agenda, the council will be asked to update the town’s employee handbook, and approve the purchase of an automated license plate reader for use by the Sheriff’s Department. And finally, the council will discuss whether it should request the Sheriff’s Department begin the process to add public safety officers in advance of the first meeting of the Measure Y Oversight Commission, whose responsibility it is to recommend and oversee public safety spending. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

TOWN SEEKS INPUT IN ITS HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

The Town of Yucca Valley is seeking public input on updating its local hazard mitigation plan. The plan identifies hazards, potential losses, mitigation needs, goals, and strategies as part of local disaster preparedness measures. The plan is available at Town Hall and on the town’s website at yucca-valley.org. Comments should be sent to Jessica Rice at jrice@yucca-valley.org through May 15.

NEW APP MAKES IT EASIER AND FASTER TO GET INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

We’ve all heard about peak attendance and long entrance lines at Joshua Tree National Park. Now the park service has made it easier and faster to get into the park. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says pull over and get out your smart phone…
Joshua Tree National Park now offers a free mobile app which will allow visitors to prepay entrance fees. The app can be downloaded from the app store by searching, “JTNP Fee Pay: Park Pass.” Visitors can use debit and credit cards, PayPal and other major digital wallet systems. Users will choose between the $25 seven-day single vehicle pass; the $12 seven-day individual pass for anyone on a motorcycle, bicycle or walking into the park; and the $40 Joshua Tree National Park annual pass. The purchaser will receive a specific digital pass to show at the park entrance stations along with photo ID. Passes are non-transferable. The park service hopes that this new option, JTNP Fee Pay: Park Pass, will streamline the park fee, purchase process and reduce time getting into the park. Joshua Tree National Park is one of only two parks nationwide included in the pilot program.

ARRESTS FOR FELONY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS AND YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of violating a restraining order and spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 73900 block of Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms about 1:30 a.m. due to an argument between Adarryl Futrell, 23, and a woman. Adarryl Futrell was arrested for investigation of corporal injury of a spouse, and for violating the terms of a restraining order, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of punching and kicking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, David Barringer, 28, was arguing with his girlfriend at their home in the 6300 block of El Dorado Avenue about 11:30 a.m. when he said he suddenly “exploded” and punched and kicked her multiple times. David Barringer was arrested on suspicion of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

WE REVIEW “INTO THE WOODS” AT THEATRE 29

The Broadway hit musical “Into the Woods” opened last weekend at Theatre 29. Reporter Rebecca Havely attended and offers this review of the production…
Stephen Sondheim’s complex music and witty lyrics shine in the fairy tale musical “Into the Woods.” The award-winning duo of director Charles Harvey and musical director Kathryn Fuerguson bring together a truly ensemble piece of musical theatre. Earl Childs is a natural story teller as the narrator of this twisted tale told on a whimsical set. Theatre 29 favorites Chris Fleischman and Katie Van Sumeren lead the cast through the woods on a quest to reverse the curse of a witch, intensely played by Char Childs. They must beg, borrow and steal from others on their path: Little Red, played with gusto by Lisa Goldberg; the delightfully dim-witted Jack, played by Owen O’Brien; the unraveled Rapunzel, well played by Chalise Kunz; and Cinderella, wonderfully portrayed by Liyan Lagevardi. Humor is added to the mix by the handsome Princes, Ethan Flores and Benjamin Lacount II; the wicked Wolf, played by Charly Detinne; Little Red’s Granny, played by Kylie Robinson; and Israel Ruiz, as Jack’s cow, really milks the laughs.
Tickets for “Into the Woods” are $15 regular admission; $12 for seniors and military; and $8 for students with ID. “Into the Woods” has a more mature theme, so parental guidance is suggested for children under 12. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 and Sundays at 2:30 through May 21. For tickets visit theatre29.org or call the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

FREE FOOD DISTRIBUTION IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse will have a USDA food distribution tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. until they run out of food. The distribution will take place at the front of the building where there is sufficient parking. Please wear proper attire for the weather and remember there are no public restrooms available. The address of the Social Club is 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. If you have any questions about the distribution please call 760-369-4057 and ask for Susie or Phebe.

FOOD FOR LIFE SEEKING MUSICIANS

Do you play an instrument and love to sing? Consider joining Food For Life one Saturday and entertain their diners. If this sounds of interest to you, please contact Wally Currie at 760-449-8683 to make arrangements. On Saturday, May 6, Food For Life will be serving sandwiches, potato salad, fruit, and dessert. Meals are served at Church of the Nazarene at the end of 49 Palms Road, across from Del Taco in Twentynine Palms, from 3 to 5 p.m. every Saturday. Look for their signs.

DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE PLANNED BY TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION

Twentynine Palms Recreation is hosting a special event later this month. Reporter Eric Knabe says get registered for a daddy-daughter dance set for May 12…
Twentynine Palms Recreation Department is now accepting registration for the second annual Daddy Daughter Dance. The dance is set for May 12, at the Twentynine Palms High School multi-purpose room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be music, a photo booth, light refreshments, dance contests and door prizes. The dance is open to third through eighth grade girls, their fathers, uncles, grandfathers, or big brothers. Admission is $30 per couple and $8 per additional guest. Space is limited; reserve your space by calling 760-367-7562 or register online at 29palms.org.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Joshua Springs Lightning baseball team will travel away to Redlands to play Redlands Adventist Academy. First pitch is at 4 p.m.