MORONGO VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of attempted murder of his neighbor. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the Valley View Mobile Manor in the 10800 block of West Drive about 9:50 p.m. for a report of an assault. Deputies found that Robert Trevino, 62, had had his jugular vein slashed with a straight razor and was bleeding profusely. Trevino was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for surgery. Deputies learned that the suspect in Trevino’s assault was his neighbor, Paulo Franco, 53. According to the Sheriff’s report, Trevino and Franco were arguing in Franco’s driveway when Trevino pushed Franco to the ground and punched him twice. Franco managed to get up and slashed Trevino in the neck and chest. Paulo Franco was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million. Robert Trevino’s surgery was a success and he is expected to make a full recovery.

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF HITTING HER CHILDREN WITH WOODEN SPOON

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Monday, accused of child abuse. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called to the 5300 block of Mariposa Avenue in Yucca Valley about 4:45 p.m. for a report of alleged child abuse. Deputy William Ziemer talked to two children, ages 10 and 12, and discovered they had significant bruising to their buttocks area. Ziemer learned the children’s mother, Stephanie Bender, 33, had hit the children with a wooden spoon the previous day. Ziemer and Deputy John Wilson then went to Bender’s home in the 6300 block of Goleta Avenue where they arrested Stephanie Bender for investigation of inflicting traumatic injury upon a child. Bender was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $100,000.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES LICENSE PLATE READERS

The Yucca Valley Town Council appointed two new commissioners to the town’s Parks, Rec, and Cultural commission last night: Brad Napientek and Matt Rauch. Their terms will expire January 31, 2019. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council approved the purchase of automated license plate readers for the Sheriff’s Department…
Automated license plate readers are coming to the Morongo Basin. At last night’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling told the council that the county and Sheriff’s Department worked out a really good deal for the readers. Yucca Valley would get the readers in five patrol cars, along with a fixed location at Highway 62 and State Route 247. Deputies who patrol county areas would also have the readers in five patrol cars, and Joling hopes that Twentynine Palms will also agree to accept the license plate readers; a fixed post would be installed at Adobe Road and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms. The license plate reader would notify deputies if a stolen car, a vehicle involved in an Amber Alert, or perhaps involved in a crime, was in the vicinity. Joling said the readers would not be used for traffic enforcement or expired registrations. The cost to the town for the first three years would be almost $162,000; after that, it would cost about $20,000 a year. The council unanimously approved the contract.
In other business, the council agreed to allow the Revenue Oversight Commission to make the recommendation to add another detective and Sheriff’s Service Specialist, even though it would cause a delay until January 2018.
The council also continued two items on the agenda: the formation of a community facilities district for Burrtec, and revisions to the town’s employee handbook.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will celebrate the National Day of Prayer tomorrow, Thursday, May 4, with three free prayer services. Participants will meet at the flagpole in Veterans’ Park at 7 a.m. and noon, and at Gospel Fellowship Christian Church, 5898 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms at 6:30. The public is invited to attend and pray over the government, military, media, business, education, church, and family.

JOSHUA BASIN WATER BOARD MEETS, UNION AGREEMENT EXPECTED

The Joshua Basin Water District meets tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what’s on the agenda…
At tonight’s meeting of the Joshua Basin Water District, the board is expected to pass a resolution objecting to the County’s sale of a tax defaulted property so that the water district might use the site for a reservoir. Next, the board is expected to ratify a three-year agreement with local 1902; that action to be followed by a related resolution granting the same Union-negotiated wage increases to non-union personnel. Those items and others will precede standing committee, staff and director reports and routine items on the consent agenda/after which the board will adorn to closed session for a matter involving real property. It all starts at the 6:30 p.m. at the Joshua Basin Water District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

MARINE CORPS TO TAKE OVER JOHNSON VALLEY IN AUGUST

Four years ago, the Marine Corps announced that it would be conducting large-scale military exercises on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management in Johnson Valley. The Marine Corps plans to hold the training exercises August 1-30. Under the shared-use agreement, public access to the BLM land is prohibited during Marine Corps exercises. The adjacent Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Area will remain open to the public during the closure of the shared use area.

For more information:
Call Twentynine Palms Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213 or email SMBPLMSWEBPAO@usmc.mil.
For additional information including a map of the area, visit http://www.29palms.marines.mil/Staff/G5-Government-and-External-Affairs/Johnson-Valley

LOCAL STORM SPOTTERS SOUGHT BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

If your secret dream is to be a storm spotter, here’s your chance. Reporter David Haldane has the details…
Does severe weather make your heart beat faster? Do you get an adrenalin rush at the first sign of hail, thunder, wind or flood? If so, the town of Yucca Valley has a job for you: severe weather and storm spotter for the National Weather Service.
You won’t get paid. What you will get is a chance to help forecasters issue weather warnings by providing real-time reports when conditions get bad. You can learn how do it at a training session set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, in the Cholla Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway.
For more information, check out the weather service’s regional website at www.weather.gov/lasvegas or call its Las Vegas office at 702-263-9744.

CLEAN UP OF TORTOISE ISLAND IN JOSHUA TREE SET FOR THIS SATURDAY

The Joshua Tree Clean Team says Tortoise Island, the beloved centerpiece of the village of Joshua Tree is in dire need of clean up. They are asking residents to consider joining them for a Joshua Tree Clean Team effort to clean up the area at 8 a.m. this Saturday, May 6, to help them meet this community challenge. A spokesman said, “If you’ll bring your favorite weeding tool and give us just 20 minutes of your time, we can make Tortoise Island shine!!!” The Joshua Tree Clean Team will provide trash bags and bottled water and reminds you to wear a hat.

RETIRED TEACHERS MEET NEXT WEEK

The California Retired Teachers Association will meet next Friday, May 12, at 10:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree.  Attendees will welcome Hi Desert Medical Center’s Nutritionist, Reneé Harvey, who will discuss nutritional health for seniors.  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 those who attend but do not dine.  Please call Gay Smith, at 760-369-2211, no later than Monday, May 8, if you plan to attend.

NO TACOS AT VFW TODAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post will NOT be serving up tacos Wednesday, May 3, due to road work on Veterans’ Way in front of the post.

HI-DESERT WATER IN SPECIAL AND REGULAR SESSIONS TONIGHT

Prior to tonight’s regular meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District board of directors, the directors will hold a special meeting at 5:15 to approve a contract change order of $49,200 for the repair and maintenance of the Upper Fox Tank. After draining the tank for routine maintenance, workers discovered the interior coating is deteriorating and needs replacement. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the agenda for the regular meeting that follows…
At tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors, the board will be asked to approve an emergency response plan. Board members will also be asked to approve a bid of $58,700 for the inspection and rehabilitation of Well 8 West. Next up, the board will review its current water reserve policy and determine whether it wants to increase its water reserves. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. in district offices at the corner of Inca Trail and Highway 62 in Yucca Valley.

TWENTYNINE PALMS TRACK TEAM COMPETES IN DEANZA LEAGUE FINALS

The Twentynine Palms High School Track and Field team traveled to Desert Mirage High School to compete in the De Anza League finals CIF qualifying meet. Coach Ronda Lockett-Morton said 23 athletes represented the Wildcats.
Top performances were turned in by KJ Magwood-Morton who ran a season best 43.3 seconds in the 300m hurdles and repeated as the De Anza League Champion.  
Another key victor, sophomore Adam Mapuatuli earned two personal records in the throws. In the shot put he had a three-foot improvement, with a 46 feet 11.25 inches heave, good for fourth place and a qualifying mark. In the discus, he earned second place with a 133 feet 7 inches throw.
Sophomore Shaniah Newby won the 200m with a time of 26.26 seconds to claim a De Anza League championship and was barely edged in the 100m with a personal record of 12.95 seconds, both qualifying marks.
Other qualifiers included:  Spencer Walton (1600m), Roy Rathbun (800m), Selemara Mapuatuli (discus and shot put), and Liana Ruiz (shot put).  The girls 4x100m relay consisting of Jhordan Stanley, Alexis Soster, Chenoa Walker, Shaniah Newby, and Courtney Ogle also qualified with a third-place mark of 52.97 seconds.
Next up for the team will be the CIF preliminary meet held at Carpinteria High School.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

In high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School baseball team will host Desert Mirage at home, with the game starting at 3:15.
The Twentynine Palms High School baseball and softball teams will travel away to Thermal to play Coachella Valley High School. Both games start at 3:15.