CORONER IDENTIFIES 3 KILLED IN 2 FATAL CRASHES WEDNESDAY

The County Coroner’s office has identified the three victims in two fatal collisions in the Morongo Basin Wednesday. At about 4:00 a.m., the CHP received a 911 call regarding a 3-vehicle collision on State Route 247, just north of Alderman Road in Landers. Douglas Barnes, 37, of Victorville, was driving a pick-up truck towing a trailer southbound on Old Woman Springs Road, when the pick-up truck crossed over the broken yellow lines and collided with a 2004 green Jeep Liberty, driven by Joshua Robbins, 36, of Joshua Tree. The collision sent the Jeep out of control and it burst into flames. Robbins and his two passengers got out of the Jeep safely. Barnes’ truck continued southbound and hit a blue 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer head-on. The two men inside the Lancer—driver Clifford George Lopez, 21, of Yucca Valley, and passenger, Samuel Hernandez, 52, of Desert Hot Springs, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Then at 8:23 a.m., the CHP received a 911 call regarding a vehicle collision on Twentynine Palms Highway, just east of Rotary Way in Joshua Tree. A U-Haul truck crashed into the rear of a semi-truck near Copper Mountain College. David Lewis Hiebel, a 68-year-old resident of Joshua Tree, was pronounced dead on scene at 9:08 a.m. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

SHERIFF INVESTIGATING DEATH OF YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the death of a woman who was found not breathing Wednesday, June 28, in a Yucca Valley residential neighborhood, according to a sheriff’s news release. The female, approximately 24 years old, was found in the 7400 block of Church Street. Paramedics performed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to no avail. The cause of death is unknown but no foul play is suspected.

YUCCA VALLEY CHAMBER INSTALLATION AND AWARDS LAST NIGHT

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce installed their new board members and officers last night. The well-attended event at Hawk’s Landing Golf Course saw outgoing members honored and awards given to area businesses and individuals. Managing editor Tami Roleff tells us who got the recognition…

The Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and presented awards at an Italian Laid-Back Luau June 29. New officers are John Zaccaria as chairman; Elizabeth Kirkland, secretary; Tonya Chiu, treasurer; and as directors, Tom Huls, Renu Idnani, Judy Moore, Patti Brown, Vicki Bishop, Sandy Smith, and Karen Faulis. Yucca Valley Chrysler/Ford was named Large Business of the Year. Small Business of the Year with to dentist Sheldon Hough. Julie Bruley was named Yucca Valley Chamber member. The Basin-Wide Foundation was awarded Non-Profit of the Year. Most Valuable Person of the Year was Z107.7’s Gary Daigneault. The Heart of the Desert award went to High Desert Pregnancy Clinic. Also honored were Maureen Neely and Jessica Cuna as the Town of Yucca Valley Employees of the Year.

Most Valuable Person of the Year, Z107.7’s Gary Daigneault

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THURSDAY MORNING

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early this morning after he led deputies on a high speed chase through Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Levi Korhonen, 42, near Onaga Trail and Warren Vista about 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Korhonen refused to stop for the deputy’s lights and sirens, and a pursuit ensued. Due to the hour, there was very little traffic on the streets. During the pursuit through residential neighborhoods of Yucca Valley, deputies said Korhonen blew through stop signs and drove on the wrong side of the road, at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when Korhonen attempted to drive through a dirt wash and his vehicle became stuck. Korhonen fled, but was located in the back yard of a residence in the 58000 block of Desert Gold Drive. Deputies discovered that Korhonen’s 17-year-old son was a passenger in the vehicle during the pursuit. He was taken to family members in the area. Levi Korhonen was arrested for investigation of felony evading and child endangerment, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN HELD AFTER HITTING A FEMALE WITH A THROWN ROCK

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he threw a large rock that hit a female. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a street fight at Church Street and Highway 62 about 12:20 Wednesday morning. The report states Manuel Tarango, 24, threw a baseball-sized rock at a female, which hit her in the left eye. Witnesses then started attacking Tarango, and knocked him unconscious. The victim was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center, but due to the seriousness of her injury, she was transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center. After Manuel Tarango was treated for minor lacerations he received when he fell, he was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, booked into West Valley Detention Center, and is being held without bail for violating the terms of his post-release community supervision.

EVEN IN SEARING HEAT, MARINES HELPING NEIGHBORS IN NEED

Extreme heat drives most of us inside, but there are some notable exceptions. Reporter David Haldane explains…

It was a scorching 115 degrees in the shade. Most residents of Twentynine Palms spent the recent heat wave huddled in air conditioned homes or offices waiting for the weather to change. Not 18 naval corpsmen from the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. They braved the heat like heroes, spending a whole day last week pruning, hoeing and raking for people who couldn’t do it themselves.

The work was performed under the auspices of Reach Out Morongo Basin, a nonprofit that matches volunteers with senior citizens in need. The help squad’s first stop was at the home of Al Telez, a disabled Korean War veteran himself, whose yard was overgrown after the heavy winter rains.
Telez called the job they did “wonderful” and extended his blessings.

Homeowner Alice Lawson, who had her yard raked and cleared of weeds, expressed sincere gratitude for the service. “I used to do all this work myself,” she said, “but I just can’t do it anymore.”

Naval Corpsmen from the 1st Marine Division 7th Regiment came out in force to help senior and disabled homeowners with yard work. Here they are standing with Twentynine Palms resident Al Telez, a disabled Korean War veteran.

Naval Corpsmen from Headquarters Battalion, 2/7 and 3/7 Battalions and 3rd LAR trimming hedges at a disabled seniors home.

YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CLUB PATRIOTIC BARBEQUE TOMORROW

Enjoy a patriotic barbecue lunch at the Yucca Valley Senior Club Saturday, July 1. Bruce’s Catering will serve up a meal of barbecue favorites from its smoker, along with all the fixings, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be games, a photo booth, and a live Dixieland band at the event. Admission is free for seniors 55 and older, and $2 for those under 55. The Senior Center is behind the Yucca Valley Library at the community center.

COUNTY LIBRARIES OFFER A NEW APP

Smartphone users have a new option when it comes to taking advantage of all that our county libraries have to offer. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on a new app that puts the library system in the palm of your hand…

The San Bernardino County Library has launched a new app for mobile devices. The “SBCL App” provides a simple option that allows anyone to access much of what the library offers all in one place. The SBCL App will allow smartphone users to search for books, movies, and other materials; place holds or check their status; check due dates and renew items; access digital content including eBooks, e-Audio Books, music, and digital magazines; stay current with events at local branches; and access phone numbers and locations of all 32 branch libraries. The SBCL App is part of the Countywide Vision2Read Initiative and provides an additional avenue for accessing and enjoying all that the County Library has to offer. Download the SBCL App from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or by following the link sbclib.boopsie.com.

CLASSES TOMORROW AT RAINBOW STEW IN YUCCA VALLEY

Classes are being offered tomorrow at Rainbow Stew in Yucca valley. A cross-cultural presentation on goddess community, gender, and social justice is the sixth class in a series in the Women’s Heritage Project, starting at 10:30 a.m. A donation of $25 is requested, but no one will be turned away. An additional class in the Women’s Heritage Project will be held July 22.

A class on herbs and their healing properties will be led by Charla Shamhart, a nutrition coach and herbalist, from 2 to 4 p.m. A donation of $10 is suggested. Rainbow Stew is located in Old Town Yucca Valley on the south side of the highway.

BEACH BOYS TRIBUTE AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

Now in its third season, the Tortoise Rock Casino free Live at the Rock concert series runs every Friday night through October. Tonight’s featured band is Woodie and the Longboards with their tribute to the Beach Boys. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says it just wouldn’t be summer in California without them…

In a tribute to the most popular surf band ever and playing Tortoise Rock Casino at tonight’s the Live at the Rock free concert series, Woodie and the Longboards will play hits, such as “Surfin’ Safari,” “Surfing USA,” “Little Deuce Coupe,” “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” and more. Tonight’s free concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. Next week, don’t miss the Live at the Rock tribute to Duran Duran, followed by tributes to Pat Benatar, then The Doors. Blink 182 rounds out July.

CHP RELEASES INFORMATION ON FIERY 3-CAR CRASH IN LANDERS THAT KILLED TWO

The California Highway Patrol released details about a fiery crash in Landers that killed two people early Wednesday morning. Douglas Barnes, 37, of Victorville, was driving a white 2012 Dodge 5500 pick-up truck, towing a 30-foot trailer, southbound on Old Woman Springs Road, at an unknown rate of speed. Just north of Linn Road, Barnes allowed the pick-up truck to cross over the broken yellow lines and enter the northbound lanes about 4 a.m. His truck collided with a 2004 green Jeep Liberty, driven northbound on the highway by Joshua Robbins, 36, of Joshua Tree. The collision sent the Jeep spinning out of control, and it eventually came to rest on its wheels and caught fire. Robbins and his two passengers, Zaqerre Holmes, 30, and Robert Still, 29, both of Yucca Valley, all managed to get out of the Jeep safely before it became fully engulfed in flames. Meanwhile, Barnes’ truck continued southbound and hit head on a blue 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer that had been following Robbins’ Jeep northbound on the highway. The two men inside the Lancer were pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP has identified the victims only as a 21-year-old man from Yucca Valley, who was driving the vehicle, and his 52-year-old passenger from Desert Hot Springs. Joshua Robbins received only small lacerations to his face and arms. Douglas Barnes, Zaqerre Holmes, and Robert Still were not injured in the crash.

U-HAUL CRASHES INTO SEMI-TRUCK NEAR COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

One person was killed Wednesday morning when a U-Haul truck crashed into the rear of a semi-truck near Copper Mountain College. About 8:20 a.m., the U-Haul rear-ended the semi on Highway 62 at Rotary Way, with the front end of the U-Haul wedged under the semi. An occupant inside the U-Haul was trapped inside, and rescue personnel used the Jaws of Life to extricate him, but the man succumbed to his injuries during the extrication. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Photo courtesy San Bernardino County Fire Dept.

WITH REGIONAL WILDFIRES NEAR US, HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

With the recent wildfires in California and throughout the West, here’s a reminder that we must be aware that even the littlest spark can start a massive fire, even here in our desert. Reporter Eric Knabe offers some helpful tips to prevent wildfires…
The winter rain brought us an abundance of vegetation which has dried and become a potential danger we haven’t seen in a while. Here are some things we can do to prevent wildfires. Don’t drive your vehicle onto dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that you won’t even see—until it’s too late. Practice safe towing. Secure your chain; dragging chains can throw sparks. Use appropriate safety pins and hitch ball to secure chains. When camping, get a campfire permit. Campfire permits can be obtained from any CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, or BLM station or office. Clear an area at least 10 feet in diameter and always keep a shovel and bucket of water nearby at all times. You can also go online to http://www.preventwildfireca.org for more information.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ON Z107.7 UP-CLOSE SHOW TOMORROW

The Mojave Desert Land Trust was founded in 2006 to conserve and protect the unique living landscapes of the Mojave Desert. Since then, it has worked closely with a broad range of local, state, and federal agencies. It has purchased—and in some cases, donated to federal parks—Nolina Peak, Quail Mountain and Quail Wash, and Section 33. The land trust has spoken out against some of the policies and cabinet choices made by the Trump administration. Tomorrow, the executive director of the Mojave Desert Land Trust will be on the Z107.7 Up Close Show. Call Z107.7 Radio tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m., to talk to Danielle Segura of the Mojave Desert Land Trust about issues concerning the Mojave Desert. That’s 760-366-8471 to talk about the Mojave Desert, the Land Trust, and environmental issues with Danielle Segura during Friday’s Up Close show.

WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAM OFFERS PAID WORKERS

Getting graduating high school students into the work force has always been challenging, especially in the Morongo Basin where opportunities for employment are limited. Reporter David Haldane tells us about a school-district-wide effort to address the problem…
Free labor. That’s the catchword attracting local businesses to a pair of state-funded programs providing high school students with paid temporary entry-level jobs. But there are other benefits as well: training, community involvement, and, in some cases, future permanent employment.
The programs, administered by the Morongo Unified School District, are designed to give students experience in their chosen fields. “These kids are only limited by their imaginations. If they can imagine it, I can do my best to find a field that’s similar enough where they can get some experience.”
That’s Lori Cosgriff, who oversees the programs. At present, fifteen businesses provide employment for up to ten weeks in fields including maintenance, food service, childcare and retail. The student workers—about 20 percent of whom end up permanently employed—are paid minimum wage.
So, if you’re a business owner who needs help and also wants to provide it, call Lori at 760-367-9591, extension 2046.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN SUSPECTED IN TWO SEXUAL ASSAULTS ARRESTED

A man suspected in two sexual assaults in Desert Hot Springs was arrested Wednesday. According to police, officers were called to the 67000 block of Two Bunch Palms just before midnight June 10 for a report that a young child had been sexually assaulted. Evidence at the scene identified Angel Lua, 20, of Mecca as a suspect. Two weeks later, on June 25, Lua was identified as a suspect in a second attempted assault in the 13000 block of Verbena Drive. Detectives obtained a warrant for Lua’s arrest, and he was found in the community of North Shore. Angel Lua was arrested for investigation of two counts of sexual assault on a child, and burglary; he was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning with his bail set at $2.1 million.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARRESTS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday, accused of punching and choking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Angel Jaramillo, 18, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6700 block of Indian Cove Road in Twentynine Palms about 11 a.m. The woman told deputies Jaramillo punched her with a closed fist four to six times. She grabbed a kitchen knife and ran to her car, but he took the knife and followed her and got into the car’s back seat. She said he grabbed her by her hair and started choking her. The woman went back into the house and got away from him. Jaramillo told deputies she sprayed him with pepper spray, but there was no evidence of spray in the car or at the scene. The woman had red bruises on her neck, a lump on her head, and her earrings were torn out. Angel Jaramillo was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of hitting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert McKane, 48, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 7600 block of Valley Vista Avenue in Yucca Valley about 11 a.m. The woman locked herself in a room, and said McKane forced the door open, pushed her onto the bed, and hit her with a piece of the door frame, leaving bruises. Robert McKane was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.

FREE SUMMER MOVIE “PETE’S DRAGON” IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

It’s Thursday and that means it’s free movie night in Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Reporter Eric Knabe tells us what on the screen tonight…
Tonight on the big screen in Luckie Park is the movie “Pete’s Dragon.” This 2016 update tells the story of a boy found in a forest. He’s been living there for six years after an accident took his parents. A ranger named Grace takes him in and when she asks him how he survived all by himself, he says he had a friend, Elliot, with him. He draws a picture of Elliot and it’s a picture of a dragon. The movie starts at 8:30 .p.m, at the north end of the racquetball court, with refreshments offered by the Twentynine Palms Youth Club.

HEALTHCARE DOCUMENTARY SCREENING TONIGHT BY LOCAL DEMOCRATS

A 65-minute documentary that explores the health care systems in the United States and Canada will be screened by the Morongo Basin Democratic club. At one point, the health care systems were similar in both countries, but in the last 50 years, medical care has evolved into very different systems. A 10-minute movie short, “The Second Stage of Healthcare,” has been added to “The Healthcare Movie” June 29 and July 5 at 6 p.m. at Groves Cabin Theatre in Morongo Valley. The theater is located at 8758 Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley (turn at the red, white, and blue rock).

WATER PLAY FOR KIDS IN YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW

The Town of Yucca Valley has some wet times planned for hot kids tomorrow. Cool parents will want to listen to this from Z107.7 Reporter Mike Lipsitz…
For kids 10 and under who like to play in the slip-n-slide, splash in a wading pool and water playland, and run in the sprinklers – and what kid doesn’t? — the Town of Yucca Valley Recreation Department has all the makings for great times this summer with the H-2-OH! program. The north lawn of the Community Center will be transformed into a free, mini water park alternating Fridays beginning this Friday, June 30, and again on July 14 and 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This program is provided free to the public.
Make plans the get the kids wet at the Luckie Park pool in Twentynine Palms tomorrow evening. Managing editor Tami Roleff say an inflatable obstacle course will be set up…
Come to the Luckie Park pool and play on an inflatable obstacle course. The obstacle course will be open every Friday evening this summer from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning June 30, except for July 7. There will no open swim during this time, although the baby pool will be open. Admission is $3 and 2017 swim passes can be used. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate swim attire only: no belts, buttons, buckles, or zippers, although lifejackets are allowed. Lifeguards will be on duty. For more information call 760-367-5777.