ONE ARREST IN RAID ON ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW IN YUCCA VALLEY

One man was arrested, and deputies are searching for others, in a raid on an illegal marijuana grow in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 10:30 p.m. Thursday, firefighters were called to the 3500 block of Warren Vista Avenue for a report of a downed power line at the home. Firefighters determined the home was most likely a marijuana grow house and the power line failed because of power overload due to the marijuana growing equipment being used inside the house. The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant at the home and found more than 400 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, inside the home. The illegal grow used advanced lighting, air conditioners, fans, exhaust blowers, and an air-filtering system. Deputies determined the grow was not in compliance with California medical marijuana laws and local ordinances. A suspect, Thomas Gorman, 21, of Yucca Valley, was at the home and was arrested for investigation of cultivating marijuana. Thomas Gorman was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $5,000. Investigators are identifying additional suspects and will forward their names to the district attorney’s office for review.

BODY OF A COACHELLA WOMAN FOUND NEAR HER STUCK CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A body found in Twentynine Palms yesterday has been identified as a Coachella woman. The body was spotted by a Twentynine Palms man driving on a nearby dirt road, who reported it to the Sheriff’s department. The County coroner said Thursday, June 15, at about 11:00 AM, the body of Deatrice Yunvondia Frierson, a 55-year-old resident of Coachella was found in the open desert east of Singing Sands Rd., a quarter mile north of the Twentynine Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms. Her car was found about 2 tenths of a mile to the east, stuck in soft sand. Examinations will be conducted in an attempt to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is requested to call the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station at 760-366-4175

WITH EXTREME HEAT WARNINGS, KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE

This weekend is going to be a hot one. The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning in the Morongo Basin through Thursday. Heat waves are common in the Morongo Basin and heat stress injuries are ever present. Reporter Rebecca Havely tells you how to spot the signs of heat stress…

Long exposure to high heat can result in heat stress some warning signs of a person suffering from heat stress include: profuse sweating, nausea, cramping, high body temperature and exhaustion. Heat stress is a serious medical condition and if left unchecked can progress to heat stroke and may even result in death. Heat stroke occurs when the bodies cooling system fails. Prolonged heat stress can be fatal to anyone but those over age sixty suffer the highest risk of death. Use common sense during heat waves to stay hydrated and keep cool. Drink two to five times more water than usual. If you suspect heat stress getting the victim medical help is urgent.

ROLLOVER CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

Two people were injured following a roll-over crash in Yucca Valley Thursday. About 3:45 p.m., a pick-up truck, traveling westbound on Highway 62, attempted to turn left onto Shafter Avenue, but the driver turned directly into the path of a blue sedan traveling eastbound on the highway. The force of the collision caused the truck to roll over, and it landed on its roof. The drivers of both vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals as a precaution.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STEALING DONATION BOX FROM RESTAURANT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a donation box from a restaurant. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Hall, 41, went in to the Panda Express restaurant in the 58400 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley about 1:30 p.m. On the counter was a box for fundraiser donations for a child. The employee told deputies that Hall cut off the cord that was attached to the box and left with the box and money. Deputies located Michael Hall nearby and he was arrested for investigation of petty theft and for violating the terms of his post-release community supervision. Hall was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held without bail.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF STALKING ARRESTED IN A STORE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of stalking. According to limited information released by the Sheriff’s Department, a 911 call was placed about 8 p.m. concerning the stalking. Deputies went to a store in the 59800 block of 29 Palms Highway where they arrested Agustin Carranza, 46. Agustin Carranza was arrested for investigation of stalking, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $150,000.

BE CAREFUL OF HEAT STRESS ON THE JOB

The hottest time of year, also known as the “dog days of summer,” are upon us and Cal OSHA, the state authority that protects workers and the public from hazards on the job, warns workers that heat stress can cause illness and even be fatal on the job site. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says those working outside in the heat should be especially aware of heat stress symptoms…

When the heat starts getting to you, try these coping methods: drink at least one quart of water every hour, avoid sodas and other drinks that contain sugar, caffeine or alcohol; find a cool, shady area to take a rest; and learn to recognize heat stress symptoms in yourself and co-workers. Signs that you may suffering heat illness include dizziness, headache, nausea, fatigue, flushed skin and in advanced cases, lack of thirst and the inability to sweat. If you experience any of the symptoms on the job, or notice them in a co-worker, cool off, tell the boss and seek prompt medical attention.

LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS TWO JOB OPENINGS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is urging local residents to apply for two positions at the Joshua Tree station. The office specialist positions are fulltime, and employees may choose to work either a four-day, 10-hour shift, or a five-day, 8-hour shift. Some of the duties include transcription, data entry, auditing investigative reports, and distributing reports. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. June 30. An online test is part of the application process.

For more information, see
https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanbernardino

REACH OUT YUCCA VALLEY OFFER FREE NUTRITION CLASSES

Reach Out Yucca Valley is offering free nutrition classes to the community. Here with the dates and details is reporter Rebecca Havely…

Come learn some healthy eating habits for the whole family at the free Nutrition Classes being offered by Reach Out Yucca Valley. The classes are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 19 through June 28. They will take place at Joshua Tree Park and Recreation, 6171 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Come explore some exciting nutrition tips and receive a free gift after completing a class session. For more information call Kendra Griffin at 760-365-7130.

SUMMER SPLASH EVENT IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW

Kick off your summer fun with a 5K splash run/walk in Joshua Tree. The Summer Splash event, set for Saturday, June 17, is co-hosted by the Joshua Tree Parks and Rec Department, Rotary Club, and Morongo Basin Healthcare District. The event at Sunburst Park in Joshua Tree is from 9 to 2, and will include the 5K run/walk, craft and food vendors, live music, a dunk tank, displays by the County Fire and Marine Corps, and other kid-friendly activities. The Joshua Tree Community Center has a small water park on-site. For more information, call 760-366-8415.

FISH AND CHIPS AT THE JOSHUA TREE VFW TONIGHT

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up a fish and chips dinner tonight, (Friday, June 16) from 4 to 6 p.m. A Father’s Day pancake breakfast on Sunday, June 18, will be served from 8 to 11. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY HOSTING TOURS OF NATIVE NURSERY AND SEEDBANK TOMORROW

An opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s native plant nursery and seedbank program in Joshua Tree is tomorrow. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…

On Saturday, June 17, the Morongo Basin Historical Society will host a tour of the Mojave Desert Land Trust’s Native Plant Nursery and Seed Bank in Joshua Tree. This is a behind-the-scenes tour, led by the MDLT’s Madena Asbell, manager of the nursery and seed bank, to visit the greenhouse, seed lab and growing areas where they will learn about the seed collection and native plant production process at MDLT. The cost is $8 for members and $10 non-members. For more information, call Claudia Spotts at 760-366-7896.

TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS BREAKFAST TOMORROW

The Twentynine Palms High School cheerleaders will hold a pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday, June 17. The breakfast will be served in the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tickets are $5 each and children 3 and under are free. Tickets are available in advance from cheerleaders, or purchase them at the door. Proceeds will help the cheerleaders pay for cheer camp.

SANTANA TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

The Tortoise Rock Casino free Live at the Rock concert series runs every Friday night through October on the outdoor stage. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details on tonight’s tribute to the smooth sounds of Carlos Santana…

Carlos Santana pioneered the fusion of rock with Latin and African rhythms highlighting percussion beats not generally heard in rock music. “Smooth Sounds of Santana” tonight at Tortoise Rock’s Live at the Rock pays tribute to Santana’s half century of classics like “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va,” “Evil Ways,” and dozens more. The Smooth Sounds of Santana hits the outdoor stage at Twentynine Palms’ only casino tonight at 8 p.m. with the promise to come as close as possible to not only sound like, but look like a Santana concert event. From the tone of the guitars to the notes of the keyboards and percussion, you’ll hear that iconic Santana sound. The free Live at the Rock concert series happens every Friday night through October. In the coming weeks, don’t miss the Live at the Rock tributes to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Beach Boys, Duran Duran, and Pat Benatar.

FREE NEIGHBORHOOD BARBEQUE AT DESERT HILLS PRESBYTERIAN TOMORROW

Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Yucca Valley will hold a free neighborhood barbecue Saturday, June 17. Residents in the Storey Park neighborhood are invited stop by the church, meet their neighbors and church members, and enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, sides, and beverages. The cook-out will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church, 56750 Mountain View Trail, on the church’s back patio and in the fellowship hall. For more information, call the church at 760-365-6331.

CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR LEROY GODDEN TOMORROW

A celebration of life for Leroy Godden will be held at the Center for Healthy Generations, 57121 Sunnyslope, in Yucca Valley from 2:30 to 5:30 tomorrow, Saturday, June17. Godden was a member of the Nomads Motorcycle Club and organizers said the bike club will be there, with members coming from as far away as Sacramento. Godden died May 21 at 62 years old.