ARREST MADE IN CASE OF BODY FOUND SUNDAY IN PIONEERTOWN

A 23-year-old man was arrested late last night, accused of murdering a Yucca Valley man and leaving his body in a parked car in Pioneertown. About 9:15 p.m. Thursday night, Sheriff’s deputies went to the 7100 block of Barberry Avenue in Yucca Valley with a search warrant. After an investigation, Tyler Cabello was arrested on suspicion of murdering Charles Brown, 63, of Yucca Valley. About 9 a.m. Sunday, August 6, authorities were called to the area of Skyline Ranch Road and Pioneertown Road for a body that was found inside a parked red Nissan car. Detectives were told the car had been there for a couple of days.  According to the Sheriff’s Department, Cabello had been dating Brown’s daughter, and may have killed him for financial reasons. Brown’s daughter is not believed to have been involved in the murder. Tyler Cabello was arrested for investigation of murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail.

 

UPDATE: This story was updated 11:30 a.m. Sunday, August 13 with information about the motive for the murder.

ARREST FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER MADE FOR TWO STABBINGS LAST WEEK

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Thursday, accused of trying to kill two people last week. On Tuesday, August 1, deputies were called to the 55300 block of Santa Fe Trail when a woman said Ronnie Zink, 21, came to their home about 6:30 p.m. and stabbed Desiree Ramirez, 37, in her hand, arm, chest, and below her chin, and stabbed Melvin Porter, 46, in his arm. Both victims were treated at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. About 5:30 p.m. yesterday, deputies went to the 7000 block of Cholla Avenue where they found Zink and arrested her for attempted murder. Ronnie Zink was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with her bail set at $1 million.

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A registered sex offender who was arrested Thursday, accused of giving two teenage girls alcohol and drugs. About 5:30 p.m. Child Protective Services learned that Randy Myers, 58, a registered sex offender, had given two 14-year-old runaway girls alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamine over two days at his home in the 1500 block of Shangri-La Lane in north Joshua Tree. One of the girls was hospitalized as a result of a drug and alcohol overdose. Deputy Jacob Naylor went to the home about 6:40 p.m. and found a loaded shotgun; as a convicted felon, Myers is prohibited from owning guns. Randy Myers was arrested for investigation of child abuse, possession of methamphetamine, and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Randy Myers was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

A Pink Floyd tribute band takes the stage for tonight’s free Live at the Rock concert at the Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms tonight. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz says be there tonight, or “wish you were here”…

Hammers Inc., the Pink Floyd tribute band, takes the stage at tonight’s Live at the Rock concert at the Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms. Concert-goers will recognize the iconic songs from the legendary band, including “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Money,” “The Wall,” and “Shine on You Crazy Diamond.” Head over to Tortoise Rock Casino’s free Live at the Rock concert series tonight. The Hammer’s Inc. free concert starts at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage. In the coming weeks catch the Live at the Rock tributes to Green Day, Nirvana, and Foo Fighters.

DARK SKY PARK CELEBRATION FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Joshua Tree National Park has been designated an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark Sky Association. A celebration of the designation is set for Saturday, August 12, at Copper Mountain College.

Representatives from the park and the community will be on hand to talk about the star gazing and the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park at night. The designation ceremony starts at 5 p.m. in the Bell Center Community Room at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree. Then afterwards, head to Sky’s the Limit Observatory, just north of the park entrance in Twentynine Palms, to watch the Perseid meteor shower, starting at 8:15 p.m. to about midnight.

FINAL SUMMER CONCERT IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY

The Yucca Valley Summer Concert Series will present its final concert of the series Saturday night. Sara Snyder says the popular band, “The Answer” will be featured…

The last concert of the 23rd annual Yucca Valley summer concert series is Saturday, August 12, with the classic rock band, The Answer. Enjoy the cool desert evening listening and dancing to a band that has opened for Pat Benetar, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Blue Oyster Cult, and who plays your favorite songs ranging from the Beatles to the Doors and more. And don’t forget their free give-aways. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and sit on the grass at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The gates open at 6:30 p.m.; the music starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Dogs are allowed on the upper soccer field only. The summer concerts are co-hosted by the town of Yucca Valley and Z107.7.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS

A 40-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of making criminal threats. According to Sheriff’s records, deputies were called to the 61500 block of Division Street in Joshua Tree about 6:30 p.m. A bystander called deputies to say that Edrick Kennybrew, had taken a screen off a window, and had pushed a woman and choked her. After an investigation, Edrick Kennybrew was arrested on suspicion of making criminal threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

TRESPASSER TAKES SHOWER, WASHES CLOTHES, IN VACANT HOME

Evidently this trespasser is trying to stay clean. Sheriff’s deputies were called to a vacant home in the 56100 block of Nez Perce Trail in Yucca Valley about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The unknown suspect broke into the house at night, used the shower, washer and dryer, and left behind a can of soda on the counter. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

ANOTHER CHURCH BURGLARY IN YUCCA VALLEY

One day after St. Joseph’s of Aramathea Church reported a burglary, another Yucca Valley church was burglarized. The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in the 56700 block of Mountain View Trail was burglarized sometime Wednesday night when the suspects broke a window in the office and stole cash and Stater Brothers gift cards. The church was able to get the Stater Brothers corporate office to cancel the stolen gift cards. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

ART OPENING AT GALLERY 62 “IN LIFE”

Gallery 62 has an upcoming opening reception. Reporter Rebecca Havely has your invitation…

An art opening reception is planned at Gallery 62 entitled, “In Life” and you’re invited. During the Second Saturday Art Walk on August 12 the reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 62, 61607 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Suite H in Joshua Tree. Curated by Donna Tomlinson the “In Life” collection focuses on works inspired by live model drawing & painting sessions, created within the Morongo Basin; features artists Esther Shaw, D. Tomlinson, Renata, Glenn Grubbs, Steffi Balcek-Sutton, Alane Levisohn, Ed Keesling and Signature artist James E. Thompson. Free audience participation will be offered at the opening, materials provided. Audience members may draw from live models and hang their work on the gallery wall. The show will be on display through August 27.

MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST ACHIEVES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

The Mojave Desert Land Trust in Joshua Tree recently achieved national recognition. The 11-year-old land trust organization joined a network of 389 land trusts that have been accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. In order to become accredited, the land trust had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation application. Some of the 26 requirements for accreditation include ethics, compliance with laws, recordkeeping, land purchases, and land management. Executive Director Danielle Segura said “We are a stronger organization for having gone through the rigorous accreditation program. Our strength means special places – such as Samuelson’s Rocks and Section 33 in Joshua Tree – will be protected forever, making the Mojave Desert an even greater place for us and our children.” To date, the Mojave Desert Land Trust has conserved over 68,000 acres of land in the Mojave Desert region.

BUSY DAY IN LANDERS SATURDAY

A kid’s clothing sale, school supply drive, and community meeting all take place in Landers tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us more…

Saturday looks to be a busy day at Landers Belfield Hall. The Thrift Shoppe will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the big Back to School Clothing Sale for kids up to grade six. Also Saturday, the School Supplies Drive continues. Pitch in for the youngsters at Landers Elementary who need backpacks, binders, pens, pencils, paper, notebooks, glue, Crayons, and the like. Donations may be dropped off at Belfield Hall until 4 p.m. The Landers Community Association also meets Saturday starting at 3 p.m. On the agenda is the Landers Labor Day Fireworks Spectacular, the November 4 Pre-Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, the October 14 Hobo Luncheon, and the illegal dump site that recently turned up at Giant Rock. Vendors can sign up for an event space at the meeting; membership is not required to attend. Belfield Hall is at 58308 Reche Rd., just east of the Landers Post Office.

AIRSPACE RESTRICTED OVER COMBAT CENTER STARTING TODAY

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a temporary special use airspace in support of an exercise taking place at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center starting today. The temporary special use airspace allows the Marine Corps to undertake required, large-scale, combined-arms and maneuver training during the exercise. This temporary special use airspace temporarily modifies the base’s military operations areas to the southwest, south and east of the Combat Center and establishes a temporary restricted area over new training range lands in the Johnson Valley area. The temporary special use airspace will be activated August 2017. After the exercise is completed, the special use airspace will return to its previous designation. For more information, call 760-830-6213 or email SMBPLMSCOMBATCENTERPAO@usmc.mil.

MORONGO BASIN DEMOCRATIC CLUB TO SCREEN HEALTHCARE MOVIE AT MEETING SATURDAY

The Morongo Basin Democratic Club will screen “The Healthcare Movie” at its regular meeting Saturday, July 12. This hour-long movie describes how Canada went to a single-payer system. The meeting starts with an optional $10 breakfast buffet at 9 a.m. in Bruce’s Coyote Kitchen at Copper Mountain College. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Please be “green” and bring your own coffee mug. The college is located at 6162 Rotary Way in Joshua Tree.

CHILDREN AND TEEN PROGRAMS SET TO BEGIN AT JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY

The library is a great place to bring your child for reading and craft programs. Reporter Eric Knabe says the Joshua Tree library has programs for kids of all ages…

For the next month, the Joshua Tree Library is offering programs for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. On Mondays, beginning August 14, at 4 p.m., is the teen program, where teens can explore art and different artistic media. This program is for teens who are artistic or who would like to learn how to be. On Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m. is preschool story time for children ages 3 to 5. The story time promotes a love of reading and provides an opportunity for socialization as children listen to stories, sing songs and construct a simple craft. Kids on the Move is a high-energy program for active toddlers up to 3 years old, and is held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Kids will jump, clap, shake, and dance through the morning, and parents are encouraged to participate.