COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BOARD APPROVES DAYCARE FOR STUDENTS

If Thursday’s meeting of Copper Mountain College’s Board of Trustees was any indicator how fall semester will be, the students will be in good hands. Reporter Eric Knabe provides the highlights…

From the repaving of Rotary Way, to the delivery of the new modular buildings for the Student Success Center, the anticipation is that everything will be ready to go for the start of the fall semester at Copper Mountain College. The College Kick-Off is Friday, August 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m. This is an opportunity for new students to familiarize themselves with the campus and to meet college staff and their professors. They will also have a DJ, a lot of fun activities, and lunch provided by Bruce’s Place. Among those items approved on the action agenda was for paid daycare for the children of the Adult Education Students, to be handled by the Adult Education Block Grant Consortium in partnership with the Neverland Child Care Center.

SAN DIEGO MAN ARRESTED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS, ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A San Diego man was arrested in Desert Hot Springs Wednesday, accused of attempted murder and spouse abuse. According to Desert Hot Springs police, officers were called to the 68700 block of Panorama Drive in Desert Hot Springs about 11 a.m. for a disturbance. After an investigation, Denton Capell was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and spouse abuse. Denton Capell was booked into the Riverside County Jail in Banning with his bail set at $1 million.

Denton Capell

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED ON BURGLARY WARRANT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested early Thursday morning, on an arrest warrant for a burglary in April. According to Sheriff’s reports, Michelle Davila, 41, allegedly squatted in a home in the 6000 block of Outpost Road in Joshua Tree. On April 17, a neighbor reported that Davila vandalized the home, to the tune of about $2,000, and stole sunglasses and a knife from the property. Michelle Davila was arrested on the burglary warrant, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $250,000.

TWO DESERT HOT SPRINGS MEN, FOUND IN STOLEN CAR, ARRESTED

Two Desert Hot Springs men were arrested Thursday, after they were found in a stolen vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 2:50 p.m. a deputy spotted a 2000 Honda Civic driving on Highway 62 near Desert Willow Trail in Morongo Valley. The deputy determined the car had been stolen in the city of San Jacinto. The deputy followed the vehicle into Desert Hot Springs and, with the assistance of an officer from the Desert Hot Springs police department, stopped the car near Indian Canyon Drive and Mission Lakes Boulevard. The driver, Marco Mayorga, 25, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000. The passenger, Omar Marquez, 24, was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited and released.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR WITH DOOR-TO-DOOR SOLICITORS

With the warmer weather that comes along with summer, so do the door-to-door solicitors. And while many operate fairly and honestly, there are ways to spot those who are simply looking for a quick buck. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives some tips on how to protect yourself from unscrupulous solicitors…

Gary Almond with the Better Business Bureau of Northeast California says some scammers use a bogus sales pitch as a way to snoop around a person’s home for information like credit card numbers, or items to steal. He says always ask for identification, verify the company and that the individual works for them, and inquire about their licensing. Almond adds it’s never a good idea to let a salesperson into your home before you’ve had time to research their company.

“I can’t tell you the number of people we’ve heard from, especially the elderly and infirm, who have let people into their homes. I don’t think it’s a good idea. Not because I don’t think they could make good decisions – it’s just not always safe.”

Almond also reminds people that it is your house – so if you don’t like where the sales pitch is going, take a step back and close the door. If a product or service is purchased, many times consumers have a chance to back out of the deal. Almond says in most instances, companies have to offer a three-day cancellation option.

“And if they don’t, your right to cancel still exists. So, you can write a cancellation letter any time you want. If they don’t provide it to you, you still have the right to cancel, up until they do notify you and the three days have passed.”

JOSHUA TREE MAN WITH $425,000 IN WARRANTS ARRESTED

A traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Joshua Tree man wanted on $425,000 in warrants. About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Park Avenue and Highway 62. Inside the vehicle was Demietreas Phillips, 35. The deputy determined that Demietreas Phillips had a $275,000 warrant for his arrest for being a felon in possession of a firearm, burglary, and attempted robbery, and a $150,000 warrant for robbery. Demietreas Phillips was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $425,000.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON SEARCH WARRANT FOR VEHICLE THEFT

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for vehicle theft. According to Sheriff’s records, deputies went to a home in the 55500 block of Iona Lane just before 4 p.m. with a search warrant, where they arrested Marlton Forest, 27. Marlton Forest was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested late Tuesday night, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just before midnight near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car Jilleen Davidson, 26, said she didn’t have her driver’s license and was on probation. During a search of her car, Jones found mail and bank checks inside the car that belonged to someone else. He contacted the person on the paperwork who confirmed she had been a victim of identity theft. Jilleen Davidson was arrested for investigation of identity theft, for violation of her parole, and on a warrant for identity theft, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail.

YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERT 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.

FREE CONCERT TONIGHT IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A free concert will be held tonight in Desert Hot Springs. Eddie Birmingham, an independent musician, drummer, percussionist, and songwriter will perform a one-man show of Top 40 and electronic hits with his drum set. Bring a blanket, picnic basket, and enjoy live music in this free concert that’s part of the SoundXperience, hosted by the Desert Hot Springs cultural Affairs Commission. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. at Guy Tedesco Park on Arroyo Drive in Desert Hot Springs.

STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold a star party Saturday night, August 12. The event begins at 8:15 p.m. and will end about midnight, but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Highlights of the night sky include the planets Jupiter and Saturn and its rings; and numerous star clusters. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.

MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CHANGES LOCATION OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT SESSION

In an update to a story we aired Wednesday about the Morongo Unified School District holding a half-day staff development session August 17 in the Thunderdome at Joshua Springs Calvary Chapel in Yucca Valley, Tom Baumgarten told Z107.7 News that the training session has been moved to Yucca Valley High School.