SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MULTIPLE YUCCA VALLEY BURGLARIES

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday in connection with multiple burglaries. According to a Sheriff’s report, detectives were conducting a follow-up investigation for several Yucca Valley burglaries and identified Thomas Brown, 37, as a suspect. When deputies located Brown in the 2900 block of Star Lane, he resisted arrest, but was taken into custody after a brief altercation with deputies. Brown was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center with minor injuries. When he was medically cleared, Thomas Brown was arrested on his warrants for burglary, spouse abuse, and possession of a controlled substance, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail. The investigation into the burglaries is on-going.

YUCCA MESA SPAGHETTI DINNER TONIGHT

The Yucca Mesa Improvement Association is holding a fundraising spaghetti dinner tonight. Starting at 6 p.m., you can enjoy a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad, and a drink for $7, or $5 for kids 12 and under. Desserts and wine will be available for purchase. There will also be a raffle. Proceeds from the dinner will go to offset the expenses of Mesa Fest, a beer and music festival that will support a playground at the community center. The spaghetti dinner will be held at the Yucca Mesa Community Center, 3133 Balsa Avenue in Yucca Valley.

PICK-UP TRUCK STOLEN TWICE IN 24 HOURS; SUSPECT DETAINED

A pick-up was stolen two times in less than 24 hours, and the suspected thief is in custody after he allegedly led police on an early morning pursuit Thursday. Desert Hot Springs police say that Manuel Montenegro, 19, of Cathedral City, stole a truck Wednesday evening from the 11100 block of Mesquite Avenue and then abandoned it about 3 a.m. Thursday. The owner was called and he recovered his stolen truck, but it was stolen a second time about 6:45 a.m. Thursday. As police were taking the second stolen vehicle report, another officer saw Montenegro driving the stolen truck in the area of 6th Street and Cactus Drive in Desert Hot Springs. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but Montenegro led officers in a pursuit. As Montenegro approached the 66500 block of Buena Vista Avenue, he tried to jump out of the moving truck and flee on foot. The truck crashed into a palm tree and overturned. Montenegro, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, was captured after a short foot pursuit. Manuel Montenegro was arrested for investigation of grand theft auto, felony evading,

THEATRE 29’S

The current production at Theatre 29 is the Andrew Lloyd Weber mega-hit, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” a Broadway musical retelling of the Bible story about Joseph and his coat of many colors. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the musical and this production holds a special meaning for Rebecca Havely, who directed the play.

“This show has had a special place in my heart since I did the show in my teens, I’ve been dreaming of directing my son Jericho in the title role of this musical since he was able to sing.”

Rebecca Havely said this is the first musical she has directed in the Hi-Desert since moving here 10 years ago. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” has had pleasures and challenges.

“The challenge was melding 33 cast and crew members into a smooth working troupe with a huge, multi-faceted show. The pleasure was working with a talented local production staff, enthusiastic performers and a dedicated crew.”

Havely said she’s thrilled with her team’s efforts.

“The combination of staging and choreography was really fun to plan with choreographer Sara Fleischman. We worked extremely well together as a team along with Musical Director Analisa Pilecki.”

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and 2:30 on Sundays through September 17. Tickets are $10 to $15. For tickets, call 760-361-4151, or go to theatre29.org.

GALLERY 62 IN JOSHUA TREE HOLDS RECEPTION TONIGHT

Gallery 62 will hold its artists reception tonight for its new show, “Desert Spirits.” Featured artists this month include Chuck Caplinger, Sherri Sullivan, John Greenfield, Ilona Mercier, and signature artist, Janis Commentz. The open reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. The show runs through September 24. The gallery is located at 61607 29 Palms Highway, Suite H, in downtown Joshua Tree.

MONSOON SEASON IS HERE, SOME SAFETY TIPS

The Morongo Basin is now in the monsoon season. And with monsoons, comes the very real threat of flash flooding. When rain threatens, the National Weather Service may issue flood watches or flood warnings here on Z107.7. A flood watch means a flood is possible, while a flood warning means that flooding is happening or will happen soon. Reporter Sara Snyder offers the following tips to stay safe during flash floods…
In a flood situation, don’t enter the water. In fact, stay at least 10 feet away from the water’s edge. Don’t drive if you don’t have to, and don’t play or swim in a flood channel, and don’t try to walk or drive through a flooded road. The depth and speed of flood water is not always obvious, and you can’t tell what’s happened to the road surface under the water. Six inches of swiftly flowing water can knock you off your feet, and two feet of floodwater can carry away most vehicles, including pickup trucks and SUVs. Listen to Z107.7 for current conditions.

FREE CHILDREN’S SHOWS AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

County libraries in the Morongo Basin have more than 200 new children’s movies and television shows. Titles include (but are not limited to) Pokemon, the Mickey Mouse Club, X-Men, Sesame Street, the Backyardigans, Batman, and more. These movies are free to patrons with library cards. Don’t have a library card? Don’t worry, the library cards are free, too.

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION EXPLORED AT LIFETREE CAFÉ

Ways to recognize and prevent child abuse will be explored at Lifetree Café tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details…
Lifetree Café’s free program, “A Safe Place: Confronting Child Abuse in Your Corner of the World,” offers tips for recognizing signs of child abuse and ways to prevent it. Participants will also see an exclusive screening of Muted, an award-winning, independent short film.
Participants will look at the different roles people play in child abuse and discuss practical ways people can help prevent it.
Lifetree Café is set for 4 p.m. Sunday behind Little Church of the Desert on Veterans Way and Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms. For more information, call Brad at 760-217-2597.

STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT TONIGHT

Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center will hold its weekly star party Saturday night, September 9. The event begins at 7:45 p.m. and will end about 10:30 p.m., but you are encouraged to come when you can and leave when you want. Saturn and its many moons will be prime objects for viewing, and the Andromeda Galaxy will be rising in the northeast sky late in the evening. Sky’s the Limit Observatory is located on Utah Trail, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.