TAN CHIHUAHUA LOST IN 29 PALMS

TAN CHIHUAHUA LOST IN 29 PALMS

Female, tan

Lost near: Lear & Indian Trail in 29 Palms.

Call: Paula 760-221-7213

MARINE CORPS HERO, LOCAL ICON, SGT. MAJOR (RET.) RAY WILBURN DIES AT 98.

A true Marine Corps hero died Tuesday. Retired Sergeant Major Ray Wilburn, who served more than 31 years in the Marine Corps, was 98 when he died just a few days after being placed into hospice care. Wilburn was born July 1, 1919 in Texas and hitch-hiked 70 miles in 1939 to enlist in the Marine Corps because he had no job and no money. Wilburn saw combat in three wars. His ship was sunk near Guadalcanal by the Japanese in 1942; he and the others on the ship were rescued after a few hours in the water. A year later, his battalion landed on Tarawa where he said the Marines had to push through dead bodies floating in the water to get to shore, where they then put their howitzers together to begin their fight against the Japanese. In 1951, Wilburn was sent to Korea where his unit was attacked by 122-mm rounds. In Vietnam, he was the sergeant major of a medical battalion that was under fire by mortars every night. Wilburn and his wife Irma married at the base chapel in Twentynine Palms in 1957 and they bought their first home in Twentynine Palms in 1969. The Wilburns had two daughters, Sharon Erdmann and Stephanie Dunphy.  Wilburn retired from the Marine Corps in 1971 but he was an institution on the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center, where young Marines sought him out to talk to him. Sgt. Maj. Wilburn was a co-grand marshal of the Pioneer Days Parade in 2003. Services have not been announced yet.

MORONGO VALLEY CSD CONTINUES DISCUSSION OF PARAMEDIC INCENTIVE PAY

The Morongo Valley Community Services District board held a special meeting last night. Reporter Andrew Dieleman was there, and files this report…
At last night’s meeting, the Morongo Valley CSD board continued discussions regarding a $25 payment incentive for paramedics. The vote was postponed last month due to legislative discrepancies. The new correctly-worded legislation clarifies that the incentive is only for the lead scheduled paramedic. The board adopted the incentive, but will closely monitor, and possibly amend, the incentive program based on its success. The board also discussed the purchase of a new copy machine, unanimously agreeing to the purchase of a less-expensive, refurbished model. The board also voted unanimously to begin trimming select trees within Covington Park, as well as mulching leaves and branches, for the safety of park-goers. The mulch will be either sold or donated for landscaping purposes.

JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF HITTING ANOTHER WOMAN WITH A BASEBALL BAT

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested for spouse abuse after she hit another woman with a baseball bat. According to a Sheriff’s report, Crystal Hughes, 38, was arguing with a woman in the 61400 block of Desert Air Road about 6 p.m. Saturday. Hughes allegedly struck the woman with an aluminum bat, giving her a large lump on her forehead. The victim also said Hughes punched her multiple times, causing bruises and swelling to her face and shoulder. Crystal Hughes was arrested for felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of assault with a weapon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim went to a neighbor’s house to help her with her medication. While there, the neighbor’s son, identified as Robert Wallace, 31, began arguing with the victim. The victim went into her neighbor’s bedroom and Wallace tried to force the door open. The victim told deputies that Wallace hit her in the hand, swung a broom at her, and threw tomato juice at her. Robert Wallace was arrested for investigation of assault with a weapon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accused of assault and resisting arrest. According to a Sheriff’s report, a friend was trying to talk to Carl Queen, 25, about his mental health, in the 57400 block of 29 Palms Highway. His friend called deputies for help about 9:30 after he said that Queen threatened to kill him and he feared for his life. Queen fought with arriving deputies and was subsequently arrested for resisting arrest and assault. Carl Queen was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

COMEDY NIGHT AT THE YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER SATURDAY

Get ready to laugh the night away at the Yucca Valley Senior Center Saturday. Managing editor Tami Roleff has the details…
The Yucca Valley Senior Club will host a comedy night Saturday. The emcee and opening act is Alicia Kelso, and the headliner is Jordan Conley, who won the year-long Uncle Clyde’s comedy contest at Flapper’s Comedy Club in Burbank. The event is free for seniors 55 and older; the admission for all others is $5. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Senior Center, behind the library and town hall next to the soccer fields. For more information, call 760-601-5978.

2 YUCCA VALLEY MEN ACCUSED OF SELLING DRUGS IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of selling drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a tan four-door Lexus about 8 p.m. near Old Woman Springs Road and Tanager for having an expired registration. Driving the car was Christopher Fruhn, 50, who had a warrant for his arrest for transporting methamphetamine for sales. The deputy states that during his contact with Fruhn, Fruhn dropped a small baggie containing a white crystalline substance. Fruhn also had a large amount of cash and a digital scale. Christopher Fruhn was arrested for investigation of possession for sales, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday, accused of dealing drugs. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy spotted Richard Napolitano, 52, near the intersection of Fortuna Avenue and Barron Drive in Yucca Valley just before 4 p.m. The deputy knew that Napolitano was on felony probation, and during a search, found black tar heroin, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and drugs packed inside a balloon consistent with those used to smuggle drugs into jail. Richard Napolitano was arrested for investigation of unlawful sale of speed, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

MORONGO BASIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District will have its first meeting of the year tonight. Reporter Eric Knabe has the details…
On January 4, the Morongo Basin Healthcare District will start out the new year with the board electing new board officers. Then CEO Jackie Combs will give a report that will describe what will be coming in the new year. For example, a new series of Smoking Cessation classes will be starting in January and a signed contract with First 5 Riverside to provide dental screenings for school-age children over the next three years. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the district offices at 6530 La Contenta Road, suite 100.

TRI-VALLEY LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION STARTS SATURDAY

Tri-Valley Little League will hold registration for baseball and softball. Early registration will be held Saturday, January 6, from 9 to 3 in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center, and Wednesday, January 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge. Regular registration will be held 6 to 8 p.m. at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge January 18, 23, and 26, and Saturday, January 20 from 9 to 1 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The cost is $100 per child, with a family discount for three or more children, and includes a full uniform.

RETIRED TEACHERS OFFERING SCHOLARSHIP

The Hi-Desert Retired Teachers Association is offering a scholarship for college students who intend to become a teacher upon graduation. Managing editor Tami Roleff explains who is eligible and how to apply…
If you are a graduate of a Morongo Basin high school and are currently a junior in college, or a college graduate who is enrolled in a teacher preparation program, the California Retired Teachers Association has a scholarship for you. Scholarship applicants must be firmly committed to a career as a public school teacher. To receive an application, write to Joanne Gordon, P.O. Box 651, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252. Completed applications and supporting documents are due by April 10, 2018.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Copper Mountain College men’s basketball team started off the new year with a hard-fought road victory over the Chargers of Cypress College. The Fighting Cacti outscored the Chargers to secure a 79-70 victory. Copper Mountain improves to 14-4 on the season and 1-0 in the Orange Empire conference. Next up is another conference road test Friday, January 5, against Santiago Canyon College at 5 p.m.
Murshid Randal lead CMC in scoring with 15 points, Jaleel Simmons added 14 points, Ronald Bell had a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Isiah Blackmon chipped in 10 points for the Fighting Cacti.

The Copper Mountain College women’s basketball Fighting Cacti began conference play Wednesday on the road versus the defending conference champions, Cypress College. Cypress won the game by a score of 92-40. Coach Hosie Ward said Copper Mountain went into the game with just six players in uniform due to illness and players on vacation.
Celeste Reyes led in scoring with 14 points and six rebounds. Tusitusia Brown added 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan basketball team used a big second half to come away with a 82-38 victory over the Big Bear Bears last night in Trojan Gym. Coach Jess Geeson said the win pushed their record to 10-4 on the season.
Senior Kloee Scaccianoce had a game high 17 points to lead the team. She was followed by senior Zena Yakimow’s 14 points, and fellow senior Kiley Pitts 13 points. Freshman Sara Mills added 12 points and senior Savannah Beasley dished out 12 assists.

Coming up in high school sports today, the Yucca Valley High School boys’ soccer and basketball teams and the girls’ soccer team will travel away to Hesperia to play Sultana High School. Girls’ soccer starts at 3 p.m., boys’ soccer starts at 5 p.m., and basketball is at 6 p.m.
Also today, the Yucca Valley High School wrestling team will travel away to Desert Hot Springs. The match starts at 6 p.m.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball team will host La Quinta High School at home today. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.