PILOT UNINJURED IN PLANE CRASH WEST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS AIRPORT

A pilot escaped injury when his plane crashed west of the Twentynine Palms airport Friday night. Rescue personnel were called to the plane crash at Sullivan and Francis Roads at 9:18 p.m. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said there was no fire or other hazards. The California Highway Patrol and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

This small airplane crashed outside the Twentynine Palms Airport Friday night. The pilot walked away. San Bernardino County Fire Department photo

FOUR ARRESTED FOLLOWING PURSUIT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Four Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday following a pursuit through the city. About 1:25 p.m., deputies learned that Brandon Koenig, 27, was in the Stater Brothers shopping center at Highway 62 and Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Koenig has a felony warrant for his arrest for vehicle theft from December, and for violating the terms of his post release community supervision. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on Koenig’s car, but Koenig refused to stop. Koenig led deputies on a pursuit through the streets of Twentynine Palms until he ditched his car and fled on foot near El Rey Avenue. Koenig ran through yards and hid in a house in the 72400 block of 29 Palms Highway. Deputies searched for Koenig, and eventually found him hiding in the house, along with Fabian Garza, 37, Michael Stewart, 26, and Ryann Yucknevale, 26. Garza, Stewart, and Yucknevale helped Koenig hide inside the house to avoid arrest. Brandon Koenig was arrested for investigation of felony evading, and for his arrest warrants. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000. Fabian Garza, Michael Stewart, and Ryann Yucknevale were also arrested on suspicion of felony evading, and for being an accessory, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with their bail set at $100,000 each.

Sheriff’s deputies drive eastbound on Highway 62 to join in a pursuit of a car driven by Brandon Koenig, 27, of Twentynine Palms. Koenig had a warrant for his arrest for vehicle theft and violating the terms of his post-release community supervision. Tami Roleff photo

RESULTS FROM CHP MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PERIOD

During the California Highway Patrol’s New Year maximum enforcement period, CHP personnel were out in force and aggressively enforcing traffic laws while looking for irresponsible and impaired drivers before they could injure or kill themselves or others. The maximum enforcement period was from 6:01 December 31 through midnight, January 1. Throughout the state, the CHP made 491 arrests, and there were three fatalities. In the Morongo Basin, the CHP made only one arrest for driving under the influence, and there were no fatalities. The CHP said the decrease in collisions and injuries sustained during collisions are the result of aggressive enforcement by many CHP officers. 

STILL NO ARRESTS IN THE JUNE HOMICIDES OF TWO TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMEN

Almost seven months after the bodies of a mother and daughter were found following a Twentynine Palms house fire, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detectives still have made no arrests in the case. On June 9, about 10:20 p.m., firefighters were called to a fire in the 75600 block of Valley Vista Road in Twentynine Palms. The bodies of Linda Sayer, 67, and Sheila Sayer, 48, were found in two bedrooms inside. An autopsy confirmed that the manner of their deaths was homicide, however, investigators are not releasing any details about how the victims died. Anyone with information should call the We-Tip hotline at 888-78-CRIME.

OUTDOOR EDUCATION GROUP JTREE LAUNCHES WEBSITE

The Joshua Tree Residential Education Experience launched a new website recently to help young high desert citizens engage in the natural world. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

The Joshua Tree Residential Education Experience (JTREE) announced the launch of its new website to provide information about the proposed youth-oriented, multi-day outdoor education camp in Joshua Tree National Park. The site will feature the groups’ mission and offer a peek in to a  “a day in the life of students at camp.” The goal of the organization is to inspire youth to become ecological stewards of the future. Visit the new site at JTreeOutdoorEd.org. For more info, send an email to jtreeinpark@gmail.com.