1 DEAD AFTER AN LATE NIGHT CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

At least one person was killed in a crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday night. Initial reports are that a motorcyclist and a box truck crashed at Highway 62 and Prescott Avenue at 11:19 p.m. The highway was closed in both directions until about 5:30 Thursday morning. Z107.7 News will have more information when it becomes available.

66-YEAR-OLD TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED, ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL HIS WIFE

A 66-year-old Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday, accused of trying to murder his wife on Monday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim went to a medical clinic Tuesday to be treated for her injuries, and staff called deputies to investigate the attempted murder. The woman said that Robert Vocker has dementia and she had once filed a restraining order against him. She said they had been arguing at their home in the 6800 block of Alpine Avenue in Twentynine Palms the day before when Vocker grabbed her around the neck, pushed her into a corner, and said he was going to kill her. She said he choked her for an extended time, and she was afraid she was going to die. Deputies confirmed the victim had bruises around her neck and arm. Robert Vocker was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $1 million.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY MARCH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will be honored Monday, January 20, across the country. Here in the Morongo Basin, the Twentynine Palms Bible Baptist Church will hold its annual march Monday under the theme of “Do the Right Thing.” Reporter Andrew Dieleman says everyone is invited…

The one-mile march celebrating the life and dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. starts promptly at 8 a.m. at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road and ends at Palms Southern Baptist Church, 5285 Adobe Road, in Twentynine Palms. At 9 a.m., following the march, will be a program with local speakers, music, and free refreshments. The public is invited to join in the march and attend the program. For more information on the event, contact Sylvia Matthews at sylviamatthews63@gmail.com.

FIRE DESTROYS YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Fire investigators were called in to determine the cause of this house fire in Yucca Valley January 15. San Bernardino County Fire photo

A Yucca Valley family is homeless after a fire destroyed their house Wednesday night. When firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree arrived at the home in the 7700 block of Deer Trail at 6:51 p.m., they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the single-story house. Neighbors reported hearing rounds of ammunition exploding in the fire. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said it took firefighters about 15 minutes to knock down the flames. He added that a resident was injured while trying to move a vehicle. The injury was minor, however, and not burn-related; the occupant went to the hospital in a personal vehicle. The house received heavy fire and smoke damage and is completely destroyed. A fire investigator was called in to help with the cause and origin of the fire.

A fire destroyed this house in Yucca Valley Wednesday.
San Bernardino County Fire photo

ADDITIONAL VICTIMS SOUGHT IN JOHN LINN MOLESTATION INVESTIGATION

John Linn

A Pioneertown musician, guitar maker and western re-enactor who played at Stagecoach in 2010 was arrested Tuesday afternoon and faces three felony charges related to child molestation. On January 6, Yucca Valley High School Resource Officer Michael Sellers learned of a possible sexual relationship between John Linn, 55, and a 14-year-old girl. During the investigation, deputies learned the relationship had gone on for more than a year. John Linn was arrested on suspicion of rape, lewd acts with a child under 14, and false imprisonment, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $250,000. Linn was an assistant coach for the 2019 Yucca Valley High School football team. He was also heavily involved in community events including the Pioneertown Wild West Theater, and a variety of country-western dance groups. Detectives are concerned there may be other victims. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

John Linn

The Morongo Unified School District announced that John Linn has been relieved of all duties related to the school district. Linn served as an assistant during the 2019 football season. His primary function was as a videographer along with other minor coaching duties. The school district says Linn was properly vetted and approved by the Board of Education prior to beginning his duties.