INVESTIGATORS SAY TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE SUNDAY WAS ARSON

Sheriff’s deputies have called Sunday’s house fire in Twentynine Palms arson. Deputies were initially called to the 73300 block of Desert Trail Drive at 6:36 p.m. Sunday for a disturbance. By the time deputies arrived shortly before 8 p.m., the home was fully involved in smoke and flames. Witnesses told deputies they heard screaming and yelling coming from the house prior to the fire. Firefighters rescued a 25-year-old woman who was unconscious in a bedroom. The woman suffered smoke inhalation and other, unspecified injuries. A young girl who was in the house was able to get out safely on her own. The Sheriff’s Bomb and Arson unit was called in to investigate; its report claims the injured woman was responsible for setting the fire. The report will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s office for review.

INFORMATION SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY ARMED ROBBERY

Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating two men suspected of armed robbery in Yucca Valley early Wednesday morning. About 1:05 a.m. two men, identified only as being Caucasian, entered the Flyer’s Gas Station in Yucca Valley with a gun. They demanded the male and female clerks inside the convenience store give them money from the cash register. After taking the money and cigarettes, the two men fled. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TAKES UP BLOCK GRANTS AND LITIGATION TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in a regular and closed session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council will allocate the Community Development Block Grant funds, hear about a new school bond proposal, and more…

Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council will be asked to approve the entire Community Development Block Grant funding of $125,000 for improving the town’s North Park. Next, the council will hear a report on the Morongo Unified School District’s Measure C school bond. The council will also be asked to approve a funding request of $15,000 from the Yucca Valley BMX track. And finally, the council will authorize a town-wide crack and seal project be open for bids. In closed session, the council will confer with legal counsel about existing litigation in two cases (Lawrenson, et al. v. State of California Department of Transportation, Town of Yucca Valley, County of San Bernardino, Daniel Melnyk and Debra Greenwood; case number CIVDS1900446; and Rebecca Smithling et al. v. State of California Department of Transportation, Town of Yucca Valley, County of San Bernardino, and Tausif Billah; case number CIVDS1900606); and potential litigation. Tonight’s meeting is set for 6 p.m. in the Yucca Room of the Yucca Valley Community Center.

A RASH OF BURGLARIES IN JOSHUA TREE

Deputies are investigating several burglaries in Joshua Tree from over the weekend. A resident in the 61500 block of Onaga Trail reported Thursday that sometime in the past week, someone broke in and stole jewelry; the owner located a bracelet in a pawn shop. A realtor also reported Thursday that someone broke into the office and took the keys to a vacant home for sale in Joshua Tree and stole a brand new GE front-loading washer and dryer. On Friday, a resident reported that someone had broken into a home in the 62000 block of Desertair Road in Joshua Tree and stole a 36-inch Samsung TV and an aluminum dolly. And on Saturday, an employee at a business in the 6200 block of Park Boulevard reported that someone cut through the business’s chain link fence and stole copper and a wheelbarrow. Anyone with information on any of these thefts should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

COUNTY FIRE CHIEF TO ATTEND TONIGHT’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey of Yucca Valley will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the State of the Union address Tuesday as the guest of a local Congressman. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has more information about how the trip came about…

San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey

“When Congressman Aguilar reached out to me and asked me to go to the State of the Union, I honestly thought it was a joke.”

County Fire Chief Dan Munsey was invited to the historic event by Representative Pete Aguilar of Redlands, who said that after a year of devastating wildfires throughout California, Munsey’s attendance at the State of the Union address would serve as a reminder of the continued need for federal resources in the state.

“As he explained how important it is to have a strong county and federal partnership, I realized very quickly he’s right. As we look at our mountain communities and some of our other high-hazard areas, there’s a lot of work that we need to do to make sure our cities and residents are safe. The only way we can do that is establishing deep partnerships with both our state and our federal partners.”

The State of the Union will be broadcast live at 6 p.m. Tuesday.