SAN BERNARDINO MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY MURDERING HIS TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLFRIEND

A San Bernardino man was arrested Thursday, accused of murdering his girlfriend in Twentynine Palms. About 5:40 p.m., deputies were called about a man with a gun near on Morongo Road in the Desert Heights neighborhood of Twentynine Palms. Witnesses said the man was in the road and was pointing a handgun at them as they drove by. When deputies arrived, the suspect, Josh Simon, 36, went inside a home in the 1200 block of Morongo Road and refused to come out. At the same time, deputies received another call about a woman who was down in the road next to a vehicle on Pole Line Road, west of Morongo Road. First responders found Beatriz Guzman, 35, of Twentynine Palms, with gunshot wounds and she was pronounced deceased at the scene. Simon and Guzman had been in a dating relationship, and for reasons that are still unknown, deputies say Simon shot Guzman. Josh Simon was arrested for investigation of murder, booked at the West Valley Detention Center, and is being held without bail.

Josh Simon went to this house on Morongo Road in Twentynine Palms after he shot and killed Beatriz Guzman, 35, of Twentynine Palms, according to Sheriff’s deputies.

MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS TONIGHT, I-10 TUNE-UP ON THE AGENDA

Tonight, the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council gathers for its monthly meeting where attendees can expect to hear details of the necessary 1-10 upgrade project. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…

After the usual public safety and community service reports from local law enforcement and fire departments, tonight’s Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will include a special agenda item. Representing CalTrans District 8, Shane Massoud will give a presentation regarding the I-10 Tune-Up Pavement Rehabilitation Project. Massoud will provide project background info plus location details and useful dates so locals may plan their travel accordingly.

The MAC meeting begins tonight at 5:30 pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree.

LATE NIGHT ADVENTURE LEADS TO 20-HOUR RESCUE OPERATION

A midnight excursion in to the mines in the Old Dale Mining District east of Twentynine Palms ended with a 20-hour rescue after one of the men couldn’t climb out of the 700-foot shaft Sunday. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said that the two Twentynine Palms men drove out to the mine to go exploring at midnight Saturday (3/7/20). The mine was a series of horizontal and vertical shafts that went down about 700 feet. When it was time to return to the surface, one of the men couldn’t climb out. His buddy climbed out and drove to call for help. About 40 firefighters, who specialize in rescues like this, were called from all over the county; the Combat Center firefighters also sent a crew. Tuttle said it took 15 hours from the time they arrived at the scene (5 a.m. Sunday morning) to the time the man was brought back to the surface (8 p.m. Monday evening). Crews did not leave the scene until 1 a.m. Although he was uninjured, Morongo Basin Ambulance transported him to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution.

Specialized firefighters prepare to descend 700 feet into a mine shaft to rescue a Twentynine Palms man who went down with a friend Saturday night and then couldn’t climb back out. San Bernardino County Fire photo
Specialized firefighters prepare to descend 700 feet into a mine shaft to rescue a Twentynine Palms man who went down with a friend Saturday night and then couldn’t climb back out. San Bernardino County Fire photo
A map showing the area where San Bernardino County specialized firefighters spent 20 hours rescuing a Twentynine Palms man who climbed down 700 feet into a mine and then couldn’t climb back out. San Bernardino County Fire photo
An overhead view of the mine where a 15-hour rescue took place Sunday. San Bernardino County Fire photo
San Bernardino County Fire photo
San Bernardino County Fire photo
San Bernardino County Fire photo

ARIZONA HIKER RESCUED BY HELICOPTER IN INDIAN COVE

An Arizona hiker was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter Saturday when he fell off a large rock in Indian Cove campground. According to a Sheriff’s report, Harshad Kalyankar, 28, of Tucson, was hiking alone in the campground area when he fell about 10 feet from a large rock and sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Kalyankar called 911 to ask for help. San Bernardino County firefighters responded and confirmed that based on his injuries, a hoist rescue would be necessary. Sheriff’s Air Rescue 6 responded and hovered about 7 feet above Kalyankar while an air medic was lowered. The medic placed Kalyankar in a rescue harness and he was hoisted up to the helicopter, followed by the medic. Harshad Kalyankar was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment of his injuries.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET TOMORROW, PIONEERTOWN GRANT, J.T. LIBRARY LEASE

County Supervisors meet at 10 a.m. tomorrow in San Bernardino. Several items on the consent agenda pertain to interests here in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Mike Lipsitz is here to tell us about it…

Supervisors are expected to approve a grant funding agreement with the
State Water Board to receive a $5.4 million reimbursement for construction of the pipeline that transfers water from the Hi-Desert Water District to Pioneertown. And in other business, supervisors are expected to approve a 25,200, five-year lease agreement for the continued operation of the county’s Joshua Tree Branch Library.

Tomorrow’s meeting streams live to the first-floor teleconferencing room at the County Government Center in Joshua Tree where public comment may be made via video link.
Reporting for Z107.7 News, this is Mike Lipsitz