TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE GETS 1 YEAR IN JAIL FOR VIOLENT SPOUSAL ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms Marine was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail for spouse abuse causing great bodily injury last year. Corporal Logan Burns, 23, was arguing with his wife about her going out to dinner with friends in the 8300 block of Argos Road in Twentynine Palms October 25 when she said he just “snapped,” and started beating her. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken wrist, and broken eye socket. Burns was arrested by deputies October 28 and was held in the West Valley Detention Center on $150,000 bail until his plea bargain Tuesday. Logan Burns was released from jail with credit for time served (183 days); his sentence includes four years of probation and a one-year domestic violence batterers’ program. He was also served with a criminal protective order to stay away from his wife. Because Burns is prohibited from owning or being around weapons, he will be discharged from the Marine Corps as a motor vehicle operator with 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment.

Logan Burns was sentenced to a year in jail on April 28 for breaking his wife’s eye socket, wrist, and causing traumatic brain injury. Courtesy photo

TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY AWARDS $5K TO 50 BUSINESSES

In March, the Yucca Valley Town Council approved the Yucca Together Economic Assistance Grant program, which would award $5,000 to local brick-and-mortar small businesses to help them through the stay-at-home order. Managing editor Tami Roleff has an update on the program…

The Town of Yucca Valley has awarded all the grants in the town’s economic assistance program. The program was established by the town council with $250,000 from Measure Y funds to help local businesses who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The grants were awarded at a maximum of $5,000 per business and have been awarded to 50 local small businesses to fund working capital and help them through an established recovery plan.

Businesses awarded a $5,000 grant from the Town of Yucca Valley:

Align the SpineHi-Desert Rentals
All RoadsHoof and Horn
Ambiance the Hair ExperienceHuntington Music
Americana Jiu JitsuJuice It Up
ArtFX & FurnishingKnob Hill Ranch
Blonde AmbitionLegion Gaming
Blueline NutritionLiquid Tattoo
Brenda’s Beauty BoutiqueNitty Gritty
Brilliant Dance AcademyNomadic Notions
Cactus FlowerOrganic Market Cafe
Cedar and SagePR Legal
Cooper Notary ServicesQueen Nail and Spa
DCTSRainbow Stew
Dickeys BBQRon’s Automotive
Element on 62Route 62 Vintage
Elite CosmetologySalon Royale
End ShopSky Village Swap Meet
Farmers InsuranceStarStruck Dance Studio
Fins and FangsStrata Tattoo Lab
Firehouse SubsStylish Creations
Full Throttle DealsTravelodge Inn & Suites
Funky and Darn Near NewValerie’s Salon
Guys and DollsWine and Rock Shop
Hearing Aid Healthcare CenterYucca Kabob and Hookah

* Two pending applications to be approved 

FEEDING AMERICA EMERGENCY RADIOTHON ALL DAY TODAY ON Z107.7

All day today (4/30/20), Z107.7 FM will broadcast a one-day hunger-fighting fundraiser called “Radio Cares: Feeding America Emergency Radiothon”. The economic stress of COVID-19 has made the hunger problem even worse. The one-day fundraiser benefits Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The proceeds will benefit the Find Food Bank, which distributes food to Food for Life, the Way Station, and the Joshua Tree Elementary food giveaways in the Morongo Basin. The Radiothon started at midnight this morning and will air on Z107.7 FM for 24 hours, until midnight tonight. To donate, visit Radiocares.org or text “Feed” to 95819. Feeding America established the COVID-19 Response Fund March 13 and has since distributed more than $112 million and over 94 million pounds of food across the US. The organization estimates that $1.4 billion in additional resources will be needed over the next six months to sustain operations, a 30 percent increase from normal baseline costs.

For more info, visit RadioCares.org.

THE VA IS OFFERING TEMPORARY DEBT RELIEF

The Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center is offering temporary financial relief if you are unable to pay your GI Bill benefit debt during this crisis. Rebecca Havely has more information…

If you are financially unable to pay your existing VA debt due to the COVID-19 crisis, you can request a temporary collection suspension, hardship refund of offsets, or an extended repayment plan. Call 800-827-0648 to receive information on these relief options.

If you have already made payment arrangements for your debt, and you would like those arrangements to remain in place, you do not need to contact the office—your payment arrangement will continue.

If you have a new VA debt, debt collections will be temporarily suspended. You don’t have to act.

Delinquent debts will not be reported to credit reporting agencies during the crisis.

Collection of veteran debts under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Treasury have been temporarily suspended during the crisis.

See www.va.gov/debtman with information regarding DMC’s debt collection activities during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you have a question about your VA Benefits or the status of a claim, call 888-442-4551.

COUNTY UPDATES CORONAVIRUS DASHBOARD, 36 CONFIRMED CASES LOCALLY

COVID-19, has claimed four more lives and infected 101 more people in San Bernardino County, the public health department reported Wednesday (April 29). Eighty-nine people have died from the disease and 1,928 have tested positive. Here in the Morongo Basin there are 36 confirmed cases: Joshua Tree with 14 and the only two local deaths; Yucca Valley with 11; Twentynine Palms with five; Morongo Valley has five; and Landers with one.  

That is a 5.5 percent jump from Tuesday when 1,827 people were positive, according to the county’s online dashboard. The county has tested 19,499 people, of which 9.9 percent were positive for COVID-19. About 4.9% of the people who get the disease die, the data show. Fontana had 227 of those cases, while San Bernardino had 225 cases, Yucaipa had 175, Ontario had 137 and Rancho Cucamonga had 111.

Residents 50 to 59 years old have tested positive the most, representing 379 of the confirmed cases. However, the majority of those who have died—52—were older than 75. Cases are split almost evenly between men and women, but more men are dying from the disease, about 62.9 percent, compared to women at 37 percent. There are more cases among Latinos, about 59.1 percent, but more deaths among non-Latinos, at 52.8 percent, the data show.

CASES BY COMMUNITY
Adelanto: 25 cases, 0 deaths
Angelus Oaks: 1 case, 0 deaths
Apple Valley: 22 cases, 2 deaths
Barstow: 9 cases, 2 deaths
Big Bear City: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Big Bear Lake: 5 cases, 0 deaths
Bloomington: 24 cases, 1 death
Blue Jay: 3 cases, 0 deaths
Chino: 54 cases, 0 deaths
Chino Hills: 56 cases, 1 death
Colton: 63 cases, 7 deaths
Crestline: 5 cases, 1 death
Fontana: 227 cases, 5 deaths
Fort Irwin: 2 cases, 0 deaths
Grand Terrace: 14 cases, 1 death
Hesperia: 51 cases, 1 death
Highland: 63 cases, 3 deaths
Joshua Tree: 14 cases, 2 deaths
Landers: 1 case, 0 deaths
Loma Linda: 39 cases, 0 deaths
Mentone: 11 cases, 0 deaths
Montclair: 28 cases, 3 deaths
Morongo Valley: 5 cases, 0 deaths
Oak Hills: 11 cases, 0 deaths
Ontario: 137 cases, 5 deaths
Piñon Hills: 3 cases, 0 deaths
Phelan: 8 cases, 0 deaths
Rancho Cucamonga: 111 cases, 5 deaths
Redlands: 94 cases, 7 deaths
Rialto: 83 cases, 4 deaths
Rimforest: 1 case, 0 deaths
Running Springs: 2 cases, 0 deaths
San Bernardino: 225 cases, 4 deaths
Twentynine Palms: 5 cases, 0 deaths
Upland: 89 cases, 7 deaths
Victorville: 86 cases, 6 deaths
Wrightwood: 1 case, 0 deaths
Yucaipa: 175 cases, 21 deaths
Yucca Valley: 11 cases, 0 deaths
Undetermined: 162 cases, 1 death