1 CONFIRMED CASE IN JOSHUA TREE BRINGS LOCAL VIRUS VICTIMS TO 3

The Morongo Basin now has 3 confirmed cases of Covid-19 virus, two previously reported in Yucca Valley and one in Joshua Tree confirmed yesterday. As of this morning (Saturday, April4), The number of positive novel coronavirus cases in San Bernardino County is up to 353 and the death toll is now 13.

Those figures are up from 304 cases and eight deaths on Thursday, April 2. Of the 4,003 people tested for COVID-19, 8.8% had positive results, the county’s data show. Of those who tested positive, 50% are male, 49.7% are female and .3% were unknown. Most of the cases, 147, were among people 18 to 49 years old, while 107 were 50 to 64 years old, 94 were older than 65 and four were 2 to 17 years old, according to the county.

WATER TANK STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of a water tank in Joshua Tree. Sometime between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday, two suspects came to the 7200 block of Sun View Avenue in Joshua Tree and emptied 4,000 gallons of water from the tanks and stole a black, 2,500 gallon water tank valued at $1300, with the water an additional $260. The suspects also stole fittings valued at $200.

BURGLARY AT SALT MINE IN WONDER VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a burglary at a salt mine in Wonder Valley Wednesday night. Employees at the Supreme Salt mine on Ironage Road called deputies about 6 a.m. Thursday to report that two suspects had cut the wires to the security cameras. The suspects forced entry into the office, stole a drill and batteries, and a key to a generator. The suspects are also believed to have taken a car battery and put it into an inoperable truck parked on the property and tried to start the truck but were unsuccessful.  Anyone with information on any of these investigations should call the Sheriff’s Department.

PROPANE TANKS STOLEN IN YUCCA VALLEY

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft at Dollar General in Yucca Valley. According to the Sheriff’s report, sometime during the last week, suspects stole 88 propane tanks.

ONLINE ART RECEPTION FOR THE GLASS OUTHOUSE GALLERY

The Glass Outhouse has changed its outdoor opening reception Saturday to a virtual opening. There will be a live feed Saturday, from 1 to 9 p.m. on the gallery’s Facebook page. In addition, many photos and videos will be taken of the art and of the grounds.