YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. Deputies were called to the Desert Oasis Healthcare in Yucca Valley when the victim arrived to be treated for her injuries. The woman said that about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nelson Mora, 42, grabbed her by the right arm and threw her on the bed. He then grabbed her arm, which dislocated her shoulder. She said Mora climbed on top of her and kneed her several times in the head and face. She said he also choked her, placed a pillow over her face and suffocated her to the point she lost consciousness. When she regained consciousness, Mora refused to leave, and held her captive for 24 hours, before she was able to get away and seek medical help. Deputies located Mora about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 7800 block of Fox Trail in Yucca Valley. Nelson Mora was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $1 million.

STATE MANDATES RESTRICTIONS ON RESTAURANTS, BARS, SOME INDOOR BUSINESSES

Wednesday, the state announced immediate mandated restrictions on certain indoor business operations in 19 California counties, including San Bernardino County. In addition to mandating the closure of all bars in the 19 counties, the state ordered the closing of indoor operations for restaurants; movie theaters; family entertainment centers; wineries, breweries and tasting rooms; card rooms; and zoos and museums. The new restrictions will be in place for at least three weeks, after which the state will reevaluate the situation.

Public health officials have attributed the recent spike in cases to people ignoring social distancing and mask-wearing protocols. The governor also expressed concerns about gatherings of friends and extended families during the Independence Day weekend, urging people to limit such gatherings to those who share a household. 

Over the past 14 days the state has seen a 51 percent increase in hospitalizations and a 47 percent increase in ICU admissions. To enforce the new restrictions, the state has established a multi-agency strike team that includes the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, CalOSHA, the Department of Business Oversight, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the California Highway Patrol.

YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL VOTES TO PUT TRASH FEES ON PROPERTY TAXES

Yucca Valley councilmembers and residents talked trash at the town council meeting last night. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more…

Several dozen residents attended the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting and expressed their opposition to putting trash bills on their property taxes. Video screen shot

About two dozen residents showed up at last night’s Yucca Valley Town Council meeting to talk trash for 2 ½ hours to the council, and they were spitting mad about being forced to pay for their trash service on their property taxes. Residents argued that a private business shouldn’t be able to bill for its services on a property tax bill, and residents were angry that a default on the bill could result in them losing their house due to liens. Town staff said that about 20 percent of town residents do not have trash service, even though the town requires it. Staff also argued that requiring trash service will reduce illegal dumping in the town. Although Council Members Robert Lombardo and Jim Schooler were initially hesitant to put the Burrtec charges on the property tax bills, the vote was unanimous to approve it.

Frank Orlett, a vice president at Burrtec, answered questions from the Yucca Valley Town Council. Video screen shot
Mayor Jeff Drozd, and Council Members Jim Schooler and Robert Lombardo listen as Jessica Rice explains the town’s franchise agreement with Burrtec. Video screen shot

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested, accused of being in possession of child pornography. The San Bernardino City Police Department’s Crimes Against Children detail received a tip from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children that child pornography was being downloaded to a device in the city. Investigators determined Johnathan Cozart, 28, had downloaded hundreds of pornographic images of children, and issued a warrant for his arrest. Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies located Cozart about 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 56800 block of 29 Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. Johnathan Cozart was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, booked into the Central Detention Center, and is being held without bail.

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN KILLED IN IOWA CRASH

A Twentynine Palms man was killed following a two-vehicle crash in Sioux City, Iowa, Tuesday morning. Daqown Sams, 32, was driving southbound in the northbound lane of a 4-lane highway when he collided head-on with a semi that was traveling northbound about 6:15 a.m. The semi driver received minor injuries in the crash, but he still attempted to render aid to Sams. Police have not yet determined why Daqown Sams was driving the wrong way on the highway. The investigation is ongoing.