MARINE DIES FOLLOWING SHOOTING ON TWENTYNINE PALMS COMBAT CENTER

The Marine involved in a shooting on the Twentynine Palms Combat Center Tuesday morning died following a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Marine officials told Z107.7 News that the shooter—who has been identified only as a male Marine—fired several shots in different directions on the base near 4th Street and Sturgis about 6:30 a.m. The Marine then moved to a remote location tucked behind a hill with no real danger to bystanders; base officials said the Marine shot himself about 8:30 a.m. The Marine was taken to a medical facility where he later died. His identity is being withheld by the Marine Corps for 24 hours to notify next of kin.

COUNTY FIRE SEIZES MORE THAT 40,000 POUNDS OF ILLEGAL FIREWORKS

Under California law, all fireworks that explode, shoot into the air, or move along the ground are considered dangerous and are illegal to possess without a permit. That includes firecrackers, skyrockets, roman candles, mortars, and “chasers” that dart along the ground, and safe and sane fireworks that have been modified. On a typical Fourth of July, fireworks cause more fires in the U.S. than all other causes combined. In addition to fires, fireworks cause deaths, blindness, maiming injuries to children and adults, re-traumatize war veterans suffering from PTSD, and frighten household pets. Hilary Sloane says the San Bernardino County Fire Department confiscated tens of thousands of illegal fireworks over the last month…

The San Bernardino County Fireworks Interdiction Taskforce targeted key entry points into the county, specifically I-15 from Nevada, conducting vehicle checks and searching out illegal fireworks between early June and July 4. Investigators confiscated about 40,000 pounds of illegal fireworks during that time. In addition to distributing hundreds of warnings, the taskforce issued 245 citations resulting in $306,250 in fines. This year, the county’s fire marshal implemented a new app—the Illegal Fireworks Reporter app—where the public could report the sale and use of illegal fireworks, and received more than 1,500 complaints on the app.

TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: TRASH ENCLOSURES AND UPDATES

The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission held its regular meeting last night. Reporter Cassidy Zimarik has the recap…

Last night the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission approved a development code amendment for trash enclosure standards. The amendment updates city standards and requirements to comply with state regulations for organics recycling. The requirement for trash enclosures applies to new commercial and industrial projects as well as new multi-family projects of five or more units.

In addition, the planning commission received an update for Project Phoenix and discussed future action items in order to speed up the construction of an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on the corner of Highway 62 and Larrea Avenue.

Last night’s meeting can be viewed on demand by visiting www.29palms.org and clicking on the meetings tab.

CRASH INJURES MOTORCYCLIST, KILLS DOG

A motorcyclist was injured and a dog was killed Monday evening in a Twentynine Palms crash. About 11:30 p.m., the motorcycle rider saw a small black dog standing in the street in the 72900 block of Homestead Avenue. The rider was unable to avoid hitting the dog, which caused the motorcycle to go down. The rider was injured and flown to Arrowhead Medical Center for evaluation. The dog was killed at the scene.

SCHOOL DISTRICT EXTENDS FREE STUDENT MEAL PROGRAM

The Morongo Unified School District recently announced that it will be continuing its free meal program for students through the 2020-2021 school year. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…

Through a partnership with the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, the Morongo Unified School District will extend its free meal program into the 2020-2021 school year. Through the program, all students at all MUSD schools will be served breakfast and lunch each day at no charge. For more information on the free meal program, contact MUSD Nutritional Services Director Janet Barth via email at email janet_barth@ morongo.k12.ca.us or at 760-367-9191, extension 4271.