VIOLENT ATTACK IN 29 PALMS LEADS TO ATTEMPTED MURDER ARREST

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday, accused of attemped murder. Deputies responded to the 6100 block of Chia Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 8:45 p.m. Saturday, August 29. The victim told deputies that Nicholas Plummer, 35, had hit her in the face and strangled her with a vacuum cleaner cord until she was unconscious. She said he also stepped on her head, held her at knife point, and threatened to kill her and her child if she tried to leave. The woman was able to escape with her child and contacted a neighbor who called 911. Plummer had fled by the time deputies arrived. Deputies obtained a warrant for Plummer’s arrest, and at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Nicholas Plummer surrendered to detectives without incident. Nicholas Plummer was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held on $750,000 bail.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday, accused of child abuse against a four-month old baby. On Friday, doctors at Loma Linda Medical Center called detectives to report the infant had been admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with a severe injury. Doctors had determined her injury was caused by trauma consistent with child abuse. Detectives learned that the girl had been in the care of her father, Micah Inman, 23, at the time of the injury. Micah Inman was arrested about 6:30 p.m. at his home in the 7100 block of Murray Lane for investigation of willful cruelty to a child causing great bodily injury, booked into the Central Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000.

DON’T FALL VICTIM TO RENTAL SCAMS

Rental scams have struck lately, and reporter Joshua King will present some tips on how to spot and avoid these scams…

You want to rent a new property but are wary of being scammed. Here are 7 red flags to look for in a rental scam.

Number 1: They do not want to meet you in person.

Number 2: They want you to move in immediately, without viewing the property.

Number 3: They ask for rent or a security deposit before signing a lease.

Number 4: The price is too good, meaning the price doesn’t match the market value of similar properties.

Number 5: The listing has typos, poor grammar, and lack of punctuation.

Number 6: There is no screening process, meaning no credit check or application.

Number 7: They want you to sign an incomplete lease.

If you feel that a listing may be a scam, request to meet the landlord or see the property in person. If you believe you are a victim of a scam, contact local authorities.

MORONGO BASIN AMBULANCE VICTIM OF CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a theft from an ambulance that was in the shop for repairs. Morongo Basin Ambulance Operations Chief Matt Welsch said the Mercedes Sprinter ambulance had been towed to an area dealership for repairs. While in the shop’s parking lot, two men in an SUV cut off the ambulance’s catalytic converter about 6:30 a.m. Saturday and left with it. Welsch said deputies told him that this type of theft has been increasing over the last month. MBA is working with its insurance company on a claim, but the non-profit organization will have to cover the deductible, and the ambulance will remain out of service until it is repaired. Welsch stressed there will be no impact on MBA’s normal operations and staffing levels, as it has a reserve ambulance to cover in instances such as these. Anyone with information about the theft should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

IRS REOPENS DEADLINE FOR VETERANS WHO MISSED STIMULUS CHECKS

Veterans Affairs officials are reminding families who missed out on some coronavirus stimulus checks last spring that they have a few more weeks left to claim that cash. VA Secretary Robert Wilkie urged veterans who think they may be eligible for the money to contact the Internal Revenue Service and see if they are owed any money. Hilary Sloane has more information…

At issue are payments of up to $500 per dependent child for disabled veterans who do not typically meet the threshold for filing annual income tax returns.

After Congress approved one-time payouts of up to $1,200 per person, the IRS struggled to get those stimulus checks to some veterans whose current address and bank account information was not up-to-date in their systems.

The agency eventually partnered with VA officials to use some veterans benefits records to help with that challenge, but could not identify all of the individuals who may have been eligible to receive the additional $500 child payments along with the other stimulus payouts.

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here

Veterans Affairs officials are reminding families who missed out on some coronavirus stimulus checks last spring that they have a few more weeks left to claim that cash.

VA Secretary Robert Wilkie urged veterans who think they may be eligible for the money to contact the Internal Revenue Service and see if they are owed any money.

At issue are payments of up to $500 per dependent child for disabled veterans who do not typically meet the threshold for filing annual income tax returns. The money was part of a massive emergency spending package pass in the spring designed to offset financial losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, then in its initial months.

After Congress approved one-time payouts of up to $1,200 per person, the IRS struggled to get those stimulus checks to some veterans whose current address and bank account information was not up-to-date in their systems.

The agency eventually partnered with VA officials to use some veterans benefits records to help with that challenge, but could not identify all of the individuals who may have been eligible to receive the additional $500 child payments along with the other stimulus payouts.

IRS officials set up a special registration site for veterans and other Americans who don’t regularly file annual tax returns, but set a cutoff of early May to apply. Agency leaders said individuals who missed out on that deadline would have to wait until spring 2021 to receive the money as part of next year’s income tax returns.

But late last week, IRS officials reopened the application process. Veterans who missed out on the child credits now have until Sept. 30 to register, with payouts expected to be delivered by mid-October.

“To help with this, we are allocating additional IRS resources to ensure eligible recipients receive their full payments during this challenging time,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement.

In addition, veterans who did not receive their $1,200 stimulus checks in the spring can also register with the department in an attempt to get that money this fall.

Officials did not say how many veterans may still be eligible for the payouts, but advocates have said that the money could be a critical lifeline for low-income families facing new challenges related to closings of businesses, public offices and other community assistance programs related to coronavirus.

The IRS non-filers tool is available on the agency’s web site.