We have an update on a story we aired Wednesday about a man accused of shooting inside his Yucca Valley motel room. Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites about 7 a.m. Tuesday, where they found several bullet holes in the exterior wall of a room. A security check was made inside the room and they contacted Leighton Turner, 39, of Desert Hot Springs. Deputies found several more rounds that had been fired from within the room. A search warrant was obtained, and deputies located a handgun and several rounds of fired ammunition inside the room. After a medical evaluation at a local hospital, Leighton Turner was arrested on suspicion of shooting at an inhabited dwelling and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $250,000.
An Anaheim man was arrested Saturday, September 5, accused of harassing and stalking his estranged wife in Morongo Valley. About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, the woman called deputies to her home in the 49800 block of Park Avenue in Morongo Valley. She said Jesse Raffenberger, 41, had been calling and texting her since 5:30 Friday morning. During one of the conversations, she said Raffenberger told her she had better not call law enforcement or he would do something that would send him to prison for the rest of his life. She told deputies she was in fear for her life. Deputies located Raffenberger as he drove away. Raffenberger told Deputies that he arrived at her home about 2:30 a.m. to talk to her. Jesse Raffenberger was arrested on suspicion of stalking and harassment and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $150,000.
As weather conditions improve, firefighters continue to gain ground on the many wildfires that began about three weeks ago. Today, more than 14,800 firefighters remain on the line of 28 major wildfires burning across California. Although 24 new fires were sparked Thursday, crews contained most of them quickly. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about the California wildfires…
Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned over 3.1 million acres in California. This year’s acres burned is 26 times higher than the acres burned in 2019 for the same time period, and the combined number of acres burned is larger than the state of Connecticut. There have been 19 fatalities and over 3,900 structures destroyed. The increase in the number of fatalities includes seven additional fatalities that were confirmed yesterday on the North Complex Fire in Butte County. The August Complex Fire increased significantly in acreage due to the merging of the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, and Vinegar fires.
San Bernardino County firefighters continue to battle the aggressive El Dorado Fire, which threatens homes and property along Highway 38. Three County firefighters have been injured battling fire and winds.
The smoke layer covering much Northern California will help maintain cooler temperatures into the weekend, and an onshore flow next week will help increase humidity. In Southern California, desert regions will remain dry and warm, with the mountains and coastal regions experiencing an onshore flow that is helping with humidity recovery and seasonal temperatures.
Even with cooler weather coming soon, California historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in the months of September and October. Do not let your guard down! To learn more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday, accused of illegally growing marijuana. Deputies and detectives from the Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant about 9 a.m. at a property in the 500 block of Peffer Road in Twentynine Palms where they contacted Daniel Jaco. Investigators seized more than 3,000 marijuana plants. Daniel Jaco, 48, was arrested on suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation, cited, and released.
A Joshua Tree convicted felon was arrested Saturday, September 5, when deputies found a revolver in his possession. Deputies went to the Travelodge in Yucca Valley about 7:20 p.m. for a call for service. While they were there, they contacted Christopher Parimore, 38, and found a revolver in his possession. As a convicted felon, he is prohibited from being in possession of firearms. Christopher Parimore was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.