WOMAN ACCUSED OF STABBING TWO IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Desert Hot Springs woman was arrested in Twentynine Palms, accused of stabbing two people. About 10:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies were called to the area of Baseline Road and Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms by a man who said he had been stabbed. The responding deputy applied a tourniquet to the man’s arm, which was bleeding profusely; the victim also had lacerations to his face and wrist. Due to the severity of his injuries, deputies were not able to question him about the circumstances of his stabbing before he was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment. While on the scene with the male victim, deputies received additional calls about the stabbing, including one from Hi-Desert Medical Center to say that a second victim was at the hospital. Deputies went to the hospital and learned from the victim that her sister, Indica Carey, 22, had been arguing with her and the male victim and stabbed them both. Deputies searched for Carey and found her in the 74500 block of Baseline Road. Carey allegedly identified herself as another sister, even after she was told she was being taken into custody. Indica Carey was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, false impersonation, and committing a felony while out on bail. Deputies also said Carey refused to give her fingerprints when she was being booked into the West Valley Detention Center, where her bail was set at $50,000.

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“FIGHT FLU TOGETHER” CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

This year, a flu shot is more important than ever. That’s why San Bernardino County, California hospitals, physicians and public health officials are joining with a the Centers Disease Control and other agencies to launch the “FightFluTogether” campaign. Ernest Figueroa has more information from the CDC…

This fall and winter, flu viruses and COVID-19 may both spread. If you are an essential worker, or have to be out, protect yourself and others from respiratory viruses. A spokeswoman from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these tips.

“Mask up. Wear a mask over your nose and mouth. Keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. Lather up; wash your hands with soap and water.”

The “FightFluTogether” website features links to help Californians locate a flu shot provider quickly, as well as useful facts to protect yourself during flu season, and timely news articles.

“Roll up your sleeve and get your annual flu vaccine.”

https://www.fightflutogether.org

The Fight Flu Together campaign aims to underscore the importance of getting a flu shot as California works to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and preserve scarce health care resources for those in need.

“As we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, flu shots are important to keeping you healthy and key to keeping people out of hospitals,” said Carmela Coyle, California Hospital Association President & CEO. “More people getting flu shots will ensure that hospitals are not overburdened and remain able to treat COVID-19 patients. Because the symptoms of flu are similar to those of COVID-19, limited resources like testing supplies, personal protective equipment, and medical devices can be maximized if the number of flu cases is kept down.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42.9% of California adults and 63.5% of children age six months to 17 got a flu shot during the 2018-19 season. The goal of the “FightFluTogether” campaign is to increase those percentages this year.

The centerpiece of the “FightFluTogether” campaign is a website — that features links to the CDC’s VaccineFinder, to help Californians locate a flu shot provider quickly, as well as useful facts to help you protect yourself during flu season, and timely news articles. The site will be available in both English and Spanish language versions. CHA also has developed a public service announcement in Spanish and English that will be distributed to news agencies throughout the state.

Flu shots are an inexpensive (in many cases free), safe, and simple (often you don’t even need to get out of your car) way to avoid getting sick and possibly ending up in the hospital. With few exceptions, the CDC recommends a flu vaccine for anyone 6 months and older.

According to the CDC, an influenza vaccination can help reduce the overall effects of respiratory illnesses on the population. Engaging in best practices such as hand washing, wearing masks, and social distancing can also help fight the flu and reduce hospital visits and the strain on the health care system.

“Don’t ignore your health, especially not this year,” Coyle said. “The flu is a potentially deadly disease and getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your friends.”

TWO MORE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VANDALISM

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two more men who are suspected of vandalizing Yucca Valley High School earlier this month. During the early morning hours of September 1, the school’s surveillance system caught three male suspects as they entered the school campus and started breaking windows and damaging numerous classrooms and buildings during the next two hours. Damages were estimated to be in excess of $18,000.

Detectives identified one of the suspects as a 17-year-old juvenile. Armed with a search warrant, deputies went to his home in the 7500 block of Church Street in Yucca Valley the next day and found evidence linking him to the crime. The boy, who was not identified due to his age, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and felony vandalism, and booked into the Juvenile Detention Facility.

On September 14, detectives identified a second suspect in the vandalism as Alex Krisinski, 20, of Yucca Valley. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was taken into custody the same day on suspicion of burglary and vandalism, and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

The third suspect was identified as Johnathon Ferguson, 20, of Yucca Valley. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday, September 28, and Ferguson surrendered to detectives at the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station Monday. Johnathon Ferguson was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism and burglary, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

The Sheriff’s Department asked for the public’s help in identifying this man who is suspected of vandalizing Yucca Valley High School during the night of September 1. Courtesy photo
The Sheriff’s Department asked for the public’s help in identifying this man who is suspected of vandalizing Yucca Valley High School during the night of September 1. Courtesy photo

WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR IN YUCCA VALLEY SUNDAY NIGHT

A woman was hit by a car while she was walking home from work in Yucca Valley Sunday night. County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said the 23-year-old woman was walking home on Balsa Avenue when she was hit by a 2006 Acura that was being driven northbound on Balsa. The driver told Sheriff’s deputies he heard a thump about 10:05 p.m.; he stopped his vehicle and turned around, at which time he saw a woman lying on the ground and screaming near Spring Drive. A friend of the family said the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries; she was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. A Sheriff’s report said the driver had a dashcam video that showed the woman walking in the road with no streetlights in the area.

MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD AREA 2

The Morongo Unified School District will have two seats to fill on its Board of Education during the upcoming November election: one seat for Area 1 and one seat for Area 2. Reporter Andrew Dieleman introduces us to Patrick Crow and Cathy Nelson, the two candidates running for Area 2…

Candidate Dr. Patrick Crow is retired from the Marine Corp Communication-Electronics School, is a father of MUSD students, and has been a permanent Morongo Basin resident since 2007.

“I think [the school district] is stuck in mental models that are slowing [its] progress and I think it’s time [for the school district] to just do better [for students]. I think [the school district also] needs to start creating and looking at [student] data a whole lot better.”

Candidate Cathy Nelson is a retired MUSD teacher of 21 years, former negotiator and chair member of the Morongo Teacher’s Association, and 22-year resident of the Morongo Basin.

“I really value public education and I understand how to provide education success[fully] from inside the classroom, from across the negotiating table, and from the needs of the community.”

Candidate Dr. Patrick Crow

Candidate Dr. Patrick Crow:

Q) How long have you been a resident of the Morongo Bason?

A) “I have lived in the Morongo Basin three separate times while traveling for the Marine Corp. I moved here in 1996, then again in 2000, and in 2007 I moved here again and called it my permanent home.

Q) What is your work background?

A) “I am retired from the Marine Corp. I served as an infantryman for my first four years, then transferred to Communications Electronics Maintenance, and spent my last 5 years at the Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School aboard the Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center as a chief instructor and curriculum developer. My Doctorates degree is in Higher Educational Leadership with a specialization in K-12 learning analytics.

Q) Do you have experience serving on boards, with the school district, or in any political setting?

A) “I’ve never worked in a political setting or on a board, but I have served on student councils and committees throughout the school district over the years and have been attending MUSD meeting on and off for the past ten years.

Q) If elected, what do you plan to accomplish?

A) “I believe that the school district can do better for its students. I believe the school district is stuck in mental models that are slowing its progress. Much of my personal philosophy on education leadership stems from Dr. Peter Sengi, a senior lecturer at MIT, who theorized five blocks to learning organization: Systems thinking, Personal mastery, Mental models, Building shared vision, and Team learning. I believe that these are five disciplines that any learning organization, including MUSD, should be applying. We need to work together to build [cooperative] teams, not just as students, but as teachers, administrators, and staff. I would also like to create a better system of collecting and analyzing hard data to help move the board from subjective decision making to data-driven decision making.”

Candidte Cathy Nelson

Candidate Cathy Nelson:

Q) How long have you been a resident of the Morongo Bason?

A) “I’m heading into my 22nd year of living in the Morongo Basin.”

Q) What is your work background?

A) “I am now retired, but I taught for 21 years in the Morongo Unified School District.”

Q) Do you have experience serving on Boards, with the school district, or in any political setting?

A) “Yes. Aside from teaching, I served on many MUSD committees at the time reviewing topics ranging from safety plans to curriculum instruction. I also served as a PTO President, as a member and chair of a school site council, and on the Morongo Teachers Association as chair of communication for the safety committee and on the negotiations team.”

Q) If elected, what do you plan to accomplish?

A) “I see serving on the MUSD Board of Education as my next step of community service as an education professional. I understand how to successfully provide education from inside the classroom, from across the negotiating table, and from the needs of a community. I highly value public education and look forward to the opportunity to be a member of the Board of Education to help continue providing education to students.”