MAN ARRESTED AFTER HE’S FOUND DRIVING A STOLEN CAR IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Colton man was arrested in Yucca Valley Monday after deputies determined he was driving a stolen car. Deputies were patrolling about 3 a.m. Monday morning near Highway 62 and Dumosa Avenue in Yucca Valley when they say a Chevrolet Impala traveling westbound on the highway. A records check showed that the car had been reported stolen in Rialto on October 8. Deputies stopped the car and the driver, Frederick Douglas, 35, allegedly admitted to deputies that he had stolen the car. Frederick Douglas was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

ARREST MADE AFTER SHORT PURSUIT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Victorville man was arrested Thursday, October 8, following a short pursuit in Twentynine Palms. A deputy attempted to stop a vehicle just before 1 p.m. for speeding 20 miles over the speed limit on Highway 62 near Mojave Avenue in Twentynine Palms. The driver, identified as Junar Collins, 19, failed to yield and drove recklessly for about a mile before stopping. Junar Collins was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $100,000.

BEWARE OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON SCAM

Recently, some Morongo Basin residents were called by people pretending to be employees of Southern California Edison. The callers said the residents had outstanding bills and demanded the customers make payments with prepaid cards over the telephone. Hilary Sloane offers these tips on how to avoid being a victim of these types of scams…

Imposters claiming to be from SoCal Edison are calling businesses and residents and telling them their electric bills are overdue. The caller demands immediate payment through a prepaid cash or debit card to avoid having their electricity disconnected. The scammers then collect the value deposited on the card. A Southern California Edison spokeswoman said SCE employees will never ask for payment over the phone on in person at a customer’s business or residence, nor does SoCal Edison accept PayPal payments. Customers should never give out personal information over the telephone. Do not call back the number given to you; use the phone number on your electric bill instead. Customers suspecting a fraudulent call should ask for the caller’s name, department, and business phone number, and then they should call SCE at 800-655-4555 to report the incident. For more ways customers can stay safe, see the safety tips at www.sce.com.

TWO ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY THURSDAY

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Thursday following a probation compliance check. Deputies went to a home in the 7400 block of Lucerne Vista in Yucca Valley about noon Thursday to make a probation compliance check on Marcus Corona, 26. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies found a large amount of suspected methamphetamine and heroin. Ronald Sartain, 34, who has a warrant out for his arrest, was also at the home. Marcus Corona was arrested for investigation of being in possession of drugs for sales and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000. Ronald Sartain was arrested for his warrant and is being held with no bail at the West Valley Detention Center.

DEPUTY FINDS METH DURING PROBATION COMPLIANCE CHECK

A deputy making a probation compliance check Monday afternoon arrested a Twentynine Palms man after he was allegedly found with drugs. A deputy went to check on Steven Carreon, 29, in the 6500 block of Oasis Avenue about 1:30 p.m. According to the Sheriff’s report, the deputy found a large amount of cash and multiple bags of methamphetamine and other narcotics in Carreon’s possession, who also allegedly admitted to selling the drugs. Steven Carreon was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of methamphetamine for sales and was booked into Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.