TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF THREE MINORS

Martin Gutierrez

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday, accused of sexual abuse of three minors. In November 2019, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of sexual abuse of a child. The victim told Deputies about sexual abuse by Martin Gutierrez, 53, of Twentynine Palms. A months-long investigation from Sheriff’s Detectives revealed a total of three victims: one 10-year-old victim and two 14-year-old victims. Deputies issued a warrant for Gutierrez’s arrest on multiple felony crimes. Deputies located and arrested Gutierrez on October 28 in Twentynine Palms. Martin Gutierez was arrested for investigation of sexual penetration of a minor under 10 years old, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years old, and lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years old by force. Gutierrez was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $1,250,000.

EARLY VOTING STARTS TOMORROW

San Bernardino County reminds residents that they can vote early at their assigned polling place beginning Saturday, October 31. Polls will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents can find their assigned polling location on the back of their voter information guide, or search for your polling place at the link below. While voters can vote at any polling location in the county, for the most efficient and quickest process, use your assigned polling place.

https://www.sbcountyelections.com/Voting/PPL/2020/1103.aspx

TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL DISCUSSES BIRTH CONTROL FOR RATS

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council, Managing editor Tami Roleff says the council heard a report from the city’s animal control supervisor about ways to reduce the city’s rat population. Who knew there was birth control for rodents?…

“It’s a two-chemical liquid. It throws the female rat into menopause and it inhibits the production of the male sperm. It metabolizes really quick in their system, up to 20 minutes, so it’s okay if an owl picks it up.”

Twentynine Palms Animal Control Supervisor Rick Boyd said several big cities such as New York, Boston, and Chicago, are using birth control to control their rodent populations. He said that contraception provides better population control than traps or poison.

“If you don’t get every single rat out of the colony, they’re going to rebound. Because when you start lowering the numbers of these rats, they breed quicker and quicker to get their colony back up.”

Council members were intrigued by the idea, and asked for an update on the city’s rat infestation in six months, and for estimates about cost of using the birth control.

SHOTS FIRED AT A JOSHUA TREE HOME

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in a shooting at a Joshua Tree house Tuesday. About 6:45 p.m., a resident in the 60400 block of Natoma Trail called to report that someone had shot a gun at the house. A bullet hole was found in the side of the home, and the bullet was found in the home’s bathroom. No one was injured. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

TWO MORONGO BASIN MEN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA VALLEY

A reported shoplifting in Yucca Valley Wednesday lead to a high-speed pursuit through residential neighborhoods and the arrest of two Morongo Basin men. About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Big Lots store in Yucca Valley for a report of shoplifting in progress. When Deputies arrived, the suspect, later identified as Douglas Lane, 37 of Joshua Tree, was seen loading merchandise into the trunk of his car. When Deputies arrived, Lane fled the scene with his passenger, later identified as Jeremy Magness, 25 of Yucca Valley. The Deputy attempted to intercept the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. Lane led the Deputy on a 2-mile pursuit through residential neighborhoods at speeds of over 70 mph. Lane finally stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody. Deputies recovered more than $600 worth of stolen merchandise from the trunk of Lane’s vehicle. Douglas Lane was arrested for investigation of shoplifting and felony reckless evading, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $100,000. Jeremy Magness was arrested for public intoxication and for a felony no-bail warrant, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $15,000.