The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a shooting that killed one person and injured two others in Joshua Tree Wednesday. Just before 2 p.m., Teri Weller, 63, heard a shot inside a house in the 4400 block of Sunever Road. When she went inside, she found Geri Weller, 63, suffering from a gunshot wound. Gene Weller, 89, was also in the room armed with a handgun; Teri was able to wrestle the gun away from him. Moments later, Dondi Moore, 51, entered the room and warned Teri that Gene had armed himself with a second handgun. Almost immediately, Gene shot Moore; Teri, fearing for her safety, then shot Gene. Gene Weller remains hospitalized in critical condition; Moore is also hospitalized and is expected to survive. Geri Weller died at the scene. The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.
The National Weather Services is forecasting a drastic change in weather this weekend. Temperatures are expected to drop 20 to 30 degrees Saturday and Sunday, with a chance of precipitation. Ernest Figueroa has this warning from CalTrans if you plan to travel to the mountains this weekend…
Motorists are advised to bring chains to mountain regions as chain control will be in effect in higher elevations. Caltrans is advising motorists of the state highways that have been affected by recent wildfires and may be subject to closure or delays due to rock fall or debris flows:
- State Route 38 from Bryant to Lake Williams (possible closure limits).
- Big Bear-bound motorists are advised to use SR 18 and SR 330 and avoid SR 38 in the event there are delays or closures related to the El Dorado burn scar.
Caltrans crews are set to begin 12 hours shifts (24/7) throughout the storm event. Chain installers will be available on mountain routes for your safety and convenience. DO NOT install your chains in travel lanes. Use designated turnouts for chain installation.
For weather updates, go to weather.gov/sgx/
We have more information about four people who were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms Wednesday night. County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock said at 10:07 p.m., firefighters were called to the intersection of Sherman Hoyt Avenue and the highway for a pick-up truck that had rolled over. According to a Sheriff’s press release, the silver Toyota Tundra pick-up truck was traveling westbound on the highway when for unknown reasons, the driver, Damion Sloan, 23, of Twentynine Palms, lost control. The Tundra struck the side berm on the south side of the highway and flipped multiple times. Sloan was thrown from the truck and pinned underneath it. Robin Wright, 21, and Justin Snyder, 21, both of Twentynine Palms, were also ejected and suffered major injuries. A fourth passenger, Xavier Truckey, 19, of Twentynine Palms, was wearing a seatbelt and sustained only minor injuries. Sloan, Wright, and Snyder were taken to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries; Truckey was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center as a precaution.
The Department of the Interior announced recently that veterans and Gold Star families will receive free entrance to national parks. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information…
The Department of the Interior announced recently that entrance fees for national parks, and standard amenity fees for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation sites will be waived as of November 11 for veterans and Gold Star families. Veterans are defined as anyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces, including the National Guard and the Reserves, and who has a DOD ID card, veteran health ID card, veteran ID card, or a veteran’s designation on a state-issued US driver’s license or ID card.Gold Star families are next of kin of a family member of the U.S. armed forces who died while serving in a conflict. Active-duty military members already qualify for free passes to national parks. Free or discounted passes are available for the disabled; fourth grade students, and seniors age 62 or older. In addition, entrance fees to national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, are waived for everyone on Veterans Day, November 11.
As the San Bernardino County elections office continues to count ballots, the results have changed for Measure J, a measure sponsored by the board of supervisors to amend the county charter. On Wednesday morning, Measure J had failed, but by Thursday afternoon, it had passed by 30 votes. However, Measure K, a citizen’s initiative to amend the county charter, was passed overwhelmingly, by a two-to-one margin. Under election rules, the measure with the most votes wins, so the county charter will be amended according to Measure K, which will limit supervisors to one term and limit their compensation to $60,000. As the counting continues, there have been no changes in the results of close local races.
As Morongo Basin residents wait for the results of the presidential elections, Z107.7 will air live updates on the ongoing vote count every hour on the hour. Tune in for the latest from ABC news on the election and other national news at the top of every hour right here on Z107.7 FM.