YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO RUN OVER DEPUTY ARRESTED THURSDAY

A man suspected of trying to run over a deputy during a pursuit in Yucca Valley last week was arrested Thursday. Deputies from the Special Investigations team say that a deputy attempted a traffic stop October 18 on a white Ford pick-up truck in the area of Hwy 62 and

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF SEX WITH 15-YEAR-OLD BABYSITTER

A Yucca Valley woman who investigators say began a sexual relationship with her children’s 15-year-old babysitter, then took the boy to Kentucky where the two lived together, is back in California facing charges of rape and lewd acts with a child. A Sheriff’s spokesman said Jenny Ann Koster, 32, pleaded

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT ON Z107.7 LIVE TOMORROW

A dramatic increase in the cost to visit Joshua Tree National Park, a new shuttle system, increase in visitors over-capacity and increasing, Desert Tortoise deaths, graffiti, and missing hikers found deceased. There is a lot going in in our backyard National Park and Superintendent David Smith will be on the

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THREE INJURED IN CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Three people were injured, two critically, in a crash in Morongo Valley late last night. Just before midnight, a car on Mountain View Trail pulled out onto westbound Highway 62 and into the path of a tow truck heading east on the highway. Two women in the car were critically

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PEDESTRIAN HIT AND KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY NIGHT IDENTIFIED

The County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the pedestrian killed in Twentynine Palms Sunday night. At 7:50 p.m., the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a traffic collision on Baseline Rd just west of Utah Trail in Twentynine Palms. Bruce Johnson, 48, of Yucca Valley, was walking

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL DISCUSSES CHANGING FROM AT-LARGE TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS

Under threat of an expensive lawsuit, government agencies will start discussing changing the way they elect members to their governing boards. Council members for Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, the school district, and area water districts are all “at large,” meaning that they are elected by the entire city, and not

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PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

A pedestrian was killed Sunday evening after he was hit by a car in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, the man, who has not yet been identified by the coroner’s office, was walking westbound on Baseline Road, west of Utah Trail, about 7:50 p.m. Astrid Johnson, 69, of

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NOAA FORECASTS DRIER, WARMER WINTER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (or NOAA) Climate Prediction Center released the U.S. Winter Outlook Thursday, with La Nina potentially emerging for the second year in a row as the biggest wildcard in how this year’s winter will shape up. La Nina has a 55- to 65-percent

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MISSING HIKERS' DEATHS CALLED MURDER-SUICIDE

The county coroner’s office has classified the deaths of two hikers who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park as a murder-suicide. Rachel Nguyen, 20, and Joseph Orbeso, 21, had been reported missing July 28 when they did not check out of their vacation rental in Joshua Tree, but all

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PUBLIC'S HELP SOUGHT IN FINDING MAN SUSPECTED OF ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a Twentynine Palms man suspected of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old girl. According to a Sheriff’s report, the girl was outside her home on Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms about 3 p.m. Thursday when a man, later identified as Freddie

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LANDERS MEN ATTACK MAN, HE TURNS TABLES AND STABS THEM 

A man who was lured out of his mother’s home to be beat up turned the tables on his assailants and stabbed them in Landers Thursday morning. According to the victim, who was identified only as being from Los Angeles, he was visiting his mother in Landers when they came

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HELICOPTER RESCUES HIKER IN 49 PALMS CANYON NEAR TWENTYNINE PALMS

A New York man was rescued by a Sheriff’s helicopter while he was hiking near 49 Palms Canyon in Twentynine Palms Tuesday afternoon. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Terrence Ohalloran called about 4:40 p.m. to report he had been hiking but was lost. He said he had a bottle of

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PEDESTRIAN HIT BY VEHICLE IN JOSHUA TREE TUESDAY NIGHT

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with identification of pedestrian and driver, and vehicle description.

 

A man was hit and seriously injured while crossing Highway 62 in downtown Joshua Tree Tuesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the man, Kurt Kandall, 54, of Twentynine Palms, was crossing the

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JOSHUA TREE MAN WHO SHOT TWO PEOPLE ACCEPTS PLEA BARGAIN AGREEMENT

A Joshua Tree man accused of shooting two people in Yucca Valley in 2015 accepted a plea bargain earlier this month for assault with a firearm and other charges. On April 15, 2015, Joseph Rojas, 23, went to a home in the 55600 block of Pueblo Trail where he started

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2 BODIES, POSSIBLY MISSING HIKERS, FOUND IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

After nearly three months of searching, it appears the bodies of the pair of hikers who have been missing in Joshua Tree National Park since July 27 have been found. Joshua Tree Search and Rescue reported that JOSAR searchers found the bodies Sunday morning. JOSAR said that Gilbert Orbeso, the

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9TH ANNUAL GOURD ART FESTIVAL COMING TO YUCCA VALLEY

Mark your calendars for the ninth annual gourd art festival, set for November 18 and 19 at the Yucca Valley Community Center. The free event will feature gourd artists and crafts vendors from all over southern California. In addition to the holiday shopping, there will be classes taught by renowned

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COUNTY ISSUES FIRE WEATHER WATCH

San Bernardino County has issued a fire weather watch for the weekend. Strong gusty winds from the San Bernardino County mountains are expected; some locations could have sustained winds of 25 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. Winds will increase Saturday morning, peak midday, calm

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SIX DESERT TORTOISES KILLED BY CARELESS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK VISITORS

In recent months, six desert tortoises—including one estimated to have been 80 years old—have been killed by motorists driving over them in Joshua Tree National Park. The tortoises have been killed in the park’s parking lots, campgrounds, and on the park’s roads. Joshua Tree National Park ranger George Land urges

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ITS JUST A DRILL: CHP TRAINING AT THE OLD JOSHUA TREE ELEMENTARY TODAY

The California Highway Patrol will be conducting training today (Thursday, October 12) at the old Joshua Tree Elementary School. Residents may see police activity in the area, as well as hear gunfire. Officers will conduct a training scenario using non-lethal rounds. The school grounds will be closed to the public,

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN BLOWS UP HIS HAND DRILLING INTO A 25MM ROUND

A Twentynine Palms man received serious injuries when a 25mm round blew up in his hand Friday evening. About 6:40 p.m., paramedics were called to the Marine housing area in the Vista Del Sol apartments. A Sheriff’s report says the unidentified man was on his back patio using a hand

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