DEPUTIES RAID ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW IN LUCERNE VALLEY

At least one person was arrested Thursday, accused of illegally cultivating marijuana. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Division went to a location near Cottonwood Springs and LaFon Roads in Lucerne Valley about 4:30 Thursday where they found an illegal marijuana grow, along with a suspect, identified as David Torres,

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CHRISTOPHER LEE CONFESSES IN COURT TO KILLING ERIN CORWIN

Christopher Lee dropped a bombshell in court Thursday morning when he confessed to killing Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms. According to the Hi-Desert Star, Lee said he strangled his lover and neighbor because she molested his young daughter, and he testified that he wasn’t going to allow anyone to

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of Christopher Lee, who is accused of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014. This week, the county’s chief medical examiner admitted under cross-examination by Lee’s attorney that Corwin’s strangulation could have happened as much as a day

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JET CRASHES AT TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE BASE, PILOT EJECTS AND IS UNINJURED

A Marine Corps pilot escaped serious injury when his jet crashed and burned at the Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms Tuesday. Shortly after 6 p.m., A Marine Corps spokesman said the F/A-18 Hornet had touched down on the base and after he touched down, the pilot ejected.

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NO MAJOR DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER THUNDERSTORMS BRING MUCH NEEDED RAIN

The season’s first major thunderstorm blasted the region with more than 1,000 lightning bolts in 24 hours, and more than an inch of rain doused the San Bernardino Mountains, says the National Weather Service. The top three rainfall amounts fell in Crestline, 1.67 inches, Twin Peaks, 1.66, and Lake Arrowhead,

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13 KILLED, 31 INJURED IN HORRENDOUS BUS VS. BIG RIG CRASH ON I-10 NEAR S.R. 62

Thirteen people died and 31 were injured—most of them as they slept—when a tour bus slammed into the back of a semi-truck on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs before dawn Sunday, October 23. CHP Investigators said the Alhambra-based USA Holiday charter bus carrying 44 passengers was returning to the Los

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS TO LIFE FOR KILLING FRIEND ON DARE

The man convicted of shooting his friend in the mouth on a dare was sentenced Friday to 18 years to life. Brock Myers, 25, was horsing around with a gun after a night of drinking with his friend, Steven Kohus, 26, in March 2014 in the 7300 block of Saladin

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS MONDAY

Monday, October 24, is the deadline to register to vote for the 2016 presidential general election. Voters who are already registered should re-register to vote if they have changed their name, address, or party affiliation. Residents may register to vote online at SBCountyElections.com. Voter registration applications are also available at

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CHRISTOPHER LEE TRIAL UPDATE: WEEK TWO IN THE COURTROOM

The trial of Christopher Lee, the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering his former next-door-neighbor and lover, 19-year-old Erin Corwin, and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago, finished its second week Wednesday. Sheriff’s investigators described finding Corwin’s body at the bottom

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STATE SUPREME COURT DENIES DOLLAR GENERAL APPEAL

It appears that after five years of opposing the construction of a Dollar General store in Joshua Tree, the fight is over. Last week, the California State Supreme Court denied a petition from the Joshua Tree Downtown Business Alliance for review of a ruling in June by the Fourth District

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STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL AT 10:20 TOMORROW MORNING

The annual Great California Shake Out earthquake drill on Thursday, October 20, at 10:20 a.m. will involve more than 10 million people. Listen to Z107.7 as radio personality Pat Michaels leads you in the Shake Out earthquake drill. Before Thursday, make sure you, your family, and co-workers or students know

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TWO BODIES FOUND AT A WONDER VALLEY HOME, DECEASED FOR WEEKS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is investigating two bodies that were found in a Wonder Valley home Saturday morning. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a friend went to the home in the 80500 block of Norman Road about 8:20 a.m. and discovered the front door was wide open and a

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SUMMARY OF FIRST WEEK OF CHRISTOPHER LEE’S MURDER TRIAL

The trial of the former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin and dumping her body in a mine shaft east of Twentynine Palms two years ago started Tuesday in a San Bernardino County courtroom. In his opening statement, Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty told jurors that a

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COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE TAKES OVER NURSING SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Copper Mountain College is taking over a nursing scholarship for its students. Reporter Mike Lipsitz offers more details… This year, the Martie Avels Registered Nursing Scholarships will fund the RN education of multiple students at Copper Mountain College. Martie Avels is a former emergency room nurse and Interim CEO at

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UPDATE ON SHOOTING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS EARLY TUESDAY

The Sheriff’s Department has released more information about a shooting in Twentynine Palms early Tuesday morning. According to a press release, deputies were called to the 72600 block of Indian Trail just after midnight Tuesday morning, and found two men, Robert Ash Junior, 29, and Norman Nelson, 54, both of

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BIG CROWD AT HOMELESS OUTREACH EVENT

Veterans affairs officials were surprised at the impressive turnout for last week’s Homeless Veterans Outreach Event in Joshua Tree. Reporter David Haldane was there and files this report…

The crowd was unexpected. Anyone passing VFW Post 7264 in Joshua Tree last Thursday would have noticed something awry. What they might

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PAUL MCCARTNEY PLAYED PAPPY AND HARRIET’S LAST NIGHT

Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance at Pappy and Harriet’s in Pioneertown Thursday night. The local honky-tonk and performance venue posted on Facebook Thursday morning that lines would form at 3 p.m. Thursday for people to buy the $50 tickets, which wouldn’t even go on sale until 6:30 p.m. for

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FORMER YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN & UNBORN CHILD KILLED BY FORMER TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE

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A former resident of Yucca Valley and her unborn child were shot and killed by her husband, a former Twentynine Palms Marine, in Prescott, Arizona, Saturday, October 8. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says 41-year-old Kenneth Blair of Prescott was booked for the murder of his wife, 41-year-old Delissa Blair.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in Palms Springs early this morning. The California Highway Patrol said Austin Ulshafer, 29, from Cathedral City was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash. CHP Investigators said Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER

A Joshua Tree woman who threw a drink on a Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday afternoon, along with her companion. According to a Sheriff’s report, the deputy stopped Gerald Shaw, 28, and Shelby Moses, 23, both of Joshua Tree near Hopi Trail and Santa Fe Trail about 4:30 p.m. After

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