TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Friday morning, after his wife said he hit her and their baby. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman called just after 1 a.m. to say that she and her husband, Dezell Carroll, 27, had been arguing in the 71600 block of Cactus

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LANDERS MAN KILLED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING LUCERNE VALLEY CRASH

An early morning crash killed a Landers man in Lucerne Valley yesterday. The County Coroner’s office said Sunday, April 16, at approximately 6:39 a.m., officers with the California Highway Patrol responded to a 911 call of a single overturned vehicle traffic collision, located near Old Woman Springs Road and Lafon

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SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ASKS FOR HELP IN LOCATING MISSING YUCCA VALLEY MAN

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Yucca Valley man. George “Marty” McKissen left his home in the 56800 block of Little League Drive about 9:30 Friday morning to ride his blue “Huffy” mountain bike, and never returned home. McKissen has the mental capacity

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FREE PTSD COURSE OFFERED ABOARD THE TWENTYNINE PALMS COMBAT CENTER

Veterans and their families who need help dealing with post-traumatic stress syndrome and the after-effects of combat are invited to attend a free 12-week course at the Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the details… Reboot Recovery is not a support group, but a 12-week

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SUSPECTED OF DEALING METHAMPHETAMINE

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Wednesday, accused of dealing methamphetamine. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 7600 block of Mariquita Road in Landers about 9:40 a.m. due to a fight involving four to five people. When deputies arrived, they found Shawn Thayer, 39, who had

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LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER EASTER SERVICES

The Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association will hold an Easter sunrise at 6 a.m. Sunday, at the Rotary Shelter in Luckie Park on Joe Davis Drive in Twentynine Palms. The service is free and open to the public. For more information, call Pastor Steven Byrnes at 714-376-3898.

Gospel Fellowship Christian Center

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EASTER EGG HUNTS AND ACTIVITIES PLANNED THROUGHOUT OUR MORONGO BASIN

There will be all kinds of special events and church services in celebration of Easter this weekend, from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms. In addition to activities and church services, Easter egg hunts will be held all over our beautiful springtime Morongo Basin. The Twentynine Palms Fire Department Explorers will

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BAIL RAISED, COURT DATE SET, FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT

Double murder suspect Rafael Aikens was in Joshua Tree Superior court again Wednesday, and Judge Rodney Cortez acceded to the prosecution’s request to increase his bail. Aikens, 22, a Marine lance corporal assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7thMarine Regiment, was arrested two weeks ago on board the Combat Center. He is

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STATE ROUTE 62 GETTING $9.8 MILLION IN IMPROVEMENTS IN TWO PROJECTS

Construction started this week on a nine-mile project from the western border of Joshua Tree to the eastern border of Twentynine Palms. The $4.7 million project will add two-way left turn lanes and widen the existing shoulders to a standard eight feet. The California Department of Transportation says the project

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CHILD PLAYING WITH LIGHTER STARTS HOUSE FIRE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS MONDAY

A child playing with a lighter is responsible for a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday afternoon. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, a 16-year-old was babysitting two younger siblings at home in the 6100 block of Morongo Road when one of the younger children found a lighter

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE ACCUSED IN NORTH CAROLINA DOUBLE-FATAL HIT AND RUN

A Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms was arrested in connection to a hit-and-run that killed two teens and critically injured a third in North Carolina earlier this year. Davis Christian Stewart, 21, a private first class student in the Communication Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Communication Electronics School, was

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BRING CHILDREN, DOGS TO EARTHFEST IN JOSHUA TREE APRIL 15

EarthFest Joshua Tree is a family and earth-friendly day celebrating kids, animals and the planet! The free event takes place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, in the courtyard at Art Queen at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. The day’s activities include a Mutt Strut, where children

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS TO REPORT GRAFFITI, VANDALISM

Joshua Tree National Park, as well as many other parks across the country, has experienced a notable increase in visitation in recent years. With that increase also means an increase of graffiti and acts of intentional vandalism within the park. Park Superintendent David Smith says that while 99 percent of

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75-YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

A 75-year-old man was killed Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car in Desert Hot Springs. Police say the man, who has not yet been identified, was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Palm Drive and Ironwood Drive about 6 a.m. Witnesses said the man was

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SUSPECT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS DOUBLE MURDER ARRAIGNED TODAY

A Joshua Tree courtroom was filled Tuesday afternoon with family and friends, as well as Marines, of both the victims of a double murder, and the man accused of killing them. Rafael Aikens, 22, pleaded not guilty in his first court appearance since he was arrested for the murders of

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COUNTY DRAFTING ORDINANCE TO REGULATE VACATION HOME RENTALS

Short term or vacation rentals of private homes to out-of-towners has long been practiced by many local property owners looking for extra income. In the Morongo Basin’s unincorporated areas, the tradition has gone on unfettered, free from county oversight, permit fees, or regulations of any kind. All of that may

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ACTIVE-DUTY MARINE ARRESTED AFTER DOUBLE MURDER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

An active duty U.S. Marine stationed at the Twentynine Palms base, the suspect in a Twentynine Palms double murder, was arrested Thursday aboard the base. Homicide investigators say just after midnight, March 24, a 911 call was placed, stating that two women had been shot multiple times in the 7700

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK ASSOCIATION ART FESTIVAL 

The Joshua Tree National Park Association’s Art Festival has been celebrating the inspiration of nature for 25 years. This year’s festival, set for April 7 through 9, will feature 30 local and regional artists who will show and sell their work and share their personal interpretation of Joshua Tree National

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RELAY FOR LIFE THIS WEEKEND

The annual “Relay for Life” event, benefiting the American Cancer Society, is set today. Edica Gonzalez has more on the 12-hour fundraiser… Hundreds of local residents will join the fight against cancer in the Morongo Basin’s Relay for Life event, a 12-hour walkathon to raise money for the American Cancer

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SHERIFFS ARREST SUSPECT IN DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A suspect in a Twentynine Palms double-murder has been arrested aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine base. Sheriff’s investigators say a 911 call was placed at 12:03 a.m. Friday morning March 24th, stating that two people had been killed in the 7700 block of Bedouin Avenue. Arriving deputies found that Christy

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