HOMICIDE SUSPECTED IN DEATH OF MAN FOUND IN PIONEERTOWN

A man was found dead Sunday morning inside a vehicle in Pioneertown, and Sheriff’s deputies suspect foul play. According to the Sheriff’s department, authorities were called about 9:10 a.m. to the area of Skyline Ranch Road and Pioneertown Road. Deputies found Charles Brown, 63, of Yucca Valley, dead inside a

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JOSHUA TREE MAN SERVING WITH NAVY

Quartermaster 3rd Class Jake Bigornia, from Joshua Tree, is assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (Bon hum Re shard) LHD-6. The Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group. The strike group is operating in the Indo-Asian-Pacific region to enhance partnerships and is

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATIONS

A Yucca Valley woman who pleaded guilty to a strong arm robbery earlier this year was arrested Thursday for violating her probation. Sandra Shorer, 30, went to the Stater Brothers grocery story February 1, and attempted to leave the store without paying for items she had concealed in her backpack.

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PROSECUTION LAYS OUT ITS CASE AGAINST ACCUSED DOUBLE MURDERER

The prosecution laid ots its case yesterday against a Marine accused of killing two women in Twentynine Palms March 24. Reporter David Haldane was in court and files this story…

Rafael Aikens will stand trial for double murder. That’s the upshot of yesterday’s preliminary hearing at which the prosecution outlined

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ACCUSED DOUBLE MURDERER IN COURT TODAY

The man accused of killing two Twentynine Palms women is in a Joshua Tree courtroom today, as the prosecution lays out its case against him in a preliminary hearing. Law enforcement officials believe Rafael Aikens, 22, a machine-gunner attached to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment aboard the Combat Center, shot

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VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN TUESDAY’S FATAL PEDESTRIAN CRASH IN YUCCA VALLEY

The driver of the car that hit and killed a pedestrian in Yucca Valley yesterday never saw the victim until he was on his windshield, according to the Sheriff’s deputy who investigated the accident. Deputy Ryan Arthurton said Bruce Ball, 67, of Yucca Valley, was crossing Highway 62 near Barberry

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MAN KILLED WHILE CROSSING HIGHWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TUESDAY MORNING

A man crossing the Highway in Yucca Valley was struck and killed by a motorist early this morning. The pedestrian was crossing State Route 62 at Barberry at about 5:15 am when he was hit in the number 1 lane by a westbound Toyota Corolla. The driver immediately pulled over

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JOSHUA BASIN PRECAUTIONARY WATER BOIL ORDER LIFTED SUNDAY

After more than two days of being told to boil their water or to use bottled water, customers of Joshua Basin Water District were assured Sunday afternoon that it was safe to use tap water without boiling it prior to drinking or cooking with it. The water district issued the

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YUCCA VALLEY STREETS TO GET SLURRY SEAL NEXT WEEK

Some Yucca Valley streets will receive slurry seal treatments in the next week. Slurry seal preserves the existing pavement and prevents the asphalt road from deteriorating to the point that road reconstruction is necessary. It’s a highly cost effective tool for maintaining existing roads. The contractor will provide notice to

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COUPLE MISSING IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Rescuers are searching for a missing couple in Joshua Tree National Park. According to a park spokesman, a ping of the man’s cell phone was recorded at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 27, inside the park. A car belonging to the couple was found in the vicinity of the Maze Loop,

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT ISSUES BOIL ORDER

The Joshua Basin Water District issued a “boil order” Friday morning, warning its water customers to boil tap water for drinking or cooking purposes. A water main pipe broke Thursday night, and as a safety precaution, residents are urged to either use bottled water, and not drink tap water without

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT ISSUES BOIL ORDER

The Joshua Basin Water District issued a precautionary “boil order” Friday morning, warning its water customers to boil tap water for drinking or cooking purposes. A water main pipe broke Thursday night, and as a safety precaution, residents are urged to either use bottled water, and not drink tap water

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MAN KILLED WHEN HIS MOTORCYCLE CRASHES INTO CAR IN YUCCA VALLEY

A motorcycle rider was killed in a high-speed crash in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening. According to a Sheriff’s report, Bryce Sterling, 25, of Yucca Valley was traveling northbound on Old Woman Springs Road about 6 p.m. on his 2016 Harley Davidson motorcycle in heavy traffic at speeds estimated between 80

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CAB DRIVER ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of an armed robbery of a cab in Twentynine Palms Sunday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, the driver was in her cab near Sunset Road and North Star Avenue when about 9:30 p.m., an unknown man opened the passenger door, pointed a

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BOY HIT BY CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SATURDAY NIGHT, SERIOUSLY INJURED

A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured about 9:20 p.m. Saturday night when he was hit by a car . According to County Fire Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle, the boy was walking eastbound on Highway 62 at Utah Trail when he was hit by a car, also traveling eastbound on the

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TWENTYNINE PALMS RECREATION OFFERING A VOLLEYBALL CLINIC

The Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department and Twentynine Palms High School volleyball coaches will be offering a volleyball clinic to girls and boys entering fourth through seventh grades. The clinic will teach the fundamentals of the game as well as specific skills to help participants play the game with

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST SPECIAL AT JOSHUA TREE VFW SUNDAY

The Joshua Tree Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7264 will serve up Cindy’s pancake breakfast special Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. And don’t forget Taco Wednesday from 11 to 1. The Post is located at 6402 Veterans Way in downtown Joshua Tree.

WITH A CRITICAL BLOOD SHORTAGE, A BLOOD DRIVE AT WAL-MART TOMORROW

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors of all types. During the last two months, about 61,000 fewer donations were given, causing a significant draw-down of the Red Cross blood supply, as blood donations are being

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MAJOR ROADWORK ON THE YUCCA GRADE STARTS MONDAY

Get ready for possible delays going down the Yucca Grade for the rest of the year. Two years ago, CalTrans installed temporary delineators between east- and westbound lanes on Highway 62 in Morongo Valley to reduce the number of head-on crashes. The project has been deemed a success, and starting

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF POLITICAL RETRIBUTION

In the rough and tumble world of state politics, Yucca Valley-based Assembly minority leader Chad Mayes has become the latest target. Mayes, who just joined with seven other Republicans in voting for an extension of a prominent California climate change policy, is being accused of an extra marital affair and

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