TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday night, accused of hitting his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called a friend about 9:45 Thursday night to report her boyfriend had hit her. After an investigation, Morries Sowell, 23, was arrested for felony spouse abuse. Morries Sowell was booked

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BURGLARS STEAL POOL EQUIPMENT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Evidently some burglars needed equipment for a pool party in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, burglars stole patio furniture from the pool area of the community center in the 5900 block of Desert Knoll Drive Wednesday night. The furniture is described as dark brown plastic wicker including a

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LOCAL INPUT SOUGHT ON FEDERAL SOLAR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS COMPETITION

Do you have a great idea about a community solar program or project? Your idea could win you cash and help from the government to bring that idea to life. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says input is sought on the SunShot initiative… The U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is soliciting

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ANIMALS SEIZED FROM MORONGO VALLEY PROPERTY NOW AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION

In June, county animal control officers seized about 180 animals that were being housed on a property in Morongo Valley. Stephen Caro, who owned the Paws Rescue Ranch and most of the animals at 9333 Belle Vista Drive, describes the ranch as a sanctuary for senior, abandoned, abused, and neglected

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STEP INTO ART AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM TOMORROW

Visit Paris and the Louvre, and other art museums at an art-themed Family Fun Day in Yucca Valley Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 3. The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is hosting a free “Step into Art” day at the museum with a wide variety of arts and crafts activities, as

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT SUSPECTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of suspected embezzlement at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce. Just five months after taking over as president of the chamber’s board of directors, the board filed a report with the Sheriff’s Department July 22, accusing Carey Alderson of using the chamber’s credit

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JAMES WEBB GETS 26 YEARS TO LIFE FOR FATAL STABBING IN THE HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT

James Webb, the man convicted last month of stabbing a man to death in Yucca Valley nearly two years ago, was sentenced to 26 years to life in prison Monday. Webb, 36, killed John Rosin, 77, inside his RV while it was parked in the Home Depot parking lot in

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A RASH OF BB GUN VANDALISM IN YUCCA VALLEY SATURDAY NIGHT

At least seven people reported vandalism caused by a BB gun to their businesses and vehicles in Yucca Valley Saturday night. According to a Sheriff’s report, sometime Saturday night, unknown suspects shot a BB gun at four businesses in the 56900 and 55600 blocks of Yucca Trail and three vehicles

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS SENT TO HELP FIGHT SAND FIRE

Morongo Valley Fire Department received an emergency call Sunday afternoon to help form a strike team to help fight the Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita Valley. The emergency request meant the team, composed of Captain Andrew Arthen, Engineer Andrew Behrens, Firefighter Richard Gilmartin, and reserve Firefighter Rodriguez, left in

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HOME ENERGY EDUCATION WORKSHOP MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 25. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Reach Out office, 7255 Joshua Lane, Suite C in Yucca Valley. Call 909-723-1500 for an

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MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT THROUGH YUCCA MESA

A 53-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after a pursuit through the Yucca Mesa neighborhood in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies attempted to stop a black Honda that was driving westbound on Patrick Avenue about 1 p.m. for having a cracked windshield. The vehicle with out-of-state plates

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE SENTENCED FOR SENDING CHILDREN INTO DESERT

The Twentynine Palms couple arrested last week after three young children were found wandering in the desert without water or shoes pleaded guilty in a Joshua Tree courtroom Wednesday to child abuse. Mary Bell, 34—the mother of a 7-year- old girl, and 5- and 6-year- old boys—and her boyfriend, Gary

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE THROUGH YUCCA MESA

Two Yucca Valley men were arrested Tuesday following a high-speed pursuit through Yucca Mesa. According to limited details from a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to Aberdeen Drive and Avalon Avenue about 4 p.m. where they pursued a vehicle to a home in the 3800 block of Balsa Avenue. There

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ANOTHER SHOTS FIRED INVESTIGATION, THIS TIME IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Following a case of shots fired in Yucca Valley Saturday, Morongo Basin Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a case of shots fired in Twentynine Palms early Monday morning. According to a Sheriff’s report, a resident in the 7200 block of Utah Trail said a bullet came through his home’s window just

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SHOTS FIRED IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of shots fired in Yucca Valley Saturday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home near Joshua Lane and Warren Vista Avenue about 12:20 p.m. A woman told deputies that her boyfriend shot a revolver at her and her

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83-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SHOOTS HERSELF IN LEG

An 83-year-old Joshua Tree woman shot herself when her gun misfired Friday afternoon. According to a Sheriff’s report, the woman, who lives in the 61400 block of Verbena Road, was trying to render her .38 revolver safe when she accidentally pulled the trigger. The bullet grazed her knee, causing a

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FREE HOME ENERGY WORKSHOP OFFERED MONDAY

The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will hold a free home energy education workshop Monday, July 18. The workshop about the Home Energy Assistance Program will be held 9:30 to 3:30 at the Sportsman Club, 6225 Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree. Call 909-723-1500 for an appointment.

TWO ARRESTS AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE, ALLEGED STABBING, RESISTING ARREST

Two people were arrested following a domestic dispute that led to an alleged stabbing and resisting arrest. According to a Sheriff’s report, Gabriel Maldonado, 23, was at the Rite-Aid store in the 72200 block of 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms about 7:40 a.m. claiming that Antonia Amaro, 25, had

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TWO ARRESTED AFTER THREE CHILDREN ARE LEFT OUT IN THE DESERT AS PUNISHMENT

A Twentynine Palms mother and her boyfriend are accused of child abuse, after her children were found wandering in the desert Wednesday morning. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a resident found the 5-, 6-, and 7-year-old children alone in the desert near the 74600 block of Samarkand Avenue just after

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FATHER ARRESTED FOR BEATING UP DAUGHTER

A Twentynine Palms father was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of beating up his daughter. According to a Sheriff’s report, the teenager was at Twentynine Palms High School and told a mandated reporter that she was afraid to go home because she had hit her father during an argument the night

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