CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRL

Southern California’s only law-enforcement based wish-granting charity made sure Christmas came early for a Twentynine Palms girl yesterday. Santa, riding on a fire engine from the Twentynine Palms Fire Department, along with a convoy of Sheriff’s patrol cars, pulled up in front of Adalynn Pierce’s house in Twentynine Palms Tuesday

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BRICKS VALUED AT $10,000 STOLEN FROM COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a major theft at Copper Mountain College. According to a Sheriff’s report, about 3 a.m. Sunday morning, someone stole $10,000 worth of bricks from a pallet from a construction site at the college. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff’s Department at 760-366-4175.

DRIVER KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING TWENTYNINE PALMS CRASH IDENTIFIED

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s office has identified the woman who was killed in a crash in Twentynine Palms Friday morning as Samantha Reyes, 19, of Joshua Tree. According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Randy O’Brien, Reyes, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING WOMAN BY SETTING HER ON FIRE

A Yucca Valley man was convicted Thursday of the 2011 torture and burning death of his ex-girlfriend, Maria Banuelos. A Rancho Cucamonga jury found 43-year-old Hector Meza guilty of one count of first degree murder, with the jury finding true the special circumstances that the murder was committed during

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FATAL CRASH IN TWENTYNINE PALMS FRIDAY MORNING

A woman was killed and a man critically injured in a head-on crash in Twentynine Palms early this morning. According to CHP Officer Randy O’Brien, Samantha Reyes, 19, was driving a gray 2006 Toyota Tundra pickup truck southbound on Lear Avenue at a speed greater than 55 miles per hour,

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN’S CONVICTION FOR RAPING A 12-YEAR-OLD GIRL UPHELD

A state appeals court Wednesday upheld a former Yucca Valley resident’s conviction for breaking into a Claremont home and raping a 12-year old girl. The three-justice panel rejected the defense’s contention that the trial court’s failure to grant Joseph Chandler Davall’s motion for a change of venue from Pomona deprived

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CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE

CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE Christopher Lee was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole Tuesday for the murder of Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms. Corwin’s husband, mother and sister gave victim impact statements prior to the sentencing, in which they stressed how her

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PREGNANT WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN JOSHUA TREE

Following up on a report of a dead body, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 6800 block of Mt. Shasta Avenue in Joshua Tree at about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Deputies found a 35-year-old woman who was seven months pregnant lying face down inside a Winnebago parked at the location.

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SWAT TEAM CALLED FOR ARMED BARRICADED SUSPECT IN MORONGO VALLEY

The County Sheriff’s responded to a Morongo Valley home last night in what turned into an all-night standoff with SWAT team and air support. About 7:50 p.m. the Sheriff’s department received a call from the suspect’s mother after 35-year-old Luke Schrader began demonstrating bizarre and violent behavior. According to the

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BURGLAR DISCOVERED SLEEPING IN A YUCCA VALLEY HOME THANKSGIVING MORNING

Many of us take comfort in sleeping off a big turkey dinner on Thanksgiving Day; but there are circumstances when such a rest might not be recommended. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… A Yucca Valley resident awoke to an unwelcome surprise on Thanksgiving. According to the Sheriff Department, a resident of

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AUDITIONS FOR “SYLVIA” AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

The 2017 season opener at Theatre 29 is the hilarious comedy, “Sylvia.” Director Eddie Tucker has open auditions tomorrow at 6 p.m. “Sylvia” is a smart, silly, sophisticated, and occasionally salty comedy about relationships, nature, and growing older. All roles are available. Sylvia should be 18- to 28-years-old, this character

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WINE AND CHEESE PARTY TO BENEFIT NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

A wine and cheese party will be held November 29 to benefit the Morongo Basin’s only no-kill animal shelter. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Joshua Tree Art Gallery, on the highway in downtown Joshua Tree. Admission is $10, and proceeds benefit the animal shelter. The event is

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“A CHRISTMAS STORY” PERFORMS THREE SHOWS THIS WEEKEND AT THEATRE 29

The classic holiday favorite “A Christmas Story” is live on stage at Theatre 29. It opened last weekend and continues its run with three performances this weekend. Tonight November 25 at 7 p.m. Saturday the 26 also at 7 and this Sunday the 27 there’s a 2:30 matinee. This Christmas

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TOMORROW IS THANKSGIVING DAY, PUBLIC OFFICES AND SERVICES WILL BE CLOSED

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, most public offices, state, county and local municipalities will be closed. The San Bernardino County Court will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Morongo Basin Transit Authority will NOT operate service on Thursday, November 24 in observance of

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER DRIVING INTO HER EX-BOYFRIENDS HOUSE

A 31-year-old woman ran into some trouble Sunday afternoon … quite literally. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Viridiana Garrett drove to her ex-boyfriend’s house in the 56100 block of Onaga Trail in Yucca Valley just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Garrett attempted to drive off after learning her ex-boyfriend was not

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN FLEES AFTER CRASH, HELD FOR DUI HIT AND RUN

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of causing a crash on the highway, and then fleeing the scene. Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Arthurton was called to Twentynine Palms Highway and Indian Cove Road just before 5 p.m. Friday for a two-vehicle crash. When he arrived, he found that an

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$14 MILLION GRANT FOR SALTON SEA RESTORATION PROJECT

The Salton Sea wetland habitat restoration project has received a $14 million grant to sustain migrating birds and fish in the sea. The California Department of Water Resources will use the voter-approved bond funds to build about 640 acres of wetlands where the New River flows into the sea northwest

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EIGHTH ANNUAL GOURD FESTIVAL IN YUCCA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND

The eighth annual gourd festival is coming to Yucca Valley this weekend. This free event at the Yucca Valley Community Center will include shopping, a gourd art show, adult classes, food, and pony rides. Vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice award. Hours are 9 to 4 Saturday, November

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR RONALD PALMER HAS DIED

Ronald Palmer, a member of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Directors and Twentynine Palms resident, died Wednesday evening. Palmer, who was just re-elected to the school board, had been a member of the school board since 2007. Palmer retired after teaching math at Twentynine Palms Junior High. He

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LONGTIME TEACHER AND BOARD MEMBER RONALD PALMER PASSES AWAY

The Morongo Unified School District is sad to announce the passing of Board Member Ronald Palmer.

Mr. Palmer served with distinction as a math teacher and trustee, with over three decades of service to the Morongo Basin. He was very dedicated to the students of Morongo Unified and we

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