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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WOMAN CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLING FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS PROBATION

A Joshua Tree woman who was convicted in September of embezzling from the Morongo Unified School District was sentenced to three years’ probation on Friday. Karin Buttinelli, 50, worked in the school district’s payroll and benefits office when she gave herself 68 hours of overtime that she did not earn

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BEWARE OF THE JURY DUTY SCAM

Con men are getting more aggressive in their attempts to part you with your money, or personal information. Reporter Rebecca Havely has this warning about the jury duty scam… The phone rings, you pick it up, and the caller identifies himself as an officer of the court. He says you

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JOSHUA TREE MOBILE HOME DESTROYED, GOATS DIE, IN FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

A mobile home burned to the ground, and at least three goats were killed, in a fire in Joshua Tree Friday morning. Battalion Chief Scott Tuttle said firefighters were called to the 3900 block of Border Avenue about 11:24 a.m. where they found the home fully engulfed in flames. Tuttle

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LANDERS AREA TIRE ROUND-UP THIS SATURDAY

The Landers landfill sits on 630 acres near the southern edge of Landers. It is the Morongo Basin’s primary landfill and can accept as much as 1,200 tons of refuse daily. All manner of things end up there, but almost no vehicle tires. Instead discarded vehicle tires can be found

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ENTRIES ACCEPTED FOR YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE

Entries are now being accepted for the 19th annual Yucca Valley Festival of Lights parade. The light parade is set for Saturday, December 10, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Bannock and Santa Fe Trail, and heads west on Santa Fe to the Hi-Desert Water District’s office at Inca Trail. The

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THEATRE 29’S SERENITY PATIO

Theatre 29 is developing a Serenity Patio just to the east of the theater building. This area includes a giant Simi Dabah sculpture, reminiscent of the iconic Comedy and Drama masks, a beautiful garden, and seating area. Reporter Sara Snyder says that you, too, can be a part of the

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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES YUCCA VALLEY OFFICE HOURS MONDAY

District staff representatives for Assemblyman Chad Mayes will hold office hours at the Yucca Valley Community Center Monday, December 5. Staff representatives will be available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Mesquite Room to answer questions and help residents with any issues they may have with state government.

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DONATE TOYS FOR TENDER LOVING CHRISTMAS

San Bernardino County Professional Firefighters have been busy throughout Morongo Basin this week. They’ve been placing collection boxes at area businesses, including Z107.7 studios, in Joshua Tree as part of the Tender Loving Christmas event. The hope is to fill the boxes with new, unopened toys and help bring Christmas

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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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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO STEAL A CAR

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, accused of trying to hotwire and steal a car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6900 block of Manzanita Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 1:45 p.m. for a report that two men and a child were wandering around

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PROTECT YOUR DOG AGAINST PARVOVIRUS

If your dog contracts the parvovirus it can be hard to eradicate. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has some helpful hints…

Canine parvovirus is a highly contagious disease that is often fatal, especially for young puppies. Parvo is prevalent in the Morongo Basin, and the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter receives calls

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING FATHER WITH PIPE

A 21-year-old Yucca Valley man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly hit his father with a pipe. Deputies were called to the 55900 block of Navajo Trail following an argument between the two men about 3 p.m. After an investigation, Steven Levitt was arrested on suspicion of assault with a

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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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WONDER VALLEY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE THURSDAY NIGHT

A Wonder Valley home is a total loss following a fire Thursday night. Firefighters were called to the 3100 block of Shelton Road at 11:37 where they found the 2-story home 50 percent involved with flames when they arrived. Due to a lack of water in the area, the fire

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JURY DECIDING THE FATE OF MAN ACCUSED OF SETTING WOMAN ON FIRE, KILLING HER

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 the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING TWO YOUNG CHILDREN

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexual molestation of two young children. According to the Sheriff’s Department, deputies were called about 2 p.m. to Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley for a report that Joshua Jackson, 23, had touched a 4-year-old and 6-year-old child in a sexual manner.

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAPE

A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of rape. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman went to the Sheriff’s station in Joshua Tree about 4 p.m. Wednesday to say that she had been raped a couple days earlier at an unidentified location on Two

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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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ONE ARRESTED, TWO SOUGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY WALMART BURGLARY

A man was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday night, accused of helping to two other men steal merchandise from Walmart. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness saw two men carrying electronics run out of Walmart’s emergency exit about 10 p.m., and get into a white van. The witness followed

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