JOSHUA WOMAN ACCUSED OF VANDALISM AND BURGLARY

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Monday, after a resident said she vandalized and burglarized his home. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 6000 block of Outpost Road about 11:20 a.m. when the homeowner said a woman, identified as Michelle Davila, 40, entered his property and caused about $2,000 of

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING LOCAL ROAD RAGE INCIDENT

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a road rage incident in Yucca Valley Friday. According to a Sheriff’s report, a motorcycle rider crashed into a northbound Subaru car near Terra Vista Drive and Old Woman Springs Road about 1 p.m. Witnesses told deputies that the motorcycle rider threw a punch at

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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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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO KILL HIS BROTHERS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday, accused of threatening to kill his brothers. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 6300 block of Balboa Avenue about 4:15 p.m. because Eric Baez, 41, was violating a restraining order that prohibited him from contacting his family there. However,

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK: THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

Seems there’s an app for everything nowadays, the latest is from Joshua Tree National Park. It includes an essentials and a nature guide for visitors. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says that’s not all… The apps aims to help visitors get the most from their visit. It includes “The essentials guide,” which

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MAN WHO LED DEPUTIES IN CHASE FOUND HIDING IN A BATHROOM

A Twentynine Palms man suspected of leading a deputy in a pursuit in a stolen vehicle was found hiding in a bathroom. The Sheriff’s Department said Deputy Jason Jimenez attempted to stop a gray Nissan Altima about 1:22 a.m. Sunday morning near Mesquite Avenue and Gorgonio Drive in Twentynine Palms

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Twentynine Palms man who has been convicted of battery, elder abuse, drug possession, and grand theft auto was arrested Saturday, accused of choking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, a witness spotted Brandon Koenig, 24, pinning a woman against a telephone pole and choking her about 6:30 p.m.

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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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ASSEMBLYMAN CHAD MAYES SPEAKS OUT AGAINST GAS TAX

California State Assemblyman and minority leader Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley issued a statement Thursday on the new gas tax recently passed by the California legislature. Mayes spoke out against the tax increase, saying that it passed due his colleagues being bought off with transportation projects, arm twisting, and deals

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“TAKE A HIKE” WITH PARK SUPERINTENDENT DAVID SMITH APRIL 23

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District and Joshua Tree National Park have partnered on a project designed to promote wellness through exercise and even help patients healing from illness, injury or surgery. Called “Take a Hike,” this free program enables local medical providers to write a prescription good for 90-days’ entrance

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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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FREE TAX PREP FOR LOW-INCOME CALIFORNIANS

In the final days before the April 18 tax deadline, Californians are reminded of free tax preparation centers and tax credits. Thousands of California families are unaware they are eligible for an even larger tax refund by claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit. Kirby Davis has more about how you

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MOJAVE DESERT LAND TRUST RECEIVES GRANT

The Mojave Desert Land Trust recently received a grant to continue its programs to bring youth to Joshua Tree National Park for camping and outdoor education. In partnership with Outdoor Outreach, the land trust’s project promotes urban outreach and connecting youth to the outdoors. It was one of 19 projects

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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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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK WILL BE PACKED; PLAN ACCORDINGLY

With more than 2.5 million visitors last year to Joshua Tree National Park, the park’s Joshua Tree entrance often has a long line of cars waiting to enter the park. This week is certain to be busy as visitors come to the park during spring break. Edica Gonzalez reminds visitors

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AN ARMED ROBBERY AT WAL-MART

In a story still developing, Sheriff’s deputies called in a helicopter to search for a suspect in an armed robbery at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley Thursday night. About 9:30 p.m., the suspect, described as a man, possibly in his 20s, wearing light pants, a gray hoodie and blue bandana, showed

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TWO VALUABLE MOUNTAIN BIKES STOLEN IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the theft of two mountain bikes in Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, the bikes’ owner had the bikes in the bed of a pick-up truck while he was hiking at the Boy Scout trailhead in the park. When he returned to

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VEGETATION FIRE AT BOTTOM OF MORONGO GRADE THURSDAY

Morongo Valley firefighters were called to assist Desert Hot Springs firefighters with a 2-acre vegetation fire at the bottom of the Morongo Grade about 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Firefighters battled the flames for about one and a half hours on the corner of Highway 62 and Indian Canyon. The cause

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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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