LATEST ON THE PIRATE FIRE NEAR NEEDLES

Here is the latest on the Pirate fire near Needles. Park Moabi residents have been allowed to return home. Park Moabi Road remains closed but residents are allowed to enter. The peninsulas remained closed Thursday while utility crews made repairs to power lines. Pirate Cove Resort is expected to be

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING THREE CHILDREN

A Yucca Valley father was arrested Tuesday afternoon, accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, the grandparents of three children, ranging in age from 2 to 5 years old, were babysitting when they noticed that children were covered in bruises. The grandparents called Child Protective Services and the

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SUSPECTED BURGLAR TASED, ARRESTED, IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday after an alert neighbor saw a strange man carrying a television out of a house. About 4:30 p.m., a neighbor in the 7600 block of Hopi Trail in Yucca Valley saw a man remove a screen from a window, and then leave the

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HIT AND RUN IN JOSHUA TREE, DRIVER SOUGHT

The California Highway Patrol is looking for a male driver who is involved in a hit-and-run at the Circle K in Joshua Tree Sunday night. According to the CHP, the unidentified man was driving a blue Ford Explorer when he backed into a silver Camry in the convenience store’s parking

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A REMINDER THAT PROPERTY TAXES ARE DUE MONDAY

Have you paid your property tax yet? Managing editor Tami Roleff says time is running out… Monday, April 11 is the last day to pay the second installment of property taxes to avoid a 10 percent penalty. You can do it in any of several ways: Online, at www.MyTaxCollector.com Over

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LOCAL FIREFIGHTERS ON THE FIRE LINES IN NEEDLES

Firefighters from Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Wonder Valley have responded to the brush fire burning out of control near Needles. The Pirate Fire, also known as the Topock Fire, started about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in Havasu National Wildlife Refuge on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, but winds

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ARMED ROBBERY AT PLAZA MART IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in an armed robbery Monday night in Twentynine Palms. About 8 p.m., two men, identified only as black, entered the Plaza Mart in the Historic Plaza, and robbed it at gunpoint. The men then fled; no further information

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FAMILY AND DOG SAFE AFTER YUCCA VALLEY DUPLEX FIRE

One dog was rescued, and a second dog died, in a house fire in Yucca Valley Tuesday. About 4:45 p.m. firefighters from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, and Joshua Tree responded to a duplex fire in the 6400 block of Richard Drive, and found dark smoke billowing from the garage and

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES PARTNERSHIPS, REVIEWS BUDGET

The Yucca Valley Town Council reviewed requests from 12 organizations and approved allocations of about $100,000 in partnership funds to eight of them (Reach Out Morongo Basin, $7,500; Yucca Valley Library, $5,000; Boys & Girls Club, $16,000; Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce, $24,500; DRTA, $22,500; Rotary, Festival of Lights parade,

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BIZARRE VANDALISM AS JEEP RAMS YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a bizarre case of vandalism at a Yucca Valley house. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of a home in the 57900 block of San Andreas Road have reported that several times over the last two weeks, an unknown suspect has driven onto their property

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HER GRANDMOTHER

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Monday morning, accused of attacking her grandmother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 69000 block of Rainer Road in Twentynine Palms about 6:30 by an elderly woman who said her granddaughter, Veronica Houser, 34, was physically attacking her. After an

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DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR JEEP THAT INTENTIONALLY CRASHED INTO YUCCA VALLEY HOUSE

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a bizarre case of vandalism at a Yucca Valley house. According to a Sheriff’s report, the owners of a home in the 57900 block of San Andreas Road have reported that several times over the last two weeks, an unknown suspect has driven onto their property

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NO REASON GIVEN AS POWER OUTAGES AFFECT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS

A power outage throughout the Morongo Basin Monday left tens of thousands of residents without power for hours, some for as long as 18 hours. Residents in Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Landers, Pioneertown, and Morongo Valley reported power outages between 8:30 and 9 a.m. While power was restored

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets in regular session tonight. A busy meeting will deal with street sweeping, sales of vehicles, partnership funding and a budget review. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look… Among the items on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council,

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER DRIVING INTO STORE WINDOW

A 46-year-old Joshua Tree woman was arrested for drunk driving after she drove through a plate glass window at the Joshua Tree Circle K Sunday. According to the California Highway Patrol, about 11:30 a.m., a woman—later identified by Sheriff’s records as Yvette Hosier—drove her 2004 Chevrolet through the front window

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED ON MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS IN WARRANTS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday morning on more than a million dollars in warrants. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was searching for a drunk driver on eastbound Buena Vista in Yucca Valley about 2:45 a.m. Sunday. During the area check, the deputy found a vehicle driven

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LANDERS MAN ACCUSED OF FELONY SPOUSE ABUSE

A Landers man was arrested early Friday morning, accused of spouse abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 2000 block of Old Woman Springs Road about 1:15 a.m. Friday for a fight between Joseph Arevalo, 25, and a woman. After an investigation, Joseph Arevalo was arrested

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WANTED IN FEBRUARY FATAL HIT AND RUN ARRESTED

A Yucca Valley woman who was being sought for a fatal hit-and-run crash in February was arrested Thursday. About 2 a.m. February 28, Jerrod Cary, 32, of Yucca Valley, was walking southbound on Avalon Avenue just south of Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley when he was hit by a 2007

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN ARRESTED WITH PIPE BOMBS IN HER CAR

A Joshua Tree woman was arrested Friday morning, after a deputy found what appeared to be homemade pipe bombs in her vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Shaunna Ables stopped a vehicle near Highway 62 and Balsa Avenue about 10 a.m. for having an expired registration. Driving the vehicle

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LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS OF THE YEAR NAMED AT ANNUAL CEREMONY

Members of various branches of law enforcement were honored for their services during an award ceremony March 23 in Yucca Valley. The Morongo Basin Chapter 71 of the International Footprint Association honored Park Ranger Jeff Ohlfs from the Joshua Tree National Park Service, Sara Grabowski from the County Probation Department,

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