TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF MAYHEM AFTER NEARLY SEVERING WOMAN’S FINGERS

Mayhem isn’t a term we hear very often, but a Twentynine Palms man was accused of mayhem after he allegedly nearly severed three of his girlfriend’s fingers with a scissors Thursday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Davin Saunders, 34, was arguing with his girlfriend about their relationship at the home

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN GUILTY OF STABBING OF YUCCA VALLEY MAN IN 2016

The Twentynine Palms man accused of stabbing and killing a Yucca Valley man last year was found guilty Thursday. After deliberating for a day and a half, the jury found that Carlos Herrera, 41, killed Luis Arroyo, 49, following an argument in the 7600 block of Cibola Trail on September

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS ACCUSED OF BURGLARY, CONSPIRACY

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Thursday, accused of stealing a credit card and using it to make purchases. According to a Sheriff’s report, Christian Albarran, 25, and Michelle Nagle, 38, went to several stores in Yucca Valley on Sunday, December 10, and Monday, December 11, and used the victim’s

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CONVICTED FELON ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

A Landers man was arrested Thursday in Morongo Valley, accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Deputies stopped Anthony McClellan, 49, for an expired registration about 1 a.m. on Highway 62 near Bella Vista. Anthony McClellan is a convicted felon. During a search of the vehicle, deputies

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TRANSIENT ACCUSED OF ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

We have limited information about a robbery arrest. According to a Sheriff’s report, Samuel Baker, 36, kicked in the front door of a home in the 7300 block of Village Way about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, threw food on the victim, and then fled in a truck. The victim told deputies

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN GUILTY OF STABBING OF YUCCA VALLEY MAN IN 2016

The Twentynine Palms man accused of stabbing and killing a Yucca Valley man last year was found guilty Thursday. After deliberating for a day and a half, the jury found that Carlos Herrera, 41, killed Luis Arroyo, 49, following an argument in the 7600 block of Cibola Trail on September

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TWO INJURED CRASHING INTO YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT POLE

Two Twentynine Palms residents were injured when their vehicle crashed into a light pole in Yucca Valley Wednesday night. According to the Sheriff’s Department, Aijon Carrllo, 21, was driving eastbound on Highway 62 about 9:10 p.m. when he fell asleep at the wheel just west of the intersection at Elk

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CHP COMMANDER RETIRES TODAY AFTER 29 YEARS

After 29 years of service with the California Highway Patrol, including the last 3 ½ years here in the Morongo Basin, Lieutenant Eric Robles is retiring effective today. Robles, the commander of the Morongo Basin CHP station, said he has never experienced such strong community support as he has here

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DEADLINE TO COMMENT ON NATIONAL PARK FEE INCREASES IS NEXT WEEK

The Trump administration is proposing to double, triple, or almost quadruple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular national parks. Starting in January 2018, a 7-day car pass in Joshua Tree National Park is proposed to increase to $70, from the current $25, between

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CHAMBER LAYS OUT CHALLENGES AND NEEDS

Local business owners and residents had the opportunity to address their concerns and ideas at the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce’s State of the Chamber meeting last night. Executive Director and President Jacob Smith addressed its issues and challenges. Some challenges that were discussed included the need for volunteers, particularly

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JOHNSON VALLEY CRASH SENDS TWO PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL

A head-on crash in Johnson Valley sent two people to the hospital late Wednesday night. According to County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Snow, firefighters were called to Highway 247 and Rattlesnake Canyon Road about 10:40 p.m. last night. Snow said a vehicle traveling westbound on the highway drifted over the

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF LEWD ACTS WITH A MINOR

Updated 9:40 a.m.

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Wednesday, accused of child sexual abuse. On May 7, deputies were called to a report of a sexual assault against a juvenile boy in the 6900 block of Grand Avenue. The boy said he was sexually assaulted by Michael Cole, 31.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO RAM HIS GIRLFRIEND’S CAR OFF THE ROAD

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday, accusing of trying to run his ex-girlfriend off the road. According to a Sheriff’s report, Jesse Miller, 26, tried calling his ex-girlfriend on her cell phone, and when she didn’t answer the phone, he drove to an intersection where he knew she would

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HI-DESERT WATER LOOKS AT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR LOW INCOME RESIDENTS

The Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors elected new officers at its meeting last night. Sarann Graham takes over from Bob Stadum as president of the board. Dan Munsey was nominated as vice president; although he asked someone else to take over the responsibilities of vice president, he was voted

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FULL BATTALION, AVIATION, IN TRAINING EXERCISES ABOARD 29 PALMS MARINE BASE

A war game exercise that deploys a battalion-size air, sea and ground assault is going on aboard the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center and other Marine Corps bases in Southern California this week. The exercise includes more than 1,000 Marines from the 1st Marine Division and more than

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YUCCA VALLEY COUPLE SCAMMED OUT OF $4,000 IN GRANDPARENT SCAM

A Yucca Valley couple is out $4,000 after they believed a scammer who said their grandson was in jail and needed money for bail. According to a Sheriff’s report, an unknown man called the couple and said he worked for a jail in Tacoma, Washington. The caller said their grandson

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JURY DELIBERATIONS BEGIN TODAY IN MURDER TRIAL

Jury deliberations begin today in the murder trial of a Twentynine Palms man accused of stabbing to death a Yucca Valley man. Jurors have been hearing testimony for nine days during the trial of Carlos Herrera, 41, who is accused of stabbing Luis Arroyo, 49, in the 7600 block of

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MORONGO VALLEY FIREFIGHTERS HELP DELIVER BABY AT GAS STATION

A little girl couldn’t wait to make her appearance into the world this morning. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Brandon Jones said a Yucca Valley woman was on her way to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs to deliver her second baby, but as they drove down the Yucca Grade, she and

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A FULL HOUSE CELEBRATES BRIGHT FUTURE AND NEW MAYOR FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS

Twentynine Palms held its annual re-organization meeting last night. Reporter David Haldane was there and filed this report…

Twentynine Palms is a growing city with a bright future and a new mayor. Those first two points were emphasized in outgoing Mayor John Cole’s state-of-the-city address delivered to a standing-room-only crowd

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TWENTYNINE PALMS ADDS SAFETY FEATURES AT A TROUBLED WASH

The City of Twentynine Palms is taking public safety measures after many vehicles were getting stuck in the soft sand around a local flood control wash. Among the vehicles stuck recently was a semi-truck with a driver from New York who was following his GPS and tried to drive through

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