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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL IN HOME CIF SEMIFINAL PLAYOFF TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys’ basketball team, 25-3, will take on Hesperia High School tonight, February 24, at home in the semi- finals of the CIF division 3A playoffs. The ’Cats will host Hesperia High School in the Richard A. Casey Gym at 7:00 p.m. on the Twentynine Palms High School campus, 72750 Wildcat Way.


TWENTYNINE PALMS LITTLE LEAGUE LATE REGISTRATION TOMORROW

Twentynine Palms Little League is having the final late registration on Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Twentynine Palms Jr. High School in the gym. The cost is $80 per player. The league hosts youth softball and youth baseball players ages 4 to 16. Games are held at Luckie Park. For more information call 760-333-5824.


19-YEAR-OLD MAN ACCUSED OF SEX WITH A YUCCA VALLEY MINOR

A 19-year-old man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of having sex with a minor girl from Yucca Valley. The girl’s family notified deputies about 5 a.m. Tuesday that the girl, whose age was not released, had not returned home after going to a movie with Cristian Hernandez, whose residence is given as Greenfield. Deputies located the girl and Hernandez a few hours later at a Yucca Valley motel. After an investigation, Cristian Hernandez was arrested on suspicion of sex crimes with a child under 14, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $250,000.


BEWARE THE LAWYER LETTER SCHEME

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim…
Scam artists are continuously looking for new angles from which to separate you from your money. In one such scenario, the unsuspecting target receives an official-looking letter from a law firm. The letter outlines a family member’s prior criminal conviction, describing the verdict, and then stating there is an outstanding fine or fee. The letter directs the target to send a check to clear the expense. If you receive a letter like this, do not send any payments; contact the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department. Then contact the American Association of Retired Persons Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork for more information on fraud prevention.


FORMER PALM SPRINGS MAYOR SURRENDERS ON PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES

Former Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet surrendered to authorities in Riverside yesterday following allegations of public corruption in Palm Springs. He’s facing bribery and conflict of interest charges from an estimated $375,000 paid to him from local developers Richard Meaney and John Wessman. Pougnet surrendered to police at about 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Robert Presley Detention Center. Pougnet’s arraignment date has been set for April 21 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Wessman and Meaney are also facing charges alleging bribery of a public official, among others. They turned themselves in earlier and both posted $25,000 bail.


13TH ANNUAL REACH OUT PARADE OF HOMES A BIG SUCCESS

Sunny skies smiled down on Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual Parade of Homes Sunday. Edica Gonzalez says the fundraiser was a great success…
Nearly 170 tickets were sold for Reach Out Morongo Basin’s 13th annual Parade of Homes, which featured two homes in Twentynine Palms, two homes in Joshua Tree, and two in Yucca Mesa. Executive Director Robin Schlosser said the non-profit’s largest fundraiser brought in nearly $5000 in cash and $2500 in in-kind sponsorships. Visitors from as far away as Alberta, Canada, and nine other states, as well as southern California signed in at the six homes on the tour. Some homes even ran out of tickets to sell tour-goers. Lunch at the Park Rock Café was included in the tour, with music provided by the Luminators. All proceeds from the tour fund Reach Out programs, such as transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping, pickup and delivery of prescriptions, minor home repair and yard work assistance for seniors and the disable. For more information on services, call Reach Out at 760-361-1410.


BOTH YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL END THEIR CIF PLAYOFF RUN

Both the Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High School girls’ basketball seasons came to an end last night. The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojans lost 66-28 to the CIF Division 3AA top-ranked Glendora Tartans in Glendora. Coach Jess Geeson said junior Savannah Beasley scored eight points while junior Zena Yakimow added six points to lead the Trojans. Juniors Hannah Hovious, Kiley Pitts and Kloee Scaccionoce each chipped in four points for the Yucca Valley girls who struggled to find any kind of rhythm from the opening tip. The Yucca Valley girls finished the season with a 19-8 overall record and a top 8 finish in the 3AA division.
 
The Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats basketball team fell just short in a nail-biter quarterfinals matchup against Rosary Academy last night in Fullerton. Principal Justin Monical said junior Destiny Dedmon hit a 3-point, half-court shot just as the time expired, to send the game to overtime. In OT, the Lady Wildcats scored the go-ahead basket with 5 seconds left to play. Rosary hit the winning shot as the buzzer went off. The Wildcats just missed a chance at a second straight CIF semifinals appearance, falling 76-75 to number 1 ranked Rosary.


STAR TWIRLERS SQUARE DANCE SATURDAY WITH A “JOHN WAYNE” THEME

The Star Twirlers Square dance club has a fun theme for this Saturday’s event. Reporter Kirby Davis says even if you are not a Star Twirler, you are invited to put on your best John Wayne and join them…
The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club will hold a dance Saturday, February 25. Line dancing will be held 7 to 7:30 p.m. and between tips; square dancing is 7:30 to 10 p.m. The theme is “John Wayne,” and the club’s own “John Wayne,” Richard Brewer, will be calling squares; Linda Sande will be cueing lines. This is the club’s three-quarter dance, and all beginner CCHA class members are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the Star Twirlers to come to the dance in their best John Wayne attire. The dance will be held at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge on Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Admission is $7 per person.


YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL GEARING UP FOR THE SEASON

The Yucca Valley High School baseball team is gearing up for the season. Coach Brian Shoenborn told Z107.7 News that due to new rules that place a limit on the number of pitches a player can throw and that regulate rest days for pitchers, the team is trying to increase the size of its bullpen. Several players are returning this year, including the Trojan’s best hitter last year, junior Anthony Gutierrez. Senior Travis Shartel is showing early homerun hitting power as well as strong command on the mound. Senior Tim Parker is being groomed to be a consistent starter on the mound as well as a powerful closer if need be. A sophomore lefty to watch this year is Eli Lynch. Junior Christian Elias is leading the team in hitting, and looks solid as a starting catcher. Coaches this year are Josh Grisvold with junior varsity, and Robby and Brian Schoenborn for varsity. Both the JV and varsity teams host Cathedral City Saturday at home with a double header. First pitch for both teams is at 10 a.m.


MOJAVE VIPER YOUNG MARINES PROGRAM RECRUITING

The Mojave Viper Young Marine Program is recruiting. Managing Editor Tami Roleff has more about children who want to earn the title…
The Mojave Vipers are looking for a few good kids who want to join their ranks as Young Marines. The Mojave Vipers Young Marine program is for children who are between 8 and 18 and are in good standing at school. This is not a “boot camp” or “scared straight” program. Parent orientation will be held at the Twentynine Palms Elementary School, 74350 Playa Vista, Friday, February 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in which parents will learn about the Young Marine program, recruit training, what is expected of their children, and what Young Marines get out of the program. Recruit training starts April 7. For more information, call Kathleen Arbaczewski at 760-559-3041.


YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS REPORTS AND SPENDS MONEY LAST NIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council began its meeting last night with an introduction of Miss Yucca Valley and her court, followed by a report by Jackie Combs of the Morongo Basin Healthcare District. Managing editor Tami Roleff says the rest of the meeting was about spending money…
The Yucca Valley Town Council heard a progress report at its meeting last night from the Desert Regional Tourism Agency about its online tourism marketing strategy. For $40,000 a year, two part-time employees are setting up a website, an email list, as well as making its presence known on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube (viewers are steadily growing each month since its inception in September). The council was advised that the $40,000 contract will likely be renewed next year and to expect it in next year’s budget.
In other news, the council heard an update on the budget. Revenues and expenditures are pretty much in line with where staff expects them to be. Tax revenues to the town are increasing, due in part to good auto sales and the new fast food businesses in the town. But while revenues are up by $72,000, overtime payments for public safety and other public safety expenditures will be an extra $130,000.


TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

UPDATE 2/23/17 9:30 a.m.
According to San Bernardino County District Attorney Supervisor Ron Webster, Joseph Giron Sanchez appeared in San Bernardino County court in Joshua Tree on February 22. The felony charge of child abuse was reduced to a misdemeanor charge. Giron Sanchez had a public defender appointed to represent him at his next court hearing on March 3. The $100,000 bail was dropped and Joseph Giron Sanchez was released on his own recognizance.

A Twentynine Palms Marine who disciplined a 5-year-old child by squeezing the child’s jaw was arrested Friday, accused of child abuse. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy was called to a childcare center about 10:20 a.m., when an employee noticed the child’s jawline was bruised. The report states that Thursday night, Joseph Giron Sanchez, 25, of the 6300 block of Ocotillo Avenue, grabbed the child’s jawline, squeezed, and lifted the child’s jaw because the child was talking back and not paying attention. Joseph Giron Sanchez, a lance corporal with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, was arrested for investigation of felony child abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.


YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING HIS ELDERLY MOTHER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Sunday, accused of attacking his elderly mother. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 1600 block of Wamego Trail in Yucca Valley about 11:30 for an argument between John Nobles, 28, and his mother. During the argument, the woman told deputies that Nobles grabbed her by the throat, punched her in the face with his closed fist, and threatened to hurt her. The woman told deputies she defended herself by scratching him with her keys. She also said she had a restraining order against Nobles. After an investigation, John Nobles was arrested on suspicion of elderly abuse, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $50,000.


DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE COUNTY GRAND JURY HAS BEEN EXTENDED

The deadline to volunteer for the San Bernardino County grand jury for 2017-2018 has been extended. Kirby Davis explains who can apply, what a grand juror does, and how to apply…
To be eligible for selection to the county grand jury, a person must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of California and the County of San Bernardino for at least one year prior to appointment. Service as a grand juror involves an average of three to five full working days per week in San Bernardino, starting July 1, for one year. Compensation is $25 per day plus meals and appropriate mileage. The county grand jury investigates all aspects of county, city and special district government, and may hear information on certain criminal investigations. Interested citizens can complete the application online at the Grand Jury’s website at www.sbcounty.gov/grandjury. The deadline to apply has been extended to March 17.


DEPUTIES FIND SUSPECTED VANDAL HIDING UNDER INSULATION IN THE ATTIC

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Sunday morning, after he vandalized another man’s car. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue about 9:30 a.m. for a report that Jacob Savidge, 23, had thrown a football-sized rock at a car’s passenger side door and rear window, causing about $2,000 worth of damage. The car’s owner caught the vandalism on his cell phone’s camera. When deputies arrived, Savidge went into the home and refused to come out. Deputies eventually located Savidge in the attic, hiding under insulation. Jacob Savidge was arrested for investigation of felony vandalism and resisting arrest, booked into the West Valley Detention Center, with his bail set at $35,000.


THREE ARRESTED WITH DRUGS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Three Twentynine Palms residents were arrested Friday, after they were found with methamphetamine during a warrant search. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to the 6500 block of La Luna in Twentynine Palms about 8:30 a.m. to conduct a warrant search. During the search, deputies came in contact with Frank Chapman, 48; Dusty Price, 40; and Deanna Close, 45, along with methamphetamine. Frank Chapman was arrested on investigation of violating his parole, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and is being held without bail. Dusty Price and Deanne Close were booked into the jail on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, cited and released.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday, after her boyfriend said she scratched him during a fight. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to the 5900 block of Mojave Avenue in Twentynine Palms about 10:20 p.m. concerning an argument between Elizabeth Annand, 35, and her boyfriend. The man had suffered multiple lacerations to the right side of his face, but he declined medical aid. Elizabeth Annand was arrested for investigation of felony spouse abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $50,000.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER, WITH 3 WELLS OFFLINE, LOOKS AT A REHAB CONTRACT TONIGHT

At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, directors aim to balance well maintenance during a period of diminished production. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more…
At tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District, the board is considering awarding an almost $70,000 contract to rehabilitate Well number 12. Maintenance of that well is a high priority since the district has three wells offline, reducing capacity 14 percent. Wells number 4 and number 9 are offline due to excessive levels of chromium-6, and well number 11 was permanently closed in November when the costs to make needed repairs could not be financially justified. In other business, the board will review the district’s investment policy and valve maintenance program. Those items and others are in addition to regular reports and routine items on the consent agenda. Tonight’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the District Office on the south side of Hatch Road in Twentynine Palms.


MBTA BOARD MEETS TOMORROW

At Thursday’s (February 23) meeting of the Morongo Basin Transit Authority, directors will recognize an outgoing board member. Following staff reports, directors will assign members to various sub committees. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the MBTA Operations Center, 62405 Verbena Road in Joshua Tree.


TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY BOARD IN CLOSE SPECIAL SESSION TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Cemetery Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 22). The sole item on the agenda is to discuss pending litigation. The meeting will be held in the cemetery’s district offices on Encelia Avenue in Twentynine Palms.


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