We have limited information about a Yucca Valley woman who was arrested Thursday night on multiple Sheriff’s warrants. Around 8 p.m. Thursday, January 21, Deputies contacted Amber Shine, 40, of Yucca Valley at the 55900 block of Twentynine Palms Highway in Yucca Valley. After an investigation, Amber Shine was arrested on multiple Sheriff’s warrants for felony burglary, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving without a license. Amber Shine was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with her total bail set at $800,000.
In our series of our top stories of four part-series of the top stories of 2020 is the arrest of Nicole Packer, 35, of Morongo Valley, who was arrested nearly 18 months after a crash that killed two teenagers. Prosecutors say that Packer was driving under the influence and at a high rate of speed when her 2018 white Ford Fiesta crashed into a Toyota Prius just west of Rosella Drive on Highway 62 on June 12, 2019. Hart Campbell, 14, and Ruby Campbell,17, both of Los Angeles, died at local hospitals a few hours later. Packer was arrested December 2 and charged with two counts of murder, DUI causing injury, driving with a suspended license, and speeding while DUI. Nicole Packer pleaded not guilty to all charges December 22. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more information about a murder in Joshua Tree that stunned local residents…
In April, many Morongo Basin residents were stunned by the stabbing death of a popular employee at a Joshua Tree gas station. Shane Castro, 24, of Twentynine Palms, and Anthony Frugoli, 26, were stabbed April 10 by David Urrea, 50, of Joshua Tree. Castro was driven by friends to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he died. Frugoli’s injuries were not life-threatening. Urrea had fled by the time deputies arrived, but a Sheriff’s helicopter located him near Broadway and Copper Mountain in Joshua Tree. Deputies said when Urrea threatened them, they shot and killed him.
And our final top story of 2020 is the conviction of a former Twentynine Palms Marine for murdering a Murrieta man and burying his body in Joshua Tree National Park in 2018. Curtis Krueger, 32, was sentenced in October to 18 years to life for bludgeoning to death Henry Stange, 54, and enlisting the help of his girlfriend, Ashlie Stapp, 29, to clean up the crime scene and help him bury the body. Stapp traded sex for drugs with Stange, but she told Krueger that Stange had raped her.
A Morongo Valley woman was arrested on murder charges Wednesday, accused of killing two teenagers while driving drunk in Morongo Valley 18 months ago. Investigators say that about 10:30 p.m. on June 12, 2019, Nicole Packer, 34, was driving a 2018 white Ford Fiesta westbound on Highway 62 just west of Rosella Drive at a high rate of speed when her car crashed into a 2018 Toyota Prius that was turning into the Circle K gas station. Two teenagers in the back seat of the Prius, Hart Campbell, 14, and Ruby Campbell,17, both died at local hospitals a few hours later. Their parents, Colin Campbell and Gail Lerner, were seriously injured, as was Packer; they were all taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. After a nearly 18-month-long investigation, the District Attorney filed warrants Wednesday for Packer’s arrest for two counts of murder, as well as driving under the influence causing injury, and causing great bodily harm or death to multiple victims, driving with a suspended license, and driving more than 20 miles per hour over the speed limit while DUI. Nicole Packer was arrested at her home in the 50300 block of Oskar Lane in Morongo Valley about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with her bail set at $2.5 million.
A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday morning, accused of being involved in a hit-and-run crash. About 8:30 a.m. Friday, deputies were on patrol in the Indian Cove neighborhood of Twentynine Palms when they found a vehicle stopped against a broken guard rail at Indian Cove Road and Gorgonio. The front end of the vehicle was hanging over the edge of the road. The keys were in the ignition and the vehicle was still running, but there were no occupants at the scene. Deputies contacted Karla Eusse-gil, 24, who is the registered owner of the vehicle. She admitted to driving the vehicle and losing control after drinking alcohol at a party in the Indian Cove area the previous night. Neighbors had called deputies several times complaining about the party. Eusse-gil had prior DUI arrests and had a suspended license for driving under the influence. Karla Eusse-gil was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run with property damage and driving on a suspended license, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, cited and released.