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TOP STORIES OF 2020, PART FOUR OF A FOUR-PART SERIES

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…

Nicole Packer

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.

Curtis Krueger
Ashlie Stapp

DON’T DRIVE WHILE IMPAIRED

Impaired driving is a major cause of vehicle collisions. Cassidy Taylor offers these simple tips to avoid driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol…

Drunk and drugged driving prevention starts with these simple actions:

If you drink, or have taken any drugs—legal or illegal, don’t drive. Choose a designated driver for your group in advance, or take a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or call someone to come get you. Don’t ride in a car with a driver who’s impaired. Always wear your seatbelt, as it’s the best protection against impaired drivers. Save a life by not letting someone else drive while under the influence. If you see an impaired driver on the road, call 911.

CHP OFFERS $27 MILLION IN GRANTS TO COMBAT IMPAIRED DRIVING

When California voters passed Prop 64 in 2016 to legalize cannabis, the act mandated the state set aside funding that the California Highway Patrol would disperse to local governments and nonprofit organizations to educate, prevent, and enforce impaired driving laws. Ernest Figueroa says the CHP is opening the application period to receive a grant…

The California Highway Patrol has $27 million in grants to award this year to local governments and non-profit agencies to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving. The funds can also be used to fund efforts to remove impaired drivers from the road, and to advance research into impaired driving issues. Funding for the grants comes from taxes on the cultivation and sale of cannabis. The CHP will hold a virtual workshop on Wednesday, January 6, to answer questions about the application process. Applications will be accepted from January 7 through February 23 for programs beginning on July 1. For more information, visit the link below.

https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/cannabis-tax-fund-grant-program-overview

SHERIFF CORRECTS INFORMATION CONCERNING YUCCA VALLEY CRASH

Due to additional information received from the Sheriff’s Department, Z107.7 has this correction to a story we aired Tuesday about a Yucca Valley crash. According to the updated Sheriff’s report, Daniel Hogue, 22, was driving a red 2005 Scion when he entered an uncontrolled intersection at Sioux Avenue and Sunland Drive in Yucca Valley about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Also entering the intersection was a black Ford pick-up truck, whose driver has not been identified. Witnesses said the truck may have been speeding when it collided with Hogue’s Scion. The truck ended up on its roof. Two of the passengers from Hogue’s vehicle were taken to area hospitals for head injuries and lacerations from the crash. The revised Sheriff’s report does not indicate who was at fault in the crash. While Daniel Hogue was initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, he was released from jail early Tuesday morning; the District Attorney is reviewing the case.

DUI SUSPECTED IN YUCCA VALLEY CRASH THAT INJURED THREE

This story was updated 10 a.m. Dec. 30, due to additional information received from the Sheriff’s Dept.

Due to additional information received from the Sheriff’s Department, Z107.7 has this correction to a story we aired Tuesday about a Yucca Valley crash. According to the updated Sheriff’s report, Daniel Hogue, 22, was driving a red 2005 Scion when he entered an uncontrolled intersection at Sioux Avenue and Sunland Drive in Yucca Valley about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Also entering the intersection was a black Ford Ranger, whose driver has not been identified. Witnesses said the truck may have been speeding when it collided with Hogue’s Scion. The truck ended up on its roof. Two of the passengers from Hogue’s vehicle were taken to area hospitals for head injuries and lacerations from the crash. The revised Sheriff’s report does not indicate who was at fault in the crash. While Daniel Hogue was initially arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, he was released from jail early Tuesday morning and the charges were dropped.