FREE SEMINAR ON CYBER SECURITY TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Reach Out Morongo Basin hosts the first of four free seminars on cyber security this Thursday, April 19. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us what it’s all about … Thursday’s program will offer an overview of general computer security basics and home computer security hygiene. Independent cybersecurity consultant Alan Watkins leads

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REACH OUT CYBER SECURITY

Keeping your home and vehicle securely locked is second-nature for most of us. But protecting your identity and online privacy remains somewhat of a mystery. Reporter Mike Lipsitz brings us this story on a local organization that aims to demystify cyber security and prevent you from becoming the next victim…

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IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN RECOVERY OF NUMEROUS PERSONAL ITEMS

Sheriff’s Deputy Sean Lenihan was conducting an identity theft investigation when he received information that led to a home in the 7000 block of Mohawk Trail in Yucca Valley. Deputies searched the home and recovered numerous victims’ personal information including Social Security cards, birth certificates, death certificates and tax returns.

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TWO JOSHUA TREE RESIDENTS ARRESTED AFTER A PURSUIT

Two Joshua Tree residents, accused of conspiracy and identity theft, were arrested Sunday following a pursuit. According to a Sheriff’s report, the California Highway Patrol requested assistance with a vehicle pursuit about 10 p.m. Sunday. The vehicle was traveling southbound on Pawnee Avenue in Yucca Valley when it crashed south

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT AND ELDER THEFT

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested earlier this month and pleaded guilty last week to identity theft and elder abuse. Alexander Burke, 27, identified by his booking record as a gardener, gained access to the Social Security account and several savings accounts of a resident in the 500 block of

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6 ARRESTED THIS WEEK IN 5 INCIDENTS

Six people have been arrested since Friday in the Morongo Basin, accused of crimes ranging from felony spousal abuse, identity theft, and one accused of child endangerment.

On Friday, about 11:45 a.m., deputies stopped a vehicle at Highway 62 and Warren Vista in Yucca Valley. After an investigation, Luis Macias,

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WOMAN CAUGHT SIPHONING GAS HELD ON AN ARRAY OF CRIMINAL CHARGES

A Baldwin Park woman was arrested Friday in Twentynine Palms after she attempted to siphon gasoline to put into a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, witnesses called deputies about 1:40 p.m. to report that a woman, later identified as Angelina Lee, 33, was trying to steal gasoline from

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUPLE ACCUSED IN LONG LIST OF CRIMES

A Twentynine Palms couple was arrested Monday night, with complaints of fraud, theft, conspiracy, and burglary. About 8:30 p.m. Monday, a California Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle near Highway 62 and Highland Avenue in Morongo Valley for having an expired registration. Inside the vehicle were Travis Sihock, 23, and

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SUSPECT IN ARIZONA IDENTITY THEFT INVESTIGATION ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man is in jail today on suspicion of identity theft. Local investigators followed up on an inquiry from Arizona Sheriffs about an Arizona resident whose name, social security number, and birthdate were being used by someone in this area to illegally gain credit. On Monday, a Morongo

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Wednesday night after she was found with another woman’s checkbook. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a car near West Drive and Pioneer Drive in Morongo Valley about 11:30 p.m. Driving the car was Jennifer Thompson, 35, who is on felony probation

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car Jilleen Davidson, 26, said she

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ARRESTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested late Tuesday night, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Chris Jones made a traffic stop for a broken brake light just before midnight near Yucca Trail and Alta Avenue in Joshua Tree. The driver and sole occupant of the car

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DRUG SALES ALLEGED IN YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS, AND JOSHUA TREE ARRESTS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Monday, accused of drug dealing. About 8:20 p.m., deputies stopped near Bonair Road and Highway 62 to check on a man, later identified as Jason Brown, 35, who had fallen off his bicycle. A deputy checked the area and found baggies of suspected methamphetamine

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING THEFT OF OVER $11,000.00 FROM YUCCA VALLEY CHURCH

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of check theft against a Yucca Valley church. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the St. Joseph of Arimathea Church about 12:30 Monday afternoon. The church’s treasurer discovered that an unknown suspect had made multiple unauthorized transactions from the church’s checking account, totaling more

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FIVE ARRESTED IN TWO INCIDENTS OF IDENTITY THEFT

Three people were arrested early Tuesday morning, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a black Acura about 2 a.m. at Adobe Road and Cactus Drive in Twentynine Palms because it didn’t have any license plates. Inside the vehicle were Lisa Pacheco, 39, of Yucca

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MAN ARRESTED TWICE IN THE SAME WEEK

A man who was arrested Tuesday was arrested again Thursday, accused of different charges. Sheriff’s reports say deputies were called to the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers grocery store about 6 a.m. Tuesday for a man, later identified as Joshua Thompson, 31, for identity theft. Thompson was arrested and released. Two

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TWO ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR IDENTITY THEFT

Two Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested in Yucca Valley, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle in the 55500 block of Iona Lane about 11:30 a.m. Inside the vehicle, were Donald Berry, 38, and Amber Lugauer, 40, both listed no formal address.

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TWO CASES OF BUYING CARS WITH STOLEN CHECKS AND FALSE ID UNDER INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating at least two cases in which a suspect used stolen checks and false identification to buy a vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue and 6300 block of Ocotillo Avenue in Twentynine Palms reported Thursday that their vehicles

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YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN ACCUSED OF IDENTITY THEFT

A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday morning, accused of identity theft. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home in the 7600 block of Hanford Avenue in Yucca Valley about 9 a.m. with a search warrant for Karen McClure, 50. During the search, deputies found narcotics and

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PROTECT YOURSELF FROM I.D. THIEVES

Too many California taxpayers may be putting themselves at risk of tax identity theft. As managing editor Tami Roleff reports, there are some easy steps to protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands…

Too many California taxpayers may be putting themselves at risk of tax identity theft.

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