YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday after deputies determined he was an out-of-compliance sex offender. Deputies contacted Justin Howe, 28, at the Food 4 Less grocery store about 1:45 p.m. After an investigation, Justin Howe was arrested on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender every 30

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FACING A LAWSUIT, TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL REDUCES SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS

In a turnabout from the hysteria surrounding past discussion on repeal of Twentynine Palms Municipal Code 11.32, the City Council last night held their noses and voted 5-0 to do away with the local law which forbids registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools, parks or day

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EASING SEX OFFENDER RESTRICTIONS ON TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA TONIGHT

The agony continues at tonight’s meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council when officials again consider the issue of residential restrictions on registered sex offenders. The city has been slapped with a lawsuit for remaining out of compliance with a State Supreme Court decision ruling the current residential restrictions unconstitutional.

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A convicted sex offender was arrested early Tuesday morning after deputies made a traffic stop in Twentynine Palms. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a vehicle near Star Dune Avenue and Highway 62 shortly before 4 a.m. for having an obstructed license plate. The deputy subsequently determined that

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED OF CHILD ABUSE

A registered sex offender who was arrested Thursday, accused of giving two teenage girls alcohol and drugs. About 5:30 p.m. Child Protective Services learned that Randy Myers, 58, a registered sex offender, had given two 14-year-old runaway girls alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamine over two days at his home in the

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COUNTY FIGHTING PLACEMENT OF DANGEROUS SEX OFFENDER IN THE MORONGO BASIN

Over the last six months, the County District Attorney’s office has fought efforts to have convicted sexually violent predator Luther Evans placed in the Morongo Basin. The proposed area of release includes Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, or neighboring communities of the Morongo Basin. In October 2003, Evans was

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SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN 29 PALMS FOR NOT REGISTERING

A registered sex offender was arrested Friday for failing to register with the Sheriff’s Department. Sex offenders are required by law to register with local law enforcement either five days before or after their birthdays. Peter Wolik, of the 73400 block of El Paseo Drive in Twentynine Palms, was out

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ACCUSED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS RAPE

A convicted sex offender was arrested Wednesday evening, accused of rape. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman went to the Sheriff’s station in Joshua Tree about 4 p.m. Wednesday to say that she had been raped a couple days earlier at an unidentified location on Two

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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER IDENTIFIED, ARRESTED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Twentynine Palms registered sex offender was arrested earlier this month, accused of not registering his address as required by law. According to a Sheriff’s report, Deputy Dennis Tollefson stopped Lawrence Navarette, 56, who was riding a bicycle without proper lighting, about 10 p.m. November 9 near Cholla Avenue and

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REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED WEDNESDAY FOR NOT UPDATING ADDRESS

A registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday night, accused of not updating his address. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy made a traffic stop at Cholla Avenue and Highway 62 in Twentynine Palms about 10 p.m. Inside the vehicle was Lawrence Navarette, 56. The deputy determined that Navarette was

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CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN FLORIDA

Convicted sex offender John Korcz was arrested Wednesday, August 26, in Florida. The Sheriff’s Department has been looking for Korcz since 2007 when deputies discovered that he was not living at his registered address in Morongo Valley. Convicted sex offenders are required to notify law enforcement of their home address.

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OUT-OF-COMPLIANCE SEX OFFENDER DETAINED

A registered sex offender was arrested Friday in Yucca Valley after he was found to be out of compliance with the terms of his sex registration. According to a Sheriff’s press release, deputies performed a sex registrant compliance check on Jeffery Lucas, 23, at his residence in the 7500 block

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SCHOOL BUS DRIVER GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION GETS 6 YEARS

Alex Gomez

The former school bus driver who pleaded guilty last month to possession of child pornography, and lewd acts with children on his school bus, was sentenced to six years in state prison Friday. Alex Gomez, 57, was sentenced to six years for each of the two counts of

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TOWN OF YUCCA VALLEY SETTLES CHILD MOLESTER’S LAWSUIT

The Yucca Valley Town Council voted in closed session Tuesday night to settle a case with a convicted child molester in exchange for his dismissal of a lawsuit against the town. Frank Lindsay, 62, of San Luis Obispo, has sued at least 19 municipalities in California, ranging from Stockton to

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN THREATENS TO BLOW UP GIRLFRIEND WITH PROPANE TANK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday evening, accused of threatening to kill his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, Robert Hughes, 30, was arguing with his girlfriend in the 6500 block of Pine Avenue when he punched the woman in the head. The report states Hughes then turned on

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SEXUALLY VIOLENT PREDATOR TO BE RELEASED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A man designated by the county as a “sexually violent predator” has been released from custody and will be living in Yucca Valley. Richard Murillo, 75, was convicted of indecent exposure and lewd acts with three children under the age of 14 in 1994, and served five years in state

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WANTED SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY

A registered sex offender, wanted on warrants out of Maryland, was arrested in Yucca Valley Wednesday evening, accused of not registering his new address. Authorities say he was discovered living with a Yucca Valley woman and her children. Sheriff’s Investigators said about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, a deputy contacted Charles Brown,

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SEX OFFENDER FOUND OUT OF COMPLIANCE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A registered sex offender was taken into custody at his Twentynine Palms home Monday. The Sheriff’s Department said Deputies Dominick and Casey received information that Joseph Bickel, 34, a convicted sex offender from Missouri, had been living in the city of Twentynine Palms for a couple months and had not

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