CORRUPTION CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORMER PALM SPRINGS MAYOR, TWO DEVELOPERS

The former mayor of Palm Springs and two developers have been charged with corruption after an FBI investigation. In a criminal complaint listing 21 felony charges against him, prosecutors allege that during his two years as mayor, Steve Pougnet accepted bribes from local real-estate developers in exchange for favorable decisions

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CHARGES EXPECTED IN FEDERAL CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION IN PALM SPRINGS

The former Mayor of Palm Springs and two Developers have been charged with corruption after an FBI investigation. In a criminal complaint listing 21 felony charges against him unveiled today, prosecutors allege that during his two years as mayor of Palm Springs, Steve Pougnet accepted bribes from local real-estate developers

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS TO RULE ON MASSIVE PROJECT ALONG STATE ROUTE 62

The Desert Hot Springs City Council will hear an appeal of a planning commission decision to deny an extension for a massive home subdivision on the west side of State Route 62 just south of Mission Creek Road and the entrance to Mission Creek Preserve, bordering the new Sand to

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN WITH A CHILD DURING A BREAK-IN ARRESTED

A Desert Hot Springs man who was captured on video Monday kicking in a home’s front door while holding the hand of a young child was arrested Thursday morning. Police say neighbors recognized the suspect as Damon Caldwell, 25, and called police, who located Caldwell in the 9600 block of

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30 ARRESTED IN MASSIVE DESERT HOT SPRINGS CRIME SWEEP

The Desert Hot Springs police department arrested 30 people Tuesday during massive raids throughout the city in an operation police dubbed Operation Sandstorm. The operation focused on subjects wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and parole and probation violations. More than 160 law enforcement officers, 20 police dogs, and helicopter air

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS MURDER TUESDAY

Three Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday night, following a murder in Desert Hot Springs. Police officers were called at 10:28 a.m. to the 13000 block of Via Real for a report of a possible dead body. Arriving officers discovered the man—who has not been identified yet, but is

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MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED BY DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE

Desert Hot Springs police arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting Tuesday. About 3 a.m. Tuesday, police were called to the 66100 block of 2nd Street for shots fired, where they found a man—still unidentified—who had been shot. He was taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs where he died.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL SHOOTING EARLY THIS MORNING

Desert Hot Springs police are investigating a fatal shooting early this morning. According to investigators, police were called at 2:56 a.m. to the 66100 block of 2nd Street after a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot in the courtyard of the

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MARINE KILLED IN CABAZON MOTORCYCLE CRASH IDENTIFIED

The Riverside County Coroner’s office has finally released the identity of a Marine stationed at the Combat Center who was killed in a motorcycle crash November 6. According to the CHP, Danny Tran, 19, of Florida, was riding a blue 2009 Yamaha motorcycle eastbound on Interstate 10 shortly before 1

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INSPIRATIONAL DINNER SET FOR PARENTS WHO HAVE LOST A CHILD

A special inspirational event is being planned for parents who have lost a child. Reporter Edica Gonzales invites you to the Umbrella Ministries’ Journey of the Heart… Parents who have suffered the loss of a child are invited to a dinner to hear an inspirational talk about coping with loss.

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JOSHUA TREE MAN KILLED BY SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER IN PALMS SPRINGS

A Joshua Tree man was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver in Palms Springs early Tuesday morning. The California Highway Patrol said Austin Ulshafer, 29, from Cathedral City, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the two-car crash. CHP investigators said Ulshafer was driving a GMC pickup truck

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REWARD OFFERED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS VANDALISM

A reward is being offered for information regarding vandalism at the Carl May Community Center in Desert Hot Springs earlier this month. On Sept. 5, police officers responded to reports of a shattered front door. They discovered that items had been stolen and thousands of dollars in vandalism. A

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT NETS 28 CITATIONS, NO DUI DRIVERS

No drunk or drugged drivers were arrested during the Desert Hot Springs Police Department DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday night. Police screened 605 vehicles between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in the 13700 block of Palm Avenue; of those vehicles, police cited or arrested 14 drivers for driving with a suspended

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE HOLD ZERO TOLERANCE ANTI-DUI CAMPAIGN

The Desert Hot Springs Police Department will deploy a special roving DUI saturation patrol and DUI/driver’s license checkpoints through September 5. During the high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving and will be looking for the tale-tell

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TWO ARRESTED IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS BURGLARIES

An ongoing investigation into a series of residential burglaries in Desert Hot Springs resulted in the arrest of a Desert Hot Springs man. Aaron Schoolfield, 22, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy, and on a parole violation. The investigation remains active and anyone with information should call

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED IN HIT AND RUN DEATH IN DESERT HOT SPRINGS

CHP investigators arrested a Yucca Valley man after a hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian on North Indian Canyon Drive Saturday night. The California Highway Patrol said Michael Bettasso, 39, was driving a Nissan Sentra northbound on North Indian Canyon Drive, north of Dillon Road, at about 7:30 p.m.; 63-year-old Richard

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE ON MAXIMUM ENFORCEMENT PATROL THIS WEEKEND

A lot of people will be traveling and partying during the Fourth of July holiday, which means law enforcement will also be out in force. The Desert Hot Springs police will be conducting a maximum enforcement period during the holiday weekend. All available officers will be out on the roads

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FORMER MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN NAMED INTERIM DESERT HOT SPRINGS CITY MANAGER

The City Manager of nearby Desert Hot Springs announced his resignation Wednesday, effective July 21. A name familiar to Morongo Basin residents, Dale Mondary, a Yucca Valley resident and former Morongo Basin Sheriff’s captain, currently that city’s police chief, was appointed interim city manager. Martin Magana had been Desert Hot

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EASTBOUND I-10 CLOSED AFTER FATAL CRASH IN CABAZON

The eastbound I-10 freeway was closed for almost four hours at Cabazon after a FedEx truck slammed into stalled flatbed truck, killing the driver, 59-year old Miguel Rolon of Thermal. The crash occurred at about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday between Main Street and Haugen Lehman Way, according to a CHP traffic

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL DRUM LINE ADVANCES TO SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION

The Yucca Valley High School drum line will be competing in the semi-final competition in Riverside Saturday, April 23. The Trojan drum line is ranked third out of 36 drum line bands in the Scholastic B division, which includes teams from Fontana, Glendale, Pasadena, Riverside, San Diego, and the Coachella

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