SHERIFF INVESTIGATING CASE OF CHECK FRAUD

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of check fraud, in which the suspect whited out the recipient’s name and inserted their own name. According to a Sheriff’s report, the victim had her mail stolen from her mailbox in Joshua Tree sometime in February. When the victim received a cancellation

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COUNTY MAC HEARS OF LOWER CRIME RATES

The Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council, the MAC, met last night in Joshua Tree. While the anticipated report from CalTrans on changes proposed for downtown Joshua Tree was postponed, the MAC heard some good news from local Law Enforcement.

If you’re feeling a bit safer in the Morongo Basin these

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BEWARE THE LAWYER LETTER SCHEME

The AARP Fraud Watch Network helps raise awareness about consumer fraud and identity theft. In this report, Mike Lipsitz explains what to watch for so you can avoid becoming a victim… Scam artists are continuously looking for new angles from which to separate you from your money. In one such

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SHERIFF'S PATROL CAR INVOLVED IN COLLISION IN JOSHUA TREE

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s patrol car was involved in a non-injury traffic collision Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s report, Sheriff’s Deputy Natthaniel Campos was driving his marked Chevy Tahoe patrol unit southbound on Border Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Rickie Vigallon, 61, of Joshua Tree was driving his 2009 Honda CR-V

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A REMINDER ON THE RULES FOR RIDING OFF-ROAD VEHICLES LOCALLY

With the holidays come holiday visitors, and with visitors come increased use of off-road vehicles in our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder has this reminder to ORV users…

This time of year, the Morongo Basin will experience an increase in off-road activity and illegal trespass. Riders need to respect private

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DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY OF YUCCA VALLEY BUSINESS

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a Yucca Valley business at gunpoint Friday night. Investigators say that at 7:48 p.m. Friday, the suspect, who had a black revolver, entered Toda Moda Fashion store at 57240 29 Palms Highway, and demanded money

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SHERIFF’S STATION COLLECTING DONATIONS FOR THE NO KILL ANIMAL SHELTER

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is collecting donations for the Joshua Tree no-kill animal shelter. Residents can drop off dry dog and cat food, cleaning supplies, blankets, bedding, and other pet-related items at the Sheriff’s Station on the highway at Whitefeather Road in Joshua Tree. All donations will be brought

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THREATS MADE TO MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S STATION, MINORITIES

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a mailed letter that threatens deputies and minorities, and praises Donald Trump and the Islamic State. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, the letter was addressed to the Sheriff’s Department and delivered to Twentynine Palms City Hall Monday morning. The letter made threats

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DON’T FALL FOR RENTAL SCAMS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department has received several reports of residents who have been the victims of fraud when trying to rent a home. The victims respond to an online ad, and send off a deposit and rent—usually by wiring money—Western Union, Moneygrams, or other untraceable payments. Sometimes the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONDUCTING HOMELESS OUTREACH PROGRAM

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has launched a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will be collecting school supplies tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to come fill a cop car… The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Department is holding its first fundraising event to provide area children with everything they need to go

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TOMORROW NOTES POLICE-COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Tomorrow is National Night Out, an event that highlights the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they protect. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has your invitation… The Morongo Basin will join communities across the country for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2. This will be the first time any communities

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SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SAYS DON’T GIVE MONEY TO PANHANDLERS

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE, team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

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DEPUTY ARRESTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH INMATES

A Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Friday, accused of having sex with female inmates at the jail. According to a Sheriff’s report, the Sheriff’s Department received information Friday, July 1, that Deputy Brian DerryBerry, 24, was engaging in sexual activity with a woman who was in the Morongo Basin

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MORONGO BASIN SHERIFF’S NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting in Twentynine Palms tonight (Wednesday, June 29). Learn how to start a neighborhood watch in your area, tips on safety, security, how to report suspicious activity, local social media information, online resources, and about becoming a Sheriff’s Department volunteer.

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SHERIFF’S “PROJECT HOPE” HOMELESS OUTREACH ONGOING

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has launched a public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the panhandler’s

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SHERIFF’S SGT. RICK MILLARD RETIRING, 20 YEARS AS DEPUTY AFTER 21 AS A MARINE

After serving with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years, Sergeant Rick Millard will be retiring Friday, April 1. Millard has worked as a deputy, corporal/detective, and sergeant here in the Morongo Basin. He started his career with the Sheriff’s Department as a volunteer with search and rescue

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will hold a Neighborhood Watch meeting tonight, Wednesday, March 23, in the Twentynine Palms in the Community Services Building at 6:30 p.m. Learn how to start a neighborhood watch in your area, tips on safety, security, how to report suspicious activity, local social media information,

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT, 29 PALMS WEDNESDAY

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station will hold two Neighborhood Watch meetings this week. The first one will be held tonight, Monday, March 21st in the Yucca Valley Senior Center with a meeting in Twentynine Palms in the Community Services Building on Wednesday, March 23. Both meetings will start at 6:30

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COUNTY SHERIFF IMPLEMENTING HOMELESS PROGRAM

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is launching a new public awareness campaign about homelessness, “Positive Change, Not Spare Change.” According to the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement, or HOPE, team, 65 percent of panhandlers are not homeless. The HOPE team says giving money to panhandlers contributes to the

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