VEHICLE THEFTS ON THE RISE, A REMINDER FROM THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

In addition to residential burglaries, theft from parked vehicles and vehicle theft is also going up here in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Anthony Abraria says the Sheriff’s Department is offering a reminder…

Crimes of petty theft from vehicles and stolen vehicles are on the rise. The citizens of the Morongo

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SHERIFF’S HOMELESS OUTREACH PROJECT ONGOING

The Z107.7 “Up Close” show Friday featured a lively discussion on the issue of homelessness in the Morongo Basin. In this follow-up, reporter Rebecca Havely outlines the Sheriff Department’s homeless outreach, Project Hope…

In June of 2016 the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department launched a public awareness campaign about homelessness,

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SHERIFF INVESTIGATING FOUR STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is investigating four stolen vehicle reports in Yucca Valley from just Monday and Tuesday. According to Sheriff’s reports, the first vehicle, a gray 2008 Honda Accord was stolen from the driveway of a home in the 58600 block of Barron Drive sometime between June 30

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LOCAL SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAS TWO JOB OPENINGS

The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station is urging local residents to apply for two positions at the Joshua Tree station. The office specialist positions are fulltime, and employees may choose to work either a four-day, 10-hour shift, or a five-day, 8-hour shift. Some of the duties include transcription, data entry, auditing

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2,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN 3 LUCERNE VALLEY LOCATIONS, 6 ARRESTED

Sheriff’s officials seized nearly 2,000 marijuana plants when they served search warrants at three locations in Lucerne Valley Friday. Sheriff’s officials said the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team learned the three unrelated locations had outdoor marijuana farms that did not comply with California’s medical marijuana law or the County’s ordinance prohibiting

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MORONGO BASIN WARRANT SWEEP NETS 50 ARRESTS SATURDAY

A warrant sweep in the Morongo Basin put 50 people behind bars Saturday. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a California parole officer, along with Sheriff’s deputies conducted warrant sweeps in Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and unincorporated areas of the county. Of the 50 people arrested, eight had active felony warrants

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEET TOMORROW, 2 LOCAL AGENCIES UP FOR MAJOR FUNDING

Two Morongo Basin agencies are likely recipients of funds if all goes as expected at tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … On tomorrow’s consent agenda, county supervisors are expected to approve a grant application that, together with

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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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MAN KILLED IN A TWENTYNINE PALMS MOTEL DIED FOLLOWING AN EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE WITH DEPUTIES

Investigators have determined that the unidentified Yucca Valley man killed Tuesday at a Twentynine Palms Motel died following an exchange of gunfire with deputies. A Sheriff’s press release said shortly before 3:30 a.m., deputies responded to Motel 6 to investigate a call about a man with a gun from a

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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 PATROL CAR CRASHED INTO PICK-UP TRUCK IN JOSHUA TREE

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash between a Sheriff’s patrol car and a pick-up truck just after midnight Saturday morning. Sheldon Cowles, 41, of Joshua Tree, was driving a 1999 Ford F-150 pick-up truck northbound on Park Boulevard. As he was crossing Highway 62, Deputy Wayne Greer was

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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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