SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RECEIVES STATE GRANT

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a $463,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department will use the funding for educational

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SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT TO KILL LEADS TO MORONGO VALLEY SCHOOL LOCKDOWN AND ARREST

A Morongo Valley man was arrested Wednesday morning for making criminal threats after he posted a photo on Facebook in which he threatened to kill people in a mass murder. About 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Robin Rennaker, also known as Robbie Rennaker, 21, posted a photo of a gun on Facebook

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THREE FOREIGN TOURISTS RESCUED NEAR A MARINE BASE LIVE-FIRE RANGE

Three Spanish tourists were stuck in the sand for hours Monday afternoon near the live fire range of the Twentynine Palms Combat Center. Just before 1 p.m., a Spanish-speaking man called to report that he and two companions were stuck in the sand in their silver Hyundai Sonata on board

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ARSON SUSPECTED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS VEHICLE FIRE

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of vehicle arson in Twentynine Palms Tuesday. Firefighters were called to the area of Smoke Tree Avenue and Joshua Drive at 12:37 for a vehicle that was fully involved in flames. The fire was extinguished in about five minutes. After the fire was

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THREE STOLEN VEHICLES RECOVERED, FOUR ARRESTED

Morongo Basin Sheriff’s deputies recovered three stolen vehicles this weekend, and arrested four people. Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested early Sunday morning after a deputy stopped a Toyota about 12:40 a.m. near Old Woman Springs Road and Highway 62. Inside the vehicle were Steven Hoyle, 27, and Leah Edwards,

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SHERIFF TO FILL A COP CAR WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES THIS FRIDAY

School supplies are always in need, especially right before the beginning of fall semester. Reporter Eric Knabe has found a way we all can help… Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station announces their second annual fill-a-cop car with school supplies Friday, August 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Yucca Valley

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SHERIFF’S DEPUTY KILLED IN BIG BEAR PLANE CRASH

Two people, including a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, were found dead Sunday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Saturday in the Mountains near Big Bear. Rebecca Joan Raymond, 28, was assigned to the Barstow station, officials said. The name of the other victim, believed to be

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TWENTYNINE PALMS COUNCIL APPROVES MOBILE AND FIXED LICENSE PLATE READERS

The Twentynine Palms City Council has made it harder to traverse that city without being noticed. Reporter David Haldane explains… If you ever steal a car, better not drive it through Twentynine Palms. That’s the main takeaway from last night’s City Council meeting at which something called the Automated License

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SHERIFF LAUNCHES “SAFE RETURN” PROGRAM FOR THE MISSING DISABLED

The Sheriff’s Department often receives reports of missing people who have a tendency to wander because of a disability such as autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia. The department has started a registry database, The Safe Return Program, where residents can register their loved ones who are at risk of wandering and

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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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