CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE

CHRISTOPHER LEE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON, NO PAROLE Christopher Lee was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole Tuesday for the murder of Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms. Corwin’s husband, mother and sister gave victim impact statements prior to the sentencing, in which they stressed how her

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JURY DELIBERATIONS BEGIN TODAY IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

The defense and the prosecution both rested their cases Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Christopher Lee. Lee is a former Twentynine Palms Marine accused of murdering his neighbor and lover, Erin Corwin, and dumping her body down a mine shaft in the desert east of Twentynine Palms two

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PROSECUTION RESTS IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

The prosecution rested its case Wednesday in the murder trial of Christopher Lee, who is accused of killing 19-year-old Erin Corwin of Twentynine Palms in 2014. This week, the county’s chief medical examiner admitted under cross-examination by Lee’s attorney that Corwin’s strangulation could have happened as much as a day

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TRIAL FOR FORMER MARINE ACCUSED OF KILLING ERIN CORWIN STARTS TODAY

The murder trial of the former Marine who is accused of killing a Twentynine Palms woman and dumping her body down a mine shaft is scheduled to start today. Prosecutors allege that in June 2014, Christopher Lee, now 27, arranged a secret tryst with his lover and next door neighbor,

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VOTER GUIDES HIT MORONGO BASIN MAILBOXES

Morongo Basin residents should start receiving their voter information guides this week for November’s general election. The guide includes a sample ballot as well as information about the propositions, local measures, and voting. The back cover of the guide has the voter’s polling location. Voters are encouraged to hold on

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DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT EXPECTED TOMORROW

Like a cruel cliffhanger on a daytime drama, the last meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors ended moments before the board would have voted on the planned Alta mira gated housing project in Joshua Tree. That was two weeks ago and county supervisors are expected to finally

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JURY SELECTION STARTS, COURT DATE SET IN CHRISTOPHER LEE MURDER TRIAL

Preliminary jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Lee started this week, but due to a conflict with the judge’s schedule, the juror panels will be called back to court October 3. Lee, 27, is accused of strangling his neighbor and former lover, Erin Corwin, 19, of Twentynine Palms,

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SUPERVISORS SIDESTEP DECISION ON CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT

Those expecting to see an end to the protracted standoff over the planned Alta Mira project in Joshua Tree will have to wait a little longer. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains why… Following presentations from the developer, county planners, and community leaders who brought the appeal, the Board of Supervisors

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SUPERVISORS MAY DECIDE CONTROVERSIAL JOSHUA TREE DEVELOPMENT TOMORROW

Nearly a decade in the making, tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino looks to be the final showdown in a battle between the people of Joshua Tree and developers of the planned Alta Mira gated housing project next to Friendly Hills Elementary School.

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FORGET ESCAPING, MAN CAUGHT SNEAKING INTO COUNTY JAIL

Forget escaping: A man was caught climbing into the San Bernardino county jail Sunday. About 6 a.m. Sunday, July 31, County Sheriff’s Sgt. Corey Emon spotted a man who was not a prisoner climbing up the perimeter fence of the Central Detention Center in San Bernardino. Emon notified jail staff

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TOP BRASS IN THE COUNTY GET A 7 PERCENT RAISE

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved a 7 percent pay increase to county administrators and executives. An unusual change included a reduction in salary of the county clerk, now a function carried out by the assessor, to $1 a year. A county spokesman said that the county, if

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CHRISTMAS IN MAY AT COUNTY SUPERVISORS MEETING TOMORROW

One way to know an election is near is to look at the money flowing out of San Bernardino. Yes, it’s Christmas in May. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz has details … At tomorrow’s 10 a.m. meeting of the County Board of Supervisors in San Bernardino, the board is expected to

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66TH ANNUAL YUCCA VALLEY GRUBSTAKE DAYS NEXT WEEKEND

Some of the events in next week’s 66th annual Yucca Valley Grubstake Days celebration include a golf tournament, parade, pancake breakfast, and 5K, and 10K run and 2K walk. The golf tournament starts at 8 a.m. Friday, May 27, at Hawk’s Landing. Call 760-365-6323 to register. Saturday, May 28, enjoy

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TRIAL FOR FORMER MARINE ACCUSED IN 2014 MURDER OF ERIN CORWIN DELAYED

After hearing motions Tuesday in the murder trial of Christopher Lee, jury selection was scheduled to have begun yesterday for the man accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin in June of 2014. However, the district attorney turned over new evidence to Lee’s attorney yesterday, which forced a continuance of Lee’s

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AFTER TWO POSTPONEMENTS, DECISION ON ALTA MIRA PROJECT EXPECTED TOMORROW

In one of the longest running meetings in recent memory, tomorrow’s 9 a.m. meeting of the San Bernardino County Planning Commission picks up where it left off at the March 24 meeting, which was already a continuation of the March 17 meeting. Continuations such as this wouldn’t normally attract much

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IMMINENT COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE CAN BE PROTESTED

In February the Local Agency Formation Commission voted to move forward on a plan for county fire department to take over fire protection services from the Twentynine Palms Water District. The Commission’s decision, however, is not necessarily the last word on the matter. Assignment reporter Mike Lipsitz explains… The Local

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COUNTY CONSIDERS JOSHUA TREE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT, AGAIN

The San Bernardino County Planning Commission will try again to hold a meeting on a controversial 248-unit Housing development in Joshua Tree tomorrow morning. Last week, technical problems saw the meeting, which was supposed to be teleconferenced into the Joshua Tree County building complex, postponed. Reporter David Haldane has details…

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JOSHUA TREE HOUSING PROJECT ON COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA

A controversial 248-unit housing development in Joshua Tree will go before the County Planning Commission tomorrow. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the session will be teleconferenced to the Joshua tree County Government building… The proposed 248-unit gated development in Joshua Tree, known as Alta Mira, is the only agenda item on

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DEPUTIES ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN VIDEOTAPED BEATING PLEAD NOT GUILTY

Three San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies accused of felony assault by a peace officer all pleaded not guilty yesterday in San Bernardino Superior Court. A new hearing was set for April 13. Nick Downey, Charles Foster, and Michael Phelps are accused of using excessive force on Francis Pusok following a

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CHRISTOPHER LEE TRIAL DELAYED AGAIN

The murder trial of a former Marine accused of killing his lover has been delayed again. The trial against Christopher Lee, 26, which was supposed to have started today, was postponed to April 11 at a pre-trial hearing Friday. Lee is alleged to have killed Erin Corwin, 19, after he

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