A man drowned early Tuesday morning in a pool in Twentynine Palms. According to limited information from the Sheriff’s Department, a woman called for help about 1:40 Tuesday morning to say that her boyfriend, who was not identified, was in a pool in the 72300 block of Larrea Avenue. The woman said the man had jumped into the pool to retrieve his dropped cell phone and didn’t come up. The woman said she was pregnant and couldn’t get him out of the pool herself. The victim was taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
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Two men were arrested Tuesday evening in Joshua Tree, accused of leaving a young child alone and then fighting with the friends of the person who reported them. According to a Sheriff’s report, a neighbor called about 7:30 p.m. to report a child, estimated to be 4 or 5 years old, had been left alone at a home in the 6900 block of Hill View Road. The girl was in the front yard and was crying, according to the report. While the deputy was at the home, the girl’s mother arrived home and told deputies she had gone to Walmart and had arranged for William Catlett, 47, and Jamichael Bowie, 26, to watch her daughter while she was gone. Catlett and Bowie arrived at the home a short time later. They both blamed each other for leaving the child alone, each claiming they left first and asked the other to watch the child. The girl was scared but uninjured. After an investigation, William Catlett, 47, and Jamichael Bowie, 26, were arrested on suspicion of felony child cruelty. William Catlett was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000. Jamichael Bowie was also arrested for investigation of possession of a dirk or dagger and suspicion of domestic violence, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
Three Yucca Valley residents were arrested Tuesday morning during two search warrants in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies went to a home and business in the 900 block of Cambria and the 55400 block of Yucca Trail about 9:14 a.m. Tuesday to serve a search warrant. At the home, they found a large amount of methamphetamine and marijuana, both packaged for sales. Deputies also located three firearms, a stolen vehicle, and a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle. Michael Savage, 50, Laura Pyle, 56, and Jeffrey Pyle, 53, were arrested for investigation of possession of stolen property and possession of marijuana for sales. Michael Savage, Laura Pyle, and Jeffrey Pyle were booked at the Morongo Basin Jail. Laura Pyle’s bail is $500,000; Jeffrey Pyle’s bail is $250,000, and Michael Savage’s bail is $50,000.
A Morongo Valley man was arrested Monday night after leading deputies on a high-speed pursuit through Yucca Valley residential neighborhoods and on the highway to Joshua Tree. According to a Sheriff’s report, Benjamin Johnson, 39, was in the old Stater Brothers parking lot in the 57000 block of 29 Palms Highway about 10:45 p.m. Store employees said Johnson was behaving erratically, experiencing drug hallucinations, and broke out the window of his white van in the parking lot. They told deputies Johnson yelled at them to call 911. When an employee called 911, Johnson allegedly tried to run over the employee. When deputies arrived a few minutes later, Johnson fled the parking lot in his van into residential neighborhoods south of the highway. Deputies attempted traffic stops, but Johnson evaded them and failed to yield. Johnson led deputies on a pursuit for more than 13 miles, and blowing through stop signs and stop lights at speeds over 60 miles per hour. Johnson got back on the highway eastbound and sped through Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree at speeds in excess of 80 miles per hour. A California Highway Patrol officer deployed spike strips near Sunburst Avenue in Joshua Tree, and Johnson finally pulled over in the parking lot of Hi-Desert Medical Center just after 11 p.m. Benjamin Johnson was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield, assault with a deadly weapon, and driving under the influence of drugs. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $105,000.
The Yucca Valley Planning Commission met in regular session last night. After swearing in a new commissioner, they went on to business and an update on upcoming housing and commercial projects. Managing editor Tami Roleff was at that meeting, and files this report…
After swearing in Margie Trandem as the new planning commissioner, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission quickly dispatched its routine business at its meeting last night of approving an environmental assessment and conditional use permit for Time Warner Cable to add 1300 square feet to its building on La Contenta, and a time extension for a retail project on Prescott Avenue. During staff comments, the planning commission learned that Sage Estates has finally cleared a stumbling block with Southern California Edison regarding high voltage lines that were hindering working on the subdivision for the last six months. Construction is expected to proceed. The developers of Mesquite 55 and Desert Vista Village have both pulled several permits for more homes. Firehouse Subs and Sally Beauty Supply—in front of Home Depot—have both pulled tenant improvement permits. Steak N Shake is still in plan check.