TWENTYNINE PALMS FELON WANTED FOR FIREARM POSSESSION AFTER PURSUIT WITH DEPUTIES

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a Twentynine Palms felon who led deputies on a high-speed pursuit. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies were patrolling the area near David Way and Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms around 4 a.m. Thursday (June 24) when they saw a red GMC pickup truck traveling northbound on Adobe Road toward David Way. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the truck for vehicle code violations and contacted the driver, later identified as Thomas Furney, 36. During the traffic stop, Furney became uncooperative with Deputies. He fled the location in his vehicle, leading deputies on an approximate 8-mile vehicle pursuit into the unincorporated area of Wonder Valley.

Deputies lost sight of Furney’s vehicle during the pursuit and later located the vehicle near the intersection of Falderman Road and Sunny Sands Road. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located a loaded .22 caliber rifle under the passenger seat. Deputies also located Furney’s footprints and tracked them for several hundred yards, but ultimately were unable to locate Furney. As a convicted felon, Furney is prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm and ammunition. A warrant was issued for Furney’s arrest for Felony Evading of a Peace Officer, being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and being a Felon in Possession of Ammunition. Anyone with information related to the investigation is urged to contact Deputy J. Merrell at (760) 366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF TRANSPORTING METHAMPHETAMINE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday (June 29) accused of possession of methamphetamine. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies conducted traffic stop at the intersection of Adobe Circle and Two Mile Road in Twentynine Palms around 5:15 p.m. Deputies determined the suspect, Timothy Belle, 53, was on parole and conducted a parole compliance check. During their search, deputies located suspected methamphetamine in the engine compartment of Belle’s vehicle. Timothy Belle was arrested for investigation of transportation or sales of methamphetamine and was booked into the West Valley Detention center with his bail set at $50,000.

REPORT ILLEGAL FIREWORKS IN SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

San Bernardino County Fire is again reminding residents that possession and use of any type of fireworks, including “safe and sane” fireworks, is illegal in all unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County, as well as the entire Morongo Basin. Users may face criminal charges, fines of up to $1,250, and be held liable for damages in the likely event a fire or injury occurs due to the illegal use of fireworks. Ernest Figueroa says the county has a new system to help county residents report illegal fireworks…

San Bernardino County Fire is accepting illegal fireworks reports online. Courtesy photo.

The new Illegal Firework Reporting System through San Bernardino County Fire offers another source for the public to report the use and sales of illegal fireworks. Once a complaint has been filed, local law enforcement will be notified for follow-up and investigation. It only takes a few minutes and reporters can remain anonymous. Links to the reporting system are available below. Over the past four years, county fire investigators have confiscated over 121,600 pounds of dangerous and illegal fireworks and issued more than 700 citations.

The new reporting system is located on the SBC Fire website at https://bit.ly/3wzJRFW or directly at https://bit.ly/3wunDoS

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Monday (June 28) accused of assault causing injury after fighting with employees at the Yucca Valley Walmart. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies responded to the location around 8:30 p.m. for a report that a customer, later identified as Tyquion (Tie-Quon) Burton, 25, began shoving and fighting with front end store employees after employees denied selling alcohol to him. Deputies were called to the store and located Burton. During their investigation, Deputies determined that Burton had a Felony no-bail warrant. Tyquion (Tie-Quon) Burton was arrested for investigation of assault causing great bodily injury and on a felony no-bail warrant. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held without bail.

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE FOUNDATION HOSTS 20TH ANNIVERSARY ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROJECT EVENT

With the lure of a hearty breakfast, the Copper Mountain College foundation hosted a public groundbreaking ceremony to mark the institutions’ 20th Anniversary Alternative Energy Project. Reporter Heather Clisby was there…

With parking lot solar panels as a hopeful backdrop, Copper Mountain College (CMC) hosted a public groundbreaking ceremony to mark the 20th Anniversary Alternative Energy Project. The late Susan Luckie Reilly, a local conservationist and founder of the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, passed away in 2017 at the age of 101 and gifted the CMC with half a million dollars to help fund a solar energy project. In addition to the installation of solar panels, the college will also add EV charging stations, upgrade facilities, and involve CMC students in the research and development of additional projects.

Craig Mesenbrink, senior project development manager at Schneider Electric, stated that the solar project would reduce CMC’s utility costs by 15 percent while saving 197,000 kilowatt hours annually. Total cost of the project is $1.1 million dollars so the fundraising continues. CMC Superintendent/President Dr. Daren Otten announced in his remarks that he had been handed a $1,000 check toward that fundraising effort. The project remains approximately $211,000 short of its goal.

Those looking to support this project can donate online and contributions will be matched 4:1 by the foundation. Look for the donation link in this story at Z1077fm.com.

https://www.mightycause.com/story/Cmc20