The body of a man discovered dead inside his vehicle near the Cottonwood Springs entrance of Joshua Tree National Park late Friday morning (July 2) has been identified. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s department were called to the location around 11:30 a.m. where the victim, identified as Frank Douglas, 68 of Glendora, was located deceased in his vehicle. The Thermal division of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation, but indicated that foul play is not a factor in the investigation at this time.
Update: 07/06 1:15 p.m.
We have additional information regarding a multi-vehicle crash on a stretch of Highway 62 in Riverside County early Sunday morning (July 4). According to a press release from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Pierson Blvd. and highway 62 around 2 a.m. for a report of a multi-vehicle collision. During their investigation, officers determined that a gray Chrysler van, driven by a 46-year-old male with three passengers, was traveling westbound on Pierson Blvd. attempting to cross northbound lanes of Highway 62. Meanwhile, a maroon Ford van, driven by an 18-year-old male with one passenger, was traveling northbound on Highway 62. The two vehicles collided at the intersection.
A 21-year-old male passenger in the Chrysler succumbed to his injuries and was declared deceased at the scene. The driver of the Chrysler had life-threatening injuries and the two other passengers had non-life-threatening injuries. All three were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver and passenger of the Ford had complaints of pain and were evaluated on scene by medical personnel. The Desert Hot Springs Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation into the collision.
Applications for qualified San Bernardino County residents interested in being appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as the County’s Sheriff closed on June 30. The next step is for the county board of supervisors to review the finalists for the position in a special meeting tomorrow. Reporter Cassity Taylor has the details…
When county supervisors meet in special session tomorrow afternoon (July 7), they’ll be fielding names, then conducting open interviews, for a new county sheriff/coroner/public administrator. The successful candidate will replace retiring Sheriff/Coroner John McMahon who leaves in the middle of his term July 16. McMahon took home more than $490,000 in wages and benefits in 2019, the most recent year such figures were available. Tomorrow’s meeting starts at 1 p.m. in the County Government Center in San Bernardino. The public may view the meeting live online by following the link below.
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Now that the long-awaited Project Phoenix is underway, the city of Twentynine Palms is hosting a renaming contest for areas within the project, and are hoping for public involvement. Reporter Heather Clisby has details…
As downtown Twentynine Palms undergoes a Project Phoenix makeover, the city is hosting a Downtown Revitalization Project Naming Contest to rename the downtown plaza area as well as Yucca Avenue. Seeking names that are “more reflective of the local character, culture and environment,” the city is asking locals to submit ideas for a chance to win $300.
Each entry can include up to three names for both the plaza area and Yucca Avenue. There is no age limit or geographic restriction. The winning submissions will be selected by a panel of public officials and community representatives and the individuals will be recognized by the mayor and council at a public meeting. Deadline for submissions is July 29 at 5:00 p.m. For more info, see the link below.
Blood is desperately needed. LifeStream will hold a community blood drive tomorrow (July 7) from 7 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Vons shopping center (57590 Twentynine Palms Hwy.) in Yucca Valley. Donors must be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors will receive a free cholesterol screening and incentives. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-try-giving.