A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Tuesday (June 29) accused of multiple counts of forcible spousal rape. The victim reported that her husband, Glen Lantzy, 58, raped her repeatedly over the course of five hours. Sheriff’s Deputies were notified and responded to Lantzy’s location in the 3900 block of Lori Lane in Twentynine Palms around 6:30 a.m. After an investigation, Glen Lantzy was arrested for investigation of five counts of rape, including spousal rape by force or fear, and petty theft. He was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his total bail set at $850,000.
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.
The National Weather Service has issued an extreme heat warning beginning this morning through Monday evening. While we are all used to living in the desert, heat waves still prove to be a challenge. Cassidy Taylor offers these tips for getting through a heatwave…
The first thing to remember is the extreme heat can occur quickly and without warning and those at greatest risk are older adults, children, and sick or overweight individuals. And if the humidity is high? You’ll feel more heat. It is important to make sure you have access to air conditioning during a heat wave, many community locations are open during extreme heat waves as cooling centers. Additionally, wear light clothing and avoid strenuous activities. You should make sure you drink plenty of water and watch out for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. And finally, NEVER leave people or pets in a car. On very hot days, the inside of your car can reach 140 degrees in less than one hour. You can see an extensive list of how to be prepared and handle a heat wave by visiting ready.gov/heat.
As a reminder, local branch libraries in Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms are available as cooling centers during their regular business hours.
Click the link below for a complete list of cooling centers in the county:
A Twentynine Palms woman sustained major injuries following a hit-and-run crash on Highway 62 early Saturday morning (July 3). According to a CHP press release, Natasha Starner, 32, was walking along the shoulder of eastbound Highway 62 around 4 a.m. near the top of the Morongo grade after her vehicle ran out of gas. She was struck by a passing vehicle, causing her major injuries. The vehicle did not stop and the woman was left unconscious on the side of the road until she was discovered by family members. Her family transported her to Hi Desert Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. A passenger side mirror was recovered at the scene, which investigators believe belongs to a 2014 Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck or SUV. The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information related to the investigation is urged to contact Officer Griffith at the Morongo Basin CHP office. (760)-366-3707.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday morning (July 3) for reckless evasion following a short pursuit with deputies. According to Sheriff’s reports, a deputy attempted a traffic stop on a black 2004 Suzuki motorcycle near Cactus Drive for excessive speeding and having an obstructed license plate. The driver, later identified as Jason Lamore, 36, failed to yield, ran a stop sign, and lead the deputy on a 2 mile pursuit. Lamore lost control of the motorcycle and laid it down near the intersection of Bullion Avenue and Old Dale Road. Deputies detained Lamore. Jason Lamore was arrested for investigation of reckless evasion of an officer and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $100,000.