SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SUSPENDS SEARCH FOR MISSING MORONGO VALLEY WOMAN

The Sheriff’s department has suspended the search for a Morongo Valley woman who went missing June 28. According to Sheriff’s reports, Lauren Cho, 30, was reported missing by a friend who said she disappeared into the desert near a Morongo Valley property where they were staying. According to Sgt. Stafford from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station, the search was suspended on July 2 as there are no new leads for search and rescue teams to follow. The incident is now being treated as a missing persons investigation.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPOINT NEW COUNTY SHERIFF

He graduated high school in Twentynine Palms, spent 34 years serving in the County Sheriff’s Department, and yesterday Shannon Dicus (Die-cuss) was appointed to be the next County Sheriff.  Here’s reporter Mike Lipsitz with the full report…

At yesterday’s special meeting of county supervisors, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Undersheriff Shannon Dicus to take over the office of Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator following Sheriff John McMahon‘s final day in office July 16. Dicus was selected over two other eligible candidates. During the public interviews, Dicus was asked how his leadership would motivate young recruits to put their lives on the line, he responded:

Sheriff Shannon Dicus

“I have gray hair because I worry about the problems that they don’t need to worry about… being the Sheriff means worrying about everyone else and not yourself.”

As Undersheriff, Dicus serves immediately under Sheriff McMahon. Dicus’ appointment will end in November of 2022 when it is expected he would run for the office.

JOSHUA TREE MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING HEROIN IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested Tuesday (July 6) accused of possession of heroin for sale. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of 49 Palms Avenue and Twentynine Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms. Deputies contacted the driver, Keith Webb, 32, who was found to be on felony probation. During a search, deputies located a significant amount of heroin, cash, and a scale. Keith Webb was arrested for investigation of possession of heroin with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on $100,000 in warrants for possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of prescription drugs. He was booked into the West Valley detention Center with his bail set at $100,000.

DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING HEROIN IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Desert Hot Springs man was arrested in Yucca Valley late Monday night (July 5) accused of possession of heroin for sale. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 Honda Civic at the intersection of Onaga Trail and Barberry Ave. in Yucca Valley around 11:30 p.m. The driver, Joseph Boone, 39, consented to a vehicle search. During the search, Deputies located approximately 10 grams of suspected heroin, a scale, two loaded syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. Joseph Boone was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and on a $50,000 warrant for petty theft, and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENT NEARLY BECOMES VICTIM OF AMAZON PHONE SCAM

A Yucca Valley resident is breathing a sigh of relief after nearly becoming the victim of a popular phone scam. According to Sheriff’s reports, the victim received a call on Thursday (July 1) from a scammer claiming to be from Amazon. The victim began a transfer of an undisclosed amount of money from their bank account, but became suspicious of a scam the more they talked to the scammer. After figuring out it was a scam, the victim turned off their computer, leaving the scammer extremely angry. The victim checked their account to find that no money had been taken. Reporter Cassidy Taylor has tips on how you too can avoid becoming a victim of this type of scam…

This popular scam usually starts with a recorded call from a popular large retailer such as Amazon or Apple claiming there is a suspicious purchase on your account. The recording either gives you the option of pressing 1 to talk to an operator or provides a number to call to speak to a representative and clear up the supposed issue. The goal of the scam is to panic victims with fake fraudulent charge claims to get them to provide personal information such as emails, passwords, and bank account information. If you receive a call from a major retailer such as Amazon or Apple claiming fraudulent account activity, hang up immediately and contact the business directly for verification. Never give away personal information over the phone. If you feel you’ve been a victim of this scam, contact local law enforcement.