SHERIFF PROBATION CHECK LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF DRUG HOUSE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Sheriff’s deputies discovered a suspected drug house in Twentynine Palms Wednesday evening (July 7) while serving an arrest warrant. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies went to a home in the 73400 block of Raymond Drive in Twentynine Palms to serve an arrest warrant for Robert Conde, 31. Deputies arrived on scene and determined that Joseph Fitzpatrick, 23, the property owner and known associate of Conde, was on felony probation. During a probation check of the property, Deputies discovered evidence that the home was being used to sell heroin. Deputies located Conde hiding at the residence with a concealed dagger. Deputies were required to use force to detain and arrest Conde. Robert Conde was arrested for investigation of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and on $25,000 in warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was first booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $25,000 and later booked into the West Valley Detention Center where he is being held without bail. Joseph Fitzpatrick was arrested for investigation of being in possession of heroin for sale and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $50,000.

YUCCA VALLEY PAROLEE SHOT DURING PURSUIT IN 2020 SUING COUNTY

A Yucca Valley man who was shot in the back by Sheriff’s deputies during a pursuit in Twentynine Palms in 2020 is suing the county, according to a recent article by the San Bernardino Sun. On October 23, 2020, Joseph McGlaughlin, now 31, of Yucca Valley was identified leaving Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms by deputies who recognized him as a suspect with a warrant out for his arrest. McGlaughlin ran from deputies and, during the foot pursuit, he pretended to throw a rock at the deputies, leading to one of the deputies shotting McGlaughlin several times.

The lawsuit filed by McGlaughlin against the county claims that the arrest was unlawful because he was running away from the deputies with his back to them when he was shot, and that he should have been warned that deadly force would be used against him. The lawsuit claims unlawful arrest, battery and negligence, among other things.

MBHD BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINTS SAVITT TO BOARD

The Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors has filled the seat left vacant following the resignation of Marge Doyle. Cassidy Taylor has the details on the new director…

Debra Savitt has been tapped to fill the vacant seat and was sworn in last week during a special business meeting, following candidate interviews. Savitt will complete the remainder of the term of office through December 2022. Five candidates were interviewed by the board at the special meeting. “The quality of the candidates was impressive,” said Dianne Markle-Greenhouse, President of the Board. “We are grateful that so many qualified residents are willing to support our community by serving on the healthcare District’s Board of Directors.”

Director Savitt’s term concludes December 2022, and she will have to seek election by ballot to serve a full term of office.

Morongo Basin Healthcare District Board of Directors (shown from left) Misty Evans, Greg Brown, Debra Savitt, Dale Mondary, Dianne Markle-Greenhouse. Courtesy Photo.

TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER OPEN THIS WEEKEND AS COOLING CENTER

Due to excessive heat warnings in the Morongo basin, the Twentynine Palms Senior Center, 6539 Adobe Road, will be open to area residents as a cooling center on Saturday (July 10) and Sunday July (11) from noon to 6 p.m. The center will remain open for extended hours if the heat index remains at 115 degrees or higher. All attendees will be required to wear masks at all times when in the cooling center. Water will be available however there is no food service. Pets are not allowed inside the building. For pets and animal information, contact Palms and Paws Animal Shelter at 760-367-0157. For assistance, contact the Senior Center at 760-361-1410 or 760-367-5780.

STATE ISSUES A FLEX ALERT STARTING TODAY

A statewide Flex Alert, a request to voluntarily reduce power use by California’s power grid manager (ISO), will go into effect today due to extreme temperatures across much of California and a potential capacity shortfall on the state’s electric grid. The call for residents to voluntarily conserve power across California will be in effect today from 4-9 p.m. Residents are encouraged to pre-cool their homes, use major appliances, close window coverings, and charge devices or electric vehicles before the flex alert goes into effect.