TWO INJURED, ONE DOG KILLED, IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HOUSE FIRE MONDAY

Two people were injured, one severely, and one dog was killed in a house fire in Twentynine Palms Monday morning (July 12). According to San Bernardino County Fire Chief Mike McClintock, arriving fire crews responded to the location near the 5500 block of Cahuilla Avenue around 8 a.m. where they were met with heavy smoke and flames. Two victims, a 24-year-old male and a 34-year-old male, were located outside the home with burn injuries and were both initially taken by Morongo Basin Ambulance to Hi-Desert Medical Center for smoke inhalation treatment. The 24-year-old victim with significant burn injuries was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Southern California Edison responded due to a report of a downed energized power line in the back yard. Fire crews battle high heat and were able to knock down the fire in about 30 minutes, preventing it from spreading to nearby homes. A deceased dog was discovered among the debris of the home, which was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation, however foul play is not expected at this time.

Photo courtesy of Patti Brown

SHOTS FIRED DURING ROAD RAGE INCIDENT IN YUCCA VALLEY

A road rage incident in Yucca Valley Saturday (July 10) ended with one driver pulling a gun and firing it towards the other driver’s vehicle. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies responded to a report of shots fired on Old Woman Springs Road near Mesa Drive around 1:30 p.m. The victim told deputies that they were traveling northbound on Old Woman Springs Road when a black adult male driving a green sedan began tailgating them. The suspect became angry with the victim, pulled out a handgun, and fired 2-3 shots towards the victim’s vehicle. The victim quickly drove away to a safe location and called 911. Arriving deputies determined that the victim’s vehicle had not been hit and that there were no injuries. The incident is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s department at 760-366-4175.

ARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY PREPARED IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY?

Don’t think you need an emergency kit? Think again, say the families who needed one. Get ready for the unexpected with a disaster “Go Bag”.  Reporter Gary Daigneault says some local families are using resources from their local church to get prepared…

Preparing in advance with a disaster-ready kit has helped families nationwide through extreme weather events, which experts warn are on the rise. Tyler Hull and his wife Kristy of Yucca Valley have been through disasters before. Tyler said, “Having been through the 1992 Landers earthquake, I learned how quickly disasters can strike.” The entire Hull family have prepared “go bags” with the necessary items for survival. But along with these, Kristy said, “Having young kids, we’ve included things that provide comfort, like a small stuffed animal and their coloring books and crayons.” They have also put emergency kits in all their vehicles. “Articles on the Jehovah’s Witnesses website, jw.org, have helped our family better prepare for potential disasters,” Tyler said. “Go bags” also have proven useful in the opposite circumstances as “stay bags.”

Disaster-preparedness suggestions and tips for putting together a “go bag” are available from FEMA at ready.gov and from Jehovah’s Witnesses at https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/awake-no5-2017-october/disaster-steps-that-can-save-lives/

FELON ARRESTED IN LANDERS FOR POSSESSION OF ALTERED FIREARM

A man was arrested in Landers Sunday night (July 11) accused of being a felon in possession of an altered firearm. According to Sheriff’s reports, Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Lilac Lane & Rocky Acres Road in Landers for having a cracked windshield. Deputies contacted the driver, Andrew Anderson, 38, and determined he was on parole. During a check of the vehicle, deputies discovered a firearm which had the serial numbers removed. Andrew Anderson was arrested for investigation of removing identification marks from a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $35,000.

JOSHUA TREE MAN LOSES $20,000 IN PREPAID GIFT CARD SCAM

A Joshua Tree man is out more than $20,000 after falling victim to a popular phone scam. According to Sheriff’s reports, the man had been contacted by a scammer saying he owed money for an undisclosed reason. Over the course of a year, the man provided more than $20,000 in prepaid gift cards to the same scammer. The Federal Trade Commission reports that the number of scams involving prepaid gift card or debit cards has greatly increased since the COVID-19 pandemic with scammers primarily targeting the elderly. No real business or government agency will ever insist you pay any debt with a gift card and anyone who demands to be paid with a gift card is a scammer. Read more on identifying gift card scams at the link below.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/gift-card-scams