A Homeland woman was arrested late Thursday night (July 15) accused of felony evading and DUI following a pursuit with CHP officers through Joshua Tree. According to a CHP press release, officer R. Swanson attempted a traffic stop on a Chevrolet Silverado for a speeding violation in downtown Joshua Tree Thursday (July 15) at around 9 p.m. The driver, later identified as Teresa Spangler, 33, of Homeland, failed to yield and a pursuit began. Spangler led Officer Swanson on a pursuit through northeast Joshua Tree, driving onto the Sunfair Dry Lake in east Joshua Tree before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot into the desert. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department helicopter 40-King assisted in locating Spangler’s vehicle. Spangler was tracked through the desert on foot by officers for approximately 2 miles before she was located hiding in a ditch underneath desert foliage. Spangler was arrested for investigation of felony evading and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail.
A jury trial date has been set for a Yucca Valley man accused of murder in the death of his girlfriend’s one-year-old son, Parker Lee Schumacher. In February of 2018, the toddler was originally taken to the Hi Desert Medical Center and was then flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center and placed on life support with injuries consistent with child abuse, which caused hospital staff to notify authorities. At the time, Arthur Davies, 37, was arrested for suspicion of attempted murder, but when Schumacher died a few days (February 12, 2018) after arriving at Loma Linda, the charges were changed to murder and assault resulting in the death of a child. Davies has maintained not guilty pleas since his arrest and the jury trial is now set to begin September 20, 2021, with Judge Rodney Cortez presiding. Arthur Davies remains in custody at the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $1 million.
A Yucca Valley man was arrested Saturday afternoon (July 10) accused of attempted burglary after attempting to break into vehicles in Yucca Valley. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies responded to the Steak N’ Shake parking lot around 1 p.m. for a report that a suspect, later identified as Darren Clayborn, 30, was breaking into vehicles and harassing customers at the restaurant. Responding deputies contacted Clayborn and, through witness testimony, determined he had attempted to break into several vehicles. During a search, Deputies located items on Clayborn that were determined to have been stolen from Home Depot. Darren Clayborn was arrested for investigation of attempted burglary and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center with his bail set at $25,000.
A skeptical Morongo Basin resident kept himself and his family from losing thousands of dollars on a popular phone scam. The resident reported receiving a call Thursday (July 15) from a scammer claiming to be from Publisher’s Clearing House saying he had won the sweepstakes, but needed to pay taxes on the money before receiving it. Fortunately, the resident immediately identified the call as a scam and hung up. Cassidy Taylor has tips on how you too can identify and avoid this scam…
Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes are real, but it can be difficult to determine if you’ve actually won or of scammers are attempting to make you their next victim. Remember, winners are notified by certified or express letter or in person. Publishers Clearing House will never email or call winners and they will never ask for cash or gift cards for you to receive your winnings. When entering, you will not be asked for personal information like your address, bank account numbers, or drivers license numbers. If you’re still not sure, contact Publishers Clearing House directly to verify your prize.
San Bernardino County continues to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. According to data published by the San Bernardino County Health Department on Wednesday (July 14), 1,584 cases were reported in the past week, an increase of nearly three and a half times the 455 cases reported the week of July 7. The CDC is urging residents to continue taking precautions in protecting themselves from Covid-19 variants, including the highly-transmissible Delta variant, by continuing to wear a mask, even where it is not required by law, continuing to social distance, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer often, and getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already done so.