JUVENILE PRANK CALLER ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SWATTING INCIDENT

A 15-year-old male from Yucca Valley was arrested last Friday (August 27), after an alleged prank call to law enforcement, also called “swatting.” The call triggered lockdown of Yucca Valley High School by Sheriff’s Deputies last Wednesday (August 25) after the caller reported a student on campus had a firearm and that they were pointing it at other students. The involved parties named in the call were contacted at the location and cooperated with deputies during their investigation. Following a thorough search of  the campus where no weapon was found, deputies determined the report was false and the lockdown was lifted after about 20 minutes. The juvenile identified in the investigation of the false police report was arrested and booked into the San Bernardino Juvenile Detention Center.

FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED FOR THE MORONGO BASIN, TIPS TO STAY SAFE

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the Morongo Basin through late tonight (August 31). Flash floods can strike with little or no warning, turning a wash into a rampaging torrent that can overtake roads in minutes. Reporter Ernest Figueroa has tips to help keep you safe in the event of a flash flood…

Keep alert for signs of heavy rain while driving. Do not attempt to cross flowing water or flooded areas in your vehicle. Remember, just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Turnaround, don’t drown! A flash flood watch means it is possible that rains will cause flash flooding in the specified area. Be alert and prepared for a flood emergency. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or is imminent in the specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.

https://www.ready.gov/floods

FREE FOOD GIVEAWAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The Santa Fe Social Clubhouse in Yucca Valley will distribute free surplus food tomorrow (September 1) beginning at 3 p.m. The food is distributed first-come, first-served. There will be drive-through and walk-up distribution. Please remain in your vehicle until your turn; the walk-up line is for those arriving on foot. You must be able to pick up your own food box; staff will not be available to bring food to your vehicle. Everyone is required to wear a mask. The Santa Fe clubhouse is located at 56020 Santa Fe Trail, Suite M, in Yucca Valley. For more information, call Phebe at 626-684-0560. 

COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP IN HONOR OF SLAIN SERGEANT DOMINIC VACA

The Copper Mountain College Foundation has announced the creation of a new scholarship in honor of a Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Sergeant killed in the line of duty. The Sergeant Dominic Vaca Memorial Scholarship is currently available for Criminal Justice majors at Copper Mountain College with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applications are due September 15 and recipients will be named September 30. A 17-year veteran of the Sheriff’s department, Sergeant Vaca, was shot and killed in May during pursuit of a suspect in Yucca Valley.

Download an application:
https://www.cmccd.edu/support-cmc/foundation/what-we-fund/

Make a donation to the Sergeant Dominic Vaca Memorial Scholarship:
https://bit.ly/3AtnGT6

More information on CMC Criminal Justice programs:
jbrakebill@cmccd.edu

YUCCA VALLEY SENIOR CENTER GRAND REOPENING DAY TOMORROW

Tomorrow (September 1) is the Yucca Valley Senior Center Grand Reopening when all programming and meal service will be available.  New hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Tomorrow’s event will feature live music, membership information, raffles, prizes, and vendor information tables.  Congregate senior meals resume beginning with tomorrow’s lunch served from 11 a.m. to noon.