You can join Gary Daigneault, tomorrow (December 3) right here on Z107.7 at 10 a.m. during the community favorite “Up Close Show”. This week, Gary talks with 3rd District County Supervisor Dawn Rowe. Rowe will take calls about current programs and challenges for the District which includes the Morongo Basin. If you miss the show, you can catch Up Close as a podcast online at Z1077fm.com.
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested over the weekend accused of attempted murder, arson, and stalking. On Friday (November 26), shortly after 2 a.m., Sheriff Deputies working in Twentynine Palms responded to a caller reporting a violation of a court order. The caller made a second call and said Dustin Sansoucie, 31, was trying to burn down a trailer with people inside the trailer. Deputies arrived at the 7300 block of North Star Avenue in Twentynine Palms and were able to smell a strong odor of gasoline and could see burn patterns near the front doorsteps of the home. According to a press release, several occupants were heard moving inside the trailer and the occupants were able to extinguish the fire quickly but unable to escape the trailer due to the door being locked from the outside. Deputies were able to get everyone out safely and without injury. Sansoucie left the area prior to the Deputies arriving and despite a search of the area, deputies were unable to locate him.
On Sunday (November 28), deputies conducted a follow-up which led to the arrest of Sansoucie. Dustin Sansoucie was booked at West Valley Detention Center on a no-bail hold with additional attempted murder, arson, and stalking charges.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Deputy N . Hospodar with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.
Investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), and Sheriff’s Hi-Tech Division, recently began an investigation into the downloading, possession, and distribution of child pornography. According to a press release, it was determined the child pornography was distributed from a home in Joshua Tree.
Last Tuesday, November 23, personnel from CAC, Hi-Tech Crime Detail, and Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station, served a search warrant at a residence in 61600 block of El Cajon Road, in Joshua Tree. Investigators determined that Mark Lee White, 62, was responsible for the distribution of child pornography. At the conclusion of the investigation, White was arrested for investigation of distribution and possession of child pornography and booked into Central Detention Center. The San Bernardino County Inmate Locator indicates that Mark Lee White was released from custody just after midnight the following day.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
It was a hectic meeting for the Morongo Valley Community Services District Board of Directors last night (November 30). Meeting to address staffing concerns and take possible action, the board heard a presentation from current Fire Chief Gary Yearsley on what it would look like if the fire department were to close for 30-90 days and have the county take over operations while the CSD reorganizes and hires a full staff. Concerned citizens, current firefighters, and lifelong residents of Morongo Valley voiced great concern over the possibility of temporarily laying off the firefighters who are currently working above and beyond the call of duty to keep the station operational. Other concerns were the increased response time associated with calls being run out of Station 41 in Yucca Valley or if they’re busy, Station 42 in Landers. The unorganized meeting lasted over three hours and public comment alleged that the CSD does not have a staffing issue, they have a chief issue.
Other public comments expressed disappointment towards the board for even considering a temporary closure and even more disappointment in the lack of investigation into the allegations of a hostile work environment created by Chief Yearsley. Attempting to come to some answer in the special meeting, the board tried to pass a motion to make Chief Yearsley’s retirement effective immediately, appoint Deputy Chief Brakebill as Interim Chief and Administrative Assistant Brittany Chavez as Interim General Manager. The motion failed with Vice President Brook abstaining, President Swarat voting no, and Directors Tolbert and Gorke in favor of the motion (Director Klimowicz had to unexpectedly leave the meeting for a family emergency and was not present for the motion and vote). Further motions included closing the department for 30-90 days and just appointing Chavez as General Manager, all motions presented failed.
With no answer in sight and Vice President Brook citing the need for more time to consider the information and make a decision, the board reluctantly ended the meeting and agreed to meet again on Friday, December 3, at 6 p.m. to hopefully come to a solution for the future of the Morongo Valley Fire Department and the men and women who work there.
Z107.7 News will continue to closely cover the staffing crisis at the Morongo Valley Fire Department.
12 people were arrested, and 18 illegal marijuana grow operations countywide, including one in Twentynine Palms and one in Joshua Tree, were shut down during the thirteenth week of illegal marijuana grow raids. According to Sheriff’s reports, deputies and investigators from the San Bernardino County Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 18 search warrants at properties in Oro Grande, Helendale, Joshua Tree, Newberry Springs, Twentynine Palms, Johnson Valley, San Gabriel, Redlands, Pinon Hills, and Phelan from November 22 through November 29 as part of Operation Hammer Strike, week thirteen. During this time, investigators arrested 12 suspects and eradicated 89 greenhouses, including four indoor locations. Deputies seized 23,002 marijuana plants, 791 pounds of processed marijuana, 15 guns, and over $45,000 in cash.
The raids came as a result of numerous complaints received regarding large outdoor marijuana cultivations in the areas. The suspects were cited or booked on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis, possession of marijuana for sales, illegal water discharge, possession of an unregistered firearm and/or conspiracy. A complete list of suspects and raided properties is available below.
#1 – Parcel with no address, Oro Grande
#2 – Parcel with no address, Helendale
#3 – 14400 Block of Melrose Avenue, Oro Grande
#4 – 36900 Block of Troy Road, Newberry Springs
#5 – 37000 Block of Troy Road, Newberry Springs
#6 – 46700 Block of Valley Center, Newberry Springs
#7 – 47300 Block of Autumn Leaf, Newberry Springs
#8 – 600 Block of Flohero Lane, Twentynine Palms
#9 – 63600 Block of Tilford Way, Joshua Tree
#10 – Parcel with no address, Johnson Valley
#11 – 100 Block of Fisk Avenue, San Gabriel
#12 – 12800 Block of San Timoteo Canyon Road, Redlands
#13 – 15200 Block of Azalea Road, Phelan
#14 – 9300 Block of Eaby Road, Phelan
#15 – 700 Block of Juniper Road, Phelan
#16 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#17 – Parcel with no address, Phelan
#18 – 15700 Block of Silver Rock Road, Phelan
Somphone Lavilay, 49 year old male resident of Rapid City, SD. Location #4
Tune Thonesavanh, 53 year old male resident of Rapid City, SD. Location #4
Kiew Vogvilay, 57 year old male resident of Newberry Springs, CA. Location #5
Macario Santoyo, 19 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #8
Yaniesky Gonzalez, 38 year old male resident of Joshua Tree, CA. location #9
Guang Li, 52 year old male resident of Long Meadow, MA. Location #11
Ming Zhang, 43 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #11
Yumiao Shi, 38 year old female resident of Brooklyn, NY. Location #11
Xin Huang, 39 year old male resident of Philadelphia, PA. Location #11
Ming H. Zhang, 30 year old male resident of San Gabriel, CA. Location #11
Brent Edington, 44 year old male resident of Phelan, CA. Location #13
Eduardo Carillo, 31 year old male resident of Mexico. Location #16
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400 or NARC-MET@sbcsd.org. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or you may leave the information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.