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Listen To Your News Wednesday, January 6, 2010 News Archive
     


Patric Poteat
SAN DIEGO MARINE ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY FOR MURDER OF HIS WIFE
A San Diego Marine was arrested in Yucca Valley Tuesday hours after police found his wife's body in the couple's apartment near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. San Diego homicide investigators went the Apartment after receiving a call from a friend of Lance Cpl. Patric Poteat, 21. Homicide Lt. Kevin Rooney said the caller said Poteat had asked him to call 911 and tell police to go to his apartment. When they arrived, they found the body of Poteat's 18-year-old wife. Investigators received information that Poteat, a 21-year-old Marine stationed at MCAS Miramar, was in the Twentynine Palms area. Sheriff’s Corporal Tyson Niles said San Diego Police contacted the Morongo Basin Sheriff station. The suspect was said to be in an area in the 73100 block of Cactus, near Donnell hill. As deputies were setting up a perimeter and waiting for the Sheriff’s helicopter, off duty Deputy Eric Smoot spotted the suspect’s 2003 Mazda driving westbound in Joshua Tree. Smoot followed Poteat giving his location and Patrol Deputies and Detectives made a felony traffic stop at the East end of Yucca Valley at 12:35, taking Poteat into custody at gun point without incident. San Diego police traveled to the Joshua Tree Sheriff’s station to take custody of Patric Poteat, who was booked into San Diego jail for investigation of murder. Both Poteat and his wife are originally from Georgia. Detectives would not release the victim’s name or cause of death.

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Patrick McGlade
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
A cross-country runner with special ties to the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, running for a special cause, will be in our Hi-Desert this afternoon and tomorrow. Managing Editor Karl Gardner invites residents to come out and greet him...
Patrick McGlade the son of a retired marine who spent "a lot of time at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Base in the ‘80’s, invites local Marines and Sailors to join him as he make a historic run across the United States. Hoping to raise $50,000 for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis awareness, McGlade, 21 of Virginia left on his journey from Huntington Beach Saturday, heading towards Tybee Island Georgia, a 2400-mile trek. McGlade plans on running a marathon a day, 6 days a week towards his goal. Wednesday McGlade plans to run up to the Morongo Basin from White Water along Highway 62 to Joshua Tree. He’ll start his next leg Thursday morning around 9:30 from Joshua Tree on a 30-mile run to Old Dale. McGlade is planning a rest stop Thursday around 11:30 on Highway 62 at Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms. Marines, Sailors and others are invited to join him for part or all of his run, or to come out and cheer him on at any point between White Water and Old Dale. For details on McGlade’s run, visit this link http://way.to/Patricksrun4arthritis.

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VISIT TO EMERGENCY ROOM LEADS TO ARREST FOR CHILD ABUSE
Keen eyes by staff at Hi-Desert Medical Center spotted a suspected case of child abuse. Sheriff’s officials said Tuesday around 2 a.m., deputies were called to the hospital’s emergency room after a 2-month-old child was brought in to evaluate an arm injury. An examination found the infant had suffered a spiral type fracture of the arm. Deputies contacted the child’s mother, 25 year old Heather Williams at her home in the 6000 block of Mariposa Avenue in Twentynine Palms and took her into custody. Heather Williams was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation child cruelty and held on $50,000 bail.

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AIRPLANE TAKEN FOR JOYRIDE FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS AIRPORT
A New Year’s surprise was up in the air for the co-owner of an airplane in Twentynine Palms. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Vera Martinez said the unidentified owner of a light aircraft housed at the Twentynine Palms Airport called the sheriff’s office Sunday, reporting that he had seen his plane flying around Sheep Hole Pass along road to Amboy New Year’s Eve day. Being the co-owner of the aircraft, he checked with the other pilot, and found out he had not been flying either. Responding deputies reported that the plane was back at the airport, and it appeared to be a case of airplane joy-riding. There are no suspects or leads in the case.

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A COMPLEX TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION. PART 1 OF 2
It was a busy and complex meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission last night. Reporter Dan Stork broke his report into two parts, today, part 1, general plan issues...
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission tried hard, but did not quite get through a set of General Plan Update issues at their 6 PM meeting on Tuesday. Hogle-Ireland consultant Nelson Miller led the Commission through a list of items, asking in each case whether the Commission wanted the consultant and city staff to develop further details, or to drop it from consideration. One set of issues that the commission would like to see more on were framed as "overlays", which relate to well-defined areas of the city whose land use designation will not change, but in which development rules might be stiffened to achieve certain objectives. These include: expansion of the Mesquite Dunes; wildlife linkage corridors; development buffers for the Marine Base and Joshua Tree National Park; and development restrictions on hillsides, in fault zones, in the 100-year flood plain, and in the Indian Cove/Mesquite drainage area. On the separate issue of build out, the commission’s consensus was that setting a build out population figure of 75,000 or 100,000+ is not meaningful, and that it is more important to grow intelligently than to worry about such targets. The commission then took up the issues of sewage treatment and the designation of three potential new industrial zones. They gave up just shy of 10 p.m., after scheduling a special meeting for 4 p.m. on Wednesday January 13th to finish up. The meeting was chaired by Dan Mintz, who took over chairmanship of the commission at the start of the meeting, and led the commission quickly through 2 public hearings and a study session on other matters before taking up the General Plan Update.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR THIS AFTERNOON [AUDIO ONLY]

BASIN-WIDE FOUNDATION BREAKFAST TOMORROW MORNING
The monthly Basin Wide Foundation breakfast meeting is tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. at the Helen Gray Center in Joshua Tree. The guest speaker, Michael Stevens, President of Stevens Consulting Services will address the subject: "2009 was a difficult year for many Nonprofit Organizations. Will 2010 be better­or worse? What can you do differently in 2010 to make it a successful, profitable year? For information or to RSVP: call (760) 365-7219 - Cost: $8.00 per person.

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Bob Stadum

Dan Munsey

Roger Mayes

Sheldon Hough

Surann Graham
 
HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT PUBLIC HEARING ON CHANGING FEES AND CHARGES TONIGHT
A public hearing on rates and fees highlight tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District, Managing Editor Karl Gardner checks the agenda…
The annual audit and a public hearing on revising fees and charges, are first up at this evening’s HI-Desert Water District Board of Directors meeting being held at district offices on the Highway at Inca, starting at 6. Following the public hearing, the board will review its state water allocation, hear and update on the state’s water conservation plan, and a state report on Fluoridation Limits. Moving on the board will consider a $30,000 task order with the district’s engineer, and receive an update on the sewage treatment project.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL COAST TO VICTORY OVER CATHEDRAL CITY
Last night the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat's boy’s basketball team and the Lions from Cathedral City met in Wildcat gym for a non-league game. Coach Larry Bowden said behind a solid defensive effort the Cat's were able to pull away and held a 38 to 17 half time lead. The second half found the Cat's up by as many as 30 points as they coasted to a 65 to 41 victory. Robert Caldwell led all scorers with 14 points followed by Jarin Rice with 12. The Wildcat's begin De Anza league play Friday in Thermal against Desert Mirage game time is 6:30 pm.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL WIN IN HEMET
The Yucca Valley High School girls basketball team tuned up for their De Anza League opener by defeating the West Valley Mustangs 53-41 last night in Hemet. Coach Jess Geeson said the Lady Trojans were led by junior Tabitha Vigens 21 points and 7 rebounds, while sophomore Latreya Ross put in 14 points and added 5 steals. Senior Sierra Smith pulled down 13 rebounds and chipped in 6 points for the Yucca girls who won their fourth game in a row to move to 8 wins and 7 losses on the season. Next up for the Lady Trojans is the league opener at Desert Hot Springs on Friday. Game times are 3 p.m. for junior varsity and a 6 p.m. tip-off for the varsity.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER LOSES TO PALM SPRINGS
Tuesday night the Yucca Valley High School Trojan boys Soccer team fell to the Palm Springs Indians 0-2. Coach Tee Vallo said Palm Springs took advantage our mistakes in the first half and scored 2 goals. With goalie Kent Usher having a great game (12 saves) they were able to shut out the Palm Springs attack in the second half. The Trojans had 8 shots on goal. Robert Duran, Ryan Rogers and Trevor Vallo all had shots on goal. Forward Connor Hendricks had a great game using speed and hard work to put he ball into the mix for scoring opportunities. Next up for the Trojan boys is Friday at Desert Hot Springs.

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COMING UP IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
In local high school sports, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan co-ed wresting team is in action today versus the Lucerne Valley Mustangs, with grapplers hitting the mats at 6:30. Tomorrow the Trojan boys and girls soccer teams face the Golden Eagles of Desert Hot Springs High School at Desert Hot Springs. The Lady Trojans hit the field at 3:15, the boys at 5. The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat boys and girls soccer teams travel away to Thermal versus the Desert Mirage Rams, the Lady Wildcats play at 3:15, the boys at 5.

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