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Listen To Your News Saturday, April 28, 2012 News Archive
     

ARREST MADE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS HIT-AND-RUN ACCIDENT
This is Managing Editor Tami Roleff with breaking news. The Sheriff's Department has made an arrest in the hit-and-run accident Thursday evening that severely injured a 12-year-old boy in Twentynine Palms. On Friday, a Twentynine Palms resident called the Sheriff's Department with a tip as to the identity of the pick-up truck's driver that hit Jacob Baker and then fled the scene, as the boy was riding his scooter around 6:30 p.m. on Baseline Road at Kellogg Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Sheriff Deputy Shaunna Ables and Detective Jennifer Woods followed up on this lead, which lead them to a residence on Woodward Avenue in Twentynine Palms, just east of the accident location. After an investigation, Deputy Ables was then led to a home on Maricopa Avenue in Twentynine Palms where she located a vehicle hidden from sight. The vehicle had front end damage consistent with a recent traffic collision. In the meantime, Detective Woods interviewed Dennis Martinez, 42, and at the end of this interview, placed him under arrest for Hit and Run Causing Injury. Dennis Martinez is currently in custody at the Morongo Basin Jail without bail. The boy, identified as the son of Sheriff's Service Specialist Anita Baker, is listed as being in critical, but stable condition.

The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station thanks those who called in possible tips on the identity of the suspect vehicle.

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TELEVISION STAR GIVES PUPPY A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Actress Cindy Williams, known to the world as Shirley on the "Laverne and Shirley" television show, recently teamed up with the Yucca Valley Animal Shelter to make "Bandit" available for adoption to a suitable local home. Her television co-star Penny Marshall has partnered with Ms. Williams to support Bandit, a 4-month old great dane/pit bull mix and his care, until his eventual placement. The new owners, who will be screened by shelter staff for the best fit for Bandit, and will also get a signed picture of the Laverne and Shirley stars. Call the shelter at 760-365-3111.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER OVERSLEEPING
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Thursday evening for several parole violations after he got into a fight with his ex-girlfriend. According to a Sheriff's report, Cory Bryant, 28, of the 7500 block of Sherman Hoyt Avenue, started hitting his ex-girlfriend and kicking her front door about 8 p.m. because he was mad because she didn't wake him up after he slept all day after coming down off a methamphetamine high. Cory Bryant was arrested on several parole violations and is being held at the West Valley Detention Center without bail.

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LANDERS MAN ARRESTED FOR SPEEDING ON SPEED
A Landers man was arrested Thursday when drug paraphernalia was found after a traffic stop. About 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, a Sheriff's deputy tried to stop Jonathan Silva, 21, for driving 70 miles per hour westbound on Napa Road in Landers. Silva finally pulled into a residence near Inca Trail and Napa Road. The deputy saw Silva throw a methamphetamine pipe out the car window, and later determined that Silva was driving with a suspended driver's license and had a warrant for his arrest. Jonathan Silva was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance, with a $5,000 bail, and on a warrant, with no bail. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail.

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EMPTY BOWLS FUNDRAISER
Have you ever been out to eat and wished you could take the plates and stuff with you when you left, well now you can, assignment reporter Sara Snyder tells you how and it's for a good cause...
An Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Sunday is your opportunity to get a beautiful piece of pottery, some homemade vegetable soup, and support your local food bank. The Joshua Tree Art Gallery in downtown Joshua Tree is hosting the fundraiser in which local artisans will donate handmade bowls, and community members will prepare homemade soup and bread. For a $15 donation, you'll get a bowl filled with soup, and you get to keep the bowl. The line to buy tokens for the bowls starts at 3:45; only about 180 bowls will be available. Since everything for the event is donated, all proceeds will benefit the American Food Bank. For more information, call Diana Shay Diehl at 760-219-6219.

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A LITTLE MURDER NEVER HURT ANYBODY OPENS FRIDAY
The Theatre 29 Board of Directors is hosting the opening night of "A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody," directed by John Wright, as a special fund-raiser to purchase a state-of-the-art digital projection and screen system. The hilarious whodunit by Ron Bernas opens Friday. For this special opening night event, doors open at 6:00 p.m. with complimentary appetizers, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $25 per person for the opening night gala only, and can be purchased through members of the Theatre Board, at the Z107.7 FM studios in Joshua Tree, and The Loan Lady in Yucca Valley. Tickets for the special opening Night gala are also available by calling the Theatre 29 Box Office at 760-361-4151.

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SPRING ART AUCTION TONIGHT
Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us about a great local Art Auction in Twentynine Palms tonight, beginning with a social hour...
The Twentynine Palms Artists Guild is hosting its Spring Art Auction tonight, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the historic Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, 74055 Cottonwood Drive, off National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms. Larry Bowden will auction off a variety of artworks, to include framed paintings, watercolors, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, and pottery. Admission is free. The event begins with a social hour and complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine, coffee, and desserts at 5 p.m., with the auction starting at 6.

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THE MANE STREET STAMPEDE
The Mane Street Stampede, a western re-enactment group that puts on free shows every Saturday in Pioneertown, will be featured on a Los Angeles travel show, Eye on LA. The Stampede was invited to perform a series of old-west shoot-em-up skits for the Eye on L.A. film crew last week in Pioneertown. The show will air tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on ABC Channel 7. But you can see them perform live every Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in front of the bowling alley on Mane Street in Pioneertown. The volunteer group provides family-friendly free shows thru October. For more information, inquiries about membership or donations for this not-for-profit group, contact John Henry at 760-831-5928 or Scotty at 760-567-7750.

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BUSY WEEKEND AT JOSHUA TREE ART GALLERIES
It's a busy weekend at art galleries in Joshua Tree. The Red Arrow Art Gallery will be open late tonight as Aimee Bender and Kate McCabe will read from their latest books at 7:30. And next door to the Red Arrow, the Joshua Tree Art Gallery will hold an art auction of art works that were painted earlier in today in Section 11 of Joshua Tree. The auction is a fundraiser for the Mojave Land Trust DesertScapes Paint Out. The artist's reception and auction begins at 5 p.m.

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PARKINSON'S DISEASE SEMINAR NEXT WEEK
The Morongo Basin Senior Support Center and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center will present a two-day training seminar on Parkinson's Disease May 3 and 4. The seminar is for those with Parkinson's Disease, those who care for people with Parkinson's, and anyone who'd like more information about the disease. The seminar will be facilitated by Margaret Anne Coles, program manager of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The seminar will be held at the Morongo Basin Senior Support Center, 57121 Sunnyslope Drive in Yucca Valley from 10 to 3. Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to reserve a place, call John Yonushonis at 602-469-1203.

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PET REGULATIONS IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Do you think you know how your pet would behave in the National Park? Park Ranger Pat Pilcher tells us what is and is not allowed...
We feed and love them. Pets may be man's best friend; however, they are not the best friend of the wild. They can become prey to wildlife and are vulnerable to prickly plants and desert environments. Our furry companion can also be a predator, and though they behave at home, their hunting instincts will be elevated in the wilderness. They exert pressure on many species and cause wildlife to expend precious energy reserves that may mean the difference between life and death. Stop in at any visitor center for other options on where to walk your pet within the park. And please remember: Pets are not allowed on any trails or in wilderness areas. They must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Pets must be within 100 feet of a campground, roadside or picnic area.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CAR SHOW
The 12th Annual Street Fair and Car show is scheduled for June 2nd from 4 to 9 p.m. on Twentynine Palms Highway in downtown Twentynine Palms. The Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce is still accepting sponsors, vendors, and participants for the Street Fair and Car Show. All necessary applications can be found on the chamber's website, 29chamber.org, or by coming into the office at 73484 Twentynine Palms Highway. For more information, call the Chamber at 760-367-3445.

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DEADLINE FOR GRUBSTAKE DAYS FAIR BOOTHS
If you were planning to get a booth at Grubstake Days, time is running out to do it, Lenor Roberts clues you in...
May 18th is the deadline to apply for a booth in the 2012 Grubstake Days. Vendors, Non-Profit organizations, artisans, and crafters are being asked to register for their booth space as soon as possible. To apply for space for Non-Profit or commercial booths contact Maureen Randall at 760-369-7211. To be included in the Chamber's Home and Craft show call 760-365-6323. To be part of the Community Entertainment stage line-up call Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471. Z107.7 is a sponsor for the Grubstakes Community Fair.

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NATIONAL PARK WEEK, ENDS TOMMORROW
Just a reminder that National Park Week ends tomorrow, Sunday, April 29. Admission is free to all 397 national parks through Sunday, including Joshua Tree National Park, although camping and special user fees will still be collected.

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