ACLU SAYS BEATING BY COUNTY DEPUTIES PART OF LARGER PROBLEM

A spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming. The FBI announced Friday it would conduct a civil rights investigation into the televised beating of a man as he was taken into custody. Thursday,

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WE REVIEW “WAIT UNTIL DARK” AT THEATRE 29

The mystery thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” opened last weekend at Theater 29. Set in 1960 Greenwich Village, New York, this haunting tale follows three ex-con men on a desperate search for a drug-filled doll that leads them to the apartment of a young blind woman oblivious to the dangers the

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT SAYS GOODBYE TO BOLHA, PLANS FOR CHROMIUM-6 STANDARDS

The Joshua Basin Water Board will honor retiring Shirley Bolha and address new chromium-6 standards tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz takes a close look at the agenda… Following recognition of Shirley Bolha, who retires after 47 years with the Joshua Basin Water District, the board of directors will take up a

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FBI INVESTIGATING THE SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

In the wake of a horrific beating captured on camera by a KNBC News Helicopter, the FBI has initiated an investigation to determine whether civil rights were violated during the pursuit and altercation involving Francis Jared Pusok and San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies.

“The results of the review will be

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VEHICLE FIRE BLOCKS THE EASTBOUND MORONGO GRADE YESTERDAY

A vehicle fire on the Morongo Grade Monday evening closed the eastbound lanes. Witnesses said a pick-up truck pulling a fifth wheel motor home going up the grade caught fire about 5:00 p.m. The truck was fully involved in flames by the time firefighters arrived. Fire and emergency vehicles blocked

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AT GUNPOINT FOR STEALING TOW TRUCK

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested at gunpoint early Monday morning, accused of stealing a tow truck. According to a Sheriff’s report, Michael Calvert, 28, used a bolt cutter to break into a tow truck yard in the 7500 block of Baseline Road about 4:30 a.m. and stole a tow

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT, WE CHECK THE AGENDA

The decision items before the Twentynine Palms City Council at its next regular meeting concern environmental law, a lobbyist contract, and traffic light construction. Reporter Dan Stork has details…

The April 14 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council starts off with multiple proclamations, including recognition of April as Child

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FOUR ARRESTED IN SHOULDER TAP STING OPERATION

Four people were cited during a shoulder-tap sting in Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms over the weekend. According to a Sheriff’s press release, underage juveniles, under the supervision of Sheriff’s deputies, asked strangers at several liquor stores to buy alcohol or tobacco for them. Deputies made four citations for furnishing

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SUSPECT IN FOUR LOCAL ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTED

Detectives with the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station have arrested the man suspected of robbing three Twentynine Palms businesses in February and March, and a Yucca Valley business Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, Ramirez Brown, 35, of Victorville, robbed the Check-n-Go in the Vons shopping center in Yucca

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MORONGO BASIN MAC TO REORGANIZE TONIGHT

The Morongo Basin MAC meeting for April 13 features reorganization and three informational presentations. Reporter Dan Stork tells what’s afoot…

The first order of business at the April 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will be the election a new chair and vice-chair. Then there will be

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FIRE AT BURRTEC FRIDAY REKINDLES SATURDAY

Firefighters were called back Saturday evening to the scene of a fire at Burrtec, when smoldering trash re-ignited. About 5:15 p.m. Friday, trash inside a half-acre enclosure caught on fire, and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine Palms all responded.

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ALL-STAR BURGERS FIRE IN YUCCA VALLEY CAUSES EXTENSIVE SMOKE DAMAGE

Yucca Valley firefighters were also called to All Star Burgers in Yucca Valley early Sunday morning. County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff said passers-by called 911 at 12:53 a.m. to report the restaurant was filled with smoke. When firefighters arrived, the smoke had filled the restaurant almost to the floor. Firefighters

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AUDITIONS FOR COMEDIC MUSICAL AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT

Open Auditions will be held tonight for the next offering of Theatre 29. The unfinished Dicken’s based musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” will be solved by the audience in a fascinating theatrical twist. Reporter Rebecca Havely has the try-out instructions and details… Theatre 29 open auditions for the comedic

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FIND YOUR PARK

Everyone finds their national park in a different place and in a different way. Ranger Pam Tripp tells where to read stories that just might inspire you to find yours…

Joshua Tree National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and

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AUDITIONS FOR COMEDIC MUSICAL AT THEATRE 29 MONDAY

“Wait Until Dark” opened this weekend at Theatre 29 for its 5-week run, but work is about to begin for the next production. Theatre 29 announces open auditions for the comedic musical, who-done-it “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” Monday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. Director Charles Harvey is looking to

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MORONGO BASIN MAC MEETS MONDAY

The first order of business at the April 13 meeting of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will be the election a new Chair and vice-Chair. Then there will be three informational presentations:

California Highway Patrol officer Joan Griffin will talk about the Teen Driving Program Steve Martinez, from the

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RATTLESNAKE AVERSION TRAINING CLASS PLANNED

The Morongo Basin Humane Society is sponsoring rattlesnake aversion training May 2. Each dog is trained individually to avoid rattlesnakes that are native to our desert region; training is done by experienced dog trainers from Natural Solutions Wildlife Enterprises. The training cost is $75 per dog and the no-kill animal

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CONSERVATION CORPS APPLICATION

As a regular hiker in Joshua Tree National Park, I appreciate the maintenance done on the trails. Reporter Taylor Thacker says that teen-agers can be part of keeping the Park in shape, and get paid for it…

This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps

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ARMED ROBBERY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The same man who robbed several businesses at gunpoint in Twentynine Palms is suspected of robbing a check-cashing business in Yucca Valley Friday afternoon. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Mike Landavazo, the robber entered the Check-n-Go in the Vons Shopping Center shortly before 12:30 p.m., pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at

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FIRE AT BURRTEC IN YUCCA VALLEY

Firefighters from across the Morongo Basin responded to a large fire at Burrtec in Yucca Valley Friday evening. According to County Fire Captain Dustin Krajeski, the first call came in at 5:17 p.m., and units from Yucca Valley, Yucca Mesa, Joshua Tree, Morongo Valley, CalFire, the Combat Center, and Twentynine

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