SHERIFF'S CAPTAIN TALKS ABOUT “PROBLEM-ORIENTED POLICING”

When Sheriff’s Captain Jeff Joling addressed the Yucca Valley Town Council Tuesday night, he discussed a recent problem-oriented policing project that resulted in several arrests. Problem-oriented policing focuses on “quality of life” issues, such as drug possession and panhandling, that adversely affect people who live, work, and visit in Yucca

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TAKING PRESCRIPTIONS AND NEEDLES SATURDAY

Those expired prescriptions or old needles around your house pose a real danger to your family and to our environment. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says Hi-Desert Medical Center will be collecting them Saturday… Hi-Desert Medical Center hosts a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps or needles on Saturday,

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MORONGO UNIFIED ADMINISTRATORS ON “UP CLOSE” SHOW FRIDAY

Schools in the Morongo Unified School District open Monday. Tomorrow’s Up Close Show on Z107.7 will be a “Back-to-School” special, with Superintendent Tom Baumgarten and Director of Secondary Curriculum Amy Woods. Call in with your questions about busing, lunches, curriculum, scheduling, or going back to school. It all begins at

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PIPE BOMB DETONATED BY SHERIFF'S BOMB SQUAD IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Sheriff’s bomb and arson squad blew up a pipe bomb in Yucca Valley Tuesday. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a 7-year-old girl found a suspicious device that looked like a pipe bomb in her back yard of the 7100 block of Barberry Avenue. The device was described as

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STUCK BIG RIG CLOSES OLD WOMAN SPRINGS ROAD

Old Woman Springs Road was closed down in both directions for just over two hours Tuesday afternoon when a big rig truck making a U-turn got stuck. According to CHP Officer Randy O’Brien, the truck, which was hauling half of a mobile home, was northbound on Old Woman Springs Road

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HEARS PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT

The Yucca Valley Town Council dealt with routine business during its regular meeting last night. Then, following the open session, the council went into closed session for a performance evaluation of Town Manager Curtis Yakimow. A report released after the meeting states that Yakimow received a positive performance evaluation for

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SHERIFF'S STATION TAGGED, 1 ADULT ARREST, 2 JUVENILES CITED

An 18-year-old man was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of vandalizing the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station and county courthouse in Joshua Tree. Employees arriving to work about 7:30 Monday morning noticed that the courthouse, Sheriff’s Department building, and a medical office across the highway, had been tagged with graffiti overnight. An

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Monday afternoon, accused of beating up his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman called deputies from the 54600 block of 29 Palms Highway about 12:40 to say her boyfriend was beating her with a fist, and

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MISSING YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN FOUND DECEASED

A missing elderly Yucca Valley woman has been found deceased. According to a Sheriff’s report, an off-road rider found an older model Volvo car stuck on a rock in a wash near Palomar Avenue and Juarez Drive in Yucca Valley about 5 p.m. Monday. It appears the car’s driver, later

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FIRE AT LANDERS DUMP MONDAY AFTERNOON

Trash at the dump in Landers caught on fire Monday afternoon. County Fire Captain Bryan Hoverman said the fire at 59200 Winters Road was reported about 5:45 p.m. and was burning trash and tires. After fighting the fire for about 1 ½ hours, firefighters from Yucca Mesa Station 42 left

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BREAK-IN AT RACQUETBALL COURTS AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LUCKIE PARK

Thieves broke into the racquetball courts at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms sometime over the weekend. Twentynine Palms employees arrived at the courts about 9:30 Monday morning and discovered that unknown suspects had broken into the court and stole cash from a lock box, as well as a large bag

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO HEAR FROM CONGRESSMAN COOK TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Congressman Cook, risk sharing and Public safety will be heard from and about tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look…

Congressman Paul Cook of Yucca Valley will give a presentation at the Yucca Valley Town Council meeting tonight. After a routine

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL CALLS SPECIAL MEETING FOR TOMORROW

Continuing the process to turn over responsibility for fire protection to the County, the Twentynine Palms City Council, will hold a special meeting tomorrow night at 6:00. The sole item on the agenda is consideration of a resolution of city fire services as required by the Local Agency Formation Commission.

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CRITICAL MISSING PERSON ALERT

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An elderly Yucca Valley woman is missing, and her family is asking for the public’s help in finding her. About 9 a.m. Sunday morning, Jeanette Moss, 95, left her home in Yucca Valley to go to Walgreens. When she didn’t return, her family contacted the Sheriff’s Department. Jeannette Moss has

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ARREST MADE IN YUCCA VALLEY BANK BOMB THREAT

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A Morongo Valley man who called in a bomb threat to a bank in Yucca Valley last week was arrested Friday. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man who identified himself as Steven Castillo called the Yucca Valley branch of Chase Bank four times Thursday morning between 9 and

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LOOKY-LOOS CRASH INTO A SHERIFF'S PATROL CAR

Looky-loos driving past a traffic crash on Highway 62 Sunday morning crashed into the back of a Sheriff’s patrol car. Luckily, no one was injured during the second crash. About 9:15 a.m., Gary Horn, 40, was driving a 2015 Toyota Sienna westbound on the highway. As he approached Monte Vista

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TWO INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY SUNDAY

Two people were injured, one seriously, during a single-vehicle rollover crash in Morongo Valley Sunday. Morongo Valley Fire Engineer Andrew Behrens said that shortly before 7 p.m., rescue personnel were called to a crash in the eastbound lane of Highway 62, just east of Sundown Trail. A Ford Focus had

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CYBER SCAMS TARGETING LOCAL VICTIMS

We know that scam artists use phony websites and email to try and gain access to your credit cards and banking information, but few people are aware the cybercriminals also look for victims via the telephone. That’s what recently happened to a Twentynine Palms woman when, according to the Sheriff’s

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER TO TAKE UNWANTED PRESCRIPTIONS AND NEEDLES SATURDAY

Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting a drop-off event for unwanted prescription drugs and used sharps/needles. The event takes place Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Helen Gray Education Center on the hospital campus in Joshua Tree. Every year, thousands of pounds of prescription

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LIVE LIKE A DESERT NATIVE

The monsoon rain came a little early this summer, and the desert is blooming again. Joshua Tree National Park Ranger Cathy Bell says all desert residents should make an effort to be water wise… It is amazing how fast the desert responds to the monsoon rains of summertime. Immediately after

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