VIDEOTAPED BEATING CAUSES COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATION

A disturbing videotape of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies viciously beating a suspected horse thief near Hesperia has caused County Sheriff John McMahon to order a departmental investigation of the incident. “The video surrounding this arrest is disturbing, and I have ordered an internal investigation be conducted immediately,” McMahon said

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FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISORS REPRESENTATIVE ARRAIGNED

The former field representative for Third District County Supervisor James Ramos was arraigned yesterday on two complaints that he smuggled contraband into jail in February. Mike Lipsitz, 53, pleaded not guilty to both charges. County Sheriff John McMahon said Ramos immediately fired Lipsitz following his arrest February 4 for allegedly

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CHP WARNS ABOUT DROWSY DRIVING

Driving safely and responsibly is a responsibility for anyone on the road. Reporter Taylor Thacker says among other challenges, drowsy driving is a serious concern for the California Highway Patrol… Driving requires concentration and awareness at all times. This simple fact is why drowsy driving is extremely dangerous. CHP Commissioner

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CADIZ SETS ASIDE LAND FOR A DESERT TORTOISE PRESERVE

Cadiz Inc. agreed in March to set aside up to 7,400 acres of its 45,000 acres of land in the Mojave Desert as a land bank for the desert tortoise. Cadiz’s Fenner Valley Desert Tortoise Conservation Bank is located near the Mojave National Preserve and the Nevada border in an

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK NEEDS WEED PULLERS TOMORROW

The Joshua Tree National Park vegetation crew is seeking volunteers for one more session to help with the control of the invasive Sahara mustard plant. Reporter Dan Stork says weed pullers are needed tomorrow… The non-native weed Sahara mustard is invading Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding communities. It has

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LOCAL WATER USAGE VARIATIONS COMPARED

Figures released by the state water board on April 7 show that the state as a whole did not get a good head start on the Governor’s call for a 25 percent water reduction. Californians reduced per capita use by 2.8 percent in February of this year, compared to the

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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED EAST OF TWENTYNINE PALMS

A lone motorcycle rider was found dead east of Twentynine Palms yesterday. The county coroner says at about 2:49 p.m., the CHP responded to the area of State Route 62 at mile marker 111 in the rural area of Vidal Junction on a solo motorcycle accident. The decedent, a 50

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TWO CRITICAL AFTER YUCCA MESA AREA ALTERCATION

We have sketchy details about an attack in the Yucca Mesa area yesterday, that left two men critically injured. According to County Fire Captain Jay Dimoff, about 2 p.m. paramedics were called to a home on 1000 block of Yucca Mesa Boulevard, where they found that one man had been

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A WARNING ABOUT IRS SCAMS

Now that the end of tax season is here, federal officials are warning about scammers posing as IRS agents. The IRS imposter scam tops the list of tax scams to be on the lookout for this year, according to law enforcement officials. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives tips on how

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TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES IN YUCCA VALLEY

Two people were arrested Friday on drug charges following a traffic stop in Yucca Valley. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy stopped a car near Borrego and Papago Trail in Yucca Valley about 10:15 a.m. Friday. Inside the car were David Bixon, and Chantel Fellows, 27. Bixon was arrested

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HUMAN BONES FOUND IN THE DESERT IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Human bones were found in the desert in Twentynine Palms Monday morning. According to Sheriff officials, the bones were spotted in the desert just east of Kern Boulevard, north of Highway 62, by a resident who was driving to work about 9 a.m. Officials say the bones appear to be

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CHP TO ENFORCE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING

The California Highway Patrol will enforce “zero tolerance” during April for Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts a driver’s attention away from driving. Several common distractions include using cell phones, iPods, and GPS; eating, reading, shaving or putting on make-up; or anything that causes drivers

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL KEEPS CURRENT DEVELOPMENT IMPACT FEES

The Yucca Valley Town Council voted to maintain its current development impact fees. Managing editor Tami Roleff says there were some objections… Despite public comment from two developers who said the public facilities development impact fees were too high and made housing unaffordable in Yucca Valley, the Yucca Valley Town

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JOSHUA TREE ARRESTS FOR DUI, DRUGS, WEAPONS, AND STOLEN CHECKS

A Joshua Tree man was arrested early Saturday morning, accused of driving under the influence with a dangerous weapon in his vehicle. According to a Sheriff’s report, Timothy Baragona, 51, was stopped near Reche Road and North Vans Ranch Boulevard in Landers on a traffic violation about 12:30 Saturday morning.

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MORONGO BASIN MAC LAND USE COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin MAC is crafting an official response to the proposed 248-unit Alta Mira project. Reporter Dan Stork says that’s one of the items under consideration by the MAC’s Land Use Committee… The Land Use Study Committee of the Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council will meet in open session

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL HOLDS PUBLIC FACILITY DEVELOPMENT FEES HEARING

The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet in regular session tonight. Managing editor Tami Roleff says a public hearing on a specific development impact fee and a look at some financial policies are on the agenda… Among the items on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the council

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TWO ARRESTS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN YUCCA VALLEY

A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Thursday morning, accused of attacking his girlfriend. According to a Sheriff’s report, residents near the movie theater in Yucca Valley called police just after midnight Thursday to report they heard a man and a woman yelling and shouting behind the theater’s parking lot

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR SUSPECTED DRUG SALES

A Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Thursday morning accused of possessing drugs for sale. According to a Sheriff’s report, a deputy attempted to stop Charles Perez, 25, riding his bicycle near Tamarisk Avenue and 29 Palms Highway about 2 a.m. in Twentynine Palms. Perez fled from deputies, but was

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MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD FACES A LONG AGENDA TONIGHT

The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has an exceptionally long agenda for its next regular meeting tonight. Reporter Dan Stork breaks it down…

The April 7 meeting of the Morongo Unified School District Board of Education has a 23-item action agenda, including:

the meeting calendar for next year;

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WE REVIEW “13 A NEW MUSICAL” AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

Last Friday night, the Twentynine Palms High School drama department opened “13, A New Musical.” Reporter Rebecca Havely was there and offers this review… When I heard the words “a new musical” in the show title, “13, A New Musical,” a show written just for teens, I must admit my

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