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SEARCH WARRANT FILINGS REVEAL MORE IN CORWIN CASE

The wife of a former Marine suspected of having an affair with Erin Corwin, the missing pregnant wife of a Marine, told a witness “detectives would never find her body.” Search warrants made public reveal the wife of Christopher Lee, 24, told Isabella Megli of Yucca Valley, who told detectives, that without Corwin’s body, investigators “did not have a case against them”, the warrant was issued July 8. Corwin, reported missing June 29th, was having an affair with Lee before she disappeared, he may also have been the father of Corwin’s child, according to the warrant. Corwin told her husband she was heading to Joshua Tree National Park, when she didn’t return home he reported her missing the next day. Investigators say her phone had been turned off. Lee, who was Corwin’s neighbor, planned to take Corwin on a hunting trip the same day she disappeared. In an interview with investigators, he said he ended up going alone.
On June 30, authorities found Corwin’s car abandoned a couple of minutes away from her home. Near her car, detectives found a shoe print and a set of tire marks, which they said matched those on Lee’s vehicle. The warrant also said Lee and his wife, Nicole, had been storing their belongings at a property owned by Megli because they were reportedly moving to Alaska. Lee’s wife also told Megli that detectives had missed something while searching their home garage.


A NEW LAW IS PHASING OUT OLD SMOKE ALARMS

A new California law aims to eventually phase out smoke detectors that take replaceable batteries. Dan Stork describes who it affects, and when…
A California law on smoke alarms has a timer that started ticking July 1. It says battery-powered smoke alarms sold in the Golden State must have non-replaceable, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. But property owners, managing agents, contractors, wholesalers or retailers with replaceable-battery smoke alarms in stock or on order can keep installing or selling them through July 1, 2015. At that point, selling smoke detectors with replaceable batteries will be illegal.

Also in a year, the law will require that all smoke alarms or combination smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors sold do the following:

• Display the date of manufacture
• Provide a place on the device where the date of installation can be written
• Incorporate a hush feature
• Incorporate an end-of-life feature that provides notice that the device needs to be replaced.

By Jan. 1, 2016, owners of rental units must install smoke alarms in each bedroom or other sleeping area. These alarms must meet all new requirements.

If a smoke alarm is already in place and working, however, state law won’t require the landlord to change it out until the smoke detector finally stops working.


REMINDER OF LOCAL COOLING LOCATIONS FOR HEAT RELEIF

The Morongo Basin is currently experiencing hot days, often into the triple digits. Residents are being reminded of cooling options during these long summer days. Residents are encouraged to stay cool by seeking air conditioned buildings, drinking plenty of water and limiting outdoor activities during the hottest time of the day. In Yucca Valley, Town offices are open during normal business hours with lobby areas to accommodate those wishing to get out of the heat. The Yucca Valley Community Center is open five days a week during the hottest part of the day. People are welcome to bring a book and a snack to help pass the time. The Hi Desert Nature Museum is another opportunity to beat the heat. The museum is open Thursday thruSaturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Twentynine Palms, the City has designated the Senior Center on Adobe Road as a cooling Center, the library is also open. In Joshua Tree The Hi-Desert Medical Center Cafeteria is available for heat relief, as is the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Road. Residents are being reminded to take care of indoor and outdoor pets by making sure they have plenty of water and a cool, shady place to rest. Never leave a pet unattended in vehicles, as temperatures inside the vehicle quickly reach deadly levels.


A REMINDER TO CALL BEFORE YOU DIG

While you are doing that fix up job, remember to “call before you dig”, Reporter Cara Conway has this important reminder……
Prevent rupturing a gas line before you begin digging on your property. Before installing a new fence, swimming pool, or planting a tree, homeowners are encouraged to consult with The Gas Co. so they can locate and mark the hidden underground gas lines. Calling the Underground Service Alert and having your yard marked is free and should be done up to two days before your project begins.


TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER BOARD MET LAST NIGHT

Last night, the Twentynine Palms Water District Board met for their regular monthly meetings on both Water and Fire business. On the Fire Department side, the results from a survey conducted by the Lew Edwards Group on whether or not the community supported a tax increase were given. Overall, about two thirds of the people surveyed said they were likely to vote yes for a tax increase. However, these numbers are not high enough to ensure that the measure would get passed when brought to a vote so the Directors don’t see this issue being on a ballot anytime soon. They want to spend more time educating the public. On the Water District side, the Directors discovered they may face new issues with strict water conservation laws that could soon be passed by the State Water Resources Control Board. More information will be given on that in the next few months.


COUNTY OFFERING BEHAVIORAL HEALTH TREATMENT FOR MILITARY

A San Bernardino County program offers free behavioral heath services for military service members and their families. All active duty and retired military personnel, reservists, or National Guard who have served on or after September 11, 2001 and their families are eligible. Services include confidential behavioral health assessments, rehabilitative support, family services, and in-home visits as needed. For more information, contact Pacific Clinics at 760-228-9657.


“MOVIES IN LUCKIE PARK” IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TONIGHT

Family fun tonight outside on the cool grass of Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms, Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to enjoy the free “Movies in Luckie Park”…..
The city of Twentynine Palms Recreation Department continues their free event, “Movie in Luckie Park”, with Despicable Me 2 scheduled to play on Thursday, July 24th, starting at 8:30pm. In this movie, while Gru, the ex-super villain is adjusting to family life and an attempted honest living in the jam business, a secret Arctic laboratory is stolen. The Anit-Villain League decides it needs an insider’s help and recruits Gru in the investigation. Gru has a suspect, but seems to be on the wrong track as his minions are being quietly kidnapped for some malevolent purpose. Come see what happens! This movie takes place at the north side of the racquetball courts at Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms. Bring friends, family, blankets, and chairs!


DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR OLD SCHOOLHOUSE MUSEUM AUCTION

The Twentynine Palms Historical Society will host a Red Hot Auction on Saturday, August 23, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with light refreshments and a silent auction, followed by a live auction beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The fundraiser is to help pay remaining costs of the Hastie Bus renovation project, which has restored “Old Betsy,” Johnnie Hastie’s 1928 12-passenger bus that became the 29 Palms Stage, the area’s first public transportation service. According to event organizer and auctioneer Larry Bowden, “Not only are we looking for you to come and bid on the many items that will be in the auction, we are also looking for donations of items for the auction. Historical items from the Twentynine Palms area would be ideal for the auction.” Donations can include artwork, antiques, collectibles, rustic relics, historic treasures, or any good new or used item that has value. Items can be picked up at your house or business by calling Larry at (760) 910-3886.


YVHS STUDENT GETS FULL-RIDE ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

A talented local student-athlete accepted a post-graduate gift from a big Southern California state university. Dan Stork shines the spotlight on Trevor Gorwin…
On July 15, 2014 Yucca Valley High School graduate Trevor Gorwin accepted a full scholarship at Cal State Fullerton, where he will compete in Track & Field. He’ll be throwing the shot put, discus, hammer & javelin for the Titans over the next 4 years. He culminated his high school career with a school record in the shot put with a throw of 59’10.5″ and placed 7th in the California State Track & Field Championships in June, with all divisions combined.


DRUM CIRCLE IN JOSHUA TREE THIS SATURDAY

A new moon drum circle will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Facilitated by Sam Sloneker, the drum circle will be held on the patio of the sanctuary at Joshua Tree Retreat Center. Participants are encouraged to bring drums, shakers, and tambourines. The drum circle is free, although donations of $5 for individuals or $10 per family are requested. For more information, call 760-365-8371.


SHERIFF NOW LOOKING FOR A CRIME SCENE IN THE CORWIN INVESTIGATION

The Sheriff’s Department says its efforts in the case of Erin Corwin,20, a pregnant Twentynine Palms Marine spouse missing since June 29th, have turned into a search for a possible crime scene. Investigators said yesterday afternoon, quote – “Information regarding locations that may have potential evidence of foul play has reached detectives and while several search warrants have been issued, specific information regarding these search warrants has not been released to protect the integrity of the case.”, unquote. “We are looking for a crime scene,” said Leland Boldt, the captain of the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division. Yesterday we reported that Christopher Lee, 24, who just left the Marine Corps July 6, identified as having a romantic relationship with Corwin, was arrested as a result of a search warrant served at the White Rock Horse Rescue facility in Yucca Valley. Investigators said his arrest is not related to the case of the missing Corwin, but because deputies located a destructive device and arrested Lee for its possession, Z107.7 has learned that device was a potato gun. Sheriff’s specialized investigations said, “Although the circumstances regarding the disappearance of Erin Corwin are suspicious, no evidence has ruled out she may have left the area voluntarily.” Anyone with any information that might help solve the mystery surrounding Erin Corwin’s disappearance is asked to please contact the Sheriff’s Specialized Investigation Division at (909) 387-3589.


3 ARRESTED FOR SUSPECTED METHAMPHETAMINE USE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

During the course of a burglary investigation, Sheriff’s deputies contacted three people at an apartment in the 6000 block of Yucca Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Hughes Cretty, 47; Derek Chismyork, 23, and Christina Chapman, 45, were all found to be in possession of methamphetamine and under the influence. All three were transported to Morongo Basin jail, where they were booked for investigation of the possession of a controlled substance, with bail of $25,000 each.


29 PALMS CITY COUNCIL NAMES PLANNING COMMISIONER IN SHORT SESSION

In its shortest meeting in recent memory, the Twentynine Palms City Council, its numbers reduced to a bare quorum in the absence of Jay Corbin and Cora Heiser, filled the vacancy on the Planning Commission, and dispatched the rest of its agenda without much discussion. Dan Stork peers through the blur of speed…

Reach Out Morongo Basin gets $5000 donation from Southern California Edison. Left to right:  Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser, Edison District Manager Ken Hoover, Edison spokesperson Jennifer Cusack, 29 Palms Mayor Dan Mintz.

Reach Out Morongo Basin gets $5000 donation from Southern California Edison.
Left to right: Reach Out Executive Director Robin Schlosser, Edison District Manager Ken Hoover, Edison spokesperson Jennifer Cusack, 29 Palms Mayor Dan Mintz.

At the start of the meeting, the Council and Southern California Edison, represented by Jennifer Cusack, commended each other on their cooperation during the rain-caused emergency during the Independence Day weekend. Cusack also presented Reach Out Morongo Basin with a $5000 check.
The new Planning Commission member is Jeffrey Perry, who was recommended for selection by Council members Jim Harris and Dan Mintz, over one other applicant – John King – following interviews of both men. Perry favors the establishment of Vacation Home Rentals in the City.

In other business, the Council
• Removed from the consent agenda adjustment of the Fire Facilities Impact Mitigation fee, returning it to staff for further work;
• Confirmed the levy for the 1st Lighting and Landscaping Assessment District;
• Authorized minor corrections to the budget for 2014-2015;
• Following a Planning Commission recommendation, considered initiating an amendment to the Development Code, allowing “Ambulance Services” as a permissible use in multiple zoning districts.

At Jim Harris’ suggestion, “Ambulance Services” was generalized to “public safety services”. Harris said that this zoning change is likely to benefit the Desert Heights area, with improved response times for medical emergencies in the wake of the closure of the Lear fire station. Morongo Basin Ambulance, having made over 1000 calls in the Twentynine Palms area last year, would like to have a permanent staging area for calls.

Council adjourned to closed session, to discuss property acquisition for rights-of-way for sidewalk, curb, and gutter construction on State Route 62.


THE “WONDERS OF THE NIGHT SKY” AT SKY’S THE LIMIT SATURDAY NIGHT

The public is invited to explore the wonders of the night sky this Saturday night at Sky’s the Limit Observatory and Nature Center, just north of the Twentynine Palms entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. The free event begins around 8:00 pm and continues until approximately 2:00 am. This cosmic tour will visit some of the lesser-known wonders of the night sky. Besides the familiar bright Messier Objects in the summer sky, there are many spectacular deep sky objects not included in Messier’s catalog. Guests are encouraged to bring their own binoculars and telescopes. Pads are provided for telescope setup, and volunteers will make every effort to assist as needed in setting up and using equipment. Everyone should bring snacks, water bottles, chairs, and a small flashlight (red lens, no white lights please) and dress for unpredictable desert weather. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No pets and no smoking allowed on the STL campus, and visitors must carry out all trash.


29 PALMS WATER BOARD MEETS, WATER AND FIRE BUSINESS TONIGHT

The Twentynine Palms Water District meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Taylor Thacker says the meeting will cover both Water and Fire business……
The Twentynine Palms Water District is scheduled to have their regular meeting on Wednesday, July 23rd, starting at 6:00pm. At this meeting, the Board will discuss the consideration of providing for the authority of the general manager to deposit and invest funds in the district. Immediately following this is the Fire Department meeting. Both of these meetings take place at the Twentynine Palms Water District at 7241 Hatch Rd in Twentynine Palms.


SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE 29 PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW

Reregistered participants are invited to the final Summer Reading Program parties at the Twentynine Palms Library tomorrow. The children’s party is scheduled for 10:30am. Registered children will have the opportunity to celebrate with cake, prizes and creating their very own paper plate dinosaur to take home. All items will be provided at no cost.

The teen’s end of the Summer Reading Program Party will also be tomorrow at 3pm. Teens will celebrate their reading success with pizza, prizes and creating a tissue paper collage journal. All supplies are provided. This free program is open to all registered teens.

Registered adults who participated in the Twentynine Palms Library Summer Reading Program, will also have the opportunity to win final prizes. Winners will be contacted by phone or email.

For more information call the library at (760) 367-9519.


AUDITIONS SET FOR “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN” AT THEATRE 29

It promises to be monstrously great fun for cast and audience — Dan Stork has the audition call for “Young Frankenstein” at Theatre 29…

Theatre 29 will hold auditions for the musical “Young Frankenstein,” written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks, on Monday August 18, at 6 pm, at the theater. “Young Frankenstein”, will be directed by Gary Daigneault with music direction by Bill Barrett.

For vocals, those auditioning are asked to bring a back-up CD or mp3 file on a Smartphone or mp3 player (no accompanist will be available). Broadway tunes only, (not from “Young Frankenstein”), no pop music, a cappella is discouraged. Readings will consist of cold sides from the script .

The characters include :
• Dr. Frederick Frankenstein – Male, age 20s or30s.
• The Monster – Male, age indeterminate, but BIG – the bigger the better. Must be able to emit howling/monster/grunting sounds. Knowledge of tap dancing is a plus.
• Igor – Male, age 20s or 30s. Frederick’s faithful, bright-eyed, eager servant and friend–with a hunchback.
• Inga – Female, age 20s. Frederick’s bubbly, not-so-bright young assistant. Sexy, attractive. A resident of Transylvania. Yodeling is a plus.
• Elizabeth Benning – Female, age 20s or 30s. Self-loving, “madcap”, boisterous fiancé of Frederick.
• Frau Blücher (whinney..!) – Female, age 40 s/ 5 0s. Intense, stern housekeeper of Frankenstein estate.
• Inspector Hans Kemp – Male, age 40s/50s. Head of the police in Transylvania, with a wooden arm and leg. Justice-driven.
• Blind Hermit – Lonely, poor, blind town hermit longing for a friend.
• Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein – Male, age 40s/50s. Frederick’s infamous grandfather.
• Ziggy – Male, age in 30s. Well-intentioned village idiot.
• Additional cast members of up to 6 males and 6 females, will have multiple featured supporting roles, with lots of juicy lines and singing.

For information about auditions for “Young Frankenstein” contact Gary Daigneault at 760-366-8471 or z1077fm@gmail.com.


RAFFLE TO BENEFIT DESERT CHRIST PARK IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Desert Christ Park Foundation is holding a raffle to raise money for the park in Yucca Valley. A matted, framed, and signed black-and-white photo of one of the statues in the park “Suffer the Children,” by photographer Phil Dunham will be won in a raffle drawing, set for November 2. Tickets are $1 each, or 6 for $5. To purchase tickets, call 760-365-3984. Desert Christ Park is located at 56200 Sunnyslope Drive.


HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO SHOW MOVIE UNDER THE STARS SATURDAY

A Classic 50’s Comedy, shot mostly here in our Morongo Basin, will be shown this Saturday Night in Landers. Assignment Reporter Cara Conway invites you to see……
Stanley Kramer’s 1963 comedy film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” will be playing Saturday, July 26, at the Morongo Basin Historical Society Museum. Dinner, complete with vegan options, is included, as well as entrance to the exhibition “Pioneertown Movietown.” The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with the movie starting about 8. Bring folding chairs. Admission is $8 for members, $10 for non-members. The Historical Society is at 632 Landers Lane in Landers.


29 PALMS INN LOOKS FOR AUGUST 1ST REOPENING AFTER RENOVATION

The restaurant at the historic 29 Palms Inn remains closed for a brief summer refurbishing until hopefully, Friday, August 1. The Inn will remain open for hotel guests during the renovation period, with full access to all the 29 Palms Inn cabins, oasis area, and swimming pool. Restaurant fans and regulars are asked to please be patient and join the Inn staff for a special “Welcome Back” dinner, beginning at 5 p.m. August 1.
29 Palms Inn is located at 73950 Inn Avenue, off National Park Drive in the heart of Twentynine Palms. For questions, lodging reservations, or special event queries contact the hotel reservation staff at (760) 367-3505.


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