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Listen To Your News Monday, January 14, 2013 News Archive
     

MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER FOUND DEAD IN HIS CELL
A Wonder Valley man who was arrested in April for attempted murder was found dead in his cell in the Morongo Basin Jail Sunday afternoon. Sheriff's Lieutenant Brad Toms confirmed the death to Z107.7 News, and the man's name, Karl Hoyer, 48, was released by other sources. Hoyer was accused of stabbing and shooting Patrick Bidol, then 65, near a private airstrip in Wonder Valley east of 29 Palms April 21. Hoyer was in court Friday morning for a pre-trial hearing, with his jury trial set to begin next month. At 3:08 p.m., the Sheriff's media summary indicates there was a death at the Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department.

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COLD WEATHER WREAKS HAVOC IN MORONGO BASIN
The cold weather is playing havoc with water pipes in the Morongo Basin. Yesterday firefighters in Joshua Tree responded to a broken water main in the street in front of the National Park Visitor Center. Crews from the Joshua Basin Water District had to turn off the water while the main was fixed. Workers then discovered that water was running into the highway in front of the Hi-Desert Cultural Center, and determined that pipes had broken again inside the playhouse, and turned the water off to prevent further damage. Then firefighters from Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Mesa went to the Santa Fe Assisted Living Center, in the 55400 block of Santa Fe Drive, about 10:15 Sunday morning. Burst sprinkler pipes between the first and second floors forced between 15 and 20 residents to be evacuated from their rooms while the water was turned off and the mess was cleaned up. The Hi-Desert Water District Phone lines are down this morning. Customers who need to reach the water district may do so through e-mail or the website.

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JOSHUA TREE PARENTS ARRESTED AFTER 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL HOSPITALIZED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE POISONING
Two Joshua Tree parents were arrested Friday after their young daughter tested positive for methamphetamine. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Wilson, Johnnie Koranda, 32, and Michelle Beamer, 30, brought their 7-year-old daughter to the Hi-Desert Medical Center's emergency room late Thursday night because she was acting strangely. Preliminary tests indicated that the girl had methamphetamine in her system. She was airlifted to Loma Linda hospital in critical condition, where she remains in intensive care. Deputies served a search warrant on the parents' home in the 5000 block of 1st Street Friday morning and subsequently arrested Johnnie Koranda and Michelle Beamer for investigation of felony child abuse. They are being held on $100,000 bail each.

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MASSIVE PIONEERTOWN AREA WIND PROJECT DROPPED
The proposal to locate as many as 40 420-foot-tall wind turbines near a wildland preserve in the Morongo Basin appears to be dead. Reporter Dan Stork tells what's not happening on Black Lava Butte…
Portland-based wind developer Element Power has informed the Bureau of Land Management that it doesn't plan to install turbines atop Black Lava Butte and Flat Top Mesa near Pioneertown, citing insufficient wind resources. Element Power filed a formal "Request to Relinquish" its permit for testing wind resources on the site with the BLM's Barstow office on December 27. That request, since approved by the BLM, becomes official in late January. The project, first proposed by Redlands-based Sierra Renewables, would have covered about 4,000 acres of two unique volcanic buttes adjacent to the Wildlands Conservancy's Pioneertown Mountains Preserve in the Pipes Canyon area. Element erected two meteorological testing towers in July 2011, arousing local opposition. Some of that opposition came from locals who had cut their teeth fighting the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in its failed attempt to build the Green Path North transmission corridor. Other opposition came last year from current Third District Supervisor James Ramos, who was then chairman of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians, as the site chosen by Element was of cultural significance to those Indians. In a joint statement issued by Save Our Desert and the California Desert Coalition, Frazier Haney, president of Save Our Desert, said "The work isn't finished by any means. We need to ensure permanent protection for these remarkable landforms and we will continue to need the help of all our supporters, who we thank most sincerely for all of their dedicated efforts to get us to this point."

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT ON FIRE DEPARTMENT OPTIONS
We want to remind Twentynine Palms City residents that the City Council is having a special meeting tonight to hear and discuss options for providing fire services in the City of Twentynine Palms and the surrounding unincorporated area of San Bernardino County. The meeting takes place at 6 pm in council chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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TWO DUI CRASHES AND ARRESTS IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Two Twentynine Palms Marines were arrested Saturday night/Sunday morning, accused of driving under the influence and crashing into other vehicles. About 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, Johnny Flores, 23, was driving his 2007 white Dodge Charger near the Edge of Town Mobile Home Park in the 71600 block of Highway 62 when he hit a black Cadillac. Flores fled the scene and drove about another four miles before his badly damaged car died, near Petterson Road and the highway. Johnny Flores was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, and driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and released about 10:45 Sunday morning.

Then about 2:30 Sunday morning, Sheriff's Deputy Tabor was driving through the Denny's parking lot when Catarino Briseno, 23, started backing up his 2006 BMW directly toward the driver's door of the Sheriff patrol car. Deputy Tabor slammed his car into reverse, and Briseno's back bumper hit the push bar at the front of the car instead. Catarino Briseno was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content greater that .08 percent. He was released about 5:30 Sunday afternoon.

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MEET A MARINE WHO PROTECTS HIS CHAPLAIN IN AFGHANISTAN
Not every member of the military serving in Afghanistan carries a weapon. Some are armed only with a Bible. The Geneva Convention prohibits chaplains from being armed at all times. But in order to protect the chaplain's safety, a Chaplain's assistant—a Marine or sailor who is armed—is assigned to accompany the chaplain everywhere to protect him. Managing editor Tami Roleff talked last week with a Marine from Regimental Combat Team-7 deployed to Afghanistan whose job it is to protect his unit's chaplain…
"There is no greater feeling than being able to protect the man who's spreading the word of God out to the Marines and sailors out here because this is a time in a deployment where your faith is really tested." Lance Corporal Adam Henderson was trained as a motor transport operator, but prior to his unit's deployment to Afghanistan last October, he was tapped for the position of chaplain's assistant, a billet that is typically given to a sailor. He finds his responsibility very satisfying, especially over Christmas. "We went out to some of the most rugged locations. It was cold, miserable, but at the same time we were warming the hearts of every individual at came to our services. It was probably the most memorable moment of my life." Henderson goes everywhere the chaplain goes. "My primary job is to provide protection for the chaplain." Among his other duties assisting the he also helps the chaplain distribute CARE packages to the deployed Marines and sailors.

If you'd like to send some healthy food or toiletries, see the address below:
LCpl Adam Henderson
RCT-7, HQ Co, Chaplain
Unit 41500
FPO AP 96427-1500

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING WIFE WITH SCISSORS
A Twentynine Palms Marine was arrested Friday after his wife said he threatened to kill her with a pair of scissors. According to Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Wilson, Kwasi Graham, 28, of the 73900 block of Two Mile Road, was arguing with his wife shortly before noon. His wife told police she was cutting his clothing with scissors when he threw her to the ground and put the scissors to her throat and told her he was going to kill her. After he got up and left their home, she called police. When she was talking with deputies, she saw Graham drive by in his car. After an investigation, Kwasi Graham was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday, accused of breaking into a home with a young girl. A resident in the 74100 block of Pinon Drive in Twentynine Palms, came home about 6:30 Friday to find at least one man and a girl in his home. According to Sheriff reports, the burglars took a gun and some silver and fled. Deputies developed information that Jerome Eads, 19, was involved, and were familiar with him due to his conviction for possession of illegal fireworks in July, and a pending case of possession of a controlled substance from August. Deputies were led to an abandoned home near Two Mile Road and Chia, where they discovered not only the stolen gun and silver, but other stolen property as well. Jerome Eads was subsequently arrested for investigation of burglary and booked into the Morongo Basin Jail. The 14-year-old girl who was with him was determined to be a runaway and was returned to the custody of her father.

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STATE FUNDED PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAMS AVAILABLE
Enrollment is now being accepted for state-funded preschool programs in the Morongo Unified School District for low-income families who meet eligibility requirements. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has details…
The state preschool sites at Palm Vista and Yucca Valley Elementary Schools offer comprehensive child development programs Monday through Friday. Classes are three hours, with a morning or afternoon option. Lunch or breakfast is provided for both morning and afternoon students. To get on an eligibility list, please contact the schools directly. Eligibility for the programs is based on a schedule of income ceilings for Child Care and Development Programs. A family of three with a monthly gross income of $3,518 or less would meet the eligibility requirements. Those enrolling their children do not have to be employed.

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MILITARY NIGHT WEDNESDAY AT YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Yucca Valley High School will be hosting its first annual Military Night, Wednesday, January 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Yucca Valley High School library. There will be representatives from several branches of the military available to speak to parents and students. Any questions please contact the YVHS counseling office at 760-365-1138.

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AMERICAN LEGION POST 761 MEETS TONIGHT
The Jack V. Rice Post 761 of the American Legion meets the second Monday of every month at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 67330 29 Palms Highway in Twentynine Palms. Tomorrow's Officers' meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information call,760-362-4112.

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AUDITIONS FOR THE MUSICAL "GYPSY" AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT
Open auditions will be held tonight for the second show of the Theatre 29 2013 season. Try-outs for the Broadway musical classic "gypsy" will include parts for children 12 and over and adults. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says "Gypsy" is looking for a cast of up to 25...
Tonight in Twentynine Palms, Theatre 29 and Directors Gary Daigneault and Ed Will hold open auditions for the Broadway classic Gypsy. The show is considered by many to be the last great musical comedy. Set in the 1920s, Gypsy tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee's backstage transition from vaudeville to burlesque. Gypsy will run for 12 performances over five weekends from March 8 through April 6. Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include musical classics like "Let Me Entertain You", "Some People", and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." It is the gripping story of one of show business's most frightening aspects. Open auditions begin at 6 p.m. at Theatre 29 on Sullivan Road across from Barr Lumber. Directors Daigneault and Will are looking to cast up to 25, with many roles open for both adults and younger performers ages 12 and up. Prepare for tonight's tryouts by looking at the audition "sides" online at theatre29.org.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULES
In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms Wildcat and Yucca Valley Trojan boys' and girls' soccer teams will play each other in Yucca Valley. The boys' game starts at 3:15; girls at 5 p.m.

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