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Listen To Your News Tuesday, March 19, 2013 News Archive
     

BURGLARY STOPPED BY RESIDENT'S SHOTGUN BLAST IN JOSHUA TREE
A Joshua Tree resident who had been the victim of eight recent burglaries shot at the suspected burglar during the burglar's ninth visit to his home early Monday morning. A Sheriff's press release states that Maurice Lewis, 37, of Joshua Tree, is alleged to have parked his car in an isolated area down the road from the home of Philip Kahre, of the 8500 block of Weaver Lane. Lewis, who was wearing women's clothing and a mask, and carrying a samurai sword, then walked 150 yards through the desert to Kahre's home, where he set off a motion alarm shortly before 2:30 Monday morning. Alerted by the alarm, Kahre got his 12-gauge shotgun and confronted Lewis just outside his front door. He ordered Lewis to lie down on the ground, and when Lewis refused to comply, Kahre fired a warning shot in Lewis's direction. Lewis fled, losing both his shoes in the process. Deputies responded to a report of shots fired, and after an investigation, found Lewis at his home in the 6700 block of Park Boulevard. The release states that Lewis had cactus thorns in his feet and injuries consistent with running through the desert in bare feet. Deputies recovered stolen property belonging to Kahre in Lewis's front yard, where he had been selling it in a perpetual yard sale. Maurice Lewis was arrested for investigation of possession of stolen property, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $25,000. Anyone with information related to the investigation should call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO SWEAR IN BOB LEONE TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council will swear in Bob Leone tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the Council will also look at off-highway vehicle grant funds and a Caltrans agreement…….
At tonight's meeting of the Yucca Valley Town Council, the Council will first certify the results of the special election from March 5, and then swear in newly elected council member Bob Leone. Among the items in the consent agenda, the council will be asked to approve an application for off-highway vehicle grant funds, approve a cost-distribution agreement between CalTrans and the Town, and amend the 2013-14 budget. The Council will then appoint a council member to fill a vacant seat on the Sewer Financing Ad-Hoc committee, and hear reports on federal awards and on the Mid-Town Master Land Use Vision and Mobility plan. Following the regular session, the Council will go into closed session to discuss potential litigation against the town, and labor negotiations. Tonight's meeting will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center starting at 6 p.m.

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JOSHUA TREE WOMAN HELD FOR DRUG POSSESSION
A report that people were selling methamphetamine in Joshua Tree resulted in the arrest of one woman. According to a Sheriff's report, a deputy went to the 6400 block of Valley View Street about 2:15 a.m. Sunday where he found Kristie Ragsdale, 34, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The report states that Ragsdale told the deputy her identification was inside her car, parked nearby, and gave the deputy permission to search her car. A plastic baggie filled with a white powdery substance believed to be meth was found inside the car. Kristie Ragsdale was arrested for investigation of possession of a controlled substance, and was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail on $25,000 bond.

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LANDERS SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR PAROLE VIOLATION
A convicted sex offender was arrested Sunday morning after he refused to allow a deputy to search his home under terms of his parole agreement. About 11 Sunday morning, a deputy went to the home of Larry Leard, 63, in the 58300 block of Judy Lane in Landers to ensure that Leard was following the terms of his parole. A Sheriff's report states that Leard refused to allow the deputy into his home for the search, as required by law. After Leard was detained, the report states the deputy discovered a 20-gauge shotgun shell, marijuana, and alcohol, all items in violation of his parole agreement. Larry Leard was arrested on a no-bail warrant and for violating the terms of his parole. Leard is being held at the West Valley Detention Center.

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EMPLOYERS SOUGHT FOR JOB FAIR PLANNED AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE
If you're a local business, it's your one-stop opportunity to meet, interview and hire high-quality experienced workers. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has all the details on the county's upcoming job fair...

Whether you're looking for a job or looking to hire fulltime or part-time employees, the San Bernardino County job fair is the place to be.
Copper Mountain College is hosting the Community Resource and Job Fair April 25 from 10 to 2 p.m. at the Bell Center. There is no cost to participate. If you'd like to be a part of this exciting event go to csb-win.org to register. Registration forms are due by April 22.

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SCHOOL BOARD IN WORKSHOP, CLOSED, AND OPEN SESSION TONIGHT
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Education will hold a workshop starting at 5:30 tonight on an action plan for the Local Education Agency Program Improvement. Then the Board will hear from principals from four schools on their plans for student achievement, after which the board will go into closed session to discuss student expulsions and a performance evaluation of the superintendent. The board will reconvene to an open session at 7 with a routine consent agenda. On the action agenda, the board will be asked to approve the achievement plans presented earlier, along with course outlines and new textbooks.

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK HOSTS BIODIVERSITY HUNT THIS WEEKEND
Joshua Tree National Park will host its third Biodiversity Hunt at Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palms Oasis, from 10 a.m. Friday, March 22 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. During the BioDiversity Hunt, scientists, students, desert naturalists, community members and park staff will join forces in a 30-hour race to document every type of living thing in Joshua Tree National Park's rare and unique desert riparian, or wetland, habitats: insects, birds, reptiles, plants, spiders, mammals and more. The public is invited to the Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palms Oasis BioDiversity Hunt between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, contact Amelia Rodelo, at 760-367-5579 or Amelia_rodelo@nps.gov.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETS: PUBLIC HEARINGS AND TOW YARD SCREENING TONIGHT
Two public hearings on potential amendments to the Development Code, and a study session on vehicle tow yard screening comprise the agenda of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission. Reporter Dan Stork has details…
The March 19 meeting of the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission features two public hearings on proposed amendments to the City's Development Code. One would allow the Development Director to approve time extensions for previously approved Tentative Tract Maps. The other would allow a single City Council member to initiate an appeal of a Planning Commission decision. Currently, the Code requires a majority of Council members for this action. Then the Commission will have a study session to take up a matter requested by the City Council -- a review of all sections of the City Code that might treat the screening from view of vehicle tow yards. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

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GRUBSTAKE DAYS LOGO SOUGHT
The theme of this year's Grubstake Days is "Miracles Do Happen," and the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for a logo to illustrate the theme. The logo will be used on the Grubstake Days Parade awards and on marketing materials. E-mail your logo design to chamber@yuccavalley.org, or drop it off at the Chamber office at 56711 29 Palms Highway, by Friday, April 5. For more information, call 760-365-6323.

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FAMILY READING NIGHT TOMORROW AT YUCCA VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Yucca Valley Elementary school will be hosting its third annual Family Reading Night on Wednesday, March 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. Wear your
pajamas and listen to some great stories read by teachers, staff, and community members, including Yucca Valley Mayor, Merl Abel.
Refreshments will be on sale, and the book fair will be open. For more information, contact the school at 760-365-3381.

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MORONGO VOLLEYBALL CLUB TEAM DOES WELL IN TOURNAMENT
The 14U volleyball team from Morongo Volleyball Club traveled to Pacific Athletic Center in Claremont Saturday. Coaches Steve Abney and Donna Jones said in their first match they won the first set and then lost the other two. They lost the second match, but the first set was very close 24-25. Bouncing back in the last match of the day the girls worked extremely hard as a team and came back and won both sets to take the match. They said it was quite an exciting afternoon of volleyball.

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OFF-ROAD SAFETY REMINDERS FROM AN ROP BROADCAST STUDENT
With the spring comes more off-road activity here in the Morongo basin. ROP Broadcast Student Anthony Benton has some reminders for safe riding…
California offers some of the greatest off road vehicle recreation opportunities in the nation. Of course with the privilege to recreate, comes the responsibility to protect those opportunities for yourself and others .The most obvious safety precaution would be to wear your seat belt, or on a motorcycle you would stress the importance of wearing a helmet, goggles, and boots. Secondly the most important safety rule to keep in mind when off-roading is to be aware of others around you! Just because you are riding out in the desert by yourself doesn't mean someone else isn't too, always look ahead of where you are going, be cautious when coming over hills, and know where designated off-road riding areas are.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULE
The Yucca Valley High School girls' softball hosted the Golden Eagles of Desert Hot Springs in the first DeAnza league game of the season at Machris park on Monday. YVHS Softball Head Coach Dennis Priest said the result was a 11-1 victory for the Lady Trojans who move to 5-5 on the year and 1-0 in league play. Sophomore Karson Scaccianoce gets the complete game win giving up one hit and two walks. Junior Teresa Nava contributed with two hits and two runs batted in. Sophomore Abby Schlickenmayer contributed with two hits and two RBIs.

The Twentynine Palms High School Boys' Tennis Team competed in their first De Anza League matches yesterday in Desert Mirage against Desert Mirage High School Rams. Coach Larry Battle said after three rounds of competition, the Wildcats ended up in a 9-9 tie and had to be determined by counting games won by each singles player and each doubles team. The Wildcats won 71 games to 67. Team Standouts were doubles team, Bradley Linkey and partner Jerek Silvas, and doubles team, Joshua Davis and partner Marcus Gray, who won all three sets.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat track and swim teams will play the Desert Mirage High School Rams in Thermal. The track meet starts at 3; the swim meet at 3:15. The Wildcat tennis team will travel to Rancho Mirage tomorrow to play Marywood-Palm Valley. First serve is at 3:15.

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball and softball teams will host the Twentynine Palms Wildcats at home tomorrow. Both games start at 3:30.

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