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Listen To Your News Friday, April 12, 2013 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING, CAR THEFT
A Twentynine Palms man believed to be responsible for a kidnapping and several auto thefts was arrested Thursday morning. According to the Sheriff's Department, Joseph Lampkin, 30, kidnapped a man at gunpoint, and while wearing a mask, about 10:30 p.m. from the 74000 block of Buena Vista Drive and forced him into a stolen black 2004 Infiniti G35. Police state Lampkin then drove the victim to several banks for him to withdraw money from his bank account. The man was able to escape and called police from the Bowladium, but Lampkin eluded capture. Early Thursday morning at 1:23, Twentynine Palms police attempted to pull over the stolen Infiniti, with Lampkin at the wheel, in the area of El Paseo Drive and Mesquite Springs Road. Lampkin fled from the car and again eluded capture. Then about 8:30 Thursday morning, deputies responded to a burglary in the 72000 block of Larrera Avenue, in which a 1998 Mazda Protégé was also stolen. At 11:53 a.m. Thursday, Deputy Shaunna Ables located the stolen Mazda, being driven by Lampkin, in the area of Buena Vista Drive and Mojave Avenue. Deputy Ables took Lampkin into custody without incident. Joseph Lampkin was arrested for investigation of kidnapping for robbery and grand theft auto, with his bail set at $1,050,000. Lampkin is believed to be responsible for several burglaries and robberies in Twentynine Palms over the last week. Anyone who may be a victim of a similar crime should call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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DUI/DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECKPOINT IN YUCCA VALLEY TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley police department will conduct a DUI/driver's license checkpoints Friday, April 12. Officers will be stopping drivers at an undisclosed location in Yucca Valley between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Drivers will be checked for signs of alcohol or drug impairment, as well as for proper licensing and registrations. The Yucca Valley police department received a grant for almost $19,000 to conduct DUI checkpoints. The Morongo Basin Sheriff's Department reminds residents, don't drink and drive.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL PART 3 OF 3: PUBLIC PRAYER
Today, Dan Stork finishes his three-part report of this week's Twentynine Palms City Council meeting with public prayer public comments…
Although the topic of prayer before Council meetings had been withdrawn from the agenda from the April 9 City Council meeting, two statements were made during public comment on the subject. Owen Gillick stated his opposition to the practice, but said he would find a moment of silent reflection an acceptable alternative. Pastor Steven Burns, the president of the Twentynine Palms Ministerial Association, said the Association wants to continue with the current practice, but is considering variant forms, including silent prayer.

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MORONGO VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY: A CLOSE LOOK AT THE LAW
Questions have been raised about the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of the county. Under federal law, marijuana—whether it's purpose is recreational or medicinal—is illegal, but state and local authorities do not enforce the federal law. State law allows medical marijuana dispensaries—provided they don't make a profit. San Bernardino County permits residents to grow and possess medical marijuana for medicinal use, but collectives and dispensaries in unincorporated areas are prohibited. County code enforcement officer Doug Lorenman said the County was aware of an unpermitted medical marijuana dispensary in the 49700 block of 29 Palms Highway in Morongo Valley, but would not comment specifically on what the County is doing or has done about it. But he did say that typically, the County will fine a dispensary's owner and landlord for operating without a permit, which the owner can't get without a state license, and the state will only give a license to home health care facilities that have beds in them for patients. The amount of the fines range from $100 to $500, and increase by 50 percent if they become delinquent. In February, the California Supreme Court heard a case in which the primary question was whether municipal governments have the authority under state law to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The Court's decision is expected in the new few weeks.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER YESTERDAY
The Hi-Desert Medical Center hosted a visit yesterday by County Supervisors and officials. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there for the visit…
It was all business and no fanfare yesterday at Hi-Desert Medical Center as the County's big guns traveled to Morongo Basin to meet with hospital CEO Chad Chadwick about opportunities for the County to work more closely with the hospital. Third District County Supervisor James Ramos initiated the visit; it was his third to the Basin so far this month. Supervisor Ramos explains the reason for the visit. "One of the things that we've done is working here with the medical facility to make sure they're included in pilot programs going on throughout the County and now there's ongoing discussion to make sure that's happening." Ramos brought Janice Rutherford, Chair of the Board of Supervisors; County CEO Greg Devereaux; and his own Deputy Chief of Staff Chris Carrillo to meet with Chadwick. "This is the first trip in many years that you see two supervisors coming together, let alone with the CEO, to show their support for the County as a whole, and more specifically for the Morongo Basin."

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SUPERVISOR RAMOS AT LOCAL FUNCTIONS SUNDAY AND MONDAY
County Supervisor James Ramos will be at two functions in the Morongo Basin this Sunday and Monday. He will be at the Morongo Basin Democratic Club at 2 p.m. this Sunday, talking about issues affecting the Morongo Basin. At the meeting, the clubs Nominations Committee will recommend a slate of officers for May's election and take nominations from the floor. The meeting will be held at the Aztec Mobile Home Park Clubhouse off Church Street. This Sunday is the last time the Democratic Club will meet at Aztec Mobile Home Park, as the club has outgrown the space. More information, links and resources are online at MBDems.com.

Ramos also plans to attend the meeting of the Homestead Valley Community Council at the Johnson Valley Community Center Monday at 3:00. He will be discussing new ideas for unincorporated areas of the Third District, which organizers say will be of interest to everyone in the Morongo Basin, the Homestead Valley and Lucerne Valley. Another guest will explain the Transportation Reimbursement Escort Program. If you are an eligible senior or disabled, and find a volunteer driver for necessary, escorted transportation for eligible trips like medical appointments and banking, you may then receive funds from TREP to reimburse the volunteer driver's costs.

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MORONGO VALLEY SPRINGFEST TOMORROW
Big doin's in Morongo Valley tomorrow. Managing editor Tami Roleff invites you to…
The Morongo Valley Springfest is scheduled for Saturday, April 13, at Morongo Valley's Covington Park. Sponsored by the Firefighter Auxiliary, the event will include a burrito breakfast, a walk through Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, vendors, kids' activities, and wildlife exhibits. In addition, the Morongo Valley Art Colony will hold its spring show in the gallery inside the community center. Hours are 8 to 3. For more information, call 760-861-8765.

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FREE BREAKFAST IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
Joshua Tree Community United Methodist Church will provide a free community breakfast buffet Saturday morning from 9 to10 a.m. Used clothing, shoes, coats and blankets are free to those in need as supplies last. The community is invited. The church is located at 6213 East Parkway.

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FREE MEAL IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TOMORROW
Breaking Bread Ministry will serve up a free meal and fellowship tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Little Church of the Desert Community Hall in Twentynine Palms.

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CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE IN JOSHUA TREE TOMORROW
The Sky View Chapel Church of God will hold a rummage sale Saturday, April 13 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located at 7475 Sunny Vista Road in Joshua Tree.

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FREE SURPLUS FOOD DISTRIBUTION MONDAY
The third Monday of the month is the day for monthly distribution of surplus federal food in the Morongo Basin. Reporter Dan Stork has the times and places…
The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino will distribute surplus food to low-income residents of the Morongo Basin Monday, April 15. The locations and times are:
• The Church of the Lighted Cross, at 11518 Elbow Lane in Morongo Valley, from 8 to 10;
• Belfield Hall, on Reche Road in Landers, 8:30 to 10:30;
• The Community Center in Yucca Valley, 8:30 to 10:30;
• Copper Mountain Mesa Foundation, 65336 Winter Road in the Copper Mountain area, 9 to 11;
• The Community Center in Joshua Tree, 9 to 11;
• Sunset Village Apartments, 6036 Sunset Road in Joshua Tree, 9:30 to 11:30;
• The fire station in Wonder Valley, 10:30 to 11:30; and
• Little Church of the Desert at 6079 Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms, from 10 to noon.
Proof of income and address may be provided in a variety of ways, including self-certification on a form that will be available at each site. Recipients are requested to bring their own paper or plastic bags. The Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino is a private, non-profit organization that seeks to serve the low-income families, elderly, disadvantaged and homeless of the county. For more information, call 909-723-1580.

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TEEN CRAFT AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY TOMORROW
A fun craft project for teenagers in Twentynine Palms Tomorrow. Reporter Taylor Thacker invites you to the library…
Don't know what to do this Saturday? If you are a teen in grades 7 through 12, come out to the Twentynine Palms Library on April 13 for a fun day of crafts. This week's craft will be paper beads which can then be made into a necklace. Crafts can be made from 1 to 4 p.m. All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Library. Come out and make a unique accessory!

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES
The Twentynine Palms high school swim team had a meet Wednesday against Desert Hot Springs in Palm Springs. The Lady Wildcats dominated Desert Hot Springs with a score of 122 to 37 with Koko Cabrera lowering her time for CIF consideration in the breast stroke. The boys Wildcats lost 54 to 90, being way outnumbered with the Wildcats having four swimmers to Desert Hot Springs' 13, but still the boys came out first in almost every heat.


Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats boys' tennis team hosted Shadow Hills High School yesterday and defeated the Knights 10-8. Team standout was singles team captain De'Neil Washington. Coach Larry Battle said after losing two straight sets, Washington went into his final set, won 6-4 and secured the win for his team.

After three matches in a row, the Twentynine Palms varsity golf team won two and lost one. Coach Grant Whipple said Tuesday the 'Cats lost to Shadow Hills but rebounded Wednesday, beating Big Bear and then beating Desert Mirage Thursday. The 'Cats are now 6-1 in league play and take on Yucca Valley High School next Tuesday in an away league match.

In high school sports tomorrow, the Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley High Schools swim teams will participate in the Yucca Valley Invitational swim meet in Yucca Valley. The meet begins at 9 a.m.

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