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Listen To Your News Thursday, May 9, 2013 News Archive
     

BREAKING NEWS: SHOOTING AT TOWN CENTER MALL
Breaking news in Yucca Valley…2 suspects are in custod
y after an attempted car jacking leaves one man dead and an Officer shot. Sheriff Deputies were called to town Center mall near Hope Academy Thursday morning. Steve Miller works at the Mall.

“They attempted to car jack this guy in the white car- he wouldn’t surrender the car, they then shot through the window and fled the scene.”

The victim was driving a white Nissan Altima and was pronounced dead on the scene. According to witnesses Officers exchanged gunfire with the two suspects and a California Patrolman was shot in the leg after a high speed chase ended on I-10.

 Kathy Allenbach was leaving 5 Star Gym when she heard the shot.

“I heard the shot and I looked up and saw the car off the edge.”

Loma Linda Medical Center confirms the CHP officer was taken there but no word on his condition. We will have more details as they become available. Reporting for Z107.7 I’m Kristy Lockhart. Now back to Gary and the rest of the Z107.7 newscast.

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MISSING TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN FOUND
A Twentynine Palms woman who was reported as a critical missing person yesterday by the Sheriff's Department called Wednesday evening to say she wasn't missing. Mona McIntyre, 48, was believed to have left her residence in the 7700 block of North Star Avenue Saturday afternoon, and was reported missing Tuesday morning. The Sheriff's Department sent out a critical missing person report Wednesday morning that was broadcast over Z107.7. McIntyre said she had been staying with a friend and was surprised to hear she had been considered missing.

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SHERIFF'S NATIONAL MISSING CHILDREN'S DAY EVENT TOMORROW
The recent case in Cleveland where 3 women escaped after being kidnapped and held against their will for more than 10 years has brought a lot of attention to child abductions. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department along with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are hosting an event tomorrow to commemorate National Missing Children's Day. Reporter Kristy Lockhart has more on Take 25...

Take 25 is a National campaign that encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety and ways to prevent abduction. San Bernardino County Sheriff Spokesperson Anita Baker says the campaign serves as a reminder that there are thousands of missing children in the U.S. and making child protection a priority. "The purpose of the event is to offer children safety tips on various topics on everything from when they are out an about, at the playground and safety when they are home alone." Take 25 will be held at the Joshua Tree Community Center on Sunburst Avenue, Friday, May 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information call 760-366-5748.

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FIVE ARRESTED IN BASIN-WIDE PROBATION CHECK
A basin-wide probation check resulted in 5 arrests Tuesday. Arrested, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, and held without bail were: Donell Fort, 35, and Bradley Loser, 45, from the 62400 block of 29 Palms Highway in Joshua Tree. In Yucca Valley, arrested were: Albert Runyon, 42, of the 55300 block of Santa Fe Trail; and Adam Aversa, 39, of the 7700 block of Mariposa. And in Twentynine Palms, Jeremiah Mason, 23, of the 71500 block of Cactus Drive. In addition, Mason was found to be in possession of narcotics.

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BASEBALL BAT VIOLENCE SEES MOTHER AND SON ARRESTED IN YUCCA VALLEY
A mother and her son were arrested Tuesday morning, after a threat with a baseball bat. Sheriff's reports say Esther Harris, 45, and John Gonzalez, 22, went to a home in the 2900 block of Star Lane in Yucca Valley about 3 a.m. to get Harris's vehicle. Harris and Gonzalez bypassed a locked gate to enter the property, then confronted the residents when they couldn't find the vehicle. Harris allegedly assaulted two people inside the home; residents said Gonzalez struck one with a baseball bat. The two victims, and three other residents, pushed Gonzalez and Harris out the door where they fled in a vehicle. Esther Harris and John Gonzalez were arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

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SCHOOL, TOWN, NEGOTIATE TO KEEP THE YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL OPEN
The School District and the Town of Yucca Valley are close to agreement on how to keep the swimming pool at Yucca Valley High School open. Reporter Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti has an update on the process...

Negotiations are under way to keep the Yucca Valley High School swimming pool open to the public. According to Assistant Superintendent Dave Price, a verbal agreement was made at a meeting last Thursday, between the Morongo Unified School District and the Town of Yucca Valley, to share the expenses. "The District will begin to split the costs with the Town of Yucca Valley to keep the pool open, both for public use in the summer time, and for a much broader use for our students at Yucca Valley High School." The School District will be responsible for utilities, which includes gas, water, and electricity, as well as necessary staff during school events, while the Town of Yucca Valley will pay for pool maintenance and staff during public use. This decision will allow Yucca Valley High School to resume physical education classes and absorb approximately $6000-7000 per year, allowing the Yucca Valley Swim Team to use the pool for free. A financial workshop for the Morongo Unified School Board has been proposed for the week of June 17.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS FIRE ADVISORY MEETING STARTS OUT ON EMOTIONAL NOTE
Reporter Taylor Thacker attended the Twentynine Palms Water District Citizens Advisory Committee meeting last night. She reports it went straight to the hearts of the audience and committee members when audience member Alice Lear said, "In 2007, my husband had a heart attack and the Lear Avenue Station was there within five minutes to take him to the hospital. It is in my personal interest to see that this station stays open." Fire chief Jim Thompson responded, saying, "Because of the loss of two full-time engineers, we can not effectively provide service at both fire stations. We are still going to provide service to the other part of town; it will just be a longer response time. The response time is expected to increase by two to four minutes." The discussion got heated as committee members gave their opinions. "I don't think it's an option to close the fire station." said Advisory committee Director Mary Reeves. Larry Bowden disagreed, saying, "We can't save every one. Our city needs the best service that it can afford." Bowden continued, saying, "The only way the Fire Department can be funded right now under the circumstances is by special taxes. They don't get funding from the city. "We are here trying to find a way to keep both stations open."

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OLD SCHOOLHOUSE LECTURE ON DEFACEMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS
In recent months, vandals have defaced both natural features and man-made cultural artifacts in Joshua Tree National Park, and a mural in Joshua Tree. But defacement of Native American landmarks has been an ongoing fact of life for a longer time. Reporter Dan Stork invites you to a lecture this week on the subject...

At this month's second Friday Old Schoolhouse Lecture, Sam Hunter, a site steward for the Bureau of Land Management, will describe past damage and ongoing jeopardy to petroglyphs. Hunter has been researching the Black Mountains of Superior Valley for over six years, trying to uncover the meaning behind thousands of Native American rock etchings—the "petroglyphs"—found in the area. The Black Mountain Rock Art District contains the largest concentration of Native American rock art in the Mojave Desert. The Rock Art District is on the National Register of Historic Places and protected by federal law against vandalism and artifact removal. There were many petroglyphs riddled with bullet marks and damaged by people attempting to remove them. Vandalism affects Twentynine Palms and the Joshua Tree National Park; both of which have suffered serious damage to the rock writings, often times due to an ignorance of their true value. The lecture is at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, 6760 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. There will also be an optional dinner with the speaker at 5 p.m. at the 29 Palms Inn, space is limited and attendees are responsible for their own meal. If interested in dinner please RSVP to Marion Gartner 760-361-1202 or desert29palms@yahoo.com

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LOCAL LETTER CARRIERS COLLECTING FOOD SATURDAY
Join your local letter carriers and help stamp out hunger. The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold their 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, this Saturday May 11. Leave non-perishable food items (no glass, please) in a bag near your mailbox before your letter carrier arrives. If you live in an area that doesn't have delivery service, drop off boxes are being set up at local post offices. The letter carriers will then give the donated food to food charities in the Morongo Basin. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the nation, and has netted over 1 billion pounds of food for the hungry since it began in 1993.

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"RAGTIME" AT THEATRE 29: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE EPIC MUSICAL
Director Charles Harvey brings another exciting performance to the 29 Palms Theatre. The story of "Ragtime." A colorful portrayal of what makes America what it is today. News Reporter Chanda-Lyn Fraschetti tells us about the musical...

"Ragtime," transports you back to New York City in the 1900's to witness the building of America, through the dreams of immigrants, the ugly side of bigotry, and the hope that change can be achieved. Director Charles Harvey, describes his vision. "We are all American and this is the story about us, about our forbearers, what they went through, their triumphs and their tragedies. And this has something for everyone." Ragtime is a kaleidoscope of toe-tapping music, colorful costumes, and fascinating characters from our past. You'll be enamored with the beautiful voice of Jennifer Paulk, who plays Mother, and charmed by the charismatic Horace Miller, who portrays Coalhouse Walker Jr. This is a jewel of a performance, that all should come and enjoy. "Ragtime: The Musical" will run through June 1, every Friday and Saturday evening and two Sunday matinees on May 12 and May 26. For further information and ticket sales, call 760-361-4151.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL THEATER STUDENTS IMPROV NIGHT FRIDAY
It's time again for the Twentynine Palms High School International Theater Society's Café Night Improv Show. Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in room 82. Come see the hidden talents of your fellow students at Twentynine Palms High School. If you would like to perform at Café Night or need more information, contact Twentynine Palms High School at 760-367-9591.

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS AND SCHEDULES
Twentynine Palms High School Wildcats Tennis Team hosted Don Lugo High School Conquistadores yesterday in first round CIF Team Play-offs. Coach Larry Battle said the Wildcats played hard to the bittersweet end losing 4-14. This loss ends the season. The Wildcats' over-all record this season is 9 wins, 4 losses which is a team personal best.

Coming up in high school sports tomorrow, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan baseball team will host the Big Bear Bears at home. First pitch is at 3:30.

The Yucca Valley High School Wildcat softball and baseball teams will host Shadow Hills High School at home. Both games start at 3:30.

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