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Listen To Your News Tuesday, May 28, 2013 News Archive
     

OFF-ROADERS CRASH INTO STEER, RESCUED BY ARMY HELICOPTER
Some off-road riders exploring Dixie Mine Road in Landers Sunday had an extra reason to be grateful to the military this Memorial Day weekend. Three men believed to be from the Los Angeles area were riding off-road motorcycles on Dixie Mine Road about 5:30 or 6 Sunday afternoon when one of the riders hit a yearling steer in the road. The crash killed the steer and the 45-year-old rider was thrown from his motorcycle, suffering a minor head injury. One of the man's friends stayed with him while the other walked down the road until he had cell phone coverage and called for help shortly before 8 p.m. The Yucca Mesa fire department had to use a personal, 4-wheel-drive pick up truck to reach the victim. Due to the man's injuries and the location, paramedics determined he had to be flown out via a helicopter. The Sheriff's department sent a helicopter, but didn't have the staff to take the man to the hospital, and so the Army at Fort Irwin sent in an EC-135 helicopter. The victim was flown by the Army helicopter to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs.

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ONE ARREST AFTER GUNPOINT KIDNAPPING IN LANDERS
An Indio man was arrested Friday evening after he kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint. Sheriff's say about 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jerry Colvin, 46, refused to allow his 46-year-old girlfriend leave her home in the 58000 block of Barter Road in Landers. The woman called a male friend for help, when he arrived with two other friends, Colvin brandished a rifle at them, and forced his girlfriend into her vehicle at gunpoint. Deputies located the vehicle at State Route 247 and Crestview in Yucca Valley, shut down 247 shortly before 8 p.m. to make the high-risk traffic stop, and took Colvin into custody. His girlfriend, while frightened, was uninjured. Jerry Colvin was arrested for investigation of kidnapping, booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $250,000. Additional charges of assault with a deadly weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm will be requested through the District Attorney's office.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL MEETS, LEGAL ISSUES, TOURISM AND BUDGET ON AGENDA
A closed session devoted to legal issues, a tourism agency report, and staff responses to questions raised at a budget workshop are all scheduled for the Twentynine Palms City Council meeting. Dan Stork has details…
The Twentynine Palms City Council starts work early on May 28, with a 5 pm closed session dealing with a performance evaluation of the city attorney, and a discussion of two potential cases of litigation. One litigation threat is identified as coming from Dan O'Brien. (Ten years ago, O'Brien sued the City for violating his rights when it cleaned up a property of his, and billed him for its efforts. O'Brien lost that case. The City paid O'Brien's legal costs of $30,000 in 2003, and O'Brien wrote a formal letter in which he expressed his regret for the animosity he admitted to causing.) The 6 pm open session starts with a presentation of the California Welcome Center quarterly report. Discussion items for the meeting include staff responses to questions raised by the Council and members of the public at the April 23 budget workshop. Those questions and responses appear in detail in a staff report available at a web address in this story at kcdzfm.com:
http://www.ci.twentynine-palms.ca.us/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/cca20130528r.pdf
The draft budget for the coming fiscal year will also be discussed.

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DESERT HOT SPRINGS MAN ARRESTED AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER WITH GUNSHOT WOUND
A Desert Hot Springs man thought he'd avoid detection for his felony warrant from Riverside County if he went to Hi-Desert Medical Center to be treated for his gunshot wound. According to a Sheriff's report, Andre Chappell, 38, was a friend's home in Desert Hot Springs Saturday evening when his friend accidentally shot him in the leg with a 22-caliber bullet. Medical staff are required to report all gunshot wounds to law enforcement, and the Sheriff's Department was called shortly before 9 p.m. After an investigation, Andre Chappell was arrested on his felony warrant and is being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center.

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MISUNDERSTANDING LEADS TO ASSAULT WITH KNIFE AT WAL-MART
Ronald Espinoza thought he was just being neighborly when he offered his used newspaper to the man sitting with him in the automotive section at Wal-Mart about 11:30 Friday morning. But Jose Reyes, 34, of Yucca Valley, mistook the 65-year-old Yucca Valley man's friendly offer for a sexual advance, and complained to the management, demanding that his auto service be done at no charge. Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Wilson said Reyes then went back to Espinoza and took out a knife and started waving it around. Espinoza blocked the knife with his hand, suffering a small scratch, but somehow Reyes ended up cutting his own left hand. Reyes then fled into the store, but was found and taken into custody by police. Jose Reyes was arrested for investigation of assault with a deadly weapon and booked at the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL: LITIGATION AND HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM HOURS IN SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council will also look at litigation in a special meeting tonight. Managing editor Tamil Roleff says the meeting will also include recognitions…
The Yucca Valley Town Council will hold a special meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 5 p.m. with a closed session to discuss potential litigation by Fritz Koenig against the Town. The open session begins at 6 and will recognize the youth commission and employees who are taking early retirement. On the consent agenda, the council members will be asked to approve new operating hours for the Hi-Desert Nature Museum and to reject Fritz Koenig's claim against the Town. Next, the council will hold its last public hearing on the budget before its final approval next month. The meeting will be held in the Yucca Room of the Community Center.

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A REMINDER TO CREATE A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND YOUR HOME
With dry and windy conditions, fire is a real danger throughout the state, and yes, even in our corner of the desert. Reporter Taylor Thacker reminds you to help firefighters by creating a defensible space around your home…
The summer is heating up fast! Make sure you have a proper defensible space around your home to ensure that you and your family stay safe from fires. The first thing you should do is clear your yard of all dead foliage and cut off any loose branches within a 100 feet radius. Make sure no wood piles are near your house unless they are properly covered by a tarp or stored in a fully enclosed structure. Clear all shrubs and make sure your grass stays properly cut at all times. By doing these things you can reduce the risk of fires near your home. For more information, or to have your defensible space inspected by a fireman, call 909-386-8400.

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BLOOD DRIVES IN TWENTYNINE PALMS TODAY, YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Twentynine Palms Today and Yucca Valley tomorrow. Blood donations will be taken today at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, from 2 to 6 p.m. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, tomorrow from 2 to 5 p.m. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, Desert Blood Services now offers donors free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Donors may review screening results 48 to 72 hours following their donation at www.DesertBloodServices.org. A total count of "good" and "bad" cholesterol will be given. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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BIGHORN-DESERT VIEW WATER AGENCY BOARD MAY GIVE THEMSELVES RAISES TONIGHT
The Bighorn Desert View Water Agency meets in regular session tonight. Reporter Mike Lipsitz says the Board will consider giving themselves a raise tonight among other business…
The Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency Board of Directors holds the regular monthly meeting at 6:00 tonight at Agency offices under the old water tower on Cherokee Trail in Landers. Tonight, the board is expected to amend provisions of the general manager's employment contract including compensation, terms and benefits. Then the board will convene a public hearing and possibly vote on a cost of living adjustment to its own compensation. Also tonight, the board will likely direct staff to post the agency's appropriation limit for fiscal 2013/2014, as well as fix and adopt the Agency Budget for the same period.

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JOSHUA BASIN WATER DISTRICT IN LABOR NEGOTIATIONS. MEET ADVISORS TONIGHT
Following a special 6:30 closed session conference on labor negotiations, the Joshua Basin Water District Board of Directors will convene in a joint open meeting with the Citizens Advisory Committee at 7:00 in order to meet the new members of the Citizen's Advisory Committee followed by their orientation. It all takes place at District offices on Chollita Road in Joshua Tree.

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YUCCA VALLEY SUMMER CONCERTS BACK ON, LINE-UP SET
It's official—the Town of Yucca Valley will be holding its 19th annual Summer Music Festival, thanks to partnership funding from County Supervisor James Ramos and local sponsors. For eight Saturday evenings, Morongo Basin residents can relax on the Community Center's ball field and listen to a variety of music. Managing editor Tami Roleff gives us the line-up of musical acts…
The 19th annual Summer Music Festival begins June 29 with the blues band, Lightnin' Willie and the Poor Boys. The oldies rock and roll band, the Ravelers, will perform July 6; the Mike Sullivan Band, an adult contemporary/easy listening band, plays July 13. The Yucca Valley High School Alumni and All-Star Jazz Band will delight audiences on July 20. The second half of the series will feature the swing group, Phat Cat Swinger on July 27; the country-western band Silverados on August 3; and Mosey Bravo, a folk rock group on August 10. The final act of the summer concerts will be August 17 and features the Americana/blues/rock band Pete Anderson Band. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free.

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