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Listen To Your News Friday, June 25, 2010 News Archive
     

TWO MORE TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE CORPORALS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN
Military officials Thursday announced the deaths Tuesday of two Marine Corporals based at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms. That brings to four local Marines killed this month while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal Claudio Patino, IV, was killed by small arms fire while conducting dismounted combat operations against enemy forces. Patino, a 22-year-old rifleman from Yorba Linda California, enlisted in July, 2006. This was his third combat deployment. Corporal Kevin Cueto was killed by an IED blast while conducting dismounted combat operations against enemy forces Tuesday. Cueto, 23, a rifleman from Santa Clara California enlisted in August, 2005. This was his second combat deployment. . Both Marines were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. The Marines and sailors of the Combat Center and the supporting communities of the Morongo basin are saddened by the losses, heartfelt condolences go out to their families. The last death of a Twentynine Palms Marine occurred February 19 in Farah Province, Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Since June 2008, at least 23 Marines from Twentynine Palms have died.

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WHAT FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL HERE IN THE MORONGO BASIN?
With no public fireworks display aboard the marine base this year, residents are being urged to go to the Rotary-sponsored display at the Yucca Valley High School football field. Managing Editor Karl Gardner explains why you do not want to put on your own backyard fireworks display...
If you light it with a match and it sparks, whistles, smokes, spins, flies or explodes, it’s considered fireworks, and is illegal to use anywhere in the Morongo Basin. Based on the type, even the safe and sane variety, you face misdemeanor citations for having or using fireworks. Dangerous types of fireworks, those that shoot into the air or move along the ground, such as bottle rockets and roman candles bring sharper fines, as much as $5000. County Fire officials say exploding type of fireworks like and M-80’s are now classified as a destructive device, a felony with fines and prison time attached as the penalty.

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
Three people were arrested after car thieves led deputies on a high-speed car chase through Twentynine Palms. Sheriffs’ spokeswoman Anita Baker said Wednesday morning about 11:45, Sheriffs’ Deputy Shaunna Ables attempted to pull over a car at Bagley Avenue and El Paseo Drive for a broken window. The driver raced off on Two Mile Road, along Utah Trail before turning east on Amboy Road. Ables pursued the fleeing car at speeds exceeding 100 mile per hour. The chase continued until the suspects’ car became mired in some soft sand. All four occupants of the car, two men and two women, bailed out and ran. Deputies were able to catch two of the suspects immediately, the driver, Jory Davis, 26 of Lebanon Oregon, and Haley Holt, 18, also of Lebanon Oregon. The other two suspects fled in to the desert. Deputies, assisted by a sheriffs’ helicopter, followed the pair’s tracks until they were caught around 2:40 that afternoon. Joseph, also known as Jo-Jo McLaughlin, 20 of Twentynine Palms, a parolee at large, and Brittany Shea 20, of Twentynine Palms were taken into custody without incident. The car had been reported stolen out of Lebanon Oregon. Jory Davis was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of evading, possessing a stolen vehicle and obstruction and held on $100,000 bail. Joseph McLaughlin is being held in the Morongo Basin Jail on a no bail parole hold. Brittany Shea was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of resisting arrest and theft, with her bail set at $50,000. Haley Holt was released.

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SHERIFF REMINDS US ABOUT LEAVING KIDS IN THE CAR
It is not just very dangerous to leave your child in the car during the hot weather, it is also illegal all the time. Sheriff’s Safety Specialist Anita Baker explains...
It is a crime to leave a child under the age of six unattended in a vehicle unless they are with someone twelve years or older. It doesn’t matter if you are on private property or at a public place; leaving young children unattended in a vehicle can cause serious harm and can result in death. Take your children inside with you when running errands or find someone to watch them for you while you go to town. You wouldn’t leave a bundle of cash in plain view in your vehicle unattended so why would you leave your children. Please be responsible.

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JURY DELIBERATIONS CONTINUE MONDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY TRIPLE MURDER
Jury deliberations resume Monday in the trial for a Yucca Valley triple murder. The jury in the capital trial for confessed triple killer Jimmy Dale Kelley broke at the end of the day Thursday, and will return at 10 a.m. Monday. Kelley, 42, already pleaded guilty in November to killing two men and a woman in 2004 at a Yucca Valley residence. The jury is deciding, on three counts of murder, whether Kelley should receive the death penalty or life without the possibility of parole. Prosecutors say Kelley shot and killed Patty Crevoisier, 49, William Landers, 43, and Ward Phillips, 37. He also cut the throats of Landers and Phillips, and he wrapped Crevoisier's head in wire after shooting her. Kelley and co-defendant Kimberlly Michaud got away with $20 and a small amount of drugs. Michaud, 33, already pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter, under the terms of a plea bargain. She faces eight years in state prison and is scheduled to be sentenced today.

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WE EXPLAIN HOW TO GET A MORONGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BUS PASS
Starting this coming school year, many families with students attending schools in the Morongo Unified School District will need to start paying for their school bus transportation. Bus passes will be required. Reporter Dan Stork explains how to get them...
You can download guidelines and application forms from the District web site at www.morongo.k12.ca.us/. Fill out the application and return it to the District Office. If a payment is required, you may send your payment with your application via US Mail to Morongo Unified School District - Transportation, P.O. Box 1209, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Payments are only accepted in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. If you wish to pay cash, cash is only accepted at the District Office with exact change. In order to quality for a reduced or free bus pass, you must be qualified for free or reduced meals through the Nutritional Services Department. The standard fee is $100 for the first student in a family, $50 for the second. If a family is eligible for reduced cost lunches, the fee for the first student is $25 and $10 for the second. Additional students in any family ride free. If a student is eligible for free lunches, there is no busing fee. Applications for Fall must be received in the Transportation Office by the last business day in September, and for Spring, the last business day in January. Respectively, bus passes will be required after October 1 and February 1 each ½ year. Passes will be mailed to you within seven working days of receipt of application and payment at the District Office. School sites do not sell bus passes or accept payments.

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JOSHUA TREE GAY PRIDE FEATURES DOVES, COMMENDATIONS, AND LIVE MUSIC
A Dove Release, Commendations & Live Music are all Part of the Joshua Tree Gay Pride event Saturday. A release of white doves is planned shortly after 6:00 p.m. to recognize the struggle for equality faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the United States. The Gay pride event is free at the outdoor Art Queen complex at 61855 Twentynine Palms Highway. Food and beverage venders, community groups doing outreach, LGBT media, music and dancing will to midnight with live performances. Keynote speaker is four-term San Diego City Commissioner, Nicole Ramirez, will present commendation certificates for outstanding contributions to five locals, two students, two journalists, and a local businessman. The day’s family-friendly program begins with the Joshua Tree Summer Gallery Crawl, a self-guided tour of six local art galleries. More Pride activities run concurrently beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the multi-media Shangri-La installation, 1030 Shangri-La Road in North Joshua Tree, with on-site camping facilities. Joshua Tree Gay Pride is organized by Courage Campaign’s Team Morongo Basin, a non-profit, grass roots, advocacy group.

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SIGN UP FOR ART AND SCIENCE TUESDAY AT HI-DESERT NATURE MUSEUM
Art and science Tuesdays start Tuesday at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley. Reporter Derwood Andrews says sign up early as class sizes are limited...
Every Tuesday through August 3rd at The Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley, are classes for kids of all ages, exploring exciting subjects and hands on art and science. For instance, the first class, which runs from 10 until 12 on June 29, will include dissecting the discarded remains of an Owl’s night-time meal and learning about the food chain in the desert. Class sizes are limited to 12 children at a cost of $5 per student. To reserve your spot and see the full schedule visit hidesertnaturemuseum.org, stop by the reception desk to sign up in person or call 760- 369- 7212 for more information.

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YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL CAR WASH TOMORROW
The Yucca Valley High School Lady Trojan Volleyball Team will be holding a car wash tomorrow 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Del Taco East parking lot next to McDonald’s. Bring in your dirty cars and the Lady Trojans will make them sparkling clean for you! Proceeds from the car wash will help to purchase equipment and pay for tournament expenses.

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MOVIE DAY AT JOSHUA TREE COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Community United Methodist Church of Joshua Tree will be holding "Movie Day" for children ages 4 through 15 tomorrow morning at the church, 6213 East Parkway, in Joshua Tree. The movie will be shown 9:00 to 11:30. Free popcorn and juice will be served. For more information call 760-366-8013.

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