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Listen To Your News Tuesday, September 18, 2012 News Archive
     

GRAVE SITES VANDALIZED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS CEMETERY
In a scene that residents have called both shocking and disgusting, the Twentynine Palms Cemetery was vandalized sometime over the weekend. Sometime between 7:30 Saturday night and 6:15 Monday morning, vandals went through the cemetery and smashed ornamental statues on about 20 to 30 graves. Twentynine Palms Cemetery District Secretary Stacy Lee told Z107.7 News it was difficult to tell exactly which grave sites were vandalized, so she urges family members to come to the cemetery to check on their loved ones' graves, and let her know if a grave has been vandalized. A neighbor across the street from the cemetery in the 5300 block of Encelia Avenue reportedly saw juveniles in the cemetery about 12:30 Sunday afternoon. Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call the Sheriff's Department.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS WOMAN IN DOUBLE FATAL DUI CASE
A November 21 trial date was set Monday for a Twentynine Palms woman who lost control of her car while allegedly drunk at the wheel, resulting in a desert crash that killed her two passengers. Angela Nicole Patterson, 26, is charged with second-degree murder in the June 17, 2009, deaths of Jason Dean Stevens and Jeffery Lee Husted, both 26. The victims were riding with Patterson in her 2002 Mitsubishi sedan when she drove off the road, the vehicle overturned and crashed into a tree on the southern end of Joshua Tree National Park. Patterson was charged with two counts each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter, as well as DUI resulting in injuries. In May, a Corona jury convicted Patterson of the felony DUI and the manslaughter charges. However, jurors deadlocked 7-5 in favor of acquitting her on the murder charges, resulting in a mistrial on those counts.

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL MEETS TONIGHT
The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight in regular session. A public hearing related to Dollar General and a possible splash park are on the agenda. Managing editor Tami Roleff takes a closer look at the council's agenda...
The Yucca Valley Town Council will meet at 6 p.m. tonight in the Yucca Room of the Community Center. On the consent agenda, the Council will be asked to approve the plans for a splash park in the community center playground. Next, the Council will hold a public hearing for a special tax assessment district to be formed for the Dollar General store at Hopi Trail and the Highway. Then, the Council will be asked to appoint applicants to the Youth Commission. The Council will then introduce ordinances establishing regulations for the new dog park and will be asked to approve a new policy concerning naming the Town's parks and facilities.

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YUCCA VALLEY MAN ARRESTED WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS AND WEAPONS
A Yucca Valley man was arrested early Sunday morning after he was found with drugs and weapons. According to a Sheriff's report, a deputy stopped Ronald Paige, 33, shortly before 2 a.m. at Highway 62 and Old Woman Springs Road, for having a missing license plate on his vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the deputy found a loaded Smith and Wesson .32-caliber revolver, 22 baggies of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, a digital scale, hypodermic needles, and cash. Ronald Paige was arrested for investigation of possession of controlled substance while armed. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

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WOMAN HURT IN DUI OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASH IN LANDERS
A Yucca Valley woman was arrested Friday night after she crashed her off-road vehicle in a ditch in Landers. Shortly before 10 p.m., Amy Gray, 39, was driving her all-terrain vehicle near Pine Street and Belfield Boulevard when, for unknown reasons, she crashed into the side of the road. A neighbor heard her calling for help and called the Sheriff's department, who eventually located her. The deputy determined Amy Gray was driving under the influence of prescription medications and alcohol. She was subsequently arrested, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, and released about 12 hours later.

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PAROLEE HELD AFTER STEALING FROM TWENTYNINE PALMS STATER BROTHERS
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday morning during a warrant search. Santiago Escobar, 37, is accused of putting three 18-packs of beer, along with several bottles of alcohol, into a shopping cart at the Twentynine Palms Stater Brothers in June, and walking out the back of the store. The Sheriff's report notes that Escobar was on parole out of Rialto and was not supposed to be in the Morongo Basin, according to his parole officer. Santiago Escobar was arrested about 11 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Adobe Road and Verbena, on suspicion of petty theft with prior convictions. He was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail with his bail set at $200,000.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS PLANNING COMMISSION TO DEFINE SYNTHETIC DRUGS TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meets tonight. Among items of interest is a public hearing on the definition of synthetic drugs, and more work on the development code...
First up at the Twentynine Palms Planning Commission meeting on September 18 is a public hearing on a development code amendment defining "synthetic drugs." Next, staff will ask the Commission for an interpretation of what was meant by "allowed structures" in its initial approval of the Southern California Vipassana Center. Finally, the Commission will have another study session on a comprehensive review of the development code. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in City Hall on Adobe Road.

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NEW LAW DISTANCES PROTESTORS FROM FUNERALS
Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that seeks to balance the constitutional right to protest with the desire to let those attending funeral services mourn in peace. SB661 by Democratic Assemblyman Ted Lieu of Torrance prohibits protests within 300 feet of funerals; violators face fines up to $1,000 and six months in jail starting January 1. The legislation is a response to protests of military funerals around the country by the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based group that says military personnel deaths are God's punishment for society's tolerance of homosexuality. Governor Brown announced the signing yesterday.

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Yucca Valley Wednesday, September 19. Blood donations will be taken at Vons in Yucca Valley, from 2 to 6 p.m. Healthy individuals at least 15 years old may donate blood. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 877-827-4376.

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SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TONIGHT, BUDGET HEARING PLANNED
The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees meet in regular session tonight. Reporter Kristy Lockhart says the School Board meeting includes a public hearing on the 2012-2013 budget...
The board will hold a public hearing on the revised 2012-2013 budget. This year, board members were forced to make state-mandated cuts; the department hit the hardest was transportation. At the last meeting, parents lined up to voice complaints about reduced school bus routes and parent pick-up hassles. Assistant Superintendent Tom Baumgarten says he thinks most of these issues have been resolved. Also on the agenda is a public hearing to discuss the special education annual service plan. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Friendly Hills Elementary School in Joshua Tree.

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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AUCTION SATURDAY
The Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert will hold its annual live and silent auction Saturday, September 22. This year's theme is "The Art of Giving." The event, which includes dinner, will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 56525 Little League Drive, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35, or $60 for two. Sponsorships are also available and range from $250 to $1500.

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AUDITIONS FOR CHRISTMAS PARODY AT THEATRE 29 TONIGHT
Theatre 29 will hold open auditions tonight for the holiday musical comedy parody, "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol." Managing editor Tami Roleff tells you when and where to try out...
Theatre 29 and Director Marty Neider have announced open auditions for "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol," a hilarious musical spoof of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," that takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Try-outs will be held 6:30 Tuesday, September 18 at Theatre 29, 73637 Sullivan Road (around the corner from Barr Lumber) in Twentynine Palms. Auditioning actors are reminded to prepare a song to sing. There are only five characters in the play; two women, age 35 to 50, and 20 to 30; and three men: age 35 to 50, 20-30; and 40 to 55. "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol" will run Friday and Saturday nights from November 16 through December 15, with a Thursday show November 29 and a Sunday matinee December 9.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CROSS-COUNTRY PLACES WELL IN INVITATIONAL MEET
The Twentynine Palms High School Wildcat Cross Country team traveled to the Riverside Community College campus in Moreno Valley to compete in the Grant Nunnally Invitational September 15. The varsity boys' Harriers took five of the first six places to win the meet going away. Zach Kanlong won the race in a time of 15:54, with Noel Figureoa close behind in a time of 15:56. Jessy Brocar finished fourth, with Diante Aiken fifth, and Wyatt Gianninni finishing sixth. The varsity girls were led again by Taylor Thacker in 21:10, who finished second, followed closely by Bailey Flynn in third. Alizabeth Ogdal finished seventh, and Alex Morrisey in 16th place. The junior varsity boys also won their race in the meet led by Garrett Schrepfer who finished first at 19:07, and Jake Thacker who was close behind in second. JV captain Curtis Mohn finished fifth with Nik Applegate in tenth and Synai Salgado finished 11th. Chris Russell also ran well in his first race as a Wildcat Harrier.

This week's Golden spike winner is Zach Kanlong with Noel Figueroa and Taylor Thacker as Wildcats of the week.

Twentynine Palms High School Lady Wildcats tennis team traveled to Palm Springs High School yesterday and lost to the Indians 5-13.

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