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Listen To Your News Thursday, October 15, 2009 News Archive
     

2 MOTORCYCLE GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED IN 2003 LANDERS MURDER
Two of the leaders of an outlaw motorcycle gang have been arrested for a murder that occurred in an isolated area of Landers in April of 2003. According the Sheriff’s Department, Dennis Daoussis, 34, of Fontana, was found murdered in rural Landers on Mine Lane near Acoma Trail. The case remained unsolved for several years. Cold case detectives have worked on this case for several years and interviewed numerous witnesses during the investigation. The investigation has revealed that Keith Silva, 46, of Covington Georgia, was the President of the Berdoo Chapter of the Vagos motorcycle gang. David Beltran, 34, of Mentone was the Sergeant at Arms. Investigators say the victim was a prospective member with the Vagos gang and was murdered by Silva and Beltran for unknown reasons. Yesterday, Keith Silva was arrested in Covington, Georgia and is pending extradition to California. David Beltran was arrested on September 20th of 2007. Beltran is currently being held without bail at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.

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YUCCA VALLEY VAN FIRE CALLED SUSPICIOUS
An early morning fire in Yucca Valley that destroyed a converted van is being called suspicious. County Fire officials said around 3 Wednesday morning, fire crews were called out to a home in the 7200 block of Cherokee Trail on reports that a van conversion was ablaze. Arriving firefighters found the van fully involved in flames. Fast action has the flames knocked down in a matter of minutes, saving the near by home where the van was parked. The exact cause of the fire is not known, but is being called suspicious in nature. No injuries were reported, and no dollar loss estimate was given.

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STATEWIDE EARTHQUAKE DRILL TODAY: ARE YOU READY?
A statewide earthquake drill today reminds us all that we live in earthquake country and need to be prepared to protect ourselves and our families. Reporter Dan Stork has this important reminder...
Among the things you should plan for in the aftermath of an earthquake is how to render your household utility connections un-harmful. Know where the utility shutoffs are, and know how to operate them. Paint them white or a light reflective color so they are visible in dark or smoky conditions. Have a wrench next to your gas shutoff. Kitchens can be particularly hazardous places. Segregate chemicals according to manufactures' suggestions. In the kitchen, all chemicals should be stored at floor level in a secure cabinet. All gas appliances must be installed with a flexible gas line. Install "child proof" latches on all kitchen cabinet doors to prevent breakables and heavy objects from falling out of the cabinets. Store the heaviest items on the lower shelves. Put guard rails on open shelves so that items cannot slide off. Secure fragile objects to open shelves with industrial strength "Velcro" tape or a silicon adhesive. Attach hanging plants, clocks, paintings, and kitchen pots to wall studs. Wheels on heavy appliances should be blocked or locked.

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MARINE CORPS BANS RECRUITING SEX OFFENDERS
The Marine Corps has announced it will ban recruits with prior sex offenses. With the expansion to 202,000 active-duty Marines now complete, the Corps will cut recruiters in the coming year and ban anyone with a past sex offense from joining the service. Recruiting Command’s top officer Maj. Gen. Robert Milstead said the Corps will no longer allow anyone with a felony or misdemeanor sexual offense to enlist, even if there are extenuating circumstances, and will admit far fewer recruits who perform poorly on the Armed Services Vocational Battery test. The decision is part of an adjustment to refine recruiting across the Corps. Next year, the mission is to find 35,868 enlisted recruits, the fewest in at least five years. Aided in part by robust retention, the Corps got so far ahead of the curve in meeting the 202K recruiting mission that it was reduced from more than 40,000 to 36,696 during 2009.

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THEATRE 29 HAUNTED THEATER OPENS TOMORROW
The legendary Halloween Haunt opens tomorrow for the sixth year at Theatre 29. Reporter Tami Roleff has the scary details...
Scary things are happening at Theatre 29 in Twentynine Palms during the theatre’s Annual Halloween Haunt, beginning this weekend through October 31. This year’s incarnation will be under the expert (and somewhat twisted) direction of Theatre 29 veteran and favorite Daniel Tabeling and technical wizard Frances Wright. Special effects guru Eric Ross, formerly of "Knott's Scary Farm" will oversee the production with his own imaginative touches and over-the-top imagery. The entire theater and grounds will be transformed into a lair guaranteed to terrify. See if you have the nerve to face the undead delights! Guests will be guided through a labyrinth of special effects, ghosts, goblins, and more than a few very scary surprises. Tickets are only available at the door for $5 "cash only." Season ticket holders get their first tour included with their purchase. The Halloween Haunt will run three weekends from October 16-17, 23-25, and 29, 30 & 31; Tours on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to10 p.m., Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. with tours beginning every 10 to15 minutes. Theatre 29's John Calveri Theatre is located at 73637 Sullivan Rd Twentynine Palms around the corner from Barr Lumber. Visit www.theatre29.com for more information.

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PIONEER DAYS CHILI DINNER AT THE TWENTYNINE PALMS ART GALLERY
Tickets are still available for the traditional annual Pioneer Days Chili Dinner at the historic Twentynine Palms Art Gallery, served cafe style under the stars on the gallery patio, Saturday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. A no-host bar opens at 4:30 p.m., and music will be provided throughout the evening by local guitarist and singer Bob Garcia. Guests can enjoy award-winning chili prepared by Bruce Campbell’s Coyote Cafe, the 2009 winner of Best Restaurant in the Morongo Basin, along side dishes, coffee and a variety of desserts baked by Twentynine Palms Artists Guild members. Dinner tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for children under 12, and will be available at the door. The gallery is open for guests to view the October show, featuring the work of Morongo Basin artists Ellen Hill and Anna Houghton, and the gift shop is open for browsing during the dinner. Drawings for artistic gifts and locally donated prizes will also be held throughout the evening. Twentynine Palms Art Gallery is located at 74055 Cottonwood Drive For ticket information or directions, call the gallery at 760-367-7819.

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ARTIST AUTHOR AT THE JOSHUA TREE LIBRARY TOMORROW
The Joshua Tree library will host an artist-author tomorrow. Dan Stork joins us again with your invitation...
Roma Bogard, author of For The Love Of Art, will speak and sign her book at the Joshua Tree Library on October 16th at 4:30 p.m. For The Love Of Art features three artists, including Mabel Hutchinson, Ruth Stark and Ms. Bogard, who work in the Representational, Abstract and Non-Objective styles. Ms. Bogard will speak about her, which highlights the passion and love of art each artist experiences across their stylistic differences. Roma Bogard earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Layton School of Fine Art in Milwaukee and traveled to more than 25 countries as an arts and crafts director for the U.S. government. She currently lives in Palm Springs and works in her at-home art studio. For more information about this program, please call the Joshua Tree Branch Library at 366-8615.

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JOSHUA TREE MAC MEETS TONIGHT [AUDIO ONLY]

CELTIC BAND AT HI-DESERT CULTURAL CENTER
Fans of Celtic music are in for a treat. A world class Celtic band will be performing at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center in Joshua Tree this weekend. Reporter Tami O’Roleff has details...
Ken O’Malley and the Twilight Lords will be the featured guest artists when the Hi Desert Cultural Center brings a bit of the Emerald Isle to Joshua Tree on Saturday when they will perform songs in both English and Irish Gaelic. O’Malley, who was born in Dublin, is called by some "the finest Irish folk singer/songwriter in the United States." The show will feature O’Malley on lead vocals, guitar, and mandolin; Cary Park on electric guitar and vocals; Will MacGregor on bass guitar and vocals; and Otis Hayess III on drums. Tickets to the 7 pm concert are $15 and are available by calling the box office at 366-3777 or by ordering online at hidesertculturalcenter.com.

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CELEBRATE 29! ART SHOW OPENS TOMORROW
More than 20 artists have already registered to participate in the first "Celebrate 29!" Juried Art Exhibition in Twentynine Palms to be held during Pioneer Days, October 16 through 18. Hosted by the City of Twentynine Palms Public Arts Advisory Committee. The exhibit will feature artist interpretations of the local cultural and natural landscape, including what inspires their artwork or what aspects of the city and its environs they wish to celebrate. Andy Weddington of Yucca Valley and Rik Livingston of Joshua Tree are among the artists slated to enter their work in the show, which will include paintings, photography, drawings, mixed media, mosaic tile, and quilting. Among the Twentynine Palms artists who have pre-registered for the exhibition are a few names that are new to the local art scene as well as some recognized local favorites: Terah Acedevo, Allen and Mita Barter, David Beeken, Dana Bowden, Deanne Chatterton, Gretchen Grunt, Perry Hoffman, Charles Lenoff, Fred Libby, Natalie Massey, Laura Peterson-Volz, Patricia Quandel, John Snowden, Dawn Whitaker, and Gloria White. Cash prizes and honorable mention ribbons will be awarded at an opening reception tomorrow evening from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Community Center next to Luckie Park, 74325 Joe Davis Drive off Utah Trail. The exhibit will continue through Pioneer Days weekend, on Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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