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Listen To Your News Tuesday, November 13, 2012 News Archive
     

MARINE SHOT AND KILLED BY PALM SPRINGS POLICE WAS STATIONED AT TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Marine shot and killed by Palm Springs police early Saturday morning has been identified as Corporal Allan DeVillena II, 22, of San Jose. DeVillena was with 1st Marine Logistics Group in Camp Pendleton, but was stationed, along with his passenger, Private First Class Clint Harris, in Twentynine Palms; both were in Palm Springs celebrating the Marine Corps birthday. According to the Palm Springs Police Department, two officers on bicycle patrol following local bar closures heard men yelling inside a parking ramp about 2 a.m. They recognized DeVillena and Harris, who were in a black Chrysler 300, from a public intoxication incident earlier in the evening. As police approached the car, the Marines started yelling derogatory comments and DeVillena refused police requests to turn off his car, and tried to drive away. One of the officers climbed through the passenger side window in an attempt to stop the car. The press release said DeVillena accelerated directly toward the second officer, striking him, while the first officer was still suspended from the window. During the events, both officers fired their weapons, killing Corporal DeVillena. Passenger Harris was not injured; the police officers were treated at a local hospital for their injuries and released. After the shooting, investigators were contacted by another man who said his wallet and cell phone had been stolen earlier in the evening and a GPS locator had tracked it to the scene. Police found the theft victim's cell phone in the car, and his identification and ATM cards were found in DeVillena's pants pocket. Anyone with information related to this incident should call the Palm Springs Police Department at 760-323-8116.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS CITY COUNCIL TO HEAR FIRE DEPARTMENT TAKEOVER PLAN TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms City Council will hear the County's plan for taking over fire protection among other items tonight. Reporter Dan Stork has details…
The focus at the November 13 meeting of the Twentynine Palms City Council will be a report from a San Bernardino County Fire Chief. The Chief will brief the Council on the status of the annexation of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department by the County, the County's delivery model for fire and emergency services, and then an update on the application to LAFCO for the annexation. In other business, there will be a public hearing on Development Code changes that defines analog, derivative, designer, and synthetic drugs, and addresses the revocation of approved business licenses for the sale of specific synthetic drugs. Concluding discussion items are the Community Development Block Grant projects application, and Council guidance on the recruitment of planning commissioners. Consent agenda items include a $110,000 contract for drilling a well at Knott's Sky Park, and adoption of the Measure I 5-year capital improvement program. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall on Adobe Road.

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TWO MARINES ARRESTED AFTER RACING OVER 100 MPH ON HIGHWAY 62
Two Marines were arrested Saturday night after a Sheriff's deputy saw them racing at speeds of 100 miles per hour. According to a Sheriff's report, Joshua Sutterfield, 22, of Fort Pierce, Florida, and Louis Jablonski, 20, of Dickenson, North Dakota, were racing each other shortly before 8 p.m. The deputy stopped both vehicles, but then the second vehicle took off. The deputy got back in his patrol car to chase the driver down, and then the first car also took off. The deputy caught up to both cars near the Elks Lodge on the Highway in Twentynine Palms. Joshua Sutterfield and Louis Jablonski were arrested for investigation of participating in an illegal speed contest, cited, and released.

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SHERIFF HELICOPTER USED TO FUND MISSING PAROLEE-AT-LARGE
A parolee was the subject of a search in the Indian Cove area of Twentynine Palms Sunday evening. According to a Sheriff's report, Cory Bryant, 29, was involved in a domestic violence dispute at a residence near Lear Avenue and Two Mile Road about 6 p.m. Sunday. He tried to take the victim's car, but was unsuccessful. Bryant then ran off southbound through the desert, and across Highway 62. Deputies called in reinforcements, including a helicopter, and went searching for him near Mantonya and Sullivan Roads, telling residents he should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Cory Bryant is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-365-4175.

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QUIRKY THEATRE 29 CHRISTMAS SHOW OPENING TO BENEFIT RELAY FOR LIFE
Theatre 29 will open their hilarious and quirky holiday show this Friday as a Fund-raiser for relay for Life. Managing Editor Tami Roleff tells us how to get tickets for opening night, then the rest of the run…
The opening night gala for Theatre 29's next play, "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol," is set for Friday. All proceeds from the gala opening will benefit the American Cancer Society's Morongo Basin Relay for Life. The evening will start with a catered sit-down dinner at 6 p.m., featuring good Midwestern cuisine. Look over the silent auction items before the curtain rises at 7 p.m. and during intermission. The show, directed by Marty Neider, is a musical parody of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," only it takes place in Bunyan Bay, Minnesota. Show tickets are $25 for the opening benefit, with all proceeds going to Relay for Life. To buy tickets for the opening gala, call 760-218-4584 or 760-898-5979. After opening night, performances are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through December 15, with a Thursday night show November 29 and a Sunday matinee December 9. Tickets are $8 to $12. Call the box office at 760-361-4151 for tickets.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS PAY AND BUDGETS TO GET OVERHAUL
County supervisors are going to see their pay and benefits reduced after voters approved Measure Q last week, but it won't be for quite some time. The law precludes reducing an elected official's compensation during a pending term, so pay and benefit adjustments will not go in place until the next term for each supervisor. It will be four years before newly elected supervisor James Ramos will have to take the cut to his pay and benefits. On Dec. 1, 2013, the county will conduct a survey of supervisors' salaries and benefits in Riverside, Orange and San Diego counties, calculate an average, then set the salaries and benefits of San Bernardino County supervisors based on that average. As a general rule of thumb, salaries for county supervisors are equivalent to 80 percent of a Superior Court judge's salary. The Board of Supervisors introduced and approved Measure Q in July in response to Measure R - proposed to reduce supervisors pay and benefits to $60,000 and to reduce supervisors' staff budgets to a collective total of $2.5 million. Measure Q defeated Measure R by slightly more than three percentage points.

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HOSPITAL BOARD LOOKS AT FUNDING REQUESTS
The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board meets tonight to look at funding requests and consider bringing in consultants. Reporter Mike Lipsitz checks the Hospital Board's agenda…
The Hi-Desert Memorial Healthcare District Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray Education Center. Among items on the action agenda are three funding requests; the first is for replacement lights for Operating Rooms 1 and 2 for approximately $175,000. The second request is for an upgrade to a Picture Archiving and Communication System at a cost of $193,000. And the third request is for an Echocardiography scanner for not more than $255,000. Also on tonight's action agenda, the Board will consider retaining outside experts to advise District management of options, actions, and initiatives that may be available in the near to mid-term to return the District to financial solvency and long-term viability. If approved, the District would hope findings would ultimately be complied into a report to be completed by January 2013.

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JOSHUA TREE CLEAN TEAM OUT TOMORROW MORNING
The Joshua Tree Clean Team clean-up tomorrow morning in a neighborhood. Several years ago the Joshua Tree Clean Team cleaned up a pit in the large field north-west of the Friendly Hills Elementary School. The pit now has furniture and trash that needs to be cleaned. Not only that but there are several other areas to be cleaned, ironically named, Tin Can Hill, Glass Top, Trash Ravine, Tires Toss About and Messy Kids Playground!! With all that to clean they are encouraging neighbors to join them and have added an extra hour. The neighborhood clean up will start at 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. This will be a large clean-up and everyone is needed anytime between the two hour slot. The meeting place is north of Alta Loma, at 7141 Sherwood Rd. For more information call 760 366-8415.

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT TO HOST CHAMBER MIXER TONIGHT
Please join the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce tonight from 5 until 7 p.m. for their monthly mixer hosted by the Hi-Desert Water District located at 55439 29 Palms Hwy. to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Mixers are held as a networking opportunity for business people to make new contacts and catch-up with current customers and fellow business associates. For more information or directions, call the Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce at 760-365-6323.

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EDUCATION FORUM AT TWENTYNINE PALMS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT
Parents of teenagers listen up. The Twentynine Palms Junior High School is hosting an education forum for parents and students. As reporter Kristy Lockhart tells us, it's a chance to learn the latest trends affecting teens…
Did you know that cyber bullying ranks higher than any other form of bullying among teenagers? Do you know the latest drugs on the market targeting teens? These topics and more will be covered at the educational forum, Tuesday, November 13, at Twentynine Palms Junior high from 6 to 8 p.m. The forum is sponsored by Parents Reaching Out and is a free event. Other organizations attending: Morongo Basin Mental Health Ready, Aim, Fire Coalition; Fire and Sheriff Explorer Scouts; Young Marine's Program; and the Boy Scouts.

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PARENT CONFERENCES AT YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT
Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms High Schools will hold parent conferences this evening, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. All conferences will be held in the teachers' classrooms.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY GOES TO CIF CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Wildcat cross-country teams traveled to Mount San Antonio college to compete in the 2012 CIF Cross Country championships Saturday. In order to advance to the CIF finals the boys needed to finish in the top eight spots of the 16-team race. Coach Rick Buckles said the Cats ran a smart race to qualify in the fifth spot, to move on to the CIF finals November 17, also at Mount SAC, on the verge of qualifying for the state finals. Noel Figueroa, Zach Kanlong, Wyatt Gianninni, Diante Aiken, Jessey Brocar, Anthony Arias and Dylan Brocar will represent the cats in the Finals race with Alan Vander Mass as the alternate. Six teams will run in the finals race with seven moving on to the state finals on Thanksgiving weekend at Woodward Park in Fresno. For the girls, Taylor Thacker ran a great race and finished well in the championships but failed to qualify for the finals. She and her teammates will take a well deserved two-week break and start getting ready for the upcoming De Anza league track season.

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