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Listen To Your News Monday, November 26, 2012 News Archive
     

THREE ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING IN YUCCA VALLEY
Three suspects are in custody while the victim clings to life after a Yucca Valley shooting Saturday night. Sheriff's Sergeant Thomas Hutchins said dispatchers received a report of a subject shot shortly before 10:00 in the 57200 block of Old Haggard Street in Yucca Valley. Responding Deputies arrived to find Steven Hill, 33, with numerous gunshots to his chest and arm. A short time later, three suspects, Robert Nolan, 25, Aaron Hancock, 30, and Zoe Hancock, 22, were stopped in a vehicle at State Route 62 and Bannock Trail in Yucca Valley and taken into custody. Hutchins said Aaron Hancock had received a call from his ex reporting a problem with his 6 year old son. He, along with Nolan and Zoe Hancock armed themselves and went to the Old Haggard road location and confronted Hill. During the confrontation Hill was shot twice in the chest and once in his arm. All three were booked into the Morongo Basin Jail; Robert Nolan for investigation of attempted murder with bail set at One Million dollars and Aaron Hancock and Zoe Hancock for investigation of being an accessory to Attempted Murder with bail at $500,000.00 each. Steven Hill was taken to Desert Regional Hospital.

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DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR LEADS AFTER MAN FOUND INJURED
Morongo Basin Sheriff deputies are puzzled over the circumstances of a man who was brought to the hospital on Thanksgiving with significant injuries. According to Sergeant James Porter, an unidentified woman brought Raymund Veloso, 44, of Palm Springs, to Hi-Desert Medical Center about 3:00 Thursday afternoon. She told deputies she had found him alongside Highway 62 in Morongo Valley, but investigating officers have been unable to find any evidence he had been injured along the highway. Deputies have not yet been able to interview Veloso, who suffered significant injuries and a lot of blood loss to determine what happened. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department at 760-366-4175.

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13 YEAR OLD HURT IN THANKSGIVING DAY OFF-ROAD VEHICLE CRASH
A 13 year old girl was airlifted to the hospital after an off road vehicle accident in Landers on Thanksgiving Day. San Bernadino County Fire Department received the call just after noon Thursday that a Rhino had flipped, near East Giant Rock. When Paramedics arrived they found the victim's right hand had been partially amputated. Mercy air was called in… they landed in the dry lake bed and transported the girl to Loma Linda for surgery.

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WE SPEAK WITH A 29 PALMS MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN
Corporal Raymond Tulkki (TUL key) of Mesa, Arizona is deployed to Afghanistan with Regimental Combat Team-7 from Twentynine Palms. He works as a plans chief for RCT-7, coordinating and tracking the deployment of troops into and out of Afghanistan. While he enjoys his challenging job, Managing Editor Tami Roleff says his passion is something a little more personal. She spoke with Corporal Tulkki by phone last week in Afghanistan and gives us a glimpse into what motivates him...
Corporal Raymond Tulkki believes in the "Pay It Forward" concept. He said when he enlisted four years ago, his first sergeant taught him a lot about leadership, being open and available to other Marines. "Since I've joined the Marine Corps, we see a lot of bad things happen, a lot of suicides, a lot of Marine doing stupid things, hurting themselves, hurting others, making bad decisions." Tulkki tries to let Marines know that someone is there for them. "No matter what the situation is, they can come to you and ask for help." Tulkki plans on leaving the Marine Corps next August and going to college in Arizona to study mechanical engineering, and perhaps get a Master's degree in nuclear engineering. He hopes that his fellow Marines will continue his efforts to reach out to others. "It's kind of a Pay It Forward concept. Teach one Marine who teaches two who go off and teaches two more and it grows in the community."

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MAJOR LIVE-FIRE EXERCISE STARTS THIS WEEK ABOARD MCAGCC
Marines and sailors will take part in a two-week-long, live-fire training exercise known as Steel Knight 2013 aboard the Combat Center. Starting this Thursday November 29 through December 13, Marine combat units will undergo tough, realistic training that will prepare them for real-world operational demands. Morongo Basin residents may notice an increase in training noise from artillery operations, increased air traffic over helicopter routes and tactical vehicle movement. This exercise is the first large exercise in several months, following the conclusion of Enhanced Mojave Viper training program.

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TIME TO ENTER YOUR FLOAT IN THE YUCCA VALLEY LIGHT PARADE
The year's 15th Annual Yucca Valley Light parade will be hosted by the Yucca Valley Rotary Club on December 15th. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says it is time to get signed up...
The Rotary Club of Yucca Valley is accepting applications for its 15th annual Light Parade, set for Saturday, December 15. The parade will start at 5:30 p.m. and will travel on Highway 62 from Geronimo Trail, east to Mohawk. It will then turn around and travel west on the highway to Pioneertown Road. Z107.7 will provide the sound system and be the parade announcer. Application fees will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Desert. Entry forms for floats are available at the Chamber of Commerce or call 760-365-6323.

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BLOOD DRIVE IN 29 PALMS TOMORROW
Desert Blood Services will conduct a community blood drive in Twentynine Palms Tuesday, November 27. Blood donations will be taken at Little Church of the Desert, 6079 Adobe Road, from 2 to 6 p.m. 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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CITY OF 29 PALMS LOOKING FOR PLANNING COMMISSIONERS
The Twentynine Palms Planning Commission is accepting applications for two vacancies on the Commission. Applicants who are interested in serving for a four-year term must live within the city limits of Twentynine Palms and be a registered voter. Interested residents can pick up an application and a statement of duties at City Hall, Monday through Thursday, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., or online on the Human Resources page at 29palms.org. The deadline for submitting an application is 6 p.m. Thursday, December 20. For more information, call 760-367-6799.

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ROP STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL BUSINESSWOMAN
A local businessman has seen his business grown and become successful. ROP Broadcast Student Broadcasting Student Victoria Trevino spoke with Dave Van Dyke of Van Dyke Plumbing...
A local business, VanDyke Plumbing, has become very successful. The company started by David VanDyke's father opened in 1959 and at the age of 20 VanDyke bought it from his father. VanDyke enjoys his company being that it's "been his life blood" he says and loves being in the dirt. Van Dyke's main purpose is underground utility, but they also can do much more such as piping, concrete, asphalt, etc. I asked VanDyke if there was anything he wished could be changed about the company, he answered "yes change is always needed". He also threw in going to college for business would have been extremely beneficial and would have given him a stronger vision on his company. Overall VanDyke has a strong hold on his shop and continues to work hard on keeping it running.

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UNITY HOME SEEKING BOARD MEMBERS
The Morongo Basin Unity Home, a local organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence, is looking for volunteers to serve on its board of directors. For more information, call Mary Jo Thornton at 760-366-1247.

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CRAFTERS SOUGHT FOR HDMC BENEFIT CRAFT FAIR
The Hi-Desert Medical Center is hosting its Third Annual Relay for Life HDMC Holiday Craft Fair, Saturday, December 15th, from 8 to 2:30 at the Helen Grey Education Center. Proceeds from the table rentals will benefit the Morongo Basin Relay for Life. Anyone who would like to be a participating vendor, should reserve a space by Thursday December 13; there is a $25 vendor fee. For more information, contact Jeanne Wheeler at 760-366-6179.

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