YUCCA VALLEY WOMAN WAKES TO FIND MAN TRYING TO RAPE HER

A Yucca Valley man was arrested Tuesday morning, accused of breaking into a home and attempting to rape a woman. The Sheriff’s department received a call about 5:45 a.m. that a man, later identified as Lawrence Carruthers, 51, of the 6100 block of Avalon Court, was in a bedroom in

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL PREFERS MUNICIPAL USE FOR PFF BUILDING

With not even a dozen residents in attendance, the Yucca Valley Town Council discussed options of how to use the abandoned PFF Bank building that was purchased for $1.6 million by the town’s redevelopment agency in 2009. Due to the state’s forced dissolution of the town’s redevelopment agency in 2011,

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HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT FOCUSES ON EASEMENTS TONIGHT

The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says the board will focus on sewer system easements….. Easements will be the main topic of discussion at tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Water District Board of Directors. The water district has successfully negotiated easements on 207 properties, out

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The Twentynine Palms High School volleyball team Lady cats played the Rajahs at home and won in three sets. Coaches say the Lady Cats were led by senior Latasia Benevente with nine kills and Junior Tatiyanna Mackall with seven kills and three blocks. Sophomore Lindsey Scammon and junior Mara Mapuatuli

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TWO ARRESTS AFTER A YUCCA VALLEY HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Two transients were arrested Saturday after a high-speed chase through Yucca Valley neighborhoods. Sheriff’s reports say a black F-350 pick up truck driven by Mark Hines, 28, failed to stop at a stop sign at Onaga Trail and Acoma Trail just before 6 p.m. Saturday. When a deputy attempted to

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MAN CAUGHT TOWING STOLEN SPRAYER BEHIND HIS BICYCLE

A Yucca Valley man was arrested late Friday night when a deputy became suspicious about the pesticide sprayer the man was towing behind his bicycle. Sheriff’s reports say an off-duty deputy spotted Michael Matson, 38, towing a pesticide sprayer behind his bicycle away from the Tractor Supply store in Yucca

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YUCCA VALLEY TOWN COUNCIL TO DISCUSS FORMER PFF BUILDING TONIGHT

The Yucca Valley Town Council meets tonight. Among items of interest is a discussion of the future plans for the eyesore former PFF building which has been sitting empty in the busiest intersection of the town since the Town bought it for $1.3 million in October of 2009. In April

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WAL-MART SHOPLIFTER FOUND WITH GUN AND HEROIN

A Yucca Valley transient arrested Sunday evening, accused of shoplifting from Wal-Mart, was found to be in possession of heroin and weapons. Sheriff’s reports say Ruben Minero, 36, went to Wal-Mart about 6:30 p.m. and was cutting items out of their packaging with razor blades putting them into a backpack.

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MAN ARRESTED SMASHING YUCCA VALLEY STORE WINDOWS

A Texas man was arrested Sunday morning, accused of smashing windows at two businesses in Yucca Valley. Sheriff’s reports say a witness called deputies at 9:19 a.m. to report a man, later identified as Michael Hernandez, 29, of Irving, Texas, walked up to the windows at Marshall’s and Petco and

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CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING AVAILABLE

A Yucca Valley agency is offering mental health screening for children to recognize early signs of problems. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has details… Untreated mental health problems impact children, families, schools and communities. Assessing and addressing problems at a young age improves a child’s quality of life and his or her

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SUSPECTED ARMED ROBBER ARRESTED FRIDAY

A Wonder Valley man was arrested Friday, accused of holding up a Yucca Valley pharmacy with a knife earlier that day. According to a Sheriff’s press release, a man, later identified as Justin Becker, 23, entered the New Pharmacy located in the Town Center Mall about 9 a.m., brandished a

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MEDICAL TRANSPORT VAN DAMAGED IN GAS SYSTEM THEFT

Gas thieves sped off with 30 gallons crippling a van and inflicting pain to hundreds of area patients in the process. Reporter Mike Lipsitz tells us why the recovery period will likely last well into September… Hundreds of locals who depend on free, non-emergency medical transportation for access to the

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ADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUES OFFERED IN YUCCA VALLEY

Enjoy the fall weather by joining a slow-pitch, adult softball league offered by the Town of Yucca Valley. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has all the bases covered and tells you how to join in … Slow-pitch, adult softball begins next week and includes a men’s league, women’s league or two coed

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORE AND SCHEDULES

After struggling last year, the Yucca Valley High School Trojan Football team started out their season with a big win Friday night. Coach Andrew Amarosa said his varsity team won the game with Granite Hills High School, 27-6. Amarosa said the team dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides

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TWO YUCCA VALLEY RESIDENTS FACE CHILD ABUSE CHARGES

Two Yucca Valley residents were arrested Tuesday and are facing possible child endangerment charges. According to a Sheriff’s report, deputies were called to a home in the 7800 block of Valley Vista Avenue about 2 p.m. for a report of a man and woman fighting. During a parole compliance check

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MISS YUCCA VALLEY PAGEANT APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

The Yucca Valley Rotary Club has applications available now for the annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant. Reporter Rebecca Havely has all the details… The annual Miss Yucca Valley Scholarship Pageant is seeking applicants. The pageant will be held on February 6, 2016. Any Yucca Valley area high school junior

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Friday, August 28, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be the Match bone marrow

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FULL MOON 5K RUN IN YUCCA VALLEY FRIDAY NIGHT

Under a magnificent night sky, the Full Moon 5k Run is tomorrow night. Reporter Mike Lipsitz laces up his running shoes… Runners of all ages, Yucca Valley’s 12th annual Full Moon 5K Run is this Friday, August 28, at 7:00 p.m. at Machris Park on Santa Barbara Drive in Yucca

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HEARING SET FOR DOGS WHO KILLED NEIGHBORS PUPPY

A public hearing will be held in Yucca Valley Tuesday, September 1, to determine if three boxers should be declared potentially dangerous dogs. On Friday, August 21, three boxers owned by Keith and Michelle Squires got into the back yard of Jacqueline Ratliff of the 57400 block of St. Mary’s

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MORE LOCAL BUSINESSES SUED FOR ADA NON-COMPLIANCE

At least five more businesses, most in Yucca Valley, have been sued by a man who claims they are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. Some of the violations include not having proper handicap-accessible parking spaces, lack of signage for the parking spaces, and faded paint

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