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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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TWO KILLED, TWO MAJOR INJURIES AFTER EARLY MORNING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK CRASH
Two 29 Palms residents were killed and two others sustained major injuries in a single car rollover crash early this morning inside Joshua Tree National Park. According to CHP investigators, sometime early this morning, Angela Patterson, 22 was under the influence of alcohol and driving a 2002 Mitsubishi sedan, westbound on Federal Park Route 12, east of Barker Dam Road, at an unknown speed. Patterson lost control and the car spun out, hitting the shoulder and rolling over. Patterson was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected onto the roadway sustaining major injuries. The Mitsubishi came to rest on its side, leaning against a tree with three other occupants inside. The right front passenger, Tasmin Woodmansee, 26, was wearing her seatbelt and also sustained major injuries. Woodmansee was trapped inside the vehicle and had to be extricated by Firefighters using the “jaws of life.”  Patterson and Woodmansee were transported by helicopter to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs. The left rear passenger, 26 year Jeffrey Husted, wass not wearing his seatbelt and sustained fatal injuries.  The right rear passenger, 26 year old Jason Stevens was wearing his seatbelt and also sustained fatal injuries.  Both Jeffrey Husted and Jason Stevens were pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver, Angela Patterson, was arrested on suspicion of felony Driving under the Influence. CHP spokesman Ramon Perez said  the investigation is still ongoing and more charges are to follow.

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19 YEAR OLD TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING 12 YEAR OLD GIRL
A 19 year old Twentynine Palms man was arrested early Tuesday morning after he was discovered in the bedroom of a 12 year old girl. A Twentynine Palms man called 9-1-1 at 1:16 AM to report what at first was thought to be a stranger in his house, but turned out to be his young daughter’s so-called boyfriend in her bedroom. Deputies responded to the undisclosed residence and after investigation, placed Justin Mcrae, 19 under arrest for investigation of felony sex crimes against a child. Justin McRae was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail and is being held on $250,000.00 bail.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN TAZED AFTER ATTACKING SHERIFF’S DEPUTY
A loud argument led to the arrest of a Twentynine Palms man, after he tried to fight with a sheriff’s deputy. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Vera Martinez said Sunday evening just before 7, Deputies were called out to a home in the 71900 block if Indian Trail, on reports of loud screaming and arguing. The arriving deputy detained Randall Langley, 41. Langley began to fight with the officer, who ended up tazing him and calling for backup. Randall Langley was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail for investigation of Felony Spouse abuse, held on $50,000 bail and a no bail parole hold.

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YUCCA VALLEY FARMER’S MARKET APPROVED
In a whirlwind session, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission approved a new Farmer’s Market in the Old Town area. Reporter Tami Roleff was there, but not for very long -----
In the shortest meeting on record, the Yucca Valley Planning Commission approved a resolution at its meeting last night which would allow a Farmers Market to be established in Old Town between Jesse’s World and New Age Concepts. The resolution will now go to the Town Council for approval. Applicant Lori Herbel, who runs the Farmers Market in Joshua Tree, plans to have the Yucca Valley Farmers Market up and running by July 15. The market would be open on Wednesdays from 3 to 8 PM. In other news, Town staff informed the commissioners that Walmart has requested permits to update its store. It plans to remodel the garden center, install new lighting and flooring, and update its outdoor signs and paint color schemes.

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CELL PHONE CAUSES ROLLOVER CRASH IN MORONGO VALLEY
Investigators say it was fumbling with the cell phone that caused a solo vehicle roll-over collision occurred on State Route 62 near Valley View Road in Morongo Valley last night. CHP Spokesman Rob McLoud said at about 10:30, Vincent Cherubini was driving his 1991 Pontiac Bonneville with passenger, Stephanie Creps, both of Desert Hot Springs, eastbound at approximately 65 miles per hour. Cherubini was attempting to use his cellular telephone and allowed his vehicle to leave the roadway and strike a large boulder on the south shoulder. His vehicle continued into the open desert and overturned, coming to rest on its roof. The collision caused minor injuries to Cherubini and Creps. Both were taken to Desert Hospital in Palm Springs for treatment of their injuries.

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MARIJUANA ANTI-PROHIBITION PROJECT MEETS IN LANDERS TONIGHT [AUDIO ONLY]


Bob
Stadum

Dan
Munsey

Surann
Graham

Roger
Mayes

Sheldon
Hough
 
HI-DESERT WATER DISTRICT LOOKS AT CHARGES FOR UNUSED METERS
The Hi-Desert Water District Board meets in regular session tonight, Managing Editor Karl Gardner says they are expected leave standby charges the same, but will look at charges for unused meters ------
No changes are expected to Hi-Desert Water District’s Water Standby Assessments, when the issue is broached during a public hearing at this evening’s Board of Directors meeting, being held at district offices on the Highway at Inca, starting at 6. Other items of interest include a review of next year’s budget, an update of the capital replacement program, and a report on earthquake survivability of district water storage tanks. Next up the Board will consider changes to its policy on fixed charges for inactive meters, and hear an update on the sewage treatment system project.

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Brad Mitzelfelt

Neil Derry

Gary Ovitts

Paul Biane

Josie Gonzales
 
COUNTY APPROVES 3.8 BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET
Supervisors Tuesday preliminarily OK'd San Bernardino County's fiscal 2009-10 budget calling for $3.8 Billion in spending and $61 million in cuts. Final consideration is set for June 23. It calls for an 8-percent cut in most departments, while most employees agreed to forgo pay raises next year to help the county shore up its budget gap. The downturn in the housing market, a decline in sales tax revenues, and the threats posed by the current state budget crisis, combined with an increased demand for county services, have forced the county to tighten its belt. The departments taking the biggest hits include the Assessor's Office as well as the economic development and facilities management departments. In all, it presents $80.2 million in savings to the county and includes nearly $1 million from early retirements, $18 million through salary reductions, and $1.2 million from deferred raises. The fiscal health of the county remains uncertain and hinges on the state, which is facing an economic crisis with a $42 billion deficit and an unemployment rate of 11 percent. Various proposals floated by the state could cost the county nearly 1,000 jobs and more than $670 million in funding, $143 million of which would be for locally financed services including public safety.

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Phil Cisnerous

Jim Yockey

Alan Anthony

Sam Moore

Chris Gallagher
 
TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT BOARD MEETS TONIGHT
Twentynine Palms Water District’s Board meets tonight, they are expected to formalize the decision not to transfer the fire department to the city. Reporter Desiree Weston looks at the agenda -----
A proposed transfer of the Twentynine Palms Fire Department from the Water District to the City is up for discussion at a rescheduled meeting of the Twentynine Palms Water District being held this evening at District offices on Hatch Road, starting at 6:00. Other items on the agenda include adoption of the 2007 fire code, Department fees and charges to include cost recovery, and discussions on other tax alternatives to fund fire and prevention services in developing areas.

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PALM TREES GETTING GROOMED IN TWENTYNINE PALMS
The Palm Trees in Twentynine Palms are getting a trim. Workers can be seen along Twentynine Palms Highway and Adobe Road performing maintenance and cleanup work on the City’s palm trees, performing a service known as "skinning" the palms. The procedure of skinning the trunks is beyond the normal maintenance and only occurs every 10 years or so, for public safety reasons. According to certified arborist Warren Miller of Palm Springs, "Skinning is the practice of removing some or all of the old palm frond bases from the trunk with the use of a sharp carpet knife, cutting along the fibrous base of the frond, being careful not to cut into the living tissue, and stopping three feet from the green fronds at the top of the tree." The practice of grooming the palms does not hurt the tree, and it is necessary to eliminate the messy and sometimes dangerous natural trash drop from the palms that line the highway and Adobe Road. The palm skinning procedure is expected to continue over the next two to three weeks. For questions or more information, residents can contact 29 Palms Public Works Superintendent Jose Nieves at (760) 367-7623.

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM STARTS MONDAY AT TWENTYNINE PALMS LIBRARY
Children and teens are invited to come by the 29 Palms Branch and sign-up for this year’s Summer Reading Programs "Be Creative" and "Express Yourself". There will be FREE events scheduled throughout the summer, as well as a reading incentive program which offers rewards for checking out and reading library books as well as listening to audio-books. This program runs from June 22nd to August 22nd and sign-ups are open all summer long. For more information about the Summer Reading Program, please call the Twentynine Palms Branch Library at 760-367-9519.

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