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Listen To Your News Tuesday, November 22, 2011 News Archive
     

TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN COMBAT
Lance Corporal Joshua Corral, 19, of Danville, died November 18 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Corral was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms. Corral began serving in the Marine Corps on July 19, 2010. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

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TOURIST DIES IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK OF APPARENT HEART ATTACK
A tourist hiking in Joshua Tree National Park died of an apparent heart attack Saturday afternoon. According to Park officials, Frederick McMichael, 39, of Irvine, California was hiking with companions on the Lost Horse Loop Trail when he collapsed. Several of his companions went to get help and reported the incident at the park's West Entrance Station at 4:30 p.m. Park rangers reached the scene at 5:00 p.m. A Mercy Air helicopter responded and flew over the scene communicating with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Efforts at emergency resuscitation were suspended at 6:10 p.m. Due to the remote, rugged location of the incident, darkness, and the safety of rescue personnel, the decision was made to not remove the body until Sunday morning when the Coroner arrived. Park rangers and a Joshua Tree Search and Rescue volunteer remained with his body overnight. Frederick McMichael's body was removed by a Riverside County Sheriff's Department helicopter Sunday morning.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS WATER DISTRICT SETS FIRE TAX AMOUNT AND DATE, WASTEWATER STUDY
The Twentynine Palms Water District Board met in regular session last night. They set the amount and date for a mail-in election for a fire tax, raised new service fees, and partnered with the city on a wastewater master plan. Reporter Derwood Andrews was there and has the details. Water District Business began with a 5-to-0 yes vote, to verify that Kennedy Jenks Consultants will prepare a Wastewater Master Plan and a Groundwater Protection Plan, at a cost of $300,000, split 50-50 with the City of Twentynine Palms. It was agreed to get proposals for an audit firm and maybe some fresh eyes on the subject of auditing the books, as the current company have done it since '97. Customer deposits for new service are to rise $15 to $75, to be refunded after two years and a good payment record, unless you can show a good record with other utilities. Fire Business began with the draft ordinance to increase the Special Fire Tax, presented by the Chief. To maintain the current level of service and improve it in the future, an increase of 50 percent to $120 per unit, with a 4 percent inflation adjuster will be voted on by registered voters of Twentynine Palms, scheduled for April 17, 2012. Meanwhile, there are two further public hearings on this on December 8 and 21, when the Board gets to decide. The public are invited to attend and take part. Ninety-nine percent of the Fire Department funding is from the current Special Tax, without the proposed increase and the forced reduction in service, the Chief pointed out that homeowners insurance could go through the roof, if you still had a roof, or canceled altogether.

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TWO UNRELATED INCIDENTS AND ARRESTS AT HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER
Sheriff's Deputies were called to Hi-Desert Medical Center twice Friday in two separate incidents. A Twentynine Palms woman was arrested Friday night after she threatened a nurse at the hospital. Sheriff's reports say, Krystal Johnson, 23, became combative with nursing staff when they refused to let her go into the Emergency Department to be with her mother. Johnson attempted to force open the ER door, and then told the nurse she was going to slit her throat. Johnson was heard later talking on her cell phone that she knew where the nurse lived and was going to slit her throat. Krystal Johnson was arrested for investigation of making terrorist threats, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

A Landers man was arrested Friday evening when he tried to walk out of the Hi-Desert Medical Center's Birthing Center with a monitoring radio. According to a Sheriff's report, just after 7 p.m., Jeffrey Guerin, 22, of Landers, tried to leave the birthing center with a Bose Wave radio, valued at $1000. Security detained Guerin until deputies arrived. Jeffrey Guerin was arrested for investigation of grand theft, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with his bail set at $50,000.

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BLOOD DRIVE TOMORROW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS SENIOR CENTER
Lifestream will conduct a community blood drive tomorrow at the Twentynine Palms Senior Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive is hosted by Reach Out Morongo Basin. Donors may enter to win prizes and receive Gift of Life Donor Loyalty Points that may be redeemed in the online store at www.LStream.org. Healthy individuals at least 15 years of age may donate blood. All prospective donors should be free of infections or illness, weigh at least 110 pounds, and not be at risk for AIDS or hepatitis. Donors receive a free mini-physical as part of the donation process. Donating blood takes about an hour, yet gives someone a lifetime. For more information, please call 1-800-TRY GIVING.

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TWENTNINE PLAMS PLANNING COMMISSION TO NAME NEW PLANNING COMMISSIONER TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms City Council will meet in an early special meeting this evening to choose a new planning commissioner. Reporter Dan Stork tells us who is in contention…
The Twentynine Palms City Council has cancelled its regular 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, November 22, and has replaced it with a special meeting at 5 p.m. the same day. The main business will be a vote to appoint a replacement for Steve Whitten on the Planning Commission, based upon a report and recommendation by council members Dan Mintz and Jay Corbin. The three applicants for the position are Christopher Plummer, Ken Waring, and Richard Banneck. The one item on the consent agenda is the approval of the submission of projects for the Community Block Grants for the Fiscal Year 2012-2013. The projects all deal with improvements to parks, purchase of land for parks, and improvements to the senior center.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MAN HELD FOR FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Saturday night after he punched his wife in the nose. Sheriff's reports say, Corey Burrell, 20, and his wife were at a friend's apartment in the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Burrell and his wife of 3 months were arguing over Burrell's disclosure that he had cheated on her. Burrell then scratched, bit, and punched his wife in the nose, which caused a nose bleed. The other men at the apartment tried to calm Burrell down, and he fought with them also. Corey Burrell was arrested for investigation of felony spousal abuse, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $50,000.

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ARREST AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE
A Twentynine Palms man was arrested Friday evening after he was clocked driving 80 miles per hour on residential streets. About 5:12 Friday evening, a Sheriff's deputy clocked Daniel Gillander, 24, at 80 miles per hour driving on residential streets in Twentynine Palms. Gilander refused to pull over and finally stopped near the intersection of Samarkand Drive and Morongo Road. Daniel Gillander was arrested for investigation of felony failure to yield to a police officer, booked into the Morongo Basin Jail, with bail set at $100,000.

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APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR TWENTYNINE PALMS LIGHT PARADE
The Twentynine Palms Light Parade is set for December 10th and applications are available now at the downtown Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce office. ROP Broadcast student Austin Miller tells us when and where the parade will be. The 17th Annual Light Parade will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Twentynine Palms. According to www.29chamber.org, the parade will start at 5:30 in the afternoon at the Twentynine Palms Junior High. It will then travel south on Utah Trail, then west on Joe David Drive, loop around Luckie Park, and return to Utah Trail and finally end at the Community Building on Joe Davis Drive.

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BROTHER AND SISTER HELD ON CAR THEFT AND DRUG CHARGES
A brother and sister were arrested on drug and car theft charges Saturday. According to a Sheriff's report, William Richmond, 22, of Yucca Valley, and Jennifer Richmond, 27, of Joshua Tree, were arguing about 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning in front of William Richmond's house in the 58700 block of La Mirada Trail in Yucca Valley. Jennifer Richmond was angry because her brother would not give her the keys to his car so she could go to a friend's house. When deputies arrived, they arrested William Richmond for investigation of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was cited and released. Five hours later, at 5:30 a.m., deputies were called back to the scene by Jennifer Richmond, who claimed that her brother's car had a license plate on it from a different vehicle. After an investigation, Jennifer Richmond was arrested for investigation trying to steal her brother's car. She was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $20,000. Then at 4:55 Saturday afternoon, deputies were called to a house in the 7300 block of Goleta Avenue in Yucca Valley. There they found William Richmond, who had walked there after being released from the Morongo Basin Jail earlier that day. Richmond claimed that someone was trying to kill him for being a snitch. William Richmond was arrested again for investigation of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Morongo Basin Jail with bail set at $1,000.

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FREE THANKSGIVING BREAKFAST AND DINNER AT JOHNS PLACE
Continuing a long-time Yucca Valley traditions, John's place will again give away Thanksgiving day breakfasts and dinners this Thursday. Managing Editor Tami Roleff says it is the way the Tsiolis family thanks the community for their support. For nearly a quarter of a century, John Tsiolis, owner of John's place in Yucca Valley, has been serving up free turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception. Tsiolis said the free ham and egg breakfast and turkey dinners are his way to say thanks to his customers and the community. He is expecting to cook up and serve 30 turkeys this year. The free breakfast runs from 7 to 11, the free turkey dinners, including coffee and soda, will be served from 11 to 3. Everyone is welcome.

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THANKSGIVING DINNER TOMORROW AT FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH
Faith Lutheran Church and the Community Food Pantry are serving up a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The church is located at 6336 Halle Road in Joshua Tree. For more information call Margaret at 760-366-8146.

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TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCRIMMAGE GAME TONIGHT
The Twentynine Palms High School basketball team will play a scrimmage game tonight at Palm Desert High School. Tip off is at 6:30.