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Arrest after Tasing for Felony Warrants & Resisting Arrest at Tortoise Rock Casino

May 21, 2016

29 PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, May 19, at 10:20 p.m., Public Safety Officers at the Tortoise Rock Casino called Sheriff’s Dispatch to report a man known to them as Christopher Blacker was at the casino and had active warrants for his arrest. Deputies responded to the casino and confirmed through a records check that Blackler had two active felony warrants totaling $625,000. MORE

Clerk “Tased” at Dollar Tree Store

Police Seek Help Identifying Perp

May 18, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, May16 at about 6:00 p.m., the Blythe Police Department was dispatched to the Dollar Tree Store, located at 661 E. Hobsonway, regarding a possible robbery. When officers arrived they contacted a female store cashier who had been “Tased” by a Taser style weapon as she worked the cash register. MORE

Convicted Felon Arrested for Possession of Firearms after reports of Shots Fired at a Train

May 17, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 15, at about 5:52, deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Colorado River Station received a call from BNSF Railroad about a subject in a Maroon FJ Cruiser shooting at a train. Once in the area, the suspect vehicle was located and the driver was stopped and contacted. MORE

Unreported Death in Experimental Wild Mare/Burro Sterilizations

More Mare Sterilization Research at Oregon State University to be Performed

To The Desert Independent

May 17, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – On May 10, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) received a call from an unnamed Phoenix resident who had witnessed deadly burro and mare sterilization operations performed in Arizona last month by Dr. Leon Pielstick, DVM, the veterinarian slated to perform such procedures on hundreds of wild mares and foals, currently being held in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hines, Oregon corrals. MORE

California Needs More Homes

Guest Opinion 

To The Desert Independent

May 17, 2016

Just one decade ago California’s housing market crashed, resulting in mass foreclosures and dramatic declines in home values. Today, we face a very different problem – a severe housing shortage. There just aren’t enough homes. Supply is low, demand is high and home prices continue to rise. In fact, home prices in California are so high that middle and lower income families are being priced out of home ownership. MORE

Arrest for Possession of Pellet Guns on School Grounds

May 13, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, May 10, at about 2:45 p.m., deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, Colorado River Station in Needles, responded to the Needles High School during school hours to investigate reports of two adults with firearms near the school football and baseball fields. When confronted by school employees both subjects fled north into the desert away from the school. At this time there were students walking in the area and participating in baseball practice on the nearby field. MORE

Devils Hole Vandals Identified

May 12, 2016

AMARGOSA VALLEY, Nevada – A multi-agency investigation has led to the identification of the three men believed to be responsible for the April 30 trespass and vandalism at Devils Hole in Death Valley National Park. The investigators thank members of the public for sending in tips and providing helpful information. This active case continues and no further details are available at this time. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Agents Arrest 7, Seize more than 300 Pounds in Drugs

May 24, 2016 New

SENTINEL, Arizona – Border Patrol agents with night vision goggles spotted seven people with backpacks walking through the desert near Sentinel, yesterday morning. They requested air support, while pursuing the suspected drug mules. Pilots from Air and Marine Operations (AMO), Yuma Air Branch, observed the individuals placing backpacks next to a tree, and then continued walking north toward I‑8. MORE

DUI Checkpoint

Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

BLYTHE, Calif – The Blythe Police Department will conduct a sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoint on Friday, May 27, 8:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the City of Blythe, where a significant number of DUI related collisions and DUI arrests have occurred. Officers will screen drivers passing through the checkpoint for sobriety and for a valid drivers’ license. Drivers found to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be arrested. Unlicensed drivers may be cited and could have their cars towed. MORE

Search Warrants by Narcotics Team Results in Several Arrests

May 20, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, May 19, the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) served a narcotic-related search warrant on Kalani Porter (age 35). At about 11:17 a.m., Porter was stopped in a vehicle in the 200 block of Acacia St. with his passenger, William Parrish (age 31). The search revealed suspected methamphetamine, items indicative of drug sales and a motel room key. MORE

Charity Helps, But it's Not the Answer

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

May 18, 2016

I've been involved in benevolent projects for many years. Most of these efforts have been buying and distributing food and clothes for the very poor. In recent years I have been involved in Safe Fresh water wells for rural South Africa. As long as I live I will be involved in some type of Christian related humanitarian project at some level. I don't regret being connected to doing something to help people who are hurting. There is a tremendous blessing that comes through handing a kid a new pair of athletic shoes or a new coat. I wish I could do more. MORE

Stolen Car & Drug Arrests

May 13, 2016

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, May 11, about 6:20 a.m., the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team stopped a vehicle in the 1600 Block of East Hobsonway, for a traffic offense. Blythe Police Department assisted with the stop. The driver, Ryan Roeschen (age 30) and his passengers, Melissa Diaz (age 33) and a 15-year-old juvenile, all of Blythe, were detained. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Arrest for Involuntary Manslaughter

May 13, 2016

NILAND, Calif – On Thursday May 12, at just after midnight, Imperial County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a 911 call regarding a man not breathing in the area of English Road and Wilkins Road, just north of Niland. Deputies arrived on scene and assisted Paramedics with CPR. The subject was declared deceased at the scene. MORE

Arrests for Trailer Theft throughout the County

May 12, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Several weeks ago, members of the Riverside Auto-Theft Interdiction Detail (R.A.I.D.) assisted allied agencies with an investigation involving several thefts of travel trailers and cargo trailers throughout Riverside County. These thefts were committed by 2-3 male suspects driving a white mid-90’s Dodge Ram. Many of the thefts occurred at storage facilities when the suspects would gain access to a facility, attach a trailer to the vehicle’s tow hitch, and then exit the storage facility. On several occasions, the suspects also burglarized other trailers and storage units prior to stealing a trailer and driving out of the facility. MORE

Arrest for Burglary & Possession of Stolen Property

May 24, 2016 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, May 22, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s – Colorado River Station responded to the 1400 block of Highland Avenue in the City of Needles following the report of a residential burglary. The victim reported over $1,050 worth of items stolen. MORE

Agents Seize Nearly 40 Pounds of Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

May 21, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Friday morning, May 20, A U.S. citizen was arrested with drugs in her vehicle when she attempted to drive through the I‑8 immigration checkpoint. After stopping the woman’s vehicle, agents used available technology and the assistance of a K-9 team during a secondary inspection to locate drugs hidden throughout the walls of the car. MORE

Federal Agency Shifts Blame – Hiding Their Mismanagement of Wild Horse Program

Agency Has Ignored Humane Fertility Control for Decades

To The Desert Independent

May 17, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The Federal agency responsible for controlling wild horse populations is seeking to rewrite their mismanagement of this program spanning the last 30 years. The Bureau of Land Management claims wild horses in holding are busting their budget, yet failed to address economic tools that have been at their disposal for decades to keep horses out of holding and on their legal ranges in the West. MORE

Californians Motoring More

Guest Opinion by DIANE L. HARKEY
To The Desert Independent

May 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif – More Californians hit the highway in the fourth quarter of 2015 than 2014, with drivers purchasing 3,798,626,428 gallons of gasoline in 2015 compared to 3,714,745,430 in 2014, announced Board of Equalization (BOE) Vice Chair Diane Harkey. This is the most gasoline purchased in the fourth quarter since 2007 when drivers bought 3,901,706,956 gallons – 2.7 percent more than this year. MORE

Search & Rescue

Search & Rescue of Lost Motorcyclist

May 13, 2016

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – On Thursday, May 12, Jeffrey Smithling and his cousin Chad Smithling (age 48 of Yucca Valley) were riding their motorcycles in the Park area south of Yucca Valley when Chad crashed and injured his ribs. While both of them were riding back to Yucca Valley, Chad became separated from Jeffrey. Jeffrey made it back to Yucca Valley where friends and family members began looking for Chad for several hours. When they could not locate Chad, Jeffrey called the Sheriff’s Department for assistance at about 5:46 p.m. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, June 7 at 6:00 p.m.
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, June 14 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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