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Air Rescue of an 87-year-old hiker

September 22, 2017

JENKS LAKE, Calif – On Saturday, September 16 at about 11:45 a.m., San Bernardino County Fire received a 911 call from a reporting party in the Jenks Lake area regarding a victim, Ernest Scheuer (age 87 of Los Angeles) who was suffering from a medical condition while hiking. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Communications was also notified. Deputies from Yucaipa Sheriff Station, San Bernardino County Fire personnel and Sheriff's Aviation Unit 40K6 helicopter responded to the area and began searching for the victim. MORE

Free smoke detectors

September 13, 2017

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – On Behalf of The American Red Cross and Burn Institute, the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging is working to promote the installation of free fire alarms for Imperial County senior residents. The campaign is intended to prevent fire-related injuries and deaths through the installation of smoke detectors in homes that do not have adequate smoke alarm coverage. MORE

21st Century Mental Asylums

Guest Opinion by COLIN TAUFER
To The Desert Independent

September 11, 2017

The three largest mental institutions in America are the Los Angeles County Jail, Rikers Island Correctional Institution in New York City and Cook County Jail in Chicago, the latter being the largest in the United States. This fact may come as a surprise to many. But to the men and women who work on the front lines of law enforcement and mental health care, this is the stark reality of the world they live in. They see first-hand the cycle of human destruction psychiatrists have created: Psychiatrists cast the mentally ill out onto the streets uncured. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Four arrested during search at drug house

September 24, 2017 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, September 20 at about 2:21 p.m., deputies and detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff's Station / Needles Police served a search warrant in the 1100 block of Bailey Avenue. Sara Estrada (age 22), Tory Gonzales (age 32), Wayne Bledsoe (age 23), and Dana Nelson (age 27) all of Needles, were found inside the residence. During the search of the home methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located. MORE

Border Patrol arrest 5 in joint effort with CHP

September 19, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents working near Interstate 8, east of the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, arrested five individuals following a pursuit after the driver of a Chevrolet SUV failed to yield to a traffic stop Friday morning. California Highway Patrol notified the Yuma Sector Border Patrol that four individuals were seen climbing into a SUV and were traveling east toward Yuma. MORE

Yuma Sector Border Patrol Agents involved in shooting

September 15, 2017

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – Early on Thursday, September 14, United States Border Patrol agents from the Yuma Sector were involved in a shooting incident on Interstate 10 and in the 1300 block of Main Street in Quartzsite, Arizona. The agents responded to a call for assistance from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department in an attempt to locate a suspect and vehicle involved in an officer-involved shooting with the Department of Public Safety on Interstate 10 at milepost 57. MORE

Agents arrest wanted man and two drug smugglers

September 13, 2017

WELLTON, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents conducted two vehicle stops near Dome Valley, Arizona and arrest a man with a warrant and two drug smugglers in separate incidents over the weekend. MORE

Suspect in several theft and fraud investigations arrested for possession of stolen vehicle

September 11, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Friday, September 8 at about 5:00 p.m., a deputy from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station stopped a black Toyota Camry at J Street at Coronado Street. When the deputy ran a license plate check on the vehicle it returned as stolen. The deputy also noticed the rear license plate did not match the front plate. MORE

Medical Care and Preexisting Conditions

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

September 22, 2017

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEAsk your Congressman to not penalize Americans who have preexisting medical conditions. The idea floating around now in Congress that insurance companies will be able to charge higher amounts to Americans who are sick is a bad idea. This is an idea from the medical insurance lobbyists who continue to buy Congress. They hand out millions of dollars in money to the campaign coffers of our politicians. The Congress people are supposed to be representing you and your district but they often get bought when they arrive on Capitol Hill. MORE

Search & Rescue

Lost hiker from Redlands rescued from Morton Canyon

September 19, 2017

HIGHLAND, Calif – On Thursday, September 14, 23-year-old Trevor Hook of Redlands and a friend set off for a day hike in Morton Canyon near Highland. At some point, Hook and his friend became separated as they hiked down the ridge. Darkness fell and Hook was no longer able to see the trail. As Hook climbed down the canyon, he fell into a drainage. The terrain was steep and he was not able to move without falling further. Hook called 911 and requested assistance. MORE

Agents rescue victim from kidnapper

September 13, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – U. S. Border Patrol agents rescued an 18-year-old woman from her alleged kidnapper on Friday morning. Border Patrol agents assigned to the immigration checkpoint east of Yuma selected a 2016 Jeep Patriot for a secondary inspection following a Border Patrol canine’s alert. During the inspection, agents separated the male driver from his 18-year-old female passenger for separate questioning. MORE

July - Blythe Police & Fire Activity

BLYTHE, Calif – The following are the Monthly Incident and Activity reports taken from the last Blythe City Council Meeting Minutes. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Oct 3 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Oct 10 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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