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Search continues for hiker missing in Joshua Tree National Park

Paul Miller of Canada still Missing

September 20, 2018 New

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif – This weekend, staff and volunteers from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue and the National Park Service continued searching for missing hiker, Paul Miller of Canada. Over a month has passed since Miller, 51, was last seen on Friday, July 13 as he departed his hotel with the intention of hiking Fortynine Palms Oasis, a popular hiking trail. MORE

County’s protective services operations being reviewed

September 20, 2018 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – An extensive review of Riverside County’s protective-services operations is under way to ensure best practices are in place to meet the county’s critical mission to protect at-risk children and adults. The review also will provide vital information and recommendations to help strengthen county protective services. MORE

Victim of burglary leads deputies to robbers

September 11, 2018

JOSHUA TREE, Calif – On Thursday, September 6, a victim of burglary from the night before, located some of his stolen property alongside an RV. The RV was parked at an unmarked address on Sunny Sand Drive, near the intersection of Sunset Road in Joshua Tree. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff responded to the location and attempted contact with a male, later identified as Kevin Cruz (age 46 of Joshua Tree) and a female, later identified as Kristie Ragsdale (age 39 of Joshua Tree) inside the RV; however, they refused to open the door. MORE

Man arrested for lewd acts with a child

September 11, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, September 9 at about 3:57 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Cherry Dr., in Needles regarding allegations of a thirteen-year-old female juvenile who was sexually molested by Anthony Narro. MORE

BLM Backs Down on Pryor Mountain Law Suit

Cancels this Year’s Removal

To The Desert Independent

September 8, 2018

Last week, The Cloud Foundation (TCF) and Ginger Kathrens were granted a Temporary Restraining Order to stop the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removal of 17 young wild horses in the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Range. TCF is attempting to protect the small herd from irreversible genetic loss as a result of the planned removals. “On Friday, September 7, we received word that because of the Judge’s Order BLM has decided not to go forward with the removal for the remainder of the year. MORE

Results of the 2018 Labor Day Marine Enforcement Operation

September 8, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Colorado River Station Marine Enforcement Unit conducted the 2018 Labor Day Holiday Weekend Operation starting on August 31, through September 3. The operation was conducted along the Colorado River from the California/Nevada State line to the Riverside County line as well as Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead. MORE

Agents attempt to render aid & end up struggling with man in stolen vehicle

September 20, 2018 New

QUARTZSITE, Ariz – Blythe Station Border Patrol agents responded to what they thought was a single vehicle accident on the evening of Wednesday, Sept 12, only to end up dealing with an assaultive subject and in a stolen pickup truck. At approximately 7:00 p.m., agents operating along Highway 95 near Quartzsite observed a truck sitting in the desert that appeared to have also struck a bicycle. MORE

Yuma BP nets 275 illegal aliens in two days

September 20, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested 275 illegal aliens in two days, most of whom surrendered to agents after illegally crossing from Mexico. On Monday, Sept 17 and Tuesday, Sept 18, agents apprehended 275 foreign nationals. MORE

Car crashes into Starbucks

September 11, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – On September 6 at about 3:53 p.m., Blythe Police officers responded to Lovekin Blvd. and Hobsonway after getting multiple 9-1-1 reports of a traffic collision which involved a vehicle having collided with the Starbucks building at that corner. Officers determined that the initial collision happened between two vehicles in the intersection of Lovekin and Hobsonway, causing one of those vehicles to lose control, leave the roadway, and eventually collide simultaneously with the Starbucks building and a third vehicle, which was in the Starbucks drive-through lane. MORE

Agents capture convicted rapist

September 11, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station All-Terrain Vehicle Unit arrested a Mexican national with multiple felony convictions, including Rape with a Deadly Weapon, after he made an illegal entry into the United States on Saturday. At approximately 8:25 p.m. on Friday, September 7, agents working on the ATV Unit began tracking a single individual through rough terrain near Andrade, California after he made an unlawful entry into the United States. MORE

Traffic stop leads to felon in possession of a firearm

September 12, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, September 6 at 11:16 p.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff's Station deputy conducted a traffic stop on West Needles Hwy and North K. Street in Needles for an equipment violation. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Ricky Andrews (age 31 of Needles). MORE

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Hiring Event

September 12, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is having a Correctional and Sworn Deputy expedited hiring event on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Written Exams and Physical Agility Tests for both positions will be administered. MORE

Riverside County Sheriff Public Auction

Saturday, September 29, 2018 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Sheriff Public Administrator holds public auctions to liquidate estate property of county decedents. The property to be auctioned varies but may include: household items, appliances, antiques, collectables, jewelry, coins, art, tools, computer equipment, cars, trucks, vans, trailers, and recreational vehicles. MORE

Agents rescue 3 illegal aliens

September 20, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents from the Yuma and Wellton Stations retrieved three illegal aliens during two weekend rescues. In the first event on Saturday, Sept 15 at about 10:00 a.m., Wellton Station agents learned that two men from Mexico had called for help on a cell phone and lit a signal fire after they ran out of water. MORE

Lake Mead fire boat dedicated to former Ranger

September 12, 2018

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Lake Mead Ranger Thomas Kenneth “T.K.” Brown died in the line of duty August 31, 1973. Now forty-five years later, on August 31, family members and first responders celebrated his life and service by dedicating the Lake Mead Fire Boat in his honor at a ceremony at the Lake Mead Marina. MORE

"Callin the doc"

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

September 11, 2018

SLIM RANDLES“Doctor’s office.”

“That you, Doc?”

“Sure is. How you doing, Windy?”

“Finer’n frog hair, Doc. Say, did you hear about ol’ Bob over at the junction?”

“Sure was a shame, Windy. I had no idea he was sick. Went pretty fast is what I heard.” MORE


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