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Blythe City Council
Special Meeting

Tues, May 26 at 3:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers

PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, May 26 at 6:00 PM
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tues, June 9 at 6:00 PM
City Council Chambers

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Robert Winkler


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Glenn Mollette


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Slim Randles


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Marian Kamensky

Sale of Meth

May 21, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, May 20, members of the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) made contact with Andrea Hubbard, age 27 of Blythe, outside her residence. Hubbard, who is currently on probation with search terms for narcotics, was detained and searched pursuant to those terms. A search of her residence revealed over 76 grams of suspected methamphetamine along with other items indicative of drug sales. MORE

Saturation Patrol Results in Numerous Arrests

May 20, 2015 New

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, May 19, Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Colorado River Station and the Needles Police Department conducted a saturation patrol throughout the city of Needles. MORE

$160,000 Burglary

May 17, 2015

EL CENTRO, Calif – On Friday, May15, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, Homeland Security Investigations and the US Marshals served a search warrant on the 200 block of Ocotillo Drive in El Centro and arrested 20 year old Juan Carlos Carpena-Ramirez. He was found hiding in the attic of the residence there and was arrested for the theft of $160,000 dollars taken from a residential burglary earlier in the month. MORE

States on Skates Rolled into Blythe

May 12, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – The Salida Roller Girls is roller-skating across the United States to continue to raise awareness, and to end domestic violence and sexual assault. These ladies have skated over 2,400 miles and plan to reach Santa Monica on May 21. MORE

Youth Rescued by Helicopter after Being Bit by Rattler

May 11, 2015

Helicopter RescueINDIAN WELLS, Calif – On Sunday, May 10, Mackenzie Cosgrove was hiking with family on the Eisenhower Loop Trail in the mountains south of Indian Wells. They were in rocky terrain when Cosgrove stepped next to several large rocks and was bit by a rattlesnake. Cosgrove had no time to react before being bitten on the leg. MORE

Boat Collision Injures Two Arizona Residents

May 9, 2015

LAKE HAVASU, Calif – On Wednesday, May 6, at about 9:07 in the morning San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputies investigated a boat collision on Lake Havasu involving a single vessel. John Manseau, age 56 of Kingman, Arizona, was operating his 2001 twenty-three foot Cheetah boat on the North Basin near the Havasu Landing Marina. The ferry boat, Tecopah, was returning to the Havasu Landing Marina after picking up passengers from Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Manseau was traveling northbound at approximately 55 miles per hour and struck the large wake that is created by the Tecopah. The Cheetah boat became airborne and the bow of the vessel submerged under the water. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

2015 Blythe River Blues Festival

Saturday, May 23

BLYTHE, Calif – This year's Blythe River Blues Festival kicks off Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 23 with gates open at Noon and the show starting at 2:00 p.m. and lasting ‘till past midnight. Plan on enjoying an afternoon and night of great blues music by the following scheduled groups: Eric Gales Band (Named as Top 10 Modern Guitarists by Gibson), Deacon Jones (legendary Blues organist), Christone “Kingfish” Ingram (a prodigy who played at the White House), Fran Banish (who returns for a 4th year), and Blythe’s own South Main Blues Band. MORE

Arrest for 2012 Arson Murder

Police asking for public’s assistance

The Desert Freedom Press
Reprinted with Permission

May 20, 2015 New

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – On Tuesday, May 19, at approximately 6:35 in the morning, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) arrested Thomas Daniel for 1st Degree Homicide and Arson of an Occupied Structure on the identified victim Linda Garrett. The date of the offenses occurred on August 23, 2012. Thomas Daniel was charged and booked into the La Paz County Jail for the above mentioned charges. MORE

Counterfeit Sheriff’s Office Checks

May 17, 2015

CALEXICO, Calif – On Friday, May15, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigators executed a search warrant on the 400 block of Mary Street in Calexico. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals, Jose Angel Moreno Vasquez (age 34) was arrested for cashing 10 counterfeit checks resembling Sheriff’s Office checks totaling $4,570. MORE

Blythe Police Activity: April 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – For April 2015 the Blythe Police Department logged 1688 Total Incidents and Documented 344 Police Reports. MORE

Fire Destroys Haro's

May 12, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – Shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, the Blythe Police Department received numerous 911 calls reporting a structure fire at Haro’s Custom Upholstery, 1250 E. Hobsonway. The Blythe Fire Department was immediately dispatched. MORE

Apparent Murder Suicide

May 10, 2015

PARKER, Arizona – On Friday, May 8, at about 4:54 in the morning, the Parker Police Department, CRIT Police Department and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Department responded to a "shots fired" call in the 1500 Block of 15th Street. MORE

Remember Our Military

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

May 21, 2015 New

One of my sons recently came home from a twelve month military deployment. My wife and I took a couple of days and flew to welcome him at his stateside arrival airport. We watched soldier after soldier pick up his or her duffel bags and other luggage in baggage claims. We didn't see families or friends hugging them and welcoming them home. My son turned the corner and came into the area and I was so delighted to see him. For the first time in one year I heard his voice and hugged him.

I'm sure I was missing something. Surely there was another area where spouses, family or others were located in waiting to greet these wonderful military men and women. However, I didn't see them. I felt like my wife and I were the only two people in waiting to welcome a family member. MORE

Burglary, Possession of a Firearm and Drugs by a Convicted Felon

May 20, 2015 New

NEEDLES, Calif – Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Colorado River Station and Needles Police Department have taken several burglary reports in recent days including ones from a business on Victory Lane in Needles. Deputies had checked an unoccupied vehicle nearby at around the same time as the most recent burglary. Deputies located the vehicle the next day parked in the yard of a residence belonging to Robert Cleland of Needles that was registered to Timothy Davison of Mohave Valley, Arizona. MORE

Drive-By Shooting

The Desert Freedom Press
Reprinted with Permission

May 18, 2015

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – On Saturday, May 16, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) was called to the scene of a shooting at the intersection of Palo Verde and Main Street in the Town of Quartzsite, Arizona. This information was provided to the QPD from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher from a 911 caller. QPD Officer Conley and Sergeant Frausto arrived on scene and observed numerous individuals and a Hispanic male, later identified as Roberto Chavez, Jr., bleeding with a single gun shoot wound to the upper arm and back area. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.


He’s Afraid to Tell His Wife He Wants a Divorce

Q: My wife is crazy. No, I mean certifiably, by several professionals. We have three kids and I have tried for years to find a way to stay together until they got older. But her irrational and dangerous behavior has me in fear – for the children’s safety – every day. I have consulted an attorney and the path is very clear to me. My problem is that I do not know how to break the news to my wife. She will go berserk. More importantly, I am afraid of how her behavior will affect my kids. Is there a right way of breaking the news?

A: Well, is there a right way to grab your N.U.T.s – your non-negotiable, unalterable terms? You hold on to them like the man you want to be. These are what you’re committed to, what defines you as a man. These are the things you compromised along the way that contributed to your current intolerable situation. MORE

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