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County offices set afire with minimal damage

November 11, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, October 31, shortly before 8:00 a.m., the Blythe Police Department received a call to the Riverside County Public Defender’s office in the 200 block of N. Broadway. Employees arrived at work to find a broken window and the fire sprinklers on. Officers discovered that unknown suspect(s) had started a small fire in the window which activated the fire suppression sprinklers. The fire damage was very minimal, however the water damage caused by sprinklers was extensive. MORE

Body found floating in the Colorado River

November 11, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, November 5, at about 4:24 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Needles Police were dispatched to a body floating in the Colorado River just south of Jack Smith Park. A deputy with the Marine Enforcement Unit launched a patrol boat and made contact with the reporting party, who had stayed alongside the body until the deputy arrived on scene. MORE

California Attorney General looking to have out-of-state and online retailers pay state and local taxes

November 4, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined a bipartisan coalition of 36 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review and reconsider the Court’s outdated “physical presence” rule, which restricts states’ ability to collect certain taxes from out-of-state retailers. MORE

Yuma Border Patrol Agents recover stolen motorcycle

November 4, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a 24-year-old Yuma man riding a stolen motorcycle Friday evening, October 27, after he failed to yield to agents during a traffic stop. Agents patrolling near the U.S. and Mexico border and Avenue F attempted to stop the rider, but the rider failed to yield and fled into a lettuce field before abandoning the motorcycle. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Telephone Scam in Needles

November 16, 2017 New

NEEDLES, Calif – The San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station / Needles Police would like to make the public aware of a telephone scam being perpetrated in the City of Needles. MORE

Car hits two pedestrians

November 11, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, November 9 at about 9:00 p.m., Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of a vehicle colliding with two pedestrians near the intersection of Adobe Road and Samarkand Avenue in Twentynine Palms. MORE

Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents seize three weapons

November 11, 2017

BLYTHE, Calif – On Thursday, November 9, shortly before 1:00 a.m., Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station Integrated Targeting Team (ITT) seized three handguns during an immigration traffic stop on I‑10 and Lovekin Boulevard, near Blythe, California. MORE

Agents rescue minor, seize drugs, weapon and cash

November 11, 2017

YUMA, Arizona – On Monday, November 6, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector rescued a 15-year-old Guatemalan boy, seized more than $81,000, a 9mm handgun, and close to 15 pounds of marijuana during separate incidents. MORE

Two arrests for passing counterfeit 20 dollar bills

November 4, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, October 31, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’- Colorado River Sheriff’s Station and Needles Police began an investigation involving counterfeit twenty-dollar bills being passed at several businesses in the City of Needles. Several suspects have been attempting to use these bills to make small purchases. MORE

Deer hunting, maybe not

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

November 4, 2017

Old Jasper Blankenship bought a deer license again this year, just as he’s done every year since Eisenhower was President. He sticks nickels and dimes in a jar all year long and smiles each time he contributes. By Fall, he’s saved up enough for a deer tag. MORE

Tractor-trailer collision on I-95 results in fatality

November 16, 2017 New

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, November 15, at about 8:15 a.m., a 44-year-old male was traveling westbound on Interstate 10, west of Neighbors Blvd., in a 2014 Volvo tractor-trailer in the right lane at an unknown speed. For unknown reasons, he did not observe traffic ahead of him slow down and collided with the trailer pulled by the 2018 Peterbilt tractor, that was directly in front of him and driven by James Magyar (age 58 of Sun City West, Arizona). MORE

Deputies arrest man for attempted kidnapping of 14-year-old

November 11, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, November 9 a member of the Sheriff’s Specialized Enforcement Division, was in the area searching for Freddie Day following a kidnap attempt on October 19. At about 4:30 p.m., detectives located Day, in the Twentynine Palms Area. MORE

Sutherland Springs, Church is not safe anymore

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

November 11, 2017

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEOur hearts go out to the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The First Baptist Church of this town and the entire community was ambushed in what resulted was the worst mass shooting in Texas history. Twenty-six people are dead and many others are currently fighting for their lives in intensive care. This is heart crushing for this Texas community and all of America as we must conclude no place is safe in America anymore.

My hometown church in Inez, Kentucky kept the backdoor of the church unlocked during most of my high school years. The church was a place where anyone could enter and pray, and seek refuge from the problems of the world. MORE


PV School District

Board Meeting
Tues, Dec 5 at 6:00 pm
District Admin Ctr
295 N 1st St, Blythe

Blythe City Council

Tue, Dec 12 at 6:00 pm
City Council Chambers
235 N Broadway, Blythe

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