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Cold case murder arrest

November 21, 2017

LYTLE CREEK, Calif – On March 3, 2000, San Bernardino County Sheriff - Fontana Station deputies responded to a found body off the side of a road near Lytle Creek in San Bernardino County. Deputies arrived and located the body of Timothy Morris age 32 at the time of his death.

The cause of death was gunshot wounds. During the investigation, investigators learned Morris resided with his cousin, Carmen Worthey in San Bernardino. Investigators also learned that brothers, John McKinney (aka John Cory Broyles, age 24 at time of homicide) and Brad McKinney, stayed at Worthey’s apartment for a few days in early March 2000. MORE

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

El Centro / La Mesa

Arrest for theft and commercial burglary

November 21, 2017

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, November 12, at about 6:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train depot in Needles at 900 Front Street for a theft report. MORE

Telephone Scam in Needles

November 16, 2017

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

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

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

Good news for wild horses & burros – Draft bill denies funds for killing

Our wild horses and burros received a small victory from the United States Senate this Thanksgiving week.

To The Desert Independent

November 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate Appropriations Committee released a draft version of their Interior Appropriations Bill on November 20. The draft language maintains protections for our wild horses and burros, and states that they cannot be killed or sold in any way that results in their destruction. MORE

Tractor-trailer collision on I-95 results in fatality

November 16, 2017

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

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. 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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