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Helicopter rescue for the victim of a rattlesnake bite

May 22, 2018 New

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Ca – On May 19 about 3:00 p.m., Andrew Basile (age 46 of Running Springs) was hiking the Fisherman’s Campground area with his family. While walking near their campsite, Basile stepped on a rattlesnake. MORE

100 mph pursuit

May 17, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, May 13 at 12:10 a.m., a San Bernardino County Sheriff deputy conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a Dodge Ram truck with a stolen license plate. During the stop, the truck took off at a high rate of speed. MORE

DPSS Adult Services receives national honors for elder abuse programs

May 12, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS), Adult Services Division, has received three national awards for its work to streamline enrollment for in-home caregivers, combat elder- and dependent-care abuse, and bridge gaps between professional and in-home geriatric care. The division was recognized with Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo). MORE

Agents arrest sex offender in human smuggling attempt

May 12, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Sector Border Patrol Special Operations Detachment and the Yuma Sector Integrated Targeting Team intercepted a human smuggling attempt in which the driver was a previously convicted sex offender Monday evening. At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7, four Mexican nationals illegally crossed the United States and Mexico International Boundary just west of Yuma. MORE

August 1 is deadline to file with Riverside County for unclaimed property tax refunds

May 5, 2018

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Owners of residential or business property in Riverside County have until August 1 to file for unclaimed property tax refunds. Board of Supervisors Chairman Chuck Washington and Treasurer-Tax Collector Jon Christensen issued the reminder today to give taxpayers sufficient time to file for refunds and not be caught short by the deadline. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

CSUSB Palm Desert Campus offering online Hospitality Management Certificate

May 22, 2018 New

PALM DESERT, Ca. – Cal State San Bernardino’s Palm Desert Campus is offering a certificate in Hospitality Management as a first step in its commitment to securing the best talent for the Coachella Valley’s hospitality industry. The online program, offered with the instruction of faculty in hospitality and business management, will run from June 18 to August 3. MORE

Three caught at checkpoint in vehicle stolen out of Oregon

May 22, 2018 New

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate‑8 Immigration Checkpoint apprehended three United States citizens after they fled from the secondary inspection area in a stolen vehicle Sunday. MORE

Agents arrest four Mexican Nationals crammed in a car trunk

May 17, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint arrested a United States citizen attempting to smuggle four Mexican nationals this weekend. MORE

Arrest for possession of stolen property

May 17, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday May 15 at about 4:00 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department responded to the 1900 block of Peru Street in Needles regarding a report of a residential burglary. MORE

Cannabis tax revenues total $60.9 Mil in 1st Qtr

May 12, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) today released revenue numbers for cannabis sales in the first quarter of 2018. Tax revenue from the cannabis industry totaled $60.9 million since January 1, 2018, which includes state cultivation, excise and sales taxes. It does not include local tax revenue collected by cities or counties. MORE

Previously deported felon arrested after brandishing knife

May 12, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to patrol the Colorado River arrested a Mexican national illegally present in the United States after he brandished a knife and threatened an agent on Friday, May 4. MORE

Arrest for assault with a deadly weapon

May 5, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Sunday, April 29 at 7:36 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff’s station / Needles Police responded to the 2100 block of Needles Hwy after a report of an assault. MORE

Memorial Day weekend means seat belt enforcement

May 22, 2018 New

SACRAMENTO, Ca – As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend is a busy time on California roadways. To help segue into summer safely, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP). Seat belt usage is the focus of the Memorial Day MEP, which will run from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 25, to midnight Monday, May 28. MORE

America's second most favorite drink

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

May 17, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEI know I drank too many soft drinks as a kid and even as s young adult. My grandpa's store was just across the road and I drank too many Pepsi Colas, Dr Peppers and various other soft drinks. As a young adult I drank plenty of diet drinks for a long time. I'm not totally soda pop free but I doubt that I drink one a month now. Summer is here with outings and picnics so I'll probably have a couple but I'm trying to stay with water and even cut back on coffee. MORE

18-year-old dies after car goes into canal

May 5, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, May 1 at about 11:28 in the morning, the Blythe Police Department received a 911 call reporting a traffic collision near Defrain Blvd. and 8th Avenue. The caller stated a car had gone in the canal. It was also reported that witnesses were able to get the driver out of the water, but he was unresponsive. MORE


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