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1,709 marijuana plants & 19lbs of processed marijuana seized

August 10, 2018

BIG RIVER/VIDAL, Calif – On Tuesday, August 7, beginning about 8:45 a.m., investigators from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Marijuana Enforcement Team served two search warrants at locations in the unincorporated communities of Vidal and Big River. Both locations had outdoor marijuana cultivations on the property. Over 1,709 marijuana plants and 19 pounds of processed marijuana were seized during the service of the search warrants. Investigators located evidence showing the locations are linked together. MORE

Parents are arrested after their two-year-old is attacked by the family dog

August 10, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, July 31, 2018 the Colorado River Medical Center contacted the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Needles Police Department after getting a report of a severe dog bite attack of a 2-year-old male. James Gordon Nagel (age 46) and Tiffany Marie Jensen (age 24) both of Needles and the parents of the victim, told hospital staff the victim was attacked by a stray dog on a beach in Needles. MORE

Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter burglarized

August 5, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, July 22 just after midnight, Levi Irwin (age 20 of Twentynine Palms) and an unidentified male, forced open a door to the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter, 7086 Bullion Ave., and stole two Pitbull dogs. Irwin unlocked the other cages, which allowed all the dogs to run free. MORE

Felon arrested after accidentally shooting himself

August 5, 2018

BIG RIVER, Calif – On Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 4:52 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station/Parker Dam responded to the La Paz County Hospital after getting a report of a shooting victim. During the investigation it was determined that Allen James King (age 27 of Big River) accidentally shot himself with a .22 caliber rifle when he dropped it. King suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released. MORE

Man turns himself in concerning 2012 shooting death

August 1, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – On December 1, 2012 the Blythe Police Department investigated the shooting death of Terrance Hughes, who at the time was only 24 years old. Hughes was shot near the corner of Palm Drive and Barnard at about 4:45 p.m. just as the annual Christmas parade was about to begin. MORE

Man beats, kicks & threatens to hang wife

August 1, 2018

NEEDLES, CA – On Monday, July 30 at 7:51 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/ Needles Police Department responded to Colorado River Medical Center after getting a report of a patient in the emergency room who was the victim of an assault. MORE

Skeletal remains found in desert

August 10, 2018

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Monday, August 6, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Twentynine Palms/Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of possible human skeletal remains located in the desert near the 73100 block of Cactus Drive. Deputies confirmed the remains were human, appeared to be an adult male and contacted the Specialized Investigations Division and the Coroner Division. MORE

Agents arrest the same rapist for 2nd time in 5 months

August 10, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents patrolling along the Colorado River arrested a convicted rapist for the second time this year, as he illegally entered the United States again on Sunday, August 5. At approximately 12:45 a.m., Yuma Station agents arrested 57-year-old Manuel Araujo-Dominguez a Mexican national, with an extensive felony history. MORE

Burglary at Express Hardware

August 5, 2018

NEEDLES, Calif – On Wednesday, August 1 at 1:00 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Sheriff's station responded to a commercial burglary alarm at Express Hardware in the 300 block of Broadway Street. Deputies found the front glass door to the business had been broken. MORE

Agents arrest felony sex offender again

August 5, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a felony sex offender Wednesday, August 1 for the second time this year. He was apprehended in March, and deported through Nogales last month. MORE

Got one of Yuma’s Most Wanted

August 1, 2018

YUMA, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Integrated Targeting Team and Yuma Sector Intelligence Unit, liaised with the United States Marshals Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Office of Field Operations to successfully arrest a main facilitator of an alien smuggling organization within Yuma Sector. MORE

Homicide at McDonalds – Suspect Arrested

July 29, 2018 UPDATE

BLYTHE, Calif – On Saturday, July 28 at about 6:00 a.m., a suspect in the homicide that occurred at McDonalds in Blythe was taken into custody without incident. Troy Elliot Washington (age 49 of Santa Paula) was found in the area of the Flying J Travel plaza in Ehrenberg, Arizona. MORE

Do What You Enjoy

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

August 10, 2018

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEI started out thumping on a mandolin and then a guitar when I was child. My brother had a mandolin and so I learned a few chords and then eventually learned a few chords on a guitar. My first cousin James Webb across the road where I was raised in Stidham, Kentucky taught me G, C and D, E and A and I was on my way. MORE

Hearing Aid

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

August 5, 2018

SLIM RANDLES“Bert looks good this morning, Doc,” Dud said, quietly. Three stools down the counter, Bert smiled and said, “Yes, I certainly do!”

We turned toward our old pal. “You heard that?”

“Sure did, guys,” he grinned. “Look….”

He pointed to his ears. “Hearing aids,” he said. We walked over and looked, and sure enough.

“It was Maizie’s idea,” Bert said. “She made the appointment and everything. Said she was tired of having the TV on so loud.” MORE


Blythe City Council

Tue, Aug 14 at 6:00 pm
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PV School District

Board Meeting
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