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Response to Governor's Moratorium on the Death Penalty

Guest Opinion by JASON ANDERSON, District Attorney for San Bernardino County
To The Desert Independent

March 21, 2019 New

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif – In 1776, Founding Father Thomas Paine wrote of the supremacy of law over the whims of individuals in a free society. We have come to think of the rule of law as the utmost of guiding principles in shaping a just government for all. That rule of law, and the balance it creates through our three branches of government, gives the people the final voice of authority in determining the laws by which we all must live. MORE

Death investigation of a missing person

March 18, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, March 13, at about 12:55 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station responded to the 72000 block of Sullivan Road, after getting a report of a missing 23-year-old male resident of Twentynine Palms. Deputies learned the missing person was suicidal and possibly armed with a handgun, near the intersection of Mission Avenue and Foothill Drive in Twentynine Palms. MORE

$10 Million in State Funding to Address Homelessness in Riverside County

March 12, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – For the first time, just over $10 million dollars in state funding has been awarded to agencies and cities that help the homeless individuals and families in Riverside County. In issuing the funding, the state required the county to use the existing Continuum of Care structure created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to manage federal grants for homeless programs. March 4, the Riverside County Continuum of Care Board of Governance issued final awards for 18 different projects county-wide, including homeless housing projects, rental assistance, shelter repairs and youth outreach. MORE

Man found sleeping in car arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle

March 4, 2019

BIG RIVER, Calif – On Wednesday, February 27 at 8:44 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River Station responded to the 6700 Block of Rio Vista Drive in Big River to assist Fire Department personnel with and unconscious man sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. MORE

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

March 21, 2019 New

BLYTHE, Calif – Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touch screens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads. MORE

Public's help is needed in locating two people involved in attempted murder

March 18, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Sunday, March 17, at about 12:05 p.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department - Morongo Basin Station, responded to an assault call in the 5400 block of Daisy Avenue in Twentynine Palms. Through investigation, deputies determined Cody Pangle (age of Joshua Tree) entered the residence where Kameren Johnson (age 18 of Twentynine Palms) was visiting friends. MORE

Border Patrol apprehends nearly 750 illegal aliens over the weekend (Español)

March 14, 2019

YUMA, Arizona – Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended large groups of mostly Central American families this weekend, many of whom required medical attention. Agents arrested almost 750 illegal aliens, most of whom were family groups from Central America who walked through the Colorado River vehicle barriers near Yuma and surrendered to agents. MORE

Attempted Murder of Girlfriend

March 12, 2019

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – The story starts when on Sunday, March 3, the victim and Steven Harwood (age 47 of Twentynine Palms) walked to Harwood’s home in the 76600 block of Foley Drive in Twentynine Palms. The victim and Harwood were in a dating relationship, but did not live together. So, when the victim tried to leave, Harwood would not allow it and kept her there overnight. MORE

Riverside Superior Court Accepting Civil Grand Juror Applications

March 12, 2019

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside Superior Court is seeking qualified citizens interested in serving as civil grand jurors for the time period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Duties include, but are not limited to, investigating the operations of county government, researching matters of civic concern, and inquiring into public offenses. Applications must be postmarked by March 29, 2019. MORE

Everyone must condemn Trump’s sly encouragement of lawless violence

Guest Opinion by JESSE JACKSON
To The Desert Independent

March 21, 2019 New

Racism is not natural. Babies – black, brown, white – explore the world and each other with wonder, not hate. Racism has to be taught. It is learned behavior. To assume that a person is inherently superior or inferior to another based upon race is unnatural and ungodly. Racism is used for political manipulation and economic exploitation. In a land founded on the belief that all men are created equal, slavery could not be justified without a racism that depicted slaves as sub-human. MORE

Don't answer the telephone

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

March 21, 2019 New

DR. GLENN MOLLETTEIn January a Denver couple received a scam phone call from a man who told them he had kidnapped their daughter. The man was very convincing that their daughter was in his possession. In the background they heard a woman's voice begging for help. The call was convincing enough that they tried to wire money to the man. Fortunately, the money didn't go through. Police soon showed up after the wife left a note with the bank teller explaining what was happening. The police determined it was a scam. MORE


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