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Three Dead at Residence on South Sixth Street

November 18, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday night at about 7:15 P.M., the Blythe Police Department responded to a residence in the 300 block of S. Sixth Street regarding three subjects who appeared injured. At the location, officers found two individuals who were deceased. A third subject was transported to Palo Verde Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The identity of the subjects is not being released at this time, pending identification by the Coroner’s office. MORE

Accidental Drowning off Aha Quin Resort

November 12, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On Monday, November 10, at about 3:00 in the afternoon, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Colorado River Station responded to the Aha Quin Resort off U.S. 95 in the North River Communities area north of Blythe, regarding a possible drowning. Witnesses stated the victim, 37-year-old Tyler Oehmke of Chula Vista, California, went under the water while swimming in the lagoon and never surfaced. MORE

Arrest for Sale of Meth, Marijuana and for Child Endangerment

November 11, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – Shortly after 9:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 8, Blythe Police Officers were dispatched to a report of a disturbance inside a residence in the 300 block of South 7th Street. When officers arrived they contacted Johnny Dodd (age 45) and his wife Tanesha Dodd (age 39) both of Blythe. During their investigation Officers discovered a significant amount of methamphetamine and numerous marijuana plants inside the home. MORE

Monitoring Complete of Two County Travelers from West Africa

November 11, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif – County health officials have cleared two low-risk individuals who were monitored after travelling to West African countries impacted by Ebola. Dr. Cameron Kaiser, public health officer, said neither person showed any symptoms of Ebola during the 21 days of active monitoring. The two individuals took their temperatures with a digital thermometer twice a day and reported the readings to the health department. Both individuals cooperated with health officials while being monitored. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Riverside Sheriff’s Observations on the Recent 9th Circuit Court Decision on Concealed Carry Weapons

November 14, 2014

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Sheriff’s Department is aware of the latest decision in the Peruta case announced yesterday, November 12th. It will be a short time before the legal guidance for the some 400 California police departments and sheriff’s offices that are impacted change their Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) processes in California. CCW permits can be issued to residents by both city police chiefs and our county sheriffs throughout California. MORE

Protect our Wild Horses & Burros

Open Letter from Robert Redford as published in USA Today

November 11, 2014

Wild horse populations vary between 32,000 and 50,000 while livestock grazing allocations accommodate numbers in the millions. Yes, in the millions.

Horses and I have had a shared existence, personal and professional, for as long as I can remember. And while I carry a strong passion for all horses, my tenacious support for the preservation of habitat for wildlife and the American mustangs derives from their symbolic representation of our national heritage and freedom.

Any infringement on their legally protected right to live freely is an assault on America’s principles. The varied and subjective interpretation of laws intended to protect these animals on our public lands, continues to leave wild horses under attack.

Recent “stand-offs” between ranchers and the federal government are reminiscent of old westerns. But this American tragedy does not have a hero riding in to save the day, and wild horses have become the victim in the controversies over our public land resources. MORE

New Officer for Blythe Police

November 6, 2014

BLYTHE, Calif – On November 3, 2014 Alejandro Ruvalcaba was sworn in and became the newest member of the Blythe Police Department. MORE

Thanksgiving—Shine Like the Stars

Guest Opinion

To The Desert Independent

November 23, 2014

Surely all of us have something to give thanks for.

We all have problems, aches and things that we desire.

All of us have felt like we missed out on something. Everybody has a regret or two. Most of us have grumbled a bit about most everything. In the midst of it all surely we can find some way to give thanks.

A thankful spirit eases the spirit. Surely it's good for blood pressure, chest pains, anxiety and a better night's sleep.

We all have worries. We stress out about life even if the problems are small. While many have big problems others' problems are small in comparison. MORE

Arrest for Drugs and Stolen Weapon

November 19, 2014

MESA VERDE, Calif – On Tuesday, November 17, 2014, Colorado River Station deputies served a felony arrest warrant on Leonardo Lozoya, age 40, in the 14000 block of Lime Drive, Mesa Verde. Lozoya was wanted in Arizona for drug sales. A subsequent probation search of Lozoya’s residence revealed suspected methamphetamine, a stolen handgun, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of drug sales. MORE

Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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RIVERSIDE, Calif – A listing of current wanted fugitives by the Riverside District Attorney.

Dewey Decker

Home Country
To The Desert Independent

November 6, 2014

Dewey Decker, that accident-prone neighbor of ours, is the undisputed Pharoah of Fertilizer, the Monarch of Manure. He has turned a shovel-ready business into a going concern, with the help of the woman of his dreams, Emily. But in the quiet times, when it’s only Dewey thinking to himself, he really wants to raise things. MORE


He Needs Help With His Abusive Wife

Q: I don’t know if you have ever dealt with anything like this. When my wife gets angry, or she does not get her way, she gets really mean. Sometimes I will sleep in the spare bedroom because there is so much tension between us. The other night she did something that she has done in the past. In the middle of the night, while I was fast asleep, she came into my room and poured a glass of cold water on my face. She then went into another tirade. How do I get her to stop this?

A: Wow, that ain’t cool. In fact, that is terribly abusive behavior and it’s got to stop. The question is: if you were the man you wanted to be, how would you go about preventing this from happening in the future? MORE

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