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Yes on Prop. 66 – Death Penalty Reform – Fixing California’s Broken System

Guest Opinion 

By MICHAEL HESTRIN, Riverside District Attorney
To The Desert Independent

July 23, 2016 New

Historically, Californians have overwhelmingly supported the death penalty. Yet, during every election cycle a ballot measure comes up looking to repeal it. Well this year is no different. Governor Brown and a host of Hollywood elite are actively pushing Prop. 62, which would repeal the death penalty, granting criminals convicted of murder with special circumstances, a life sentence instead. MORE

Public’s Help Needed to Find Attacker in Assault

July 22, 2016

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On July 21, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Deputies responded to the area of Morongo Rd and Joshua Dr. in the City of Twentynine Palms for the report of an assault that occurred. Once on scene, it was found that the 57 year old victim had been attacked by an unknown suspect described as a white male adult in his 20s, with a shaved head. MORE

Arrests for Loaded Assault Weapon in a Vehicle

July 22, 2016

WINTERHAVEN, Calif – On Tuesday, July 19, at approximately 1:30 AM, United States Border Patrol Agents near the Grays Well area and I‑8 observed a man pull out a scoped assault type rifle from the trunk of his vehicle. He then placed the weapon in the interior of the vehicle which was occupied by two other persons. MORE

Local Host Families Needed for High School Exchange Students

July 20, 2016

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries such as Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, and Japan to name a few. MORE

Agents Seize Drugs with a Combined Value Exceeding $445,000

July 16, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – On Thursday, July 14, Wellton Station agents seized more than $445,000 in narcotics and arrested a U.S. citizen, during an attempt to smuggle the drugs through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Agents made the discovery of drugs after they stopped the man at the Border Patrol checkpoint on the eastbound side of I‑8, east of Yuma. MORE

Smuggler Attempting to Circumvent Checkpoint Caught with $200,000 in Marijuana

July 16, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Thursday, July 14, Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a male Mexican national, later determined to be in the U.S. illegally, attempting to circumvent the traffic checkpoint on I‑8, east of Yuma. Agents observed a pickup truck circumventing the checkpoint by passing through Dome Valley. MORE

Assessor Announces Record-Breaking Assessments

July 13, 2016

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – Riverside County’s property assessment roll has eclipsed the previous record set in 2008, reaching a value of $255 billion, which is 5 percent more than last year’s total. It’s the fourth consecutive year of growth the County has had and they have exceeded their previous peak of $242.9 billion in 2008. Total valuation last year was $242.7 billion. MORE

El Centro / La Mesa

Juvenile Suspects Arrested for Theft of Motorcycles

July 23, 2016 New

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Friday, July 22, at approximately 1:00 a.m., deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of two stolen motorcycles, in the 5900 block of Aztec Avenue. MORE

Riverside County Confirms Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

July 23, 2016 New

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health received confirmation July 21 from the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District testing lab that mosquitoes collected at the San Jacinto location tested positive. The samples were collected July 12 from the Sanderson and Cottonwood area. MORE

Over 50 Pounds of Meth Seized at I-8 Checkpoint

July 22, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – On Wednesday, July 20, Border Patrol agents seized over 50 pounds of methamphetamine and arrested a U.S. citizen when he attempted to smuggle the drugs through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint. The man was attempting to pass through the immigration checkpoint on I‑8 east of Yuma in a silver Ford F-150 when agents requested permission to perform a non-intrusive search of his vehicle. MORE

Agents Seize Meth at I-8 Checkpoint

July 20, 2016

YUMA, Arizona – Border Patrol agents arrested a Mexican national attempting to smuggle narcotics through a Yuma Sector traffic checkpoint, Tuesday morning. The driver of a Dodge van was attempting to pass through the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 8, east of Yuma, when he was asked permission for agents to perform a non-intrusive search of the vehicle. MORE

Stolen Guns Recovered – Public’s Help Requested

July 16, 2016

NEEDLES, Calif – On Thursday, July 14, at about 6:41 PM, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Colorado River / Needles Station developed information on the whereabouts of some stolen firearms. The investigation led to a garage of a home located in the 400 block of Acoma St. MORE

Family Kidnapping – Arrest

July 14, 2016

HEBER, Calif – On Tuesday, July 12, at approximately 4:30 pm Imperial County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the AM/PM on Yourman Road in reference to a customer advising clerks she and her family were being kidnapped and being held at knife point by male suspect in the vehicle. The victim advised the suspect demanded that they drive him to San Diego. MORE

Border Patrol Agents Arrest 10, Seize $700,000 in Drugs

July 13, 2016

WELLTON, Arizona – On Sunday, July 10, Border Patrol agents stopped a male U.S. citizen and his wife, a Mexican national, at the Border Patrol checkpoint on the eastbound side of I‑8, east of Yuma. After agents directed the driver to a secondary inspection lane, a follow-up search with a canine led to the discovery of 16 pounds of methamphetamine and 35 pounds of cocaine in the vehicle’s rocker panels. The drugs have a combined value exceeding $440,000. MORE

Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks

Public Observation Demanded at BLM Wild Horse Sterilization Experiments

To The Desert Independent

July 20, 2016

BURNS, Oregon – Citing the First Amendment, two leading wild horse advocacy organizations have filed a formal request to observe and record controversial surgical procedures to be performed on wild horses at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse Corral Facility in Hines, Oregon.

The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign and The Cloud Foundation contend that the surgical procedures to be performed by BLM in conjunction with Oregon State University (OSU) are invasive, inhumane, outdated and dangerous, and that the BLM should not be allowed to conduct them behind closed doors. MORE

A Penny Mentality in America?

To The Desert Independent

July 22, 2016

I had just parked my car in a city parking lot when I heard the cries of a loud voice.

"Sir, please give me a penny! Please just a penny," he pled. I continued to walk because I do not like being verbally accosted by a stranger. I was in an unfamiliar part of town and felt spooked by his sudden appearance to plead with me for a penny.

I have been asked for a dollar hundreds of times from street beggars but never a penny. I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, how low can a guy go?" On many occasions I have handed people a couple of dollars or a five. Never have I been asked for a penny. Once my family and I stopped at a light and this man was begging for money and we gave him ten dollars. As soon as he had it in his hand he smiled saying he had enough now for a bottle of whiskey. We shook our heads and felt like fools for helping the guy. MORE

Arrest for Embezzling $11,000

July 15, 2016

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif – On January 5, the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a concerned parent that complained about 33 year old Leah M. Puyot, who without permission withdrew approximately $11,500 from a GoFundMe account that was created to help pay for medical bills for a three year old child who was battling cancer. MORE

Three Children Left in Desert as Punishment

July 14, 2016

29 PALMS, Calif – On Wednesday, July 13, at approximately 11:22 in the morning, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of three found children near the 74000 block of Samarkand Drive. This is a mixed residential and desert area. MORE

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