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Tues, June 9 at 6:00 PM
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Tues, June 16 at 6:00 PM
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295 N 1st St, Blythe




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Mayor Mike Evans Resigns

May 27, 2015 New

BLYTHE, Calif – Effective, today, Wednesday, May 27 Mayor Mike Evans has resigned from the Blythe City Council. He stated “this decision wasn’t easy. I am honored and grateful for this rewarding experience and the wonderful and respectful citizens of Blythe, but due to personal reasons I must resign. I have full confidence in Vice Mayor Tim Wade and the remainder of the Blythe City Council to continue moving forward with the citizen’s best interest in mind.” MORE


Sale of Meth

May 21, 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, May 20, members of the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) made contact with Andrea Hubbard, age 27 of Blythe, outside her residence. Hubbard, who is currently on probation with search terms for narcotics, was detained and searched pursuant to those terms. A search of her residence revealed over 76 grams of suspected methamphetamine along with other items indicative of drug sales. MORE



Saturation Patrol Results in Numerous Arrests

May 20, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – On Tuesday, May 19, Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Colorado River Station and the Needles Police Department conducted a saturation patrol throughout the city of Needles. MORE


Burglary, Possession of a Firearm and Drugs by a Convicted Felon

May 20, 2015

NEEDLES, Calif – Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Colorado River Station and Needles Police Department have taken several burglary reports in recent days including ones from a business on Victory Lane in Needles. Deputies had checked an unoccupied vehicle nearby at around the same time as the most recent burglary. Deputies located the vehicle the next day parked in the yard of a residence belonging to Robert Cleland of Needles that was registered to Timothy Davison of Mohave Valley, Arizona. MORE


$160,000 Burglary

May 17, 2015

EL CENTRO, Calif – On Friday, May15, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigators, Homeland Security Investigations and the US Marshals served a search warrant on the 200 block of Ocotillo Drive in El Centro and arrested 20 year old Juan Carlos Carpena-Ramirez. He was found hiding in the attic of the residence there and was arrested for the theft of $160,000 dollars taken from a residential burglary earlier in the month. MORE


Today's Green Minute with Jim Parks


Violent Crime on the Increase for Early 2015

May 24, 2015

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif – FBI Part I crime statistics for the first 3 months of 2015 for the Riverside County Sheriff's Department indicate a 16% increase in FBI Part I violent crimes, largely due to increases in robberies and aggravated assaults. Property crimes increased nearly 1%, with an overall FBI Part I crime increase of 1.7% in their first 3 months of this year over the same period in 2014. So far this year, there has been a 22% drop in burglaries reported to the Sheriff in the unincorporated areas of Riverside County and our contract partner cities. MORE


Arrest for 2012 Arson Murder

Police asking for public’s assistance

From JENNIFER "JADE" JONES
The Desert Freedom Press
Reprinted with Permission

May 20, 2015

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – On Tuesday, May 19, at approximately 6:35 in the morning, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) arrested Thomas Daniel for 1st Degree Homicide and Arson of an Occupied Structure on the identified victim Linda Garrett. The date of the offenses occurred on August 23, 2012. Thomas Daniel was charged and booked into the La Paz County Jail for the above mentioned charges. MORE



Counterfeit Sheriff’s Office Checks

May 17, 2015

CALEXICO, Calif – On Friday, May15, Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigators executed a search warrant on the 400 block of Mary Street in Calexico. With the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, Border Patrol, and the U.S. Marshals, Jose Angel Moreno Vasquez (age 34) was arrested for cashing 10 counterfeit checks resembling Sheriff’s Office checks totaling $4,570. MORE


Blythe Police Activity: April 2015

BLYTHE, Calif – For April 2015 the Blythe Police Department logged 1688 Total Incidents and Documented 344 Police Reports. MORE



Boat Accident in Lake Havasu’s Copper Canyon

May 27, 2015 New

LAKE HAVASU, Calif – On Sunday, May 24, at approximately 4:50 in the afternoon, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Marine Enforcement deputies were conducting a patrol of Copper Canyon area of Lake Havasu. While doing so, several people flagged down the deputy’s regarding a boat accident. MORE


Remember Our Military

Guest Opinion

By DR. GLENN MOLLETTE
To The Desert Independent

May 21, 2015

One of my sons recently came home from a twelve month military deployment. My wife and I took a couple of days and flew to welcome him at his stateside arrival airport. We watched soldier after soldier pick up his or her duffel bags and other luggage in baggage claims. We didn't see families or friends hugging them and welcoming them home. My son turned the corner and came into the area and I was so delighted to see him. For the first time in one year I heard his voice and hugged him.

I'm sure I was missing something. Surely there was another area where spouses, family or others were located in waiting to greet these wonderful military men and women. However, I didn't see them. I felt like my wife and I were the only two people in waiting to welcome a family member. MORE


Drive-By Shooting

From JENNIFER "JADE" JONES
The Desert Freedom Press
Reprinted with Permission

May 18, 2015

QUARTZSITE, Arizona – On Saturday, May 16, at approximately 4:16 p.m., Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) was called to the scene of a shooting at the intersection of Palo Verde and Main Street in the Town of Quartzsite, Arizona. This information was provided to the QPD from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher from a 911 caller. QPD Officer Conley and Sergeant Frausto arrived on scene and observed numerous individuals and a Hispanic male, later identified as Roberto Chavez, Jr., bleeding with a single gun shoot wound to the upper arm and back area. MORE


Riverside's Wanted Fugitives

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



Man-to-Man


He’s Afraid to Tell His Wife He Wants a Divorce

Q: My wife is crazy. No, I mean certifiably, by several professionals. We have three kids and I have tried for years to find a way to stay together until they got older. But her irrational and dangerous behavior has me in fear – for the children’s safety – every day. I have consulted an attorney and the path is very clear to me. My problem is that I do not know how to break the news to my wife. She will go berserk. More importantly, I am afraid of how her behavior will affect my kids. Is there a right way of breaking the news?

A: Well, is there a right way to grab your N.U.T.s – your non-negotiable, unalterable terms? You hold on to them like the man you want to be. These are what you’re committed to, what defines you as a man. These are the things you compromised along the way that contributed to your current intolerable situation. MORE



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