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Men arrested after allegedly pointing gun at Barstow smoke shop clerk

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:32
BARSTOW — Police arrested two men who allegedly threatened a smoke shop clerk with a gun Friday morning.Keith Lamont Smith, 19, of Moreno Valley, and Tarrance Pearie Raullerson, 39, of Los Angeles, were both arrested after Barstow Police Department officers said they connected them to an incident at Smoked-Out Smoke shop in the 200 block of East Main Street early Friday morning.Police said Smith pointed a firearm at the store’s clerk when he refused to let [...]

'What a disaster': Wiretapped recordings reveal worries Limon, Hearn had after murder of Robert Limon

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:28
In the months following Robert Limon’s murder, Jonathan Hearn suspected detectives wiretapped the phone line of his lover, Sabrina Limon — who prosecutors allege conspired with Hearn to kill her husband, according to testimony heard in court Monday.To throw investigators off Hearn’s tracks, he created false narratives in conversation, feigning excitement over breakthroughs in the case and casting suspicion over a Barstow man whom Hearn said he heard police [...]

Editor's Notebook: Trader Joe’s, ALDI and the incomparable Lowell George

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 06:16
A huge crowd turned out Thursday for the opening of the new ALDI grocery store on Main Street in Hesperia and I can see why. We’ve frequented several ALDI stores down the hill and they’ve quickly become one of our favorite stores.They remind me quite a bit of Trader Joe’s and even moreso of the Grocery Outlet, which we also frequent down the hill. They have a good wine selection, lots of organic produce (at good prices, too) and even items from other countries. [...]

Jazz programs unite for benefit concert to help hurricane victims

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 06:16
Barstow High School plans to host its first benefit concert Wednesday night, raising money for the American Red Cross as well as the Humane Society of the United States.The free concert, aptly named "Horns of Hope," will feature the high school's jazz program, known as the Jazztecs, with all donations raised throughout the evening to be given towards hurricane rescue and relief efforts.“It is just [...]

Valley Voices: Ride-along with a sheriff's deputy is an eye-opener

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:44
As a member of the High Desert Community Coalition (HDCC), I recently decided it would be valuable to go on a ride-along with a sheriff's deputy in the city where I live. Part of the work of the coalition is to advocate for policies that prevent health and safety issues from occurring in our community. In order for these policies to be effective once adopted by our local City Council, our local law enforcement officers must enforce the policies. As such, it was helpful to gain a better [...]

Letters to the Editor: 09-18-17

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 19:26
Hesperia restricts free speechDuring Public Comments at the Victorville City Council’s special meeting (Tuesday) evening regarding new rules for medical and recreational use of marijuana, I read the following Letter to the Editor ... suggesting it was a test for a free press here in the High Desert.On Nov. 16, the San Bernardino County DA’s Office, for the tenth time since 1996, will request the dismissal of a PC 403 Public Meeting [...]

Our View: Kudos to Rep. Cook for taking up cause of caretakers

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 15:05
Kudos to Rep. Paul Cook and his staff for taking up the cause of Barstow resident Cathy Williams, who found herself without any income when her son died last year.Williams was receiving government benefits as Caleb Lucas’ caretaker. She was acting as the 9-year-old's full-time caretaker through California's In-Home Supportive Services program, and also was reliant on child support and Social Security to be able to provide a home and all that Caleb needed.However, [...]

Brothers claim Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas photo is from famous debates

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 18:09
Editor’s note: this is the first in an occasional series.VICTORVILLE — The sixth-plate daguerreotype, presumably from the 19th Century, seemed inconsequential at first.At center, a white building overwhelmed the setting. Two people peered out a second-story window. A rigid-looking group stood near the front entrance partially concealed by 150-plus years of grime.But a black, stove-pipe hat caught Keith Collins’ attention.“I was [...]

One dead after plane crashes at El Mirage Dry Lake Saturday

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 18:09
EL MIRAGE — One man has died after a single engine aircraft crashed at the dry lake bed here Saturday morning, authorities said.According to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Jodi Miller, a gyrocopter crashed at El Mirage Dry Lake just before 9 a.m. Saturday.Deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the call about “a possible plane down” at 8:51 a.m. and upon arrival, located the single occupant [...]

5 Things to do this weekend

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:08
1. ‘Tarzan’Hannett Thorn Productions presents the musical version of “Tarzan” at the High Desert Center for the Arts. The local theater troupe will bring one of Disney’s most beloved characters to life on stage this weekend and next. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Monday (also 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23, 2 p.m. Sept. 23). Where: High Desert Center for the Arts, 15615 Eighth St., Victorville. Cost: $16 adults, [...]

Cooler temperatures forecasted over the next week in the High Desert

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:52
Although the first day of fall is still a week away, some autumn weather has arrived early in the High Desert.The month of September began with yet another extended heat wave, but the triple-digit temperatures have gradually cooled in recent days and the forecast for the coming week may have some reaching for their jackets once the sun goes down.National Weather Service Meteorologist Brandt Maxwell told the Daily Press that a trough of low pressure [...]

Seven arrested after authorities discover illegal marijuana grow housing thousands of plants in Barstow

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:50
BARSTOW — Seven people were arrested in connection to an illegal marijuana grow that housed thousands of plants here, authorities said.Barstow Police Department Officers Matt Helms and Jimmie Walker were working a specialized enforcement detail on Aug. 31 when they contacted a resident who reported an illegal marijuana grow in the desert area behind Love's Travel Stop off Lenwood Road.According to authorities, the officers obtained evidence corroborating [...]

Barstow couple celebrate 70 years together

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:50
Robert and Lois Burkhardt of Barstow celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug. 30 with their family in La Jolla.The couple married in Jackson, Michigan in 1947 after meeting two years earlier when Robert Burkhardt came home on leave from the Army. They have three sons and one granddaughter.Robert Burkhardt graduated from Michigan State University with an MBA in 1977. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1974 as a major and then worked as [...]

Swinger lifestyle and suspicions about lover discussed in second day of Sabrina Limon trial

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 15:54
The investigation into the death of Robert Limon took a dramatic turn exactly 12 days after the Helendale man was gunned down at a Tehachapi railway yard in August 2014.That's when two of Limon's friends contacted detectives and said Limon's wife had long been having an affair with Redlands firefighter Jonathan Hearn, according to court testimony on Tuesday.One of the friends, Jason Bernatene, testified he told investigators Hearn had been warned to stay away from the wife. He [...]

Senate GOP struggles with deficit in work on budget, taxes

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:30
Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump's tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that's a prerequisite to any far-reaching change in the nation's tax system.

Suicide of teen who made sex video shows dilemma for schools

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:30
The suicide of an Illinois honor-roll student underscored a dilemma for schools when confronting students suspected of recording and sharing sexual images.

Big holdup for borrowers claiming for-profit college fraud

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:36
Tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness, according to court documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Apple unveils $999 iPhone X, loses 'home' button

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:37
"One more thing." With that phrase, Apple paid homage to its late co-founder Steve Jobs for the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone on Tuesday when it unveiled its latest — and, at $999, its most expensive — new version of the device, the iPhone X.

Investigators release findings on Tesla Autopilot crash

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:33
An inattentive driver using his Tesla Model S's semi-autonomous driving system and a truck driver who made a left-hand turn in front of the car are both to blame for a fatal crash last year, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

FEMA estimates 25 percent of Florida Keys homes are gone

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:01
Search-and-rescue teams made their way into the Florida Keys' farthest reaches Tuesday, while authorities rushed to repair the lone highway connecting the islands and deliver aid to Hurricane Irma's victims. Federal officials estimated one-quarter of all homes in the Keys were destroyed.