Stranded for 3 days with a shattered pelvis, NZ hiker rescued from Joshua Tree National Park

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — Stranded for several days in Joshua Tree National Park after shattering her pelvis in a fall while on a solo hiking trek, a Kiwi woman was spotted – alive, but seriously injured – by a helicopter crew Friday afternoon. She was eventually airlifted to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to make […]

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Authorities “squash” thief’s efforts while investigating ongoing agricultural thefts

THERMAL — Authorities investigating ongoing agricultural thefts in the farming communities of Thermal, Mecca, and Oasis arrested a man they allege stole a significant amount of produce from at least one Thermal area farm. Southern Coachella Valley Community Services District Team deputies seized more than 800 pounds of stolen squash and arrested the man found to be in possession of […]

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PALM DESERT: Elder abuse investigation, search warrant results in two arrests

PALM DESERT — An elder abuse investigation and subsequent search warrant resulted in two people arrested, Friday afternoon, May 18. Sheriff’s officials investigating allegations of elder abuse have asked for any additional information about the couple, a sheriff’s official said yesterday morning. After their initial investigation authorities arrested Johnathan Domenici, 24, and Kimberly Marie Ray, 22. Both are Palm Desert […]

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Officials investigating after director of PS school accused of injuring boy, 13

PALM SPRINGS — Police have confirmed they are investigating the alleged violent assault of a 13-year-old boy at Palm Spring’s Stepping Stones Learning Center. The alleged incident, that left the victim hospitalized with traumatic, visible injuries, happened yesterday May 17, according to officials. The school is located at 1281 N. Gene Autry Trail. LEADING THE DESERT HEADLINES SEE ALSO: Still […]

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Still buckled into driver’s seat, woman found dead in overturned, partially submerged car

PALM SPRINGS — A woman, still buckled into the driver’s seat of her car, was discovered deceased inside a vehicle found upside down and partially submerged in the Whitewater River. The fatal, single-vehicle accident happened on northbound SR 111, about one mile north of Overture Road along a sweeping left curve in the highway, in an unincorporated area northwest of […]

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DHS man, 35, killed when SUV overturns into country club wall and home ID’d

DESERT HOT SPRINGS — A man whose vehicle overturned and crashed on top of a brick wall and into a structure died at the scene late Tuesday night. The deadly crash happened just outside the entrance to Desert Crest Country Club, near the intersection of Dillon Road and Desert Crest Avenue in Desert Hot Springs. Riverside County Sheriff-Coroners later identified […]

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PALM DESERT: Bee swarm critically injures one, traps others – multiple victims rescued

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 15, 12:45 p.m. PALM DESERT — Shortly before noon fire officials updated that Vector Control had mitigated the bee swarm and all fire and medical personnel had cleared the scene. There were no further updates and officials have not released any additional information about the critically injured elderly victim who was hospitalized after trying to escape the […]

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UPDATED: Transient shot at homeless encampment after reportedly pulling weapon on deputy ID’d

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 1, 2 a.m., With suspect’s booking information THOUSAND PALMS — A deputy conducting an area check of a “known transient encampment” earlier this morning encountered and later shot a 38-year-old transient who officials say had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The deputy opened fire after an altercation ensued when he tried arrest the alleged suspect, who pulled out […]

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COACHELLA: Couple driving stolen car arrested after officials find sawed-off rifle, drugs

COACHELLA — A man and woman were arrested at the conclusion of a traffic stop after officials found they were driving a stolen car and were in possession of an illegal, sawed-off rifle, ammunition, drugs, and narcotics paraphernalia, Thursday, Apr. 26. The traffic stop and arrest happened in the area of Vineta Lane and Genoa Street, northeast of Avenue 52 and Shady […]

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PALM DESERT: One hospitalized after vehicle plunges off Hwy. 74

PALM DESERT — A motorist had to be cut free from their wrecked vehicle after plunging down a steep and rugged embankment along Hwy. 74, in an unincorporated area south of Palm Desert earlier tonight. The victim was hospitalized with moderate injuries, according to fire officials. Emergency first responders were dispatched to an area near Hwy. 74’s Mile Marker 89 along the Roy […]

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