Weekly Booking Logs: March 4, 2015

March 3, 2015

BRINGING DRUGS INTO PRISON: On Feb. 19, Rafael Perez, 33, of Lucerne Valley was arrested on suspicion of bringing drugs into prison. He was booked into the town of Apple Valley jail and was given a pretrial release the next day. Bail was set at $25,000.

BURGLARY/DRUGS: On Feb. 20 at 3:28 p.m., 48-year-old Roger Dale Dunlap of Lucerne Valley was arrested on a $125,000 warrant for burglary along with no bail warrants for possession of methamphetamines for sale and receiving stolen property. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center.

Recipes: White Chicken Chili

March 3, 2015


This winter, the desert just doesn’t seem to want to make it’s mind up about the weather. Last week, we were all in shorts and tees. This week, we welcomed a rain shower that our dry soil desperately needed and that had us digging out our warmest sweaters, lap blankets, and slow cookers, that we thought were packed away until late November, when desert folk like us finally get cold enough weather that requires such things.

Religion: The Fishing Trip

March 3, 2015


In 1 st John 3:1, the Bible says, "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” In times past, these words were very comforting for Christians, as they reminded them of loving relationships with earthly fathers, and gave them a tie to tangible acts of caring and nurturing. In recent times, however, that family example has been widely non-existent. The evidence of the effect is presented almost every day on the news.

Capt. Ben Van Wyk retires after 32 years as a Station 8 firefighter

February 24, 2015

Senior Reporter

Ben Van Wyk knew his calling even as a fresh-faced adolescent.

He became a fire explorer while still a student at Apple Valley Junior High School and was formally hired before receiving his high school diploma.

But the 52-year-old Van Wyk, who for 32 years has been the face of the Lucerne Valley Fire Department (now San Bernardino County Fire Station 8), is hanging up his fire hat and protective gear and retiring.

What's Happening - February 25, 2015

February 24, 2015

Cancer treatment fundraiser

A fundraiser will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 at the Lazy Lizard Ranch to raise money for cancer treatment for Terry Moretz. Moretz is a longtime and highly involved local resident who recently was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer.

The event will feature a fish fry by Jean Fuqua. Santa Maria barbecue also will be cooked up. Soda, beer and water will be available.

Sheriff's Blotter 02-25-15

February 24, 2015

Tuesday, Feb. 17

7:42 a.m. A theft was reported in the 32600 block of Highway 18.

Monday, Feb. 16

10:25 p.m. A drug-related arrest was made in the area of Highway 18 and Old Woman Springs Road.

8:21 p.m. A Cheshire Road resident reported a disturbance.

5:59 p.m. Deputies helped to keep the peace at a residence in the 30000 block of Clark Street.

Sunday, Feb. 15

10:48 p.m. Deputies responded to a 5150 situation in the 30000 block of Gobar Road.

6:22 p.m. A disturbance was reported in the vicinity of Emerald Road and Trade Post Road.

Sports: Lady Mustangs fall to School for the Deaf, 56-37

February 24, 2015

Senior Reporter

A standout season for the Lady Mustang basketball team has come to an end.

Last Saturday evening at home, the Lucerne Valley High School team was defeated by California School for the Deaf, 56-37, in the second round of the Division 5A C.I.F. playoffs.

The California School for the Deaf next faces Avalon in the playoff quarterfinals.


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