Woman airlifted after receiving serious burns

January 13, 2015

STAFF REPORT

A Fern Road resident was airlifted after sustaining 2nd- to 3rd-degree burns over much of her body in an apparent attempted suicide.

At 4:02 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, emergency responders were summoned to a call of a woman on the ground with extensive burns to her body and face.

The woman was transported by ambulance to a Pioneer Park where an airship transported her to a regional hospital for treatment.

The woman’s current condition is unknown. The investigation is continuing.

Portal Motel hit by robbers

January 13, 2015

By PETER DAY
Senior Report

Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Portal Motel in the 31300 block of Highway 18 following a robbery at 3:52 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 11.

According to witness reports, two men armed with pistols used duct tape to tie up the residents before ransacking the motel and fleeing in an SUV.
For the last few years, the Portal has been the home of permanent residents rather than a commercial motel.

Renewable Energy: Stakeholders expand coalition

January 13, 2015

Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association chairman Chuck Bell leads a meeting last Tuesday to create a coalition. The group plans to form a unified voice for local stakeholders across the desert regarding the county’s renewable energy element to their general plan, known as SPARC, as well as the state’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan. Photo by DAVID PARDO

By PETER DAY
Senior Reporter

Cannabis extraction lab discovered in Landers

January 13, 2015

From staff and wire reports

LANDERS • The Morongo Basin Sheriff’s Station found a large-scale cannabis extraction lab while serving an arrest warrant last Sunday morning on Stearman Road in Landers.

Upon arriving and making contact with the residents at the location deputies discovered a concentrated cannabis extraction lab. Five suspects were detained and the Sheriff’s Narcotics Division Marijuana Enforcement Team responded to assist with the investigation.

Sports: Despite match victories, Mustangs lose to Big Bear

January 13, 2015

ABOVE: Sara Sullivan lifts her opponent from Big Bear off the mat from Wednesday
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The Mustang wrestlers lost a close one to Big Bear this past week.  The majority of the varsity squad won their matches for the Mustangs, getting pins to defeat their opponents.  The Mustangs being outsized and having four empty weight classes was their downfall.

Photo: School board workshop

January 13, 2015

LUCERNE VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD: Members of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s governing board met last Saturday for a workshop to discuss several topics. They include the discussion of board policies, the governance handbook and other topics. TOP PHOTO: Pictured from left, board members Carmen Fox, Tom Courtney, Jim Harvey and Supt. Suzette Davis. Board member Jodi Collingham was also present but out of the picture frame. Board member Dawn Turnbull did not attend due to illness. The school board will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Photo: MAC workshop

January 13, 2015

LUCERNE VALLEY-JOHNSON VALLEY MUNCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL: Members of the Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council held a “workshop” session last Tuesday afternoon. The workshop, which is a more casual meeting, was designed to help members get up to speed on a number of topics.

Missing Irvine woman found dead in Big Bear

January 13, 2015

STAFF REPORT

BIG BEAR LAKE • Authorities identified on Friday the woman found dead in Big Bear Lake to be of 35-year-old Lisa Cimbaluk of Irvine, who went missing over the weekend.

At about 10 a.m. Thursday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials discovered a body in the water while conducting an aerial search over the South Shore area.

Authorities positively identified the body as Cimbaluk, whose car was found covered in snow at the Woodland Trailhead last Sunday.

Examinations will be conducted in order to determine her cause of death.

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