By PETER DAY
Five burglaries were reported in Lucerne Valley during the month of December, according to station commander Sgt. Van Putnam.
Other reported crimes included five grand theft auto, one assault, two assaults with a deadly weapon, two domestic violence incidents and two vandalism incidents.
Nine were arrested on narcotics charges, one person was arrested on a burglary charge and two were arrested for petty theft.
Wednesday, Jan. 7
2:40 p.m. A call came in about a dead body in the 30000 block of Spinel Road.
9:20 a.m. A domestic battery arrest was made in the 17000 block of Barstow Road.
1:19 a.m. A vehicle was repossessed in the 30000 block of Sutter Road.
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.
By PETER DAY
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.
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
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.
School board meeting on Jan 14
The next regular meeting of the Lucerne Valley Unified School District’s governing board will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in the Lucerne Valley High School Library.
MAC meeting on Jan. 15
The Lucerne Valley-Johnson Valley Municipal Advisory Council will meet on Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Community Center.
ABOVE: Sara Sullivan lifts her opponent from Big Bear off the mat from Wednesday
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.