Update: No sign of missing man

Updated Thursday, 10/18


Authorities were unable to find a missing Apple Valley man after combing the desert west of Lucerne Valley for more than three days.

Kendall Duimstra, 65, went missing Sunday in an unincorporated area of Apple Valley not far from the western boundary of Lucerne Valley (County Service Area 29).

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department set up a command post near the intersection of Pioneer Road and Highway 18.

Imus revisits L.V.


LUCERNE VALLEY • Asked why he would go out of his way to visit such a small corner of the new 8th Congressional District, Gregg Imus cited his small victory in the June primary.

“When a grassroots candidate like me wins and takes a majority of the votes by 238 votes, you learn really quick that every vote counts,” Imus said as he took a break from talking to potential voters during a meet-and-greet at Stallone’s Pizzeria in Lucerne Valley on Oct. 10. “The way you do it is, you meet everybody everywhere, doesn’t matter where in the district.”

Ramos responds to Derry


San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Candidate James Ramos fired back at incumbent Neil Derry in a written statement last week.

Derry lambasted Ramos at this month’s Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association meeting, saying that the challenger has avoided several opportunities to debate him in candidate forums throughout the district.

The Leader contacted the Ramos campaign seeking a phone interview after the meeting. Ramos chose to respond with a written statement:

Sheriff's blotter and booking logs selected items 10-17-12

NOTE: The following are selected items from The Leader's weekly sheriff's blotter and booking logs. The full blotter and booking logs appear only in the print edition of the newspaper. All information for these reports comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The most recent events are listed first. We publish the names of those who are arrested in Lucerne Valley as well as Lucerne Valley residents who are arrested elsewhere in San Bernardino County.


Mustangs ruin Royals’ Homecoming

By JACK TUCKER, For The Leader

VICTORVILLE — The visiting Lucerne Valley football team thoroughly dominated Victor Valley Christian to ruin the Royals’ homecoming game with a 56-0 blowout at Shroyer Field on Friday night.

The Mustangs rolled up 341 yards of total offense, 306 in the first half as they racked up six touchdowns in the first 24 minutes. The Royals, meanwhile, were held to just 12 total offense yards and minus-29 yards in the first half.

Pantsless burglar sentenced to state prison


VICTORVILLE • A 48-year-old Lucerne Valley man was sentenced to two years and eight months in state prison for breaking into a house, where he was spotted half-naked by the owners.

Donald Brian Medaris accepted the prosecution’s offer and pleaded no contest to one felony count of burglary. Judge John Vander Feer sentenced him immediately Wednesday based on the plea bargain.

He had a strike from his 1983 burglary conviction in Orange County.

LVUSD, LVHS show biggest gains in county

Most area schools still miss the mark

By LYNNEA LOMBARDO, For the Leader

Lucerne Valley Unified School District has shown the biggest test-score growth in all of San Bernardino County — but LVUSD and other Victor Valley schools still have a ways to go to reach state standards.

The majority of schools in California have met or exceeded state standards set for the Academic Performance Index, the state's measurement for academic achievement in schools, said State Superintendent of Schools, Tom Torlakson

Cops seize 125 pounds of pot in L.V. and Helendale

By RENE DE LA CRUZ, For The Leader

A San Bernardino County Sheriff's narcotics team seized approximately 125 pounds of processed marijuana over two days, officials said Thursday.

The Marijuana Eradication Team, from the department’s narcotics division, discovered marijuana cultivation on one Helendale and three Lucerne Valley properties, according to a sheriff’s press release.

Page 4 blank?

Due to a printing error, Page 4 was illegible in some copies of the the Oct. 10 Leader. If you received one of these copies, please call us at (760) 248-7878 and leave a message with your name, phone number and address, and we will send you a new copy as soon as possible (while supplies last). We apologize for the inconvenience.

This week in the print edition:

—The full sheriff's blotter and booking logs (only selected items appear online)

—Chapter 14 is back! Jo Richards was unable to write her column for a couple of weeks due to a health issue; she writes about the experience with her usual wit in this week's Chapter 14.

—Full version: Neil Derry blasts his opponent

—Photos of last weekend's Big Time Gathering and Inter-Tribal Powow

—Photos from the recent charity catfish fry

—Our What's Happening briefs keep you informed about upcoming community events


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