Lucerne Valley man reported missing

April 17, 2015

ABOVE: Lucerne Valley resident Bradley Schlenker, 58, has been missing since April 3, according to his sister.

Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • Bradley Schlenker, a 58-year-old resident of Lucerne Valley, has been missing since early April, according to his sister Linda Reed.

"It's not his character to disappear like this," Reed said.

Soon after his April 3 disappearance, Reed filed a missing person report with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department.

Defiant Turnbull refuses to step down

April 16, 2015

School board member is censured for unprofessional, retaliatory Facebook posts

Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY • Lucerne Valley Unified School District school board member Dawn Turnbull adamantly refused to step down from office Wednesday despite numerous calls for her resignation and a formal censure by the governing board.

"It's an embarrassment that you're on this board, and you need to resign immediately," said school board president Jim Harvey.
"I won't," Turnbull replied firmly.

Candlelight vigil shines light of hope on missing woman

April 15, 2015

ABOVE: More than 100 loved ones gathered at Living Waters Chapel on Monday to celebrate the 30th birthday of Krystie Stuart and pray for her return. Peter Day/The Leader

Krystie Stuart, 30, would never disappear voluntarily, loved ones say

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

APPLE VALLEY — At 5’9” and just 107 pounds, Krystie Stuart is a slight, slender woman, but her impact on others has been huge.

Desert winds fail to deter spirit of patriotic vet

April 15, 2015

ABOVE: Pastor Chick McGill makes his way west on Highway 18 about two miles from Lucerne Valley on Tuesday. He expects to complete his 3,200-mile journey in Santa Monica on April 29. PETER DAY/THE LEADER

Pastor Chick McGill, 69, has walked 3,100 miles of his coast-to-coast journey

By Peter Day
Staff Writer

LUCERNE VALLEY — The inhospitable High Desert winds blew as 69-year-old Pastor Chick McGill trudged step by lonely step through a desolate stretch about eight miles east of Dead Man’s Point.

Packed house listens to Obernolte on fire 'tax'

April 14, 2015

Senior Reporter

The nearly 100 people who attended last Saturday's "Fire Tax Town Hall" were mad as heck — but encouraged to pay their Fire Protection Fee anyway.

During an information-laden, hour-long talk — followed by a question and answer period — at the Lucerne Valley Senior Center, Assemblyman Jay Obernolte explained the hard, cold facts of the "Fire Prevention Fee."

"I call it a tax because it is a tax," Obernolte said. "The way to get more money is to charge people for paying for what they're already getting."

Photo: Let the Honorary Mayor race begin

April 14, 2015

LET THE RACE BEGIN: Two-time Honorary Mayor Lyle Thomas, right, appears happy to hear that challenger Rock Griffith, left, will join the annual honorary mayor race. This year, however, Griffith won't be facing Thomas, a Mitsubishi Cement staff member who is not seeking reelection. Griffith, who owns Rock's Place pizzeria, may face local celebrity/business owner Mavrick Harvey, a top mixed martial arts competitor. However, Harvey was unable to attend last Friday's official honorary mayor race kickoff at the Senior Center.

What's Happening - April 15, 2015

April 14, 2015


Wednesday, April 15

Novice Dog Obedience class

Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation is offering a nine-week "Novice Dog Obedience" class starting on April 15. The class is a combination of agility and companion dog training.

Cost is $25 for the session, which will be taught by instructor Ginger Miller.

Do not bring your dog to the first meeting. Subsequent classes will be held at 6 p.m. at Pioneer Park.

Middle School to host Community Day

April 14, 2015

Special to the Leader

The Lucerne Valley Middle School will be hosting a unique day for students on Wednesday, April 22nd. The all-day event, called, “Community Day,” is geared toward building community bonds within the school among the students. The theme for the day will be “Small Town: Big Dreams.”

The day will consist of workshops that allow for students who don’t normally interact during a regular school day to mix together to encourage interaction, bonding, team building and diversity awareness.


'Willy Wonka Junior' this weekend

April 14, 2015

Lucerne Valley Elementary School Drama Club presents Roald Dahl's "Willy Wonka Junior" on April 16, 17 and 18.

The April 16 and 17 shows will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $3.

The April 18 dinner show starts at 4 p.m. and costs $5 per person.

Words and music are by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley and was adapted for the stage by Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald. The musical is based on the book "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl.

Lucerne Valley Elementary is located at 10788 Barstow Road, Lucerne Valley, CA 92356.

Sheriff's Blotter 04-15-15

April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 7

3:56 p.m. A missing person was reported in the 31300 block of Highway 18.

12:38 p.m. A vehicle was repossessed in the 10000 block of Lakeview Road.

9:01 a.m. An Azurite Road resident reported a burglary.

Monday, April 6

3:15 p.m. A Custer Avenue resident reported a burglary.

3:07 p.m. Deputies were called to a 5150 situation on Verdugo Road.

2:06 p.m. A missing person was reported in the 31300 block of Highway 18.


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