Arrest Logs

February 21, 2012

Note: Due to a technical error, arrest logs for the days of Feb. 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 were unavailable at press time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Feb. 15
Jonathan Gammill was arrested on suspicion of petty theft.
Joseph Lacanlale was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Shock value

February 14, 2012

Marines, deputies motivate troubled students through SHOCK

By Pfc. Victoria Fairchild

Local Marines and the Apple Valley Police Activities League are working together with 18 students from the Apple Valley Unified School District in a 10-week program called SHOCK, the acronym for self-discipline, honor, obedience, character and knowledge.

The program is designed to help direct troubled teenagers ages 13 to 17 in the right direction to a brighter future.

Q&A with Ray Hamel: Finding the joy in life

February 14, 2012

Rene “Ray” J. Hamel was born and raised in the small Massachusetts town of Gardner, about 70 miles west of Boston in July 1927.

Fearing the draft, Hamel enlisted in the Navy after high school and was stationed in the Philippines during World War II, where he enjoyed the people and culture during his two-year stay.

“World War II ended while I was in boot camp so I didn’t see any action,” Hamel said. “I didn’t like the military at all because I didn’t like taking orders, but I did my job.”


Stanton to begin monthly 'Coffee with the Mayor' Thursday

February 14, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz

Mayor Barb Stanton will invite citizens to join her for coffee, Thursday morning — keeping a promise she made the night she was appointed, and to keep the doors of transparency open.

“It is important that our citizens feel that they are important,” said Stanton, who became mayor on Dec. 13. “Our residents do make a difference and we want to give them an opportunity to share their questions, problems and solutions, I want to hear their voice.”

Robinson may stay after all

February 14, 2012

Council looking to renew Town Manager’s contract

By Rene De La Cruz

Town Manager Frank Robinson could have a new three-year contract after tonight’s council meeting even though he announced last year he planned to leave in June.

If approved, Robinson’s contract would run through Feb. 2015 and would have a yearly price tag of $216,000, with an additional $650 monthly automobile allowance.

A discussion to replace him during the Jan. 24 meeting was pulled from the agenda with “no reportable action,” according to meeting minutes.

A.V. native wins Coast Guard achievement

February 14, 2012

BY Grant DeVuyst

KETCHIKAN, Alaska • Apple Valley native Petty Officer 2nd Class Bettina Watson has been recognized as Enlisted Person of the Year for Base Support Unit Ketchikan, the Coast Guard announced.

Cmdr. T. Wade Gesele presented Watson with her citation and a Coast Guard Achievement medal. Local community representatives from the VFW, American Legion and Alaska USA Federal Credit Union also presented Watson with certificates of appreciation during the ceremony.

Community events for the week of Feb. 14, 2012

February 14, 2012

• Town Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Council Chambers at Town Hall, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway.

• Coffee with the Mayor, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, The Grind Coffee Shop, 12111 Apple Valley Road.

• Intro to Watercolor class, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Recreation Center.

• HeartChase presented by the American Heart Assocation, $10 per person, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Town Hall Recreation Center.

Submit your community events online at www.AppleValley


Around Town: Steve McQueen and the public union ‘Blob’

February 14, 2012

If you see petition circulators out in front of your local grocery store, be very careful before you sign. Not only are there a myriad of tax increase propositions floating around out there, but now the San Bernardino County employee unions have banded together to punish the Board of Supervisors for daring to request that voters — you know, the ones who actually pay the bills — weigh in on future benefit and pension increases. How dare these elected officials resort to the disgusting tactic of democracy!



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