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Deputies arrest Lucas Drake of Yucaipa for child molestation crimes

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Yucaipa Police Department, in conjunction with the Chula Vista Police Department, began an investigation involving Lucas Michael Drake, a 36 year- old male resident of the city of Yucaipa. Drake is a credentialed teacher for the Colton Unified School District and teaches English at Colton High School.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Homicide Detectives make an arrest in a 2014 Yucaipa murder case
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 1:34 pm

On Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, at aout 7:54 a.m., John Mohr was transported via ambulance from his residence in the Melody Land Mobile Home Park to Redlands Community Hospital, unconscious and unresponsive. On Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, at approximately 12:43 p.m., Mohr was pronounced deceased at Redlands Community Hospital.

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Two suspects arrested for Elder Abuse and Theft from a 91-year-old Yucaipa resident.
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 1:33 pm

On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2016 at approximately 12p.m., Angelo Marks and Angelina Stevens knocked on the victim’s door and presented themselves as house cleaners, offering to clean the victim’s home for $200. After spending a short time in her home cleaning, Marks and Stevens drove the victim to her bank where she gave them her ATM card and PIN number. The victim agreed to pay $200 for the services provided however the suspects withdrew $1,000 from the account. Marks and Stevens then drove back to the victim’s home, dropping her off without finishing the cleaning services that were agreed upon. They retained the victim’s ATM card and within a few hours had charged at three additional locations.

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Zone code update, ban on medical marijuana approved by Calimesa council
Posted: February 05, 2016

Roosters, a parade and medical marijuana created an odd mix of topics for discussion at Monday’s Calimesa City Coun­cil meeting.

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The old Lockwood house comes down
Posted: February 05, 2016

Bob and Sharon Orr are the owners of the popular store on Yucaipa Boulevard, Uptown Pets. They also own the property next door, which was the original Lockwood residence. The Lockwood family lived in the house in the 1950s. The family hardware store next door was where father Harold worked for years. The Orrs decided to demolish the house, which was infested with termites, to make way for a parking lot. Bob said there would be 18 new parking spaces. “It’s sad to see it go,” said Sharon. “I would walk by here every day on my way to school. I lived on Acacia Street and would walk with Nolan and Greg Lockwood to Yucaipa Elementary School.” The Orrs watched on Saturday, Jan. 30, as the historic house came down, one piece at a time, by a bobcat.

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Passport to your Future - Eighth graders participate in career faire
Posted: February 05, 2016

There was palpable energy as nearly a hundred eighth-grade students and family members participated in the first annual Passport to Your Future, a career and job choice faire held on Jan. 30 at the Community Center.

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VisionQuest’s reception for Gem and Mineral Society artists is classy
Posted: February 05, 2016

It was a full house at Yu­caipa VisionQuest, The Center for Creativity on Friday, Jan. 29, as Yucaipa Valley’s Gem and Mineral Society’s jewelry makers and stone crafters were honored at a special reception in the gallery. Guests dined on complimentary hors d’oeuvres and perused unique displays of jewelry and art.

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Tune in this Thursday to watch ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Posted: February 05, 2016

Doris Norris, a local resident, became one of 600 out of 10,000 yearly applicants to be chosen to appear on ABC's popular game show “Wheel of Fortune.” She along with her friend Jill Eccleston, from aDrake, Colo., were contestants on Best Girlfriends Getaway Week, which will air on Thursday, Feb. 11.

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Thursday 02/04/2016
Planners deny Home Occupation Permit for Hannah Prayer Center
Posted: February 04, 2016

Yucaipa resident Jenny Lai was denied a Home Occupancy Permit for a family prayer center (Hannah Prayer Center) at her residence on Andes Way at the Yucaipa Planning Commis­sion on Jan. 20.

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VisionQuest holds reception for Gem and Mineral Society jewelry artists
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 12:10 pm

It was a full house at Yu­caipa VisionQuest, The Center for Creativity on Friday, Jan. 29, as Yucaipa Valley’s Gem and Mineral Society’s jewelry makers and stone crafters were honored at a special reception in the gallery.

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Exquisite vehicle stops in at museum
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 11:36 am

A 1926 Dusenberg recently stopped in for an hour or so at Mousley  Museum of Yucaipa History thrilling those at the site. The owners were out enjoying the day in the car. The vehicle is currently valued at $2 million and has been in their family since the 1950s. 

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Senator Morrell's pancake breakfast for veterans this Saturday
Updated: February 04, 2016 - 10:41 am

Senator Mike Morrell is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 6 for all veterans and active military at the Yucaipa Community Center.   The breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. 

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Friday 01/29/2016
Family Learning Center opens
Posted: January 29, 2016

Yucaipa Calimesa School District celebrated its grand opening of the new Family Learning Center on Jan. 20.

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Chronology — The year 2015 in review
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 11:13 am

JANUARY

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Lions Clubs donate $6,000 to YHS Athletics Department
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 11:16 am

Representatives from the local Lions Clubs presented checks totaling over $6,000 to Yucaipa High School Athletic Director Mark Anderson. These funds are the proceeds raised from snack bar sales at the home football games. The operation of the snack bar is a joint effort of the Yucaipa Valley Lions Club, the Calimesa Breakfast Lions Club and the Cali-Caipa Nooners Lions Club. Pictured with Mark Anderson are Lions Linda Amerault, Ron Charleston and Vita Charleston.

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Majestic auction brings in thousands for church
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 11:14 am

About 500 people attended the American Auctioneers, Yucaipa Estate Auction for Don Majestic, on Saturday, Jan. 23. Majestic was a longtime resident of Yucaipa who acquired a great deal of wealth and property. He recently passed away, leaving his assets to his church, St. Frances X Cabrini Catholic Church on California Street. Majestic was an usher at the church and although he never married nor had children, he was known in the community for his eccentricities and patriotism. He attended every Memorial Day and Veterans Day service in town, wearing his weathered red, white and blue cowboy boots. St. Frances Eucharistic Min­ister Tony Shymanski was at the auction on Saturday. “I knew Don Majestic and he was a very good friend,” said Shymanski. “He helped us out, funding stuff like the carnival. He went to chapel every morning at 7:30 a.m. He attended all four Masses on Saturday and Sunday.” Shymanski said that Majes­tic was an avid collector. “When he went into a store to buy something, he wouldn’t just buy one thing. He’d buy everything. But he wouldn’t invite you into his house.” Speculation it was because of the massive amounts of boxes, furniture and stuff. According to Shymanski, a couple months before Majestic died, he changed his will. Melanie Joyce a parishioner at St. Frances spearheaded the efforts of going through the estate in early October. “We have had so many wonderful volunteers from the church,” said Joyce. “I’m just in awe. We’re truly a very blessed church.” It was a full time job. According to Joyce, there were 12 constant volunteers who worked every day, organizing and sorting the contents of his house. There were extensive collections of coins, jewelry, pottery, vintage toy cars 

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