DSUSD approves doubling in-person learning days, new schedule starts May 3rd

Applause erupts at the Desert Sands special board meeting Monday night. After hearing from the public for over an hour, the board voted unanimously to bring students back to school four days a week. The decision is a move Superintendent Scott Bailey is in favor of. “You could say I’m a little bit excited today. Judging by the emails that I’m getting, even from the students, the community at large is feeling excited as well,” said Superintendent Bailey.  Now, after weeks of long meetings and passionate rallies, DSUSD students will start the new schedule on May 3rd.  “I’ll feel very, very happy, I have a friend in the other group I want to see again,” said Emma Harper, a third grade student. But Monday’s meeting wasn’t without contention. Some members of the teacher’s union said, while they want to see kids in the classroom, they feel this decision was rushed. Others expressed concerns about classroom logistics, as the new proposal will combine hybrid cohorts A and B into one classroom. “There’s a fifth grade class at one of our elementary sites that would have 33…

Mom Pleads for Help to Find Missing Student Spotted in Coachella Valley

Twenty-two year-old Dane Elkins had everything going for him, a gifted student attending U.C. Santa Cruz and a world champion racquetball athlete. His mom Deborah says the pandemic lock-down pushed her son over the edge, “He couldn’t go to school, and he couldn’t focus on the computer so he left school and then he couldn’t work out he couldn’t see his friends, he was locked down.” The last time she spoke with her son he was driving home to their  home in Los Angeles from Santa Cruz. Dane pulled his car over near Castaic. “He called 911 when they got there on December 21, his car was left there with his wallet, his phone, everything inside and he was not there and that was a really scary day,” says Deborah. Since that day Deborah has been desperately searching for her son.  “I was waiting to wake up from the nightmare of the pandemic, and then this to happen to Dane, I was like are you kidding me, I want to wake up from this nightmare,” she says. She’s created an online community to help find…

Woman killed after jumper landed on her in San Diego ID’d

Authorities Monday publicly identified a 29-year-old woman who was killed over the weekend when an apparently suicidal man jumped from an East Village parking structure and landed on her. The unidentified man plunged from the ninth floor of the building and fell onto Taylor Kahle of San Diego as she was walking with a friend in the 1000 block of J Street shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office. Kahle died at the scene. The man who apparently had leaped off the structure was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Kahle’s companion was uninjured, police said.

Angels’ Shohei Ohtani becomes first pitcher since Babe Ruth to start game while leading MLB in homers

“Sultan of Swat,” meet “Sho Time.” On Monday, baseball’s Shohei Ohtani accomplished a feat not seen in nearly a century — taking the mound as his team’s starting pitcher while simultaneously leading the league in home runs. The last man staking a claim to such an effort? Herman “Babe” Ruth, on June 13, 1921.   What can’t he do? #CarryTheFreight pic.twitter.com/uNNaY1J8JO — Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) April 27, 2021   Ohtani, oh my!   When the Angels sent Ohtani to the bump to start the club’s game in Texas, he did so having hit seven home runs on the season, good for a tie with seven other players atop all of Major League Baseball. (Later Monday evening, the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins blasted a pair of long balls versus the Cardinals, giving him eight on the season and vaulting him into sole possession of the league lead.) Ohtani, who serves as Los Angeles’ designated hitter in games he does not pitch, tossed five innings versus the Rangers, striking out nine batters and allowing four earned runs en route to his first win of the year. At…

Second person wanted in connection to Palm Springs bail agent shooting

Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators are searching for 53-years-old Lisa Vargas, who is identified as helping 36-year-old Fabian Herrera in the shooting death of a man in Palm Springs. There is a warrant for her arrest, and anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is encouraged to contact law enforcement. A murder charge is expected to be filed Wednesday against Herrera who was arrested Friday and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of murder, where he remains held without bail. Fabian Hector Herrera, 36, was arrested Friday and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of murder, where he remains held without bail. Herrera is accused of fatally shooting 33-year-old David Spann at about 1:50 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 100 block of East Via Escuela, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Richard Carroll said that although Spann was wanted by a bail agency, there was no warrant for his arrest by law enforcement. Herrera, meanwhile, was “not property licensed” as a bail agent, and was also prohibited from possessing firearms due to his…

On-duty NYPD officer struck an killed by DUI driver with suspended license

A 43-year-old NYPD officer was struck and killed early Tuesday morning on the Long Island Expressway by an intoxicated driver who fled the scene and was later arrested, police officials said. Officer Anastasios Tsakos was on the LIE in Queens, New York, directing traffic and helping investigate another fatal crash that had occurred earlier on the road, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday during a news conference. Tsakos was diverting traffic off the highway when around 2 a.m., a Volkswagen driver veered and fatally struck the officer. Tsakos was taken to a hospital, but he died there from the injuries. “We stand here this morning reminded once again, in law enforcement, there is no such thing as a routine job,” Shea said. “We stand here devastated and trying to pick up the pieces of what is a shattered home and a shattered NYPD family.” Shea identified the driver as 32-year-old Jessica Beauvais of Hempstead, New York, who was intoxicated at the time of the crash and driving with a suspended license. Beauvais was arrested Tuesday and faces a slew of charges, including vehicular manslaughter, driving…

Murder Charge Expected For Bail Agent Accused in Palm Springs Shooting

A murder charge is expected to be filed Wednesday against a bail agent accused in the shooting death of a man armed with a knife inside a Palm Springs home. Fabian Hector Herrera, 36, was arrested Friday and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of murder, where he remains held without bail. Herrera fatally shot 33-year-old David Spann at about 1:50 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 100 block of East Via Escuela, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Richard Carroll said that although Spann was wanted by a bail agency, there was no warrant for his arrest by law enforcement. Herrera, meanwhile, was “not property licensed” as a bail agent, and was also prohibited from possessing firearms due to his criminal history, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were sent to the location regarding a panic alarm that was followed by a second call from the homeowner who said someone was trying to break into his residence. Moments later, a bail agent called police to let them know he was at the scene trying to arrest a fugitive…

258 New Coronavirus Cases, 4 New Deaths Monday in Riverside County

Riverside County health officials are reporting 258 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 4 additional deaths Tuesday bringing the countywide totals to 298,259 cases and 4,563 deaths. There are 26 new COVID19 cases and 1 new death in the Coachella Valley. This is the update for the Coachella Valley city-by-city: Desert Hot Springs: 4,211 (+5) cases, 72 deaths Cathedral City: 7,122 (+3)  cases, 110 (+1) deaths Palm Springs: 3,733 (+5) cases, 125 deaths Rancho Mirage: 1,099 (+1) cases, 49 deaths Palm Desert: 3,941 (+4) cases, 118 deaths Indian Wells: 194 (+1) cases, 6 deaths La Quinta: 3,417 (+3) cases, 61 deaths Indio: 12,273 (+4) cases, 223 deaths Coachella: 7,895 (+11) cases, 94 deaths Thousand Palms: 1,046 cases, 9 deaths Bermuda Dunes: 651 cases, 10 deaths Thermal: 469 cases, 9 deaths Mecca: 1,133 cases, 19 deaths North Shore: 358 cases, 1 death Oasis: 881 (-1) cases, 9  deaths Cabazon: 321 cases, 7 death Anza: 148 cases, 1 death There are 1,948 active cases of coronavirus. This number is derived from the total number of confirmed cases and the subtraction of the total number of recoveries and deaths.…

Suspect killed in deputy-involved shooting on I-10 identified

A 40-year-old man who authorities said charged at a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy with a tire iron on Interstate 10 near Whitewater and was fatally shot was identified Monday. Gabriel Munoz, Jr., a resident of Cathedral City, died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 8:45 a.m. on April 9 near Whitewater Canyon Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Lionel Murphy told reporters at the scene that a deputy responded to Whitewater Canyon Road on a report that a man was throwing rocks at vehicles and saw Munoz smashing the window of a parked car with a tire iron and other unspecified objects. READ MORE: Deputy-involved shooting halts I-10 traffic near Whitewater The deputy ordered Munoz to drop the tire iron, but he instead walked toward Interstate 10 and onto the freeway, Murphy said. The deputy drove his patrol vehicle onto Interstate 10, stopped traffic, and again ordered Munoz to drop the tire iron, but he instead charged at the deputy, wielding the tire iron, Murphy said. The deputy then fired an undisclosed number of shots at Munoz, striking him,…

Biden administration announces new operation to crack down on human smuggling

The Biden administration announced Tuesday an operation focused on disrupting transnational criminal organizations, including human smugglers who have facilitated the illegal crossings of migrants at the US-Mexico border. The administration has been up against human smugglers who in some cases have marketed their services on Facebook, a platform critics say has failed to uphold its content moderation commitments, and spread misinformation through word of mouth, encouraging migrants to journey north. “We will identify the smugglers and their associates and employ a series of targeted actions and sanctions against them. We will have a broad approach and a strong one. It will include every authority in our arsenal,” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters. That includes revocation of travel documents, suspension and debarment of trade entities, and freezing of banking and other financial assets tied to the networks. Earlier this year, the US launched a campaign abroad to dissuade migrants from taking the dangerous journey at the hands of smugglers, taking to social media and radio ads. Now, officials are ramping efforts by targeting smugglers. A number of federal agencies will be involved in the operation, from US Customs and…

All Desert Sands Unified School District students heading back to class four days per week

Following an emergency school board meeting Monday evening, the Desert Sands Unified School District unanimously approved to send all students within the district back to school four day per week. Students will return to the classroom with this new schedule on Monday, May 3. This has been a topic that’s divided parents and the the teachers union. Parents wanting students to return to school and teachers saying it’s too late in the school year for anymore changes. The last day of school for DSUSD is June 4. Last week the board voted to only bring back high school seniors, but many parents were frustrated and rallied against the decision. READ MORE: DSUSD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING, REVISITS PROPOSAL TO INCREASE IN-PERSON LEARNING DAYS

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