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3 Auction planned 4 Task Force arrests 6 Editorial 7 Letters to Editor 11 Yorkies on bikes 15 Adventures w/Rocks 16 Salome High updates 17 Traveling with Gypsy Jane 18 Puzzles 19 AA meetings 19 Arrest Report 19 In Memorium 20 Churches 22 Astrology 22 Paul Winer Comic 23 Classifi eds WHAT'S INSIDE www.DesertMessenger.com • "Quartzsite's FREE Community Paper" • 928-916-4235 Wednesday, MAY 20 TH , 2015 VOL. 11 # 216 N�� �� ��� 11 t h YEAR! N�� �� ��� N�� �� ��� 11 Alwa y s FREE! WE NOW ACCEPT 2 arrested in drive-by shooting SEE LONDON PAGE 10 Mr. London goes to London By Shanana Rain BearCat Quartzsite- AZ- In the quiet town of Quartzsite a drive- by shooting took place Saturday, May 16th. Evidently it was a targeted shooting, not a random act of violence. A family member of the victim said there was a planned one-on-one fi ght planned, but the victim backed out. Quartzsite Police Department has arrested the alleged shooter and a female. The following is the press release issued Monday morning. "On Saturday, May 16, 2015, at approximately 4:16 PM, Quartzsite Police Department (QPD) was called to the scene of a shooting at the intersection of Palo Verde and Main Street in the Town of Quartzsite, Arizona. This information was provided to the QPD from the La Paz County Sheriff's Offi ce dispatcher from a 911 caller. QPD Offi cer Conley and Sergeant Frausto ar- rived on scene and observed numerous individuals and a Hispanic male, later identifi ed as Roberto Chavez, Jr., bleeding with a single gun shoot wound to the upper arm and back area. The Quartzsite Fire Department was dispatched to the scene where the shooting victim was airlifted to West Valley Hospital in Phoenix with serious injuries. A short time later, QPD located the described R��� R����� ������ ������ shooter's vehicle at 621 Spring Street in Quartzsite. Chief Renfro called and assigned case Detective Mike Lancaster to the West Valley Hospital to interview and obtain his medical condition. The Quartzsite Police Department has spent hours processing the vehicle and scene by gathering evidence and witness statements. QPD worked late into the night attempting to locate the shooting suspect(s). SEE SHOOTING PAGE 10 ������ | S������ �� ��� M�������� By Joanne Winer Elmer London, longtime resident of Quartzite, was surprised when he got word that he was invited to go to London, England for a very special celebration of the veterans from WWII who served in Eng- land. On May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies, and this was the 70th year since that day. Elmer was one of many veterans from all around the world who came to England to join in the commemoration of this day of Victory in Europe (VE). His grandson Matt, who now resides in London, England, went with Elmer to the events as an escort, and their days were fi lled with all kinds of exciting things. ����� | M��� L�����