Robbery caught on tape

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a robbery last week. Multiple views of surveillance footage are available for review on The News Review’s Facebook page. Sunday night, around 9:45 p.m. a . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Coffee with a Cop’ tomorrow

The Ridgecrest Police Department will be hosting “Coffee with a Cop” at Starbucks Friday, April 24 from 10-11 a.m. The public is invited to attend and ask questions, voice concerns or just say “hello.” “Stop by and have a cup of coffee and get to . . . Read Full Story >>

Local biker injured in crash

By LIDDY BUTLER News Review Correspondent A local motorcyclist was seriously injured in a traffic collision on Saturday, April 11, near the intersection of Las Flores Avenue and Sanders Street. According to reports by the Ridgecrest Police Department, 29-year-old Christopher Lee Glenn of Ridgecrest, riding . . . Read Full Story >>

Downed power lines last weekend

Downed power lines last weekend

Authorities from the Ridgecrest Police and Kern County Fire Department manage the scene where a forklift accidentally pulls down a power cable on Mayo Street Friday, April 10. The hot power lines reportedly forced several residents from their homes until power lines were secure. Authorities . . . Read Full Story >>

Juvenile starts apartment fire

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County Fire Department crews responded to a fire at Ridgecrest Apartments, 831 N. Norma St. on Sunday morning, March 29 shortly after 8 a.m. By the time crews arrived, the fire was determined to be out. KCFD . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims home, life

Fire claims home, life

A woman gathers what belongings she can after a fire displaced a woman and two children, while claiming the life of Anthony Cooper, 56 on Thursday morning. Around 5 a.m., Kern County Fire Department and other authorities responded to a structure fire in the 200 . . . Read Full Story >>

Four arrests made Friday during DUI checkpoint, patrol

Four arrests made Friday during DUI checkpoint, patrol

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department check for drunk drivers at around 9 p.m. during their DUI checkpoint Friday night, April 3. One arrest was made at the checkpoint on South Downs Street and three more arrests were made by the saturation patrol. -- Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Twenty-two arrested in probation sweep

During an AB109 Parole/ Probation Compliance Check conducted by law-enforcement agencies Thursday, April 2, 22 violators were arrested, according to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department. Around 40 officers from Ridge-crest, Arvin, Delano, Taft, Shafter, Bakersfield and McFarland Police Departments as well as the . . . Read Full Story >>

Law enforcement authorities honored

Law enforcement authorities honored

Kern County Deputy District Attorney Melissa Allen, California Highway Patrol Officer Jarrett Burke, Kern County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Tjahjadi, China Lake Police Department Sgt. Christopher Potten and Ridgecrest Police Department Officer Larissa McCament are awarded in recognition of outstanding service to law enforcement in the . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD welcomes newest officer

RPD welcomes newest officer

Michael Compito is sworn in by City Clerk Rachel Ford as the newest officer of the Ridgecrest Police Department. Compito was born in Brooklyn, New York and served as an Aviation Ordnanceman in the U.S. Navy for five years. He graduated from the Kern County . . . Read Full Story >>

Rolled vehicle on 178, no injuries

Rolled vehicle on 178, no injuries

California Highway Patrol officers see to the driver of a Ford Focus after he rolled his vehicle Friday morning, March 20. The driver, a 25-year-old Inyokern man, sustained no injuries. According to the CHP, the car rolled several times after the driver overcorrected while driving . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern home succumbs to flames

Multiple engine companies from the Kern County Fire Department responded to a “three-alarm” structure fire early Tuesday morning, March 24, according to reports. The structure, a home on the 3600 block of W. Graaf Avenue, was lost, but mopup crews found no evidence of casualties. . . . Read Full Story >>

Man found dead at cement plant

Man found dead at cement plant

Emergency service personnel and law enforcement officials respond to the scene of a fatality at American Ready Mix, Inc., on Graaf Avenue, Thursday, March 21. The body of 51-year-old Ronnie Ladd was discovered under a concrete mixer. He was pronounced dead on arrival. For information . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV jail to stay open — for now

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After announcing a controversial proposal last month to close the Ridgecrest Jail, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says that he has found a way to keep it open — for now. The tactic was suggested as part of . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD’s OHV grant up for review

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced that its preliminary off-highway vehicle grant is up for public review. RPD submitted a preliminary application for funding to the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Grant Program for the 2015 project year. “This period provides an opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested for drug possession

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Michael Embree, 25, and Brian Hehr, 22, were arrested Feb. 2 for drug possession during a probation search conducted by the Ridgecrest Police Department. According to reports, RPD officers Shane Joseph, John Bishop and Eric Clinton searched a . . . Read Full Story >>

Man killed in Poison Canyon crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in Poison Canyon driving to Trona from Ridgecrest, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Although the name was not released, the family has confirmed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest jail in jeopardy

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County Board of Supervisors and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood agreed to table adoption of midyear budget reductions — which currently propose to close the Ridgecrest holding facility for local prisoners — until next week’s board meeting. While county officials weigh how to . . . Read Full Story >>

FD contains brush fire on college hill

FD contains brush fire on college hill

A firefighter puts out the remnants of a brush fire in College Heights Thursday morning. Kern County Fire Department responded to call from a passerby at 11 a.m. and found approximately a tenth of an acre burning. According to reports, an 11-year-old boy had attempted . . . Read Full Story >>

Five arrested in probation sweep

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted an AB30 Frontline Parole/ Probation Sweep of subjects in Ridgecrest. Sgt. Tony Brown; Detectives Kenny Merzlak, Aaron Tucker, Tom Dilley and Kyle Cushman; and Officers Larissa McCament, Nathan Lloyd, . . . Read Full Story >>