Suspect caught evading arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers apprehended a suspect Monday for reportedly evading arrest after they attempted to stop him for riding an off-highway vehicle on city streets. Detective Kyle Cushman tried to contact suspect Paul Duff at about 1 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is May 25

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday, May 25, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the unincorporated area of Kern County. The checkpoint will be staffed by officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. . . . Read Full Story >>

Police recover  stolen vehicle,  arrest suspect

Police recover stolen vehicle, arrest suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers arrested a suspected car thief and recovered a Mazda hatchback reported stolen on Monday, May 7. According to an RPD press release, officers located the vehicle Monday and recognized the driver as Tommy Sigala, 23. . . . Read Full Story >>

Three arrested  in drug bust

Three arrested in drug bust

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested three suspects in a drug bust following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, where they recovered more than 200 grams of methempetamine, 10 grams of heroin and other drug paraphernalia. According . . . Read Full Story >>

Local woman arrested in Fresno bust

Local woman arrested in Fresno bust

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Fresno Police Department arrested four suspects, including one woman from Ridgecrest, on Saturday, April 21, following a drug bust. According to reports, Silvia Ochoa, 39, had her five children in the vehicle with her, along . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD catches up with suspect

RPD catches up with suspect

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Inyokern resident Gerald Lee Field, 56, was arrested in Trona on April 20 after being on the run from law enforcement since February. According to a report from the Ridgecrest Police Department, Field was detained along with several . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest stabbing suspect

Police arrest stabbing suspect

Ridgecrest Police officers call residents out of their home after responding to a stabbing in the 300 block of Robalo Street on Wednesday afternoon. After clearing the apartment and securing the crime scene, officers located and arrested suspect Alexis Meza one block over. The case . . . Read Full Story >>

ABC training offered this month

Ridgecrest Police Department will host a training session from Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for licensees and their employees on Thursday, April 19, from 6-10 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. Training will be provided on such topics as identification procedures, alcohol laws and regulations, . . . Read Full Story >>

Recent Highway 395 deaths spark petition

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A petition to widen California Highway 395 is circulating on the web, sparked by the most recent deaths of two Ridgecrest residents after a head-on collision Thursday, March 29, just outside of Randsburg. According to a press release . . . Read Full Story >>

DA will not seek charges in Mallett homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer No criminal charges will be filed against Richard White for the death of Malik Mallett, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green announced Thursday. Reese and Miriam Hogg, Mallett’s parents, have been pressing county officials for answers about the . . . Read Full Story >>

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

From left, Officer Cary Dabbs from California Highway Patrol, Senior Deputy Johnny Frisbee from Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Justin Michael McAllister from China Lake Police Department, Sgt. Bill Groves from Ridgecrest PD and Jason Woods from Bureau of Land Management are recognized for their . . . Read Full Story >>

First responders address two fires this week

First responders address two fires this week

Ridgecrest Police Department officers stand by as a Kern County firefighter battles the blaze that consumed a home in the 700 block of West Reeves Avenue early Friday morning, March 23. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments also responded to a fire in the . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD implements online alerts

RPD implements online alerts

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — The RPD has partnered with Nixle to implement its Community Notification System to alert residents in real time for localized emergency situations and relevant community advisories. Residents have several simple ways to register: 1. Text RIDGECRESTPD to 888777 from your mobile . . . Read Full Story >>

Three arrested for drugs, theft

Three arrested for drugs, theft

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After responding to a reported theft at Stater Brothers grocery store, Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested three suspects on Tuesday, March 27 for shoplifting and drug-related charges. Officers responded to Stater Brothers at 4:15 p.m. when they learned . . . Read Full Story >>

Gillett sworn in as newest officer

Gillett sworn in as newest officer

Cheryl Gillett pins a Ridgecrest Police Department shield on her husband John, the RPD’s newest officer. A Navy veteran, Gillett was a master at arms and K-9 handler with the Military Police. He also comes to Ridgecrest with more than six years of law enforcement . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest man killed in motorcycle crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest man was killed in an off-roading accident on Sunday, March 18. After sustaining major injuries, Troy C. Polton, 44, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital at 6:46 p.m. California Highway . . . Read Full Story >>

Two hospitalized in collision

Two hospitalized in collision

Two were transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries on Tuesday around 5 p.m. after their vehicle was struck by a semi near the intersection of Highway 395 and South Brown Road. According to authorities, the semi was traveling northbound on 395 when the white . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern man killed in rollover

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California Highway Patrol responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Monday, March 12, near the intersections of Charles Street and Drummond Avenue in Inyokern. The driver, Richard K. Witwer, 55, of Inyokern was pronounced dead on the scene. According . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Armed and  dangerous’ man apprehended

‘Armed and dangerous’ man apprehended

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After almost two weeks of investigating, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a Ridgecrest man suspected of two separate armed robberies in February and early March. Suspect James Franklin Lizama, 46, was arrested Monday, March 12, in . . . Read Full Story >>

Tuesday fire claims home

Tuesday fire claims home

First responders attempt to put out a mobile home blaze on Tuesday afternoon at Town and Country Mobile Home Park. The structure was fully engulfed by the time Kern County Firefighters arrived and the home was a total loss. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>