Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Over the course of several months, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 15 suspects in an undercover operation targeting online child predators. Among the suspects, ages 21-54, were California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims residential outbuildings

Fire claims residential outbuildings

Kern County Firefighters responded to a fire in the 1100 block of West Iowa Avenue Wednesday, just before 5 p.m. According to reports, two sheds in the backyard of a residence were in flames when emergency personnel arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it spread . . . Read Full Story >>

"Nadeau Fire" growth slows

"Nadeau Fire" growth slows

Flames were visible Wednesday evening over the ridges somewhere on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, about 30 miles North-Northeast of Ridgecrest near Parrot Point according to fireweatheravalanche.org. As of Sunday afternoon, the fire (dubbed the "Nadeau Fire") was 75-percent contained with minimal potential for . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in 395 head-on collision

One killed in 395 head-on collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A collision on US Highway 395 early Thursday morning left one dead and another injured according to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave office. The accident occurred around 2:10 a.m. just south of the South China . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder victim identified

Murder victim identified

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire June 30 in the 500 block of Cottonwood Drive, where they recovered the body of Vickie Lynne Ryno-Smith, 54, identified earlier this month by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. After investigations . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD awarded Alcoholic  Beverage Control grant

RPD awarded Alcoholic Beverage Control grant

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced recently that it received a $25,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to curb underage drinking. “Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age can lead to crimes such as driving under the influence, . . . Read Full Story >>

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

For several weeks Kern County has seen an increase in illegal firework activity similar to that being seen across the Nation. During this time the Kern County Fire Department has continued to fully staff its fire stations and prioritize emergency activity. In anticipation of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder, arson suspect arrested

Murder, arson suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire Tuesday morning in the 500 block of Cottonwood Avenue – a scene that was later determined to be one of suspected arson and murder. Personnel from the Kern County Fire and . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in Hwy 395 collision

No injuries in Hwy 395 collision

The driver of a Kenworth big rig reportedly broadsided a GMC 3500 truck towing a horse trailer on Highway 395 Sunday. The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported. California Highway Patrol had no other information at press time. — Photo by . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Your actions save lives’

‘Your actions save lives’

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, the Ridgecrest Police Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe over Independence Day weekend by not driving impaired. Many Fourth of July events and shows have been canceled due to the . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Distracted driving’ patrol Tuesday

‘Distracted driving’ patrol Tuesday

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — Distracted driving is a dangerous and illegal behavior that the Ridgecrest Police Department is working to deter. On Tuesday, June 30, officers will focus their efforts on drivers that are talking, texting, using an app or taking any other action on . . . Read Full Story >>

Two hospitalized in head-on

Two hospitalized in head-on

Two Ridgecrest residents were transported for injuries early Saturday morning following a head-on collision on North Brown Road, just south of the US Highway 395 overpass. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the collision occurred just before 2 a.m. Fred martin, the driver . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested in ‘slap tagging’

Suspect arrested in ‘slap tagging’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a local resident suspected of “slap tagging” – a form of graffiti vandalism – locations throughout Ridgecrest. As a large amount of graffiti began cropping up over the weekend (see related . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen arrested for robbery, assault

Teen arrested for robbery, assault

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested one suspect after responding to the robbery of a cab driver in the 200 block of South Sunset Street on Sunday, May 24. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers arrived on the . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in town-house collision

One injured in town-house collision

Two vehicles ended up crashed into a townhouse after a collision on East Upjohn Avenue Wednesday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the driver of a Nissan Armada (left) fell asleep at the wheel and struck a Toyota Tacoma that was parked on the street. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest suspect afer shots fired

Police arrest suspect afer shots fired

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect after responding to a report of shots fired on Thursday, May 7. After numerous 911 calls, officers responded to the 200 block of East La Mirage Lane where they arrested James . . . Read Full Story >>

Police capture man suspected of attempted murder

Police capture man suspected of attempted murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a four-day search, Ridgecrest Police Department officers caught up to a Ridgecrest man suspected of firing shots into a house in the 800 block of West Moyer Avenue on Friday, April 24. According to an RPD press . . . Read Full Story >>

Police dept. enforces gov’s closure order

Police dept. enforces gov’s closure order

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As businesses enter the fifth week of closures to help contain COVID-19 outbreaks, Ridgecrest Police Department is following up on complaints to the Kern County Public Health Department of violations to the mandate. On March 20, Gov. Gavin Newsom directed Californians to stay at home . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley vandal identifies himself, apologizes

Death Valley vandal identifies himself, apologizes

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Rangers announced April 20 that a man has confessed to marking multiple sites in Death Valley National Park with graffiti. Charges are pending. Graffiti that included “Steve & Lacy” was found on rocks, a well, and historic structures in Echo Canyon, . . . Read Full Story >>

R/C Cafe busted again for gambling

R/C Cafe busted again for gambling

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Seized 14 illegal computer gambling consoles and more than $5,600 in cash Sunday, April 12, after conducting a follow-up investigation of a suspected internet casino in the 4000 block of West . . . Read Full Story >>