Suspects charged with arson

Two Ridgecrest residents were arrested last week on charges relating to arson. In the evening of July 16, the Ridgecrest Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls regarding suspects in a vehicle shooting fireworks into the yards of local residents. Officers located the suspects, identified as . . . Read Full Story >>

Spots still remain for Citizens’ Academy

Interested in learning more about the Ridgecrest Police Department? The department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizens’ Police Academy. “The Citizens’ Academy has been going on for many years at law enforcement agencies across the county,” said RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, who added . . . Read Full Story >>

Stabbing leads to charge of attempted murder

A 48-year-old Ridgecrest man is being held on charges relating to attempted murder after Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested him on July 8. According to RPD reports, Shamika Jones flagged down an officer on North China Lake Boulevard, near the Coso Avenue intersection, and reported . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Kumar accused of taking illegal kickbacks

At press time, the News Review learned that Dr. Kain Kumar, an Encino-based physician who operated clinics in Ridgecrest and other high-desert locations, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and indicted on charges relating to his receiving illegal healthcare kickbacks. Previously published reports . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in attempted  murder

Two arrested in attempted murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested two suspects on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime on Saturday, June 18. Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a fight with reported shots fired in the . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD says farewell to Homer

RPD says farewell to Homer

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Communicator, lifeline, caring, honorable, calm under pressure, strong, unsung hero, dedicated, skilled, compassionate and service to others. Those are the terms that Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Ryan Marrone used to depict RPD Dispatcher Sharon Homer, who retired from . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces Citizen’s Police Academy

Interested in learning more about the Ridgecrest Police Department? The department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizen’s Police Academy. “The Citizen’s Academy has been going on for many years at law enforcement agencies across the county,” said RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, who added . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims vacant mobile

Fire claims vacant mobile

A fire claimed a vacant mobile home in the 800 block of West Ward Avenue Wednesday afternoon. The mobile home was fully engulfed and was threatening surrounding structures when Kern County firefighters arrived. KCFD was able to prevent the flames from damaging surrounding homes. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Local resident airlifted after rollover on 178

Local resident airlifted after rollover on 178

Kern County firefighters and a Liberty Ambulance medic remove an injured victim from her vehicle after she rolled it near the intersection of Highway 178 and Randsburg Wash Road on June 6. The motorist, Kristina Ruiz, 49, of Ridgecrest was reportedly heading east on 178 . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD  welcomes  two new  officers

RPD welcomes two new officers

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment has two new sworn officers as of Monday, June 6. Officer Roberto Ramos was sworn in Wednesday, June 1, and Officer Briana Stangle the following Monday. Ramos was born in Bronx, N.Y., where he went to high school. In 2013 he . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI patrol, checkpoint June 10

The Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI-Drivers License Checkpoint tonight, June 6, from 7-11 p.m. at an undisclosed location within city limits. RPD’s DUI Enforcement Team will also be deployed to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers between the hours of . . . Read Full Story >>

French St. fire under investigation

French St. fire under investigation

A Kern County firefighter surveys the aftermath of an extinguished house fire this weekend on French Street. According to a KCFD spokesperson, the Ridgecrest Police Department responded and evacuated the lone homeowner. Engines 73, 74, 75 and 77 worked to control the flames. The homeowner . . . Read Full Story >>

2 displaced following residential fire

2 displaced following residential fire

Kern County firefighters regroup after extinguishing a house fire on Jessica Street last Thursday, May 19. According to Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Capt. Tyler Townsend, the fire was mainly contained to the garage with minor extension into the main structure. An unnamed . . . Read Full Story >>

PD gives public an inside look

PD gives public an inside look

A California City K-9 unit officer demonstrates police dog tactics with Ridgecrest Police Department Officer Timothy Plunkett (in the protective suit) during the department’s Open House earlier this month. Members of the public were given various demos and tours of the department and were able . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint, patrol are today

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint today, May 20, from 7-11 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the city limits. RPD’s DUI Enforcement Team will also be deployed to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in the department’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Salute to our local police force

Salute to our local police force

Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Nathan Lloyd and Officers Patrick Harlow, Matthew Rowland and Larissa McCament were among the attendees at Wednesday’s meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council in observance of National Police Week, May 15-21. “It is important that all citizens know and understand the . . . Read Full Story >>

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Nearly a dozen law enforcement officers responded to Starbucks on China Lake Boulevard Friday morning, April 15…for their “Coffee With a Cop” community event. Conversations ranging from the controversial jail closure to the day’s weather could be overheard . . . Read Full Story >>

Gas leak causes explosion, fire

Gas leak causes explosion, fire

The Kern County Fire Department responds to a structure fire in the 200 block of Cisco Street at 3 a.m. Thursday. A caller reported hearing an explosion and seeing a fire near the rear of a nearby apartment unit. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a fire . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint planned

The Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Friday, April 22, at an undisclosed location from 7-11 p.m. DUI saturation patrols will continue until 3 a.m. Saturday in areas with high frequencies of DUI incidents. RPD’s DUI Enforcement Team . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD Open house is May 5

RPD Open house is May 5

Det. Kenny Merzlak assists young residents with the finger-printing process at a previous open house at Ridgecrest Police Department. The local PD will once again offer an inside look at the station on May 5 at 6 p.m. The event will include firearms displays, taser . . . Read Full Story >>