Ridgecrest male victim of fatal shooting

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer On the morning of January 17, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Ridge Unit deputies of the Kern County Sheriff Office (KCSO), Kern County Fire Department and Liberty ambulance responded to the 4500 block of Drummond Avenue in Ridgecrest for . . . Read Full Story >>

Vehicles collide on SR - 178 East on Monday

Vehicles collide on SR - 178 East on Monday

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer On Monday, January 18, at approximately 6:10 AM, California Highway Patrol Mojave area officers and Kern County Fire Department Stations 73, 74 and 77 responded to a collision on State Route (SR) - 178, near Jacks Ranch Road. . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO Inmate Visitation Suspended

Kern County Sheriff’s Office Effective January 15, 2022, all public inmate visitation at the Central Receiving Facility, Lerdo Pretrial Facility, and Lerdo Justice Facility will be temporarily suspended. This is in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases within our community and our need to . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff’s office requests public assistance

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office – remains committed to serving the community during this pandemic. We are asking for the public’s assistance in limiting unnecessary in-person contact and ensuring deputies are available to respond to in-progress and life-threatening calls for service. Reporting parties are asked . . . Read Full Story >>

KCFD knocks down garage fire

KCFD knocks down garage fire

Laura Austin Photo: A large column of smoke could be seen Monday morning as Ridgecrest Police Department and Kern County Fire Department engines 73, 74, 77, and 75 were dispatched at 8:17am to reports of a garage fire in the 500 block of Sahara Street . . . Read Full Story >>

Dirt biker perishes in accident

Dirt biker perishes in accident

Laura Austin Photo: Tragedy and loss strikes again on Brady Street when Gregory Robert Allen, 59, of Ridgecrest, was killed by being struck by a sports utility vehicle while he was riding his dirt bike. The incident took place at the intersection of Brady Street . . . Read Full Story >>

RC Man escapes death as truck crashes into his home

RC Man escapes death as truck crashes into his home

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Dept., Kern County Fire Dept., and Liberty Ambulance responded to an accident at 9:30 am Monday morning. The driver of a white Ford pickup was traveling east bound on West Ridgecrest Blvd. when he apparently lost . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD responds to collision

RPD responds to collision

Laura Austin Photo: Ridgecrest Police Department officers responded to a non-injury traffic collision at 3:pm Friday, December 3rd. Three juveniles occupying a blue Ford Fiesta were traveling North bound on N Norma St, when their vehicle struck a brick fence. The driver, allegedly traveling at . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested could face attempted murder charge

Man arrested could face attempted murder charge

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer A 63-year-old man was arrested after he fired at two teenagers who were throwing water balloons at his vehicle. The man was asleep in his pickup in Ridgecrest when the teens, aged 18 and 17, drove by and . . . Read Full Story >>

Second man killed in plane crash identified

Second man killed in plane crash identified

By LAURA Austin News Review Staff Writer The identity of the second man killed in the fatal aircraft crash has now been identified by the National Transportation Safety Board/Federal Aviation Administration as 31 year old David Joseph Moynihan of San Diego. Kern County Sheriff and . . . Read Full Story >>

Officer Tanner Speers receives Life Saving Award

Officer Tanner Speers receives Life Saving Award

By LAURA QUEZADA News Review Staff Writer At the Ridgecrest City Council meeting on October 20, Officer Tanner Speers received A Life Saving Award for his heroic actions in saving a woman’s life. On September 16, 2021, he was dispatched to answer a call regarding . . . Read Full Story >>

Help find Emmeline, missing since July

Help find Emmeline, missing since July

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) – needs the public’s help finding Emmeline Foley. She was 17 when she was last seen on July 21, 2021 in Yucaipa, California, and she recently turned 18 on Oct. 7. She is a biracial female . . . Read Full Story >>

KCFD and RPD extinguish house fire

KCFD and RPD extinguish house fire

Laura Austin photo: At approximately 9:50am Wednesday morning, Ridgecrest Police Department and Kern County Fire Department responded to reports of a fire in the 1900 block of South Sunland Street Ridgecrest. The officers sprang into action and quickly using shovels, buckets of water and dirt . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO awarded grant from Dept. of ABC

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office – has been awarded a $97,500 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to battle alcohol-related harm in the community. The grant is one of nearly 50 awarded in California to local law enforcement agencies through ABC’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Kern County Sheriff’s Office On September 18, 2021 at approximately 1:10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Ridgecrest Substation were dispatched to the Inyokern Airport for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded and discovered the suspect had . . . Read Full Story >>

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

The Windy Fire, that started on September 9th on the Tule River Indian Reservation, has burned over 88,068 acres. As of September 30 the fire had 35% containment and utilized 2,498 personnel, including 68 hand crews, 148 engines, 16 helicopters, 32 dozers, and 12 water . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

An accumulation of heavy smoke from the Windy Fire, and the small Freeman Fire, made for limited visibility and potential health hazards for residents of the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding areas. At 6:30pm Saturday, Kern Co. and BLM Fire Departments responded to a brush . . . Read Full Story >>

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Laura Austin Photo: On September 4, 2021 at approximately 3:20PM California Highway Patrol, Mojave Area officers responded to a traffic collision on SR-14 near Last Chance Canyon Road. A Yamaha Raptor was being driven westbound on Last Chance Road and a Toyota Tundra was being . . . Read Full Story >>

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

The French Fire started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, has now burned 25,782 acres with 43 percent containment. A National Incident Management Team (NIMO) is managing the fire, integrated with California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, and coordinating closely . . . Read Full Story >>

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

By Christina MacGregor News Review Staff Writer Lorrie Steely came with a mission to the Public Lands Roundtable meeting on Saturday morning, August 21st. She was one of the first individuals on the agenda and had an active audience from those sitting at the meeting . . . Read Full Story >>