Bakersfield shooting leaves 6 dead

Bakersfield shooting leaves 6 dead

Rebecca Neipp

A shooting rampage that left six dead on Wednesday evening in Bakersfield sparked an outpouring of grief and shock from Kern County residents, as well as a sobering message from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. While he conceded that a murdering spree of this magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

Officer, neighbor save dog from fire

Officer, neighbor save dog from fire

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The black smoke from a Saturday house fire on took on a silver lining when a Ridgecrest Police Department Reserve Officer and a good neighbor rescued an unresponsive dog from the flames. While the mobile home was a . . . Read Full Story >>

Minor injuries from Wednesday traffic collision

Minor injuries from Wednesday traffic collision

Kern County Sheriff deputies attend the scene of an accident on Wednesday. Minor injuries were reported after a truck flipped on its side following a traffic collision on South Norma Street near Dewalt Avenue. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to pull occupants from . . . Read Full Story >>

Animal cruelty  charge reduced

Animal cruelty charge reduced

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After pleading no contest to one charge of animal cruelty earlier this month, 18-year-old Ridgecrest resident Jesse Ramon Jr. was sentenced to 24 days in jail, $365 in fees and fines and three years probation. Before his Aug. . . . Read Full Story >>

Kernville rangers announce winter hours

The Kernville Ranger Station will be switching over to winter hours starting Monday, Sept. 2, operating on weekdays from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. The Lake Isabella Visitor Information Office, currently open those same hours, will close for the winter on Friday, Oct. 12. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect facing  animal cruelty  charges

Suspect facing animal cruelty charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police officers arrested one suspect on animal cruelty charges after an anonymous pet owner provided surveillance video of the suspect, later identified as Jesse Ramon Jr., 18, “striking a dog several times and displaying obvious signs of . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in rollover

One injured in rollover

California Highway Patrol and Kern County Sheriff’s Office personnel survey the scene of an overturned Ford Expedition near Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Inyokern on Aug. 17. An occupant sustained minor injuries after colliding with a power pole in the single-vehicle accident and was transported . . . Read Full Story >>

Police recover $3K  in stolen property

Police recover $3K in stolen property

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department discovered more than $3,000 worth of stolen property on Tuesday, Aug. 14, after tracking an air-conditioning unit reportedly stolen from a home in the 400 block of West Upjohn Avenue. The investigation . . . Read Full Story >>

Officer Hallmark swears in

Officer Hallmark swears in

Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (right) welcomes Officer Erik Hallmark to the force. Hallmark was sworn in Monday in a ceremony that included his family, RPD and city officials. Hallmark graduated from Frazier Mountain High School in 2008 and completed the Kern County Sheriff’s Academy . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD investigates  local toddler death

RPD investigates local toddler death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is investigating the death of a young child last month. Aydan Whitehead McGowen, almost two years old, died in the hospital after being found unresponsive at his home. According to reports, officers responded to . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD seeks  parolee

RPD seeks parolee

The Ridgecrest Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating Hector Madueno, 37, for a felony probation warrant and a misdemeanor hit-and-run/driving under the influence warrant. According to the department, Madueno is on probation for prior evading-arrest charges and is out of compliance of . . . Read Full Story >>

Three injured in Sunday collision

Three injured in Sunday collision

Family members and first responders attend a traffic collision at Highway 14 and Athel Avenue on Sunday, July 22. According to reports, Liberty Ambulance transported three people to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Man pleads guilty to destruction at Devil’s Hole, Death Valley

An Indian Springs, Nev., man who rammed his all-terrain vehicle into a gate securing the Devil’s Hole area, destroyed a surveillance camera and equipment and harmed endangered pupfish pleaded guilty this week in federal court, announced U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson for the District of Nevada . . . Read Full Story >>

Rangers raid Death Valley pot farm

Rangers raid Death Valley pot farm

Pictured: Shown are a few of the more than 4,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally in Death Valley National Park. — Courtesy photo ------ National Park Service rangers recently raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in Death Valley National Park. Hikers encountered three men installing . . . Read Full Story >>

Office fire under investigation

Office fire under investigation

KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT — July 1, approximately 7:38pm the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a commercial office building on fire in the 300 block of East Ridgecrest Boulevard. The first arriving engine company was faced with a 15,000 sq ft two . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

Chandra Stevens (center) recovers from her gunshot wound in the hospital while daughters Angie (left), Brook Ann (standing) and sister Jolene Bivins visit. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A shooting at Triple T’s Tavern (formerly Tommy T’s) last weekend . . . Read Full Story >>

Search  continues for  Mather Bros.  burglar

Search continues for Mather Bros. burglar

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department released a second surveillance video last week showing the vehicle believed to be used in the May 26 burglary of Mather Bros, Inc., on South Downs Street. The department is requesting the public’s help . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in Sydney  Peak burglary

Two arrested in Sydney Peak burglary

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During a multiagency post release community Ssupervision check on June 2 (see related story, this issue), detectives of the Ridgecrest Police Department discovered items and equipment “similar to those possessed at Sydney Peak Stone quarry” in the apartment . . . Read Full Story >>

Small fire temporary closes Ridgecrest Blvd.

Small fire temporary closes Ridgecrest Blvd.

Kern County firefighters respond to a small fire at the Flower Shoppe on West Ridgecrest Boulevard Wednesday afternoon. First responders had a stretch of the road blocked off while firefighters extinguished the flames with an air-pressurized water extinguisher. According to KCFD Capt. Tom Nicoll, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Two collisions this week

Two collisions this week

Two vehicles sustain significant damage following a traffic collision at the corner of North China Lake Boulevard and French Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Liberty Ambulance transported the injured drivers to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. On Wednesday evening, another collision occurred where U.S. Highway 395 intersects South . . . Read Full Story >>