Suspect panics, gets arrested

Linda Saholt

When a local man ran a stop sign April 7 in front of Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Justin Dampier’s patrol vehicle, he got Dampier’s attention. When the man ran a second stop sign, the chase was on. The suspect then began speeding through a residential . . . Read Full Story >>

Chamber warns of phone scam

Some members of the Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce are receiving scam phone calls from someone claiming to be from PG&E, telling members their gas service is about to be shut off for nonpayment, according to Chamber CEO Nathan Ahle. “When pressed, the caller will say . . . Read Full Story >>

Police and EMTs respond to collision

Police and EMTs respond to collision

Police and EMTs respond to the scene of a collision March 22 at the corner of South Downs Street and West Bowman Road. Despite the overturned vehicle, no injuries were reported. According to Ridgecrest Police Department records, the overturned vehicle was driven by Ashley Sherrick, . . . Read Full Story >>

New officer welcomed to RPD

New officer welcomed to RPD

Left, Officer Larissa McCament is welcomed by Chief Ron Strand as Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment’s newest officer. Born in Hemet, McCament has had an interest in law enforcement started she was a child and her dad had friendships with police officers. She graduated from the Kern . . . Read Full Story >>

Police catch suspected robber

On Feb. 26 Ridgecrest Police Officers Groves and Cushman located a stolen vehicle in the 1400 block of West Iowa Avenue, canvassed the surrounding area and located Stephen Michael Hodges, 34, in an abandoned trailer behind a residence in the area. Hodges was wanted for . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Not Here, Not in Our Town’ tackles meth abuse

By JESSICA WESTON News Review Correspondent “Nearly 40 percent of all felony prosecutions in Kern County involve methamphetamine. “Nearly one in three people who go to the Emergency Room at Kern Medical Center have used meth at least once in their life. “About half the . . . Read Full Story >>

DEF shooter facing sanity hearing

David Carl Park, 53, is facing a hearing to determine his mental competence to stand trial on Mar. 11 in Ridgecrest’s East Division Court. Park was arrested Feb. 6 following a shooting spree at Desert Empire Fairground’s RV Park area. Park has been charged with . . . Read Full Story >>

PD seeking Hodges

PD seeking Hodges

The Ridgecrest Police Department is seeking this man, Stephen Michael Hodges, age 34. On Feb. 23, RCPD officers were dispatched to a residence in Ridgecrest regarding a serious crime that occurred. As the details of the crime were developing, Hodges, born Jan. 28, 1980, was . . . Read Full Story >>

Casa K-9 case concludes

Linda Saholt

Helen Jackson, 84, owner of Casa K-9 on West Ridgecrest Boulevard, has accepted a plea bargain from the District Attorney’s office. Jackson, who pleaded nolo contendere (no contest) to one count, was arrested last fall on four felony counts of cruelty to animals. The other . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic Collision

Traffic Collision

A severed wheel gives silent testimony to the force of impact in a two-vehicle traffic collision at 6:10 p.m. Sunday night at the intersection of North Norma Street and West Inyokern Road. According to Brett Grassi, public information officer for Kern County Fire Department, one . . . Read Full Story >>

Gunshots at DEF  lead to arrest

Gunshots at DEF lead to arrest

By JAMES SIMMONS, News Review Correspondent A recently arrived resident of the RV Park at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds suddenly erupted with a barrage of gunfire last Thursday, Feb. 6, indiscriminately firing some 40 rounds from a rifle and as many as three handguns. Several . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint planned

Submitted by the Ridgecrest Police Department The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Feb. 14, at an undisclosed location in city limits between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing . . . Read Full Story >>

R/C Police recover stolen vehicle

R/C Police recover stolen vehicle

Linda Saholt

A stolen vehicle report was filed with the Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment on Jan. 31 at 8:08 a.m. Officers went to the residence in the 700 block of West Sydnor Avenue, where the alleged victims said that their 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse had been stolen between 6 . . . Read Full Story >>

Local man arrested for having a destructive device

Local man arrested for having a destructive device Ridgecrest Police arrested Zachary Mitchell Biddlingmeier, 28, on Jan. 10 just before noon on North Balsam Street on a warrant. He has been charged with one felony count of possession of a destructive device. His bail was . . . Read Full Story >>

Police DUI team to deploy Jan. 10

Ridgecrest Police Department will deploy the DUI Enforcement Team on Friday, Jan. 10, between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The action is part of an ongoing campaign to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers. . . . Read Full Story >>

Pair arrested for suspected drugs

A driver and passenger were arrested on suspicion of drug possession during a routine traffic stop on Dec. 26. When Ridgecrest Police Officer Cushman discovered that the driver was unlicensed and on probation, he called Officers Groves and Clinton for backup. The driver was identified . . . Read Full Story >>

Truck theft stopped in progress

A truck was reported stolen from the parking lot at Guns4US on Sunday morning just after 11 a.m. The truck was described as being a Ford Ranger maroon flatbed pickup with chrome wheels. The keys were left in the vehicle. Ridgecrest Police Officer Tom Dilley . . . Read Full Story >>

Home invasion reported Dec. 6

An elderly woman called 911 when she arrived home at about 9:40 p.m. on Dec. 6 to find that two unknown subjects had been inside her residence and fled out the back door when she entered. A juvenile who had been at home at the . . . Read Full Story >>

Holiday safety tips

The holiday shopping season is here, and along with the excitement and anticipation of spending time with family and friends comes an increase in crime, including an increase in thefts. Whether shopping in stores or online, citizens need to take extra precautions during the holidays . . . Read Full Story >>

Second suspect arrested for July shooting

William Lofton, 53, was arrested Dec. 4 in connection with a shooting incident that happened in Ridgecrest back in July. One man, Daniel Olivas, 31, was arrested Aug. 13 in connection with this same event and has been held at the Kern County Jail ever . . . Read Full Story >>