None harmed in Langley Ave. fire

None harmed in Langley Ave. fire

Kern County firefighters respond to a house fire in the 1300 block of Langley Avenue. The call came on Nov. 10 at 11:29 a.m. The first crews to arrive were met with a double-wide mobile home approximately 50-percent involved with fire. “Fire crews made an . . . Read Full Story >>

RC Cafe  closed for illegal gambling

RC Cafe closed for illegal gambling

The Ridgecrest Substation of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced that RC Cafe, located at 4051 Inyokern Rd., was recently shut down on charges relating to illegal gambling. After receiving several tips from community members about suspicious activity at the establishment, deputies responded to the . . . Read Full Story >>

178 collision leaves one dead

178 collision leaves one dead

A grey sedan sits on the side of CA-178 after colliding with a white pickup truck near the corner of Jacks Ranch Road. According to reports, both occupants of the sedan were transported for injuries – one to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and the other air . . . Read Full Story >>

More 395 accidents this week

More 395 accidents this week

First responders deal with a collision between a GMC truck and Subaru SUV at the intersection of Highway 395 and South Brown Road on Monday, Oct. 15. Both parties reportedly declined medical attention and were able to walk away. According to reports, this was one . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff outlines public safety challenges

Sheriff outlines public safety challenges

Rebecca Neipp

Challenges in public safety have been a high-profile topic of discussion in Kern County, Sheriff Donny Youngblood gave Ridgecrest Chamber of Commerce attendees an update of obstacles, as well as funding options, during Tuesday’s regular meeting. “I am an anti-tax sheriff, but I had to . . . Read Full Story >>

Whitehead charged with toddler death

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest mother Jordan Whitehead, charged with the second-degree murder of her toddler son, had her first felony arraignment hearing Tuesday, Oct. 2. The arraignment was continued to Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. in Bakersfield. According to police reports, . . . Read Full Story >>

PD ‘goes  pink’ for Kylea

PD ‘goes pink’ for Kylea

Rebecca Neipp

Sgt. Nathan Lloyd (left) and Chief Jed McLaughlin, pictured with Kylea Chance. — Courtesy photo ------ The Ridgecrest Police Department is “going pink” this month for cancer awareness, but their tie is a little more personal, and closer to home, than the National Breast Cancer . . . Read Full Story >>

Police stop car theft suspect

Police stop car theft suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police apprehended a suspected car thief on Wednesday, Sept. 26. According to a Ridgecrest Police Department press release, Sgt. Justin Dampier observed a suspicious vehicle while they were on patrol between Loewen’s and Ephen Tacos on South Gold . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seek shooter info

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to the 400 block of North Robalo Street early Monday morning after reports of a shooting, according to the department’s press release. When police arrived on the scene, the perpetrator had . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest murder suspect released

Ridgecrest murder suspect released

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County District Attorney’s office chose not to file charges against William Fordham – arrested Sept. 22 for the alleged murder of his wife – pending an autopsy report of the deceased, Margarita Fordham, 33. Officers of . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>