Two more killed in Hwy 395 head-on

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Highway 395 claimed two more lives last Friday, Jan. 11, after a head-on collision in Adelanto— the latest fatal accident on a familiar stretch of road where dozens lost their lives last year. According to a release from . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in Jacks Ranch/178 collision

One injured in Jacks Ranch/178 collision

A collision at the intersection of Jacks Ranch Road and Highway 178 on Jan. 11 resulted in one victim transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries. Personnel from the Ridgecrest Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Kern County Fired Department and Liberty Ambulance responded. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seize cash, illegal gaming machines

Police seize cash, illegal gaming machines

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department with some of the gaming machines seized in last week’s raids — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department seized five illegal electronic gambling machines from two local establishments last . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in Downs/Bowman collision

One injured in Downs/Bowman collision

A minivan is forced off of the road after a collision with a Jeep Wrangler at the intersection of Bowman Road and Downs Street on Thursday, Jan. 3. One victim was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for injuries. Liberty Ambulance, the Ridgecrest Police Department . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested for DUI, racing

Two arrested for DUI, racing

Photo attached to a Ridgecrest Police Department incident report shows a pickup truck that slid off the roadway and into a stop sign, coming to rest in the front yard of a private residence, after two suspects engaged in street racing last weekend. — Courtesy . . . Read Full Story >>

Drowning confirmed as cause of toddler death

Drowning confirmed as cause of toddler death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s Office released its findings on Monday, Dec. 17, regarding the death of Ridgecrest toddler Aydan Whitehead-McGowen. A postmortem examination confirms that he was drowned and that the manner was homicide. Aydan died just shy . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected burglar arrested

Suspected burglar arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A victim of an attempted burglary reportedly contacted the Ridgecrest Police Department on Sunday, Dec. 9, an action that led to one arrest. According to an RPD release, the reported victim said that the suspect, later identified as . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims trailer

Fire claims trailer

Kern County firefighters finish extinguishing a trailer fire that displaced at least one resident on Dec. 6. According to reports, the fire began just before 2 p.m., but within an hour had destroyed most of the home near the corner of Robertson Road and Sanders . . . Read Full Story >>

Minor collision on Downs/Bowman Wednesday

Minor collision on Downs/Bowman Wednesday

First responders investigate the scene of a collision between a Chrysler Pacifica van and a VW Jetta hatchback at the intersection of Bowman Road and Downs Street on Wednesday. According to Ridgecrest Police Capt. Ryan Marrone, no injuries were reported. The fault is still being . . . Read Full Story >>

Hit-and-run suspect faces charges

California Highway Patrol officers have arrested the suspect for a hit-and-run collision that left one motorcyclist dead and another in critical condition Saturday, Nov. 24. According to court records, Morgyn Dobson, 44, is facing three felony charges – vehicle manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in death and . . . Read Full Story >>

Three arrested on weapons charges

Ridgecrest Police Officers arrested three suspects for weapons violations on Monday, Dec. 3. According to a press release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of North Florence Street to conduct a probation compliance check of Tommy Sigala, . . . Read Full Story >>

Three dead in weekend collisions

Three dead in weekend collisions

Emergency Medical Service vehicles (background) attend a fatality on Bowman Road — Photo by Laura Austin ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two separate traffic collisions over Thanksgiving weekend have left three dead and two others with major injuries according to reports from . . . Read Full Story >>

Crime Briefs

Escaped suspect apprehended Ridgecrest police officers arrested a previously escaped suspect with multiple felony warrants on Saturday, Nov. 24, according to a press release. Adrian Martinez, 19 was found in the Motel 6 parking lot where he reportedly attempted to flee from Reserve Officer Micah . . . Read Full Story >>

Police officers recover stolen vehicle

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department recovered a suspected stolen vehicle Sunday evening. According to an RPD press release, a white Ford Fusion was reported stolen out of Inyo County earlier that afternoon. Officer John Bartlett reportedly located . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>