‘We are fortunate in our community’

‘We are fortunate in our community’

Rebecca Neipp

As concerns surrounding COVID-19 outbreaks continue to disrupt nearly every sector of the community, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said that his team is equipped to maintain public safety. “We are very fortunate in this community,” he said. For years, external emergency service agencies have . . . Read Full Story >>

John’s  Pizza  burglars  thwarted

John’s Pizza burglars thwarted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested two would-be burglars early Tuesday morning who were reportedly in the process of stealing property from John’s Pizza on Ridgecrest Boulevard. According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, officers responded to an alarm call at John’s around . . . Read Full Story >>

Richard Castleberry  hearing postponed

Richard Castleberry hearing postponed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The preliminary hearing for a Ridgecrest man – arrested and charged for a homicide last May – was pushed to late June earlier this month. While the specific reason for the postponement is unclear, many cases are being . . . Read Full Story >>

Abuse  hotlines  remain  active

Abuse hotlines remain active

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County District Attorney’s office issued a reminder to residents that hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault remain manned and available to those in need. “Economic disruptions on the scale that we are seeing from the coronavirus pandemic can place a . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces new Animal Control protocols

RPD announces new Animal Control protocols

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – The Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control Department has implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response. These protocols are out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community at large. These processes are meant as precautions . . . Read Full Story >>

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department and other emergency personnel respond to a traffic accident at the intersection of North China Lake Boulevard and French Street on Tuesday afternoon. Both trucks were totaled and only minor injuries were reported. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

‘This  time,  it’s not  just us’

‘This time, it’s not just us’

Rebecca Neipp

For the second time in less than a year, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin is in crisis management mode. But unlike his experience spearheading a multi-agency effort to recover from last summer’s historic earthquakes, he’s in just one law enforcement agency among thousands during a . . . Read Full Story >>

DA cracks  down on  price-gouging

DA cracks down on price-gouging

Rebecca Neipp

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer issued a warning Monday for Kern County residents to beware of unscrupulous individuals who attempt to profit from the recent emergency declarations by engaging in illegal price gouging or charitable solicitation fraud. Following last summer’s earthquakes, Zimmer issued a similar alert . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in fiery 178 crash

One killed in fiery 178 crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Authorities responded to a collision on Wednesday morning in Inyokern, one that claimed the life of an unidentified female. At press time, the identity of the deceased had not yet been released. According to a release from the . . . Read Full Story >>

D.A. cracks down on price-gouging

D.A. cracks down on price-gouging

Rebecca Neipp

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer issued a warning Monday for Kern County residents to beware of unscrupulous individuals who attempt to profit from the recent emergency declarations by engaging in illegal price gouging or charitable solicitation fraud. Following last summer’s earthquakes, Zimmer issued a similar alert . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI saturation patrols slated

DUI saturation patrols slated

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced DUI enforcement operations Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, in association with St. Patrick’s Day. “St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, which makes it all the more important to let someone . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist airlifted from Dove Springs

Motorcyclist airlifted from Dove Springs

Kern County Fire Department and Mercy Air personnel responded to the Dove Springs area Saturday after a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries following a wreck near Last Chance Canyon Road. After being treated by a KCFD paramedic, the victim was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. — . . . Read Full Story >>

Two rescued from house fire

Two rescued from house fire

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Kern County firefighters responded to a fire earlier this week in the 600 block of Atkins Avenue with reports of a person still inside the burning structure. According to a press release, KCFD received the call at approximately . . . Read Full Story >>

Compliance checks net 21 arrests

Compliance checks net 21 arrests

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested 21 suspects for various violations in last week’s parole sweep, which also seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, child pornography, firearms and ammunition. On Feb. 22 Detectives Erik Hallmark, Franklen Mixon and Corey Rinaldi led the Ridgecrest Police . . . Read Full Story >>

Pets rescued from duplex fire

Pets rescued from duplex fire

Firefighters rescue a pet from a burning duplex on Church Street, where a fire displaced three families living in and around the complex. There were no firefighter or civilian injuries reported from the incident. Firefighters were able to rescue two pets. According to a spokesperson . . . Read Full Story >>

Local man facing child molestation, pornography  charges

Local man facing child molestation, pornography charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After receiving a tip from from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, police last month arrested a Ridgecrest man who is facing felony child molestation and child pornography charges. While the investigation is still ongoing, the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Driver injured after colliding with power pole on IYK Road

Driver injured after colliding with power pole on IYK Road

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The sole occupant of a Dodge Dakota truck was injured Saturday after colliding with a power pole on Inyokern Road (State Route 178) just east of Strecker Road, according to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave . . . Read Full Story >>

Kumar given sentence for fraud

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Former Encino-based physician Dr. Kain Kumar was sentenced to two years in federal prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare for services not rendered, according to the U.S. District Court Central District of California. . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chief  protects  public  safety on  two fronts

Police chief protects public safety on two fronts

Rebecca Neipp

While Jed McLaughlin, the top steward of public safety in our community, has fought valiantly against statewide mandates that have decriminalized felonies, prioritized perpetrator rights above victim safety and facilitated rising criminal trends across the state, he also got a dynamic reminder 18-months into his . . . Read Full Story >>

Police make multiple DUI arrests

Police make multiple DUI arrests

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Since after Christmas, the Ridgecrest Police Department has cracked down on driving under the influence and has made numerous arrests. On Friday, Dec. 27, officers responded to a report of a white Honda with bumper damage and a . . . Read Full Story >>