Toddler found dead

Police responded to the 1900 block of West Ward Ave. when a toddler was found face down and unresponsive in a bathtub of water. A resident believed to be the child’s grandmother called the police at 5:48 p.m. Rescue personnel arrived and started CPR on . . . Read Full Story >>

Dale Howard cleared of nuisance charges

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer After being in Superior Court in Ridgecrest since Monday, William Dale Howard was found not guilty on Friday of the misdemeanor criminal charges against him. Howard was charged with 12 counts of maintaining a public nuisance on his . . . Read Full Story >>

Howard case sees jury trial

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a struggle against the city that lasted more than two years, William Dale Howard’s case went to a jury trial Monday morning. In September last year, the city filed an injunction approved by a Kern County Superior . . . Read Full Story >>

Court calendar updates

David Carl Park, 54, is set for jury trial in Bakersfield’s Metro division on Sept. 22, at 8:30 a.m. Park was arrested in February in connection with an alleged shooting incident at Desert Empire Fairgrounds. He is facing charges of nine felony counts of assault . . . Read Full Story >>

Local killed in triple homicide

Local killed in triple homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Junior Alfonzo Contreras, 23, was shot and killed in a triple homicide late Aug. 6 in an East Bakersfield apartment complex. Contreras was one of four victims who were gunned down by masked assailants. Other victims . . . Read Full Story >>

Officers sworn-in and promoted

Officers sworn-in and promoted

New Ridgecrest Police Officer Cory Huard (at left in photo above) shakes hands with Police Chief Ron Strand during a swearing-in ceremony Monday morning in the Police Station. RPD also promoted officers Ronald Bell and Daniel Armogida to the position of sergeant in a July . . . Read Full Story >>

Mortuary security cameras stolen

A rooftop burglary that occur-red at 5 a.m. Friday resulted in the theft of four security cameras from Holland & Lyons Mortuary. By 4:30 p.m. the same day, Ridgecrest Police had two suspects in custody. Even though the cameras were stolen from the outside of . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for Nicolls Fire

Suspect arrested for Nicolls Fire

A 45-year-old Perris man was arrested last week in connection with the Nicolls Fire, which burned some 1,700 acres of public land from July 11-21. A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment against Edgardo Fournier, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested after evading officers

A 38-year-old Ridgecrest man was arrested on charges relating to felony evasion and hit and run after the suspect failed to comply with a routine traffic stop in the wee hours of the morning of June 27. According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, Officers Groves . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested on attempted murder charge

Garry Allen McLucas, 47, of Ridgecrest, was arrested last Friday by Ridgecrest police and charged with attempted murder. According to Police Sergeant Ryan Marrone, who was on the scene, officers were called to the 500 block of North Sahara Drive just before 1:30 a.m. regarding . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD assists stabbing victim

RPD assists stabbing victim

Ridgecrest Police Officers tend to the victim of a stabbing last Thursday in the 100 block of East Ridgecrest Boulevard. According to reports, officers arrived on scene around 2:20 p.m. to find that the victim had been in a physical altercation with 31-year-old Gordon Steffik . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seeking female suspect

Police seeking female suspect

The Ridgecrest Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this subject, who has been seen on surveillance video in several neighborhoods prowling on properties and breaking into vehicles. If you have any information or believe you know this subject, please call RPD . . . Read Full Story >>

Parole sweep nets 18 arrests

In an effort to deter criminal activity in the Indian Wells Valley, the Ridgecrest Police Department spearheaded a parole/probation compliance check on June 3 on subjects who are on active parole, probation or post-release community supervision (AB109). The areas covered included Ridgecrest, Buttermilk Acres and . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed chase ends in crash

A driver who allegedly fled the scene of a weekend checkpoint and led officers on a high-speed chase was arrested the next day after crashing his vechicle, according to Ridgecrest Police Department reports. RPD?authorities reported that 24-year-old Michael Dale Bristow pulled into the checkpoint at . . . Read Full Story >>

Party patrol op nets two arrests

The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two subjects during the course of its May 30 TAPPED (Teenage Party Prevention Enforcement and Dispersal) operation. “Teen parties are one of the highest-risk settings for youth alcohol problems,” said Sgt. Justin Dampier. “Teens often drink at large parties with . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter faces sentencing

Jeremy Dale Salter, 39, who was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 14, filed a motion for a new trial on June 5. This motion was denied by the Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield on June 11. Salter had represented himself during his . . . Read Full Story >>

Sullivan arrested

Sullivan arrested

Ridgecrest Police officers arrest Beau Sullivan, 35, on Monday about 4:30 p.m. at Sandy’s Trailer Park. Sullivan was reportedly in a verbal argument with a 52-year-old subject when he reportedly produced a knife and stabbed the other man in the chest. The victim was transported . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint nets arrest

A DUI-Driver’s License Checkpoint, operated by the Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 6, yielded one arrest, according to RPD officials. “Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and . . . Read Full Story >>

McLaughlin promoted

McLaughlin promoted

Captain Jed McLaughlin was promoted to his present rank at the June 4 meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Chief Ron Strand said it was bittersweet saying goodbye to the retiring Capt. Paul Wheeler, but that he was happy to see McLaughlin take Wheeler’s place. . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter files motion for new trial

Jeremy Dale Salter, 39, filed a motion for a new trial on May 29. He was found guilty in Kern County Superior Court on May 14 of the first-degree murder of John Harley Evans of Inyokern. Salter represented himself during the trial, which he subjected . . . Read Full Story >>