Pietrangelo, Dilda sworn in

Pietrangelo, Dilda sworn in

Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin is flanked by RPD’s newest officers Daniel Pietrangelo (left) and Nicholaus Dilda. Pietrangelo was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and is a 2012 graduate. He previously worked as a CPS Case Worker and graduated from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County leaders have thrown their support to the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe” initiative, scheduled for the 2020 General Election ballot, which addresses a series of state initiatives that public safety officials say have ultimately contributed to the increase in crime across the . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet Ridgecrest’s newest police officer

Meet Ridgecrest’s newest police officer

Ridgecrest Chief Jed McLaughlin welcomes Julius Ryan to the force during his Sept. 3 swearing-in ceremony. A Chicago native, Ryan attended Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer Academy and is earning his degree in criminal justice with a minor in computer information systems. — Photo by . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD swears in Officer Hubburt

RPD swears in Officer Hubburt

Kevin Hubburt was sworn in earlier this month as an officer with the Ridgecrest Police Department. Hubburt comes to Ridgecrest from the San Bernardino Valley College Extended Basic Police Academy. When asked where he’d be seen out in the community, Hubburt said, “I’ll be the . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder suspect apprehended

Murder suspect apprehended

Rebecca Neipp

Five days after the victim of a shooting succumbed to his wounds, Ridgecrest Police Department detectives and officers apprehended the suspect, who had fled the scene of the crime. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 22, police responded to a report of shots fired near the . . . Read Full Story >>

Felon arrested on weapons  charge

Felon arrested on weapons charge

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect for unlawful firearm possession, according to a release from the department. Officers reportedly contacted 40-year-old Ridgecrest resident David Haynes at approximately 11:30 p.m. while they were on patrol Sunday, Aug. 25. . . . Read Full Story >>

Dampier promoted to Captain

Dampier promoted to Captain

Ridgecrest Police Department Captain Justin Dampier (left) shakes hands with Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, following Dampier’s promotion ceremony. After 20 years with the department and seven months as acting captain, Dampier was officially sworn in on Monday at City Hall. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect in shooting death at large

Suspect in shooting death at large

Rebecca Neipp

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an early morning shooting Thursday that left a 19-year-old Ridgecrest man dead. Sgt. Dan Armogida of RPD posted a video on Facebook, announcing the shooting, the active crime . . . Read Full Story >>

FD extinguishes car fire

FD extinguishes car fire

Kern County Firefighters finish extinguishing a fire in the 300 block of Florence Avenue around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. The flames, reportedly the result of a car fire, began spreading to the adjacent residence. Ridgecrest Police Officers also assisted. More details were not available . . . Read Full Story >>

Police catch car thief

Police catch car thief

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police pfficers have arrested a suspect for reportedly stealing a pickup truck from its owner’s residence earlier this month. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to the theft in the 200 block . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinema  looters  nabbed

Cinema looters nabbed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two Ridgecrest residents suspected of burglarizing the Ridgecrest Cinemas last month. Suspects Raphael Schumacher, 37, and Rolando Estrada, 41, were both booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility and are awaiting court hearings. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas reopen today

Cinemas reopen today

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After taking appropriate steps to recover from massive earthquake damage — with a temporary setback to investigate a weekend burglary — Ridgecrest Cinemas reopens today on six of its eight screens. Just as Ridgecrest Cinemas managers were in . . . Read Full Story >>

Property  crimes  reported  after quake

Property crimes reported after quake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to two property-crime incidents the week of July 4, within days of the large earthquakes that hit Ridgecrest. Officers responded to Sage Mart on the corner of Downs Street and Drummond . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire breaks out behind DART

Fire breaks out behind DART

China Lake Firefighter Chris Patterson finishes dousing a fire that broke out at 216 N. Gold Canyon Rd. on Sunday, July 14. According to Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn, the fire consumed pallets and other items stored outside behind the DART . . . Read Full Story >>

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief, DA warn public about opportunists

Chief, DA warn public about opportunists

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Indian Wells and Searles Valleys recovery from recent earthquakes, and continue to equip themselves in case seismic incidents continue, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin and Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer have advised residents to beware of scammers and opportunists during . . . Read Full Story >>

Human  remains found  near 395

Human remains found near 395

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Kern County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the remains of a deceased subject inside an RV in the area around U.S. Highway 395 and North Brown Road. According to a KCSO release, deputies found the body on June 22 at . . . Read Full Story >>

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — On Tuesday, June 18, Animal Control Officer Shawna Villa-Rodriguez was dispatched to Walmart regarding a dog locked inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, she found a dog – later identified as Pongo – locked inside a camper shell attached to the . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

A big rig sideswiped a blue sedan (pictured on the back of a tow truck) Wednesday afternoon according to California Highway Patrol. According CHP’s incident tracker, nobody was injured in the collision at the intersection of Bowman Road and U.S. Highway 395. Details were unavailable . . . Read Full Story >>

Baby’s death ruled homicide

Baby’s death ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 16-month-old Tayden Lee Rogers as a homicide, according to a June 6 release. Tayden Lee was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in February 2018 when he was . . . Read Full Story >>