Traffic fatality on Garlock

Traffic fatality on Garlock

The remains of a blue Ford Mustang are strewn about Garlock Road after a Thursday morning traffic collision. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Dotson (pictured), the driver of the Mustang was headed westbound on Garlock and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler headed eastbound. . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected domestic abuser at large

Police are searching for Travis Wayne Kincaid, 26, who is suspected of physically abusing an unnamed female victim earlier this week. Early Monday, July 27, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment responded to a welfare check where they determined that the victim had been subject . . . Read Full Story >>

Teens arrested for vehicle theft

Early Sunday morning during a DUI saturation patrol, the Ridgecrest Police Department apprehended two teenage girls, 14 and 15, who had allegedly stolen a white Dodge pickup. According to police reports, the driver failed to yield to a traffic stop and “fled from pursuing officers, . . . Read Full Story >>

Kidnapping suspect on trial

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Max Kozak, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Amber Woolwine from the Kernville area last month, had a felony arraignment last week in Bakersfield. He is being charged with kidnapping as well as 12 statutory rape charges. Woolwine . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose gets 22 to life for  murder

Rose gets 22 to life for murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Jesse Peyton Rose has been sentenced to state prison for 22 years to life for the murder, abuse and rape of Sandra McKinney, a 71-year-old Red Mountain woman. McKinney disappeared in April 2014, and shortly thereafter investigators found . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is July 25

The Ridgecrest Police has a driving under the influence and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol set for tomorrow, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. According to previous releases, alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall . . . Read Full Story >>

Police respond to hospital threat

Police respond to hospital threat

Ridgecrest Police Officer Shane Joseph responds to a security lockdown at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Outpatient Pavillion. According to RRH CEO Jim Suver, an employee report triggered the hospital’s safety protocol, but the subsequent investigation determined that there was no threat. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Both missing girls found

Rebecca Neipp

Two desperate searches for missing local girls came to an end this week when both teens were found. Fourteen-year-old Jacoba Maher of Ridgecrest, who disappeared on June 19, was found and reunited with her mother, J.J., on Sunday, June 28. “I have my Jacoba back . . . Read Full Story >>

Albertson’s evacuated Sunday during dock fire

By KATHRYN GARCIA, News Review Correspondent A large fire that broke out among the pallets in the loading-dock area outside the Albertson’s store on South China Lake Boulevard on Sunday, June 28, prompted officials to evacuate shoppers from the store. Crews from Kern County Fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief: community partnership helps public safety

Rebecca Neipp

State policies that have closed prisons, reduced time served, decriminalized whole classes of felonies and watered down sentencing guidelines have created increasing challenges for those tasked with maintaining public safety. “The good news is that we did manage to see a decrease in crime by . . . Read Full Story >>

Family searches for missing local teen

Family searches for missing local teen

On Thursday morning, family of a missing 14-year-old put out a plea on Facebook for help in locating the missing girl. J.J. Maher said in her message that her daughter, Jacoba Alexandra Maher, has been missing since Friday, June 19, around 4 p.m. The family, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Police Dept. DUI checkpoint, patrol this weekend

The Ridgecrest Police Department has announced a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol Friday, June 26, from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. According to the release, the checkpoints are a proven effective method to lower DUI numbers. Drivers will also be checked to . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen goes missing near Kernville

Teen goes missing near Kernville

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A teenage girl went missing near Kernville, Calif. last weekend and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her. Amber Woolwine, a 16-year-old white female, was last seen Thursday morning, June 11, . . . Read Full Story >>

’Brothers in Blue’ reunite

’Brothers in Blue’ reunite

Former officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department gather at Lugo’s grill for a recent mini reunion of the “Brothers in Blue.” Pictured from left are Roger Young, Stan Austin, Allan Mitchell, Dan Allen, Don Parris, Jerry Lefebrvre and Jack Ralston, who came from as far . . . Read Full Story >>

Police warn of utility bill scams

Local residents are being targeted by utility bill scams according to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department. “Scammers will use different cons to get personal information or cash in fraudulent ways,” says the report. “Common scams involve a caller asking a victim to send . . . Read Full Story >>

Oviatt named in conspiracy claim

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County’s top two industries are embroiled in a legal complaint filed last week by an agricultural coalition that claims San Joaquin Valley oil companies illegally injected contaminated water into the ground and that accuses state and county officials of collaborating in an attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD gets $40K enforcement grant

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment will receive a $40,000 grant designated for enforcing alcoholic beverage control restrictions with a strong emphasis on curtailing juvenile access to alcohol. The Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously in support of the grant acceptance . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is June 13

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment have a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol set for tomorrow, June 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. “In California this deadly crime led to 802 deaths because somebody failed to designate a sober driver,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected thief arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested John Williams III, 33, last week when he was reportedly evading police in a stolen vehicle. According to police reports, on Wednesday, June 3, RPD Officer Bill Groves was conducting a traffic stop . . . Read Full Story >>

Park sentenced for shooting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer David Carl Park began his 32-year sentence in Wasco State Prison last month as a result of his armed standoff with law enforcement last February at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds RV Park. Park was arrested Feb. 6, 2014, . . . Read Full Story >>