Crime briefs

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Carl David Park was arrested for assault with a firearm on a peace officer and exhibition of firearm to resist arrest. He is awaiting a readiness hearing set for Nov. 7 and a jury trial set for Nov. . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic collision on Downs and Bowman

Traffic collision on Downs and Bowman

Sgt. Justin Dampier attends the scene of an accident at the intersection of Downs Street and Bowman Road on Thursday evening. A second accident saw two trucks collide at the corner of Downs Street and Las Flores Avenue on Saturday evening. Both caused minor injuries. . . . Read Full Story >>

Schultz arrested for robbery, kidnapping

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Richard Wayne Schultz was arrested last Thursday, Sept. 25, after he was reportedly accidentally released from custody in Bakersfield. According to the police report, officers arrived at a residence in the 200 block of North Alvord . . . Read Full Story >>

Pedestrian killed in accident

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Saturday evening. According to reports, Marvin Wright, 81, was hit while crossing the intersection of Ridgecrest Boulevard and Gateway Drive. He was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital where he . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist fatally injured in 395 accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A traffic collision at the intersection of China Lake Boulevard and US Highway 395 last Thursday afternoon resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. Yuma, Ariz., resident William Gerald, 50, was headed southbound toward the highway on China . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chase ends in arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers responded to an altercation late Thursday evening in the 100 block of W. Panamint Ave. where they arrested Sergio Alvarez for resisting arrest, according to police reports. Alvarez was booked at Kern County Jail but has since . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>