$2 million marijuana bust

$2 million marijuana bust

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department seized more than 600 mature marijuana plants with a street value exceeding $2 million and made one arrest on Tuesday, Feb. 23. According to an RPD release, detectives were surveilling the residence of a . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD reservist dies Saturday, Feb. 13

RPD reservist dies Saturday, Feb. 13

Word came at press time that Michael James Rogers, Ridgecrest Police Department Reservist died Saturday, February 13. He was sworn in on July 23, 2018. Reportedly, Rogers lost a hard fought battle with cancer. The community will grieve the loss of one of our heroic . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD makes 10 arrests during Super Bowl Enforcement Patrol

RPD makes 10 arrests during Super Bowl Enforcement Patrol

The Ridgecrest Police Department made 10 arrests, 3 of which were Drivers Under the Influence (DUI). There were 17 drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI. The department conducted 36 stops during a DUI Saturation Enforcement Patrol, 02/07/2021. While the state’s stay-at-home order is limiting how . . . Read Full Story >>

Hwy 14 crash victims identified

Hwy 14 crash victims identified

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office identified the victims from October’s fiery crash on Highway 14 in a press release earlier this week. On Oct. 30, two cars caught fire after colliding head on in a multiple-vehicle accident on the highway, north of Red Rock Canyon. . . . Read Full Story >>

Neighbor takes action, knocks down fire

Neighbor takes action, knocks down fire

Mike Kinkennon quickly responded to a fire in his neighborhood in the 600 block of S. Norma St. at 9am on Wednesday. While driving to his home he saw billows of smoke rising from the evaporative cooler and immediately took action. After an unsuccessful attempt . . . Read Full Story >>

Child predator bust suspects include 3 Ridgecrest residents

Child predator bust suspects include 3 Ridgecrest residents

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a months-long undercover operation, detectives with the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested eight suspected child predators, three of whom are Ridgecrest residents. According to a Jan. 15 RPD release, detectives posed as minor children on various social media . . . Read Full Story >>

Pedestrian killed in Monday collision

Pedestrian killed in Monday collision

A pedestrian was killed early Monday morning in a single-vehicle traffic collision in the 300 block of East Bowman Road. According to a Ridgecrest Police Department release, officers arrived and located the victim, unresponsive and lying near the roadway. Emergency personnel initiated lifesaving measures, but . . . Read Full Story >>

Child killed in collision

Child killed in collision

A 5-year-old boy on a scooter was struck by a car in a single-vehicle collision at the corner of Ridgecrest Boulevard and Gold Canyon Street on Wednesday afternoon. Emergency personnel responded and found the child lying face down on the pavement. Reportedly, he was found . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO investigates suspicious death in Inyokern

KCSO investigates suspicious death in Inyokern

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A California Highway Patrol officer located a deceased male at the scene of a reported accident at North Oak Lane and Graaf Avenue on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 25. During the investigation, CHP questioned the nature of . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

Two killed in Hwy 14 crash

A fatal collision on Highway 14 turned into a fiery blaze on Friday evening, Oct. 30. Two of the three cars involved in the crash caught fire shortly after impacting head on. Both drivers were reportedly killed. The driver of the third vehicle, a Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Former deputy sentenced

Former deputy sentenced

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KERN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a significant sentence involving former Sheriff Deputy Logan August, who was accused of stealing marijuana seized by the Sheriff Department. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Garrett Rice. The Honorable Judge Dulcich . . . Read Full Story >>

Inyokern man arrested with grenade, weapons, paraphernalia

Inyokern man arrested with grenade, weapons, paraphernalia

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A traffic stop last last week resulted in Kern County Sheriff Deputies arresting a convicted felon in possession of weapons, including a hand grenade, and narcotics paraphernalia. According to a release from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, deputies . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A motorist was killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision on Highway 395 about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest. According to a release from the Mojave California Highway Patrol office, 44-year-old Victorville resident Cory Lane Hofstetter was traveling on . . . Read Full Story >>

Homicide in Death Valley

Homicide in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — A suspect has been arrested for a fatal shooting that occurred in Death Valley National Park. Zachary Salyer, 34, of Amargosa Valley, Nev., called Nye County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:15 on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 11, to state . . . Read Full Story >>

City welcomes reserve officers

City welcomes reserve officers

The Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (right) and the Ridgecrest Police Department welcome two new reserve officers (from left) Isaac Barraza and Matthew Bockhahn, who previously served on the force before leaving the area for a few years. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest domestic violence suspect

Police arrest domestic violence suspect

Police arrested a suspect Wednesday for allegedly striking a female victim in the Stater Brothers parking lot according to Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Nathan Lloyd. 32-year-old Victor Leal was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic violence. Details were not available at press time. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims run-down Inyokern motel

Fire claims run-down Inyokern motel

A fire claimed a derelict motel on South Brown Road in Inyokern on Friday afternoon, Oct. 2. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments responded while CalTrans assisted with controlling the crowd. More information was not available at press time. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect cited for reckless driving in single-car collision

Suspect cited for reckless driving in single-car collision

An attempted traffic stop ended Tuesday evening when a motorist crashed through a brick wall around Sierra Breeze Mobile Home Estates at the corner of Saguaro Street and State Highway 178. A Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy reportedly attempted to stop the driver who was “driving . . . Read Full Story >>

Arson suspect arrested

Arson suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After authorities responded to a house fire on Friday, Sept. 25, police arrested one person suspected of arson. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to the fire around 6:15 p.m. to a red-tagged home with a fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Heat a possible factor in hiker’s death

Heat a possible factor in hiker’s death

Death Valley National Park and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office reported the discovery of a deceased hiker, earlier this month near the Golden Canyon Loop trail. According to a statement from Death Valley Park Rangers, the agencies received a notification around 9 p.m. on Sept. 6 . . . Read Full Story >>