Man found dead at cement plant

Man found dead at cement plant

Emergency service personnel and law enforcement officials respond to the scene of a fatality at American Ready Mix, Inc., on Graaf Avenue, Thursday, March 21. The body of 51-year-old Ronnie Ladd was discovered under a concrete mixer. He was pronounced dead on arrival. For information . . . Read Full Story >>

IWV jail to stay open — for now

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After announcing a controversial proposal last month to close the Ridgecrest Jail, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood says that he has found a way to keep it open — for now. The tactic was suggested as part of . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD’s OHV grant up for review

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced that its preliminary off-highway vehicle grant is up for public review. RPD submitted a preliminary application for funding to the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Grant Program for the 2015 project year. “This period provides an opportunity for . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested for drug possession

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Michael Embree, 25, and Brian Hehr, 22, were arrested Feb. 2 for drug possession during a probation search conducted by the Ridgecrest Police Department. According to reports, RPD officers Shane Joseph, John Bishop and Eric Clinton searched a . . . Read Full Story >>

Man killed in Poison Canyon crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle in Poison Canyon driving to Trona from Ridgecrest, according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Although the name was not released, the family has confirmed the . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest jail in jeopardy

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The Kern County Board of Supervisors and Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood agreed to table adoption of midyear budget reductions — which currently propose to close the Ridgecrest holding facility for local prisoners — until next week’s board meeting. While county officials weigh how to . . . Read Full Story >>

FD contains brush fire on college hill

FD contains brush fire on college hill

A firefighter puts out the remnants of a brush fire in College Heights Thursday morning. Kern County Fire Department responded to call from a passerby at 11 a.m. and found approximately a tenth of an acre burning. According to reports, an 11-year-old boy had attempted . . . Read Full Story >>

Five arrested in probation sweep

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer On Thursday, Feb. 12, the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted an AB30 Frontline Parole/ Probation Sweep of subjects in Ridgecrest. Sgt. Tony Brown; Detectives Kenny Merzlak, Aaron Tucker, Tom Dilley and Kyle Cushman; and Officers Larissa McCament, Nathan Lloyd, . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed, one near miss in car accident

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A vehicle rocketed through a residence on Church Street early Thursday morning, Feb. 5, smashing through the spare room, just missing the sleeping resident. The driver, Timothy Hudson, 22, sustained fatal injuries and was found partially ejected from . . . Read Full Story >>

Crime Briefs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Theresa Eileen Schwichten-berg, 56, was arrested Dec. 31, 2014, for driving under the influence. She is currently facing two DUI charges – DUI of alcohol and DUI of alcohol over .08 percent. She has a pretrial conference scheduled . . . Read Full Story >>

Statistics show decrease in serious crime

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer Serious crimes in Ridgecrest — murders, assaults, thefts, arsons, etc. — showed an overall 17 percent decrease, according to statistics tracked by Ridgecrest Police Department in 2014. Among the most significant drops were a 46-percent decrease in robberies . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist arrested in police chase

Motorcyclist arrested in police chase

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A motorcyclist was arrested Friday, Jan. 30, for after attempting to evade police while driving under the influence, stated a report from the Ridgecrest Police Department. Detectives Kyle Cushman and Tom Dilley of RPD said they observed Paul . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD teen drug op nets 10 arrests

The Ridgecrest Police Department conducted a Teenage Party Prevention Enforcement and Dispersal Saturday, Jan. 24. According to the report, six officers visited eight locations, contacted 140 persons and arrested 10 adults and teens. Four teens (16, 17, 15 and 15) were arrested for charges including . . . Read Full Story >>

SWAT team arrests Inyokern man

Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Ridgecrest substation received a call of an assault with a tire iron in Inyokern Monday, Jan. 26 at about 1:45 p.m. During the investigation, deputies obtained probable cause to arrest David Russell Dubois, 39, for assault with a deadly . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder in Red Mountain investigated

Richard Henighen, 27, died after receiving several apparent stab wounds in Red Mountain Saturday, Jan. 17, according to a report released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s De-partment. At approximately 9:20 p.m. Saturday evening, deputies from SBCSD, Barstow Station responded to a stabbing call near . . . Read Full Story >>

Alleged drunk driving accident requires street maintenance

Alleged drunk driving accident requires street maintenance

City maintenance workers replace a stop sign at the intersection of China Lake Boulevard and Bowman Road Monday after an allegedly drunk driver crashed and came to rest at the scene last week. According to Sgt. Justin Dampier of the Ridgecrest Police Department, police found . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD arrests parole violators

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment conducted compliance checks on Dec. 16 on 19 subjects on active parole, probation or post release community supervision (as required by AB109). The check encompassed Ridge-crest and surrounding areas including Buttermilk Acres and Inyo-kern. According to police reports, the operation included . . . Read Full Story >>

Stores cited in tobacco sting

On Saturday, Dec. 6, Kern County Public Health Services and the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted a tobacco sting operation of 37 local businesses as part of underage tobacco use prevention. According to police reports, officers successfully purchased tobacco from Drive Thru Dairy, Minit Shop, Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder attempted in Red Mountain

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Strather Eldon Wise, 46, of Red Mountain was arrested Nov. 30 for assault with a firearm and attempted murder in Red Mountain on Highway 395. According to police reports, the incident escalated from a civil dispute Wise had . . . Read Full Story >>

Juveniles arrested for motorcycle theft

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Three juvenile males, 17, 14 and 12, were arrested last week as suspects in last Thursday’s theft of three dirtbike motorcycles. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department were dispatched to Desert Sport Center on China Lake Boulevard where . . . Read Full Story >>