Protect your property this holiday season

Rebecca Neipp

As local stores offer specials to draw out holiday shoppers this weekend, Ridgecrest Police Department officials said they will also be bracing for the increase in theft that typically comes with the season. “It’s important to protect your property at any time, but especially this . . . Read Full Story >>

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires destroyed multiple structures in Ridgecrest and the surrounding area on Monday. Above a blaze claims a home in the 200 block of South American Street. KCFD received the call around 5 a.m. and responded to a fully involved garage fire that ultimately caused . . . Read Full Story >>

Long Beach cold case hits home

Long Beach cold case hits home

Rebecca Neipp

UPDATE: After the News Review went to press, authorities reported that they did not find the remains of Roja. However, widespread media attention has led investigators to new leads to follow up on. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available. Local law-enforcement agencies . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds Wednesday evening overturned vehicles, such as this semi on Highway 14. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, two other vehicles overturned in the region, and there were multiple road closures. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V will help weather new challenges

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Top officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department have expressed relief and gratitude for the community’s renewal of a sales tax initiative that will provide additional funding for public safety and infrastructure. Measure V will allow the city to . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect still at large

Rebecca Neipp

A suspect is still at large after evading the China Lake Police Department and other law enforcement agencies after a pursuit starting Wednesday afternoon in a remote area of the Naval Air Weapons Station. A Facebook alert went out late afternoon alerting the local workforce . . . Read Full Story >>

Missing Ridgecrest woman found alive

UPDATE: Shortly after press time, it was learned that McPheron had passed away. By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Barbara McPheron, 69, was found alive on Saturday, Oct. 29, after being stranded and trapped in her overturned vehicle for nearly a week, according to . . . Read Full Story >>

Agencies search for missing woman

Agencies search for missing woman

The Ridgecrest Police Department reported Monday, Oct. 24, that it is seeking a 69-year-old woman who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. On Sunday, Oct. 23 around 1 p.m., RPD received a transferred 911 call from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department regarding Barbara McPheron, allegedly . . . Read Full Story >>

Armed felon arrested, property recovered

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made two arrests Wednesday, Oct. 12 after pulling over two suspects in possession of a loaded firearm, a used hypodermic needle and stolen property, according to an RPD release. Officers Cory Ballestero . . . Read Full Story >>

Nine arrested in meth bust

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested nine suspects Friday, Oct. 7, for possession and use of methamphetamine. The suspects also allegedly supplied a minor with methamphetamine. Around 9:30 Friday evening, officers conducted a probation search at an . . . Read Full Story >>

Cyclist killed on Inyokern Road

Cyclist killed on Inyokern Road

A bicyclist was hit and killed by a semi truck on Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Inyokern Tuesday morning, Oct. 11. According to a release from the California Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Ridgecrest resident William Vandusen was cycling westbound in the bike lane around 9 a.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

Prop 57 could further impact  public safety

Prop 57 could further impact public safety

Rebecca Neipp

While justification for an augmented sales tax has focused largely on the city’s decimated revenues, Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand noted that as municipal funds have diminished substantially in the last few years, unprecedented changes at the state level have simultaneously increased the burden on . . . Read Full Story >>

Police save man from burning home

Police save man from burning home

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Department Officers Cory Ballesteros and Ritchey Garibay pulled a victim from a burning mobile home in the 1400 block of West Upjohn Avenue, near Faller Elementary School, on Monday morning, Oct. 3, just seconds before the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims uninhabited building

Fire claims uninhabited building

Kern County firefighters work to douse a structure fire in the 100 block of S. Sunset Street on Sunday morning. Units arrived at 8:30 a.m. to find the uninhabited building in flames. Firefighters considered the building unsafe to enter and attacked the fire from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest assault suspect

Police arrest assault suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers and Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to fight Thursday, Sept. 8, resulting in one arrest. The suspect, Thomas Pitt, 26, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Kern County Jail . . . Read Full Story >>

Alley fire threatens two homes

Alley fire threatens two homes

Two homes separated by an easement between Helena and Alvord Streets began to burn after a tree caught fire in an alley in the 300 block of Helena Street at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening. According to a release from the Kern County Fire Department, . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested after shots fired

Two arrested after shots fired

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested two suspects Monday following a alleged physical altercation where one of the suspects reportedly fired a handgun near the feet of a reported victim before fleeing the scene. In the early hours of . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizen detains theft suspect

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrived on the scene of an alleged theft on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Sierra Sands Unified School District Office in the 100 block of West Felspar Avenue. Upon arrival officers found suspect Laderas Dwayne Baker, Jr., 19, being . . . Read Full Story >>

Man shot and killed in CL Acres

A 30-year-old man died after being shot early Saturday morning, Aug. 20. According to the Kern County Coroner’s Office, Jesus Torres of Ridgecrest was shot just after midnight in the 4500 block of Reeves Avenue in China Lake Acres. He was transported to Kern Medical . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested in Saturday stabbing

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two suspects after responding to a fight in the 400 block of West Church Avenue. According to the RPD release, Ray Sigala, 19, had threatened to slash the tires to his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle. When his brother Tommy Sigala, . . . Read Full Story >>