FD extinguishes car fire

FD extinguishes car fire

Kern County Firefighters finish extinguishing a fire in the 300 block of Florence Avenue around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. The flames, reportedly the result of a car fire, began spreading to the adjacent residence. Ridgecrest Police Officers also assisted. More details were not available . . . Read Full Story >>

Police catch car thief

Police catch car thief

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police pfficers have arrested a suspect for reportedly stealing a pickup truck from its owner’s residence earlier this month. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to the theft in the 200 block . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinema  looters  nabbed

Cinema looters nabbed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two Ridgecrest residents suspected of burglarizing the Ridgecrest Cinemas last month. Suspects Raphael Schumacher, 37, and Rolando Estrada, 41, were both booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility and are awaiting court hearings. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas reopen today

Cinemas reopen today

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After taking appropriate steps to recover from massive earthquake damage — with a temporary setback to investigate a weekend burglary — Ridgecrest Cinemas reopens today on six of its eight screens. Just as Ridgecrest Cinemas managers were in . . . Read Full Story >>

Property  crimes  reported  after quake

Property crimes reported after quake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to two property-crime incidents the week of July 4, within days of the large earthquakes that hit Ridgecrest. Officers responded to Sage Mart on the corner of Downs Street and Drummond . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire breaks out behind DART

Fire breaks out behind DART

China Lake Firefighter Chris Patterson finishes dousing a fire that broke out at 216 N. Gold Canyon Rd. on Sunday, July 14. According to Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn, the fire consumed pallets and other items stored outside behind the DART . . . Read Full Story >>

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

Nevada man crushed in suspected quake-related death

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office located a 56-year-old deceased man pinned under a vehicle on July 9 in Pahrump, Nev. Circumstances led investigators to believe that the unnamed man’s death was a result of the 6.4-magnitude . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief, DA warn public about opportunists

Chief, DA warn public about opportunists

Rebecca Neipp

As residents of the Indian Wells and Searles Valleys recovery from recent earthquakes, and continue to equip themselves in case seismic incidents continue, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin and Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer have advised residents to beware of scammers and opportunists during . . . Read Full Story >>

Human  remains found  near 395

Human remains found near 395

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Kern County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the remains of a deceased subject inside an RV in the area around U.S. Highway 395 and North Brown Road. According to a KCSO release, deputies found the body on June 22 at . . . Read Full Story >>

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — On Tuesday, June 18, Animal Control Officer Shawna Villa-Rodriguez was dispatched to Walmart regarding a dog locked inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, she found a dog – later identified as Pongo – locked inside a camper shell attached to the . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

A big rig sideswiped a blue sedan (pictured on the back of a tow truck) Wednesday afternoon according to California Highway Patrol. According CHP’s incident tracker, nobody was injured in the collision at the intersection of Bowman Road and U.S. Highway 395. Details were unavailable . . . Read Full Story >>

Baby’s death ruled homicide

Baby’s death ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 16-month-old Tayden Lee Rogers as a homicide, according to a June 6 release. Tayden Lee was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in February 2018 when he was . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims two homes, displaces families

Fire claims two homes, displaces families

Kern County and China Lake firefighters knock down the remainder of a fire that claimed two homes in the El Solana RV and Mobile Home Park in the 1600 block of North Brown Road in Inyokern. According to the KCFD release, two homes were already . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD investigates DUI collision

RPD investigates DUI collision

Emergency personnel respond to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of China Lake and Ridgecrest Boulevards on Tuesday night. According to the Ridgecrest Police Department the driver of the white Ford Explorer (rear) failed to yield at the red light and rear ended the red . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for drugs, weapon

Suspect arrested for drugs, weapon

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A traffic stop on Saturday, June 1, led to the arrest of a Ridgecrest resident for multiple felony charges including possession of an automatic firearm and possession of controlled substances and narcotics for sales. According to a release . . . Read Full Story >>

Police make meth possession arrest

Police make meth possession arrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Police made one arrest on Sunday, June 2, after contacting a suspect with multiple felony warrants for his arrest. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, Reserve Officer Micah Lloyd observed the suspect, 24-year-old Ridgecrest resident . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder suspect arrested  after Sunday altercation

Murder suspect arrested after Sunday altercation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s office has identified the victim of last weekend’s violent encounter outside of Triple T’s Tavern as Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero, 29-year-old Ridgecrest resident. Quintero succumbed to wounds reportedly sustained from an altercation with suspect . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made an arrest last Friday, May 10, when they responded to a reported stabbing in the 1100 block of West Boston Avenue. According to RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, suspected perpetrator Sheena Wallace, . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seek attempted  murder suspect

Police seek attempted murder suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department continues its search for Jose Leal, a 33-year-old Ridgecrest resident suspected of attempted murder. According to an RPD release, officers responded to a shooting in the 300 block of West Wilson Avenue around 7:30 . . . Read Full Story >>

Sex offender arrested  out of town

Sex offender arrested out of town

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A former Ridgecrest resident was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga last month for failing to register as a sex offender when he established a new residence. The suspect, 38-year-old Jonathan Edward Byrd, was convicted of sexual acts with a . . . Read Full Story >>