Police report auto thefts on the rise

At least seven cars have been stolen in the span of 10 days, according to Sgt. Jed McLaughlin with the Ridgecrest Police Department. Most all of the vehicles have been ‘90s-early 00s model Hondas. “We can’t talk about all we’re doing now because of some . . . Read Full Story >>

Carjacker arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to a vehicle theft in process at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, and arrested Leland Wright, 28, for carjacking and resisting arrest. According to the police report, Wright drove his blue . . . Read Full Story >>

Stolen car crashed and abandoned, one arrest made

Stolen car crashed and abandoned, one arrest made

Ridgecrest Police Officer Matt Bockhahn inspects a crashed and abandoned Ford Mustang that was reported stolen earlier that day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. The vehicle had crashed into a light pole near Burger King. Based on witnesses’ descriptions of the driver, police located and apprehended suspect . . . Read Full Story >>

Officials ask public help on investigation

It could be a year before authorities are able to determine what caused the tragic loss of Space-ShipTwo, which crashed Oct. 31 following an in-flight anomaly during a test out of Mojave Air and Space Port. The experimental craft, part of Virgin Galactic’s partnership with . . . Read Full Story >>

Newest RPD officer sworn in

Newest RPD officer sworn in

Matthew Griffin has his badge pinned on as the Ridgecrest Police Department’s newest officer during his swearing-in ceremony Thursday. Griffin graduated from College of Sequoia, Tulare Kings County Academy, in 2014. He was a member of the Hanford Police Explorers as a teen, and his . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD seizes pot, weapons

RPD seizes pot, weapons

Ridgecrest Police Detective Tom Dilley, Detective Kyle Cushman, Sgt. Tony Brown and Lead Detective Aaron Tucker show off a sizable drug seizure, confiscated from the 700 block of South Downs Street during a probation search yesterday afternoon. Officers searched the residence of Brian Pipping (aka . . . Read Full Story >>

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 >>