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 >>

Police recover property, make arrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While conducting a follow-up search regarding a burglary case, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department received information of stolen property possibly located in a residence at 135 W. Robertson Ave., according to a press release from RPD. On . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic stop results in DUI

Traffic stop results in DUI

Ridgecrest Police Officer Briana Stangle detains a DUI suspect just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the 200 block of South China Lake Boulevard. According to reports, the suspect Joseph Demaria, 28, was pulled over and found to be nearly twice over the legal . . . Read Full Story >>

Police  make arrest in ATM fraud case

Police make arrest in ATM fraud case

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested Edward William Tone, 34, a Romanian national, last week as a suspect in recent “card skimming” and ATM fraud activity. Last month, Inyo County law-enforcement officials found and removed card skimmers . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM chase ends in crash, arrest

BLM chase ends in crash, arrest

A vehicle driven by a suspect who was apparently fleeing from a Bureau of Land Management ranger collides with a light pole on China Lake Boulevard, adjacent to the ongoing Farmers’ Market — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A brief . . . Read Full Story >>

Abandoned house fire under investigation

Abandoned house fire under investigation

A burned-out abandoned triplex sits in the 100 block of Sunset Street. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments responded to the Monday night fire with assistance from the Ridgecrest Police Dept. The building was reportedly scheduled for demolition. The cause of the fire is . . . Read Full Story >>

PD seizes half pound of meth

After performing a probation search of a Travelodge motel room, Ridgecrest Police officers located and seized just under half a pound of suspected methamphetamine and other controlled substance paraphernalia according to an RPD press release. The release said that officers contacted suspect Isaias Barragan, 24, . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest suspect after car chase

Police arrest suspect after car chase

A car chase ensued after Ridgecrest Police officers attempted to stop a driver who reportedly ran a stop sign over the weekend. According to a police report, the driver of a Ford Aerostar van failed to yield in the 100 block of North Gold Canyon . . . Read Full Story >>

Police issue  card scam warning

Police issue card scam warning

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several reports of victims having their credit card information compromised after stopping for gas at Coso Junction, the Ridgecrest Police Department issued a release warning of credit card “skimmers” being used in the area. Skimmers are unauthorized . . . Read Full Story >>

Home surveillance leads to arrests in separate burglaries

Home surveillance leads to arrests in separate burglaries

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers identified two suspects in unrelated burglaries last week, thanks to video surveillance footage. On Friday, Feb. 22, officers responded to the 100 block of North Rawhide Lane after a suspected burglary. According to a press . . . Read Full Story >>

Man booked for DUI, ‘wanton disregard’

Man booked for DUI, ‘wanton disregard’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police officers arrested a DUI suspect after a high-speed chase early Monday morning. According to an RPD release, Officer Joshua Beard attempted to conduct a traffic stop around 2 a.m. Monday after the suspect ran a stop . . . Read Full Story >>

25 arrested in parole sweep

The Ridgecrest Police Department led a parole compliance sweep on Tuesday. After contacting more than 100 subjects, law-enforcement officials made 25 arrests and reportedly seized roughly 19 grams of methamphetamine, 2.7 grams of heroin, several meth pipes, hypodermic needles and a flare gun. “The primary . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seize  gambling  machine

Police seize gambling machine

Ridgecrest Police Officers remove an illegal gambling machine from the former Pro Shop Nutrition — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department seized another illegal gambling machine Tuesday from a shop at 134 N. China Lake . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested on meth charges

Suspect arrested on meth charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest Police Department parole search in the 900 block of East California Avenue led to one arrest last week according to an RPD press release. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Detective Kyle Cushman and Officer Timothy Plunkett conducted . . . Read Full Story >>

395 Collision leaves one dead

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A head-on collision on Highway 395 near Athel Avenue in Inyokern left one dead in the early hours of Monday, Feb. 4. According to the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the drivers of a southbound Ford Taurus and . . . Read Full Story >>

Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

Hit-and-run suspect pleads guilty

Hit-and-run suspect Morgyn Dobson pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges on Jan. 31 and is scheduled to be sentenced in court on Feb. 25 in Ridgecrest according to court records. California Highway Patrol officers arrested Dobson, 44, in November after a hit-and-run . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect  arrested after  brief car chase

Suspect arrested after brief car chase

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer When officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop for inadequate vehicle lighting, the motorist led officers on an 11-mile high-speed pursuit. According to reports, the incident occurred last Jan. 25 and the suspect . . . Read Full Story >>

Deputies seek carjacker

Deputies seek carjacker

Deputies of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office continue to seek a suspect from an alleged armed carjacking last week. According to reports, Nicholas Aaron Stiles, 36, stole a truck and a motorcycle at gunpoint in the Fremont Valley area. The victim was unharmed. Deputies have . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI hit-and-run suspect arrested

DUI hit-and-run suspect arrested

Law-enforcement officials respond to the aftermath of a suspected hit and run on Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of West Graaf Avenue and North Norma Street. According to a report from the Ridgecrest Police Department, the driver of a brown Lexus had fled the scene . . . Read Full Story >>

Two more killed in Hwy 395 head-on

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Highway 395 claimed two more lives last Friday, Jan. 11, after a head-on collision in Adelanto— the latest fatal accident on a familiar stretch of road where dozens lost their lives last year. According to a release from . . . Read Full Story >>