Teen arrested for robbery, assault

Teen arrested for robbery, assault

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested one suspect after responding to the robbery of a cab driver in the 200 block of South Sunset Street on Sunday, May 24. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers arrived on the . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in town-house collision

One injured in town-house collision

Two vehicles ended up crashed into a townhouse after a collision on East Upjohn Avenue Wednesday afternoon. According to preliminary reports, the driver of a Nissan Armada (left) fell asleep at the wheel and struck a Toyota Tacoma that was parked on the street. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest suspect afer shots fired

Police arrest suspect afer shots fired

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect after responding to a report of shots fired on Thursday, May 7. After numerous 911 calls, officers responded to the 200 block of East La Mirage Lane where they arrested James . . . Read Full Story >>

Police capture man suspected of attempted murder

Police capture man suspected of attempted murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a four-day search, Ridgecrest Police Department officers caught up to a Ridgecrest man suspected of firing shots into a house in the 800 block of West Moyer Avenue on Friday, April 24. According to an RPD press . . . Read Full Story >>

Police dept. enforces gov’s closure order

Police dept. enforces gov’s closure order

Rebecca Neipp

As businesses enter the fifth week of closures to help contain COVID-19 outbreaks, Ridgecrest Police Department is following up on complaints to the Kern County Public Health Department of violations to the mandate. On March 20, Gov. Gavin Newsom directed Californians to stay at home . . . Read Full Story >>

Death Valley vandal identifies himself, apologizes

Death Valley vandal identifies himself, apologizes

DEATH VALLEY, CA – Rangers announced April 20 that a man has confessed to marking multiple sites in Death Valley National Park with graffiti. Charges are pending. Graffiti that included “Steve & Lacy” was found on rocks, a well, and historic structures in Echo Canyon, . . . Read Full Story >>

R/C Cafe busted again for gambling

R/C Cafe busted again for gambling

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Deputies of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Seized 14 illegal computer gambling consoles and more than $5,600 in cash Sunday, April 12, after conducting a follow-up investigation of a suspected internet casino in the 4000 block of West . . . Read Full Story >>

Rangers seek assistance  in identifying vandals

Rangers seek assistance in identifying vandals

Death Valley National Park Rangers are investigating repeated incidents of vandalism over the past two years and seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect. Early this year, rock faces, buildings, and other infrastructure were vandalized with graffiti that reads in part “Steve & Lacy.” . . . Read Full Story >>

‘We are fortunate in our community’

‘We are fortunate in our community’

Rebecca Neipp

As concerns surrounding COVID-19 outbreaks continue to disrupt nearly every sector of the community, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin said that his team is equipped to maintain public safety. “We are very fortunate in this community,” he said. For years, external emergency service agencies have . . . Read Full Story >>

John’s  Pizza  burglars  thwarted

John’s Pizza burglars thwarted

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested two would-be burglars early Tuesday morning who were reportedly in the process of stealing property from John’s Pizza on Ridgecrest Boulevard. According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, officers responded to an alarm call at John’s around . . . Read Full Story >>

Richard Castleberry  hearing postponed

Richard Castleberry hearing postponed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The preliminary hearing for a Ridgecrest man – arrested and charged for a homicide last May – was pushed to late June earlier this month. While the specific reason for the postponement is unclear, many cases are being . . . Read Full Story >>

Abuse  hotlines  remain  active

Abuse hotlines remain active

Rebecca Neipp

The Kern County District Attorney’s office issued a reminder to residents that hotlines for domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault remain manned and available to those in need. “Economic disruptions on the scale that we are seeing from the coronavirus pandemic can place a . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces new Animal Control protocols

RPD announces new Animal Control protocols

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – The Ridgecrest Animal Care and Control Department has implemented new protocols as part of the ongoing COVID-19 response. These protocols are out of an abundance of caution to protect staff and the community at large. These processes are meant as precautions . . . Read Full Story >>

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Minor injuries reported in Tuesday collision

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department and other emergency personnel respond to a traffic accident at the intersection of North China Lake Boulevard and French Street on Tuesday afternoon. Both trucks were totaled and only minor injuries were reported. Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

‘This  time,  it’s not  just us’

‘This time, it’s not just us’

Rebecca Neipp

For the second time in less than a year, Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin is in crisis management mode. But unlike his experience spearheading a multi-agency effort to recover from last summer’s historic earthquakes, he’s in just one law enforcement agency among thousands during a . . . Read Full Story >>

DA cracks  down on  price-gouging

DA cracks down on price-gouging

Rebecca Neipp

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer issued a warning Monday for Kern County residents to beware of unscrupulous individuals who attempt to profit from the recent emergency declarations by engaging in illegal price gouging or charitable solicitation fraud. Following last summer’s earthquakes, Zimmer issued a similar alert . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in fiery 178 crash

One killed in fiery 178 crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Authorities responded to a collision on Wednesday morning in Inyokern, one that claimed the life of an unidentified female. At press time, the identity of the deceased had not yet been released. According to a release from the . . . Read Full Story >>

D.A. cracks down on price-gouging

D.A. cracks down on price-gouging

Rebecca Neipp

District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer issued a warning Monday for Kern County residents to beware of unscrupulous individuals who attempt to profit from the recent emergency declarations by engaging in illegal price gouging or charitable solicitation fraud. Following last summer’s earthquakes, Zimmer issued a similar alert . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI saturation patrols slated

DUI saturation patrols slated

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced DUI enforcement operations Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17, in association with St. Patrick’s Day. “St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, which makes it all the more important to let someone . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist airlifted from Dove Springs

Motorcyclist airlifted from Dove Springs

Kern County Fire Department and Mercy Air personnel responded to the Dove Springs area Saturday after a motorcyclist sustained serious injuries following a wreck near Last Chance Canyon Road. After being treated by a KCFD paramedic, the victim was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. — . . . Read Full Story >>