Both missing girls found

Rebecca Neipp

Two desperate searches for missing local girls came to an end this week when both teens were found. Fourteen-year-old Jacoba Maher of Ridgecrest, who disappeared on June 19, was found and reunited with her mother, J.J., on Sunday, June 28. “I have my Jacoba back . . . Read Full Story >>

Albertson’s evacuated Sunday during dock fire

By KATHRYN GARCIA, News Review Correspondent A large fire that broke out among the pallets in the loading-dock area outside the Albertson’s store on South China Lake Boulevard on Sunday, June 28, prompted officials to evacuate shoppers from the store. Crews from Kern County Fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief: community partnership helps public safety

Rebecca Neipp

State policies that have closed prisons, reduced time served, decriminalized whole classes of felonies and watered down sentencing guidelines have created increasing challenges for those tasked with maintaining public safety. “The good news is that we did manage to see a decrease in crime by . . . Read Full Story >>

Family searches for missing local teen

Family searches for missing local teen

On Thursday morning, family of a missing 14-year-old put out a plea on Facebook for help in locating the missing girl. J.J. Maher said in her message that her daughter, Jacoba Alexandra Maher, has been missing since Friday, June 19, around 4 p.m. The family, . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Police Dept. DUI checkpoint, patrol this weekend

The Ridgecrest Police Department has announced a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol Friday, June 26, from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. According to the release, the checkpoints are a proven effective method to lower DUI numbers. Drivers will also be checked to . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen goes missing near Kernville

Teen goes missing near Kernville

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A teenage girl went missing near Kernville, Calif. last weekend and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for assistance in locating her. Amber Woolwine, a 16-year-old white female, was last seen Thursday morning, June 11, . . . Read Full Story >>

’Brothers in Blue’ reunite

’Brothers in Blue’ reunite

Former officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department gather at Lugo’s grill for a recent mini reunion of the “Brothers in Blue.” Pictured from left are Roger Young, Stan Austin, Allan Mitchell, Dan Allen, Don Parris, Jerry Lefebrvre and Jack Ralston, who came from as far . . . Read Full Story >>

Police warn of utility bill scams

Local residents are being targeted by utility bill scams according to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department. “Scammers will use different cons to get personal information or cash in fraudulent ways,” says the report. “Common scams involve a caller asking a victim to send . . . Read Full Story >>

Oviatt named in conspiracy claim

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County’s top two industries are embroiled in a legal complaint filed last week by an agricultural coalition that claims San Joaquin Valley oil companies illegally injected contaminated water into the ground and that accuses state and county officials of collaborating in an attempt to . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD gets $40K enforcement grant

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment will receive a $40,000 grant designated for enforcing alcoholic beverage control restrictions with a strong emphasis on curtailing juvenile access to alcohol. The Ridgecrest City Council voted unanimously in support of the grant acceptance . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is June 13

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment have a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol set for tomorrow, June 13 from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. “In California this deadly crime led to 802 deaths because somebody failed to designate a sober driver,” said . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected thief arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested John Williams III, 33, last week when he was reportedly evading police in a stolen vehicle. According to police reports, on Wednesday, June 3, RPD Officer Bill Groves was conducting a traffic stop . . . Read Full Story >>

Park sentenced for shooting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer David Carl Park began his 32-year sentence in Wasco State Prison last month as a result of his armed standoff with law enforcement last February at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds RV Park. Park was arrested Feb. 6, 2014, . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizen’s Police Academy applications accepted

The Ridgecrest Police Department is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizen’s Police Academy through Friday, June 26. The academy is a nine-week program designed to give members of the community an inside look at local law enforcement. “During the academy, students will be introduced to . . . Read Full Story >>

Pot grower gets prison, fine for Nicolls Fire

Rebecca Neipp

A 46-year-old Perris man was convicted for his role in starting last summer’s Nicolls fire, which destroyed some 1,6800 acres of public land and caused more than $6.5 million in damages. He was sentenced to prison time and a steep fine, according to the office . . . Read Full Story >>

Grove requests details relating to suspicious death of disabled resident

SACRAMENTO — The Orange County Coroner’s office and the Costa Mesa Police Department are investigating the suspicious death of a 50-year-old, disabled Fairview Developmental Center resident who died from unexplained injuries while living at the center. According to state records, since 2002 eight people suffering . . . Read Full Story >>

Hwy 395 site of driver death

The sole occupant of a Chrysler Town & Country van was killed in a single-vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 395 early Wednesday morning. The 34-year-old male’s name has not yet been released by the San Bernardino Coroner’s Office. The driver, a resident of Mapleton, Utah, . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose sentencing trial postponed

The sentencing trial for Jesse Peyton Rose, 21, has been postponed by request of the Probation Department. The Red Mountain resident was convicted in March of the murder, abuse and rape of 71-year old Sandra McKinney in April 2014. His trial is now set for . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspects arrested in shooting

Suspects Rederick Ryan Delapena, 20 was arrested Saturday, May 16, for the negligent discharge of a firearm in a residential area according to police reports. Tynan James Lawrence, 21, was arrested as an accessory to the shooting. No one was injured as a result of . . . Read Full Story >>

Burglary suspects apprehended

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Suspects from a robbery at Eastridge Market have been identified and taken into custody by the Ridgecrest Police Department. Arrested were Albert Hawkins, 21, Andrew Johnson, 23, and an unnamed juvenile. Surveillance video on April 19 caught three . . . Read Full Story >>