Ramos wanted  for restraining  order violation

Ramos wanted for restraining order violation

The Ridgecrest Police Department is seeking Antonio Ramos for reportedly violating a restraining order and his parole. Officers are requesting the public’s help in locating the 35-year-old Hispanic male. If you have any information please contact 760-499-5000. . . . Read Full Story >>

Carjacking suspect  arrested Tues.

Carjacking suspect arrested Tues.

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to a carjacking at Eastridge Market Tuesday evening just after 10 p.m. After a brief investigation, they arrested suspect Jesus Valdez, 43. According to the press release, officers received a call from the victim that Valdez had assaulted . . . Read Full Story >>

Abandoned structure catches fire Tuesday

Abandoned structure catches fire Tuesday

Firefighters exit a house in the 1600 block of North Norma Street after quickly rescuing the building from a fire Tuesday afternoon. According to reports, the structure was abandoned, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Kern County and China Lake firefighters . . . Read Full Story >>

Protect your property  — this season and always

Protect your property — this season and always

Rebecca Neipp

Pictured: Officer Santiago Estrada leaves safety tips for a home owner during one of Ridgecrest Police Department’s neighborhood canvasing events to raise awareness. — Photo by Laura Austin ****** Between the financial pressure of the holidays, and the historical abundance of soft targets, the National . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims local home

Fire claims local home

Firefighters mop up the scene of a house fire on the 700 block of North Wildflower Street on Wednesday. According to Kern County Fire Department officials who responded to the incident, the home was a total loss. The sole occupant survived unharmed, though several pets . . . Read Full Story >>

McLaughlin is new chief

McLaughlin is new chief

Anthony, John (not pictured) and Connor help their dad in a pinning ceremony for newly promoted Ridgecrest Chief of Police Jed McLaughlin. Also picured is former chief Ron Strand in the background. Hundreds packed City Council Chambers last week for the promotion ceremony. — Photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist collides with squad car

Motorcyclist collides with squad car

First responders attend the scene of a traffic collision Wednesday. Around 7:15 p.m., the Ridgecrest Police Department was dispatched after reports of a fire in an apartment in the 700 block of South Norma Street. An officer driving west on East Upjohn Avenue approached the . . . Read Full Story >>

Tucker promoted to sergeant

Tucker promoted to sergeant

Ridgecrest Police Officer Aaron Tucker (right) is promoted to sergeant and congratulated by Police Chief Jed McLaughlin in a ceremony earlier this week. Tucker began his employment at RPD in 2009 and has since served in a variety of roles, including patrol, field-training and investigations. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims home

Fire claims home

A Graaf Avenue home is gutted by fire early Tuesday morning. According to the Kern County Fire Department, engines from Stations 71, 73, 74, 75 and 77 were dispatched to a double-wide mobile home on the 1400 block of Graaf. They arrived to find the . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for possession of child pornography

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest man is being tried for possession of child pornography after his arrest by officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department in September. The suspect, Jeffrey Hansen, 49, was reportedly in possession of thousands of pornographic photographs and . . . Read Full Story >>

Infant death investigation continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A 7-month-old child was found dead in a Ridgecrest home after officials responded to a 911 call last month. According to reports, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded on Nov. 11 to a dispatch of a child . . . Read Full Story >>

Police find drugs, stolen firearm during traffic stop

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — On Nov. 22 at 3:20 a.m., officers of the RPD conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1300 block of West Ridgecrest Boulevard. Officers identified the driver as Jose Leal, 32, of Bakersfield, who was on probation with search . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest resident struck in Hwy 178 accident

Ridgecrest resident struck in Hwy 178 accident

Kern County Fire Department personnel assist Liberty Ambulance with transporting an unnamed Ridgecrest man who was struck by a vehicle Friday evening, Nov. 17, on Highway 178 near the County Line Road intersection. According to officials, Ridgecrest Police Department officers were the first on the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fatality after  suspected  hit and run  on Hwy 14

Fatality after suspected hit and run on Hwy 14

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer California Highway Patrol officials have issued a “be on the lookout” broadcast for our area regarding a suspected hit-and-run driver, following a traffic fatality on Highway 14 on Friday. According to a CHP release, officers responded to a . . . Read Full Story >>

Parole sweep yeilds 22 arrests

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department and partner agencies conducted a probation sweep earlier this month in Ridgecrest and surrounding areas. The primary goal of the compliance check was to deter criminal activity in the Indian Wells Valley, and check . . . Read Full Story >>

Wednesday fire claims home

The remains of a mobile home in the 1300 block of Saint George Street that burned nearly to the ground early Wednesday morning. There were no injuries from the incident and the sole resident had already exited the home when fire crews arrived. Firefighters from . . . Read Full Story >>

Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision

First responders get ready to transport the victim of a motorcycle accident late Friday evening on China Lake Boulevard near the intersection of Las Flores Avenue. The victim, George Faulkinbury, was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital with serious injuries. Officials indicated on the scene that . . . Read Full Story >>

First responders pull victim from 395 crash

First responders pull victim from 395 crash

First responders work for nearly two hours to free a man trapped in a vehicle after a collision with a semi-truck last Friday. Multiple agencies, including Kern County and China Lake fire departments and the California Highway Patrol, attended the scene. Although officials started an . . . Read Full Story >>

Zimmer: ‘Gang  activity is infectious’

Zimmer: ‘Gang activity is infectious’

Rebecca Neipp

With a continued rise in crime across the Indian Wells Valley, Kern County and the state of California — coupled with diminishing resources for law enforcement and criminal justice — safety continues to be an issue of paramount concern to the public. One of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire personnel respond to transformer fire

Fire personnel respond to transformer fire

China Lake Fire Department and Southern California Edison respond to an apparent transformer fire Tuesday night just outside the gate of Naval Air Weapons Station. Just before 9 p.m. brilliant flashes lit up the night sky. At press time, the cause of the sparks and . . . Read Full Story >>