Drive-by suspect(s) at large

According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers are searching for suspects involved in an alleged drive-by shooting last weekend. Officers were dispatched to a report of multiple shots fired near the intersection of West Upjohn Avenue and South Mahan Street where a . . . Read Full Story >>

Coats faces arraignment

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The 30-year-old Kentucky man accused of breaking into Pierce Elementary School while armed last January faces arraignment in Bakersfield next month. Judge Kenneth Pritchard found probable cause for suspect Brian Coats’ three felony charges during his preliminary hearing . . . Read Full Story >>

Bills could eliminate bail system

Bills could eliminate bail system

Rebecca Neipp

A pair of bills making their way through the state legislature could eliminate the existing bail bond system, leaving public safety officials concerned that this is just the latest in a series of initiatives that have driven up crime in California. Assembly Bill 42, co-authored . . . Read Full Story >>

Elderly motorist struck by large truck

Elderly motorist struck by large truck

First responders huddle around a victim of a traffic collision last Friday near the China Lake Boulevard-Upjohn Avenue intersection. According to witnesses on the scene, an elderly man on a motorized scooter was run over by the driver of a truck. The victim was transported . . . Read Full Story >>

Local law-enforcement officials honored

Local law-enforcement officials honored

From left are Officer Paul Vue from California Highway Patrol, John Abbott from Police and Citizens Together, Deputy David Smith from Kern County Sheriff's Office, John Palomino from China Lake Police Department and Officer Cory Huard with the Ridgecrest Police Department, law-enforcement officers recognized at . . . Read Full Story >>

Garibay receives Lifesaving Medal

Garibay receives Lifesaving Medal

Ridgecrest Police Officer Ricardo Garibay receives the “Lifesaving Medal” during the Kern County Fire Department’s awards ceremony in Bakersfield. Garibay and Officer Cory Ballestero rescued a man from a house fire in Ridgecrest last year. Other local honorees include Station 74 Capt. Thomas Nicoll, Engineer . . . Read Full Story >>

Bartlett joins RPD

Bartlett joins RPD

John Bartlett is sworn in as the newest officer of the Ridgecrest Police Department. A 2006 graduate of Lone Pine High School, he has served as a correctional officer for the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office before graduating from San Bernardino Police Academy earlier this month. . . . Read Full Story >>

Hernandez sworn in

Hernandez sworn in

Ramon Hernandez, pictured with parents Ramon and Hortencia, is welcomed as the newest officer in the Ridgecrest Police Department. Ramon, a native of Fresno, graduated from the Police Academy in December 2016. He thanked his family and friends for their support and said he looks . . . Read Full Story >>

Officer shooting reignites public safety debate

Rebecca Neipp

With the fatal shooting last week of Whittier police officer Keith Boyer, public safety officials are pointing to the “criminal justice trifecta” that has yielded a landscape that extends more protection to convicted felons than to the general public. “I think it’s becoming more difficult . . . Read Full Story >>

Two dead in separate traffic collisions

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer According to reports from the Ridgecrest Police Department and California Highway Patrol, two separate single-vehicle accidents resulted in pedestrian deaths recently. Highway 395 was closed down near the intersection of Bowman Road while CHP was investigating an accident . . . Read Full Story >>

Tour bus crash kills 1, injures 28

Tour bus crash kills 1, injures 28

By DAVID JOHNSON High Desert News One person was killed, and another 28 were injured, after a head-on collision occurred between a charter bus and two passenger vehicles. The crash happened at approximately noon Monday, just east of Kramer Junction on Highway 58. Lt. Tony . . . Read Full Story >>

Weekend fire guts duplex

Weekend fire guts duplex

A Sunday fire on Sanders Street injured two and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to a 1400-square-foot duplex. Kern County Firefighters, with assistance from other emergency service agencies, were able to extinguish the blaze and save an estimated $30,000 in property. The fire displaced . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriff cites continuing challenges in public safety

Sheriff cites continuing challenges in public safety

Rebecca Neipp

“Last time I was here, I was discussing the closure of the Ridgecrest jail,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood told members and guests of the Ridge-crest Republic Women, Federated, last week. “This was a real sore spot for the people of Ridgecrest, and I totally . . . Read Full Story >>

Burglary suspect caught in chimney

Burglary suspect caught in chimney

A 28-year-old Ridgecrest man was arrested Sunday after a suspected break-in attempted resulted in his getting stuck in a chimney. Ridgecrest Police Officers were dispatched to a home on the 500 block of West Mamie Avenue after a residential burglary alarm was triggered that morning. . . . Read Full Story >>

Car Quest burglary suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After investigating a burglary at Car Quest Auto Parts on North Balsam Street, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested suspect Tomas Ordonez, 40. According to the RPD release, it is unclear whether any additional suspects took part . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD arrests four in two burglaries

The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested four suspects in two separate burglaries and thefts this week. According to releases from the department, Jose Baltierrez, 18, Tyler Macleay, 18 and an unnamed juvenile, 17, were arrested Monday, Jan. 16 for residential burglary and vehicle theft. Two days . . . Read Full Story >>

Coats facing three felony charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Brian Coats, the 30-year-old Kentucky man who was arrested Jan. 6 near Pierce School with multiple firearms in his possession, underwent a felony arraignment last week and has another pre-preliminary hearing on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>

Armed suspect arrested near school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested an armed suspect who allegedly broke into Pierce Elementary School Wednesday morning. Arriving at Pierce at about 7 a.m., officers arrested Brian Coats, 30, a resident of Kentucky. When officers contacted Coats, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Manson in Bakersfield hospital

The local region is once again sharing a link with infamous cult-leader Charles Manson, whose role in a string of grisly murders — and countercultural teachers — has kept him in the headlines for decades since his imprisonment. The 82-year-old inmate of Corcoran State Prison, . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundbreaking set for Lake Isabella fire station

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Sequoia National Forest issued a joint announcement this week for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Lake Isabella Fire Station, set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at 7158 Lake Isabella Blvd. In July, the Sacramento District . . . Read Full Story >>