Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

Community chats with law enforcement over coffee

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Nearly a dozen law enforcement officers responded to Starbucks on China Lake Boulevard Friday morning, April 15…for their “Coffee With a Cop” community event. Conversations ranging from the controversial jail closure to the day’s weather could be overheard . . . Read Full Story >>

Gas leak causes explosion, fire

Gas leak causes explosion, fire

The Kern County Fire Department responds to a structure fire in the 200 block of Cisco Street at 3 a.m. Thursday. A caller reported hearing an explosion and seeing a fire near the rear of a nearby apartment unit. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a fire . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint planned

The Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint Friday, April 22, at an undisclosed location from 7-11 p.m. DUI saturation patrols will continue until 3 a.m. Saturday in areas with high frequencies of DUI incidents. RPD’s DUI Enforcement Team . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD Open house is May 5

RPD Open house is May 5

Det. Kenny Merzlak assists young residents with the finger-printing process at a previous open house at Ridgecrest Police Department. The local PD will once again offer an inside look at the station on May 5 at 6 p.m. The event will include firearms displays, taser . . . Read Full Story >>

Arson suspect in custody

Arson suspect in custody

When police and firefighters responded to a fire near the Elks Lodge on Monday evening, April 11, they found a trailer fully engulfed in flames near the west wall of the parking lot. According to a press release, the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested an arson . . . Read Full Story >>

One arrested in jewelry theft

An attempted burglary at “Jewelry To Go” ended in an arrest on Monday, April 11. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested suspect Krystal James, 31, for reportedly attempting to steal a diamond engagement ring from the jewelry store. According to RPD Sgt. Ronald Bell, . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD: ‘Zero tolerance’ for distracted driving

The Ridgecrest Police Department is joining a statewide “zero tolerance” enforcement campaign April 20 against distracted driving. “While writing citations is not the purpose of the campaign, sometimes citations are necessary for drivers to understand the importance of focusing on their driving,” said a spokesperson. . . . Read Full Story >>

Prisoner dies in transport

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office announced this week the death of a prisoner, who was being transported on Monday, April 4, from the Ridgecrest courthouse to the Lerdo jail in Bakersfield. The KCSO transportation unit stopped in Mojave on the way to Bakersfield and discovered . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Shots fired’ on Perdew results in arrest

‘Shots fired’ on Perdew results in arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest man was arrested Tuesday, April 5, after officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to a call of “Shots fired” in the 400 block of West Perdew Avenue. Neil Harvey, 32, was arrested after a brief . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested for assault with machete

Man arrested for assault with machete

A man was arrested Easter Sunday for reportedly attacking his neighbor with a machete. Accor-ding to the report from the Ridgecrest Police Department, the altercation was over the alleged (but ultimately untrue) harassment of the suspect’s dog by the neighbor’s dogs. Around 11 a.m. Sunday, . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces DUI checkpoints

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment will conduct DUI and driver’s license checkpoints at undisclosed locations on April 1 and 22 from 7-11 p.m. The checkpoints will be followed by DUI roving saturation patrols until 3 a.m. each night. There will also be a roving patrol the . . . Read Full Story >>

Service clubs honor local law enforcement

Service clubs honor local law enforcement

By NATHAN CARTER News Review Corespondant After a crowd-rousing rendition of the National Anthem, the 21st Annual Respect for Law Recognition Dinner was defined by its emotional resonance, cameradie and the humility of the receiving officers. The Respect for Law dinner is an annual awards . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD off-road grant up for review

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment submitted a preliminary application for funding to the California State Parks’ Off-High-way Motor Vehicle Recreation Grant Program for the 2016 project year. “This period provides an opportunity for the public to review and provide comments and letters of support during the . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI, saturation patrols tonight

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits along with a special DUI roving saturation patrol. • The DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is set for March 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. • Roving DUI . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD steps up bike, pedestrian safety

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – The Ridgecrest Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on March 7 with focused enforcement on collision-causing factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past three years where pedestrian and . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest Police – beards on patrol

Ridgecrest Police – beards on patrol

Above, members of the Ridgecrest Police Department sport their beards from last year’s annual Mountain Man March fundraiser. During the entire month of March, all participating officers will be collecting donations for growing their beards, after which all funds will be donated to the Women’s . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD swears in Rinaldi

RPD swears in Rinaldi

Mother Pam Rinaldi pins badge on Ridgecrest’s newest Police Officer Corey Rinaldi during his swearing-in ceremony on Monday, Feb. 29. Rinaldi, 21, is fresh out of the police academy and moved to Ridgecrest from Lemoore for his new position. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

All clear after China Lake EOD retrieves ’suspicious item’

All clear after China Lake EOD retrieves ’suspicious item’

Members of the Ridgecrest Police Department consult with the China Lake’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, which was called in to retrieve a suspicious item discovered near the corner of Reeves and Mahan streets around noon on Wednesday. Officials determined that the object (pictured with the . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for felony possession

Suspect arrested for felony possession

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Department detectives arrested a suspect last week for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, according to a release from the RPD. Detectives Kyle Cushman, Bill Groves and Aaron Tucker stopped suspect Richard Shultz, 29, on . . . Read Full Story >>

Assault suspects at large

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department have arrested one suspect and are seeking two more from an assault on Saturday, Feb. 20. According to a press release from the RPD, officers responded to a battery call where they . . . Read Full Story >>