Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After pleading no contest last month to a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter, Richard Castleberry, 32-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was sentenced Sept. 14 to 11 years in prison. Castleberry was arrested last year after punching Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in four-car collision

One injured in four-car collision

Authorities responded to a traffic collision involving four vehicles on Friday, Sept. 11, just before noon. According to early reports, the initial collision began when the driver of a white Mercury sedan rear ended another vehicle in front of McDonald’s near the corner of China . . . Read Full Story >>

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 62-year-old Inyokern resident Susan Laurie Alfson after the Kern County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide. According to a KCSO release, Alfson’s remains were discovered in her . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoints continue

DUI checkpoints continue

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is holding another DUI checkpoint tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning. The department’s DUI saturation patrol over Labor Day weekend netted 22 arrests – 11 of which were for impaired . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriffs catch armed suspect

Sheriffs catch armed suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Inyo County Sheriffs arrested an armed suspect, who was allegedly threatening travelers and law enforcement with a rifle on Highway 395 near Pearsonville, Calif. The suspect, 35-year-old Matthew David Hays, had been at large for several days until . . . Read Full Story >>

PD cracks down on DUIs

PD cracks down on DUIs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is increasing patrols through Labor Day weekend for the primary purpose of identifying suspected impaired drivers. Increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement . . . Read Full Story >>

Pearsonville gunman nabbed

Pearsonville gunman nabbed

UPDATE: as of Aug. 28, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office announced Hays was arrested without incident and booked at the Inyo County Jail. By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A potentially dangerous gunman is still at large as authorities continue searching for suspect Matthew . . . Read Full Story >>

Vandal breaks  police station  window

Vandal breaks police station window

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested Gilbert Alec Duran, 25, on Monday morning shortly after Duran reportedly threw a brick through a window at the police station. “He had no good reason to do it other than . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department announced a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 28 – the second DUI operation this month. The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location within city limits from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Checkpoint locations . . . Read Full Story >>

Castleberry pleads  ‘no contest’  to manslaughter

Castleberry pleads ‘no contest’ to manslaughter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Richard Castleberry, 31, plead no contest to felony voluntary manslaughter for the May killing of Luis Vargas Quintero according to an Aug. 11 press release from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. According to reports – . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint announced

DUI checkpoint announced

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – RPD will hold a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within Ridgecrest City Limits. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is . . . Read Full Story >>

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Over the course of several months, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 15 suspects in an undercover operation targeting online child predators. Among the suspects, ages 21-54, were California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims residential outbuildings

Fire claims residential outbuildings

Kern County Firefighters responded to a fire in the 1100 block of West Iowa Avenue Wednesday, just before 5 p.m. According to reports, two sheds in the backyard of a residence were in flames when emergency personnel arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire before it spread . . . Read Full Story >>

"Nadeau Fire" growth slows

"Nadeau Fire" growth slows

Flames were visible Wednesday evening over the ridges somewhere on Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, about 30 miles North-Northeast of Ridgecrest near Parrot Point according to fireweatheravalanche.org. As of Sunday afternoon, the fire (dubbed the "Nadeau Fire") was 75-percent contained with minimal potential for . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in 395 head-on collision

One killed in 395 head-on collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A collision on US Highway 395 early Thursday morning left one dead and another injured according to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave office. The accident occurred around 2:10 a.m. just south of the South China . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder victim identified

Murder victim identified

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire June 30 in the 500 block of Cottonwood Drive, where they recovered the body of Vickie Lynne Ryno-Smith, 54, identified earlier this month by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. After investigations . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD awarded Alcoholic  Beverage Control grant

RPD awarded Alcoholic Beverage Control grant

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced recently that it received a $25,000 grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to curb underage drinking. “Consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age can lead to crimes such as driving under the influence, . . . Read Full Story >>

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

2020 July 4th Weekend Review

For several weeks Kern County has seen an increase in illegal firework activity similar to that being seen across the Nation. During this time the Kern County Fire Department has continued to fully staff its fire stations and prioritize emergency activity. In anticipation of the . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder, arson suspect arrested

Murder, arson suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency personnel responded to a house fire Tuesday morning in the 500 block of Cottonwood Avenue – a scene that was later determined to be one of suspected arson and murder. Personnel from the Kern County Fire and . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in Hwy 395 collision

No injuries in Hwy 395 collision

The driver of a Kenworth big rig reportedly broadsided a GMC 3500 truck towing a horse trailer on Highway 395 Sunday. The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported. California Highway Patrol had no other information at press time. — Photo by . . . Read Full Story >>