Fire claims uninhabited building

Fire claims uninhabited building

Kern County firefighters work to douse a structure fire in the 100 block of S. Sunset Street on Sunday morning. Units arrived at 8:30 a.m. to find the uninhabited building in flames. Firefighters considered the building unsafe to enter and attacked the fire from the . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest assault suspect

Police arrest assault suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers and Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to fight Thursday, Sept. 8, resulting in one arrest. The suspect, Thomas Pitt, 26, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and booked into the Kern County Jail . . . Read Full Story >>

Alley fire threatens two homes

Alley fire threatens two homes

Two homes separated by an easement between Helena and Alvord Streets began to burn after a tree caught fire in an alley in the 300 block of Helena Street at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening. According to a release from the Kern County Fire Department, . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested after shots fired

Two arrested after shots fired

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested two suspects Monday following a alleged physical altercation where one of the suspects reportedly fired a handgun near the feet of a reported victim before fleeing the scene. In the early hours of . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizen detains theft suspect

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrived on the scene of an alleged theft on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Sierra Sands Unified School District Office in the 100 block of West Felspar Avenue. Upon arrival officers found suspect Laderas Dwayne Baker, Jr., 19, being . . . Read Full Story >>

Man shot and killed in CL Acres

A 30-year-old man died after being shot early Saturday morning, Aug. 20. According to the Kern County Coroner’s Office, Jesus Torres of Ridgecrest was shot just after midnight in the 4500 block of Reeves Avenue in China Lake Acres. He was transported to Kern Medical . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested in Saturday stabbing

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two suspects after responding to a fight in the 400 block of West Church Avenue. According to the RPD release, Ray Sigala, 19, had threatened to slash the tires to his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle. When his brother Tommy Sigala, . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD makes DUI arrest

A suspected drunk driver plowed through the northern fence of the Bowman drainage canal last Sunday, injuring several passengers according to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department. Hugo Camacho, 35, was arrested for a hit and run, driving under the influence, causing injury and . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire destroys local home Monday

Fire destroys local home Monday

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A second home in as many weeks was claimed by a fire on Monday, Aug. 8. According to reports, William and Melody Groves were barbecuing in the front yard of their home in the 500 block of South . . . Read Full Story >>

Resident evacuates after home fire

Resident evacuates after home fire

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A house fire Saturday, July 30, in the 900 block of North Sierra View Street left a local resident temporarily displaced. The structure’s only resident was evacuated safely and most of the damage was contained to an outdoor . . . Read Full Story >>

Body found, ID’d

Body found, ID’d

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Rumors of a body found in the desert area just west of the Home Depot last week have now been confirmed by the Ridgecrest Police Department. The victim has been identified as Vance Eisinger, 60, of Ridgecrest. Eisinger, . . . Read Full Story >>

Second body found in as many weeks

Second body found in as many weeks

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to reports of a dead body, the second in as many weeks, at 330 E. Ridgecrest Boulevard, across the street from Rose Garden Inn & Suites. The body appeared to be an adult male. At press time, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest suspect for  robbery,  evading arrest

Police arrest suspect for robbery, evading arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A high-speed chase involving an all-terrain vehicle and officers of the Ridgecrest Police De-partment resulted in the arrest of robbery suspect Eric Lester. Police attempted to stop Lester, 32, of Trona when he was reportedly riding an ATV . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspects charged with arson

Two Ridgecrest residents were arrested last week on charges relating to arson. In the evening of July 16, the Ridgecrest Police Department received several 9-1-1 calls regarding suspects in a vehicle shooting fireworks into the yards of local residents. Officers located the suspects, identified as . . . Read Full Story >>

Spots still remain for Citizens’ Academy

Interested in learning more about the Ridgecrest Police Department? The department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizens’ Police Academy. “The Citizens’ Academy has been going on for many years at law enforcement agencies across the county,” said RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, who added . . . Read Full Story >>

Stabbing leads to charge of attempted murder

A 48-year-old Ridgecrest man is being held on charges relating to attempted murder after Ridgecrest Police Department officers arrested him on July 8. According to RPD reports, Shamika Jones flagged down an officer on North China Lake Boulevard, near the Coso Avenue intersection, and reported . . . Read Full Story >>

Dr. Kumar accused of taking illegal kickbacks

At press time, the News Review learned that Dr. Kain Kumar, an Encino-based physician who operated clinics in Ridgecrest and other high-desert locations, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation officials and indicted on charges relating to his receiving illegal healthcare kickbacks. Previously published reports . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in attempted  murder

Two arrested in attempted murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested two suspects on charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit a crime on Saturday, June 18. Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, police responded to a fight with reported shots fired in the . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD says farewell to Homer

RPD says farewell to Homer

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Communicator, lifeline, caring, honorable, calm under pressure, strong, unsung hero, dedicated, skilled, compassionate and service to others. Those are the terms that Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Ryan Marrone used to depict RPD Dispatcher Sharon Homer, who retired from . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD announces Citizen’s Police Academy

Interested in learning more about the Ridgecrest Police Department? The department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Citizen’s Police Academy. “The Citizen’s Academy has been going on for many years at law enforcement agencies across the county,” said RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, who added . . . Read Full Story >>