Local man facing child molestation, pornography  charges

Local man facing child molestation, pornography charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After receiving a tip from from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, police last month arrested a Ridgecrest man who is facing felony child molestation and child pornography charges. While the investigation is still ongoing, the Ridgecrest . . . Read Full Story >>

Driver injured after colliding with power pole on IYK Road

Driver injured after colliding with power pole on IYK Road

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The sole occupant of a Dodge Dakota truck was injured Saturday after colliding with a power pole on Inyokern Road (State Route 178) just east of Strecker Road, according to a release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave . . . Read Full Story >>

Kumar given sentence for fraud

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Former Encino-based physician Dr. Kain Kumar was sentenced to two years in federal prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to fraudulently billing Medicare for services not rendered, according to the U.S. District Court Central District of California. . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chief  protects  public  safety on  two fronts

Police chief protects public safety on two fronts

Rebecca Neipp

While Jed McLaughlin, the top steward of public safety in our community, has fought valiantly against statewide mandates that have decriminalized felonies, prioritized perpetrator rights above victim safety and facilitated rising criminal trends across the state, he also got a dynamic reminder 18-months into his . . . Read Full Story >>

Police make multiple DUI arrests

Police make multiple DUI arrests

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Since after Christmas, the Ridgecrest Police Department has cracked down on driving under the influence and has made numerous arrests. On Friday, Dec. 27, officers responded to a report of a white Honda with bumper damage and a . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed  chase yields one arrest

High-speed chase yields one arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After a high-speed chase through town last Thursday, Dec. 26, Ridgecrest Police officers arrested a suspect for evading arrest and driving under the influence. According to an RPD release, Reserve Officer Micah Lloyd was on patrol in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Police nab suspected burglar, vandal

Police nab suspected burglar, vandal

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police responded to Ridgecrest Cinemas on Sunday, Dec. 29, regarding a van with its windows smashed out. The victim reported that birth certificates, Social Security cards, immunization cards and about $1,000 were missing from the vehicle. According to . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested after threatening neighbors

Man arrested after threatening neighbors

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested one suspect after responding to calls of a man threatening people with a baseball bat on Friday, Dec. 27. As police arrived at the scene in the 300 block of South . . . Read Full Story >>

Drive sober or get pulled over this holiday season

Drive sober or get pulled over this holiday season

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — The Ridgecrest Police Department encourages everyone attending holiday parties and gatherings where alcohol may be involved to use a designated sober driver. This holiday season, from Dec. 13 to New Year’s, the Ridgecrest Police Department will have more officers on patrol . . . Read Full Story >>

Two injured in traffic collision

Two injured in traffic collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Emergency medical services and law enforcement personnel responded to a traffic collision where two victims were injured Monday afternoon. According to reports, a silver sedan was rear ended by the driver of a white SUV at the intersection . . . Read Full Story >>

Local man killed on 58

Local man killed on 58

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest man was killed last month in a collision on Highway 58 near Bakersfield, according to a California Highway Patrol report. John Robert “Jack” Minton, 85-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was traveling west on Highway 58 and made a . . . Read Full Story >>

Two killed on Hwy 14

Two killed on Hwy 14

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Two were killed and two more, including one Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy, sustained major injuries in a head-on collision on Highway 14 last weekend according to a press release from the California Highway Patrol. The Mojave CHP office . . . Read Full Story >>

Teen injured in car vs. scooter

Teen injured in car vs. scooter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A teenage girl was injured Wednesday afternoon after she was reportedly struck by a car at the intersection of California Avenue and China Lake Boulevard. According to reports, the 16-year-old Burroughs High School student was riding a motorized . . . Read Full Story >>

Police Department gets two new grants

Police Department gets two new grants

The Ridgecrest Police Department announced this week that it has received two new grants. An $80,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety will help fund one year of enforcement and education programs that strive to reduce death and injury on California roads. According . . . Read Full Story >>

One killed in Poison Canyon collision

One killed in Poison Canyon collision

A motorist was killed with another sustaining major injuries in a collision on State Route 178 near Poison Canyon last week. According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol Mojave office, the driver of a Ford Escort, headed westbound approximately three miles east . . . Read Full Story >>

Attempted murder suspect arrested

Attempted murder suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police arrested a Ridgecrest man last weekend after the suspect allegedly stabbed another man in a home on the 1100 block of South McCall Street. The suspect – 29-year-old Thomas Taylor Pitt – is charged with attempted murder. . . . Read Full Story >>

Two transported for injuries in single-vehicle accident

Two transported for injuries in single-vehicle accident

Ridgecrest Police officers respond to a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning near the intersection of Church and Inyo streets. According to Sgt. Tony Brown of RPD, the driver and minor occupant were both transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for minor injuries. “We believe the cause was . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest stabbing  suspect

Police arrest stabbing suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Ridgecrest man was arrested Sunday, Nov. 3, for allegedly stabbing two victims, according to a press release from the Ridgecrest Police Department. Officers responded to reports of “a large fight in the street” on the 100 Block . . . Read Full Story >>

May death ruled a homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County coroner’s office reported earlier this week that the manner of Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero’s May 26 death was homicide. Quintero, 29, was reportedly in an altercation with suspect Richard Castleberry, 31, outside of Triple T’s . . . Read Full Story >>

Gov. signs  order to  aid quake  victims

Gov. signs order to aid quake victims

Rebecca Neipp

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed a crowd of national media and local leadership during a July 6 press conference in the wake of 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes, pledging his support for local recovery efforts. He made good on at least one of those promises Oct. . . . Read Full Story >>