Man arrested after evading officers

A 38-year-old Ridgecrest man was arrested on charges relating to felony evasion and hit and run after the suspect failed to comply with a routine traffic stop in the wee hours of the morning of June 27. According to Ridgecrest Police Department reports, Officers Groves . . . Read Full Story >>

Man arrested on attempted murder charge

Garry Allen McLucas, 47, of Ridgecrest, was arrested last Friday by Ridgecrest police and charged with attempted murder. According to Police Sergeant Ryan Marrone, who was on the scene, officers were called to the 500 block of North Sahara Drive just before 1:30 a.m. regarding . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD assists stabbing victim

RPD assists stabbing victim

Ridgecrest Police Officers tend to the victim of a stabbing last Thursday in the 100 block of East Ridgecrest Boulevard. According to reports, officers arrived on scene around 2:20 p.m. to find that the victim had been in a physical altercation with 31-year-old Gordon Steffik . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seeking female suspect

Police seeking female suspect

The Ridgecrest Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this subject, who has been seen on surveillance video in several neighborhoods prowling on properties and breaking into vehicles. If you have any information or believe you know this subject, please call RPD . . . Read Full Story >>

Parole sweep nets 18 arrests

In an effort to deter criminal activity in the Indian Wells Valley, the Ridgecrest Police Department spearheaded a parole/probation compliance check on June 3 on subjects who are on active parole, probation or post-release community supervision (AB109). The areas covered included Ridgecrest, Buttermilk Acres and . . . Read Full Story >>

High-speed chase ends in crash

A driver who allegedly fled the scene of a weekend checkpoint and led officers on a high-speed chase was arrested the next day after crashing his vechicle, according to Ridgecrest Police Department reports. RPD?authorities reported that 24-year-old Michael Dale Bristow pulled into the checkpoint at . . . Read Full Story >>

Party patrol op nets two arrests

The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two subjects during the course of its May 30 TAPPED (Teenage Party Prevention Enforcement and Dispersal) operation. “Teen parties are one of the highest-risk settings for youth alcohol problems,” said Sgt. Justin Dampier. “Teens often drink at large parties with . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter faces sentencing

Jeremy Dale Salter, 39, who was found guilty of first-degree murder on May 14, filed a motion for a new trial on June 5. This motion was denied by the Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield on June 11. Salter had represented himself during his . . . Read Full Story >>

Sullivan arrested

Sullivan arrested

Ridgecrest Police officers arrest Beau Sullivan, 35, on Monday about 4:30 p.m. at Sandy’s Trailer Park. Sullivan was reportedly in a verbal argument with a 52-year-old subject when he reportedly produced a knife and stabbed the other man in the chest. The victim was transported . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint nets arrest

A DUI-Driver’s License Checkpoint, operated by the Ridgecrest Police Department Traffic Unit from 7 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 6, yielded one arrest, according to RPD officials. “Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and . . . Read Full Story >>

McLaughlin promoted

McLaughlin promoted

Captain Jed McLaughlin was promoted to his present rank at the June 4 meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council. Chief Ron Strand said it was bittersweet saying goodbye to the retiring Capt. Paul Wheeler, but that he was happy to see McLaughlin take Wheeler’s place. . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter files motion for new trial

Jeremy Dale Salter, 39, filed a motion for a new trial on May 29. He was found guilty in Kern County Superior Court on May 14 of the first-degree murder of John Harley Evans of Inyokern. Salter represented himself during the trial, which he subjected . . . Read Full Story >>

Hit and run broadsides motorcycle

Hit and run broadsides motorcycle

Linda Saholt

Zachary Nathaniel Gibbons, a 21-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was arrested Monday for fleeing the scene of a traffic collision between his vehicle and a motorcyclist. According to Ridgecrest Police Sergeant Mike Myers, head of the Traffic Division, the suspect, driving a black Mitsubishi, was northbound on . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose charged with murder

Jesse Peyton Rose, 20, was formally charged with murder and elder abuse in the death of Sandra McKinney in May 15 arraignment. He pled not guilty to both charges. Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty and attorney Thomas Sone were both present. Rose’s next court appearance . . . Read Full Story >>

Sanders faces felony charges

Brian Jay Sanders, 49, arrested April 7 in Ridgecrest, will go to trial June 30 in Bakersfield’s Metro Division. He is facing felony charges of transporting a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Sanders was driving at 11 p.m. when h . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter found guilty of murder

Linda Saholt

Jeremy Dale Salter, 40, was found guilty of murder in the first degree by a jury in Bakersfield on May 14. The victim, John Harley Evans of Inyokern, had been reported missing on April 6, 2011. Salter was arrested April 8, 2011, and has been . . . Read Full Story >>

Salter back in trial

Jeremy Dale Salter, 40, primary suspect in the murder of John Harley Evans of Inyokern in 2011, is back on trial. The trial is still going on as of press time, and no details have been released. Salter is acting as his own attorney. The . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested in murder case

Jesse Payton Rose, 20, of Red Mountain, was arrested May 6 on suspicion of murdering Sandra McKinney, 71, of Red Mountain. McKinney was found dead at the bottom of a mine shaft in the Red Mountain area on April 21. According to the San Bernardi-no . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect in 2011 murder — 3 trial dates, no conclusion

Jeremy Dale Salter, 40, was arrested April 8, 2011, as the primary suspect in the murder of John Harley Evans of Inyokern. Evans was reported missing on April 6. Salter was arrested on April 11. The remains of Evans were found on April 28 and . . . Read Full Story >>

Police chief notes promising trend in crime deterrence

Rebecca Neipp

For the first time since the 2011 implementation of state legislation that profoundly changed law enforcement in California, Ridgecrest Police Chief Ron Strand noted that his department’s data indicates a decline in serious crimes during the first four months of 2014. The California Legislature enacted . . . Read Full Story >>