New challenges loom for law enforcement

New challenges loom for law enforcement

Rebecca Neipp

Despite the rise in crime throughout the state, Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed another initiative that will water down sentencing guidelines for convicted felons, yielding an anticipated increase in the number of career criminals on the streets. Although the governor has maintained that his intent . . . Read Full Story >>

Trona father saves family from blaze

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Trona father is being lauded as a hero after saving his wife and four children from a fire that consumed their home Feb. 6. According to reports, San Bernardino firefighters responded to a house fire in the . . . Read Full Story >>

Arrest for drug, firearm possession

Arrest for drug, firearm possession

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Detectives Kyle Cushman, Bill Groves and Officer Patrick Harlow of the Ridgecrest Police Department conducted a probation search on Thursday, Feb. 4, where they found a suspect illegally possessing several items according to an RPD press release. Officers . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested a suspect for reportedly threatening two separate victims, one with a knife and the other with a handgun, over the course of several days. According to an RPD press release, on Friday, Jan. . . . Read Full Story >>

KCFD responds to abandoned house fire

KCFD responds to abandoned house fire

A Kern County Fire Department engineer surveys an abandoned structure following a fire on Friday morning, Jan. 22. According to a release from the KCFD, firefighters found smoke coming from the boarded-up 900- square-foot vacant structure. A bystander is reported to have heard somebody inside. . . . Read Full Story >>

Police officers arrest five suspects in two crimes

According to releases from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers arrested five suspects of two separate crimes earlier this month. RPD officers were called on Jan. 7 to the 1300 block of West Iowa Avenue by a resident who had been robbed while on vacation. Suspects . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD seeks hit and run suspect

By BRIAN COSNER. News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is still seeking the suspect involved in a hit-and-run collision that took place last Friday, Jan 22. This is the second hit-and-run case documented this month. According to a release from the RPD, at . . . Read Full Story >>

City bids farewell to Myers, Laky

City bids farewell to Myers, Laky

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During the meeting of the Ridgecrest City Council on Wednesday, Jan. 20, Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Michael Myers and Canine Officer Laky were honored upon their retirement from the force. “We are very, very sad to see you . . . Read Full Story >>

Hit and run suspect still at large

Hit and run suspect still at large

The driver of this silver sedan was allegedly the victim of a hit-and-run accident Jan. 11 near Upjohn Park. According to the Ridgecrest Police Sgt. Justin Dampier, the passenger sustained minor injuries, and minimal damage was done to the car. The hit-and-run suspect has not . . . Read Full Story >>

Johannesburg man arrested for explosives

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A Johannesburg man was arrested Saturday, Jan. 9, following a warrant search of his residence in the 300 block of Buluwago Avenue where law enforcement officials found “numerous improvised and commercial explosives in addition to ‘booby traps’ throughout . . . Read Full Story >>

Garibay returns to RPD

Garibay returns to RPD

Ridgecrest Police Officer Ritchey Garibay’s girlfriend Katie Shipe pins on his badge after Garibay is sworn in as RPD’s newest officer. Garibay is returning to the force after a brief departure to serve on the police force in Pomona, Calif. He has been a law . . . Read Full Story >>

Vehicle pursuit ends in arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment responded to a trespassing call at the Ridgecrest Marriott SpringHill Suites on Wednesday, Dec. 6, that escalated to a vehicle pursuit through the city, according to the RPD. The commotion began Dec. 5, when . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic collision on Ridgecrest Blvd. Monday

Traffic collision on Ridgecrest Blvd. Monday

A driver gets her blue sedan wedged under a truck while traveling East on Ridgecrest Boulevard near Alvord Street on Monday, Jan. 4. She was transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital for minor injuries. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Introducing RPD’s newest sergeant

Introducing RPD’s newest sergeant

Ridgecrest Police Officer Nathan Lloyd’s wife Crystal pins on his new badge after he is sworn-in as the RPD’s newest sergeant on Monday, Jan. 4, at City Hall. “The sergeant’s position is one of the most important positions within the police department,” said Police Chief . . . Read Full Story >>

Vehicle theft suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer David Khan Dame, 33, was arrested by the Ridgecrest Police Department on Friday, Dec. 18 for suspected involvement in the theft of a vehicle in the 1000 block of South Ranger Street. According to reports, a Ranger Street . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspects arrested for sexual assault

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two suspects involved in the sexual assault of a woman at the Dollar General Store on Drummond Ave. RPD responded to Dollar General on Sunday, Dec. 20 to investigate a reported sexual battery . . . Read Full Story >>

178 sees two collisions in one hour

178 sees two collisions in one hour

First responders attend the scene of a three-vehicle accident at the corner of Inyokern Road and Strecker. Reports indicate that only minor injuries were sustained in the collision. Another two-car crash caused minor injuries and one transport by Liberty Ambulance. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Mass shooting closes local offices

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Several Kern and Inland Regional Center offices, including our local office, abruptly closed their doors and sent employees home on Wednesday following an 11 a.m. shooting at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. According to reports, 14 were . . . Read Full Story >>

Chief: prevent thefts this holiday season

Rebecca Neipp

As the winter holidays bring heartwarming celebrations of merriment for most residents, Ridge-crest Police Chief Ron Strand and his force are bracing for an unsavory tradition that often comes with the season — an uptick in residential and commercial burglaries. “Folks are going to have . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seeking burglary suspect

Police seeking burglary suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is seeking the community’s help in locating Nicholas Stiles, 33, who is wanted in connection with three different thefts and burglaries. The victim of a stolen Shale Shaker, a $30,000 piece of drilling equipment, . . . Read Full Story >>