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 >>

Police seize gambling machines

Police seize gambling machines

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police gathered Friday, Oct. 11, at Puff and Stuff Vape and Smoke Shop where they seized three illegal gambling machines and more than 3,000 glass pipes intended for illegal drug use. According to RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, . . . Read Full Story >>

Driver arrested after DUI crash

Driver arrested after DUI crash

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Police were dispatched to a single-vehicle collision Wednesday morning when the driver of a Nissan Xterra crashed into a brick wall bordering a residential area on East Ridgecrest Boulevard near North American Street. According to Ridgecrest Police Sgt. . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested  for residential burglary

Suspect arrested for residential burglary

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers arrested a suspected burglar early Monday morning, Sept. 23, after receiving a call from a local resident. According to a police press release, Officer Trevor Smythe responded to the 100 block of West Church Avenue . . . Read Full Story >>

Pietrangelo, Dilda sworn in

Pietrangelo, Dilda sworn in

Ridgecrest Police Chief Jed McLaughlin is flanked by RPD’s newest officers Daniel Pietrangelo (left) and Nicholaus Dilda. Pietrangelo was born in Staten Island, N.Y., and is a 2012 graduate. He previously worked as a CPS Case Worker and graduated from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy . . . Read Full Story >>

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Kern leaders unite to improve safety

Rebecca Neipp

Kern County leaders have thrown their support to the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe” initiative, scheduled for the 2020 General Election ballot, which addresses a series of state initiatives that public safety officials say have ultimately contributed to the increase in crime across the . . . Read Full Story >>

Meet Ridgecrest’s newest police officer

Meet Ridgecrest’s newest police officer

Ridgecrest Chief Jed McLaughlin welcomes Julius Ryan to the force during his Sept. 3 swearing-in ceremony. A Chicago native, Ryan attended Tulare-Kings Counties Basic Peace Officer Academy and is earning his degree in criminal justice with a minor in computer information systems. — Photo by . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD swears in Officer Hubburt

RPD swears in Officer Hubburt

Kevin Hubburt was sworn in earlier this month as an officer with the Ridgecrest Police Department. Hubburt comes to Ridgecrest from the San Bernardino Valley College Extended Basic Police Academy. When asked where he’d be seen out in the community, Hubburt said, “I’ll be the . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder suspect apprehended

Murder suspect apprehended

Rebecca Neipp

Five days after the victim of a shooting succumbed to his wounds, Ridgecrest Police Department detectives and officers apprehended the suspect, who had fled the scene of the crime. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 22, police responded to a report of shots fired near the . . . Read Full Story >>

Felon arrested on weapons  charge

Felon arrested on weapons charge

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested a suspect for unlawful firearm possession, according to a release from the department. Officers reportedly contacted 40-year-old Ridgecrest resident David Haynes at approximately 11:30 p.m. while they were on patrol Sunday, Aug. 25. . . . Read Full Story >>

Dampier promoted to Captain

Dampier promoted to Captain

Ridgecrest Police Department Captain Justin Dampier (left) shakes hands with Police Chief Jed McLaughlin, following Dampier’s promotion ceremony. After 20 years with the department and seven months as acting captain, Dampier was officially sworn in on Monday at City Hall. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect in shooting death at large

Suspect in shooting death at large

Rebecca Neipp

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect in an early morning shooting Thursday that left a 19-year-old Ridgecrest man dead. Sgt. Dan Armogida of RPD posted a video on Facebook, announcing the shooting, the active crime . . . Read Full Story >>

FD extinguishes car fire

FD extinguishes car fire

Kern County Firefighters finish extinguishing a fire in the 300 block of Florence Avenue around 10 a.m. on Monday morning. The flames, reportedly the result of a car fire, began spreading to the adjacent residence. Ridgecrest Police Officers also assisted. More details were not available . . . Read Full Story >>

Police catch car thief

Police catch car thief

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police pfficers have arrested a suspect for reportedly stealing a pickup truck from its owner’s residence earlier this month. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, officers responded to the theft in the 200 block . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinema  looters  nabbed

Cinema looters nabbed

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested two Ridgecrest residents suspected of burglarizing the Ridgecrest Cinemas last month. Suspects Raphael Schumacher, 37, and Rolando Estrada, 41, were both booked in the Bakersfield Central Receiving Facility and are awaiting court hearings. . . . Read Full Story >>

Cinemas reopen today

Cinemas reopen today

By REBECCA NEIPP News Review Staff Writer After taking appropriate steps to recover from massive earthquake damage — with a temporary setback to investigate a weekend burglary — Ridgecrest Cinemas reopens today on six of its eight screens. Just as Ridgecrest Cinemas managers were in . . . Read Full Story >>

Property  crimes  reported  after quake

Property crimes reported after quake

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to two property-crime incidents the week of July 4, within days of the large earthquakes that hit Ridgecrest. Officers responded to Sage Mart on the corner of Downs Street and Drummond . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire breaks out behind DART

Fire breaks out behind DART

China Lake Firefighter Chris Patterson finishes dousing a fire that broke out at 216 N. Gold Canyon Rd. on Sunday, July 14. According to Kern County Fire Department Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn, the fire consumed pallets and other items stored outside behind the DART . . . Read Full Story >>