Rangers raid Death Valley pot farm

Rangers raid Death Valley pot farm

Pictured: Shown are a few of the more than 4,000 marijuana plants being grown illegally in Death Valley National Park. — Courtesy photo ------ National Park Service rangers recently raided an illegal marijuana growing operation in Death Valley National Park. Hikers encountered three men installing . . . Read Full Story >>

Office fire under investigation

Office fire under investigation

KERN COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT — July 1, approximately 7:38pm the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a commercial office building on fire in the 300 block of East Ridgecrest Boulevard. The first arriving engine company was faced with a 15,000 sq ft two . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

One injured, two arrested in Triple T’s shooting

Chandra Stevens (center) recovers from her gunshot wound in the hospital while daughters Angie (left), Brook Ann (standing) and sister Jolene Bivins visit. — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A shooting at Triple T’s Tavern (formerly Tommy T’s) last weekend . . . Read Full Story >>

Search  continues for  Mather Bros.  burglar

Search continues for Mather Bros. burglar

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department released a second surveillance video last week showing the vehicle believed to be used in the May 26 burglary of Mather Bros, Inc., on South Downs Street. The department is requesting the public’s help . . . Read Full Story >>

Two arrested  in Sydney  Peak burglary

Two arrested in Sydney Peak burglary

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer During a multiagency post release community Ssupervision check on June 2 (see related story, this issue), detectives of the Ridgecrest Police Department discovered items and equipment “similar to those possessed at Sydney Peak Stone quarry” in the apartment . . . Read Full Story >>

Small fire temporary closes Ridgecrest Blvd.

Small fire temporary closes Ridgecrest Blvd.

Kern County firefighters respond to a small fire at the Flower Shoppe on West Ridgecrest Boulevard Wednesday afternoon. First responders had a stretch of the road blocked off while firefighters extinguished the flames with an air-pressurized water extinguisher. According to KCFD Capt. Tom Nicoll, the . . . Read Full Story >>

Two collisions this week

Two collisions this week

Two vehicles sustain significant damage following a traffic collision at the corner of North China Lake Boulevard and French Avenue on Tuesday afternoon. Liberty Ambulance transported the injured drivers to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital. On Wednesday evening, another collision occurred where U.S. Highway 395 intersects South . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seeking  burglary suspect

Police seeking burglary suspect

The Ridgecrest Police Department posted video footage last week showing a masked individual suspected of burglarizing Mather Bros., Inc., on South Downs Street. According to the release, an unknown individual is suspected of stealing a truck and additional property, including a safe, from the site. . . . Read Full Story >>

Stabbing suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A stabbing suspect is being charged with attempted murder following his arrest by officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department. According to an RPD release, officers responded to the 400 block of South Holly Canyon Drive on Thursday, May . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect caught evading arrest

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers apprehended a suspect Monday for reportedly evading arrest after they attempted to stop him for riding an off-highway vehicle on city streets. Detective Kyle Cushman tried to contact suspect Paul Duff at about 1 p.m. . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is May 25

The California Highway Patrol will conduct a DUI Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint Friday, May 25, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the unincorporated area of Kern County. The checkpoint will be staffed by officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug-impaired drivers. . . . Read Full Story >>

Police recover  stolen vehicle,  arrest suspect

Police recover stolen vehicle, arrest suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers arrested a suspected car thief and recovered a Mazda hatchback reported stolen on Monday, May 7. According to an RPD press release, officers located the vehicle Monday and recognized the driver as Tommy Sigala, 23. . . . Read Full Story >>

Three arrested  in drug bust

Three arrested in drug bust

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested three suspects in a drug bust following a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, where they recovered more than 200 grams of methempetamine, 10 grams of heroin and other drug paraphernalia. According . . . Read Full Story >>

Local woman arrested in Fresno bust

Local woman arrested in Fresno bust

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Fresno Police Department arrested four suspects, including one woman from Ridgecrest, on Saturday, April 21, following a drug bust. According to reports, Silvia Ochoa, 39, had her five children in the vehicle with her, along . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD catches up with suspect

RPD catches up with suspect

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Inyokern resident Gerald Lee Field, 56, was arrested in Trona on April 20 after being on the run from law enforcement since February. According to a report from the Ridgecrest Police Department, Field was detained along with several . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest stabbing suspect

Police arrest stabbing suspect

Ridgecrest Police officers call residents out of their home after responding to a stabbing in the 300 block of Robalo Street on Wednesday afternoon. After clearing the apartment and securing the crime scene, officers located and arrested suspect Alexis Meza one block over. The case . . . Read Full Story >>

ABC training offered this month

Ridgecrest Police Department will host a training session from Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for licensees and their employees on Thursday, April 19, from 6-10 p.m. at the Kerr McGee Center. Training will be provided on such topics as identification procedures, alcohol laws and regulations, . . . Read Full Story >>

Recent Highway 395 deaths spark petition

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A petition to widen California Highway 395 is circulating on the web, sparked by the most recent deaths of two Ridgecrest residents after a head-on collision Thursday, March 29, just outside of Randsburg. According to a press release . . . Read Full Story >>

DA will not seek charges in Mallett homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer No criminal charges will be filed against Richard White for the death of Malik Mallett, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green announced Thursday. Reese and Miriam Hogg, Mallett’s parents, have been pressing county officials for answers about the . . . Read Full Story >>

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

Law enforcement honored at awards dinner

From left, Officer Cary Dabbs from California Highway Patrol, Senior Deputy Johnny Frisbee from Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Officer Justin Michael McAllister from China Lake Police Department, Sgt. Bill Groves from Ridgecrest PD and Jason Woods from Bureau of Land Management are recognized for their . . . Read Full Story >>