RPD arrests four in two burglaries

The Ridgecrest Police Department arrested four suspects in two separate burglaries and thefts this week. According to releases from the department, Jose Baltierrez, 18, Tyler Macleay, 18 and an unnamed juvenile, 17, were arrested Monday, Jan. 16 for residential burglary and vehicle theft. Two days . . . Read Full Story >>

Coats facing three felony charges

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Brian Coats, the 30-year-old Kentucky man who was arrested Jan. 6 near Pierce School with multiple firearms in his possession, underwent a felony arraignment last week and has another pre-preliminary hearing on Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. in . . . Read Full Story >>

Armed suspect arrested near school

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment arrested an armed suspect who allegedly broke into Pierce Elementary School Wednesday morning. Arriving at Pierce at about 7 a.m., officers arrested Brian Coats, 30, a resident of Kentucky. When officers contacted Coats, he . . . Read Full Story >>

Manson in Bakersfield hospital

The local region is once again sharing a link with infamous cult-leader Charles Manson, whose role in a string of grisly murders — and countercultural teachers — has kept him in the headlines for decades since his imprisonment. The 82-year-old inmate of Corcoran State Prison, . . . Read Full Story >>

Groundbreaking set for Lake Isabella fire station

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Sequoia National Forest issued a joint announcement this week for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Lake Isabella Fire Station, set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at 7158 Lake Isabella Blvd. In July, the Sacramento District . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seek robbery suspect

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment has released a video of a suspected convenience store robbery that took place at 3 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21. According to the release, a hooded male suspect entered the Kwik Serv gas station in the 1400 block of North Norma . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire destroys  home, claims pets

Fire destroys home, claims pets

Rebecca Neipp

A quick-burning fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon destroyed the home of a local woman, and claimed the lives of three of her pets. Kern County Fire Department officials reportedly responded to a fire off Coso Avenue reported at 3:47 p.m. Elizabeth Babcock, the owner . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD helps collect gifts for ’Operation Heartt & Soul’

RPD helps collect gifts for ’Operation Heartt & Soul’

Ridgecrest Police Department (back row) Sgt. Mike Atkins, Detective Kyle Cushman, Officer Eric Clinton, Detective Bill Groves, Officer Matt Rowland, Detective Aaron Tucker with (front row) Operation Heartt & Soul CEO Reen Leal, Vice President Frankie Leal, RPD Officer Alexandra Baker and Reserve Officer Kassie . . . Read Full Story >>

Forest service tackles hazardous fuels

Forest service tackles hazardous fuels

Rebecca Neipp

In an attempt to reduce the risk of wildfires in the face of historic rates of tree mortality, the Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest has announced its plan to conduct controlled burns as part of its hazardous fuel reduction project. “The . . . Read Full Story >>

Protect your property this holiday season

Rebecca Neipp

As local stores offer specials to draw out holiday shoppers this weekend, Ridgecrest Police Department officials said they will also be bracing for the increase in theft that typically comes with the season. “It’s important to protect your property at any time, but especially this . . . Read Full Story >>

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires claim multiple structures Monday

Two fires destroyed multiple structures in Ridgecrest and the surrounding area on Monday. Above a blaze claims a home in the 200 block of South American Street. KCFD received the call around 5 a.m. and responded to a fully involved garage fire that ultimately caused . . . Read Full Story >>

Long Beach cold case hits home

Long Beach cold case hits home

Rebecca Neipp

UPDATE: After the News Review went to press, authorities reported that they did not find the remains of Roja. However, widespread media attention has led investigators to new leads to follow up on. Additional information will be reported as it becomes available. Local law-enforcement agencies . . . Read Full Story >>

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds cause several turnovers

High winds Wednesday evening overturned vehicles, such as this semi on Highway 14. According to reports from the California Highway Patrol, two other vehicles overturned in the region, and there were multiple road closures. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Measure V will help weather new challenges

Rebecca Neipp

By REBECCA NEIPP, News Review Staff Writer Top officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department have expressed relief and gratitude for the community’s renewal of a sales tax initiative that will provide additional funding for public safety and infrastructure. Measure V will allow the city to . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect still at large

Rebecca Neipp

A suspect is still at large after evading the China Lake Police Department and other law enforcement agencies after a pursuit starting Wednesday afternoon in a remote area of the Naval Air Weapons Station. A Facebook alert went out late afternoon alerting the local workforce . . . Read Full Story >>

Missing Ridgecrest woman found alive

UPDATE: Shortly after press time, it was learned that McPheron had passed away. By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Barbara McPheron, 69, was found alive on Saturday, Oct. 29, after being stranded and trapped in her overturned vehicle for nearly a week, according to . . . Read Full Story >>

Agencies search for missing woman

Agencies search for missing woman

The Ridgecrest Police Department reported Monday, Oct. 24, that it is seeking a 69-year-old woman who has gone missing under suspicious circumstances. On Sunday, Oct. 23 around 1 p.m., RPD received a transferred 911 call from the Kern County Sheriff’s Department regarding Barbara McPheron, allegedly . . . Read Full Story >>

Armed felon arrested, property recovered

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made two arrests Wednesday, Oct. 12 after pulling over two suspects in possession of a loaded firearm, a used hypodermic needle and stolen property, according to an RPD release. Officers Cory Ballestero . . . Read Full Story >>

Nine arrested in meth bust

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested nine suspects Friday, Oct. 7, for possession and use of methamphetamine. The suspects also allegedly supplied a minor with methamphetamine. Around 9:30 Friday evening, officers conducted a probation search at an . . . Read Full Story >>

Cyclist killed on Inyokern Road

Cyclist killed on Inyokern Road

A bicyclist was hit and killed by a semi truck on Highway 178 between Ridgecrest and Inyokern Tuesday morning, Oct. 11. According to a release from the California Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Ridgecrest resident William Vandusen was cycling westbound in the bike lane around 9 a.m. . . . Read Full Story >>