Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

Woman arrested for leaving dog in unattended vehicle

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — On Tuesday, June 18, Animal Control Officer Shawna Villa-Rodriguez was dispatched to Walmart regarding a dog locked inside of a vehicle. Upon arrival, she found a dog – later identified as Pongo – locked inside a camper shell attached to the . . . Read Full Story >>

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

No injuries in 395, Bowman accident

A big rig sideswiped a blue sedan (pictured on the back of a tow truck) Wednesday afternoon according to California Highway Patrol. According CHP’s incident tracker, nobody was injured in the collision at the intersection of Bowman Road and U.S. Highway 395. Details were unavailable . . . Read Full Story >>

Baby’s death ruled homicide

Baby’s death ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s Office has ruled the death of 16-month-old Tayden Lee Rogers as a homicide, according to a June 6 release. Tayden Lee was reportedly transported to Ridgecrest Regional Hospital in February 2018 when he was . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims two homes, displaces families

Fire claims two homes, displaces families

Kern County and China Lake firefighters knock down the remainder of a fire that claimed two homes in the El Solana RV and Mobile Home Park in the 1600 block of North Brown Road in Inyokern. According to the KCFD release, two homes were already . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD investigates DUI collision

RPD investigates DUI collision

Emergency personnel respond to a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of China Lake and Ridgecrest Boulevards on Tuesday night. According to the Ridgecrest Police Department the driver of the white Ford Explorer (rear) failed to yield at the red light and rear ended the red . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for drugs, weapon

Suspect arrested for drugs, weapon

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A traffic stop on Saturday, June 1, led to the arrest of a Ridgecrest resident for multiple felony charges including possession of an automatic firearm and possession of controlled substances and narcotics for sales. According to a release . . . Read Full Story >>

Police make meth possession arrest

Police make meth possession arrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Police made one arrest on Sunday, June 2, after contacting a suspect with multiple felony warrants for his arrest. According to a release from the Ridgecrest Police Department, Reserve Officer Micah Lloyd observed the suspect, 24-year-old Ridgecrest resident . . . Read Full Story >>

Murder suspect arrested  after Sunday altercation

Murder suspect arrested after Sunday altercation

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Coroner’s office has identified the victim of last weekend’s violent encounter outside of Triple T’s Tavern as Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero, 29-year-old Ridgecrest resident. Quintero succumbed to wounds reportedly sustained from an altercation with suspect . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

Suspect arrested for assault with deadly weapon

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department made an arrest last Friday, May 10, when they responded to a reported stabbing in the 1100 block of West Boston Avenue. According to RPD Sgt. Ryan Marrone, suspected perpetrator Sheena Wallace, . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seek attempted  murder suspect

Police seek attempted murder suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department continues its search for Jose Leal, a 33-year-old Ridgecrest resident suspected of attempted murder. According to an RPD release, officers responded to a shooting in the 300 block of West Wilson Avenue around 7:30 . . . Read Full Story >>

Sex offender arrested  out of town

Sex offender arrested out of town

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer A former Ridgecrest resident was arrested in Rancho Cucamonga last month for failing to register as a sex offender when he established a new residence. The suspect, 38-year-old Jonathan Edward Byrd, was convicted of sexual acts with a . . . Read Full Story >>

Police recover property, make arrest

By BRIAN COSNER, News Review Staff Writer While conducting a follow-up search regarding a burglary case, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department received information of stolen property possibly located in a residence at 135 W. Robertson Ave., according to a press release from RPD. On . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic stop results in DUI

Traffic stop results in DUI

Ridgecrest Police Officer Briana Stangle detains a DUI suspect just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the 200 block of South China Lake Boulevard. According to reports, the suspect Joseph Demaria, 28, was pulled over and found to be nearly twice over the legal . . . Read Full Story >>

Police  make arrest in ATM fraud case

Police make arrest in ATM fraud case

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested Edward William Tone, 34, a Romanian national, last week as a suspect in recent “card skimming” and ATM fraud activity. Last month, Inyo County law-enforcement officials found and removed card skimmers . . . Read Full Story >>

BLM chase ends in crash, arrest

BLM chase ends in crash, arrest

A vehicle driven by a suspect who was apparently fleeing from a Bureau of Land Management ranger collides with a light pole on China Lake Boulevard, adjacent to the ongoing Farmers’ Market — Courtesy photo ------ By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A brief . . . Read Full Story >>

Abandoned house fire under investigation

Abandoned house fire under investigation

A burned-out abandoned triplex sits in the 100 block of Sunset Street. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments responded to the Monday night fire with assistance from the Ridgecrest Police Dept. The building was reportedly scheduled for demolition. The cause of the fire is . . . Read Full Story >>

PD seizes half pound of meth

After performing a probation search of a Travelodge motel room, Ridgecrest Police officers located and seized just under half a pound of suspected methamphetamine and other controlled substance paraphernalia according to an RPD press release. The release said that officers contacted suspect Isaias Barragan, 24, . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest suspect after car chase

Police arrest suspect after car chase

A car chase ensued after Ridgecrest Police officers attempted to stop a driver who reportedly ran a stop sign over the weekend. According to a police report, the driver of a Ford Aerostar van failed to yield in the 100 block of North Gold Canyon . . . Read Full Story >>

Police issue  card scam warning

Police issue card scam warning

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After several reports of victims having their credit card information compromised after stopping for gas at Coso Junction, the Ridgecrest Police Department issued a release warning of credit card “skimmers” being used in the area. Skimmers are unauthorized . . . Read Full Story >>

Home surveillance leads to arrests in separate burglaries

Home surveillance leads to arrests in separate burglaries

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest police officers identified two suspects in unrelated burglaries last week, thanks to video surveillance footage. On Friday, Feb. 22, officers responded to the 100 block of North Rawhide Lane after a suspected burglary. According to a press . . . Read Full Story >>