Shooting victim ID’d

Shooting victim ID’d

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Coroner’s Office has publicly identified the victim of an Aug. 11 shooting as Daniel Olivas, 33. Olivas died from multiple gunshot wounds and is suspected to have been shot by Pedro Ortiz, who has not yet been . . . Read Full Story >>

Police look into series of mail thefts

The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is investigating a series of mail thefts from homes in the area of West Mariposa Avenue and South Sanders Street, according to a press release from the RPD. The police did not release the content or value of the mail that . . . Read Full Story >>

Fires blaze across California

Fires blaze across California

More than 100 Kern County firefighters, including the one pictured helping battle the Gasquet Complex blaze, have been deployed to support local and regional blazes as 96 large wildland fires burn in the Western United States. With drought conditions hastening the fires, military support has . . . Read Full Story >>

Manhunt ends in our backyard

Manhunt ends in our backyard

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The 18-day manhunt for murder-kidnapping suspect Benjamin Peter Ashley came to an abrupt end when the wanted man was shot and killed after an altercation with deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 15. Ashley was . . . Read Full Story >>

Ortiz now wanted for homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The still-unnamed victim from last week’s shooting succumbed to his critical injuries Friday, Aug. 14. according to the Ridgecrest Police Department. The department is now treating the case as a homicide investigation. The suspected shooter, Pedro Ortiz, is . . . Read Full Story >>

RPD promotes motorcycle awareness

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT — As motorcycle fatalities and injuries have increased in California, law enforcement and the Office of Traffic Safetyhave stepped up efforts to promote safety and education, in particular motorcycle safety awareness. Nationwide, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities in . . . Read Full Story >>

Two fatal car accidents on Hwy 395 in as many days

Two fatal car accidents on Hwy 395 in as many days

The remains of a Kia rests roadside after colliding with a PG&E truck (overturned, behind to the right) on Highway 395 Wednesday afternoon. According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the Kia, a 25-year-old Lancaster resident, was traveling southbound . . . Read Full Story >>

Manhunt in Kelso Valley continues

Manhunt in Kelso Valley continues

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Law enforcement officials are more than two weeks into their search for a suspected kidnapper and murderer in the Kelso Valley area. The most recent evidence has identified the subject as Benjamin Peter Ashley, 34. Ashley has a . . . Read Full Story >>

Police seek shooting suspect

Police seek shooting suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment is still seeking the suspect from a shooting early Tuesday morning, Aug. 11. The suspect is Pedro Ortiz, described by police as a Mexican male, 5 feet, 10 inches, 185 pounds and considered armed . . . Read Full Story >>

Citizen’s Police Academy trains civilian partners in law-enforcement

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department held it’s first weekly Citizen’s Police Academy courses Thursday, Aug. 6. 20 applicants were chosen for the the 9-week course where they “will be introduced to a variety of topics to give them an . . . Read Full Story >>

Kelso Valley gunman still at large

Kelso Valley gunman still at large

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A manhunt following separate incidents of kidnapping and a fatal shooting that officials have tied to the same suspect has left residents throughout the high desert and mountain areas of East Kern County on high alert and has . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Max Kozak’ identity learned

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Maciej Ignaciuk, previously using the alias “Max Kozak,” has pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse following the kidnapping of 16-year-old Wofford Heights resident Amber Woolwine. Ignaciuk, whose true identity was learned shortly before his . . . Read Full Story >>

Traffic fatality on Garlock

Traffic fatality on Garlock

The remains of a blue Ford Mustang are strewn about Garlock Road after a Thursday morning traffic collision. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Dave Dotson (pictured), the driver of the Mustang was headed westbound on Garlock and collided head-on with an 18-wheeler headed eastbound. . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected domestic abuser at large

Police are searching for Travis Wayne Kincaid, 26, who is suspected of physically abusing an unnamed female victim earlier this week. Early Monday, July 27, officers of the Ridgecrest Police Depart-ment responded to a welfare check where they determined that the victim had been subject . . . Read Full Story >>

Teens arrested for vehicle theft

Early Sunday morning during a DUI saturation patrol, the Ridgecrest Police Department apprehended two teenage girls, 14 and 15, who had allegedly stolen a white Dodge pickup. According to police reports, the driver failed to yield to a traffic stop and “fled from pursuing officers, . . . Read Full Story >>

Kidnapping suspect on trial

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Max Kozak, the man suspected of kidnapping 16-year-old Amber Woolwine from the Kernville area last month, had a felony arraignment last week in Bakersfield. He is being charged with kidnapping as well as 12 statutory rape charges. Woolwine . . . Read Full Story >>

Rose gets 22 to life for  murder

Rose gets 22 to life for murder

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Jesse Peyton Rose has been sentenced to state prison for 22 years to life for the murder, abuse and rape of Sandra McKinney, a 71-year-old Red Mountain woman. McKinney disappeared in April 2014, and shortly thereafter investigators found . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint is July 25

The Ridgecrest Police has a driving under the influence and driver’s license checkpoint and roving DUI saturation patrol set for tomorrow, July 25, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. According to previous releases, alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall . . . Read Full Story >>

Police respond to hospital threat

Police respond to hospital threat

Ridgecrest Police Officer Shane Joseph responds to a security lockdown at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Outpatient Pavillion. According to RRH CEO Jim Suver, an employee report triggered the hospital’s safety protocol, but the subsequent investigation determined that there was no threat. -- Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Both missing girls found

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Two desperate searches for missing local girls came to an end this week when both teens were found. Fourteen-year-old Jacoba Maher of Ridgecrest, who disappeared on June 19, was found and reunited with her mother, J.J., on Sunday, June 28. “I have my Jacoba back . . . Read Full Story >>