Yearly Archives: 2013

Enter Palmdale’s portable vehicle security system giveaway!

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PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s Neighborhood Services Department is giving away portable vehicle security systems to seven lucky winners who enter the drawing on the City’s Web site, www.cityofpalmdale.org, by Dec. 15. The contest is open to Palmdale residents 18 years and older. Simply log onto www.cityofpalmdale.org and click on the link to enter…

This week’s Most Wanted

LANCASTER/PALMDALE – The Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations are seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them, or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Matthew Lummus Matthew Lummus is a 27-year-old White male who is about…

Santa Claus arrives at Palmdale Playhouse

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PALMDALE – Santa Claus will make his first of several appearances at the Palmdale Playhouse when he arrives Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. to meet and greet local children and their families at the Playhouse’s annual Holiday Open House. The Playhouse is located at 38344 10th Street East in Palmdale. “We’re fortunate once again…

Public hearing for ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ canceled

Christopher Evans Hubbart (shown in this undated booking photo) was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads. Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was ordered released to an Antelope Valley home on or before July 7, 2014.

The Dec. 4 public hearing to consider comments regarding the proposed release of serial rapist Christopher Hubbart to Lake Los Angeles has been canceled, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown canceled the public hearing after the owner of the Lake Los Angeles residence that…

AV Blue Star Mothers send love overseas

Members of the Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers Chapter 14 partnered with the Edwards Airmen and Family Readiness Center to send care packages to deployed servicemembers for the holidays. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – The Antelope Valley Blue Star Mothers Chapter 14 visited Edwards AFB last week to deliver care packages for deployed Airmen. The group came with 68 boxes filled with donated items, including snacks and hygiene products. Many of the donated items came from shoppers at the local Palmdale Sam’s Club. The Blue Star…

NASA Dryden celebrates 60th anniversary of first Mach 2 flight

Scott Crossfield with the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket following the Mach 2 record flight on Nov. 20, 1953. (Courtesy NASA)

Sixty years ago, A. Scott Crossfield, a talented young engineering research pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), became the first human to fly faster than twice the speed of sound in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base. NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center celebrated the 60th anniversary…

Lancaster awarded grants for street improvements

LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster has been awarded two Cycle 6 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grants totaling more than $2.5 million.  The funds will allow for street improvements along Avenue I, between Challenger Way and 35th Street East, making streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists travelling along the route.  The project is expected…

City of Hope | Antelope Valley hosts grand opening

Officials cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the new facility.

LANCASTER — Because many cancer patients find it difficult to travel long distances for the care they need, City of Hope — in partnership with Antelope Valley Hospital — has opened a full-service cancer center in Lancaster. The brand-new City of Hope | Antelope Valley Cancer and Community Education Center opened its doors last week,…

If these walls could talk

An original photograph of the Muroc Manor signature wall which is on display at Club Muroc in Pancho's Bar.  (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

EDWARDS AFB – Aside from archived photos, videos and historical accounts of pilots taken during the golden age of flight test at Edwards, some stories of Edwards’ past remain hidden, waiting to be restored and told. In the case of the historic Muroc Manor signature wall, the wall literally remained hidden, but under a thin…

Toys for Tots Antelope Valley needs your help

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PALMDALE – The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Antelope Valley team is currently collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the Antelope Valley. “We have 35,000 children we’re trying to serve… all of our children from Lancaster, Palmdale, Rosamond, California City, Tehachapi, Boron, Acton,” said organizer…

PSD Superintendent resigns, $332K payout

Gallizzi has been on an indefinite medical leave of absence since last month.

PALMDALE – In a special meeting Friday morning, the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of Superintendent Roger Gallizzi and agreed to pay Gallizzi a lump sum equivalent to 18 months of his regular compensation and stipends totaling $332,765. The Board voted 4-1 to approve Gallizzi’s Resignation and Mutual Release Agreement, with…

Local paramedic to receive statewide recognition

Chana Alexander

LANCASTER – Chana Alexander, a paramedic with American Medical Response in Lancaster, is one of 23 Californians who will be honored for heroic acts and extraordinary contributions to EMS on December 4 in San Francisco. “I am pleased to announce a select group of EMS professionals who are being honored for their exhibited professional excellence…

Kidnapped child returned safely, suspect sought

The child's great-aunt, Alisa Toy is wanting for aiding in the Nov. 4 kidnapping. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A 6-year-old girl allegedly snatched by her estranged mother and two accomplices while on her way to school has been safely returned to her father, authorities said. After more than two weeks on the run, 22-year-old Alysia Toy was arrested Thursday afternoon when she brought the child into the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, according…

BLVD burglars arrested

LANCASTER – The culprits who burglarized several businesses on and surrounding Lancaster Boulevard have been captured, authorities announced Friday. Two male juveniles were taken into custody Thursday afternoon and several stolen items, including flat screen TVs, computers, and electronics devices, were recovered, according to a press release from the Lancaster Station Burglary Suppression Team. Read…

Auto theft prevention tips from Palmdale Station

Auto theft

PALMDALE – As the weather begins to change, vehicle thefts tend to rise. Many of these thefts are attributed to vehicles left unattended and running in front of homes to warm up the interiors. All of us would like to have a comfortable vehicle interior before the day’s drive begins, but is the risk worth…

Local Realtors rescue pets left behind

By the Greater Antelope Valley Association of REALTORS® (GAVAR) The housing crisis of 2008 and its after-effects left many homeowners feeling victimized, as home values dropped and payments became unsustainable.  Many an upside-down homeowner elected to abandon their properties, as foreclosures became their reality. Lost in the shuffle were many pets that were discarded along…