Yearly Archives: 2013

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…

TRANSporter reaches milestone

Lancaster – The North County Transporter has reached a major milestone. The fledgling service has provided 50,000 rides to Antelope Valley residents over the past 17 months. The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is celebrating this accomplishment as a major success and a tribute to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich who championed the idea…

Palmdale Playhouse announces full slate of holiday events

The fun begins with Santa Claus coming to the Palmdale Playhouse Open House starting Wednesday, Nov. 19.

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse will present a cornucopia of music, dance, orchestra and stage production – along with a visit from Ol’ St. Nick himself – beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27 and running through Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Playhouse, located at 38344 10th Street East in Palmdale. “We’re encouraging Antelope Valley residents to take…

FA-18 Hornet display to be redesigned

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster on Wednesday announced the upcoming redesign and modernization of the F/A-18 Hornet display and supporting pedestal located in front of the Lancaster Municipal Stadium. The F/A-18 Hornet will be taken down from its mounting by mid-December and transported to NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale where the restoration…

Memorial fund set up for Mojave teen killed by car

Raven Crystal Knight

MOJAVE – Loved ones have set up an online memorial fund for the 16-year-old Mojave High School student struck and killed by a car while walking to school this past Monday. Raven Crystal Knight was “a beautiful, smart, funny, outgoing girl and will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her,” reads the page,…

Donations still needed for Love & Wishes program

Childrens Center of AV2

LANCASTER – The Children’s Center of the Antelope Valley is calling on kind-hearted residents to help make Christmas wishes come true for the people in our community who struggle to make ends meet. The organization is still collecting donations for its Love & Wishes program, which provides gifts of clothing and toys to families served…

Palmdale woman busted for vandalism at Lake LA park

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A 41-year-old Palmdale woman has been arrested for felony vandalism for allegedly driving into the gate at Stephen Sorenson Park in August and causing more than $2,000 in damage. Authorities caught up to Shannon Gonsalez on Tuesday, thanks to license plate reader technology, according to a press release by the sheriff’s…

Funeral home teeth thief gets 7 years

Pete Lara booking photo courtesy LASD

LANCASTER – A former apprentice embalmer accused of taking gold crowns from human remains at a Lancaster funeral home pleaded no contest and was immediately sentenced Tuesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts – one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or…

Countdown to “A Magical BLVD Christmas”

LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster on Tuesday announced details of the fourth annual “Magical BLVD Christmas.” This year’s downtown holiday celebration takes place from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, December 6 on The BLVD, between 10th Street West and Sierra Highway in Lancaster. “A Magical BLVD Christmas is one of our most beloved annual…

Many citations, no DUI arrests at Lancaster checkpoint

LANCASTER – Nearly two dozen drivers were given field sobriety tests, but none of them were arrested for driving under the influence at a checkpoint in Lancaster Friday night (11/15) and early Saturday morning, authorities said. The checkpoint was conducted from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. in the westbound lanes of West Avenue J, at…

Mojave teen struck, killed by car

Fatal

MOJAVE – A 16-year-old Mojave High School student was struck and killed by a car while walking to school Monday morning, authorities said. The incident happened around 6:55 a.m. on Business Route 58, east of Leslie Street, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Raven Crystal Knight and her 12-year-old brother were crossing the road…

Space Launch System autopilot tested on Dryden FA-18

EDWARDS – NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off…

Arraignment postponed in sword killing

Lucy Preciado was a 26-year-old mother of four.

LANCASTER – Jesus “Chuey” Canales, the man charged in the 2008 sword-killing of a 26-year-old mother of four, appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Monday afternoon. However, his arraignment was delayed until December 3. Canales, 34, is charged with one count of murder for alleged killing his girlfriend Lucy Preciado on July 12, 2008 at…

Mom: “My daughter is compatible with life!”

In August, Angela was born with Mosaic Trisomy 13, a chromosome abnormality considered “incompatible with life.” But Baby Angela is a fighter, and she continues to prove her doctors wrong by surpassing their expectations, according to her mom, Destiney Smith.

By Lancaster resident and loving mother Destiney Smith. In December, I found out that I was pregnant with my first child. I had what was called a high-risk pregnancy, because I wasn’t able to hold down many foods and I was losing weight instead of gaining. I had extreme morning sickness as well. The multiple…

Family Fun Day set for Saturday

Safe Routes

LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster will host a “Family Fun Day” at American Heroes Park on Saturday November 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The City and program partner, Antelope Valley Partners for Health, will be reaching out to parents and community members…