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Boy charged as adult in murder of elderly woman in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A 14-year-old boy has been charged with special circumstance murder for the killing of an 86-year-old woman found dead at her Lancaster home last week, authorities said. Tony Donnell Brown of Lancaster was charged Monday with one count of murder and two counts of first-degree burglary, person present, according to the Los Angeles…

Countdown to Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive AV

The fourth annual “Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive AV: Payin’ it forward” will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. (Contributed photo of previous event.)

LANCASTER – Fatal collisions involving motorcyclists have been increasing in California over the past few years. In an effort to change this disturbing trend, the California Highway Patrol and Office of Traffic Safety are embarking on a month-long motorcycle safety and awareness campaign during May. Locally, motorcycle enthusiasts are “payin’ it forward to the next…

Lancaster residents killed in traffic crash

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NEWHALL – Two Lancaster residents died Wednesday after their vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a utility truck, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, on Soledad Canyon Road south of Capra Road in the Newhall area, according to a California Highway Patrol report. [View an image…

Man pleads not guilty in Lancaster bow and arrow killing

Garrett Adams and Charles Briggs

LANCASTER – A 24-year-old Lancaster man accused of using a hunting bow and arrow to kill a man who tried to intervene in a boyfriend-girlfriend argument has pleaded not guilty. Garrett Taylor Adams pleaded not guilty Thursday to one count of murder in connection with the death of Charles Briggs, according to Ricardo Santiago of…

Victims molested by local soccer coach file lawsuit against AYSO

Renoir Valenti was found guilty last year of multiple felony and misdemeanor sex crimes. He was sentenced in April 2014 to 130 years to life in state prison.

Four sex abuse victims are suing the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) for allegedly failing to protect them from Renoir Valenti, the Lancaster youth soccer coach convicted of molesting 14 boys, six of whom played on AYSO soccer teams. The sexual abuse civil lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf…

Candlelight vigil set for motorcycle crash victim

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LANCASTER – A candlelight vigil will be held this Friday for Rachelle Adrian, the 25-year-old motorcyclist who succumbed to her injuries days after after a crash on Super Bowl Sunday. The vigil is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the crash site, in front of Bel Air Estates, 2121 East Avenue I in…

Man charged in deadly crash with school bus

Douglas Fiddament (Facebook photo)

PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Pearblossom man accused of slamming a stolen truck into the back of a school bus and causing the death of his passenger is facing multiple felony charges. Douglas Fiddament was charged Thursday with murder, receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), possession for sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and three counts of…

Palmdale man gets 6 years for attack on ex-girlfriend

Giovanni McKinnis shown at his arraignment on Jan. 7, 2014. (Photo by TONY CHEVAL)

PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Palmdale man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in state prison for beating up the mother of his child, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Giovanni Grey McKinnis was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charles Chung, who also ordered a 10-year protective order for the victim.…

Mom, boyfriend plead not guilty in torture death of toddler

After clinging to life for 41 days, Anthony Lee Wilson died at Children’s Hospital on Oct. 5, 2014, a week after his second birthday.

PALMDALE – A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty in the torture death of her 2-year-old son. Rosie Lee Wilson, 21, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 25, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, assault on a child causing death and torture in connection with the death of Wilson’s son, Anthony. After clinging to…

Inspiring stories of 2014

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The pillowcase rapist’s release to Lake Los Angeles, the infamous “gang candidate” campaign hit mailer, and a murder conviction for a killing by dogs were three high-profile stories that put the Antelope Valley in the national news for all the wrong reasons in 2014. Take a look at some local residents whose personal accomplishments grabbed…

Lancaster woman killed in 14 Fwy crash

Shanita Kelly (Facebook photo)

NEWHALL – A 25-year-old Lancaster woman was killed Monday night in a single-vehicle crash on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, authorities said. Shanita Kelly was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred around 9:31 p.m. Dec. 29 on southbound SR-14, north of Newhall Avenue, authorities said. Kelly was driving a 2003 Chevrolet sedan…

Palmdale man pleads not guilty to stabbing, killing girlfriend

Homicide detectives spent all day Sept. 20 at at the Palmdale home in the 38000 block of Third Street East, where Magda Bermudez  (inset) was found stabbed to death around 1:30 p.m. Jose Martinez on Dec. 29 pleaded not guilty to murdering Bermudez. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 37-year-old Palmdale man accused of stabbing to death his 49-year-old girlfriend in September has pleaded not guilty. Jose Martinez on Monday pleaded not guilty to murdering Magda Bermudez, and he denied the special allegation that he used a deadly weapon — a knife — during the killing. Martinez remains jailed on more…

2 arrested in car-to-car shooting of teen girl

Several hours after the car-to-car shooting, a vehicle believed to be involved was stopped near Palmdale Boulevard and 10th Street East. Three occupants were detained, and two were eventually arrested. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

PALMDALE – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a gang-related car-to-car shooting in Palmdale Friday that critically wounded a teenage girl, authorities announced Saturday. Jaime Espinoza, 20, and Fernando Albarran Jr., 21, were booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail Saturday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Ryan Rouzan of the…

A special holiday home for Emily

Four-year-old brain cancer patient Emily and her dad, Emilio, pose for a picture with the kindhearted local deputies who set up the family's Christmas lights Thursday, Dec. 19. [Contributed]

LANCASTER – Christmas came early for 4-year-old brain cancer patient Emily Janelle Jarquin, when local sheriff’s deputies showed up at her Lancaster home Thursday and surprised her with Christmas lights. Things have been hard for the Jarquin family since the preschooler was diagnosed with a brain tumor the day before Thanksgiving. The family spent that…

Palmdale semi-truck driver involved in fatal collision

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LOMA LINDA – A 36-year-old Palmdale driver struck and killed a pedestrian who ran into the path of his Freightliner on Interstate 10, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 9:55 p.m., Monday, Nov. 24, according to a preliminary report by the California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino Area. Luis Munguia of Palmdale was driving a…

Couple re-arrested, charged in Boron infant’s death

Stephanie Bramlett (Facebook photo)

BORON – A 27-year-old woman and her former live-in boyfriend have been charged with murdering the woman’s 1-year-old son more than four years ago. Stephanie Nicole Bramlett and 29-year-old Adam Parrish are each charged with murder, child abuse causing great bodily injury, torture, and willful cruelty to a child, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s…

Dog shot, man placed on psychiatric hold after standoff

Deputies surround a home Monday in the 36400 block of Colcord Avenue. A military veteran locked himself in a bedroom after deputies shot the man's dog. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A local military veteran was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold Monday after barricading himself in a bedroom for more than an hour. The man was upset because deputies responding to a domestic dispute shot the man’s dog, authorities said. “We’re dealing with a man who’s spent 15 years in the military…possibly suffering…