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Family mourns man killed in fiery Palmdale crash

Family members are asking for prayers during this dark time. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Family members have established an online fundraiser for Daniel Orellana, the man killed Saturday when his car burst into flames after it was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver. The money raised will go directly to Daniel’s parents to help with his memorial expenses and to ease their financial burden in this dark…

Free self-defense seminars in Lancaster this Saturday

Taekwondo Master William Robinson (pictured) and LAPD Detective Mark Pursel will teach free interactive self-defense seminars Saturday, Sept. 27 in Lancaster. Women and children will receive hands-on experience on how to react in life-threatening scenarios.

LANCASTER – In association with the nonprofit organization Team PRIDE, Los Angeles Police Detective Mark Pursel and Taekwondo Master William Robinson will be teaching free interactive self-defense seminars in Lancaster this Saturday, Sept. 27. A children’s safety seminar will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and a women’s self-defense seminar will take place from…

Local toddler to be featured in Times Square video!

This photograph, taken at the Poppy Reserve in early May, was chosen from more than 2,000 photographs for a video to be screened this Saturday, Sept. 20 in New York City's Times Square. The video will promote the achievements and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – Two-year-old Jordyn has a smile that brings joy to nearly everyone she meets, according to her mom, Crysteena Paez. “We take her everywhere and she waves and smiles at everyone she sees. Sometimes we get stopped by people who tell us that she just made their day by smiling and waving at them,”…

Lancaster man pleads to abusing puppy, gets probation

Robert Martin sentenced

LANCASTER – A 54-year-old Lancaster man accused of punching and body slamming a puppy in an incident that was captured on cell phone video has pleaded no contest. Robert Emmett Martin pleaded no contest Wednesday to one felony count of cruelty to an animal, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. A no contest…

Man gets 17 to life for assaulting girlfriend, young daughter

Omar Martin was sentenced to 17 years to life in state prison. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – A 31-year-old man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter with a cinder block in Lancaster last year has pleaded no contest. Omar Martin pleaded no contest Monday to first-degree attempted murder and admitted a great bodily injury allegation and a prior strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, a…

Palmdale man gets 15 to life for death of girlfriend’s baby

Matthew Worthen pleaded no contest Aug. 21 to beating to death 2-year-old Zanai  Noel.

PALMDALE – A 24-year-old Palmdale man was sentenced Monday to 15 years to life in state prison for killing his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Zanai Noel passed away on Sept. 22, 2013, after she was left for a short time in the care of her mother’s boyfriend,…

1 dead, 2 injured in high-speed crash

A 2006 Honda Civic skidded off the roadway and flipped several times near the intersection of Avenue K and 90th Street East. The driver, 18-year-old Palmdale resident Joshua Coti, was thrown from his vehicle and killed. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A Palmdale teen driver was killed and two passengers suffered major injuries early Friday morning when the vehicle they were riding in careened off the roadway and overturned numerous times, authorities said. The single-vehicle fatal collision occurred around 1:05 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 on East Avenue K near 90th Street East, according to a California…

Getaway driver in Lancaster robbery, murder gets 21 years

Jinea Ingram, 26, drove her boyfriend, Timothy Johnson, to and from a robbery on March 23, 2012, which ended in the death of 59-year-old Lancaster business owner Reed Keith (right).

LANCASTER – The getaway driver involved in a 2012 robbery that turned into a homicide was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in state prison. Jinea Ingram, 26, drove her boyfriend, Timothy Johnson, to and from a robbery that ended in the death of Lancaster business owner Reed Keith, according to court testimony. Keith, 59, was robbed and…

Online fundraiser for Lancaster woman killed in crash

Summer Leah Scott

PALMDALE – An online fundraiser has been set up to help with the funeral expenses for a 20-year-old Lancaster woman killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Palmdale on August 7. Summer Leah Scott was the passenger in a 1990 Mazda Miata that veered off 40th Street East near Avenue P, struck a dirt embankment and…

Caught on video: Man abuses dog in Lancaster, arrest made

Martin is developmentally disabled, his defense attorney argued.

LANCASTER – A 53-year-old Lancaster man is in jail after cell phone video showing a dog being abused and slammed to the ground was brought to the attention of local law enforcement. (View the graphic video below. Warning: It contains offensive language.) The alleged animal abuse occurred around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8 near a…

1 dead, 1 injured in rollover crash

This grey Mazda Miata overtuned multiple times after veering off the roadway on 40th Street East near Avenue P. Passenger Summer Leah Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Lancaster woman was killed and a 21-year-old Palmdale man suffered major injuries Thursday evening, when the vehicle they were riding in veered off a Palmdale roadway and flipped multiple times, authorities said. Summer Leah Scott (passenger) died and Joshua Hernandez (driver) was injured in a single-car crash that occurred around 5:30…

Palmdale woman gets 2 years in prison for beating toddler

A pregnant Michelle Fletcher was arrested Feb. 21 for assaulting her boyfriend's 2-year-old son in public. The boy was airlifted to the hospital, where he remained until March 6. (Photos by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 27-year-old woman accused of brutally beating her boyfriend’s 2-year-old son near a Palmdale bus stop was sentenced to two years in prison after accepting a plea deal. Michelle Fletcher pleaded no contest July 30 to one count of child abuse, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In…

Man gets 3 years in prison for DUI crash

Nestor Antonio

PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving drunk, crashing into an SUV carrying small children and then attempting to flee the scene on foot has pleaded no contest. Nestor Kevin Antonio pleaded no contest on Wednesday to driving with a .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) or more causing injury, according to Ricardo Santiago…

Fundraiser for couple killed in 14 Fwy crash

The double-fatal collision occurred around 7:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, north of Santiago Road, according to a California Highway Patrol report. (LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – An online fundraiser has been set up to cover funeral expenses for the Palmdale couple killed in a single-car crash last week on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. Ivan Ramirez, 31, was driving a Ford Focus in the northbound carpool lane when the car veered off the roadway and crashed into a guard…

VIDEO: 2 dead, infant injured in 14 Fwy single-car crash

The double-fatal collision occurred around 7:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, on the 14 Freeway near Soledad Canyon. (LUIS MEZA)

ACTON – Two Palmdale residents were killed and an infant sustained major injuries Tuesday night when the vehicle they were riding in veered off the 14 Freeway and  crashed into a guard rail and a large metal pole, authorities said. The double-fatal collision occurred around 7:54 p.m., Tuesday, July 22, on the northbound Antelope Valley…

‘MC Ride for the Fallen’ set for this Saturday

The cost to participate is $30 per rider and $35 per couple, with proceeds benefiting families of fallen officers. (KARINA CORNEJO)

PALMDALE – After a highly-successful debut last year, the Iron Circle Law Enforcement MC Ride is back to raise more funds for the families of fallen officers. The second annual “Iron Circle Law Enforcement MC Ride for the Fallen” takes place this Saturday, July 26. Registration will be held from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at…

Fundraiser Saturday for local youngster with rare condition

Anneliese Urbano

PALMDALE – A local family is reaching out to the community for support as they try to provide treatment for 7-year-old Anneliese, a Rosamond Elementary second-grader battling Blount’s disease. Blount’s is a growth disorder of the shin bone that causes one or both lower legs to angle inward, and it can lead to progressive deformity…

Car wash fundraiser Saturday for Lancaster man shot to death

Marc Spinner

LANCASTER – Loved ones are hosting a car wash fundraiser this Saturday to cover the memorial service for Marc Spinner, the 27-year-old man shot to death last month in his Lancaster home. The day-long fundraiser starts at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 12 at Meece Car Audio, located at 169 West Avenue J-5 in Lancaster. Donations of…

Man gets 17 to life for Lancaster daylight shooting death

Randy Sullivan sentenced1

LANCASTER – The last of the three men convicted in the 2012 daylight murder of a man in Lancaster has been sentenced for the crime. Randy “Bam” Sullivan was sentenced Wednesday to serve 17 years to life in state prison, according to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami. Sullivan received 15 years to life…