Public Safety/ Crime News

Body ID’d, two suspects wanted for questioning [updated]

Kimberly Harvill kidnap murder

GORMAN – The woman found dead last week in some brush near state Route 138 has been identified, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities are now asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted for questioning in connection with the woman’s death and for the kidnapping of her three young children. Around 5 p.m., Sunday,…

$20k reward offered for info on missing Lancaster mom

Michelle Russ is a white female with blue eyes and blond hair, who is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing black pants and a dark shirt (either purple or blue). She was 26 years old  when she went missing May 9, 2013. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Detective Steve Lankford at the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

LOS ANGELES – Authorities hope a $20,000 reward offered Tuesday will generate the lead they need to solve the disappearance of Michelle June Russ, a young Lancaster mother who went missing in 2013. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended the reward in hopes of discovering what happened to Russ, who was last seen leaving her residence…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 8.23.16

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for domestic violence and a suspect wanted for burglary, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by…

Man shot to death in Lancaster

The shooting was around 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A man was shot multiple times Monday night in Lancaster and pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said. The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the 44000 block of Gingham Avenue, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “Deputies responded to the area regarding a ‘shots fired’…

Lancaster man gets 54 years for shooting after bar fight

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LANCASTER – A 36-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 54 years and eight months in state prison for shooting a man and assaulting another in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Brandon Lee Colbert was convicted by a jury on June 15 of five felonies: one count of willful, deliberate, premeditated…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Station Most Wanted 8.18.16

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Attempt to ID — suspected identity thieves If you recognize the men in…

Lancaster man to stand trial for dog owner’s murder

[L to R] Defendant Demonte Thomas and suspect Michael Davis.

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man, who allegedly struck a dog with his car and then shot the animal’s owner after being asked to pay for the injured canine’s veterinary care, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge. Demonte Antone Thomas, 28, is charged in the killing of 22-year-old Michael Davis. The shooting happened around…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 8.16.16

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for domestic violence and a suspect wanted for burglary, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by…

Man shot to death in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A man was found shot to death early Saturday morning in Lancaster, authorities said. He was identified as 22-year-old William Settle of Lancaster, said coroner’s Lt. David Smith. The fatal shooting was reported around 1:31 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the 1700 block of East Avenue J-4, according to a news release from…

Man gets 15 to life for deadly DUI crash in Palmdale

Jeffrey Cole Brooks was arrested shortly after the fiery crash. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man who rear-ended a car at a traffic light in Palmdale while drunk and on probation for alcohol-related reckless driving was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison. Jeffrey Cole Brooks, 25, was convicted June 2 of second-degree murder for the Sept. 26, 2014, crash that killed 21-year-old…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 8.12.16

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following parolees who failed to report to their agents. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be located, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. Patrick Calles Patrick Calles is a 38-year-old male with brown…

Death row inmate pleads guilty in 1982 murder of woman

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LOS ANGELES – A man on death row for a Palmdale woman’s killing pleaded guilty Thursday to strangling another woman in her South Los Angeles home more than three decades ago. James Robert Scott, 53, pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Vivian Johnson and admitted the special circumstances of rape in commission of a…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted suspected thief 8.11.16 2

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspect. If you recognize him and know where he might be located, contact detectives using the information beneath the suspect’s photos or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Attempt to ID – suspected thief If you recognize the man in these images,…

State Supreme Court refuses to hear sword killing case

Jesus Canales (shown at his arraignment in 2013) and victim Lucy Preciado.

LOS ANGELES – The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the case of a man convicted of murdering his live-in girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster. The state’s highest court denied a defense petition seeking review of the case against Jesus Humberto Canales, who was found guilty last…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 8.10.16

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for theft by false pretense and a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next…