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Suspected drunk driver crashes SUV into Palmdale apartment, 16-year-old girl killed

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PALMDALE – A 16-year-old Palmdale girl sleeping inside her room was killed early Sunday morning, when a suspected drunk driver rammed his SUV into the residence. The teenager, identified by family members as Palmdale High School student Giselle Mendoza, was pronounced at the scene. The driver, 20-year-old Roberto Rodriguez, was treated at the hospital for…

Convicted child molester gets 130+ years

Born Raynord Haylock in 1959, Renoir Valenti illegally changed his name, date of birth and social security number in 1986. He moved to Palmdale in the 1990s, and he molested numerous children in the Antelope Valley, with allegations going back to 1995 involving a 5-year-old boy.

LANCASTER – Longtime Antelope Valley youth soccer coach Renoir Valenti was sentenced Friday to 130 years and eight months to life in state prison for molesting more than a dozen underage boys, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Valenti was also ordered to pay restitution to eight victims totaling $450,000 and to…

UPDATED: Man shot outside Palmdale liquor store

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PALMDALE – A 21-year-old man survived a gun shot to the face outside a Palmdale liquor store Thursday night, authorities said. The shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. at Pyramid Liquor, located in a strip mall on the 1600 Block of East Palmdale Boulevard. “A call came in of a male gunshot victim. Deputies responded to the scene…

Gang member gets 100+ years in prison for Lancaster assault

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LANCASTER – A 41-year-old reputed gang member was sentenced Wednesday to 106 years to life in prison for attacking his girlfriend and holding her and her brother at gunpoint in a Lancaster house nearly two years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Stacey Jerome Whicker was found guilty last month of seven counts,…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 4.17.14

The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following wanted parolees. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be hiding, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 265 or 266. You may also contact their 24-hour hotline at 323-371-3479. Sandy Harville Sandy Harville is a 57-year-old…

Homeless woman egged in Lancaster, 3 teens arrested

These items were found in the teen suspects’ vehicle, leading deputies to believe that other prior incidents may have had occurred, officials said. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – Three 17-year-old boys were arrested for felony assault Monday for egging a 60-year-old homeless woman as she sat praying on a sidewalk in Lancaster, authorities said. A patrolling Lancaster Sheriff’s sergeant witnessed the alleged assault, which occurred around 12:40 p.m. on Sierra Highway near Jackman Avenue, according to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Community Relations…

Man to be retried for murder of Lancaster toddler

Marvin Hicks was found guilty on four counts, but jurors were hung on the second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 2-year-old Madison Ruano, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

LANCASTER – The trial has ended for the Palmdale man involved in a 2012 police pursuit that ended in a crash that killed a two-year-old Lancaster girl. A jury on Monday (April 14) found Marvin Travon Hicks guilty of evading an officer causing injury, evading an officer causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and…

Man pleads not guilty in 2008 sword killing

Jesus “Chuey” Canales pleaded not guilty Monday to murdering 26-year-old Lucy Preciado.

LANCASTER – After months of delays, the 34-year-old man accused of killing his girlfriend in front of their children in 2008 was finally arraigned in an Antelope Valley courtroom Monday. Jesus “Chuey” Canales pleaded not guilty to one count of murder in connection with the death of Lucy Preciado, a 26-year-old mother of four. Canales…

Past road rage incident leads to Lancaster shooting

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LANCASTER – An ongoing feud between two men, stemming from a past road rage incident, escalated into a shooting in Lancaster Sunday afternoon, authorities said. A knife-wielding Lancaster man was shot once in the stomach, and 26-year-old Long Beach resident Eric Deshawn Holliday was arrested in connection with the shooting, according to a press release…

Palmdale man charged with kidnapping roommate, attempted murder

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PALMDALE – A 27-year-old Palmdale man accused of attacking and kidnapping his female roommate for rejecting his advances was charged Friday with multiple felonies. Omar Oswaldo Hernandez faces one count each of attempted murder, battery with serious bodily injury, criminal threats and kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. The charges stem from…

Suspected BLVD burglar arrested

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LANCASTER – Local detectives say they’ve caught the alleged serial burglar believed to be responsible for a string of break-ins along the Lancaster BLVD business district. Kenneth Frazier was arrested Wednesday (April 9) after a lengthy investigation, which dated as far back as December of 2013, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. The…

Jury duty phone scam alert

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The “jury duty scam” that has circulated around the nation for several years has made its way back to the Antelope Valley, local law enforcement officials warn. The following is a community advisory from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 4.9.14

The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following wanted parolees. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be hiding, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 265 or 266. You may also contact their 24-hour hotline at 323-371-3479. William Thomas  William Thomas is a 45-year-old…

$10K reward extended in Denny’s sex assault

The sexual assault suspect is described as a white male with blonde hair, about 18-20 years old, 5’8” tall, and weighing around 150 pounds, detectives said.  (Image courtesy LASD)

PALMDALE – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended the $10,000 reward for help in finding the man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale Denny’s bathroom on New Year’s Day. The alleged assault took place around 4:30 p.m., January 1, at the Denny’s restaurant in the 37000 block of 47th Street…

Motorcyclist killed in Palmdale collision

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PALMDALE – A 45-year-old Palmdale man was thrown off his motorcycle, hit by an SUV and killed Monday night, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 7:49 p.m. on 10th Street West, between Avenue O and O-4, in Palmdale, according to Detective Brent Bunch of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. The Palmdale man, whose name has…

‘Pillowcase Rapist’ may be released in Palmdale area

Christopher Evans Hubbart (shown in this undated booking photo) was called the "Pillowcase Rapist" because he muffled his victim's screams with a pillowcase over their heads. Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, could potentially be released into the Antelope Valley as early as December into Lake Los Angeles.

Christopher Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women, could potentially live in the Palmdale area when he is conditionally released, a Santa Clara County judge announced Friday. The serial rapist may be housed at 20315 East Avenue R, Judge Gilbert Brown said in court. There is no date scheduled for Hubbart’s release, but a…

Ex-deputy sentenced in rape case

Deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez was on duty at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on Sept. 22, 2010, when he drove a woman into the desert and raped her, prosecutors said.

A former Palmdale Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison after pleading no contest to rape and bribery charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, was also ordered to register as a sex offender. Last month, Sanchez pleaded no contest to one count each of…

3 arrested in death of missing Palmdale teen

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ROSEVILLE – Three suspects have been arrested for the murder of John Alpert, the Palmdale teen who traveled north with a group of freight train riders last year and was later found dead in a creek in Roseville, Calif. Last week, authorities arrested 30-year-old Laura Lee Kenner, 21-year-old Jules Clifford Carrillo, and 23-year-old Edward Taylor…

Pepper spray robbery suspects caught

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LANCASTER – The culprits who robbed multiple local businesses over the past two weeks and pepper sprayed store employees on at least two occasions have been caught, authorities announced. A 16-year-old male, 18-year-old Geremy Scott, 20-year-old Eric Bragg, 20-year-old Garrett Floyd, and 21-year-old Gregory Terrell were arrested Thursday, after detectives with the Robbery Suppression Team…

Trio found guilty in Lancaster street brawl murder

Houston, a new father, was shot 12 times during an afternoon street brawl on Nov. 29, 2012.

LANCASTER – Three men were found guilty Thursday for their involvement in the 2012 daylight shooting death of a man in Lancaster. Terrell Henderson, 22, Randy “Bam” Sullivan, 36, and Joshua Lockett, 21, were all found guilty of second degree murder. However, the jury rejected the gang enhancement allegations. “I’m satisfied,” said the victim’s mother,…