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Man pleads no contest in deadly fight at Lancaster nightclub

Luciano Meza Juarez (inset) dieddied of blunt force head trauma at 1:19 a.m. Sept. 28, 2013, after an altercation inside the bathroom at Mango Tango in Lancaster.

LANCASTER –A security guard has pleaded no contest to his involvement in a fight in a Lancaster nightclub’s bathroom in 2013 that left a 49-year-old man dead. Gabriel Fernandez, 42, pleaded no contest last week to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Luciano Meza Juarez, according to court records. Juarez, a Lancaster resident,…

Man shot dead in deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster

The man shot by deputies died in a dirt field near Avenue K-4 and 30th Street West in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man was shot dead during a deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster late Friday night and “a semi-automatic assault pistol was recovered next to his body,” authorities said. The shooting happened around 11:35 p.m. Friday, July 3, as detectives from the Gang Unit, Operation Safe Streets Bureau, “were patrolling in the 3100 block of…

Community leaders condemn senseless violence

Family members of slain Michael Davis, including his Mother, Yolanda (right), display a portrait of the victim at a community press conference. (photo by Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Local organizers from The Community Action League and The AV-Nation of Islam held a press conference Friday morning to ask the public to help bring justice to the shooting death of Michael Davis. Calling for an end to senseless violence in the Antelope Valley, the conference took place at the Sierra Villa Apartments,…

Designate a driver this holiday weekend

Drive sober or get pulled over

Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks. All too often these celebrations and festivities turn tragic when someone decides to drink and drive a vehicle, warns the California Highway Patrol. “This is a time for celebration, not tragedy,” stated CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Celebrate this Independence Day…

Lancaster man gets 15 to life for mother’s murder

Shelton Bradley slider

LANCASTER – A 49-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life in state prison for strangling his elderly mother and trying to stuff her in an oven in late 2013. Shelton Eugene Bradley received the sentence after pleading no contest June 17 to one count of second-degree murder in the killing of…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 7.2.15

LANCASTER –Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for petty theft and a suspect wanted for vandalism. 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 (8477). Detre Williams Detre Williams is a…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 7.1.15

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for domestic violence and a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the…

Fireworks safety tips, illegal fireworks warning

Fireworks safety

PALMDALE – Dozens of local nonprofit organizations are selling “safe and sane” fireworks at various locations throughout Palmdale, and city officials are asking consumers to use the fireworks safely. The City of Palmdale’s neighborhood services department offers these important safety tips for residents using “safe and sane” fireworks in legal areas of the City of…

Ohio man pleads to raping Lancaster girl he met online

Michael Scheetz (booking photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A 46-year-old man pleaded no contest Monday to multiple felony counts for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Lancaster girl he met via Facebook in 2012. Jury selection had already begun for the trial of Michael Scheetz of Westerville, Ohio, when he entered his plea to seven of eight counts – two counts of committing…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 6.26.15

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating and identifying 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 (8477). Ronald Charles Reed Ronald Reed is a 68-year-old black male with black…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following at-large parolees. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be located, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. You may also call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492. Brian Wilkinson Brian Wilkinson is a…

Parolee grabs agent’s gun, fires into Palmdale traffic

Parolee Hector Perez sits in the back of a sheriff's patrol vehicle, after his arrest Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A parolee being transported for treatment Wednesday afternoon managed to wrestle a gun away from a state parole agent, then jumped out of the car and fired several rounds across traffic in a busy Palmdale intersection, authorities said. No one was hit in the shooting, which occurred around 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24,…

DUI checkpoint planned in Palmdale Friday

DUI Checkpoint

PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Palmdale this Friday, June 26, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. They also will check for proper licensing and will strive…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 6.24.15

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