Public Safety/ Crime News

Victims sought in Sport Club AV theft case

Sport Club AV, located at 1020 Commerce Center Drive in Lancaster, closed its doors in September.[Image courtesy LASD]

LANCASTER – Detectives are continuing their investigation into Sport Club AV, a Lancaster fitness center that shut down after its members were allegedly overcharged. “Detectives are currently investigating a possible `theft by false pretenses’ involving approximately 600 fitness club members,” sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Ruiz said in a press release issued Friday. Ruiz said investigators suspect…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

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Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating two suspects wanted for domestic violence, 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 1-800-222-TIPS. Nancy Perez Nancy Perez is…

Man struck, killed by freight train

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LITTLEROCK – A man was struck and killed by a freight train Thursday afternoon in Littlerock, authorities said. The victim was struck by a Union Pacific train about 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the area of Avenue T and 87th Street East, authorities said. “[The conductor] noticed the pedestrian walking on the track and…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in 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. Adan Sepulveda & Patrishia Marie Anderson Adan Sepulveda is a 24-year-old male with black hair and brown eyes.…

Allstate to pay $600K for TV ads touting accident forgiveness

LOS ANGELES – Allstate Insurance Co. agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a consumer protection lawsuit alleging that its car insurance television ads failed to properly disclose that the “Accident Forgiveness” benefit featured prominently in the ads is not available in California, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Wednesday. The settlement was obtained…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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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 thieves If you recognize the couple in this…

County urges residents, sheriff to help battle hate crimes

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County supervisors called Tuesday on residents and county departments to speak out against hate crimes in the wake of the presidential election and asked the Sheriff’s Department to reach out to vulnerable communities. Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended that the county take a stand, citing a series of verbal and physical…

Did Alzheimer’s play a role in Baca’s alleged criminal actions? Judge takes motion under submission

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LOS ANGELES – A federal judge Tuesday took under submission a request to admit testimony from a defense psychiatrist that attempts to link former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s alleged criminal actions to a years-later diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson did not say when he would rule on…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

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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. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling…

Child predator’s conviction upheld

Jeffrey Lee Thomas [Image courtesy: Megan's Law website]

LOS ANGELES – The California Supreme Court refused Tuesday to review the case against a registered sex offender who was convicted last year of sex-related charges involving two girls in Palmdale. Jeffrey Lee Thomas was sentenced in January to 270 years to life in prison after being found guilty of two counts of committing a…

AV human trafficking sting yields 2 arrests

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LANCASTER – Two men were arrested Wednesday in a sting operation to crack down on human trafficking in the Antelope Valley, authorities said. The operation was conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and was staged near a hotel on 20th Street West and Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to a news…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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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 next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Attempt to ID – suspected thief If you recognize the suspect in this…

Suspected potty peeper charged, more victims sought

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LANCASTER – Authorities are seeking additional victims of a 21-year-old man charged with recording women in bathroom stalls at a Lancaster restaurant. Jesus Calvario, who allegedly hid in a women’s bathroom stall at the Denny’s restaurant at 1028 W. Avenue I and used his cellphone to take video of women using the restroom, pleaded not…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

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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. Amber Meriggio Amber Meriggio is a 24-year-old female with brown hair and…

LA County sees no savings from Prop 47, Sheriff ties measure to higher crime rates

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LOS ANGELES – Sheriff Jim McDonnell offered a harsh assessment Tuesday of Proposition 47, the 2014 voter-approved ballot measure that reduced some low-level felonies to misdemeanors. He also warned that last week’s passage of Proposition 57 will create “an increased nightmare for public safety.” McDonnell was one of several senior-level county officials reporting to the…