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Palmdale Station offers home burglary prevention tips

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PALMDALE – Residential burglaries are a common problem, not only in the Antelope Valley but nationwide. Palmdale Sheriff’s Station officials are offering the following information to enlighten local residents on how thieves view the world and to prevent area homes from being targeted by burglars: Don’t leave your garage door open. This advertises your belongings…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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Lancaster detectives are seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspect. If you recognize her or know where she might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Attempt to ID – suspected thief If you recognize the woman in this surveillance image, then…

UPDATED: Trial ordered for school administrator charged with dog fighting, animal cruelty, child abuse

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LANCASTER – A preliminary hearing began Wednesday to determine if a Palmdale School District administrator will stand trial for child abuse and multiple counts of dog fighting and animal cruelty. Pauline Winbush, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, and her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, are each charged with 17 felony counts of cruelty to…

Murder trial ordered in fatal Easter Sunday apartment crash

Roberto Rodriguez faces a maximum possible sentence of 15-years-to-life in state prison, if convicted. (Booking photo courtesy LASD)

PALMDALE – The man who plowed his vehicle through a Palmdale apartment and fatally struck a teenage girl as she slept on Easter Sunday 2014 must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled after day two of a preliminary hearing. Roberto Rodriguez was held to answer to one count each of driving under the influence…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

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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. 272. You may also call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492. Melissa Bennett Melissa Bennett is a 42-year-old white…

UPDATED: Shooting in Palmdale, 3-year-old injured

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PALMDALE – A 3-year-old Palmdale boy was injured by gunfire as he slept in his crib Sunday night, authorities said. The shooting happened around 9:51 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at a mobile home park on 65th Street East near Avenue R in Palmdale, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it…

4 sentenced in Lancaster ranch killings

On July 5, 2006, 64-year-old retired plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar [pictured] was found shot to death at his remote, 200-acre, desert ranch in Lancaster. The next year, Efraín Soto was shot to death while he worked at the ranch.

LOS ANGELES — Four men convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations were sentenced Friday in connection with killings at a doctor’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Nicolas Olvera Cordoba, 63, Antonio Martínez, 51, and Arturo Rosales Verdín, 47, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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Lancaster detectives are seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspects. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Attempt to ID – forgery suspects If you recognize the pair in this image, then Lancaster…

11 arrested, none for DUI at Palmdale checkpoint

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PALMDALE – No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but 11 unlicensed drivers were arrested at a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint in Palmdale last week, authorities said. Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station conducted the checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 to 2 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, on…

District Attorney highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey addresses reporters at a Jan. 20 news conference about efforts to curb commercial sex trafficking. From left to right are: David Demerjian, Director of Specialized Prosecutions; Jane Creighton, Human Trafficking Unit Coordinator; District Attorney Jackie Lacey; Assistant District Attorney Joseph Esposito; and Carol Burke, Head Deputy of the Sex Crimes Division.

LOS ANGELES – January has been proclaimed as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month.” With this in mind, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the steps her office has taken to combat the fastest growing trend among criminal street gangs in Los Angeles County – commercial sex trafficking. “Gang members are luring victims as young…

AVC selected to offer bachelor’s degree

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley College was one of the 15 colleges selected Tuesday by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to develop a pilot bachelor’s degree program. AVC’s program in Airframe Manufacturing Technology is designed to meet needs in the aerospace industry for multi-skilled individuals who understand, perform, and serve as first-line leads in…

Residents tied up in home invasion robbery

Crime lab investigators arrive on scene Tuesday morning, where a home invasion robbery was reported in the 36500 block of Windtree Circle. Detectives are looking for four Hispanic men and one white  man in connection with the incident. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Detectives are searching for four robbers who tied up residents at gunpoint during a home invasion robbery in Palmdale Tuesday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded to the 36400 block of Windtree Circle after the victims called to report the incident, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

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Palmdale detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for an attempted robbery, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips…

Man shot to death in Lancaster

Both suspects fled the location in an unknown direction and the murder weapon has not been recovered, Sheriff's officials said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man in his 30s was shot and killed after an argument in Lancaster Saturday night, authorities said. The incident happened around 10:34 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the 45400 block of Corkwood Avenue, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “Detectives have learned that Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputies responded…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following domestic violence suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Jeffrey Alan Weaver Jeffrey Weaver is a 24-year-old black male with black hair and…

Man charged in deadly crash with school bus

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PALMDALE – A 20-year-old Pearblossom man accused of slamming a stolen truck into the back of a school bus and causing the death of his passenger is facing multiple felony charges. Douglas Fiddament was charged Thursday with murder, receiving stolen property (motor vehicle), possession for sale of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and three counts of…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

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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. 272. You may also call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492. Joshua Cornett Joshua Cornett is a 23-year-old white…