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PWD phone scam alert

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PALMDALE – Local authorities are warning Palmdale Water District customers of a phone scam occurring in the Palmdale area. The scam starts off with a phone call from an unknown suspect who identifies himself as an employee of the Palmdale Water District, according to Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe. “The victim is told their…

Lancaster man charged with endangering his elderly mother

Baker's 83-year-old mother is escorted back to her home Monday, May 25, after the ordeal. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man has been charged after he allegedly pointed what appeared to be a gun at his 83-year-old mother during a standoff with Los Angeles County sheriff deputies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Kelly Alton Baker, 57, is facing one felony count each of elder or dependent adult abuse…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 5.27.15

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. Robert Stine Robert Stine is a…

Authorities capture fugitive ex-cop wanted for murder

The FBI had offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Solis' capture, and officials are reviewing whether anyone will be eligible to claim the money.

A former Los Angeles Police Department officer wanted for murder was arrested Tuesday by Mexican authorities in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and then deported to the United States, where he was booked into the El Paso County Jail. Henry Solis on Wednesday appeared before a magistrate judge in El Paso, Texas, where he…

DUI checkpoint planned in Lancaster this Friday

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LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster this Friday, May 29, 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 to…

Suicidal man surrenders after standoff in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A 57-year-old man armed with a handgun and threatening suicide barricaded himself inside his Lancaster home for more than six-and-a-half hours before surrendering peacefully Monday morning, authorities said. Kelly Baker surrendered around 6:15 a.m. Monday, May 25, and was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, elder abuse, and felon in possession of ammunition,…

Arraignment postponed in Lancaster child abuse case

Neighbors said the young boy wandered away from this home on the 43800 block of Chaparral Drive in Lancaster. His 10-year-old sister was later discovered inside the home in a room locked with a chain from the outside, and there was a bucket in the room that the girl had to use when she needed to go to the bathroom, according to the District Attorney's Office. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A court hearing was postponed Friday for the couple arrested last week after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering the street blocks away from his Lancaster home. The arraignment was continued to May 28 for Titus Chidi Ebubechukwu, 48, and Mary Nkiruka Ebubechukwu, 52, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County…

2 charged with murder in Lancaster shooting death

Aaron Elbert Brockway, 22, was shot in Lancaster Tuesday, May 19, and later died from his wounds. (Facebook photo)

LANCASTER – Two men spotted running from the scene of a shooting that killed a 22-year-old man in Lancaster Tuesday have been charged with the man’s murder. Jeremy Jacob Rakisits, aka “Bless,” is charged with murder and gang allegations, while Anthony Albert Juarez, aka “Malo,” is charged with murder, including gang and gun allegations, in…

Reputed gang member arrested for threatening his mother, weapons and drugs seized

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and deputies recovered three handguns, one shotgun, a rifle with large quantities of ammunition, along with a custom fit jacket with body armor, sheriff's officials said. Illegal narcotics were also found inside the residence. (Image courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A known Vagos gang member was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly putting a knife to his mother’s throat and threatening to kill her, authorities said. When deputies searched the Lancaster residence of 31-year-old Dustin Paulhus, they found illegal narcotics and multiple firearms, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. The…

Lancaster man killed after Bakersfield bank robbery [updated]

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BAKERSFIELD – An armed robbery suspect, 26-year-old Leland Smithson of Lancaster, died after an officer-involved shooting that followed a Bakersfield bank robbery Tuesday morning. Smithson sustained a gunshot wound to his head, but “it is unknown at this time whether the round that struck Smithson was fired from the officer’s firearm or self-inflicted,” said Sgt.…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 5.21.15

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

Help detectives ID robbery suspects

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PALMDALE – If you recognize the suspects in these images, then Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives would like to hear from you. The men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Palmdale Walmart and assaulting a store employee who tried to stop them, according to Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe. The incident occurred…

Man shot and killed in Lancaster, suspects in custody

This suspect was arrested after a brief foot chase, deputies said. A second suspect (not pictured) appeared to be under influence of heroin, Sgt. Owen said. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was shot in Lancaster Tuesday and later died from his wounds, authorities said. Aaron Brockway was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the hospital, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was shot at a residence in the 44000 block of Canyon Way in Lancaster, sheriff’s…

HIV+ man charged with raping another girl in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A self-admitted HIV-positive man accused of posing as a police officer to kidnap and sexually assault a girl walking home from school on May 6 is facing new charges for allegedly raping another girl in Lancaster less than a month earlier. Joseph Kenneth Cornett, 41, was charged Tuesday with nine felony counts in…

Detectives: Girl lied about being kidnapped

LANCASTER – A girl who claimed she had been kidnapped and held against her will actually made up the story after she ran away from home, authorities said Tuesday. “Lancaster Sheriff Station received a call at approximately [4:45 a.m.] stating a female Hispanic juvenile sent a group text to her family and friends claiming she…

4 arrested for DUI at Palmdale checkpoint

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PALMDALE – Three people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and one person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana during a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint in Palmdale Friday night and early Saturday morning, authorities said. The checkpoint was conducted on 10th street west, south of Technology…