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9 arrested, none for DUI at Palmdale checkpoint

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PALMDALE – No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but nine unlicensed drivers were arrested at a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint in Palmdale on Thursday, authorities said. Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station conducted the checkpoint from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on 10th Street West, south of Technology…

Palmdale man convicted of racially motivated murder

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A 39-year-old former white supremacist was found guilty Thursday of the racially motivated murder of an African-American man 17 years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The jury deliberated about five hours before finding Richard Phillip Ritchie of Palmdale guilty of the first-degree murder of 32-year-old Howard Garfield McClendon. The jury also…

This week’s Most Wanted

Justin Brent RIESE Lancaster Most Wanted 12.18.14

The Palmdale and Lancaster Sheriff’s Stations are seeking your help in 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). Justin Brent Riese Justin Riese is a 32-year-old white male who is approximately 5…

Thief racks up $8K on fraudulent credit cards in Palmdale

The fraud suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female in her late 20’s to early 30’s, with brown hair and a thin build. (Images courtesy LASD)

PALMDALE – If you recognize the woman in these surveillance images, then Palmdale detectives would like to hear from you. The woman allegedly applied for fraudulent credit cards in the names of victims from Los Angeles to Long Beach. Then she racked up $8,000 in charges at Dillard’s, Target and Walmart in Palmdale, according to…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 12.17.14

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. 272. You may also call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492 Darryl Fleming Darryl Fleming is a 34-year-old black…

DUI checkpoints planned in Palmdale, Lancaster

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DUI checkpoints will be conducted in Palmdale and Lancaster this week. On Thursday, Dec. 18, at an undisclosed location in Palmdale, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station will conduct a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint, between the hours of 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. On Saturday, Dec. 20, at an undisclosed location in Lancaster, the…

Palmdale mother pleads to torturing children

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PALMDALE – A 52-year-old Palmdale woman accused of tying up and beating her two adopted children with electrical cords and a hammer has pleaded no contest. Ingrid Brewer pleaded no contest Monday to two counts of torture, and she is expected to be sentenced to seven years to life in state prison, according to Ricardo Santiago…

Local church targeted by thieves, how you can help

Twin Lakes Community Church, located at 17213 Lake Los Angeles Avenue, has been burglarized three times. In the latest break-in thieves cut the latches off the church's Conex box to steal a small amount of food. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A local church burglarized twice in recent months was hit again this week, with thieves taking food donations meant for needy families. The latest break-in at Twin Lakes Community Church in Lake Los Angeles happened sometime between 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, and 9:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 15, authorities said. “This…

Aerospace engineer gets 4 years for having sex with teen

A 50-year-old aerospace engineer was sentenced Monday to four years in state prison for arranging and meeting a 14-year-old girl in Palmdale for sex, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Richard Flower also was ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. Last month, Flower pleaded no contest…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 12.11.14

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspects. If you recognize them, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Attempt to ID – Fraud suspect If you recognize the woman in this image, then Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives would like…

MC gang member arrested for burglary, stolen items recovered

A search of the Michael Pappacoda residence turned up stolen property, methamphetamine, a semi-auto pistol and a rifle, authorities said. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A known motorcycle gang member was arrested Tuesday, and illegal drugs, stolen property and two firearms were seized, after deputies served a search warrant at a Lancaster residence, authorities said. Michael James Pappacoda was captured near his home after a short pursuit; the 46-year-old was arrested for burglary, possession of illegal narcotics with…

Armed resident confronts burglar, parolee arrested

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LANCASTER – A 21-year-old parolee was arrested Tuesday after deputies discovered a stolen safe with Michael Jackson memorabilia and suspected stolen electronics inside his home, authorities said. Wydell Jefferson was also identified as the suspect in a home break-in Tuesday that was interrupted by an armed victim, according to a news release from the Lancaster…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Stations Most Wanted 12.10.14

PALMDALE – Palmdale detectives are seeking your help in locating two suspects wanted for domestic violence, 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 (8477). David Carter David Carter…

Double fatal traffic crash in Lancaster, witnesses sought

Both male drivers were killed upon impact. Their names have not yet been released pending next of kin notification. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – Two drivers were killed in a head-on collision Friday night in Lancaster, authorities said. The fatal traffic crash happened around 7:58 p.m. on Avenue K, near 90th Street East, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver of a white 2012 Toyota…

Palmdale Walmart suicide victim was an LAPD detective

The body was found on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 27 inside a Toyota Prius in the Walmart parking lot at 40130 10th Street West in Palmdale. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – The man found dead outside a westside Palmdale Walmart on Thanksgiving Day was an LAPD detective, who killed himself after two male relatives accused him of sexual abuse, according to published media reports. The body was found on the morning of Nov. 27 inside a Toyota Prius in the Walmart parking lot at…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted Av Parolees 12.3.14

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. 272. You may also call the anonymous 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492. James Parker James Parker is a 38-year-old black…

Updated: ‘Wanted’ parolee arrested

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LANCASTER – A reputed gang member wanted on parole violations was captured Tuesday afternoon after deputies contained and searched a Lancaster neighborhood, authorities said. Parolee-at-large Juan Magallon was arrested for parole violations, criminal threats, and witness intimidation, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Two other individuals were also arrested on unrelated charges, Ruiz…