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Palmdale man accused of animal cruelty

Andres Garcia resisted arrest and had to be restrained and taken into custody on a stretcher. (LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Animal control officers rescued four traumatized dogs from a Palmdale backyard early Monday morning, and deputies arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly abusing the animals, authorities said. Andres Garcia was arrested in connection with the incident, which happened around 12:51 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31, on the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive in…

Man critically wounded in Lancaster shooting

Bullets apparently shattered the glass at the business across the street from the liquor store. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A man was critically wounded in a shooting outside a Lancaster liquor store Sunday night, authorities said. The shooting happened at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, at Kingtree Avenue and Avenue I, according to Lt. Derrick Alfred of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station said. The victim was taken to a hospital where he…

Lancaster checkpoint results, CHP checkpoint results

DUI

LANCASTER – Two dozen people were arrested for various violations but no one was arrested for driving under the influence at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint conducted by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station this past Friday. The California Highway Patrol conducted a checkpoint in the Antelope Valley on Saturday, which yielded two DUI arrests, authorities said. The…

Man dies after assault [updated]

The victim's business, which provides water to construction companies, is also located on the property. [LUIS MEZA]

LLANO – A water business owner found critically injured at his residence last week has died, prompting a homicide investigation. “The victim was injured during a commission of a crime,” homicide detectives said in a statement Friday, but did not elaborate. The victim was found Aug. 18 in the 26200 block of East Avenue W-8,…

Palmdale woman gets 50 to life for murdering ex-lover

Larene Eleanor Austin, 33, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the June 16, 2010, killing of LaNell Barsock, 29, who was shot in the head in Palmdale.

LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman convicted of fatally shooting a woman after a brief romantic relationship was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive 25-year-to-life prison terms. Larene Eleanor Austin, 33, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the 2010 killing of LaNell Barsock, 29. Jurors also found true an allegation that Austin used a…

Antonovich to propose $25K reward in AV dog abuse case

The crimes against dogs came to light earlier this month when a golden retriever was brought to a Lancaster animal shelter suffering from severe burns on its neck and back.  (Image courtesy Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue)

LOS ANGELES – County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has increased the reward he wants the county to offer for information leading to the person or people who have been burning dogs in the Antelope Valley. Antonovich initially said he would ask his colleagues next week to approve a $10,000 reward, but he said Wednesday he will…

DUI checkpoint planned in Lancaster this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster this Friday, Aug. 28, 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 8.25.15

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are 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). David Mason David Mason is a 26-year-old black male with black hair and brown…

Palmdale man charged with murder in Leimert Park

Derron Jones, 25, was shot to death in Leimert Park on July 20, according to police, who said they believed the shooting was gang- related. (Image source: YouTube memorial video)

LOS ANGELES – A Palmdale man is one of two suspects charged with murdering a 25-year-old man in Leimert Park last month, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Dondre Williams of Palmdale and Tyree Davion Woods of Los Angeles, both 21, are charged with capital murder in connection with the July 20 shooting…

3 arrested, none for DUI at Palmdale checkpoint

DUI

PALMDALE – No one was arrested for driving under the influence, but three unlicensed drivers were arrested at a DUI/ driver’s license checkpoint in Palmdale this past weekend, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station conducted the checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on 10th…

Lancaster man gets 6 years for endangering elderly mother

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

LANCASTER – A 57-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for pointing a replica gun at his 83-year-old mother during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies. Kelly Alton Baker was sentenced after pleading no contest earlier this month to one felony count of elder adult abuse and one misdemeanor count of brandishing…

CHP ‘Impaired Driver Task Force’ nets 21 DUI arrests

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LANCASTER – The California Highway Patrol conducted roving patrols this past weekend in the Antelope Valley as part of an effort to keep the motoring public safe during the 77th annual Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival. Eleven additional units [22 officers] were deployed during the CHP’s Impaired Driver Task Force (IDTF) operation, which was…

Rosamond shooting victim, suspect ID’d

Shooting graphic

ROSAMOND – A 55-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly shooting to death his nephew in Rosamond on Thursday, authorities said. David Lynn Corkern was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Adrian Augustine Calzada, according to Kern County sheriff’s officials. Calzada was found shot to death around…

Teen facing 150+ charges in child porn case [updated]

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LANCASTER – A 19-year-old man accused of posing as a modeling agent to extort young girls into sending him naked photos was charged Friday with more than 150 criminal counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila is charged with 109 felony and 42 misdemeanor counts, including 21 counts of possession…

Man shot to death in Rosamond, suspect detained

Shooting graphic

ROSAMOND – A 35-year-old man was found shot to death in Rosamond Thursday morning, authorities said. Around 10:34 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, Rosamond and Mojave deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Sonja Drive regarding a victim of a shooting, according to a news release from the Kern County sheriff’s office. “Deputies arrived and…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 8.20.15

LANCASTER –Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are 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). Enrique Manuel Mena Enrique Mena is a 29-year-old Hispanic male with black hair…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 8.19.15

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. Ignacio Castel Ignacio Castel is a…