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One arrested for DUI at CHP checkpoint

DUI

PALMDALE – The California Highway Patrol has released the results of a Sobriety/Driver’s License Checkpoint conducted in the Antelope Valley over the weekend. It was conducted from 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 to 2 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 on Palmdale Boulevard, east of 95th Street East, according to CHP Officer Bryon E. Robinson. In the…

DUI checkpoint planned in Palmdale this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Friday, Sept. 5, at an undisclosed location in Palmdale between the hours of 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 9.2.14

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and a suspect wanted for burglary, 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…

24 arrested, one for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

DUI

LANCASTER – A DUI checkpoint conducted in Lancaster Friday night yielded one arrest for driving under the influence of drugs and 23 arrests for various other violations, authorities said. Personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station conducted the checkpoint from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday on Avenue I at Date…

Man carjacked, hit by car, stabbed in Lancaster

The victim was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and is listed in critical condition. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man is in critical condition after he was allegedly carjacked, struck with his own car and then stabbed several times in the chest Friday night in East Lancaster, authorities said. The incident started shortly before 11 p.m. near a Chevron gas station, and the suspect is still outstanding, according to a Lt.…

Gang detectives seeking witnesses in murder conspiracy investigation

Gang investigation

LANCASTER – Local detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding a gang-related incident that happened in a Lancaster neighborhood last week. “Thursday, Aug. 21, Lancaster deputies arrested four male adults related to a gang incident where all four suspects shouted gang slogans and brandished a handgun while riding in…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 8.28.14

LANCASTER – Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a petty theft suspect and a three identity theft suspects, all 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…

Dog owner found guilty in mauling death

Alex Jackson guilty 1

A 31-year-old man whose pack of pill bulls mauled a woman to death in Littlerock last year has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The jury on Friday also found Alex Donald Jackson guilty of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a controlled substance, psilocybin, according to the Los Angeles County District…

White supremacist gang member arrested, victims sought

James W. Jackson is allegedly associated with some white power gangs in the Antelope Valley area, deputies said. He was spotted driving a stolen vehicle Thursday, and when deputies swarmed the area, Jackson tried to flee on foot. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A reputed white supremacist gang member suspected of breaking into vehicles, stealing U.S. mail, and punching a victim in the face during an attempted carjacking was captured in Lancaster Thursday night, authorities said. James W. Jackson, 27, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. after deputies contained the neighborhood near 21st Street West and Avenue K-9,…

Guilty verdict reached in Lancaster ranch killings

On July 5, 2006, 64-year-old retired plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar was found shot to death at his remote, 200-acre, desert ranch in Lancaster. Evidence suggested Dr. Kadivar was feeding livestock on the ranch at the time of his murder. (Photos courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A ranch hand has been found guilty of two murders at a plastic surgeon’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Antonio Martínez, 51, was found guilty Thursday of the 2006 murder of 64-year-old Dr. Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar and the 2007 murder of Efrain Martines, according to Deputy District Attorney…

Lancaster robbery suspects arrested

The victim said his wife and two grandchildren were inside the SUV when the gunman fired. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – As the AV Times reported last week, would-be robbers shot into the car of a couple traveling with young grandchildren at the Stater Bros. parking lot in East Lancaster. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with that incident, and authorities are investigating if the crime was part of a gang initiation, Lancaster…

Couple charged with torture, mayhem for beating toddler

Rosie Lee

PALMDALE – A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the beating of her 22-month-old toddler, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The boy is currently on life support in critical condition, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson. Rosie Lee Wilson, 20, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 24, both face one…

CHP targets distracted drivers

Around 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, a driver was stopped on eastbound Avenue M near 10th Street West for flicking cigarette ash out the window.  “I didn't think that I did anything wrong,” the driver said. Hernandez said the practice is not only against the law, but it can be a major fire hazard as well.

LANCASTER – Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. The practice is unsafe and can result in a traffic collision, possibly injuring or killing yourself or somebody else. So says California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez, who conducted traffic enforcement in the Antelope Valley…

Lancaster man charged with bow-and-arrow murder

Garrett Taylor Adams appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday, Aug. 26, but his arraignment was postponed to Sept. 9. If convicted as charged, he faces 26 years to life in state prison. (Photo by TONY CHEVAL)

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man was charged Tuesday with killing a 27-year-old man with a hunting bow and arrow, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Garrett Taylor Adams, 23, faces one count of murder; and the complaint includes an allegation that Adams used a compound bow in the Aug. 23 killing of Charles…

Man ordered to stand trial in Lancaster animal abuse case

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LANCASTER – A Lancaster man seen on cell phone video abusing and body slamming a puppy must stand trial for felony animal cruelty, a judge ruled. Robert Emmett Martin, 53, attended his probable cause hearing Tuesday morning in an Antelope Valley courtroom. The prosecution called Martin’s actions “aggravated and egregious” while the defense argued that the…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Raymon Sanford Wanted Palmdale 8.20.14

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for vandalism and two suspects wanted for robbery, all 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…

Palmdale man pleads to killing girlfriend’s baby

Zanai died from multiple internal injuries, including five broken and displaced ribs, a collapsed lung, a shredded liver and internal bleeding, according to the county medical examiner.

PALMDALE – A Palmdale man has pleaded no contest to beating to death his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter last September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Matthew Worthen, 24, entered his plea Wednesday to one count of second-degree murder before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard. Worthen made his plea shortly before…

400 marijuana plants seized, 2 arrested

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ANTELOPE VALLEY – Two men were arrested Thursday after local deputies served a search warrant and found an outdoor grow operation with hundreds of marijuana plants, authorities said. The bust happened around 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, on the 21000 Block of West Avenue D-8 in Neenach, a rural area of the Antelope Valley about…