Lancaster

Man shot dead in deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster

The man shot by deputies died in a dirt field near Avenue K-4 and 30th Street West in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man was shot dead during a deputy-involved shooting in Lancaster late Friday night and “a semi-automatic assault pistol was recovered next to his body,” authorities said. The shooting happened around 11:35 p.m. Friday, July 3, as detectives from the Gang Unit, Operation Safe Streets Bureau, “were patrolling in the 3100 block of…

Community leaders condemn senseless violence

Family members of slain Michael Davis, including his Mother, Yolanda (right), display a portrait of the victim at a community press conference. (photo by Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – Local organizers from The Community Action League and The AV-Nation of Islam held a press conference Friday morning to ask the public to help bring justice to the shooting death of Michael Davis. Calling for an end to senseless violence in the Antelope Valley, the conference took place at the Sierra Villa Apartments,…

Designate a driver this holiday weekend

Drive sober or get pulled over

Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks. All too often these celebrations and festivities turn tragic when someone decides to drink and drive a vehicle, warns the California Highway Patrol. “This is a time for celebration, not tragedy,” stated CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Celebrate this Independence Day…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 7.2.15

LANCASTER –Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for petty theft and a suspect wanted for vandalism. 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). Detre Williams Detre Williams is a…

AV Hospital adopts high-tech infection prevention system

Antelope Valley Hospital Environmental Services Aid Osvaldo Dominguez preps the Surfacide tower for cleaning in a patient room. (contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has a new weapon against germs— the Surfacide® Helios™ Disinfection System. It is the second hospital in California to strengthen its infection-prevention efforts using Surfacide’s ultra-violet (UV-C) light energy, an evidence-based method of controlling microorganisms. “Patient safety and satisfaction are our top priorities at Antelope Valley Hospital, and this…

AVTA awarded $24.4 million for electric buses

The BYD bus managed to travel 746 miles over the 24-hour period, operating in three shifts. (AVTA)

LOS ANGELES – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Metrolink and Metro and were among the recipients of $224 million in California State Transportation Agency grants aimed at bolstering public transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, authorities announced. AVTA was awarded $24.4 million to develop a Bus Rapid Transit route in Lancaster and Palmdale, including the…

AV Hospital Auxiliary presents health care scholarships

Back row [left to right]: volunteer, Mary Overton; AVH Volunteer Coordinator Mary Binkowski; volunteers Millie McMillan, Harriet Lee, Marsha Pedersen and Bobbie Patton. Front row [left to right]: scholarship recipients Carmela Martinez, Jeanie Paek, Ryan Bugsch, Chau Le and Jamie Gordon. Other recipients not pictured include Kathryn Davis, Cassandra Quijada, Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza, Oscar Buenrostro, Stephanie De La Melena, Arshlee Mamangun, Alexis Gomez and Irene Ramos. (contributed)

LANCASTER — For the 21st consecutive year, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) Auxiliary awarded scholarships to 15 local high school students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Scholarship recipients include: Kathryn Davis, Chau Le and Cassandra Quijada of Quartz Hill High School; Cindy Noriega, Stepheny Saavedra, Jelci Barraza and Oscar Buenrostro of Palmdale High School;…

Same-sex marriage celebration rally set for Lancaster

Gina Piellusch and Eric Morga at a marriage equality rally held in Lancaster in 2013. (file photo)

LANCASTER –A rally will be held in Lancaster today (June 26) to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Presented by the OUTreach Center, the celebration rally starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, at Avenue K and 15th Street West. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that…

AVTA delays service changes

AVTA bus from vid

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be delaying the implementation of its upcoming service changes due to unforeseen software integration problems with its new vehicle location system, officials announced. Instead of Monday, June 29, the new service changes will take effect July 27, 2015. The delay will provide technicians with the time…

Contestants sought for 3rd annual Miss Black AV

[Contributed photo] 2014 Miss Black AV court – Miss Briana Johnson, Junior Miss Akungbe Obazee, Young Miss Simone Zulu, and Little Miss Harmony Ayanna Crossland.

PALMDALE – Contestants are being sought to compete in the third annual Miss Black AV pageant, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 8. The event is presented by Antelope Valley Pageants, and this year’s theme is “Our History in Music,” according to Pageant Coordinator Waunette Cullors. “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights African-American culture?’…

Reminder: A.V. Fair Jazz Festival this Saturday!

[Top] Spyro Gyra, [lower left] David Benoit, [lower right] Morgan James. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – Spyro Gyra, David Benoit and Morgan James will hit the stage this Saturday at the third annual A.V. Fair Jazz Festival. The festival opens at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, in the outdoor Cantina of the A.V. Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. The festival will include multiple BBQ concessions,…

Kaiser Permanente AV kicks-off ‘Walk with a Doc’

(Contributed photo)

LANCASTER –Physicians, employees, patients, community leaders and local residents kicked-off Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley’s inaugural Walk with a Doc community program this week. Pediatrician David Bronstein, MD, led the 30-minute walk on Wednesday, June 17, around the Thrive path at the Antelope Valley Medical Offices. The Thrive Path offers two walking trails—quarter mile and half…

Minor injuries reported in deputy-involved crash

(JOHN MEZA)

LANCASTER – Two deputies sustained minor injuries Thursday when their patrol car was broadsided in a Lancaster intersection, authorities said. The collision happened just before 12 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the intersection of Lancaster Boulevard and Challenger Way. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol car traveling westbound on Lancaster Boulevard was struck by a…