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Kaiser AV awards thousands in grants to local nonprofits

Local nonprofit leaders joined local Kaiser Permanente leadership recently for a check presentation. The $590,000 check represents grants awarded from Kaiser’s local offices ($139,000+), as well as grants to the Antelope Valley community awarded from Kaiser’s regional offices ($450,000). [Contributed image]

LANCASTER – As part of a continuing effort to improve health locally, Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley recently awarded more than $139,000 to 12 community organizations. “This year, we are proud to award twelve local organizations grants for services and programs that will help improve the health of the Antelope Valley,” stated Linda Lawson, RN, MSN, Chief…

Walmart cleared in death of Lancaster man

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LOS ANGELES – A jury Friday cleared Wal-Mart Stores Inc. of any wrongdoing in the death of a Lancaster man who died in a 2012 rollover crash caused when a spare tire more than two decades old was placed on the vehicle by a family member of the decedent and later failed. The Los Angeles…

Victims sought in Sport Club AV theft case

Sport Club AV, located at 1020 Commerce Center Drive in Lancaster, closed its doors in September.[Image courtesy LASD]

LANCASTER – Detectives are continuing their investigation into Sport Club AV, a Lancaster fitness center that shut down after its members were allegedly overcharged. “Detectives are currently investigating a possible `theft by false pretenses’ involving approximately 600 fitness club members,” sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Ruiz said in a press release issued Friday. Ruiz said investigators suspect…

Community invited to AVH tree lighting

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LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital will celebrate the holiday season with a tree-lighting ceremony this Thursday, and the community is invited. The ceremony will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, near the front entrance to the hospital, located at 1600 West Avenue J in Lancaster. To prepare for this annual event,…

AVTA’s Engel named ‘Transit Professional of the Year’

Len Engel (right) and Carl Sedoryk, Vice Chair, California Transit Association Executive Committee. [Contributed]

LANCASTER – Len Engel, Executive Director of the Antelope Valley Transit Authority, was recognized by the California Transit Association (CTA) as the “Transit Professional of the Year.” The award was presented last week at the 51st annual CTA Fall Conference and Expo in Oakland. Engel was one of five nominees up for the award, and he…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and locating 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. Attempt to ID – suspected thieves If you recognize the couple in this…

“Cele-grape-tion!” is AV Fair theme for 2017

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Friday announced “Cele-grape-tion” as the theme for the 79th annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival, scheduled for Aug. 18 – 27, 2017.   Bob Sepulveda of Palmdale crafted the winning theme, which was chosen from 977 entries submitted to the annual contest. To qualify, theme ideas had…

Walmart sued in death of Lancaster man

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LOS ANGELES – The son of a Lancaster man who died in a 2012 rollover crash after a tire blowout testified Friday that he was unaware his father had not survived the accident until he woke up in a hospital. “I woke up and there were one or two nurses around,” said Daniel Akins, who along…

AV human trafficking sting yields 2 arrests

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LANCASTER – Two men were arrested Wednesday in a sting operation to crack down on human trafficking in the Antelope Valley, authorities said. The operation was conducted by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and was staged near a hotel on 20th Street West and Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to a news…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and locating the following suspect. If you recognize him and know where he might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Attempt to ID – suspected thief If you recognize the suspect in this…

Suspected potty peeper charged, more victims sought

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LANCASTER – Authorities are seeking additional victims of a 21-year-old man charged with recording women in bathroom stalls at a Lancaster restaurant. Jesus Calvario, who allegedly hid in a women’s bathroom stall at the Denny’s restaurant at 1028 W. Avenue I and used his cellphone to take video of women using the restroom, pleaded not…

Lancaster man killed in I-5 rollover crash

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CASTAIC – A driver died early Tuesday morning when his vehicle veered off the Golden State (5) Freeway, struck a drainage ditch and rolled several times, authorities said. Rick Alan Bradford, 55, of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, on northbound I-5, north of…

Lancaster motorcyclist killed in 14 Fwy crash

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LANCASTER – A 32-year-old Lancaster man died Monday evening after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Antelope Valley [14] Freeway, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 6:23 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, on southbound SR-14, south of Avenue F, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Douglas Fielden was riding a 2008 Honda…

Veterans Day ceremony Friday at Lancaster Cemetery

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Cemetery will host a Veterans Day ceremony this Friday to honor and celebrate veterans from all wars and conflicts. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the cemetery’s Veterans Court of Honor, located at 111 East Lancaster Boulevard in Lancaster. This event is free and open to…

Coroner: Shooting death an accident

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LANCASTER – The coroner’s office on Thursday said the shooting death of a security guard this week at a strip mall in Lancaster was an accident. Ulysses Escobar, 21, of Littlerock, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the head in a vehicle parked at the strip mall around 7:05 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7,…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspect. If you recognize him and know where he might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspect’s photo or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Timothy John McPherson Timothy McPherson is a 30-year-old male with black hair and brown eyes.…

Lancaster serial rapist gets 150 years to life

James Smith sits in the back of a Sheriff's patrol car June 16, 2014. Smith was taken into custody after deputies found him inside a green Buick parked in the 1000 block of West Avenue H-12 in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LOS ANGELES – A man convicted of sexually assaulting three women in Los Angeles and two women in Lancaster was sentenced Wednesday to 150 years to life in state prison. James Smith was convicted of nine felony charges stemming from attacks on a 21-year-old woman in Los Angeles on Dec. 24, 2009; a 43-year-old woman…