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Is Zika virus threatening the Antelope Valley?

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LANCASTER – Zika virus is making headlines throughout the country, but is it a concern in the Antelope Valley? The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District reports that there is currently no evidence of mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus anywhere in California, and the mosquito species that transmits the virus has not been detected…

Civ-Mil welcomes foreign military, new arrivals to AV

Children in attendance got to see robots created by robotics teams at local Antelope Valley schools. (Rebecca Amber)

LANCASTER — The Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group welcomed foreign military members and Airmen recently stationed at Edwards to the Antelope Valley Jan. 29. The University of Antelope Valley Pioneer Event Center (PEC) in Lancaster was filled with informational booths regarding health care, education, recreation and much more. The third annual “Welcome to the AV”…

3 injured in 14 Freeway crash involving Caltrans vehicle

Injury Crash

AGUA DULCE – A passenger was seriously injured and two drivers sustained minor injuries on Monday when a vehicle plowed into a Caltrans truck along the side of the 14 Freeway, authorities said. The injury collision occurred around 4:10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, on the southbound Antelope Valley Freeway, just south of Escondido Canyon Road,…

AVTA installing first wireless charging system

Crews are now creating pathways for the primary and secondary wiring conduits to bring power from Edison to the equipment controlling the charging pad at the Lancaster transfer center. [contributed]

LANCASTER – Installation of a state-of the-art wireless charging station is underway at Lancaster City Park, officials from the Antelope Valley Transit Authority announced. The construction project will impact passengers who use the park’s transfer center to connect with public transit. AVTA intends to relocate several of its boarding locations, as construction will make the…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 1.28.16

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

Gang member arrested in Lancaster shooting

road rage shooting

LANCASTER – A reputed gang member was arrested after a shooting in Lancaster Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Arthur Battee, 26, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to LASD inmate records. The arrest came after a shooting that happened around 2:16 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, on the 1800 block of East Avenue J-4 in…

L.A. County health officials warn travelers of Zika virus

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. [Image via CDC]

LOS ANGELES – County health officials on Tuesday urged travelers to Latin America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, especially pregnant women, to take precautions to protect themselves from contracting a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects. The Zika virus outbreak is ongoing in nearly two dozen countries, including the Mexico, according to the Centers…

Tunnel work on AV Line extended through Jan. 31

Metrolink

LOS ANGELES – Maintenance on Metrolink’s Antelope Valley Line will continue through Jan. 31, company officials announced this week. The project, which began on Sunday, Dec. 13, has affected service for the past seven consecutive weekends. During the project, there has been train service between Lancaster and Newhall, and Sylmar/San Fernando and Los Angeles, while…

Former Miss Lancaster crowned Miss Latina Hawaii

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Former Miss Lancaster Tiffany Johnson was crowned winner of the Miss Latina Hawaii Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Mamiya Theater in Honolulu. The coronation enters the Antelope Valley teen into the 2016 Miss Hawaii Scholarship Pageant, the preliminary pageant for the Miss America Pageant. “I am grateful for the scholarship funds and…

Woman dies after being hit by SUV while changing tire

fatal crash

LAKE LOS ANGELES — A 28-year-old woman died at the hospital hours after she was hit by an SUV while changing a flat tire on the side of the road, authorities said. Julia Carmen Nores was pronounced dead at 2:12 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, at Antelope Valley Hospital, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.…

AVH marks 45th anniversary of mental health unit

AV Hospital

LANCASTER — In January of 1971, Antelope Valley Hospital opened an in-patient mental health unit to allow local residents to access mental health services without leaving the Antelope Valley. Today, the unit includes 30 licensed beds and offers care for a range of mental health needs, including schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse. The unit serves…

AVTA achieves clean audit report

AVTA's finance team. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has received a clean financial audit report for the 2015 fiscal year. The accounting firm of Windes, Inc., recently completed its annual audit of AVTA’s financial statements. The auditing firm issued an unmodified (“clean”) opinion, reporting that there were no findings or weaknesses detected for the fiscal…

Authorities: Lancaster home invasion story false

The home invasion happened around 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, at a duplex at 1020 West Avenue H-14 in Lancaster, sheriff's officials said. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER — A 12-year-old boy said he was beaten during a home invasion robbery in Lancaster on Monday, but the story is actually false, authorities concluded Wednesday. “At this time, investigators do not believe a crime occurred,” Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Joshua Stamsek said in a news release. The investigation was opened Monday, Jan. 18,…

County legal costs up 24% in 2015

County Litigation Cost Report graphic

LOS ANGELES –  Los Angeles County’s litigation expenses for fiscal year 2014-15 were $118.9 million, up 24 percent from the $95.6 million spent in fiscal year 2013-14, according to the County Counsel’s Annual Litigation Cost Report. View it here. The county paid out $59 million in 2014-15 to cover its attorneys’ fees and costs —…

Man hit, killed by car in Lancaster

The fatal collision happened around 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, on Sierra Highway near Avenue H. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER — A man crossing the street was hit by a car and killed in Lancaster Sunday night, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 10:40 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 17, on Sierra Highway near Avenue H, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver…

AVEK aids Watermaster program launch

LANCASTER – Directors of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency set in motion court-directed procedures to create a Watermaster Organization empowered to monitor the groundwater basin and implement the Final Judgment signed by Judge Komar on Dec. 23, 2015. In their first meeting of the year following settlement of long-running litigation over water rights adjudication, AVEK, as directed by…