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Annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive set for May 3

Dozens of local bikers came out last year for the  annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive. This year's event takes place May 3. (Contributed photos)

LANCASTER – Organizers are gearing up for an annual blood drive to promote motorcycle awareness in the Antelope Valley. The third annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. Blood…

Local businessman found dead

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LANCASTER – A popular local businessman was found dead at the side of the road Tuesday night, apparently due to a heart attack, authorities said. Paul Porteus, 52, of Lancaster was discovered around 10:18 p.m., April 15 near a vehicle at the vista point on State Route 14, one mile south of Avenue S, according…

Walk against eating disorders this Saturday

Photo taken from the annual NEDA Walk in Los Angeles. The first Lancaster NEDA Walks takes place April 19.

LANCASTER – Lancaster High School’s Friday Night Live Club is hosting a walk this weekend to raise awareness and money for the fight against eating disorders. The inaugural Lancaster NEDA (National Eating Disorders Assoc.) Walk kicks off at 9 a.m., April 19 on the Lancaster High School track, located at 44701 32nd Street West, Lancaster.…

Boxer wins $1 million in Scratchers

Damian "Bolo" Wills

LANCASTER – Professional boxer Damian “Bolo” Wills claimed the $1 million prize this week, after purchasing a Scratchers ticket from a Lancaster liquor store, the California Lottery announced in a press release. Read it below: Damian Wills is not a regular Lottery player by any means. But if pressed he’ll tell you that he loves…

Pat Murray commended for lifelong service

By the close of the war in 1945, Murray had earned the rank of Sergeant.

SACRAMENTO – Patricia “Pat” Murray is the 36th Assembly District’s Woman of the Year, Assemblymember Steve Fox announced Thursday. “Pat Murray is one of the best loved people in our community for the simple reason that she brings joy to every person she meets,” Fox stated in a news release. “She has made it her…

Jury duty phone scam alert

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The “jury duty scam” that has circulated around the nation for several years has made its way back to the Antelope Valley, local law enforcement officials warn. The following is a community advisory from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been advised that citizens are receiving phone calls…

Group calls for ethics investigation of Assemblyman Steve Fox

Steve Fox

ANTELOPE VALLEY – With the State Senate belatedly taking action against three senators accused or convicted of various crimes, local activists are calling on Assembly Speaker John Perez, the Assembly Rules Committee and the Assembly Legislative Ethics Committee to institute an investigation into the whistleblower allegations against Assemblyman Steve Fox. “The public was first notified…

AVTA expands service

The North County TRANSporter began operating on August 6, 2012.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority is expanding its North County TRANSporter route further south to give residents greater connectivity to the Santa Clarita Valley. Starting Monday, April 7, three of the 10 TRANSporter runs will stop at the new McBean Regional Transit Center. “The route expansion is a direct response to the increasing…

CHP joins crackdown on distracted drivers

The ticket cost for a first time texting or hand-held cell phone violation is about $162, with subsequent tickets costing about $282.

The local California Highway Patrol office is joining more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state in high visibility enforcement operations during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Four dates – April 3, 8, 17, and 22 – have been earmarked for special statewide enforcement for all the allied law enforcement agencies. Individual agencies…

April is Autism Awareness Month, Walk set for April 12

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LANCASTER – April is Autism Awareness Month, which promotes support and understanding of the lifelong diagnosis affecting an average of one in 68 children. Locally, organizers are gearing up for the 6th annual Antelope Valley Autism Awareness Walk and Resource Fair, a day of family fun and entertainment that raises funds for local families affected…

AV Hospital receives $45K donation

Alpha Charter Guild members join AV Hospital Administrators at the check presentation.  (L to R) Wynne May, Dennis Knox, Fran Marroquin, Phyliss Reily, Beverly Horwedel and  Antelope Valley Healthcare District Board Member, Doddanna Krishna, M.D.

LANCASTER — The Alpha Charter Guild recently presented Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) with a check for $45,000, the result of fundraising during 2013. The donation will benefit the hospital’s Resource Center and Women and Infants Pavilion.  The Guild exists to build a healthy community by supporting programs and services that enable AVH to provide high…

Candidates denounce ‘fraud’ mailer

(Click image to view the front and back of the Democratic-themed political mailer.)

LANCASTER – As we reported last week, Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris financed a hit mailer that claimed City Council candidate Johnathon Ervin was a “gang candidate” who had led an “anti-law enforcement protest.” Read more here. A new political mailer making the rounds this week also takes aim at Ervin, while urging Democratic voters…

Lancaster mayor apologizes after ‘hit mailer’ backlash

Parris apology graphic

LANCASTER – Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris apologized Friday after backlash over a political mailer he produced, which claimed City Council candidate Johnathon Ervin was a “gang candidate” who had led an “anti-law enforcement protest.” View the mailer here. The apology came after an Associated Press story, titled “Lancaster mayor blasted for ‘gang candidate’ claim,” was…