Lancaster

Quartz Hill community unveils memorial honoring fallen Marine

Ian Stewart honored

QUARTZ HILL – A granite memorial was dedicated to Marine Cpl. Ian Stewart at Quartz Hill High School on Thursday, bringing together nearly 50 friends, family, and fellow alumni to honor this local Antelope Valley hero. Cpl. Stewart’s father, Dana, remarked how important the memorial is to helping not only the family, but the community…

Woman in wheelchair hit by car in Lancaster

The incident happened around 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 on Avenue L near 21st Street West. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 55-year-old woman is in critical condition after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Lancaster Wednesday night. The incident happened around 9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 on Avenue L near 21st Street West, according Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Lancaster resident Catherine Bronsart was in a wheelchair and…

Increased West Nile virus activity ahead of Labor Day weekend

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take precautions while enjoying outdoor celebrations this Labor Day weekend. Two more mosquito samples as well as 22 sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley. The chickens were from coops located in Palmdale, Quartz Hill and…

Lancaster mulls closing Metrolink station to stop outside poaching of homeless services

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris asked city staff if the council could vote to close the station - "today."

LANCASTER – Downtown Los Angeles is actually sending transient individuals via Metrolink to access homeless services and resources from the city of Lancaster, council members argued at Tuesday’s meeting. And in response, city officials have called for staff to study closing the Lancaster Metrolink Station. “I’m thinking it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure…

Lancaster DUI checkpoint planned for Friday, CHP checkpoint Saturday

Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be arrested and their vehicles towed away, CHP officials said. (File image)

LANCASTER – The Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster on Friday, Aug. 29, from 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 drivers for proper licensing and will strive to…

1 dead, 2 injured in high-speed crash

A 2006 Honda Civic skidded off the roadway and flipped several times near the intersection of Avenue K and 90th Street East. The driver, 18-year-old Palmdale resident Joshua Coti, was thrown from his vehicle and killed. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A Palmdale teen driver was killed and two passengers suffered major injuries early Friday morning when the vehicle they were riding in careened off the roadway and overturned numerous times, authorities said. The single-vehicle fatal collision occurred around 1:05 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22 on East Avenue K near 90th Street East, according to a California…

Military Appreciation Day this Thursday at the AV Fair!

[Photo provided by the A.V. Fair]

LANCASTER  –  Antelope Valley Fair officials today announced the details for Military Appreciation Day, taking place this Thursday,  August 21. Admission will be free all night for active and retired military and their guests with military IDs and DD214s, beginning at 4 p.m. A special VIP, red carpet entrance will be designated for active and…

Balloon release Friday for sexual assault victims

Balloon release preview

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A balloon release ceremony will be held this Friday in Lake Los Angeles to remind the community of local survivors of sexual assault. The event is being presented by the Ladies of Lake LA: No Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley, according to organizer and rape survivor Cheryl Holbrook. “We feel it…

Lancaster man arrested for allegedly molesting children at church

Jonathan Macy

LANCASTER – A Desert Christian School employee was arrested for allegedly molesting two children during Sunday church services at Grace Chapel, authorities said. Jonathan Macy, 31, of Lancaster, was arrested Wednesday morning and jailed in lieu of $1.2 million bail, according to a press release from the Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau.  Read it below:…

Online fundraiser for Lancaster woman killed in crash

Summer Leah Scott

PALMDALE – An online fundraiser has been set up to help with the funeral expenses for a 20-year-old Lancaster woman killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Palmdale on August 7. Summer Leah Scott was the passenger in a 1990 Mazda Miata that veered off 40th Street East near Avenue P, struck a dirt embankment and…

Abused dog headed to foster care

An examination showed no outward injuries.

LANCASTER - The dog seen on cell phone video being abused and slammed onto a Lancaster street is headed to a caring foster home, authorities said Monday morning. “Daisy” is a female, black and white pit bull mix believed to be about six months old, according to officials at the Lancaster Animal Shelter. An examination showed…

AVTA electric bus going the distance

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

Lancaster – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s new electric BYD bus is performing better than advertised, AVTA officials announced Monday. AVTA and BYD operators put the electric bus to the test this past weekend during a 24-hour marathon ride that looped from Rosamond to Palmdale a total of 18 times. The BYD bus managed to…

UAV names new Athletics Director

Jeff Bussell (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – Jeff Bussell is replacing Chase Tigert as Director of Athletics for the University of Antelope Valley, officials announced. “[Tigert] served UAV well as the assistant baseball coach, associate professor of Health and Fitness, assistant athletic director and concluding as athletic director,” said UAV President Marco Johnson. “Tigert made the difficult decision to step…

Caught on video: Man abuses dog in Lancaster, arrest made

Martin is developmentally disabled, his defense attorney argued.

LANCASTER – A 53-year-old Lancaster man is in jail after cell phone video showing a dog being abused and slammed to the ground was brought to the attention of local law enforcement. (View the graphic video below. Warning: It contains offensive language.) The alleged animal abuse occurred around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8 near a…

Mountain lion removed from Rosamond backyard

Mountain Lion Rosamond

ROSAMOND – A mountain lion spotted in a Rosamond backyard Friday morning was safely removed by state wildlife officers and returned to suitable habitat, authorities said. Around 9:30 a.m., the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received a call about a mountain lion near a home on Birch Street, according to Public Information Officer Andrew…

Quartz Hill Water District to enforce mandatory restrictions

Using a hose to wash down any sidewalks, walkways, driveways, parking areas or other paved surfaces is a willful violation and shall be punishable by fine of $100 per incident, according to the mandatory water restrictions effective August 14, 2014.

QUARTZ HILL – Responding to the state drought measures, the Quartz Hill Water District will be enforcing mandatory water restrictions come August 14, with penalties starting at $100 per incident and culminating in water service termination. The mandatory water restrictions and penalties are detailed in an “Urgent Drought Notice” being mailed to the District’s nearly…