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

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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

The man in these images (53-year-old Robert Martin of Lancaster) was arrested around 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8, on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and jailed in lieu of $20,000 bail. (View raw video of the incident below courtesy of Lindsey Cooks)

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…

Young Entrepreneurs Academy establishes new site at AVC

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LANCASTER – The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), an innovative program that transforms local middle school students into real entrepreneurial successes, is coming to Lancaster! Antelope Valley College will pilot the program this fall. “We are excited about launching this expansion and specifically chose the Antelope Valley College because of its reputation for academic excellence,” said Gayle…

70th annual Miss AV Pageant set for Aug. 2

[1st Row - Front: Jaycee Jackson, Merysa Rangel, Miss Hughes Elizabeth Lakes: Brooklyn Alcott, Miss Eastside: Casaundra King, Miss Rancho Vista: Taylor Herider, Miss Lake Los Angeles: Meladie Saunders. 2nd Row - Back
Miss Tehachapi: Tiffany Rea, Miss Leona Valley: Rachel Bartfai,
Miss Lancaster:  Halley Arntz,  Miss Acton: Brooke Lohman, 
Miss California City:  Emily Booth, Miss Palmdale: Felicia Flores, 
Miss Rosamond: Brittany Ebeltoft, Miss Quartz Hill: Mikayla Yarman, 
Miss Antelope Acres: Jayme Fairlee

LANCASTER – Fourteen extraordinary young women, each wearing a crown representing her respective community, will soon vie for the title of Miss Antelope Valley 2014. The 70th annual pageant will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 2, at the H.W. Hunter pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.…

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong Employee Scholarship

Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flanking the pair are Katherine's parents, Darryl and Boon Lott. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

Lancaster – The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott. A graduate of the class of 2014 at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, Katherine plans to major in bio-medical engineering at the University of California-San Diego this fall. Katherine was a…

Local deputies honored with Lifesaving Awards

The Lifesaving Award is given to members of the Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life, which would have otherwise been lost without the employee’s direct involvement. (LASD)

LOS ANGELES – Three Lancaster deputies were among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Personnel formally recognized for their heroic, life-saving actions. Deputy Jared Fletcher was recognized for pulling two people from a burning vehicle this past October. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release: On October 27, 2013, while off-duty, Deputy Fletcher came upon…

Inaugural AV Soccer Expo set for this weekend

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LANCASTER – The Sanchez Soccer League and the Pioneer Event Center have combined forces to host the inaugural AV Soccer Expo this coming weekend. The family-friendly event will feature live entertainment; boys and girls soccer clinics (ages 5 to 18); 5 vs. 5 soccer tournaments; 30 vendors, including food service, apparel, and gifts; and much…