Lancaster

Update: Missing mother and daughter found

Patricia Evans and Heaven Gardner. (Photos courtesy LASD)

UPDATED 3/3/15: Nine-year-old Heaven Gardner was safely found with family members in Compton, sheriff’s officials reported Tuesday afternoon. Patricia Evans is now in constant communication with family members. “We would like to thank all the public for their vigilant efforts in helping to locate these two individuals,” stated Lancaster Sheriff Station’s Community Relations deputy Miguel…

DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this Friday

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster this Friday, March 6, between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.  Deputies will be looking for signs of alcohol and drug impairment. They also will check for proper licensing and will strive…

AVTA board approves plans to purchase more electric buses

In 2014, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority purchased two battery-electric buses from BYD as part of its clean bus initiative. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has committed itself to an all-electric local transit fleet. With a unanimous vote, the board of directors authorized staff to release a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase up to eight zero emission buses, AVTA officials announced in a press release Thursday. The RFP is the next…

CHP is hiring, 4-day application period in March

CHP hiring

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will accept applications online next week from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer. The CHP is looking to hire cadets from a pool of applicants to fill vacant officer positions throughout the state. “The CHP is looking for men and women who represent the diverse communities that…

Local fundraisers on tap to increase MS awareness

Nearly 2,000 resident took part in Walk MS: Antelope Valley 2012. Read more on last year's event here.

LANCASTER – Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week is March 2-8, and people around the world and here locally are celebrating by creating connections that are stronger than those MS destroys. “MS kills connections and connections kill MS,” explained Christine Grontkowski, Community Development Manager for the National MS Society in the Antelope Valley. “Our hope is…

Lancaster motorcyclist killed in 14 Freeway crash

Raymond W. Olund, 57. (Photo courtesy Megan's Law website)

ACTON – Authorities have identified a motorcyclist who died Friday following a crash on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in the Acton area. Raymond Olund, 57, of Lancaster died at a hospital after his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The collision occurred around…

Free local workshop to focus on child abuse

[Image courtesy U.S. Department of Defense]

LANCASTER – “If you see something, say something.” That is the theme for a free workshop on child abuse hosted by Antelope Valley Hospital’s Forensic Services Unit. The workshop will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the hospital’s Community Resource Center, located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. “Child…

Man hit, killed crossing street in Lancaster

The driver did not appear to be under the influence and was not arrested, authorities said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street in Lancaster Thursday night, authorities said. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on Avenue J west of 20th Street West, according to Detective Michael Politano of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed…

Countdown to A.V. Fair Jazz Festival, lineup announced

[Top] Spyro Gyra, [lower left] David Benoit, [lower right] Morgan James. (Contributed)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fair Association on Thursday announced the lineup for the third annual A.V. Fair Jazz Festival, scheduled for June 20. Tickets go on sale March 2 at avfair.com, and entertainment includes Spyro Gyra, David Benoit and Morgan James. “This stellar lineup will appeal to numerous jazz enthusiasts in the A.V. and…

UAV to host CHP recruitment seminar, LAPD entrance exam

CHP recruitment and LAPD entrance exam

LANCASTER – The University of Antelope Valley is hosting a California Highway Patrol Recruitment Seminar next week at its Lancaster campus. The recruitment seminar takes place at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the University of Antelope Valley, Grand Ballroom, located at 44055 Sierra Hwy. The seminar is a chance for individuals considering a career…

AVTA Board welcomes new members

[L to R] Fred Thompson and Roxana Martinez.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be welcoming a new member to its board of directors at the upcoming meeting Feb. 24. Palmdale City Councilmember Fred Thompson was appointed to the AVTA Board by a unanimous vote of the Palmdale City Council at its Feb. 4 meeting. Thompson, who has been serving…

Pokémon Regional Championship draws hundreds

The tournament at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster Saturday drew about 500 competitors of all ages, from as far as Colorado and Utah. (Photo courtesy UAV)

LANCASTER – Pokémon, the now world-wide sensation, was first released in the United States in 1998. It’s been almost 20 years since that release, and it wasn’t until this past weekend that the Antelope Valley saw itself host a regional tournament that covered both video game and card game competitions. The tournament in Lancaster Saturday…

Suspect arrested in Lancaster hit-and-run, Teen struck by Metrolink train in Palmdale

Lancaster and Palmdale fatalities 2.16.15

LANCASTER – A 56-year-old motorist who allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Lancaster Saturday night surrendered to authorities on Sunday, Lancaster Sheriff’s Station officials said. Servando Barrios was arrested around 5 p.m. Sunday for felony hit-and-run after he admitted to striking a pedestrian in the street with his sport utility vehicle, according to Detective…

AVTA conducting nationwide search for new director

AVTA bus from vid

Lancaster – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is conducting a nationwide search for qualified candidates interested in serving as the agency’s next executive director. An executive hiring committee has been created to oversee the search for a seasoned professional to lead the agency. The executive director serves as the chief executive officer of the…

Man dies after jumping off freeway overpass in Lancaster

A driver told officers that Jackson was clipped by a car on the 14 Freeway and then he jumped off the overpass, according to CHP officials. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A pedestrian died early Thursday morning when he jumped off a freeway overpass after being clipped by a vehicle, authorities said. Jeffrey Andrew Jackson, 35, was pronounced dead at 4:30 a.m., according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. “He was hit by a vehicle, [he] jumped off the overpass and was hit by…

Community Academy XXXII starts March 24

Patrol car file

The Palmdale and Lancaster Sheriff’s Stations are in the process of selecting 50 interested residents from the station areas to participate in the Antelope Valley’s 32nd Community Academy. The purpose of the free Academy is to build a better understanding between the community and the Sheriff’s Department through education. Classes will be held on Tuesday…

Candlelight vigil set for motorcycle crash victim

Rachelle Adrian (Contributed)

LANCASTER – A candlelight vigil will be held this Friday for Rachelle Adrian, the 25-year-old motorcyclist who succumbed to her injuries days after after a crash on Super Bowl Sunday. The vigil is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, at the crash site, in front of Bel Air Estates, 2121 East Avenue I in…