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West Nile Virus season begins in the Antelope Valley

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – A West Nile Virus positive chicken in Quartz Hill marks the start of the 2016 WNV season in the Antelope Valley. The chicken is located in a flock near 45th Street West and Avenue L, authorities said Thursday. “The hot weather that we have been experiencing lately is creating ideal conditions for mosquito…

Jazz Festival in Lancaster this Saturday

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LANCASTER – The second annual Johnson Smooth Jazz Festival kicks off this Saturday, June 25, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the first act hits the stage at 5 p.m. The event will feature musical performances by Mindi Abair, a jazz saxophonist,…

AV Hospital kicks off annual summer blood drive

Palmdale blood drive

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital has kicked-off Lucky Ducky Days, its annual summer blood drive designed to help ensure a sufficient local blood supply. Now through Sept. 21, blood donors will receive a free rubber ducky and will be entered into a monthly prize drawing. “During the summer months, when blood donations are low, our…

Man shot during Lancaster robbery dies

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LANCASTER  – A man who had been shot during a robbery Thursday at an apartment complex in Lancaster died Saturday, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in the 1600 block of Cactus Drive in Lancaster, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. Two suspects “appear to have…

Smoke advisory issued for AV

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District issued a Smoke Advisory Friday for Antelope Valley. This advisory will remain in effect until further notice. “Windblown smoke from several wildfires burning outside the Antelope Valley are causing smoke impacts in the Antelope Valley area. Shifting winds throughout the day may cause varying smoke impacts…

AVC Board to place local bond measure on November ballot

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LANCASTER – Citing the outdated classroom and student services areas, the Antelope Valley Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously June 13 to put a $350 million bond measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. “With a bond, there is an opportunity to get a large share – we are talking about millions…

OUTreach Center hosting candlelight vigil

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LANCASTER – The OUTreach Center will host a candlelight vigil Monday night  in memory of the people killed during a shooting spree at a gay/lesbian nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine people were killed by a gunman who was later fatally shot by police inside the Orlando club early Sunday morning. It was the worst mass…

DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

PALMDALE – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster this Friday, June 17, 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…

LASD’s VIDA Academy accepting local applications for fall class

VIDA is designed to redirect “at-risk” youth.  (Image courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Vital Intervention Directional Alternatives (VIDA) Academy is accepting local applications for its fall class. The 16-week class will start on Saturday, Aug. 20,  and participants will graduate on Saturday, Dec. 10.  The VIDA Academy is designed for “at-risk” youth between the ages of 11 and 17 who may…

Lancaster man killed in head-on crash with water truck

The Toyota Tundra’s driver, 26-year-old Jeffrey L. Dixon of Lancaster, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the CHP. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

ANTELOPE ACRES – A Lancaster man was killed Friday afternoon in a head-on collision with a water truck, authorities said. The fatal collision was reported around 3:20 p.m. Friday, June 10, on 90th Street West,  just south of Avenue F, in the unincorporated Antelope Acres area, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Jeffrey L. Dixon,…

Teacher charged with workers’ comp fraud, child abuse

Eric Johnson, 61, was arrested Tuesday, June 7, by Department of Insurance detectives, at his place of employment in Lancaster, on two felony counts of insurance fraud and one felony count of child abuse after an incident with a student. [Image courtesy CA Dept. of Insurance]

LOS ANGELES – A teacher with the Los Angeles County Office of Education was arrested Tuesday on felony counts of insurance fraud and child abuse. Eric Johnson, 61, was arrested by Department of Insurance detectives at his job in Lancaster, according to state insurance regulators. Johnson had filed a workers’ compensation claim after an alleged…

AVTA to purchase WAVE chargers for electric bus fleet

Embedded directly into the roadway, WAVE systems will provide en-route charging to AVTA’s battery electric buses, extending their range. [contributed]

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors unanimously approved the purchase of Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) charging systems as part of its clean bus initiative, the agency announced Monday. Embedded directly into the roadway, WAVE systems provide en-route charging to AVTA’s battery electric buses, extending their range. “This is yet another important…

Man convicted of murdering ATV rider in the desert

Lopez Guilty

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man was convicted Thursday of killing a man who was riding his all-terrain vehicle in the desert more than two years ago. The jury deliberated for about four hours before finding Arturo Lopez guilty of second-degree murder for the Feb. 23, 2014, shooting death of Stephen Finson, 47, of Lancaster, according to…

2 suspects arrested in Lancaster party shooting

LASD's Special Enforcement Bureau help local deputies and gang detectives execute search warrants in Lancaster on Wednesday, June 1. The operation ended with two shooting suspects in custody. [Images courtesy: Special Enforcement Bureau Twitter page]

LANCASTER – Local gang detectives arrested two teenagers early Wednesday morning for their alleged involvement in a shooting that left two men wounded after a Lancaster party in March. The crime happened around 11 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at a party in the 43600 block of Emile Zola Avenue in Lancaster, according to a news…