Lancaster

Detectives seeking information in Lancaster traffic crash

[LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are investigating a major traffic collision that left a passenger in critical condition. The two-vehicle crash happened around 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, on Avenue K at 20th Street East in Lancaster, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary investigations indicate the driver of a Blue…

Local homeschool students earn ‘Memory Master’ award

MEMORY MASTERS [Top row:] Kate Priest, Kyra Brown, Caden Sepp, Emily Paquette, Jedidiah Eberhard, Seth Albert. [Bottom row:] Judah Brown , Ansley Priest, Lindsey Paquette, Eva Sepp, Makaela Fogde. (contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Eleven students from the Lancaster Classical Conversations homeschool community recently capped months of study by correctly reciting more than 400 facts from a multitude of subjects as part of the national Classical Conversations Memory Master program.  The students, who range in age from 6 to 12, earned their Memory Master awards April 29…

AVTA recognized for excellent financial management

AVTA's finance team. [contributed]

LANCASTER – For the third consecutive year, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority [AVTA] has been recognized for its financial accounting by the Government Finance Officers Association [GFOA]. The transit agency was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report [CAFR]. This award is the highest form…

AVEK honors longest serving employee

Doug Paterson [contributed]

PALMDALE – Directors of the Antelope Valley-East Kern Water Agency recently adopted a resolution recognizing Douglas Paterson upon his retirement after 37 years of service to the State Water Contractor Agency. As the longest serving employee of the agency chartered in 1962, Paterson applied for a landscaper/maintenance job in 1979, stopping by the AVEK office…

Countdown to Kids’ Ag Day

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LANCASTER – Third and fourth grade students from the Antelope Valley are invited to an agriculture adventure on May 3. Kids’ Ag Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (R. Rex Parris Building), located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. Presented by the…

Gem and Mineral show in Lancaster this weekend

One of the raffle prizes is an amethyst crystal pendant created by local artist Ray James.
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LANCASTER – Family entertainment, unique shopping and a great learning experience are what attendees can expect at a Gem and Mineral Show in Lancaster this weekend, according to organizers. Presented by the Antelope Valley Gem and Mineral Club, the annual show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April…

Investigation launched after body found in car

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LANCASTER – An investigation was underway Wednesday to determine what killed a man whose body was found inside a parked car in Lancaster. The body was discovered by deputies from the sheriff’s Lancaster station at approximately 2:54 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, near 110th Street East and East Avenue H, according to a news release from…

Freethinkers suing local school district

Antelope Valley Freethinkers President David Dionne stands in front of the offices of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. [contributed]

LANCASTER – Two groups are suing the Antelope Valley Union High School District for allegedly not informing students about scholarships aimed at non-religious students. According to a lawsuit filed in federal court last week, the Antelope Valley Freethinkers and the Freedom from Religion Foundation asked district officials to include descriptions of their competitive scholarships in…

AV Hospital says “Thank You” to volunteers

Volunteers Karen and Chuck Duty, who together have volunteered more than 1,000 hours, pose with pet-therapy volunteers, Daisy Mae and Cody Jake. [contributed]

LANCASTER – At a special volunteer appreciation banquet Thursday, April 14, Antelope Valley Hospital recognized its 500 volunteers who collectively contributed nearly 60,000 hours of service to the hospital in 2015. “We are fortunate to have a wonderful team of volunteers who give so much of their time to care for our patients,” stated John…

1 killed, 1 critically injured in Lancaster traffic crash

The pickup's driver, a Lancaster woman in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A female driver was killed and her passenger was critically injured in a two-vehicle traffic collision at a Lancaster intersection Saturday night, authorities said. It happened around 8:29 p.m. Saturday, April 16, on Avenue H at Challenger Way, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the…

3 arrested for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

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LANCASTER – Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, another was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, and more than two dozen motorists were cited for license violations at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint conducted in Lancaster this past weekend, authorities said. The checkpoint was conducted…

2 killed, 2 injured in Lancaster traffic crash [updated]

The Integra crashed into a 2008 Honda Civic being driven by a 36-year-old Lancaster woman, CHP officials said. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – Two drivers died in a head-on traffic collision in Lancaster Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 3:50 p.m. Thursday, April 14, on Avenue E, east of 70th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report. A 20-year-old Rosamond man was driving a 2000 Acura Integra eastbound on Avenue E…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

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LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-TIPS. Attempt to ID – suspected thief In you recognize the man in this image, then…

Incumbents prevail in Lancaster election

Angela Underwood Jacobs, R. Rex Parris, Ken Mann.

LANCASTER – The Lancaster voters have spoken. Incumbent R. Rex Parris defeated his two challengers Tuesday, garnering more than 67 percent of the votes for mayor of the city of Lancaster. Specifically, Parris won with 4,950 votes, while his closest competitor, David Paul, trailed with 1,891 votes. Challenger Gualberto “Wally” Melendez finished last with 531…

DUI checkpoint planned in Lancaster April 15

DUI Checkpoint

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster on April 15, 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 to…

County attorneys reach $25 million settlement with Uber

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced a $25 million settlement with Uber Technologies Inc. over allegations the ridesharing company misled the public about background checks on its drivers. “We are pleased that Uber has agreed to comply with state consumer laws,” Lacey said. “With this settlement, the ridesharing company has…

AVTA to receive Sustainability Award for Excellence

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority was selected to receive the 2016 Sustainability Award for Excellence in Green Region Initiative by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the agency announced Thursday. AVTA was selected to receive the award for its “100% Green in 2018” electric bus conversion project, a plan to convert its entire…