Lancaster

County shelters housing displaced animals due to Sand Fire

LANCASTER – While the Sand Fire has forced thousands of residents from their homes, hundreds of animals and pets were being held in a variety of shelters Monday while fire crews continued battling the blaze. According to the county Department of Animal Care and Control, the displaced animals being cared for at shelters include 345…

Investigators seeking witnesses to fatal collision

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LANCASTER (CNS) – Sheriff’s traffic investigators are asking for the public’s help to locate any witnesses to a fatal traffic crash in Lancaster. The collision took place at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the intersection of West Avenue G and 55th Street West, according to a news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.…

AVTA postpones service changes

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority will be delaying the implementation of its service changes due to unforeseen problems, the agency announced Thursday. The service changes, which were originally scheduled to take effect Monday, will now take effect on Aug. 29. “We are now working to get the message out to our customers that…

Senator Sharon Runner dies at 62

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LANCASTER – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) died Thursday morning at the age of 62, according to a statement from her family. “We are heartbroken to share that Sharon passed away today at the age of 62 following respiratory complications. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends,” the statement reads. “Through her…

LASD testing opportunity in Lancaster this Saturday

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LANCASTER – There will be a testing opportunity in Lancaster this Saturday for qualified applicants wanting to become Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs. A walk-in Written Exam will be administered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds – Van Dam Pavilion, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster. Potential applicants must bring a…

Rally held in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – Hundreds of young adults gathered on Lancaster Boulevard Wednesday afternoon for a rally in response to the recent fatal police shootings of black men. The event kicked off around 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in front of the Los Angeles County Library at 601 West Lancaster Boulevard. The group marched east on Lancaster Boulevard…

Lancaster deputies save elderly woman from fire

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SANTA CLARITA – Two deputies from the sheriff’s Lancaster Station are being credited with saving a woman as flames closed in on her Stevenson Ranch home a day after the Sage Fire broke out. Deputies Shane Dobra and Alex Smith responded to the area to assist with evacuations on Sunday, July 10. Around 6 a.m.,…

DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this Friday

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LANCASTER – 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, July 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…

Chickens test positive for West Nile Virus in Palmdale

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LANCASTER – Three chickens from a coop in West Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing the 2016 total to four WNV positive chickens in the Antelope Valley, officials announced Monday. The latest positive chickens came from a coop near 50th Street West and Avenue N, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito &…

AVH sees record number of trauma visits

Antelope Valley Hospital serves 5 percent of Los Angeles County’s population, yet receives less than one-half of 1 percent of all Measure B funds annually.

LANCASTER – Nearly 1,100 patients visited Antelope Valley Hospital’s (AVH) trauma department in the last 12 months, the hospital announced Monday. That volume marks a 31 percent increase from two years ago and accentuates the hospital’s need for additional Measure B funding for which the hospital has filed suit against Los Angeles County and the…

Palmdale man charged with murder for triple-fatal crash

The fatal crash occurred was reported around 9:19 p.m. Sunday, June 19, on Avenue D (SR138 West), just west of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 37-year-old Palmdale man has been charged with multiple counts of murder in connection with a traffic collision in Lancaster that claimed the lives of two women and a 2-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Eric Deshawn Johnson faces three counts of murder and one count of driving…

Driver killed, 4 injured in rollover crash [updated]

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LANCASTER – A female driver was killed and four people were injured Monday night when an SUV traveled off the roadway and rolled over multiple times, authorities said. The crash was reported around 10:35 p.m. Monday, July 4, on 50th Street East south of Avenue M, according to a California Highway Patrol report. A 37-year-old…

Inmates attack officers at state prison in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – Four correctional officers were injured Tuesday during inmate attacks at the California State Prison in Lancaster, authorities said. The first incident took place about 8:20 a.m., when inmate Daniel Camp, 51, allegedly left his prison cell and attacked two officers who were escorting his cellmate, Antoine LeBlanc, 29, back to the cell, according…

OIG finds Sheriff’s Department fails to weed out poorly performing deputy trainees

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LOS ANGELES – The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday in support of recommendations by the Inspector General aimed at weeding out sub-par sheriff’s trainees before they become long-term hires. Supervisors Hilda Solis and Michael Antonovich recommended asking Sheriff Jim McDonnell to report back to the board with a plan to improve probationary supervision. “Deputy sheriffs…

West Nile Virus season begins in the Antelope Valley

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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,…