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LAPD officer pleads not guilty to various charges

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LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles police officer has pleaded not guilty to a series of criminal charges, including theft of a police radio and an illegal search of a law enforcement database. Prosecutors also allege that Jessica Guzzetti, a Lancaster resident, failed to pay for a baby stroller, according to a criminal complaint filed…

1 arrested for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

DUI

PALMDALE – One motorist was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and one citation was issued at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint conducted in Lancaster this past weekend, authorities announced Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail conducted the checkpoint at Avenue J and 10th Street West, between the…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 8.26.16

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following parolees who failed to report to their agents. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be located, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. Deanthony White Deanthony White is a 27-year-old male with black…

AVTA service changes begin August 29

AVTA bus

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority will begin implementing service changes to some of its local routes beginning Monday, Aug. 29, the agency announced. “We are constantly monitoring our system to analyze our performance, and potential adjustments to streamline and improve service are proposed twice a year,” stated Executive Director Len Engel. “We invite…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 8.25.16

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating and identifying 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. Richard McClelland   Richard McClelland is a 48-year-old male with blond hair and…

Motorcyclist dies after Lancaster traffic crash

fatal crash

LANCASTER – A motorcyclist died Wednesday night after his bike rear-ended a car in Lancaster, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, on Avenue K at 80th Street West, according to Sgt. David Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. “Preliminary information gathered at the scene indicates the driver of a…

Local nurses receive DAISY awards

AVH nurses DAISY award

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Hospital nurses Terry Horton, RN, and Ally Conway, RN, have each been honored with the DAISY Award, an internationally respected honor that recognizes extraordinary nursing care. AVH has been participating in the DAISY Award program since 2012. Local recipients are selected based on their clinical expertise and demonstration of extraordinary compassionate…

$20k reward offered for info on missing Lancaster mom

Michelle Russ is a white female with blue eyes and blond hair, who is approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing black pants and a dark shirt (either purple or blue). She was 26 years old  when she went missing May 9, 2013. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Detective Steve Lankford at the Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

LOS ANGELES – Authorities hope a $20,000 reward offered Tuesday will generate the lead they need to solve the disappearance of Michelle June Russ, a young Lancaster mother who went missing in 2013. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended the reward in hopes of discovering what happened to Russ, who was last seen leaving her residence…

Man shot to death in Lancaster

The shooting was around 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A man was shot multiple times Monday night in Lancaster and pronounced dead at the hospital, authorities said. The shooting happened around 11 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, in the 44000 block of Gingham Avenue, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Information Bureau. “Deputies responded to the area regarding a ‘shots fired’…

Lancaster man gets 54 years for shooting after bar fight

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LANCASTER – A 36-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Friday to 54 years and eight months in state prison for shooting a man and assaulting another in 2015, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Brandon Lee Colbert was convicted by a jury on June 15 of five felonies: one count of willful, deliberate, premeditated…

AVTA receives millions for 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 has been selected to receive $6.84 million from the California State Transportation Agency. This funding will add another 10 electric transit buses to AVTA’s fleet, bringing the total to 41 electric buses so far, the agency announced Friday. “This funding is vital in helping us realize our goal…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Station Most Wanted 8.18.16

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in identifying and 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 identity thieves If you recognize the men in…

‘Small Business Saturdays’ event Aug. 20 in Lancaster

Small Business Saturdays

LANCASTER – The L.A. County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs will host its next “Small Business Saturdays” event in Lancaster. The free workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Lancaster Library, located at 601 West Lancaster Boulevard. [View a flyer for this event here.] “The…

2 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in AV

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported the first human cases of West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley for 2016, authorities said. One case is a male blood donor who lives in Lancaster and has no symptoms, and the other is a female resident of Palmdale who fell ill,…

Community Academy XXXV starts Sept. 13

When combined with the DOJ's previously announced settlement with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department for related conduct, this means that a total of $2,675,000 is available to compensate people who were harmed by discriminatory enforcement of the voucher program, officials said.

PALMDALE – 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 35th 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…

2 arrested for DUI at Lancaster checkpoint

DUI

LANCASTER – Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint conducted in Lancaster Friday night and early Saturday morning, authorities said. The checkpoint was conducted from 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, to 1 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at Avenue I and 3rd Street East, according…

Man shot to death in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A man was found shot to death early Saturday morning in Lancaster, authorities said. He was identified as 22-year-old William Settle of Lancaster, said coroner’s Lt. David Smith. The fatal shooting was reported around 1:31 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, in the 1700 block of East Avenue J-4, according to a news release from…

Lancaster Museum to display NASA artwork “Probing the Sky”

A portrait of Neil Armstrong painted by Robert Schaar in 2001 for the “Walk of Honor” series (Credit: NASA)

LANCASTER – The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster will exhibit art from the collection of NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center from August 13 through October 30. Part of the museum’s “Made in America” exhibition, “NASA Flight Research: Probing the Sky” commemorates Armstrong’s 70th anniversary with over 50 pieces of visual art chronicling the…

State Supreme Court refuses to hear sword killing case

Jesus Canales (shown at his arraignment in 2013) and victim Lucy Preciado.

LOS ANGELES – The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to hear the case of a man convicted of murdering his live-in girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster. The state’s highest court denied a defense petition seeking review of the case against Jesus Humberto Canales, who was found guilty last…

DUI checkpoint in Lancaster this Friday

DUI Checkpoint

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, Aug. 12, 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…