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Cooling trend in the forecast

Heat

The Antelope Valley will bake for one more day before the three-day heat wave gives way to a cooling trend. Lower temperatures are expected to kick in Saturday, helped by a return of onshore winds, according to National Weather Service forecasts. Saturday’s highs will be about one to five degrees lower than Friday’s 100-plus degrees…

Mountain lion found in Acton auto shop

ACTON – A mountain lion that startled an automotive shop employee in Acton Friday morning was tranquilized, captured and would be released back into the wild, authorities said. The employee, identified in broadcast reports as Hank Barkefelt, came to work about 8:30 a.m. at LJ Automotive at 415 West Sierra Highway, opened a shed door…

One killed in small plane crash

Channing Morse, 67, was killed in the crash. [Image source: Soaring Academy website]

LLANO – A small plane crashed Thursday in a rural high desert area near 165th Street East and East Avenue X, killing the pilot. The pilot — who was in his 60s, according to the coroner’s office — died at the scene of the crash, which was reported about 12:15 p.m. According to the Federal…

More West Nile Virus positive chickens in the AV

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Thursday that a sentinel chicken from a flock in east Palmdale tested positive for West Nile Virus, the second positive test for the virus this year. “We utilize 10 flocks of chickens that are strategically located around the Antelope Valley to monitor for West…

AVTA fare changes effective Sept. 1

AVTA customers are encouraged to visit the AVTA website at www.avta.com for more information on the upcoming fare changes. Customers can also contact the AVTA Customer Service department at 661-945-9445 for information regarding fare changes, the Senior Annual Pass program, and the Rider Relief Transportation program.

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) will be charging new fares starting Tuesday, Sept. 1. The fare changes, approved by AVTA’s Board of Directors in May, will allow the transit agency to take steps to expand and improve its service in order to keep up with the growing ridership trend. View the 2015…

Cyclist struck, killed by car

fatal crash

PALMDALE – A 40-year-old man on a bicycle was struck and killed by a car early Wednesday morning, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, on Sierra Highway north of Pearblossom Highway, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Jeff Aubrey McGrath of Palmdale was riding his bicycle southbound on…

‘Hiring Fest’ in Palmdale this Thursday

NowHiring

PALMDALE – The South Valley WorkSource Center (SVWSC), located at 38510 Sierra Highway in Palmdale, will host a “hiring fest” for several different employers this Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the positions being recruited are: Welders Aircraft/Automotive Technicians Production Painters Carpenters Assembly Line Technician Entry Level Help Desk Technician Warehouse…

‘Walk a Mile’ event to benefit AVH Forensic Services Unit

Hatami walk mile

LANCASTER — Members of the Antelope Valley’s medical and educational communities are joining forces next month to raise funds for and awareness about gender-based violence. This year’s local Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at Antelope Valley College, Football Field Parking Lot, located…

NASA aircraft to begin hurricane mission

NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft arrived at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility early on Saturday, Aug. 22, where it will begin a NOAA-led mission seeking to improve hurricane forecasts. (NASA Photo / Jamie Adkins)

NASA’s remotely piloted Global Hawk aircraft will begin flights this week in support of a mission to improve hurricane track and intensity forecasts. Global Hawk, based at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, provides a unique vantage point for weather observations because it flies higher and longer than any manned aircraft. It allows data…

Local seniors ride free with AVTA Pass Program

senior AVTA rider

LANCASTER – Senior citizens in the Antelope Valley will continue to ride free on local buses thanks to grant funding and government support of a new Senior Annual Pass Program. The new pass program comes just as the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) prepares to adjust its free fare to a 75 cent fare starting…

Palmdale teen killed in Bouquet Canyon crash

Loved ones have created an online memorial fundraiser to help support the Rodriguez family. To donate to this effort, click here.

SAUGUS – A 16-year-old teen from Palmdale was killed Saturday when the vehicle he was riding in spun into a tree on Bouquet Canyon Road, authorities said. Christopher James Rodriguez was the passenger in a 1990 Mazda Miata that crashed around 4:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on Bouquet Canyon Road approximately 2 miles south of…

Palmdale man ID’d as Irvine Lake drowning victim

The Orange County Sheriff's Department's Dive Team recovered the body. (OCSD twitter)

SILVERADO CANYON – An Orange County Sheriff’s Department diving team on Sunday found the body of a man who fell off a pontoon boat while fishing with a friend on Irvine Lake. Clarence William Brumfield, 61, of Palmdale, was found approximately 25 feet below the surface, near where he was seen falling overboard from his…

Palmdale Playhouse announces Fall 2015 schedule

Palmdale Playhouse 2015 fall schedule

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale, has announced its fall 2015 schedule, a full plate of music, dance, art, comedy, drama and holiday fun. Juried art exhibition Kicking things off is a call for artists 55 years of age and older and 17 years of age and younger…

CHP motorcycle officer injured in crash with elderly driver

Injury Crash

PALMDALE – A California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle suffered moderate injuries Thursday in a collision with an elderly motorist in Palmdale, authorities said. The motorist, Lancaster resident Estrella Pascua Sales, 75, was treated and released from the scene, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday,…

First sign of West Nile Virus in the AV for 2015

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was notified that one chicken from a sentinel flock in Rancho Vista tested positive for West Nile Virus, officials announced Thursday. This is the first sign of the mosquito-borne disease in the AV for 2015. “This is the latest in the season that West Nile…

Deputy saves 2-year-old Palmdale girl from near drowning

(Images courtesy of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.)

By Shirley Miller, Public Information Officer, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station CASTAIC – Santa Clarita Valley Station Deputy Christine Shaffer is being credited for helping save a 2-year-old girl’s life after responding to an emergency near-drowning call. On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at approximately 8 p.m., Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station received a chilling 9-1-1 call.…

Video: District attorney’s office warns of ATM scam

LADA ATM fraud alert

Prosecutor Provides Tips to Prevent ATM Fraud from LADAOffice on Vimeo. LOS ANGELES – ATM cameras are typically used to catch criminals using a stolen card, but thieves have found ways to shoot their own video to steal cash, warns the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. “Fraudsters are placing Bluetooth pinhole cameras, which are…

Community Academy XXXIII starts Sept. 24

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.

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 33rd Community Academy. Participants will go on a ride-a-long, tour a custody facility and participate in role-playing exercises. The purpose of the free Academy is to build a better understanding…