Palmdale

2 big rigs, BMW collide on Pearblossom Hwy

The injury collision occurred around 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23, on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, CHP officials said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Firefighters had to remove a 57-year-old woman trapped inside her car after the vehicle collided with two big rigs Thursday afternoon, authorities said. Patricia L. Socha of Henderson, NV, was extricated from her 2014 BMW following a multi-vehicle crash, which occurred around 2:12 p.m. on Pearblossom Highway at Sierra Highway, according to a California Highway…

AVAQMD Board seeks Governor Brown’s assistance in Kinkisharyo dispute

The AVAQMD letter claims there are important environmental advantages in keeping Kinkisharyo in Palmdale. (Click image to view the letter)

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) board voted unanimously to send a letter of support to Governor Jerry Brown asking him to intervene to help keep Kinkisharyo International, L.L.C. from leaving Palmdale and building its permanent manufacturing facility outside of California. In the letter, signed by Board Chairman Marvin Crist, the…

Tip-A-Cop brings in $2,700 for Special Olympics

On Thursday, Oct. 16, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Special Olympics joined efforts at the Palmdale Red Robin for the annual “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser. The event raised $2,707.60. Pictured are Deputy Jodi Wolfe of the Palmdale Sheriff's Station and Thomas Aguinaga. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Law enforcement officers and personnel from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department worked the tables at Red Robin last week to raise money for the Special Olympics Antelope Valley Chapter. The “Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser brought in $2,707.60, according to organizers. “Tip-A-Cop” is an official Law Enforcement Torch Run Campaign fundraising event. Law enforcement officers and department…

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Saturday

The Antelope Valley’s inaugural Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk raised well over $50,000, organizers said. (Photo by WAUNETTE CULLORS)

PALMDALE – Hundreds of walkers will gather in Palmdale this Saturday to celebrate survivors and raise funds and awareness to help finish the fight against breast cancer. The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk takes place this Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Palmdale Amphitheater, located at 2723 West Rancho Vista Boulevard.…

Palmdale Auto Mall selected for 2014 Dream Award

SAVE President Dennis Shaffer and board member Mark Davey announces the 2014 Dream Awards winner -- The Palmdale Auto Mall. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The South Antelope Valley Education Foundation has announced the Palmdale Auto Mall as the 2014 Dream Award Recipient. The award is given annually to a business or individual who has shown exemplary support of education in the community. Palmdale Auto Mall hosted the Celebrate Education event in May, sponsored the Antelope Valley Rubber…

Gas service being restored to Anaverde Community

Anaverde

PALMDALE – A Southern California Gas Company spokesperson said Thursday afternoon that the company was starting to restore service to customers in the Anaverde Community who had been without gas since Wednesday evening. “We have a large crew out there… they’ll try to get to as many homes as they can today, and if they…

Palmdale City Library to host bullying prevention workshop

This workshop will cover physical and emotional harassment, as well as cyber-bullying, and will give advice on how to keep it from happening to you or your child

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, in partnership with the Child and Family Guidance Center, will be host a free “Bullying Prevention Workshop.” The event takes place from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Library, located at 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard. “This program will cover physical and emotional harassment, as well as…

AV ranks first in LA County for hate crimes per population

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The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR) on Wednesday released its annual analysis of hate crimes reported throughout Los Angeles County.  At 6.2 hate crimes per 100,000 residents in 2013, the Antelope Valley had the highest rate of hate crimes per population. The Metro Region, which stretches from West Hollywood to Boyle Heights,…

Updated: 79-year-old freeway jumper injured

Gang investigation

PALMDALE – A 79-year-old man sustained multiple fractures to his lower extremities Tuesday morning after jumping from the Avenue N bridge onto the 14 Freeway, authorities said. The incident was reported around 7:37 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol report. “Preliminary information indicates Richard Labansat (79 years old) out of Palmdale drove his 2000…

Plans for Kinkisharyo plant in Palmdale derailed by labor dispute

Kinkisharyo canceled

PALMDALE – Kinkisharyo International told the city it is forfeiting its decision to construct a 400,000-square-foot rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale. Announced in June 2014, the proposed $60 million manufacturing and assembly facility, to be located at Avenue M near Sierra Highway, raised expectations toward creating hundreds of construction jobs, along with 150 to…

Road sealing project underway in Palmdale

road work

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has begun work on a road sealing project that will cover approximately 3,348,300 square feet of pavement – or roughly 5 percent of the residential network – throughout the City. View a map of the affected areas here. The sealing project will deploy a pavement preservation method known as Asphalt…

Bicyclist struck, killed near Devil’s Punchbowl

The car's driver, 65-year-old Littlerock resident Paul S. Biddle, remained at the scene to answer questions. (LUIS MEZA)

ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 47-year-old woman riding a bicycle was killed Saturday night after she was hit by a car near the Devil’s Punchbowl area, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 on Longview Road, just north of Le Page Ranch Road. Karla A. Thiel was southbound on Longview Road in the…

Palmdale detective takes super middleweight title at ‘Battle of the Badges’

After three, two-minute rounds, Matt Pereida took the title with a unanimous decision! (Photo courtesy LASD)

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Matt Pereida won the super middleweight title at a “Battle of the Badges” boxing event, which took place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. The “Battle of the Badges” is a fundraiser/boxing event where several individuals from many Southern California agencies box for the title. Agencies that participated…

UPDATED: Missing teen back home safe

Lexi Evans 3

UPDATED 10/10/14: Alexis “Lexie” Evans returned home safely early Friday morning (Oct. 10). Family members would like to thank the entire community for giving attention to this matter and for the prayers for Lexie’s safe return. ******EARLIER STORY ****** PALMDALE – Family members are pleading for the public’s help in finding Alexis “Lexie” Evans, a 14-year-old…

Palmdale begins work on transit oriented project and Ave Q feasibility study

Rendering of a typical TOD project that represents the TOD vision. (Contributed)

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale, which last year was awarded grants by the Metro Board and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), has begun work on projects that will help determine the City’s future transportation, housing and livability options. Metro awarded a $400,000 grant for the City’s Transportation Oriented Development project, called TOD3,…

AV Sheriff’s Boosters golf tourney raises $132K

Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Miguel Ruiz tees off at the 19th annual Duke Bloom Memorial Golf Tournament. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Local law enforcement, community leaders, area business owners and their families converged at the Antelope Valley Country Club Monday for the 19th annual Duke Bloom Memorial Golf Tournament. The event, organized by the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters, raised $132,000, according to Lancaster Community Relations Deputy Miguel Ruiz. “It’s a fundraiser that our Antelope…

AV Heart Walk this Saturday

The Cole family took part in last year’s walk. Keyota (fourth from left) and her daughter Faith (in dad’s arms) are both heart disease survivors. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Hundreds will gather in Palmdale this Saturday for an annual event that raises funds to fight heart disease and stroke while promoting healthy habits, such as walking, as a regular part of life. The American Heart Association’s annual Antelope Valley Heart Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11 at Marie Kerr Park, 39700…