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Buffalo Wild Wings lawsuit settled

Buffalo Wild Wings Palmdale

PALMDALE – Buffalo Wild Wings and four black men settled the plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleging that a white server at the Palmdale restaurant made a remark with racist undertones before demanding that the men pay or produce a credit card before she would serve them. Lawyers for De’Andre L. Predom, Terrance Berry, Terry Brown and Darryl…

Injured pit bull on road to recovery

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PALMDALE – The pit bull named Crissie, who was found as a stray in the Antelope Valley and marked with burns running down her back from an apparent chemical attack, is making a steady recovery, according to the rescue that pulled her from the Lancaster animal shelter. “Her wounds are finally starting to heal, but…

Palmdale woman indicted in $50 Million fraud case

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A Palmdale woman is one of eight people who were indicted for allegedly participating in a long-running fraud scheme that stole tens of millions of dollars from a state program that was designed to help underprivileged youth battling substance abuse, according to the United States Department of Justice. Angela Frances Micklo is expected to self-surrender…

Free legal assistance now offered at Palmdale Library

legal assistance Palmdale City Library

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Library, in partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, is now providing the opportunity for Palmdale residents to get free legal assistance. The service is offered on Tuesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., at the Library, located at 700 East Palmdale Boulevard. A variety of civil law topics…

Palmdale begins traffic signal synchronization

Palmdale’s Traffic Signal Manager Anthony Provenza. [contributed]

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale has begun work on traffic light synchronization in one of the busiest areas in the entire Mojave Desert. Using $50,000 in funding from Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, the project includes synchronization of the traffic signals along 10th St. West between Ave. O to Technology; and along Rancho…

Palmdale man charged with cruelty to family dogs

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LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was arraigned Wednesday on charges he beat and kicked two family pets at his Palmdale home and then resisted arrest, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Andres Garcia pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count each of assault on…

Lots to do in Palmdale this month!

[Top L to R] Kiwanis Duck Races, Antelope Valley International Heritage Festival performers. [Bottom L to R] Gracefest, AV Vets 4 Veterans Classic Auto & Motorcycle Show, Relay for Life.

PALMDALE — Looking for something fun to do in Palmdale? The month of September brings to Palmdale a full lineup of events for the entire community: Kiwanis Duck Race – Sept. 4 The 10th annual $1 Million Dollar Kiwanis “Duck Race” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at DryTown Water…

Have ‘Coffee with a Cop’ in Palmdale this Friday

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale Sheriff Station’s monthly “Coffee with a Cop” session will be a held at a new location this Friday. “Coffee with a Cop” will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Legacy Commons, located at 930 East Avenue Q-9 in Palmdale. The informal meet-up is a chance for law enforcement and…

Cooling trend in the forecast

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…