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Judge orders mental exam for former L.A. County Sheriff

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LOS ANGELES  – A federal judge has ordered a psychological examination of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to determine if he suffers from any mental impairment that would prevent him from understanding the corruption charges against him or assisting in his own defense, according to court papers obtained Monday. In his order for…

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

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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…

Suspects arrested in kidnapping-homicide

Kimberly Harvill shown in a drawing authorities released in hopes of identifying her after her body was found. Suspects Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey were arrested Thursday, Aug. 25, in Pueblo, Colorado.

GORMAN  – A man and the younger sister of a woman found dead near state Route 138 were arrested Thursday in Colorado, as detectives continued to investigate the motive for the slaying and the subsequent kidnapping of the victim’s children. Kimberly Harvill’s body was found Aug. 14 in some brush by a motorist traveling along…

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…

Two killed in Palmdale traffic crash [updated]

Palmdale double fatal crash 8.25.16

PALMDALE – Two men died early Thursday morning after their vehicle collided with another in Palmdale, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 3:32 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, on Avenue M, between 15th and 20th Street East, according to Detective Eduardo Saucedo of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. “The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate a…

$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’…

Palmdale Playhouse announces fall lineup

Palmdale playhouse fall lineup

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Playhouse, located at 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale, has announced its 2016 fall lineup, which features art, music, dance, stage productions and holiday fun. ART Leading things off will be the Generations Art Exhibit, which will run from Friday, Sept. 23, through Monday, Nov. 7, in the Playhouse Gallery. The…

Public invited to take High Speed Rail survey

An artist’s rendering of the High Speed Rail Multi-Modal Train Station. [Image via city of Palmdale]

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is asking the public to participate in an online survey regarding a future High Speed Rail Multi-Modal Train Station proposed for downtown Palmdale. The online survey can be accessed at https://sur-vey.typeform.com/to/PbnroU, and can be found on the city’s homepage at www.cityofpalmdale.org. “Help us create a vision and plan for…

Lancaster man to stand trial for dog owner’s murder

[L to R] Defendant Demonte Thomas and suspect Michael Davis.

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man, who allegedly struck a dog with his car and then shot the animal’s owner after being asked to pay for the injured canine’s veterinary care, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge. Demonte Antone Thomas, 28, is charged in the killing of 22-year-old Michael Davis. The shooting happened around…

Man gets 15 to life for deadly DUI crash in Palmdale

Jeffrey Cole Brooks was arrested shortly after the fiery crash. [LUIS MEZA]

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man who rear-ended a car at a traffic light in Palmdale while drunk and on probation for alcohol-related reckless driving was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison. Jeffrey Cole Brooks, 25, was convicted June 2 of second-degree murder for the Sept. 26, 2014, crash that killed 21-year-old…

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…