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Murder charge filed in Lancaster crash that killed motorcyclist

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LANCASTER – A 58-year-old man accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing his pickup truck into a motorcycle, killing its rider, has been charged with murder. Javier Guzman-Pena is charged with murdering 69-year-old Glenn Arnold Grimm of Lancaster. Guzman-Pena is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence…

Color Me Rad 5K this Saturday in Lancaster!

Color Me Rad 5k is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors. (contributed)

LANCASTER – Color Me Rad 5k returns to Lancaster this Saturday with a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, and color mortars that will leave runners and walkers painted in an array of colors. Billed as the largest color run in the northern region of Southern California, the second annual Color Me Rad 5K kicks…

Hearing reveals details of Palmdale infant abuse case

Sahar Prime (aka Sahar Rodriguez) and George Zachary Prime.

LANCASTER –The mother of a Palmdale baby boy in critical condition with a brain injury can remain free while her felony child abuse case moves through the court system, a judge ruled. After a lengthy bail review hearing that began Wednesday and concluded Thursday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Shannon Knight allowed Sahar Anita…

Free Gem & Mineral Show in Lancaster this weekend

Attendees will find one-of-a-kind hand-crafted jewelry, just in time for Mother’s Day, according to organizers. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – Family entertainment, unique shopping and a great learning experience are what attendees can expect at a free Gem and Mineral Show in Lancaster this weekend, according to organizers. Presented by the Antelope Valley Gem and Mineral Club, the 47th annual show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25,…

Films from Knight High School declared regional winners in mental health film program

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PALMDALE – Two films created by students at William J. Pete Knight High School in Palmdale were regional winners in the third annual Directing Change Student Film Program, a statewide prevention effort sponsored by Each Mind Matters: California’s Mental Health Movement and the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) that empowers young people to promote…

West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week

West Nile virus is a potentially debilitating disease that’s transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

LANCASTER – The California State Assembly recently passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 51 (ACR 51) and declared the week of April 19-25 as West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week. The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is reminding residents to do their part to reduce the mosquito population and disease risk…

Man ordered to trial in Lancaster bow and arrow killing

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LANCASTER – A man ran down the street screaming after being shot with a bow and arrow outside a Lancaster home, and then his assailant went to the house next door and said, “This nig**r went in my house and I shot him,” according to testimony at a court hearing Friday. The testimony came during…

Local students to be honored for academic achievements

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LANCASTER – Approximately 358 local high school seniors graduating with a cumulative 4.0 or higher grade-point average will be recognized for their academic achievements at the 14th annual 4.0 Student Recognition Dinner on April 23. “Maintaining a 4.0 (and higher) GPA throughout high school is impressive. It meant long nights spent studying, and many of…

Palmdale celebrates its “Most Valued Persons” at Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

In addition to a lunch catered by Gino’s Italian Restaurant in Palmdale, volunteers were presented with a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative pin. (contributed)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale honored its volunteers Thursday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held at the Chimbole Cultural Center . The event was themed “Most Valued Person (MVP)” and remarks were made by Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Palmdale City Manager Dave Childs. “This year’s theme is very appropriate, your enthusiasm and…

Man pleads not guilty in crash that killed elderly woman sleeping inside Lancaster home

Aaron Benson (Booking photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to murder and other felony charges for allegedly driving drunk and crashing his pickup truck into a Lancaster home last month, killing a 71-year-old woman who was sleeping inside. Aaron Daniel Benson, 25, of Lancaster, is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the…

Second X-56A MUTT makes first flight

NASA researchers are using the X-56A, a low-cost, modular, remotely piloted aerial vehicle, to explore the behavior of lightweight, flexible aircraft structures. (NASA Photo / Ken Ulbrich)

EDWARDS – Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center successfully conducted the agency’s first flight of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) on April 9. The 20-minute flight marked the beginning of a research effort designed to yield significant advances in aeroservoelastic technology using a low-cost, modular, remotely piloted aerial vehicle. Aeroservoelasticity involves the interaction…

Contestants sought for 2nd annual Miss Latina AV pageant

Miss Latina AV 2014 queens. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – Plans are underway for the second annual Miss Latina AV pageant, to be held Sunday, June 7. Contestants are being sought to compete in the pageant, themed “Premios Senorita Latina.” “Some may ask, ‘Why have a pageant that highlights Latina culture?’ It’s all part of being proud and sharing the rich culture of…

Lancaster resident honored during Capitol Holocaust Remembrance Day

Assemblyman Tom Lackey (right) and Michael Rosenbach. (contributed)

SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) honored Lancaster resident Michael Rosenbach for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the State Capitol Monday. Rosenbach is a Holocaust survivor of Polish heritage who was born in Uzgan, Russia. “Mr. Rosenbach’s story is one of hope,” Assemblyman Lackey stated. “Michael lived through an extraordinary experience and thrived against all odds.”…

Woman in wheelchair struck, killed by car in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – A woman in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a car in Lancaster Saturday night, authorities said. The fatal collision happened around 7:53 p.m. Saturday, April 11, on Sierra Highway south of Avenue J-2, according to Sgt. Metten of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Preliminary information gathered at the scene revealed that…

Revocation hearing set for “Pillowcase Rapist”

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LOS ANGELES – At the request of Los Angeles County prosecutors, a judge in Santa Clara County agreed Friday to consider revoking the release of a serial rapist who has been living in the Antelope Valley since last summer. “Pillowcase Rapist” Christopher Evans Hubbart was conditionally released from a state hospital in July 2014 and was…