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One killed in small plane crash

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the crash, the single-engine Piper PA-25 was not carrying any passengers. (LUIS MEZA)

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…

A-4 Skyhawks support F-35 operational testing

An A-4 Skyhawk pilot prepares for take-off Aug. 21 in support of operational test of the F-35A for the Royal Netherlands Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – A-4 Skyhawks have taken to the skies over Edwards in support of operational tests of the F-35A for the Royal Netherlands Air Force. They are part of a tactics development and evaluation exercise initiated by the 323nd Test and Evaluation Squadron and supported by the Joint Strike Fighter Operational Test Team from…

Palmdale woman gets 50 to life for murdering ex-lover

Larene Eleanor Austin, 33, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the June 16, 2010, killing of LaNell Barsock, 29, who was shot in the head in Palmdale.

LANCASTER – A Palmdale woman convicted of fatally shooting a woman after a brief romantic relationship was sentenced Wednesday to two consecutive 25-year-to-life prison terms. Larene Eleanor Austin, 33, was found guilty Aug. 13 of first-degree murder for the 2010 killing of LaNell Barsock, 29. Jurors also found true an allegation that Austin used a…

Antonovich to propose $25K reward in AV dog abuse case

The crimes against dogs came to light earlier this month when a golden retriever was brought to a Lancaster animal shelter suffering from severe burns on its neck and back.  (Image courtesy Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue)

LOS ANGELES – County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has increased the reward he wants the county to offer for information leading to the person or people who have been burning dogs in the Antelope Valley. Antonovich initially said he would ask his colleagues next week to approve a $10,000 reward, but he said Wednesday he will…

Military Appreciation Day this Thursday at AV Fair!

Active and retired military will be given lanyards for their specific branch of military. (contributed)

LANCASTER – Antelope Valley Fair officials have announced the details for Military Appreciation Day this Thursday, Aug. 27. FREE admission. Admission will be free all night [beginning at 4 p.m.] for active and retired military and their guests with military IDs and DD214s. A VIP welcome. From 4 to 7 p.m., Community Queens, Joe Walker…

AV Fair announces tastiest winners!

Judges for the Antelope Valley Fair's food contest included Jim Winburn (left) from The AV Times , Kim Robbins of RZ Radio LLC (KTPI), Craig Altman of Adelman Broadcasting, and (background) Renee Eng of Time Warner Cable. (Image courtesy AV Fair)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Fair’s food concessionaires competed for the first time this year, and the AV Fair Association on Monday announced its most savory winners. In addition to competitions in livestock auctions and exhibit entries, the 77th Annual Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival featured its first “Alfie’s People’s Choice Fair Food Competition,”…

‘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…

Lancaster man gets 6 years for endangering elderly mother

Baker's 83-year-old mother is escorted back to her home May 25 after the ordeal. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 57-year-old Lancaster man was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for pointing a replica gun at his 83-year-old mother during a standoff with sheriff’s deputies. Kelly Alton Baker was sentenced after pleading no contest earlier this month to one felony count of elder adult abuse and one misdemeanor count of brandishing…

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 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…

Teen facing 150+ charges in child porn case [updated]

Cesar Estrada booking photo small

LANCASTER – A 19-year-old man accused of posing as a modeling agent to extort young girls into sending him naked photos was charged Friday with more than 150 criminal counts, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila is charged with 109 felony and 42 misdemeanor counts, including 21 counts of possession…

Potty peeper pleads no contest

Antonio Serrano aka Juan Antonio Lizardi was sentenced Tuesday, Aug. 18, to 9 years and 8 months state prison and ordered to register for life as a sex offender, according to Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami.

LANCASTER – A 38-year-old transient pleaded no contest Tuesday to charges that he secretly recorded females using the toilet at a Lancaster Starbucks and other local establishments, authorities said. Antonio Serrano pleaded no contest to two felonies and six misdemeanors, and he was immediately sentenced to nine years and eight months in state prison, according…

Bret Michaels confirmed as headliner to replace Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Aug. 22 at A.V. FAIR

Bret Michaels (Twitter photo)

LANCASTER – Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo announced that they have canceled their next 12 performances, including their Aug. 22 concert at the A.V. Fair, as Giraldo recovers from emergency eye surgery. [Read more at www.benatargiraldo.com.] Taking their place as headliner for the Aug. 22 concert will be rock star Bret Michaels and special guest,…