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Man carjacked, hit by car, stabbed in Lancaster

The victim was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital and is listed in critical condition. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A man is in critical condition after he was allegedly carjacked, struck with his own car and then stabbed several times in the chest Friday night in East Lancaster, authorities said. The incident started shortly before 11 p.m. near a Chevron gas station, and the suspect is still outstanding, according to a Lt.…

Dog owner found guilty in mauling death

Alex Jackson guilty 1

A 31-year-old man whose pack of pill bulls mauled a woman to death in Littlerock last year has been found guilty of second-degree murder. The jury on Friday also found Alex Donald Jackson guilty of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a controlled substance, psilocybin, according to the Los Angeles County District…

White supremacist gang member arrested, victims sought

James W. Jackson is allegedly associated with some white power gangs in the Antelope Valley area, deputies said. He was spotted driving a stolen vehicle Thursday, and when deputies swarmed the area, Jackson tried to flee on foot. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A reputed white supremacist gang member suspected of breaking into vehicles, stealing U.S. mail, and punching a victim in the face during an attempted carjacking was captured in Lancaster Thursday night, authorities said. James W. Jackson, 27, was arrested around 7:30 p.m. after deputies contained the neighborhood near 21st Street West and Avenue K-9,…

Guilty verdict reached in Lancaster ranch killings

On July 5, 2006, 64-year-old retired plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar was found shot to death at his remote, 200-acre, desert ranch in Lancaster. Evidence suggested Dr. Kadivar was feeding livestock on the ranch at the time of his murder. (Photos courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A ranch hand has been found guilty of two murders at a plastic surgeon’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Antonio Martínez, 51, was found guilty Thursday of the 2006 murder of 64-year-old Dr. Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar and the 2007 murder of Efrain Martines, according to Deputy District Attorney…

Quartz Hill community unveils memorial honoring fallen Marine

Ian Stewart honored

QUARTZ HILL – A granite memorial was dedicated to Marine Cpl. Ian Stewart at Quartz Hill High School on Thursday, bringing together nearly 50 friends, family, and fellow alumni to honor this local Antelope Valley hero. Cpl. Stewart’s father, Dana, remarked how important the memorial is to helping not only the family, but the community…

Antonovich tours local charter school

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich interacts with students Aug. 20 at The Palmdale Aerospace Academy. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy last week welcomed a visit from Supervisor Michael Antonovich and CEO Sachi Hamai of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Assistant Headmaster Matthew Winheim  conducted the tour, which highlighted the school’s STEM-based academics and a curriculum based on preparing students for careers in the 21st century.  The Academy…

Increased West Nile virus activity ahead of Labor Day weekend

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take precautions while enjoying outdoor celebrations this Labor Day weekend. Two more mosquito samples as well as 22 sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus in the Antelope Valley. The chickens were from coops located in Palmdale, Quartz Hill and…

Lancaster mulls closing Metrolink station to stop outside poaching of homeless services

Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris asked city staff if the council could vote to close the station - "today."

LANCASTER – Downtown Los Angeles is actually sending transient individuals via Metrolink to access homeless services and resources from the city of Lancaster, council members argued at Tuesday’s meeting. And in response, city officials have called for staff to study closing the Lancaster Metrolink Station. “I’m thinking it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure…

Couple charged with torture, mayhem for beating toddler

Rosie Lee

PALMDALE – A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend have been charged with the beating of her 22-month-old toddler, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. The boy is currently on life support in critical condition, according to Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson. Rosie Lee Wilson, 20, and Brandon Jerel Williams, 24, both face one…

CHP targets distracted drivers

Around 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, a driver was stopped on eastbound Avenue M near 10th Street West for flicking cigarette ash out the window.  “I didn't think that I did anything wrong,” the driver said. Hernandez said the practice is not only against the law, but it can be a major fire hazard as well.

LANCASTER – Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. The practice is unsafe and can result in a traffic collision, possibly injuring or killing yourself or somebody else. So says California Highway Patrol Officer Gil Hernandez, who conducted traffic enforcement in the Antelope Valley…

Man ordered to stand trial in Lancaster animal abuse case

Robert Martin at courthouse 1

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man seen on cell phone video abusing and body slamming a puppy must stand trial for felony animal cruelty, a judge ruled. Robert Emmett Martin, 53, attended his probable cause hearing Tuesday morning in an Antelope Valley courtroom. The prosecution called Martin’s actions “aggravated and egregious” while the defense argued that the…

Lancaster DUI checkpoint planned for Friday, CHP checkpoint Saturday

Drivers who are determined to be under the influence will be arrested and their vehicles towed away, CHP officials said. (File image)

LANCASTER – The Sheriff Department’s Lancaster Station will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Lancaster on Friday, Aug. 29, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Deputies will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Deputies will also check drivers for proper licensing and will strive to…

Palmdale man pleads to killing girlfriend’s baby

Zanai died from multiple internal injuries, including five broken and displaced ribs, a collapsed lung, a shredded liver and internal bleeding, according to the county medical examiner.

PALMDALE – A Palmdale man has pleaded no contest to beating to death his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter last September, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Matthew Worthen, 24, entered his plea Wednesday to one count of second-degree murder before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard. Worthen made his plea shortly before…

Palmdale unveils new public art at Transportation Center

Cities all across the nation are recognizing the many benefits of public art and are aggressively exploring new ways to integrate it into new development, said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale on Wednesday unveiled a new piece of public art at the entrance of the Palmdale Transportation Center, located at 39000 Clock Tower Plaza Drive. The work, titled “Back Home” by native Argentinian artist Sol Mesz, features two Joshua trees that stand 7.5 feet high and 5 feet high. Mesz…

AV YouthBuild gets $1.1M federal grant

The $1.1 million grant will help AV YouthBuild serve about 70 to 80 "at potential" young people, said AV YouthBuild Executive Director Rossie Johnson.

PALMDALE –Antelope Valley YouthBuild was awarded a $1.1 million federal grant to continue to provide young people with the tools, resources and opportunities they need to succeed at life, officials announced at a press conference Wednesday. The grant comes from the U.S. Department of Labor, and the money will fund two years of services and one…

Military Appreciation Day this Thursday at the AV Fair!

[Photo provided by the A.V. Fair]

LANCASTER  –  Antelope Valley Fair officials today announced the details for Military Appreciation Day, taking place this Thursday,  August 21. Admission will be free all night for active and retired military and their guests with military IDs and DD214s, beginning at 4 p.m. A special VIP, red carpet entrance will be designated for active and…