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UAV founders continue to give back to alma mater

The Johnson family: (L to R) Devion, Sandra, Tiffany and Marco

LANCASTER – During half-time ceremonies at the Lopes’ homecoming football game Friday night, University of Antelope Valley founders Marco and Sandra Johnson presented a $10,000 check to Antelope Valley High School. The donation marks the sixth annual installment of a 10-year, $100,000 commitment the Johnsons made to their alma mater, Antelope Valley High School, to…

Raising awareness of domestic violence, prevention

a Toyia Conway-Hampton, founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, speaks to Edwards personnel during an interactive workshop Oct. 9 at the Airman and Family Readiness Center in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jet Fabara)

EDWARD AFB – In conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, Edwards welcomed founder, CEO and director of the Two-Lifestyles Women Empowerment Program, La Toyia Conway-Hampton, to host a unique and interactive workshop recently at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The workshop event, titled “Crossing the Line,” involved dynamic and inspirational speakers who…

Lancaster sergeant flips patrol car

The sergeant sustained moderate injuries and is listed in stable condition following the crash, which occurred around 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 on Sierra Highway at Avenue J in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station field sergeant was injured Thursday night when his patrol car flipped over after he swerved to avoid a pedestrian in the road, authorities said. The collision occurred around 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 on Sierra Hwy at Avenue J-8 in Lancaster, according to Lt. Slade Carrizosa of the Lancaster…

Palmdale Auto Mall selected for 2014 Dream Award

SAVE President Dennis Shaffer and board member Mark Davey announces the 2014 Dream Awards winner -- The Palmdale Auto Mall. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The South Antelope Valley Education Foundation has announced the Palmdale Auto Mall as the 2014 Dream Award Recipient. The award is given annually to a business or individual who has shown exemplary support of education in the community. Palmdale Auto Mall hosted the Celebrate Education event in May, sponsored the Antelope Valley Rubber…

Tenants, managers urged to work together on mobile home park problems

Dissatisfied Desert Palms Mobile Home park residents brandish signs outside Lancaster City Hall before Tuesday's council meeting.

LANCASTER – Mayor R. Rex Parris provided disgruntled tenants and defensive managers of the Desert Palms Mobile Home Park Community an opportunity at Tuesday’s council meeting to go public with their grievances. Tenants complained to the city that they have had to endure ongoing water shut-offs and sediment-filled water, along with inconsistent utility fees from…

Man killed by hit-and-run driver in Palmdale

A fatal hit-and-run collision occurred Wednesday, Oct. 15 on Avenue T, east of 70th Street East in Palmdale. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – Authorities need the public’s help to identify the driver who struck a 45-year-old man in Palmdale Wednesday night and then fled the scene. Around 7:32 p.m., personnel from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to the fatal collision on Avenue T, east of 70th Street East, according to Detective Brent Bunch. “The preliminary facts of…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 10.16.14

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking your help in locating a woman wanted for abduction and four burglary suspects, all believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Angela…

AV Hospital honors families of organ and tissue donors

Firefighter/Paramedic Brian Hinsley, a liver-transplant recipient, shares his gratitude for organ donation. (Contributed)

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) and OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area, recently honored families of AVH organ and tissue donors at a Donate Life Rose Ceremony. During the event, staff from AVH thanked the family members for their loved ones’ life-saving and healing gifts of organs…

Plans for Kinkisharyo plant in Palmdale derailed by labor dispute

Kinkisharyo canceled

PALMDALE – Kinkisharyo International told the city it is forfeiting its decision to construct a 400,000-square-foot rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale. Announced in June 2014, the proposed $60 million manufacturing and assembly facility, to be located at Avenue M near Sierra Highway, raised expectations toward creating hundreds of construction jobs, along with 150 to…

Video: High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride raises $10K

12th annual fallen heroes ride

LANCASTER – The 12th annual High Desert Fallen Heroes Ride on Sunday raised approximately $10,000, organizers said. The 50-mile ride in support of local fallen heroes and their families drew more than 200 participants, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz. Participants first gathered at Antelope Valley Harley-Davidson in Lancaster for the singing of…

Bicyclist struck, killed near Devil’s Punchbowl

The car's driver, 65-year-old Littlerock resident Paul S. Biddle, remained at the scene to answer questions. (LUIS MEZA)

ANTELOPE VALLEY – A 47-year-old woman riding a bicycle was killed Saturday night after she was hit by a car near the Devil’s Punchbowl area, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 11 on Longview Road, just north of Le Page Ranch Road. Karla A. Thiel was southbound on Longview Road in the…

Lancaster deputy involved in rear-end collision

The minivan's driver braked suddenly to avoid a driver making and illegal turn, and the deputy driving behind the minivan was unable to stop in time, authorities said. (Photo by Luis Meza)

LANCASTER – A Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputy sustained minor injuries, including a sprained wrist, when his patrol vehicle collided with a minivan in Lancaster Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The deputy-involved traffic collision occurred around 1 p.m. on Sierra Highway, just north of Avenue L-12, according to Sgt. Dave Jennings of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Traffic Detail.…

AV Ebola Response Team formed, how you can help

Sierra Leone native Josepheus Weeks (top right), along with Desmond and Mary John, and others have organized the AV Ebola Response Team with the help of the Lancaster United Methodist Church. The initiative came out of Heritage Month, a month-long celebration focusing on the diverse cultures that make up the church’s congregation. During Heritage Month, flags are displayed that represent all the different nations of origin present in the congregation. (Contributed images)

LANCASTER – A group of concerned local residents directly affected by the Ebola epidemic gathered recently at Lancaster United Methodist Church and organized the Antelope Valley Ebola Response Team.  They’re inviting the entire community to join the effort to collect needed supplies to ship to West Africa. The team includes Sierra Leone natives Josepheus Weeks…

Palmdale detective takes super middleweight title at ‘Battle of the Badges’

After three, two-minute rounds, Matt Pereida took the title with a unanimous decision! (Photo courtesy LASD)

Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Matt Pereida won the super middleweight title at a “Battle of the Badges” boxing event, which took place Friday, Sept. 26 at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. The “Battle of the Badges” is a fundraiser/boxing event where several individuals from many Southern California agencies box for the title. Agencies that participated…

Palmdale begins work on transit oriented project and Ave Q feasibility study

Rendering of a typical TOD project that represents the TOD vision. (Contributed)

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale, which last year was awarded grants by the Metro Board and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), has begun work on projects that will help determine the City’s future transportation, housing and livability options. Metro awarded a $400,000 grant for the City’s Transportation Oriented Development project, called TOD3,…