Man found guilty of robbing, killing Lancaster store owner

Timothy Johnson (left) was found guilty in connection with a March 23, 2012 robbery that ended in the shooting death of 59-year-old Reed Keith (right).

LANCASTER – Timothy Johnson is guilty of robbing and murdering Lancaster store owner Reed Keith, a jury ruled Friday. An Antelope Valley jury found 25-year-old Johnson guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree robbery, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The jury also found true a special…

Man gets 40 to life in driveway argument slaying

Scott Shipley (right) was found guilty on April 25 of second-degree murder; the jury also found true an allegation that Shipley intentionally discharged his firearm when he shot Christopher Demyen (left)  to death last year.

LANCASTER – A 57-year-old man was sentenced in an Antelope Valley courtroom Friday for shooting to death the owner of the Acton Water Company after a verbal argument over where the water truck was parked. Scott Russell Shipley was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for killing 39-year-old Christopher Demyen, the Los…

Palmdale lifeguards attain “World Class” score

(Photo courtesy: City of Palmdale)

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s lifeguard team received a score of 96 from the National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO) after the organization conducted a lifeguard inspection last week at DryTown Water Park. The Palmdale lifeguards achieved their rating after being evaluated for: Scanning time (how quickly and accurately the water surface is viewed); Appearance…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Lancaster Most Wanted 8.1.14

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them and know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Gary William Boyd Gary Boyd is a 25-year-old black male with black hair and brown eyes.…

AV YouthBuild awarded SunPower Foundation grant

AV YouthBuild students take a break while working at the Supporting Housing Site. (JAMAAL BROWN)

PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild, a Palmdale-based leadership development program, has received a grant from the SunPower Foundation, the non-profit arm of SunPower Corporation. The $6,500 check was presented Thursday at AV YouthBuild’s Supportive Housing Site, located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale. Awarded funds will be used by Antelope Valley YouthBuild to provide…

Man gets 3 years in prison for DUI crash

Nestor Antonio

PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving drunk, crashing into an SUV carrying small children and then attempting to flee the scene on foot has pleaded no contest. Nestor Kevin Antonio pleaded no contest on Wednesday to driving with a .08% blood alcohol content (BAC) or more causing injury, according to Ricardo Santiago…

‘Adventures with Food’ starts this Friday

Adventures in Food

PALMDALE – There is still time and spots available to register for the City of Palmdale’s “Adventures with Food” for toddlers class, offering children ages 2 to 4 the opportunity to get their start as “chefs.” “Adventures with Food” begins on Friday, Aug. 1 and will run through Friday, Aug. 22. Classes will meet on…

600+ marijuana plants seized, 2 arrested

(Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – Hundreds of marijuana plants, a shotgun and several thousand dollars in cash were seized Wednesday after Lancaster deputies raided a home in the 23400 block of East Avenue K-8, authorities said. Jarrett Gregory, 27, of Huntington Beach and Steven Devlin, 34, of Oceanside were arrested at the residence and jailed in lieu of…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most wanted AV Parolees 7.31.14

The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following wanted parolees. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be hiding, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. You may also contact their 24-hour hotline at 661-524-4492. Val Moore Val Moore is a 22-year-old black male…

PWD water conservation measures effective Aug. 1

No lawn, landscape, or other turf area shall be watered more often than three (3) days per week and no more often than every other day, according to water conservation regulations effective August 1 .

PALMDALE – Due to severe drought conditions, low supplies, and to be in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s new Emergency Drought Regulations, the Palmdale Water District Board of Directors approved a Resolution on July 23 enacting strict water conservation measures with the goal of a 20% reduction in water usage for the…

“National Night Out” at Thursday Night on the Square

National Night Out events Palmdale preview 1

PALMDALE – Public safety, 9/11 history and turtle fun will take center stage at Palmdale’s Thursday Night on the Square (TNOTS) event this Thursday, July 31, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Poncitlán Square (9th St. East between Ave. Q-9 & Ave. Q-10). The City’s neighborhood services department will host its annual National Night Out,…

UAV offering scholarships for RN to BSN program

The Bachelor in nursing program is for current Registered Nurses and is designed to enable them to become successful leaders, managers, and deliverers of care to patients in health care environments.  (Contributed photo)

By University of Antelope Valley Many people who begin their careers in the healthcare industry by becoming a registered nurse do so because of their passion to help others. As these RNs gain experience, they soon see other ways to serve in the nursing field that could help advance their careers. The University of Antelope…

70th annual Miss AV Pageant set for Aug. 2

[1st Row - Front: Jaycee Jackson, Merysa Rangel, Miss Hughes Elizabeth Lakes: Brooklyn Alcott, Miss Eastside: Casaundra King, Miss Rancho Vista: Taylor Herider, Miss Lake Los Angeles: Meladie Saunders. 2nd Row - Back
Miss Tehachapi: Tiffany Rea, Miss Leona Valley: Rachel Bartfai,
Miss Lancaster:  Halley Arntz,  Miss Acton: Brooke Lohman, 
Miss California City:  Emily Booth, Miss Palmdale: Felicia Flores, 
Miss Rosamond: Brittany Ebeltoft, Miss Quartz Hill: Mikayla Yarman, 
Miss Antelope Acres: Jayme Fairlee

LANCASTER – Fourteen extraordinary young women, each wearing a crown representing her respective community, will soon vie for the title of Miss Antelope Valley 2014. The 70th annual pageant will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, August 2, at the H.W. Hunter pavilion at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, located at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.…

Katherine Lott awarded NASA Armstrong Employee Scholarship

Katherine Lott, the recipient of the 2014 NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship, is congratulated by NASA Armstrong center director David McBride. Flanking the pair are Katherine's parents, Darryl and Boon Lott. (NASA / Carla Thomas)

Lancaster – The NASA Armstrong Employee Exchange Council has presented its 2014 Joseph R. Vensel Memorial Scholarship Award to Katherine Lott. A graduate of the class of 2014 at Desert High School on Edwards Air Force Base, Katherine plans to major in bio-medical engineering at the University of California-San Diego this fall. Katherine was a…

Local deputies honored with Lifesaving Awards

The Lifesaving Award is given to members of the Department whose actions result in the saving or preservation of a human life, which would have otherwise been lost without the employee’s direct involvement. (LASD)

LOS ANGELES – Three Lancaster deputies were among the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Personnel formally recognized for their heroic, life-saving actions. Deputy Jared Fletcher was recognized for pulling two people from a burning vehicle this past October. According to a Sheriff’s Department press release: On October 27, 2013, while off-duty, Deputy Fletcher came upon…

It’s going to be a long hot summer: Save Water and Save Energy

No lawn, landscape, or other turf area shall be watered more often than three (3) days per week and no more often than every other day, according to water conservation regulations effective August 1 .

By Catherine J.K. Sandoval, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission The imperative of saving water and energy is highlighted by this year’s wildfires that scorched parts of Northern, Central, and Southern California; low water levels in reservoirs; the light snowpack’s early thaw that melted water that’s usually available in late summer; uncertainty over how long water…