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Sand Fire at 38,000+ acres, 40% contained

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SANTA CLARITA – With the majority of evacuated residents back home Wednesday, fire crews were working to add to their hard-fought progress against the deadly Sand Fire in the Santa Clarita area. Nearly 3,000 firefighters were on the lines working to knock down the blaze, which began Friday afternoon near Sand Canyon Road in Santa…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 7.27.16

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Parole Office is seeking your help in locating the following parolees who failed to report to their agents. If you recognize these parolees and know where they might be located, contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530, ext. 272. Ambro Hunt Ambro Hunt is a 29-year-old male with blonde…

Sand Fire at 35,155 acres, most evacuation orders lifted

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SANTA CLARITA  – The fast-moving Sand Fire continued raging Monday through drought-ravaged terrain in the Santa Clarita area, leaving more than 35,000 acres scorched, destroying at least 18 homes and possibly claiming a life, but evacuation orders for thousands of residents were lifted. About 10,000 homes — occupied by an estimated 20,000 residents — have…

Brush fire breaks out near 14 Fwy in Santa Clarita

Two Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations helicopters made drops overnight to protect homes. [Photo credit: @LACoFDPIO CoreyFredrickson)

SANTA CLARITA – A fast-moving, wind-whipped brush fire that broke out Friday afternoon along the northbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Santa Clarita has so far charred at least 5,500 acres, a county fire inspector said Saturday morning. The fire is at zero percent containment, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Joey Marron.…

AVTA postpones service changes

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LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority will be delaying the implementation of its service changes due to unforeseen problems, the agency announced Thursday. The service changes, which were originally scheduled to take effect Monday, will now take effect on Aug. 29. “We are now working to get the message out to our customers that…

Palmdale chase leads to four arrests

The suspect's girlfriend, Malorie Aguilera, 24, was booked for suspicion of destroying evidence and an outstanding arrest warrant, officials said. [LUIS MEZA]

PALMDALE – – A suspected drug dealer led authorities on a pursuit that led deputies to arrest him — as well as his father, mother and girlfriend — authorities said Friday. The chain of events began at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday, July 14, when a sheriff’s deputy attempted to pull over a reckless driver in…

Man killed in rear-end crash on 14 Freeway

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PALMDALE – A 64-year-old man died Thursday after his car was rear-ended by a cargo van on the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Palmdale, authorities said. William Speer of Santa Clarita was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the traffic collision, which occurred around 9:37 a.m. Thursday, July 14, on the northbound 14 Freeway,…

Senator Sharon Runner dies at 62

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LANCASTER – Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) died Thursday morning at the age of 62, according to a statement from her family. “We are heartbroken to share that Sharon passed away today at the age of 62 following respiratory complications. She died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends,” the statement reads. “Through her…

Rally held in Lancaster

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LANCASTER – Hundreds of young adults gathered on Lancaster Boulevard Wednesday afternoon for a rally in response to the recent fatal police shootings of black men. The event kicked off around 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in front of the Los Angeles County Library at 601 West Lancaster Boulevard. The group marched east on Lancaster Boulevard…

Lancaster deputies save elderly woman from fire

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SANTA CLARITA – Two deputies from the sheriff’s Lancaster Station are being credited with saving a woman as flames closed in on her Stevenson Ranch home a day after the Sage Fire broke out. Deputies Shane Dobra and Alex Smith responded to the area to assist with evacuations on Sunday, July 10. Around 6 a.m.,…

AVTA unveils College Student Pass program

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LANCASTER – A College Student Pass Program for Antelope Valley College students was recently approved by the Antelope Valley Transit Authority’s board of directors, the agency announced Tuesday. The new program will be available for students who are enrolled in six or more units per semester. The pilot phase of the program will provide free…

Chickens test positive for West Nile Virus in Palmdale

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LANCASTER – Three chickens from a coop in West Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing the 2016 total to four WNV positive chickens in the Antelope Valley, officials announced Monday. The latest positive chickens came from a coop near 50th Street West and Avenue N, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito &…

Palmdale man charged with murder for triple-fatal crash

The fatal crash occurred was reported around 9:19 p.m. Sunday, June 19, on Avenue D (SR138 West), just west of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 37-year-old Palmdale man has been charged with multiple counts of murder in connection with a traffic collision in Lancaster that claimed the lives of two women and a 2-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Eric Deshawn Johnson faces three counts of murder and one count of driving…