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Annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive set for May 3

Dozens of local bikers came out last year for the  annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive. This year's event takes place May 3. (Contributed photos)

LANCASTER – Organizers are gearing up for an annual blood drive to promote motorcycle awareness in the Antelope Valley. The third annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. Blood…

Most Wanted AV Parolees

Most Wanted AV Parolees 4.17.14

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. 265 or 266. You may also contact their 24-hour hotline at 323-371-3479. Sandy Harville Sandy Harville is a 57-year-old…

Local businessman found dead

Paul Porteus 3

LANCASTER – A popular local businessman was found dead at the side of the road Tuesday night, apparently due to a heart attack, authorities said. Paul Porteus, 52, of Lancaster was discovered around 10:18 p.m., April 15 near a vehicle at the vista point on State Route 14, one mile south of Avenue S, according…

Walk against eating disorders this Saturday

Photo taken from the annual NEDA Walk in Los Angeles. The first Lancaster NEDA Walks takes place April 19.

LANCASTER – Lancaster High School’s Friday Night Live Club is hosting a walk this weekend to raise awareness and money for the fight against eating disorders. The inaugural Lancaster NEDA (National Eating Disorders Assoc.) Walk kicks off at 9 a.m., April 19 on the Lancaster High School track, located at 44701 32nd Street West, Lancaster.…

Boxer wins $1 million in Scratchers

Damian "Bolo" Wills

LANCASTER – Professional boxer Damian “Bolo” Wills claimed the $1 million prize this week, after purchasing a Scratchers ticket from a Lancaster liquor store, the California Lottery announced in a press release. Read it below: Damian Wills is not a regular Lottery player by any means. But if pressed he’ll tell you that he loves…

Homeless woman egged in Lancaster, 3 teens arrested

These items were found in the teen suspects’ vehicle, leading deputies to believe that other prior incidents may have had occurred, officials said. (Photo courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – Three 17-year-old boys were arrested for felony assault Monday for egging a 60-year-old homeless woman as she sat praying on a sidewalk in Lancaster, authorities said. A patrolling Lancaster Sheriff’s sergeant witnessed the alleged assault, which occurred around 12:40 p.m. on Sierra Highway near Jackman Avenue, according to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Community Relations…

Man to be retried for murder of Lancaster toddler

Marvin Hicks was found guilty on four counts, but jurors were hung on the second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of 2-year-old Madison Ruano, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

LANCASTER – The trial has ended for the Palmdale man involved in a 2012 police pursuit that ended in a crash that killed a two-year-old Lancaster girl. A jury on Monday (April 14) found Marvin Travon Hicks guilty of evading an officer causing injury, evading an officer causing death, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and…

Residents rally to keep serial rapist away

He, now 63, was nicknamed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads.

PALMDALE – “Keep Christopher Hubbart away from the Antelope Valley!” That was the clear message sent by local residents gathered for a press conference outside the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Friday. “We’re coming together as a community in unity to make sure that our voices are heard. We don’t want Christopher Hubbart in the Antelope Valley…

Lancaster city election results (thoughts?)

Election 2014 results thoughts

LANCASTER – The voters have spoken. Lancaster’s two incumbents bested seven challengers Tuesday in the race for Lancaster city council. Marvin Crist finished first with 4,052 votes, followed by Ron Smith with 3,874 votes. While Johnathon Ervin garnered the most votes at the polls, he lost ground in the votes by mail, and ultimately finished…

$10K reward extended in Denny’s sex assault

The sexual assault suspect is described as a white male with blonde hair, about 18-20 years old, 5’8” tall, and weighing around 150 pounds, detectives said.  (Image courtesy LASD)

PALMDALE – The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended the $10,000 reward for help in finding the man accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in a Palmdale Denny’s bathroom on New Year’s Day. The alleged assault took place around 4:30 p.m., January 1, at the Denny’s restaurant in the 37000 block of 47th Street…

Construction begins on Palmdale solar project

Located on three sites, Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park and Marie Kerr Park, the solar power arrays are comprised of approximately 3,200 photovoltaic panels located on shade structures which were designed to blend with the look and feel of the city’s surroundings.

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale on Monday announced the construction of a 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project that will help the city meet California mandates for renewable power generation and greenhouse gas reduction. Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014, the solar generation project is expected to eliminate 1.8 million pounds of carbon…

TPAA robotics team wins second Rookie All-Star Award

The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear Robotics is made up of 36 students, six mentors and two advisors.

PALMDALE – The Palmdale Aerospace Academy’s FRC Team 5012 – Gryffingear won their second Rookie All-Star Award and The Industrial Safety Award at the FRC Las Vegas Regional Competition this past weekend (April 4-6). The Palmdale Aerospace Academy Gryffingear Robotics, which is made up of 36 students, six mentors and two advisors, joined together for…

Public hearing for alcohol sales permit becomes spirited debate

This family market, located at 1060 E. Palmdale Blvd., was granted a conditional use permit to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

PALMDALE – Considering public approval against protests, the City Council voted 4-1 at Wednesday’s meeting to approve a conditional use permit (CUP) for a family market seeking to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Newly-appointed Councilman Fred Thompson was the lone dissenter in the vote, noting that the council should not support a fourth…

UPDATED: Residential care facility ruining neighborhood

The residential medical facility in the 3000 Block of Tournament Drive is bringing down the neighborhood and homeowners complains have fallen on deaf airs, Duncan claims. (Photos by DOUGLAS DUNCAN)

By Palmdale resident Douglas Duncan I purchased a home on the Rancho Vista Golf Course about 10 years ago with the hopes of it being my last home. I never realized there would be federal government-subsidized residential medical facilities in our neighborhoods. These facilities come with disrespectful employees that arrive in your neighborhood at all…