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Arraignment postponed in Lancaster child abuse case

Neighbors said the child wandered away from this home on the 43800 block of Chaparral Drive in Lancaster. The 3-year-old boy was reportedly found on the 43800 block of Countryside Drive, walking in the middle of the street, sheriff’s officials said. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A court hearing was postponed Friday for the couple arrested last week after a 3-year-old boy was found wandering the street blocks away from his Lancaster home. The arraignment was continued to May 28 for Titus Chidi Ebubechukwu, 48, and Mary Nkiruka Ebubechukwu, 52, according to Greg Risling of the Los Angeles County…

Tips for a mosquito-free Memorial Day weekend

West Nile virus is a potentially debilitating disease that’s transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito.

LANCASTER – Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the military service. It also marks the unofficial start of summer, and people typically get together for BBQs and fun outdoor activities. The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is encouraging residents to protect themselves with insect repellent…

AVH celebrates Healthcare District Month

Celebrating 60 years of community care, Antelope Valley Hospital is located in Lancaster. The 420-bed district hospital is a Level II trauma center and provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more.

LANCASTER – In honor of Healthcare District Month this May, Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) is celebrating its heritage as a district hospital. Formed 60 years ago, the Antelope Valley Healthcare District is one of 78 districts in the state created to address a shortage of access to acute hospital care, particularly in rural areas. Today…

2 charged with murder in Lancaster shooting death

Aaron Elbert Brockway, 22, was shot in Lancaster Tuesday, May 19, and later died from his wounds. (Facebook photo)

LANCASTER – Two men spotted running from the scene of a shooting that killed a 22-year-old man in Lancaster Tuesday have been charged with the man’s murder. Jeremy Jacob Rakisits, aka “Bless,” is charged with murder and gang allegations, while Anthony Albert Juarez, aka “Malo,” is charged with murder, including gang and gun allegations, in…

Reputed gang member arrested for threatening his mother, weapons and drugs seized

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and deputies recovered three handguns, one shotgun, a rifle with large quantities of ammunition, along with a custom fit jacket with body armor, sheriff's officials said. Illegal narcotics were also found inside the residence. (Image courtesy LASD)

LANCASTER – A known Vagos gang member was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly putting a knife to his mother’s throat and threatening to kill her, authorities said. When deputies searched the Lancaster residence of 31-year-old Dustin Paulhus, they found illegal narcotics and multiple firearms, according to Deputy Joshua Stamsek of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. The…

DryTown Water Park set to open this Saturday

DryTown will be open Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will also be open Wednesday, May 28, and daily beginning May 30 through Aug. 9. From Aug. 15 to Sept. 13 the park will be open weekends.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s DryTown Water Park will celebrate its 10th year of operations when it opens for the 2015 season at 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 23. “It’s hard to believe that it’s been decade now that DryTown’s been open,” said DryTown Manager Eric Dombrowski. “They say time flies when you’re having…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

Palmdale Most Wanted 5.21.15

PALMDALE – Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for grand theft, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be located, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos…

Avenue S/Elizabeth Lake connector road now open

The first cars travel on the new road. (City of Palmdale)

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Wednesday for the connecting road that links Avenue S to Elizabeth Lake Road. The $13 million project took about eight months to construct after years of negotiation. It involved improving approximately 3 miles of roadway, installing a regional drainage structure for…

Help detectives ID robbery suspects

[Images courtesy LASD]

PALMDALE – If you recognize the suspects in these images, then Palmdale Sheriff’s Station detectives would like to hear from you. The men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Palmdale Walmart and assaulting a store employee who tried to stop them, according to Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe. The incident occurred…

Man shot and killed in Lancaster, suspects in custody

This suspect was arrested after a brief foot chase, deputies said. A second suspect (not pictured) appeared to be under influence of heroin, Sgt. Owen said. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was shot in Lancaster Tuesday and later died from his wounds, authorities said. Aaron Brockway was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the hospital, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was shot at a residence in the 44000 block of Canyon Way in Lancaster, sheriff’s…

HIV+ man charged with raping another girl in Lancaster

Joseph Cornett 2

LANCASTER – A self-admitted HIV-positive man accused of posing as a police officer to kidnap and sexually assault a girl walking home from school on May 6 is facing new charges for allegedly raping another girl in Lancaster less than a month earlier. Joseph Kenneth Cornett, 41, was charged Tuesday with nine felony counts in…

Local students train to save lives

High school students from the Health Careers Academy, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire Technology programs acted as mentors to the Desert Willow students. (contributed)

PALMDALE – Students bobbed rhythmically as the falsetto voices of the Bee Gees’ Staying Alive rang through the gymnasium at Desert Willow Intermediate School. This was no school dance, though. These 7th and 8th grade students were learning hands-only CPR and becoming empowered as lifesavers. “The best thing for me has been seeing the change…

Volunteer opportunities available at City of Palmdale

Volunteer opportunities at City of Palmdale

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale has several opportunities available in various departments for residents looking to volunteer their time. “It’s a very exciting time to be a resident of Palmdale,” stated Community Programs Supervisor Trish Jones. “There are so many different things going on throughout the City that we have opportunities to engage at…

Barricaded suspect surrenders after standoff in Lancaster

Traffic on Avenue K, from Sierra Highway to Gadsden, was blocked off in both directions as dozens of officers swarmed the area and a helicopter hovered overhead. (TONY CHEVAL)

LANCASTER –A 29-year-old robbery suspect wanted on a $1-million Ventura County warrant was taken into custody in Lancaster early Friday afternoon following a several-hour standoff with deputies. A Los Angeles County sheriff’s Special Weapons Team was sent to the 43600 block of Park Avenue about 7:30 a.m. to assist Ventura County deputies in serving the…

Target, singer-songwriter donate $10k to Cottonwood

Tiffany presents her favorite teacher with a bouquet of flowers. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Former Cottonwood Elementary student Tiffany Alvord partnered with Target to donate $10,000 to the school in honor of kindergarten teacher Mrs. Elliott. Alvord, a 22-year-old Internet celebrity with more than 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube, surprised her former teacher recently with a $10,000 check, presented on behalf of Target. Alvord even treated…

AVTA welcomes new members to board of directors

Michelle Flanagan [left] and Angela Underwood-Jacobs [right] is sworn-in as Director Dianne Knippel looks on. (Contributed photo)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) welcomed two new members to its board of directors during a special board meeting recently held at the facility. The AVTA Board is comprised of representatives from the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster along with Los Angeles County, and the recent resignation of two of its directors…