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Suspects arrested for robbery, school burglary, vandalism

An armed robbery was reported around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Circle K / Mobile Gas Station in the 2400 block of West Avenue J. Hours later, three suspects were arrested.

LANCASTER – Lancaster deputies this week arrested three individuals suspected of robbing a gas station at gunpoint, three teenagers suspected of burglarizing a middle school, and two teenagers suspected of vandalizing a high school, authorities said. Thursday morning, just hours after an armed robbery at the Circle K / Mobile gas station in Lancaster, deputies…

Teen killed in hit-and-run collision in Lancaster

The fatal hit-and-run occurred around 9:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, on Challenger Way near Avenue J-3 in Lancaster. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – Traffic investigators are asking for the public’s help in a hit-and-run collision that killed a local teen Thursday night. Ashton Hill, 18, of Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. The fatal hit-and-run occurred just before 10 p.m. on Challenger Way near…

Character counts

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  By Ashley Clutter, exec. asst. to the president, University of Antelope Valley LANCASTER – Lawrence Buenaventura and Christopher Cueto, both enrolled at UAV in the Fire Science Associate degree program, should be called heroes. Buenaventura and Cueto had completed a full day of lectures and skills training in Captain Hamilton’s classroom. When exiting the…

Local school district taking part in kindness challenge

Great Kindness Challenge

LANCASTER – Westside Union School District is preparing to bring compassion and caring to the forefront next week through “The Great Kindness Challenge.” The Great Kindness Challenge is a grassroots program started in Carlsbad, Calif. that has spread to over two million students in more than 4,000 schools in 47 countries. The program challenges students…

Community group announces call to action to end local violence

TCAL co-founder Pharaoh Mitchell speaks at a press conference Jan. 29 outside the Antelope Valley Courthouse to address violence in the community. (Photo by Jim E. Winburn)

LANCASTER – The Community Action League held a press conference at the Antelope Valley Courthouse Thursday to recruit local participation in the fight against violence. TCAL co-founder V. Jesse Smith told the handful of people gathered outside the courthouse that members of the community must add to the solutions to stop senseless acts of violence…

UPDATED: Trial ordered for school administrator charged with dog fighting, animal cruelty, child abuse

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LANCASTER – A preliminary hearing began Wednesday to determine if a Palmdale School District administrator will stand trial for child abuse and multiple counts of dog fighting and animal cruelty. Pauline Winbush, the district’s assistant superintendent for human resources, and her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, are each charged with 17 felony counts of cruelty to…

Palmdale Station’s Most Wanted

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Palmdale detectives are seeking your help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for assault with a deadly weapon, both 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…

Lancaster officials introduce Administrative Citation Program

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LANCASTER – City Council members Tuesday night voted 4-0, with Mayor R. Rex Parris absent, to introduce a program they say would counter the criminal impact on local communities due to recent state laws. To discourage people from committing crimes such as shoplifting, theft, buying or receiving stolen property, unlawful dumping, vandalism, and other nonviolent…

Woman dead after trailer fire

The trailer burned down early Tuesday on the 46400 block of 172nd Street East in Lake Los Angeles, authorities said. (Photo JOHN MEZA)

LAKE LOS ANGELES – A mother found the remains of her 41-year-old daughter after a trailer fire in Lake Los Angeles early Tuesday morning, family members said. The fire was reported around 2:12 a.m. in the 46400 block of 172nd Street East, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher Robert Diaz. Diaz said…

UPDATED: Shooting in Palmdale, 3-year-old injured

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PALMDALE – A 3-year-old Palmdale boy was injured by gunfire as he slept in his crib Sunday night, authorities said. The shooting happened around 9:51 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at a mobile home park on 65th Street East near Avenue R in Palmdale, according to a news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it…

Are curse words used too often?

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By KALEIGH MILLER English 9 Honors; Lancaster High School Teacher: C. Hulgan Have curse words become so common they lost their shock value? Curse words are supposed to be used when angry, but too many people use them in every sentence. Those words make them sound unintelligent and unprofessional. Using curse words isn’t cool; it’s…

4 sentenced in Lancaster ranch killings

On July 5, 2006, 64-year-old retired plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar [pictured] was found shot to death at his remote, 200-acre, desert ranch in Lancaster. The next year, Efraín Soto was shot to death while he worked at the ranch.

LOS ANGELES — Four men convicted of first-degree murder with special circumstance allegations were sentenced Friday in connection with killings at a doctor’s ranch in Lancaster, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Nicolas Olvera Cordoba, 63, Antonio Martínez, 51, and Arturo Rosales Verdín, 47, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility…

AVTA promotes public transportation summit for students

(Image courtesy American Public Transportation Association.)

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) is promoting an exciting opportunity for local high school students to learn more about careers in public transportation. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is seeking a diverse group of 50 students from across the nation to participate in the 2015 APTA Youth Summit, to be held…

District Attorney highlights Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey addresses reporters at a Jan. 20 news conference about efforts to curb commercial sex trafficking. From left to right are: David Demerjian, Director of Specialized Prosecutions; Jane Creighton, Human Trafficking Unit Coordinator; District Attorney Jackie Lacey; Assistant District Attorney Joseph Esposito; and Carol Burke, Head Deputy of the Sex Crimes Division.

LOS ANGELES – January has been proclaimed as “Human Trafficking Awareness Month.” With this in mind, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced the steps her office has taken to combat the fastest growing trend among criminal street gangs in Los Angeles County – commercial sex trafficking. “Gang members are luring victims as young…

‘Desert Dazzle’ cleanup in Palmdale Saturday

The “Desert Dazzle” cleanup is part of Palmdale’s participation in the “National Day of Service” in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale will continue its 2015 Season of Service program with a “Desert Dazzle” cleanup this Saturday, Jan. 24. The cleanup will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Avenue R and 70th Street East in Palmdale. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Participants must be at least 12 years…

NASA’s airborne observatory begins 2015 science campaign

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is seen performing ground tests in Palmdale prior to its first science flight of 2015. The year's first mission was flown on the night of Jan. 13/14, with the German Receiver for Astronomy at Terahertz Frequencies (GREAT) spectrometer on board.
(Credit: NASA/USRA/Greg Perryman)

PALMDALE – The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Program began its third season of science flights last week. Managed in Palmdale, SOFIA is NASA’s next generation flying observatory and is fitted with a 2.5-meter (100-inch) diameter telescope that studies the universe at infrared wavelengths. “[The Jan. 13] flight used the German Receiver for Astronomy…

Martinez appointed to Palmdale City Council

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PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council appointed Roxana Martinez at its January 14 meeting to fill the seat vacated by newly elected State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. Martinez had been serving as the Vice-Chair of the Palmdale Planning Commission, and has served on the Commission since 2012. A long-time resident of the Antelope Valley, she earned…