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2 arrested in car-to-car shooting of teen girl

Several hours after the car-to-car shooting, a vehicle believed to be involved was stopped near Palmdale Boulevard and 10th Street East. Three occupants were detained, and two were eventually arrested. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

PALMDALE – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a gang-related car-to-car shooting in Palmdale Friday that critically wounded a teenage girl, authorities announced Saturday. Jaime Espinoza, 20, and Fernando Albarran Jr., 21, were booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station jail Saturday morning on suspicion of attempted murder, according to Ryan Rouzan of the…

AV YouthBuild opens Palmdale Dream Center

Palmdale Dream Center 5

PALMDALE – Antelope Valley YouthBuild on Thursday celebrated the completion of the Palmdale Dream Center, a new transitional housing program and outreach facility located at 38518 5th Street East in Palmdale. The 6,000 sq. ft. facility was constructed over the past three years by more than 360 students and alumni from AV YouthBuild, in partnership…

A special holiday home for Emily

Four-year-old brain cancer patient Emily and her dad, Emilio, pose for a picture with the kindhearted local deputies who set up the family's Christmas lights Thursday, Dec. 19. [Contributed]

LANCASTER – Christmas came early for 4-year-old brain cancer patient Emily Janelle Jarquin, when local sheriff’s deputies showed up at her Lancaster home Thursday and surprised her with Christmas lights. Things have been hard for the Jarquin family since the preschooler was diagnosed with a brain tumor the day before Thanksgiving. The family spent that…

AVH ‘excellent’ in treating stroke patients

AV Hospital

LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) has achieved Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification from The Joint Commission and the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. This designation signifies that AVH has the equipment, infrastructure, staff and training programs needed to quickly diagnose and treat patients presenting with acute stroke. The Joint Commission performed an…

Man hit, killed by car in Littlerock

(LUIS MEZA)

LITTLEROCK – A man standing in the road was hit and killed by a car Thursday evening in Littlerock, authorities said. The fatal collision occurred around 6:08 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, on Avenue T, just west of 85th Street East, according to a California Highway Patrol report. The pedestrian, described as a Hispanic male in…

Palmdale pastry chef proves ‘love’ is winning ingredient in Food Network challenge

Campbell said if there’s one thing she learned from her experience in the Holiday Baking Championship, it’s never to second guess your own abilities. (Television Food Network)

PALMDALE – Erin Campbell, the general manager of Nadia Cakes in Palmdale, won the Holiday Baking Championship on the Food Network Sunday night, taking home $50,000 in winnings as the network’s first champion from the Antelope Valley. The show’s competition finale featured a Gingerbread Worlds challenge, where the three remaining competitors were told to create…

Palmdale wins three B.E.S.T. awards

Accepting the B.E.S.T. awards for the city, left to right: Mike Mischel, Trish Jones, Councilmember Fred Thompson, Cheryl Hughes, Mike Livingston, Lynn Glidden, David Wu and Ben Lucha. (Contributed photo)

PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale’s Public Works Department won three Building Excellence/Shaping Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) awards, presented by the Southern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The Southern California Chapter of the APWA, which represents Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, named Palmdale the winner of three awards in the…

Thief racks up $8K on fraudulent credit cards in Palmdale

The fraud suspect is described as a white or Hispanic female in her late 20’s to early 30’s, with brown hair and a thin build. (Images courtesy LASD)

PALMDALE – If you recognize the woman in these surveillance images, then Palmdale detectives would like to hear from you. The woman allegedly applied for fraudulent credit cards in the names of victims from Los Angeles to Long Beach. Then she racked up $8,000 in charges at Dillard’s, Target and Walmart in Palmdale, according to…

Help save the Pinecrest Lancaster campus!

The Pinecrest Lancaster campus is located at 2110 West Avenue K.

By Pinecrest Schools parent Giselijn Knight How do you tell your children that the school they love is shutting down? We received a short letter this week from Pinecrest Schools, informing us that our school in Lancaster will be closing at the end of this school year. The school has been unable to renegotiate a…

Kinkisharyo offers glimpse into scaled operations for site expansion

The Palmdale site currently employs about 165 workers for this assembly process. (Jim E. Winburn)

PALMDALE – The city arranged a media tour of Kinkisharyo International’s assembly facility at the Palmdale Airport Tuesday, demonstrating how the rail car manufacturer is forging ahead with an infusion of jobs for the Antelope Valley. Members of the local media toured the facility just two weeks after the Japanese manufacturer’s first rail car delivery…

Local school teaches lesson on giving

The boutique was the pet project of third grade teacher Jeff Pettipas (left), who led the campaign to collect new toys to be given away. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – Eager parents slowly browsed tables loaded with dolls, digital cameras and even electric guitars, selecting the perfect gift for each of their children. But there were no price tags or cash registers at this holiday boutique hosted by Manzanita Elementary School. Every soon-to-be Christmas gift was free. “Manzanita is more than a school,”…

Eastside board president celebrated for 19-year legacy

Janette Crawford is honored Dec. 8 with a certificate of appreciate from State Assemblyman Tom Lackey. (Contributed)

LANCASTER –Janette Crawford, school board president of Eastside Union School District in Lancaster, was recently honored for 19 years of service on the school board. “Janette is the type of leader any district would hope to find,” stated Eastside Union School District Superintendent Mark Marshall. “She always makes decisions with our students in mind and…

Countdown to local Kwanzaa celebration

More than 200 people attended the local Kwanzaa celebration in 2013.

PALMDALE – You are invited to celebrate family, community, and culture at the Antelope Valley’s largest annual Kwanzaa celebration. Titled “Embrace the Spirit,” the free community event is set for Sunday, Dec. 28, from 2:30 to 6 p.m., at United Desert Charities, 2101 East Palmdale Blvd. The local Kwanzaa celebration will feature African dancers and…

Palmdale honors community builders

AV Youth Build’s Rehonda Trotter receives a Certificate of Appreciation on with Rossie Johnson, Mike Miller and Mayor Jim Ledford looking on. (Contributed)

PALMDALE – The Palmdale City Council honored several local individuals, pastors, churches and law enforcement staff at its last meeting to thank them for their many community building efforts over the past year. Mayor Jim Ledford presented Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the Council to four local community leaders for their support of a…

Single Airmen get home-baked holiday goodies

Airman 1st Class Ardell Reams, 412th Force Support Squadron, shows off his bag of holiday cookies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Rebecca Amber)

EDWARDS AFB – Like a well-oiled machine, the Edwards Officers’ Spouses Club packed around 3,600 cookies into decorated brown paper last week. The annual Airman’s Holiday Cookie Drive, sponsored by the First Sergeants Council, was a community effort to ensure that nearly 300 Airmen living in the dorms got a taste of home for the…

Palmdale woman killed in Sierra Hwy crash

(LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 22-year-old Palmdale woman died after she was ejected from a vehicle that careened off Sierra Highway early Tuesday morning, authorities said. The victim, identified by coroner’s officials as Jackeline Abigail Matias-DeLeon, was a passenger in a 2001 Chevy Tahoe that crashed around 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, according to Detective Quemuel of…