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1 killed, 3 injured in head-on crash

[LUIS MEZA]

PALMDALE —  A 13-year-old Lake Los Angeles girl was killed and three others were injured in a head-on collision in Palmdale Friday afternoon, authorities said. The crash was reported about 3:40 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, on Pearblossom Highway east of Old Nadeau Road in Palmdale, according to a California Highway Patrol report. Erika Aguilar, 35,…

Man carrying ax shot dead by deputies in Lancaster

deputy involved shooting Lancaster Feb. 11

LANCASTER  – A 45-year-old man was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster after he walked toward them carrying an ax that he had previously used to try to kill a neighbor, authorities said. It happened around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, outside a home on the 2800 block of La Vida Drive in…

Video: ‘Unity March and Rally’ in Palmdale

Unity March Palmdale Feb. 11 2

PALMDALE — Dozens of residents and community leaders gathered in Palmdale Thursday morning for a rally promoting peace and unity. The Antelope Valley Unity March kicks off around 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in front of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station on the 700 block of East Avenue Q. Marchers chanted, “What do we want? Justice!”…

Eastside students put on their cooking hats

[contributed]

LANCASTER – Students at Eastside Union School District are learning healthy eating habits and vital life skills through cooking classes. The pilot cooking program aims to help at-risk students regain their focus while boosting their confidence in the education system. “We are bridging the gap in our at-risk youth by introducing new opportunities to get…

Man gets 15-to-life for deadly crash in Lancaster

On March 29, 2015, Benson had a blood alcohol level that was more than twice the legal limit when he drove on West Avenue J-12 and then crashed into Patricia Ann Holmes' bedroom,

LANCASTER – A man with a prior DUI conviction was sentenced Thursday to 15 years to life behind bars for driving drunk, crashing his pickup truck into a Lancaster home and killing a 71-year-old woman in her bed. Aaron Daniel Benson, 26, was convicted Dec. 23 of charges stemming from the March 29, 2015, crash…

3 seriously injured in crash near Lancaster, DUI suspected

The Cadillac collided with 2013 Ford C-Max driven by Julia Drew Greer of Berkeley, CHP officials said. [JOHN MEZA]

LANCASTER — Three people were taken to the hospital with major injuries after a two-vehicle crash near Lancaster Wednesday evening, authorities said. The collision occurred around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the intersection of 60th Street West and Highway 138 (Avenue D), according to Officer Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol’s Antelope Valley…

AV’s Most Wanted

AVs Most Wanted revised 2.11.16

The Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff’s Stations are seeking your help in locating and identifying the following suspects. If you recognize them or know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Kenneth Edwin Raper Kenneth Raper is a 31-year-old male with red hair…

$20K reward offered for fugitive sex offender [update: captured]

Joseph Townsend is a 34-year-old white male, around 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Townsend’s location is encouraged to contact the Antelope Valley Parole Office at 661-729-0530 ext. 225.

UPDATED 2-10-16 @4:15 pm: Joseph Townsend was apprehended in Bullhead City, Arizona, around 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, by U.S. Marshals and CDCR’s Office of Correctional Safety, according to California State Adult Parole Operations Supervisor Larry Dorsey. No further details were immediately available. **** EARLIER STORY **** LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board…

L.A. County approves strategies to combat homelessness

Homess this shopping center on 20th Street West in Lancaster.

LOS ANGELES  – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a wide-ranging set of strategies Tuesday aimed at combating homelessness, ranging from increasing housing subsidies to boosting the income of homeless families. Homelessness is “the most serious humanitarian crisis confronting our county today,” county CEO Sachi Hamai said. Though the results of a recent…

Palmdale bus excursion to Date Festival in Riverside

This is the 70th anniversary of the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival. It runs from Feb. 12-21 and is presented by Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale’s next bus excursion will be heading to the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival this Saturday, Feb. 13. The bus will leave the Palmdale Transportation Center, 39000 Clock Tower Plaza, at 11 a.m. and return at 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the general public, but discounted to $20…

Marinello shuts down amid fraud accusations

The Marinello location in Palmdale.

LOS ANGELES – The Marinello Schools of Beauty is closing its campuses, including the Palmdale location, as a result of the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to cut off access to student financial aid, the company announced. “The Department of Education’s unprecedented and unfounded actions left us with no other option except to close our…

Civ-Mil welcomes foreign military, new arrivals to AV

Children in attendance got to see robots created by robotics teams at local Antelope Valley schools. (Rebecca Amber)

LANCASTER — The Edwards AFB Civilian-Military Support Group welcomed foreign military members and Airmen recently stationed at Edwards to the Antelope Valley Jan. 29. The University of Antelope Valley Pioneer Event Center (PEC) in Lancaster was filled with informational booths regarding health care, education, recreation and much more. The third annual “Welcome to the AV”…

County cracking down on marijuana dispensaries

Supervisor Michael Antonovich said in his motion that growing cannabis "increases the risk of trespassing and burglary and acts of violence." A clerk was shot in the stomach last month when thieves robbed a medical marijuana dispensary in Littlerock. [Photo by LUIS MEZA]

LOS ANGELES – County supervisors on Tuesday signaled their intent to crack down on marijuana dispensaries and at least temporarily ban growing cannabis in unincorporated areas, but turned back a proposed ban on mobile sales and delivery. Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended that the county study the impacts of medical marijuana cultivation, manufacture, testing and distribution…

Local students help form robotics team in Japan

The students are collaborating under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson [right]. (contributed)

QUARTZ HILL – Students involved in the Vex Jets Robotics team at Joe Walker Middle School helped a former student establish a robotics team in Tokyo, Japan. Under the guidance of teacher Matthew Anderson, the Vex Jets students have been video-corresponding with former student Noah Okada for the past four months. Okada was heavily involved…