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More West Nile virus in the AV

WNV AV Birds

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District was informed that a second dead bird found in the Antelope Valley has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The dead raven was spotted near Avenue M-8 and 45th Street West and reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline (www.westnile.ca.gov) on July 9, 2014. “Our…

Wild badger caught in Lancaster shopping center

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LANCASTER – A wild badger seen running around a Vallarta Supermarket parking lot in Lancaster was captured without incident this past Saturday, authorities said. The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday July 19, in the 1800 block of West Avenue I in Lancaster, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it…

Alleged DUI driver facing multiple felonies

Antonio took off running after the crash, but he was captured a short time later, one of the victims said. (LUIS MEZA)

PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Palmdale man accused of driving under the influence, crashing into an SUV carrying small children and then attempting to flee the scene on foot is facing multiple felony charges, authorities said. Nestor Kevin Antonio was charged Friday with driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a…

Countdown to 49er Day parade and music festival!

49er Day Festival preview

LAKE HUGHES – Lake Hughes residents are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year. The 65th annual 49er Day Parade and Music Festival will take place Saturday, July 26. This year’s theme is Phoenix Rising, which represents the Lake Hughes community’s rise from the ashes after the devastating Powerhouse Fire last…

25th anniversary of B-2 stealth bomber’s first flight!

The B-2 Spirit of Arizona made a dramatic landing Thursday, July 17, at U.S. Air Force Plant 42 prior to Northrop Grumman's B-2 25th anniversary ceremony.

PALMDALE – For several goose bump-filled minutes today at U.S. Air Force Plant 42, it was July 17, 1989, all over again. Just as they had on that historic day 25 years ago, several thousand Northrop Grumman Corporation employees, civic leaders and Air Force personnel stood along the company’s southern fence line in Palmdale to…

CHP seeking witnesses in July 4 triple fatal crash

The Toyota Corolla reported flipped over and then caught fire after it was rear-ended by a Tesla driven by 58-year-old Ric Garrison of Newhall. (Photo by TONY CHEVAL)

PALMDALE – California Highway Patrol investigators are seeking individuals who witnessed the fiery triple-fatal collision that occurred around 10:35 p.m. Friday, July 4, in the southbound lanes of the Antelope Valley (14) Freeway, just south of Avenue S. “We’re looking to speak to witnesses who might have seen anything either before the collision or at…

Lancaster Station’s Most Wanted

Most Wanted Lancaster 7.17.14

LANCASTER – The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station is seeking your help in locating the following suspects. If you recognize them, and know where they might be hiding, contact detectives using the information next to the suspects’ photos or by calling 1-800-222-tips (8477). Johnny Magdaleno Johnny Magdaleno is a 42-year-old Hispanic male with brown hair and hazel…

AV residents invited to high-speed rail presentation

Proposed High Speed Rail rendering

PALMDALE – The Democratic Club of the High Desert (DCHD) invites Antelope Valley residents to a presentation next week by the California High-Speed Rail Authority. This presentation will detail the current status of the high-speed rail project and how it will affect the Antelope Valley with the prospect of a stop in Palmdale.   A short…

Lancaster ranked ‘most stressful’ city in California

The water from the reclamation plant travels nearly eight miles through a series of special recycled-water pipelines, which stretch from the reclamation facility on Avenue D to Lancaster City Park on Avenue K-8.

Lancaster ranked number one as the most stressful city to live in all of California. This according to data compiled by CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website that publishes data-driven analyses sourced by media outlets across the country. Using crime statistics from the FBI and U.S. Census data, the company recently compiled a…

Local homeless “Serving the Servers” this Saturday

Serving the Servers

LANCASTER —  A group of local homeless people will be giving back this Saturday to the kind-hearted volunteers who serve them meals each day. “Serving the Servers: The Day of Appreciation” will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Grace Resource Center, located at 45134 Sierra Highway in Lancaster. Assisted by the Light…

First signs of West Nile virus in the AV for 2014

WNV AV Birds

PALMDALE  – A dead bird found in Palmdale has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.  The dead raven was reported to the State’s Dead Bird Hotline on July 1 by an observant resident near Avenue S and 10th Street East. “After the hotline staff determines…

Countdown to “Rumble in the Desert”!

Rumble in the Desert

LANCASTER – Professional boxing returns to the Antelope Valley this Saturday with a powerhouse lineup that is sure to be a knockout! “Rumble in the Desert” takes place from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, July 19 at the Pioneer Event Center (PEC), located at 45000 Valley Central Way in Lancaster. Doors open at 6 p.m.…

Man found dead after home burglary call

Crime scene investigators converge at the Lake Los Angeles home where a man was found dead early Saturday morning. (Photo by LUIS MEZA)

Lancaster Sheriff’s deputies responding to a Lake Los Angeles home burglary call Friday morning found a 55-year-old man dead inside the home, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Read it below: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 55-year-old man…

UPDATED: ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ released to AV

Christopher Evans Hubbart (shown in this undated booking photo) was dubbed the “Pillowcase Rapist” because he muffled his victims’ screams with a pillowcase over their heads. Hubbart, who admitted to raping approximately 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was released June 9, 2014 and placed in a resident at 20315 East Avenue R.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that serial rapist Christopher Evans Hubbart was released Wednesday, July 9 and placed in a residence at 20315 East Avenue R, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. Hubbart was released from state custody during the morning hours and transported to Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, where he completed his mandated…

Palmdale dedicates 976-kilowatt solar generation project

Representatives from the City of Palmdale, Constellation and PsomasFMG cut the ribbon Wednesday, July 9, to mark the completion of an aggregate 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project.

PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale today announced the completion of an aggregate 976-kilowatt DC solar generation project. Located at Palmdale’s Civic Center, DryTown Water Park and Marie Kerr Park, the system is designed to generate more than 1,580 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and meet nearly 70 percent of the electricity needs for the…

Bicyclist hit, driver charged with leaving scene

The bicyclist, whose hair was stuck on the Durango's windshield, was transported to a local hospital for treatment. (LUIS MEZA)

LANCASTER – A 43-year-old driver who allegedly collided with a bicyclist and then drove away is facing a felony charge in connection with the incident. Towana Byers was charged Tuesday with one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Sheriff’s officials have released…

Phil Vassar to perform at The Amp this Saturday

Phil Vassar performing

PALMDALE – Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year Phil Vassar will take the stage at the Palmdale Amphitheater this Saturday, July 12 at 8 pm as the City of Palmdale’s summer concert series kicks off the 2014 season. Over his highly successful career, Vassar has released eight albums, earned two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year…