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Baby boy dies after being assaulted at home in Lancaster, authorities say

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a baby boy who died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a suspected assault at a home in Lancaster earlier this week, authorities said. The infant is believed to have been assaulted Tuesday evening at the home in the 43400 block of Gadsden Avenue,...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • L.A. County officials look for connections after fifth dog burned
    L.A. County officials look for connections after fifth dog burned

    The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control is investigating whether a series of attacks on dogs are connected after a fifth incident was reported this week, officials said.

    On Monday, a woman in Lancaster called the agency and reported that she found a stray pit bull June 6 that...

  • Reward offered after four dogs are attacked with chemicals
    Reward offered after four dogs are attacked with chemicals

    Southern California authorities are looking for the people responsible for attacking four dogs with chemicals.

    A $4,500 reward, a portion of which came from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is being offered for information leading to an arrest. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal...

  • Suspect named in killing of man during dispute over hitting poodle
    Suspect named in killing of man during dispute over hitting poodle

    Last month, Michael Davis chased down a truck in Lancaster that ran over his poodle.

    Authorities said minutes later, the 22-year-old was dead, shot six times by the driver of the truck.

    Now investigators are searching for Demonte Antone Thomas, who is suspected of killing Davis.

    “There was a confrontation...

  • Sheriff's deputies shoot, kill man in Lancaster

    Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man in Lancaster on Friday night after he pulled out a pistol during a patrol stop, authorities said.

    Deputies with the sheriff's gang unit were patrolling in the 43100 block of West Avenue K-4 about 11:30 p.m. when they stopped the suspect's vehicle, said Deputy...

  • Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries
    Trio of weekend homicides include shooting over dog's injuries

    Sheriff’s detectives were busy Saturday with three new homicide investigations around Los Angeles County, including a shooting in the Antelope Valley that stemmed from an argument over a dog.

    The dispute that appeared to have triggered that slaying Friday night in Lancaster began when a motorist...

  • Boy, 14, arrested in stabbing death of woman in Lancaster
    Boy, 14, arrested in stabbing death of woman in Lancaster

    A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal stabbing of an elderly woman in Lancaster, authorities said.

    Investigators say Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies responded about 6:30 p.m. Thursday to a call about an "open window" at a home in the 44600 block of...

  • Brush fire near California Poppy Reserve is 70% contained
    Brush fire near California Poppy Reserve is 70% contained

    Firefighters were able to gain the upper hand Friday evening on a 300-acre brush fire near the California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster, and the blaze is now 70% contained. 

    Aircraft from the Los Angeles County and city fire departments as well as the U.S. Forest Service were summoned to the scene...

  • Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich eyeing state Senate run
    Longtime L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich eyeing state Senate run

    Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Thursday that he is considering a run for the state Senate seat held by Carol Liu (D-La Cañada-Flintridge).

    Both officials will be forced out of their current seats by term limits next year.

    Antonovich, 75, has represented the northern reaches...

  • L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich considering state Senate run
    L.A. County Supervisor Antonovich considering state Senate run

    Michael Antonovich, a Republican, joins Democratic Assemblymen Anthony Portantino and Mike Gatto in the race for the 25th district seat.

  • Penalties target heavy water users in Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga
    Penalties target heavy water users in Malibu, Antelope Valley, Topanga

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to adopt a conservation plan that will penalize heavy water users in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga areas.Under the proposal — intended to allow the county to comply with state drought mandates — most commercial water users and multifamily residential...

  • L.A. County supervisors to vote on controversial water conservation plan
    L.A. County supervisors to vote on controversial water conservation plan

    Los Angeles County supervisors are slated to vote Tuesday on a conservation plan aimed at sharply reducing water use in the Antelope Valley, Malibu and Topanga areas to comply with state drought mandates.

    Under the proposal, most commercial water users and multifamily residential units in the Antelope...

  • L.A. County wins grant to reduce jail population
    L.A. County wins grant to reduce jail population

    Los Angeles County is among 20 government entities -- including cities, counties and one state -- that won a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation aimed at reducing jail populations.

    Nearly 200 government entities competed for the grants, which are part of a $75-million initiative...

  • Flintridge Prep baseball utilizes huge first inning to rout Desert Christian

    Baseball: Rebels score seven runs in first inning, breeze to 10-0 CIF Southern Section Division VI second-round playoff victory.

  • L.A. County supervisors delay vote on water cuts after complaints
    L.A. County supervisors delay vote on water cuts after complaints

    Los Angeles County supervisors agreed Tuesday to postpone a vote on proposed water use restrictions for customers served by the county waterworks districts after residents expressed alarm at the reductions and questioned the method used to calculate target levels. 

    Under the county's proposed plan,...

  • Flintridge Prep softball goes down swinging against Vasquez

    Softball: Rebels rally in seventh, but come up short, 9-6, in CIF-SS first-round playoff game.

  • Man infected with HIV allegedly posed as officer and assaulted girl
    Man infected with HIV allegedly posed as officer and assaulted girl

    A man is accused of posing as a police officer and sexually assaulting a teenage girl as she walked home from school, prosecutors said.

    Joseph Kenneth Cornett, 41, is facing multiple assault, sex and kidnapping charges, including attempting unprotected sexual activity while knowingly infected with...

  • Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite
    Antelope Valley deputies must limit backseat detentions, be polite

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in the Antelope Valley are prohibited from routinely detaining people in the back seat of patrol cars and must start most encounters by politely introducing themselves, according to the terms of a federal settlement finalized this week.Sheriff’s deputies in...

  • Woman had 74 aliases, stole Hollywood film workers' IDs, police say
    Woman had 74 aliases, stole Hollywood film workers' IDs, police say

    In all his years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Det. Danny Gore had never seen a case like this.

    When he and investigators with the Lancaster station began looking into Cathryn Parker, also known as “Katherine Gonsalves” and “Jan,” they opened up a virtual Pandora’s box of identity...

  • Antelope Valley Hospital wants more trauma center funds from L.A. County
    Antelope Valley Hospital wants more trauma center funds from L.A. County

    Antelope Valley Hospital has filed a legal claim accusing Los Angeles County officials of shortchanging the medical facility on special tax revenue intended to support costly trauma centers.

    Measure B — a parcel tax passed by voters in 2002 — raises roughly $250 million a year to help fund the...

  • Woman riding wheelchair on five-lane highway hit, killed by motorist
    Woman riding wheelchair on five-lane highway hit, killed by motorist

    A 30-year-old Rosamond woman who was riding an electric wheelchair in a southbound lane of the 14 Freeway was struck and killed by a motorist, authorities said Sunday.

    The woman, identified as Jennifer Jones,  was riding in the right lane of the freeway near Avenue J-2 in Lancaster about 7:53 p.m....

  • Woman fatally struck by DUI suspect while sleeping in her bed
    Woman fatally struck by DUI suspect while sleeping in her bed

    A 25-year-old man was arrested and booked on suspicion of DUI after authorities say he crashed into a Lancaster home and fatally struck a woman sleeping in her bed.

    Authorities say Aaron Daniel Benson, 25, was driving a silver Toyota Tacoma west on Avenue J-12 about 11 p.m. Sunday when he collided...

  • Hail, thunderstorms visit Los Angeles as storm rolls through
    Hail, thunderstorms visit Los Angeles as storm rolls through

    A low-pressure storm system sweeping through Southern California brought rain, scattered thunderstorms and some hail late Wednesday as officials warned of possible floods and dangerous road conditions.

    Showers were expected across the Los Angeles Basin through the evening, with heavier storm cells...

  • Suspect in high-speed pursuit identified, held on multiple charges
    Suspect in high-speed pursuit identified, held on multiple charges

    A driver who police say led California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department officers on a winding high-speed pursuit through the San Fernando and Antelope valleys before surrendering Monday has been identified as a Palmdale resident.

    Sean Druschel, 33, was arrested just before 7 p.m....

  • County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting
    County approves $1.5-million settlement in deputy-involved shooting

    Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday approved a $1.5-million settlement with the family of a man who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy in Watts.

    The deputy, who later faced criminal charges in connection with a separate incident, fatally shot 22-year-old Arturo Cabrales in March of...

  • Wanted man found dead in burning house after SWAT standoff in Lancaster
    Wanted man found dead in burning house after SWAT standoff in Lancaster

    A standoff with a wanted felon in Lancaster came to a dramatic end overnight when a Los Angeles County sheriff’s SWAT team fired tear gas into a home, which then caught fire, and the man was found dead inside.

    Lt. Holly Francisco said it’s unclear how the man died and his identity was not immediately...

  • Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped
    Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped

    A boy, 13, is being credited with saving his 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped, authorities say.

    Lancaster sheriff’s deputies say the boy took swift action when a man entered their fenced yard in Lancaster on Saturday and grabbed hold of his sister. The man made it about 10 feet before dropping...

  • Gruesome deaths of mom, 3 kids could mean death penalty for killer

    The grisly deaths of a Lancaster woman and her three children -- who were killed because they witnessed their mother's murder -- are in the spotlight as jurors begin to hear testimony to decide whether the killer should be sentenced to death.

    Jurors in Los Angeles County will begin hearing testimony...

  • 3 killed, 2 severely injured in Lancaster crash
    3 killed, 2 severely injured in Lancaster crash

    Three people were killed and two severely injured Friday evening in an accident that involved two cars in Lancaster.

    The accident happened about 6 p.m. at 25th Street West and Avenue K, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    A Jeep containing five people went airborne and rolled...

  • Teacher charged with molesting Palmdale special needs student
    Teacher charged with molesting Palmdale special needs student

    A substitute teacher suspected of molesting a 17-year-old special needs student at a high school in Palmdale was charged Wednesday with seven felony counts, authorities said.

    Aaron Alvidrez, 28, was arrested Tuesday after one of his male students at Highland High School came forward with the allegations,...

  • Ball-hawking defense leads way for Glendale Community College football victory
    Ball-hawking defense leads way for Glendale Community College football victory

    Football: Vaqueros create eight turnovers in dominant 44-0 win over Antelope Valley College.

  • L.A. sheriff's cruiser flips over in Lancaster to avoid pedestrian
    L.A. sheriff's cruiser flips over in Lancaster to avoid pedestrian

    A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cruiser overturned in Lancaster late Thursday after a sergeant swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, authorities said.

    The vehicle, headed to help deputies with a runaway suspect, was driving with its lights and sirens on, said Sheriff's Deputy Lee Schriever....

  • Juvenile detention camp therapist pleads not guilty to molesting teen

    A former therapist at a juvenile detention camp pleaded not guilty to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old patient, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced.

    Ana Patricia Moennich, 36, was ordered to stand trial Tuesday on sexual misconduct charges, Deputy Dist. Atty. Seth Carmack said...

  • Arrest ends tense 9-hour standoff with gunman in Lancaster

    A 50-year-old Lancaster man who barricaded himself inside his home for about nine hours was taken into custody Tuesday evening shortly after firing several shots at deputies, authorities said.

    Stephen Haynes walked outside his home with his hands in the air after deputies fired tear gas inside...

  • Football: Paraclete gets fourth-quarter safety to defeat Dorsey

    A safety late in the fourth quarter on a bad snap to the quarterback helped Paraclete defeat Dorsey, 16-14, on Friday.

    JJ Dirden had two interceptions for the Spirits, who also received 115 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Melquise Stovall.

    Dorsey faces Santa Margarita next week.

     

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  • Man found guilty in 2006 killing of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon
    Man found guilty in 2006 killing of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon

    The killings were separated by time and distance, their only connection buried in shared roots to a 200-acre pistachio and alfalfa ranch in Lancaster.

    The ranch is where Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Esfandiar “Steve” Kadivar was gunned down in 2006. Miles away and months later, the body of Efrain...

  • Victim of bow and arrow slaying in Lancaster is identified

    A Lancaster man is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on suspicion of killing a person with a bow and arrow who was trying to break up a fight.

    Garrett Adams, 23, is being held in lieu of $1-million bail in connection with Saturday’s early-morning slaying.

    The victim was identified as Charles Emmanuel...

  • Man struck, killed by arrow in Lancaster

    A man struck by an arrow died after leaving a trail of blood on a Lancaster street early Saturday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and several media reports.

    Homicide detectives responded to the 43000 block of 27th Street West about 3:30 a.m. and found the victim, KTLA...

  • School employee accused of molesting children at Lancaster church
    School employee accused of molesting children at Lancaster church

    An employee of Desert Christian Schools in Lancaster was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said.

    Jonathan Macy, 31, of Lancaster was arrested on suspicion of molesting two children at Grace Chapel Church, which is on the Desert Christian campus, as the children attended...

  • Lancaster man pleads not guilty to beating pit bull mix puppy
    Lancaster man pleads not guilty to beating pit bull mix puppy

    A Lancaster man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty after he was allegedly caught on cellphone video punching and hurling his 6-month-old pit bull mix to the ground, authorities said.

    Los Angeles County prosecutors allege the man, 53-year-old Robert Emmett Martin, body-slammed and punched...

  • Otto takes a dip in the pool
    Otto takes a dip in the pool

    Hugo Ramirez went to Lancaster this past weekend to visit his sister, bringing his boxer, Otto, along for the trip. To escape the heat and humidity, they took a dip in the pool.

    "Otto is one of the few boxers I know that actually enjoys swimming so he has no problem sticking his head underwater...

  • Man found guilty of robbing, killing Lancaster computer store owner

    A Lancaster man faces life in prison without the possibility of parole after he was found guilty of shooting the owner of a Lancaster computer store during a robbery, authorities said.

    A jury Friday found 25-year-old Timothy Jerode Johnson guilty of first-degree murder, including a special-circumstance...

  • L.A. County board to vote on court-ordered mental health treatment law
    L.A. County board to vote on court-ordered mental health treatment law

    Los Angeles County is poised to join two other large California counties in implementing a discretionary state law that allows court-ordered treatment for people struggling with serious mental illnesses.

    The Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that would increase money...

  • Vaquero 10-11 baseball eliminated from Section 2 tourney by Pasadena American

    Baseball: Locals' early error provides steep hill to climb, as they're defeated, 6-4.

  • Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women
    Lancaster man charged in sexual assaults of four women

    A Lancaster man arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female college student was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting three other women dating to 2009.

    James Smith, 35, was charged with two counts of forcible rape and one count of forcible oral copulation,...

  • Lancaster woman gets year in jail for choking, hitting pit bull
    Lancaster woman gets year in jail for choking, hitting pit bull

    A Lancaster woman was sentenced Tuesday to a year in jail for choking her pit bull mix dog with shoelaces and hitting its head with a rock.

    Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, also was ordered to serve three years' probation for cruelty to an animal, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's...

  • Man held in kidnapping, sexual assault of woman in Lancaster
    Man held in kidnapping, sexual assault of woman in Lancaster

    A man was in jail Tuesday on $1-million bail in the kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Lancaster, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

    James Smith, 35, allegedly approached the woman from behind on 33rd Street West about 2 p.m. Monday. He forced her...

  • LAPD Valley motorcycle officer held on suspicion of domestic violence

    A Los Angeles police officer was arrested Friday on suspicion of domestic violence and illegal discharging of a firearm, law enforcement officials said.

    Timothy Gallick, 42, is assigned to the LAPD's Valley Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer. Shortly before 10:30 Friday morning, the 18-year...

  • Girl, 2, fatally struck by big rig while in crosswalk, officials say
    Girl, 2, fatally struck by big rig while in crosswalk, officials say

    A 2-year-old girl was struck and killed by a big rig as she was walking in a crosswalk in Lancaster, authorities said.

    The girl, identified as Teyonnie Brown, was crossing the intersection with her mother at Valley Central Way and Avenue J at about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday when the incident occurred,...

  • Newborn girl safely surrendered to Lancaster fire station
    Newborn girl safely surrendered to Lancaster fire station

    A newborn girl was safely surrendered at a fire station in Lancaster on Monday, Los Angeles County officials announced this week. 

    The newborn was placed into protective custody and will be with a family approved for adoption by the Department of Children and Family Services. The surrender marks...

  • Football: Paraclete sophomore Melquise Stovall gets Washington offer

     The word is getting out about the skills of Lancaster Paraclete sophomore Melquise Stovall, who picked up a scholarship offer from Washington this week.

    Last season as a sophomore, he rushed for 2,269 yards and accounted for 46 touchdowns.

     

     

  • Spring storm triggers rain, hail and snow across Southern California
    Spring storm triggers rain, hail and snow across Southern California

    A low pressure system triggered thunderstorms, lightning and hail over the Los Angeles area Thursday afternoon, and dropped a light blanket of snow at Big Bear.

    The system rumbled across the Antelope Valley, dropping nearly an inch of rain in the Lancaster and Palmdale areas and prompting flash...

  • Parvovirus outbreak in L.A. County is worsening, officials warn
    Parvovirus outbreak in L.A. County is worsening, officials warn

    An outbreak of canine parvovirus, a highly infectious disease that can be deadly for dogs, has struck the Antelope Valley and appears to be getting worse, Los Angeles County officials said. 

    In the first four months of this year, there have been 162 cases of parvovirus in Los Angeles County, 70...

  • Woman killed, others injured in Lancaster collision

    Officials on Sunday were investigating the circumstances of a two-vehicle collision in Lancaster that killed a woman and sent several other people to the hospital with serious injuries.

    The crash occurred about 6:40 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of 25th Street East and Lancaster Boulevard,...

  • Man arrested in shooting death of ATC rider in Lancaster
    Man arrested in shooting death of ATC rider in Lancaster

    A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of gunning down a Lancaster resident as he rode his all-terrain cycle, authorities said.

    Arturo Lopez was arrested in an unincorporated area east of Lancaster after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies served two search warrants in connection...

  • Past case: Antelope Valley man sentenced in 2003 shooting death
    Past case: Antelope Valley man sentenced in 2003 shooting death

  • Poppy reserve abloom again
    Poppy reserve abloom again

    After recent lackluster seasons, the California Poppy Reserve is again painted in orange and yellow hues across the rolling hills near Lancaster.

    The timing couldn't be better, as recent rains spurred the Antelope Valley reserve to fuller blooms in time for the Poppy Festival this weekend, April...

  • Sheriff's secret air surveillance of Compton sparks outrage
    Sheriff's secret air surveillance of Compton sparks outrage

    To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day.

    But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was...

  • County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul
    County consultant lays out options for jail overhaul

    A consultant hired by Los Angeles County to develop a longterm plan for the county's aging jail facilities laid out options for a roughly $2-billion proposed overhaul of the jail system in a report released Wednesday.

    The county supervisors, concerned about deteriorating facilities and poor living...

  • Praying homeless woman egged on sidewalk; three teens arrested
    Praying homeless woman egged on sidewalk; three teens arrested

    A teenage boy faces felony assault and conspiracy charges after egging a 60-year-old homeless woman who was praying on the sidewalk in Lancaster.

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy witnessed the alleged attack about 1 p.m. Monday near Sierra Highway and Jackson Avenue and arrested the teen,...

  • Three men found guilty of murder in Lancaster shooting case
    Three men found guilty of murder in Lancaster shooting case

    Three men were found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in connection with the 2012 shooting of a 21-year-old man in Lancaster.

    Brandy Houston was shot 12 times during a street brawl involving about a dozen people on Nov. 29, 2012, in the 43000 block of Gadsden Avenue, authorities said.

    The...

  • Pepper spray robbery suspects arrested in Lancaster area
    Pepper spray robbery suspects arrested in Lancaster area

    Four suspects wanted in connection with two robberies involving the use of pepper spray were arrested in the Lancaster area, authorities said Thursday night.

    The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department accused the suspects of taking merchandise from Wal-Mart, Ralphs and Vons stores in the last two weeks.

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  • 58-year-old man arrested in Lancaster bank robbery
    58-year-old man arrested in Lancaster bank robbery

    A 58-year-old Palmdale resident is behind bars after Los Angeles sheriff's deputies arrested him Tuesday in connection with a Lancaster bank robbery.

    Walter Glenn Compton faces one count of robbery from the March 12 holdup, Lt. David Oliva said.

    Last month, a man demanded money from a teller at...

  • Lancaster man sentenced to life in mother-daughter slayings

    A Lancaster man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing his live-in girlfriend and her adult daughter, whom the mother had just met after abandoning her as a baby, a judge ruled this week.

    Christopher Anthony Brown, 44, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility...

  • She was her husband's grieving widow -- and his killer
    She was her husband's grieving widow -- and his killer

  • Navy's Blue Angels return to the skies at Lancaster air show today
    Navy's Blue Angels return to the skies at Lancaster air show today

    Returning to the skies at full force after being grounded by federal budget cuts, the Navy's famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration squad will be the headline act when the inaugural Los Angeles County Air Show kicks off Friday.

    The air show will be the squadron's first of the 2014 season after...

  • 5 suspected White Power members arrested in high school burglary
    5 suspected White Power members arrested in high school burglary

    Five suspected White Power gang members were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of breaking into Eastside High School in Lancaster and stealing more than $15,000 in property and causing about $22,000 in damage to classrooms.

    In a statement, Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators said they arrested...

  • SoCal: Recent rains revive chance of showy poppies, wildflowers
    SoCal: Recent rains revive chance of showy poppies, wildflowers

    It's been a lousy year for water, but recent heavy rains in Southern California have sown a few seeds of hope that golden poppies in the Antelope Valley just might put on a show this year. Not a big show, but a show.

    The brown fields at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in Lancaster...

  • Ex-youth soccer coach found guilty of molesting 15 children
    Ex-youth soccer coach found guilty of molesting 15 children

    A onetime American Youth Soccer Organization coach in Lancaster was found guilty Thursday of molesting 15 children over 17 years.

    Jurors took four hours to convict Renoir Vincent Valenti, 52, of multiple felony and misdemeanor sexual abuse crimes after a lengthy trial in which they heard from nearly...

  • Lancaster man found shot dead in the desert
    Lancaster man found shot dead in the desert

    A Lancaster man was found shot to death in the desert next to his all-terrain cycle, authorities said Monday night.

    The victim was identified as Stephen Finson, 47, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

    Authorities said Finson was last seen by family members Sunday and was reported...

  • Antelope Valley homeless population takes unexplained jump
    Antelope Valley homeless population takes unexplained jump

    Some suspect homeless people in Los Angeles are being sent to Lancaster and Palmdale, but others say it's voluntary shift to a more peaceful alternative.

  • Lancaster seeks more funds to handle surge in homeless population
    Lancaster seeks more funds to handle surge in homeless population

    Citing a wave of homeless people pouring into the Antelope Valley, the city of Lancaster is fighting for a bigger share of the county's allotment of funding for the destitute.

    Vice Mayor Marvin Crist said on any given night the Antelope Valley has 12% of the county's homeless population, or 6,500...

  • Firefighters pull roughly 15 cats, kittens from Lancaster house fire
    Firefighters pull roughly 15 cats, kittens from Lancaster house fire

    Firefighters pulled more than a dozen cats and kittens from a burning home in Lancaster late Tuesday, administering oxygen and even CPR to keep some of them alive.

    The fire broke out at a residence in the 44700 block of Foxton Avenue at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

  • Baby placed in protective custody after coke is seized at home
    Baby placed in protective custody after coke is seized at home

    A Lancaster couple were arrested and their baby was placed in protective custody after deputies found rock cocaine and cash while serving a search warrant at a home, authorities said Thursday.

    The search warrant was served at the home in the 4800 block of West Avenue L-14 as part of a followup...

  • 200 marijuana plants, 30 pounds of dried pot seized in Lancaster
    200 marijuana plants, 30 pounds of dried pot seized in Lancaster

    Investigators seized 200 marijuana plants and about 30 pounds of dried pot during a narcotics investigation in Lancaster, law enforcement officials said Wednesday night.

    The stash was discovered Wednesday morning after Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators served a search warrant...

  • Man shot to death while stopped at a red light in Lancaster
    Man shot to death while stopped at a red light in Lancaster

    A 34-year-old man sitting in his car at a red light in Lancaster was shot to death Sunday night by a driver who pulled up next to him, authorities said.

    The shooting occurred about 8:32 p.m. near West Avenue K and 20th Street West, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    The victim,...

  • Woman crossing street in Lancaster struck and killed by car

    A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car in Lancaster on Friday night, authorities said. 

    According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Paul Pfrehm, a woman was crossing a dimly lit section of Avenue J near Rodin Avenue at 10:30 p.m. when she was struck by a 1989 Toyota Camry.

    The...

  • Man arrested in connection with his mother's slaying
    Man arrested in connection with his mother's slaying

    A 47-year-old man was in custody Saturday on suspicion of killing his mother after he had reported her death to police, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

    Shelton Bradley was arrested Friday after he allegedly told authorities he found his mother, 73-year-old Rosie Manuel, “unresponsive”...

  • Human remains found in Lancaster yet to be examined
    Human remains found in Lancaster yet to be examined

    Authorities have yet to examine human remains found last weekend in Lancaster.

    The remains were found about 5:40 p.m. Dec. 14 near the area between Challenger Way and East Avenue J-8, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Homicide detectives were sent to the scene to investigate...

  • County may lose out on $80 million in state funding for women's jail

    California officials appear poised to deny Los Angeles County's request for $80 million to go toward a facility for female inmates at a proposed women's jail in Lancaster.

    The county is considering building a 1,600-bed women's jail at Mira Loma Detention Center, using $100 million in state money...

  • Cold snap brings frost, wind advisories
    Cold snap brings frost, wind advisories

    Cold temperatures continue to grip Southern California even as roads through the Los Angeles area remain clear of major trouble, authorities said Sunday.

    Overnight lows for downtown Los Angeles are forecast to be 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Frost advisories have been issued in the San Fernando and San...

  • Deputies shoot carjacking suspect with Tasers, recover weapons
    Deputies shoot carjacking suspect with Tasers, recover weapons

    A carjacking suspect who allegedly pointed a gun at the car's occupant was shot with Tasers by deputies in Lancaster, authorities said Wednesday.

    The suspect and an accomplice were taken into custody by deputies who recovered guns, ammunition and black masks from the pair, according to the Los...

  • Dead boy on bus was allegedly killed by his Lancaster mom's boyfriend
    Dead boy on bus was allegedly killed by his Lancaster mom's boyfriend

    A 2-year-old boy found dead aboard a bus in California City this week was allegedly killed by the boyfriend of the child's Lancaster mother, authorities said. 

    Pharaoh Vanvactor was found dead Wednesday morning at 7:25 a.m. on a Kern Regional Transit Bus. The toddler had been with 26-year-old Mathew...

  • Former embalmer is convicted of stealing gold crowns from bodies
    Former embalmer is convicted of stealing gold crowns from bodies

    A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison.

    Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession...

  • Parolee charged with murder in Lancaster double slaying
    Parolee charged with murder in Lancaster double slaying

    A 28-year-old parolee has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting that left two men dead at a Lancaster party, authorities said Monday.

    Leo Jerome Johnson is accused of shooting Nicky Packard, 33, and Michael Sewell, 22, after the three men began arguing at the June 23 party, according...

  • Former Lancaster embalmer accused of stealing gold crowns from bodies
    Former Lancaster embalmer accused of stealing gold crowns from bodies

    A former Lancaster funeral home employee accused of taking gold crowns from human remains will be arraigned on more than two dozen felony counts, the L.A. County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

    Former apprentice embalmer Pete Jacob Lara, 39, allegedly took gold crowns from bodies --...

  • Three traffic crashes leave three people dead, police say
    Three traffic crashes leave three people dead, police say

    Three traffic accidents -- two Monday morning and one Sunday night -- left three people dead and others injured in neighborhoods across L.A. County.

    In Lancaster on Sunday night, a woman driving near Avenue I and Beech Avenue drifted across the traffic lanes and crashed into a power pole just before...

  • L.A. County supervisors advance plan for new women's jail
    L.A. County supervisors advance plan for new women's jail

    L.A. County supervisors vote to move forward on a plan for a new women's jail in Lancaster but may cancel a plan to transfer 500 inmates to a Kern County facility.

  • L.A. city controller says he plans to audit DWP nonprofits
    L.A. city controller says he plans to audit DWP nonprofits

    Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin announced Friday evening that he will audit an estimated $40 million the Department of Water and Power paid to two nonprofit groups created to improve relations between the utility's managers and its largest employee union.

    In his letter to DWP General Manager...

  • Man arrested at school with gun after allegedly beating girlfriend
    Man arrested at school with gun after allegedly beating girlfriend

    A man who was allegedly seen punching his girlfriend in an Antelope Valley College parking lot was arrested at a nearby Christian school campus, where a gun was also recovered.

    Lawrence Pickett, 21, was allegedly seen "punching his girlfriend" in the college parking lot in Lancaster on Thursday...

  • Cooler temperatures, maybe drizzle expected for Southern California
    Cooler temperatures, maybe drizzle expected for Southern California

    At last, Southern Californians will get a break from the heat, the National Weather Service says.

    Two weather patterns moving over the area are expected to bring thick fog, low clouds and maybe even drizzle to the Los Angeles coastline and valleys by the weekend, said National Weather Service specialist...

  • Thunderstorm drops heavy rain, dime-size hail in Antelope Valley
    Thunderstorm drops heavy rain, dime-size hail in Antelope Valley

    A powerful thunderstorm was rumbling across the Antelope Valley on Monday afternoon, dropping heavy rain and dime-sized pieces of hail, officials said.

    The California Highway Patrol urged motorists to use caution while navigating roads. 

    The National Weather Service issued a thunderstorm warning...

  • Lancaster couple awarded $4.1 million in sheriff's shooting

    A federal judge has awarded $4.1 million to a couple shot 15 times by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies while the man and woman were homeless and living in a shack.

    Angel and Jennifer Lynn Mendez were lying on a futon in a wooden shack in the backyard of a private Lancaster residence in October...

  • Gay slur prompts call for sensitivity training in Lancaster
    Gay slur prompts call for sensitivity training in Lancaster

    The mayor of Lancaster said this week that sensitivity training is needed after a city commisioner made public comments that the mayor said were offensive to Jews and homosexuals.

    Mayor R. Rex Parris said that Stan Muhammad of the city's Neighborhood Vitalization Commission made the statements...

  • Councilman wants to stop giving tickets at broken parking meters
    Councilman wants to stop giving tickets at broken parking meters

    The L.A. City Council's newly minted Transportation Committee chairman used his first motion Tuesday to deride a controversial policy that allows the city to ticket motorists who park in spaces monitored by what turns out to be a broken meter.

    "As a candidate, I heard a lot of people who were highly...

  • L.A. Now Live: $12.5 million for victims of racial harassment?
    L.A. Now Live: $12.5 million for victims of racial harassment?

    U.S. Department of Justice officials have demanded that Los Angeles County, Lancaster and Palmdale pay a total of $12.5 million to residents who the federal government found were victims of harassment and intimidation in the Antelope Valley.

    Times reporter Robert Faturechi will join L.A. Now Live...

  • DCFS official to address Lancaster council in child's death
    DCFS official to address Lancaster council in child's death

    A senior member of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is scheduled to address the Lancaster City Council on Tuesday night regarding the alleged torture death of an 8-year-old boy in neighboring Palmdale.

    Lancaster officials said Mayor R. Rex Parris called for the...

  • Police search for car, boyfriend of woman found dead in Lancaster

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives said Monday they are looking for the boyfriend of a woman found dead inside her Lancaster home.

    The family of the woman -- whom authorities declined to identify -- found her body inside the trailer park home she shares with her boyfriend in the 2500...

  • Two men shot to death after leaving party in Lancaster

    Sheriff's detectives are investigating the shooting deaths of two men after they left a party in Lancaster, officials said Monday.

    The men were standing with a group down the street from the house party on the 44800 bock of Hanstead Avenue at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday when an argument escalated into...

  • Woman's body found in Lancaster trailer park; homicide suspected

    Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a Lancaster trailer park.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies responded at about 10:15 p.m. Sunday to a report of a body in a trailer park in the 2500 block of East Avenue I in Lancaster, officials said.

    When they arrived,...

  • Farmers Markets: In Lancaster, uncertified but top quality
    Farmers Markets: In Lancaster, uncertified but top quality

    The Antelope Valley Winery market forgoes the certification process but is the best in its area, with fresh local produce and more.

  • Prison inmate's death probed as a homicide
    Prison inmate's death probed as a homicide

    Sheriff's detectives are investigating the death of an inmate in Lancaster State Prison this week as a homicide, authorities said Sunday.

    Inmate Victor Earl Jones, 48, was found dead at the prison Friday afternoon, according to Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department....

  • Sex offender took thousands of up-skirt videos, officials say
    Sex offender took thousands of up-skirt videos, officials say

    Investigators are searching for more than 100 women they say were victimized by a registered sex offender who secretly shot videos up their skirts.

    Mylyn Johnson of the Antelope Valley was arrested in March and faces 15 felony charges including false imprisonment, burglary and several counts of...

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