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Video: Deputies, bystander pull driver from burning car wreck in Palmdale

Three deputies and a bystander rescued an unconscious man who was trapped in a burning luxury car Thursday after crashing into a block wall in Palmdale, authorities said. Video shows the deputies dragging the Palmdale man from his wrecked Mercedes Benz CLK-500 as flames and smoke sweep toward them....

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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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  • Man found in vehicle buried in mud died from drowning, coroner says

    Man found in vehicle buried in mud died from drowning, coroner says

    A man whose body was found Tuesday inside a car buried by last week’s mudslide in Palmdale drowned, coroner’s officials said. Robert Michael Rasmussen’s death was ruled an accident, said Ed Winter, spokesman for the L.A. County coroner’s office. Rasmussen, 49, of Palmdale, was found only after...

  • Officials identify body found buried in mud in Palmdale after heavy downpour

    Officials identify body found buried in mud in Palmdale after heavy downpour

    Authorities have identified the driver found dead in a vehicle that was buried in mud and water in Palmdale during a heavy rainstorm and dug up this week. The body of Robert Michael Rasmussen, 49, of Palmdale, was found Tuesday after residents continually prodded authorities to look in the culvert...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point. SUN VALLEY: Built in the 1940s, this renovated...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point. A red door marks the entrance to this updated and...

  • 3 human adult-sized skulls found at Palmdale home

    3 human adult-sized skulls found at Palmdale home

    Three adult-sized human skulls were found at a home in Palmdale, authorities said Wednesday. Huntington Beach police made the grim discovery Tuesday as officers executed a search warrant at the home in the 2500 block of East Avenue Q-4, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. ...

  • Palmdale man arrested on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs

    Palmdale man arrested on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs

    A 22-year-old Palmdale man was arrested Monday on suspicion of abusing his family's dogs, including breaking one dog's legs and injuring the neck of another, authorities said. Shortly before 1 a.m., Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a home in the 5800 block of Saint Laurent Drive,...

  • Pimp accused of assaulting sex worker, kidnapping baby later found in shed

    What led sheriff’s investigators to a shed in the Mojave Desert this weekend, where a 13-month-old girl sat in a car seat, baking in the summer heat, unspooled Monday as a case of prostitution, human trafficking, drugs and violence.

    One of the two men arrested on suspicion of assaulting the baby’s...

  • Kidnapped 13-month-old girl found unharmed; suspects arrested

    A 13-month-old girl who was kidnapped from a motel in Palmdale early Saturday was found unharmed about 12 hours later in a shed in the Mojave Desert, authorities said.

    The infant, identified as Penelope Rodriguez, was found dehydrated but otherwise in good condition, according to Lt. Joseph Fender...

  • Crescenta Valley Junior baseball keeps on winning

    Baseball: District 16 champs open Section 2 Tournament with 9-6 victory Tuesday evening.

  • L.A. County communities protest planned bullet train route
    L.A. County communities protest planned bullet train route

    A diverse alliance of communities — including Los Angeles County's third-largest city — is fighting California's long-planned bullet train route into the heart of the San Fernando Valley, saying it would bring irreparable harm.

    The coordinated protest by residents and elected officials from suburban...

  • Softball: Highland's Rachel Garcia is Gatorade state player of the year

    Palmdale Highland pitcher Rachel Garcia, a UCLA signee, has been selected the Gatorade state player of the year in softball.

    She has led the 28-2 Bulldogs into the Southern Seciton Division 4 championshp game. She is 26-2 with an 0.21 ERA.

    She has 394 strikeouts in 163 innings and allowed 35 hits...

  • L.A. County goes to court to stop social worker from getting job back
    L.A. County goes to court to stop social worker from getting job back

    The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is going to court in an effort to block the return of a social worker who supervised the case of a Palmdale boy who was beaten to death. 

    Gregory Merritt successfully appealed his firing to L.A. County's civil service commission. 

    ...

  • Cold case solved? Two men charged in 1978 kidnapping, slaying in Palmdale
    Cold case solved? Two men charged in 1978 kidnapping, slaying in Palmdale

    Leslie Long had told her family she was proud to be working a “man's job” as a gas station attendant.The gregarious 20-year-old had taken the job at a Chevron station in Palmdale to pay for a new bedroom suite in the house she shared with her three young children and her husband, her high school...

  • Details of Fox executive's slaying revealed in grand jury transcripts
    Details of Fox executive's slaying revealed in grand jury transcripts

    Evan Smith recalled standing with his little brother in the foyer of John Creech's home in December 2010 and begging Creech to spare their father's life.

    Creech had recently learned that his wife was having an affair with the boys' father, Gavin Smith, after they met in rehab two years earlier.

    ...

  • Palmdale officials settle lawsuit, agree to voting by district
    Palmdale officials settle lawsuit, agree to voting by district

    Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act.Until now, Palmdale was a lone holdout in a string of lawsuits filed against cities...

  • Palmdale officials settle voting lawsuit, agree to set up district system
    Palmdale officials settle voting lawsuit, agree to set up district system

    Palmdale officials Wednesday night announced that they have agreed to major changes in their elections system, settling a widely watched lawsuit over minority representation and the California Voting Rights Act three weeks after a similar complaint was filed against the Glendale Unified school...

  • Chevron gas station manager blows investigator's cover in lottery ticket probe
    Chevron gas station manager blows investigator's cover in lottery ticket probe

    It turns out the story of the lucky guy who turned in a lottery ticket worth $75,000 to a Palmdale gas station and was mistakenly given only $75 in return wasn’t all that it seemed -- the ticket was fake and its owner a state compliance officer, lottery officials said Monday.

    But in a twist that...

  • Social worker fired over child's beating death about to get job back
    Social worker fired over child's beating death about to get job back

    A Department of Children and Family Services supervisor fired after the 2013 beating death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy is close to getting his job back.

    L.A. County’s civil service commission issued their proposed decision this week to reinstate Gregory Merritt, despite the determination by child...

  • Nurse's assistant sentenced for torturing two adopted children
    Nurse's assistant sentenced for torturing two adopted children

    A nurse’s assistant from Palmdale was sentenced Wednesday to seven years to life in prison for torturing two children she had adopted, prosecutors said.

    In December, Ingrid Brewer, 53, pleaded no contest to two counts of torturing the 7-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy she had adopted after serving...

  • Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire
    Los Angeles World Airports head Gina Marie Lindsey to retire

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen a massive and ongoing modernization of LAX for nearly eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire in the spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, 60. "The next executive director will...

  • Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring
    Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen the ongoing modernization of LAX for almost eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire effective this spring.

    "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, who has worked for 39 years, 33 of them...

  • Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say
    Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say

    A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said 36-year-old Ricardo Medina was jailed Sunday in the death of Joshua Sutter.

    Investigators said Medina and Sutter got into an argument...

  • Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say
    Ex-Power Ranger uses sword to kill roommate, authorities say

    A former star of the "Power Rangers" TV series has been arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing his roommate with a sword.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials said 36-year-old Ricardo Medina was jailed Sunday in the death of Joshua Sutter.

    Investigators said Medina and Sutter got into an argument...

  • Ex-Power Ranger used sword to kill roommate in Palmdale, officials say
    Ex-Power Ranger used sword to kill roommate in Palmdale, officials say

    A Palmdale man who acted in a "Power Rangers" television series was arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of his roommate with a sword, authorities said Sunday.

    Ricardo Medina, 36, was arrested following the incident, which occurred shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday...

  • 3-year-old saved by 'heavy blanket' in shooting is back home in Palmdale
    3-year-old saved by 'heavy blanket' in shooting is back home in Palmdale

    A 3-year-old who was saved from a bullet by a heavy blanket is back home in Palmdale.

    The boy is bruised but otherwise fine, his parents told KTLA. He was struck by gunfire late Sunday night while sleeping in his crib. A second bullet hit his parents' mattress.

    “Fortunately ... he was wrapped in...

  • Teens in white bandannas vandalize Palmdale High School, deputies say
    Teens in white bandannas vandalize Palmdale High School, deputies say

    A group of teenagers hiding their faces with white bandannas spray-painted more than three dozen areas on the Palmdale High School campus Saturday night and broke the windows of numerous vehicles parked at the school, authorities said.

    Sheriff's deputies arrived at the school in 2100 block of East...

  • Snow heads to Southern California; Rose Parade fans are warned of cold
    Snow heads to Southern California; Rose Parade fans are warned of cold

    Snow levels are plummeting in Southern California, the possibility that local communities could see flakes is increasing, and those camping along the 2015 Rose Parade route in Pasadena may encounter near-freezing conditions, forecasters say.

    The National Weather Service advised parade fans camping...

  • Rose Parade campers could see near-freezing conditions
    Rose Parade campers could see near-freezing conditions

    Snow levels are plummeting in Southern California, the possibility that local communities could see flakes is increasing, and those camping along the 2015 Rose Parade route in Pasadena may encounter near-freezing conditions, forecasters say.

    The National Weather Service advised parade fans camping...

  • Crescenta Valley High boys' soccer's tough times continue

    Soccer: Falcons unable to hold on to two-goal lead in loss to Knight, which marks fourth defeat over last five games.

  • Sex offender who cut off GPS device is found under mattress in Palmdale
    Sex offender who cut off GPS device is found under mattress in Palmdale

    A violent sex offender who cut off his court-ordered GPS monitoring device and then disappeared has been taken into custody in Palmdale, where he was found under a mattress, authorities said Wednesday.

    Deputies who were checking a house off 40th Street East and East Avenue S 8 after a burglar alarm...

  • 2 arrested in shooting of teenage girl in Palmdale

    Two men were arrested Saturday on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a teenage girl in Palmdale, officials said.

    Jaime Espinoza, 20, and Fernando Albarran, 21, both residents of Palmdale, were booked and held on $500,000 bail, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan, a spokesman...

  • Local rapper shot dead in Palmdale McDonald's was targeted
    Local rapper shot dead in Palmdale McDonald's was targeted

    A man who was fatally shot inside a McDonald’s restaurant in Palmdale was targeted by his killer, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.

    The man, whom friends identified to KTTV as Habib Zekajj, 38, was eating alone inside a McDonald’s before 12:30 p.m. Thursday when a gunman walked up to...

  • Man killed in daytime shooting inside Palmdale McDonald's
    Man killed in daytime shooting inside Palmdale McDonald's

    A man was shot to death inside a McDonald's restaurant in Palmdale while he was eating, authorities said.

    The man, who has only been identified as being in his 30s or 40s, was sitting down and eating inside the restaurant about 12:26 p.m. when the gunman walked up to him and shot him, said Homicide...

  • Authorities know 'how and why' Fox movie exec Gavin Smith was killed
    Authorities know 'how and why' Fox movie exec Gavin Smith was killed

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Thursday that detectives believe they know “how and why” Fox movie executive Gavin Smith was killed, saying that the discovery of his remains brought them closer to an arrest in the case.

    Investigators have served dozens of warrants and collected hundreds...

  • Fox exec Gavin Smith's killing ordered by one, carried out by others, cops say
    Fox exec Gavin Smith's killing ordered by one, carried out by others, cops say

    Multiple people are believed to have been involved in the death of Gavin Smith, the 20th Century Fox executive who went missing for two years, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation.

    The manner in which Smith died hasn't been determined, but he was likely killed at...

  • Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox loses Palmdale seat, AP says
    Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox loses Palmdale seat, AP says

    Democratic Assemblyman Steve Fox has been defeated by GOP challenger Tom Lackey in a closely watched Palmdale-area Assembly race. 

    Republicans had made Fox's ouster a top priority in hopes of breaking the Democratic supermajority in the lower house.

    Fox, a first-term legislator, won his seat in...

  • 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,...

  • Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County
    Business leaders say labor is pushing rail car plant from L.A. County

    Los Angeles County officials and business leaders rose to the defense of a Japanese company Monday that has all but given up plans to build a $60-million manufacturing facility in the Antelope Valley because of a dispute with local labor leaders.UPDATE: Japanese firm is ready to scrap plans for...

  • Democrat drops his endorsement of GOP's Knight in congressional race
    Democrat drops his endorsement of GOP's Knight in congressional race

    Adding to events that have buffeted state Sen. Stephen Knight's campaign for Congress in recent days, the former rival Democrat who had endorsed him pulled his support on Thursday.

    Lee Rogers finished third in the June primary behind former state legislator Tony Strickland and Knight, of Palmdale,...

  • Josh Shaw has been forgiven by USC players, Hayes Pullard says
    Josh Shaw has been forgiven by USC players, Hayes Pullard says

    Cornerback Josh Shaw, who was suspended indefinitely by Coach Steve Sarkisian after admitting he fabricated a story about the cause of injuries, has been forgiven by his USC teammates, linebacker Hayes Pullard said.

    The Trojans' leadership committee has discussed the situation, said Pullard, one...

  • La Perla opens new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza
    La Perla opens new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza

    Lingerie purveyor La Perla has opened a new-concept boutique at South Coast Plaza.

    La Perla has been reshaping its image since it was acquired by holding company Pacific Global Management. The retooled retail concept started with its flagships in London and Milan last winter, and the new boutique...

  • Confederate flag vote puts Knight on spot in congressional race
    Confederate flag vote puts Knight on spot in congressional race

    State Sen. Stephen Knight's recent vote against a measure barring the  display or sale of Confederate flag images from state museums and gift shops has caused a stir in the High Desert district where he is running for Congress this fall.

    The Palmdale Republican was one of only three state legislators...

  • USC cornerback Josh Shaw rescues nephew, faces new obstacles
    USC cornerback Josh Shaw rescues nephew, faces new obstacles

    The ankle injuries USC cornerback Josh Shaw suffered when rescuing his 7-year-old distressed nephew from a pool are the latest obstacles the Trojans captain will have to overcome.

    Shaw, a fifth-year senior, played his first two seasons at Florida before the NCAA granted him a hardship waiver to...

  • Palmdale man faces prison for fatally beating 2-year-old girl

    A Palmdale man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter has pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree murder, prosecutors said. 

    Matthew Albert Worthen, 24, entered his plea Wednesday just before jury selection was set to begin, according to the Los Angeles County...

  • State high court declines to hear Palmdale voting rights appeal
    State high court declines to hear Palmdale voting rights appeal

     The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to take up the city of Palmdale's appeals in a voting rights lawsuit it lost last year.

    The high court's decision is the latest in a series of legal setbacks the city has faced since a Superior Court judge last year ruled Palmdale was in violation...

  • Boy's alleged abuse described in graphic grand jury testimony
    Boy's alleged abuse described in graphic grand jury testimony

    Before 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend, they doused him with pepper spray, forced him to eat his own vomit and locked him in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, according to court records made public Monday.

    ...

  • Central Valley bullet train construction gets federal go-ahead
    Central Valley bullet train construction gets federal go-ahead

    Federal officials on Tuesday cleared the way for construction of a major segment of the California bullet train project: 114 miles of track from Fresno to Bakersfield.

    After months of reviewing the proposed route and related environmental studies, the Surface Transportation Board conditionally...

  • Voting rights activists seek governor's help in Palmdale case
    Voting rights activists seek governor's help in Palmdale case

    Voting rights activists on Thursday petitioned the governor to intervene in their battle with the city of Palmdale over its method of electing officials.

    Nearly 200 Palmdale voters signed the petition asking the governor to exercise authority under state Elections Code Sections 10300-10312, according...

  • Mom, boyfriend indicted in fatal beating of her 8-year-old son
    Mom, boyfriend indicted in fatal beating of her 8-year-old son

    A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend were indicted Wednesday, charged with beating the woman's 8-year-old son to death last year, officials said. 

    Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, 30, and Isauro Aguirre, 34, were indicted by a criminal grand jury with one count of capital murder. The same day, they pleaded...

  • GOP candidates woo voters at Democratic club forum in Palmdale
    GOP candidates woo voters at Democratic club forum in Palmdale

     If Republican congressional hopefuls Tony Strickland and Stephen Knight felt a little odd attending a local Democratic club event--and at a labor union hall at that--they didn't show it at a Palmdale candidates forum featuring the two of them.

    Both Strickland, a former state senator and assemblyman...

  • Democrats to host GOP candidates in House race to succeed McKeon
    Democrats to host GOP candidates in House race to succeed McKeon

    In another manifestation of how the political landscape is changing under the state's top-two election system, a Democratic club in the Antelope Valley is scheduled to host two Republican congressional candidates at its forum early next month.

    The Democratic Club of the High Desert said the GOP...

  • What's wrong with Palmdale: an unfair election system

    In the year since the city of Palmdale's at-large election system was found by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to have violated the California Voting Rights Act, city officials have responded aggressively.

    In the fall, after Judge Mark V. Mooney ordered the city to cancel its Nov. 5 at-large...

  • 3 dead, 2 injured as Tesla rear-ends Toyota on 14 Freeway in Palmdale
    3 dead, 2 injured as Tesla rear-ends Toyota on 14 Freeway in Palmdale

    Three people were killed and two others seriously injured late Friday when a Tesla traveling southbound on the 14 Freeway in the Antelope Valley plowed into the rear of another vehicle, authorities said.

    The crash occurred in Palmdale about 10:35 p.m. when the Tesla crashed into a Toyota Corolla...

  • 'Pillowcase rapist' release delayed by norovirus outbreak
    'Pillowcase rapist' release delayed by norovirus outbreak

    Serial rapist Christopher Hubbart’s release from a state mental health hospital to a community east of Palmdale has been delayed because of a virus outbreak, according to a court order issued Thursday.

    Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown extended the deadline for the state to release Hubbart...

  • Two people killed in crash involving big rig and car in Palmdale
    Two people killed in crash involving big rig and car in Palmdale

    Two people were killed in an accident involving a big rig and a sedan that prompted officials to declare a SigAlert in Palmdale, the California Highway Patrol said Monday night.

    The incident was reported around 6:45 p.m. near Pearlblossom Highway and 60th Street West. The highway was closed while...

  • Burbank-Palmdale segment added to bullet train timetable
    Burbank-Palmdale segment added to bullet train timetable

    In a strategic shift to secure new funding for California's bullet train project, state officials intend to accelerate their plans to build a Los Angeles County section of the $68-billion system.

    High-speed rail officials said they want to start a segment between Burbank and Palmdale in the next...

  • Bullet train: Burbank-Palmdale segment added
    Bullet train: Burbank-Palmdale segment added

    In a strategic shift to secure new funding for California's bullet train project, state officials intend to accelerate their plans to build a Los Angeles County section of the $68-billion system.

    High-speed rail officials said they want to start a segment between Burbank and Palmdale in the next...

  • Some of the hottest congressional campaigns do battle in California
    Some of the hottest congressional campaigns do battle in California

    A Republican first-time candidate and a Democratic state senator from the South Bay emerged from Tuesday's primary as the two fall contenders to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) in a liberal, wealthy, Westside-dominated congressional district.

    With gang prosecutor Elan Carr...

  • Strickland and Knight head for fall ballot to succeed Rep. McKeon
    Strickland and Knight head for fall ballot to succeed Rep. McKeon

    Former state legislator Tony Strickland and state Sen. Steve Knight of Palmdale, both Republicans, were the top two finishers in the race to succeed Rep. Howard P. Buck McKeon and will face off in a November runoff.

    Strickland edged Knight in a field of eight candidates -- four Republicans, two...

  • Appeals court says Palmdale must do away with at-large elections

    An appeals court on Wednesday dealt Palmdale a double blow in a long-running battle over the way its city officials are elected.

    The court rejected Palmdale's contention that, as a charter city, it is not subject to the California Voting Rights Act — a ruling with implications for Whittier and...

  • Panel rejects one of Palmdale's voting rights case appeals
    Panel rejects one of Palmdale's voting rights case appeals

    An appeals court dealt Palmdale a double blow on Wednesday in a long-running battle over the way its city officials are elected.

    The 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Palmdale’s contention that, as a charter city, it is not subject to the California Voting Rights Act — a ruling with implications...

  • Order to release 'pillowcase rapist' spurs outrage in L.A. County
    Order to release 'pillowcase rapist' spurs outrage in L.A. County

    Los Angeles County officials expressed outrage over a Northern California judge's order to release the so-called pillowcase rapist to a home in unincorporated Palmdale despite strong opposition from local residents.

    Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown issued his decision Friday granting Christopher...

  • Judge orders serial 'pillowcase rapist' released to Palmdale area
    Judge orders serial 'pillowcase rapist' released to Palmdale area

    A Northern California judge has decided to allow a convicted serial rapist to live in unincorporated Palmdale despite opposition from concerned residents.

    Santa Clara County Judge Gilbert Brown issued his decision Friday granting Christopher Evans Hubbart's release within the next 45 days.

    Hubbart,...

  • Decision on release of 'pillowcase rapist' to Palmdale postponed
    Decision on release of 'pillowcase rapist' to Palmdale postponed

    A judge postponed a decision Wednesday on whether to release the so-called pillowcase rapist to the Palmdale area despite hearing objections from at least a half-dozen residents.

    Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown opened his courtroom for a day and heard testimony from Antelope...

  • L.A. assistant city attorney picked to head FAA airports division

    A 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles city attorney's office has been appointed to head the airports division of the Federal Aviation Administration.Eduardo A. Angeles, a senior assistant city attorney who has served as general counsel for Los Angeles World Airports, is scheduled to assume the top...

  • Man pleads not guilty to murder in crash that killed teen as she slept
    Man pleads not guilty to murder in crash that killed teen as she slept

    A Palmdale man accused of being under the influence when he crashed his SUV into an apartment complex, killing a 16-year-old as she slept, pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges Tuesday.

    Roberto Rodriguez, 20, has been charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated...

  • Grandfather, grandson killed in apparent murder-suicide identified

    Los Angeles County coroner officials released the names of the two men killed in an apparent murder-suicide in Palmdale. 

    Crawford Eugene Deuitt, 74, and Brandon Wesley Deuitt, 25, were found shot to death about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday when deputies responded to a call about a shooting in the 37800...

  • Grandfather shoots grandson, himself in Palmdale, deputies say

    A grandfather and grandson died in an apparent murder-suicide in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials said Thursday.

    Deputies responded about 2:49 p.m. Wednesday to a call of a shooting at a home in the 37800 block of 29th Street East, according to a Sheriff's Department...

  • 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...

  • FAA: U-2 spy plane overloaded computer, caused airline flight chaos
    FAA: U-2 spy plane overloaded computer, caused airline flight chaos

    Federal aviation officials have increased the amount of computer memory available at a Palmdale air traffic control center after it was unable to process the flight plan of a high-flying U-2 spy plane, prompting a temporary halt to airline flights coming into the region.

    The system failed after...

  • Officials identify Palmdale teen killed when SUV crashes into bedroom
    Officials identify Palmdale teen killed when SUV crashes into bedroom

    The Los Angeles County coroner has identified a Palmdale teen who authorities said was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed into her home and hit her while she slept.

    Giselle Mendoza, 16, was pronounced dead at her home early Sunday after Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies...

  • Soda-can prom dress story pops with readers
    Soda-can prom dress story pops with readers

    Readers react, generously, to the story of Brie Fainblit's thrifty creation for her prom.

  • City Beat: Palmdale couple goes to prom in soda can tab splendor
    City Beat: Palmdale couple goes to prom in soda can tab splendor

    Brie Fainblit wasn't voted prom queen at the Highland High prom. But the Palmdale senior who made her own dress out of soda can tabs felt like the belle of the ball Friday night.

    Fainblit lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. She began...

  • Short on money, Palmdale teen crafts a soda can prom dress
    Short on money, Palmdale teen crafts a soda can prom dress

    Brie Fainblit can't spend much on herself. But by collecting and stitching together beverage can tabs, she's going to have a very special prom dress.

  • Serial rapist could live near Palmdale after release
    Serial rapist could live near Palmdale after release

    Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served time in prison for assaulting at least 40 women, may move into a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area.

  • Sheriff's deputy convicted of rape sentenced to 9 years in prison
    Sheriff's deputy convicted of rape sentenced to 9 years in prison

    Jose Rigoberto Sanchez must serve prison term and register as a sex offender after assault while on duty in L.A. County.

  • Former deputy gets nine years in prison in on-duty rape case
    Former deputy gets nine years in prison in on-duty rape case

    A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of pulling over female drivers and asking them to have sex with him was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender once he is released.

    Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest last month...

  • Brother of slain Palmdale train-hopper: He was an adventurer
    Brother of slain Palmdale train-hopper: He was an adventurer

    The brother of a Palmdale man allegedly killed by three transients last year while hopping freight trains and riding the rails in search of adventure told a local news station he wants his sibling to be remembered for chasing his dreams, not for being a victim.

    In an interview with Sacramento's...

  • Man sought in alleged sexual assault of woman at Valero gas station
    Man sought in alleged sexual assault of woman at Valero gas station

    Authorities are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman at a Valero gas station in Agua Dulce  this week after adding him to a "most wanted" list.

    Investigators say the sexual assault occurred at the Valero gas station on Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, an unincorporated area between Santa...

  • B-2 rescue: Secret mission saves military's rarest, costliest craft
    B-2 rescue: Secret mission saves military's rarest, costliest craft

    A 2010 fire on a B-2 stealth bomber in Guam left it heavily damaged. That sparked a four-year -- and largely secretive -- effort to repair the costly warplane.

  • Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted in attacks on two women
    Former L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted in attacks on two women

    Jose Rigaberto Sanchez will receive jail time after pleading no contest to attacking two women while on duty in 2010.

  • L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of rape while on duty
    L.A. County sheriff's deputy convicted of rape while on duty

    A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was convicted Thursday of rape and bribery, stemming from two traffic stops, including one in which he pulled a woman over, then raped her in the desert, prosecutors said.

    Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest to rape under color of authority and soliciting...

  • Homicide detectives investigating death of man in Palmdale
    Homicide detectives investigating death of man in Palmdale

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man in Palmdale early Sunday.

    About 4:30 a.m., deputies responded to 57th Street East and East Avenue S in Palmdale where an adult male was found dead, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

    HOMICIDE REPORT: A story...

  • Runaway camel captured after charging people and cars in Palmdale
    Runaway camel captured after charging people and cars in Palmdale

    A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars has been captured, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    A call reporting the camel, which broke loose at about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars the animal charged, said sheriff's...

  • Three charged in connection with Antelope Valley robberies
    Three charged in connection with Antelope Valley robberies

    Two men and a woman have been charged in connection with a string of robberies in the Antelope Valley in 2011 and 2012, authorities said Saturday.

    The suspects – Marcus Robinson, 24, Mehealani Austin, 25, and Brooke Hollins, 22 – were arrested Wednesday in Palmdale and charged with more than 70...

  • Sheriff's deputy involved in fatal Palmdale crash identified
    Sheriff's deputy involved in fatal Palmdale crash identified

    The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department on Friday identified the deputy involved in a traffic collision last month in Palmdale that left two people dead.

    Deputy Kamal Jannah, a six-year department veteran, was driving the patrol car, said Capt. Don Ford. Jannah is based at the Palmdale sheriff station,...

  • Palmdale gunman shoots woman, then himself

    Palmdale sheriff's deputies rescued a wounded woman from inside a Palmdale residence, then hours later found the suspected shooter inside, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    The incident began early Friday morning when deputies responded to a phoned report of a shooting...

  • Palmdale appeals court decision, says it won't hold new election

    Palmdale officials this week appealed a trial judge's ruling that their at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act and said they will not hold new balloting in June.

    Last month, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney ordered a new, district-based elections system for Palmdale...

  • Palmdale man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend
    Palmdale man pleads not guilty to kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend

    A Palmdale man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to kidnapping his girlfriend and holding her hostage for nine days, during which prosecutors allege he repeatedly assaulted the woman and broke her jaw.

    Giovanni Grey McKinnis, 19, faces more than a half-dozen charges, including corporal injury, kidnapping,...

  • Man sought in alleged sexual assault of girl, 10, in Palmdale diner
    Man sought in alleged sexual assault of girl, 10, in Palmdale diner

    Authorities are seeking the public's help in locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl inside the restroom of a Denny's in Palmdale.

    The alleged assault occurred on New Year’s Day at a Denny’s diner in the 37000 block of 47th Street East, according to L.A. County Sheriff's...

  • L.A. County social services facing lawsuit in Palmdale child abuse case
    L.A. County social services facing lawsuit in Palmdale child abuse case

    The grandparents of alleged child abuse victim Gabriel Fernandez are suing several L.A. County agencies, accusing them of mishandling the boy's case.

  • Palmdale woman rescued, boyfriend arrested in alleged kidnapping
    Palmdale woman rescued, boyfriend arrested in alleged kidnapping

    A woman allegedly assaulted and kidnapped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day was rescued Saturday from a Palmdale apartment, authorities said.

    The boyfriend, identified as Giovanni McKinnis, 19, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, domestic violence, false imprisonment and...

  • Family of 2 killed in crash with L.A. deputy raising funeral money
    Family of 2 killed in crash with L.A. deputy raising funeral money

    Family and friends of the two people who were killed when a sheriff’s patrol car broadsided their SUV in Palmdale are raising money for funeral services.

    The collision occurred Saturday at Avenue R and 17th Street.

    Relatives of Sarah Paynter, 20, of Van Nuys, and Robert Delgadillo, 31, of Palmdale,...

  • Sheriff's cruiser had no lights or sirens on in fatal Palmdale crash
    Sheriff's cruiser had no lights or sirens on in fatal Palmdale crash

    This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

    A Palmdale sheriff’s deputy who was responding to a call before broadsiding an SUV and killing two passengers did not have sirens or lights on, authorities said Monday.

    The fatal crash was reported about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at...

  • 2 people who died in crash with sheriff's patrol car are identified
    2 people who died in crash with sheriff's patrol car are identified

    Two people who were killed when the SUV they were riding in was struck by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s patrol car in Palmdale on Saturday have been identified, authorities said.

    The two passengers were identified as Sarah Paynter, 20, of Van Nuys and Robert Delgadillo, 31, of Palmdale, according...

  • Palmdale accident involving sheriff's car leaves two dead
    Palmdale accident involving sheriff's car leaves two dead

    A Los Angeles County sheriff's patrol car and SUV collided in Palmdale on Saturday, leaving two people dead and two others with minor injuries, authorities said.

    The accident occurred about 4:30 p.m. at 17th Street East and Avenue R, said Inspector Scott Miller of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

    ...

  • Arraignment postponed again in murder case of Palmdale girl, 7
    Arraignment postponed again in murder case of Palmdale girl, 7

    The arraignment of two brothers accused of shooting and killing a 7-year-old Palmdale girl during a car chase has been postponed for the fourth time, this time until Jan. 14.

    Jesus Alberto Peralta, 22, and Carlos Peralta, 19, face felony counts of murder and shooting at an occupied motor vehicle,...

  • Man found dead in Palmdale with blunt-force trauma to torso
    Man found dead in Palmdale with blunt-force trauma to torso

    Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found Sunday in his Palmdale home with blunt-force trauma to his upper torso.

    The man's body was found Sunday by authorities who were called to check on the welfare of a resident living in the 37800 block of 20th Street East, according...

  • Mother accused of kidnapping 10-year-old son from foster home
    Mother accused of kidnapping 10-year-old son from foster home

    Law enforcement authorities Tuesday night were looking for 39-year-old woman suspected of kidnapping her 10-year-old boy outside his Palmdale foster home.

    Nisshawn Murphy was ordered by a court to relinquish her parental right because she has several criminal convictions, according to the Los Angeles...

  • State Sen. Steve Knight joins (potential) GOP fight for Congress seat
    State Sen. Steve Knight joins (potential) GOP fight for Congress seat

    Republican state Sen. Steve Knight of Palmdale said Tuesday that he too will be a candidate for the congressional seat held by Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon -- if the Santa Clarita Republican decides not to seek re-election next year.

    Knight's announcement comes a day after it was revealed that...

  • Judge orders council districts, new election for Palmdale

    A Los Angeles County Superior court judge, who earlier this year found the city of Palmdale to be in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, has ordered the city to hold  a new, by-district election for its four City Council posts.In a ruling dated last week and received by the parties over...

  • Fire planned at Palmdale Lake to help tricolored blackbird
    Fire planned at Palmdale Lake to help tricolored blackbird

    Los Angeles County authorities are warning Antelope Valley residents of a planned burn of vegetation around Palmdale Lake from Monday through Thursday.

    The burn is an attempt to improve the habitat for the tricolored blackbird, which lives in the lake area, according to a news release from the...

  • Palmdale chooses first black councilman in disputed election
    Palmdale chooses first black councilman in disputed election

    Retired college administrator Fred Thompson wins an at-large council seat, but it will be up to an appellate court to determine whether the election is legitimate.

  • In disputed election, Palmdale chooses first black council member
    In disputed election, Palmdale chooses first black council member

    In the midst of a widely watched court battle over its system for choosing its leaders, the city of Palmdale elected its first African American councilman Tuesday. 

    Retired college administrator Fred Thompson won one of two city council seats on the ballot. But it will be up to an appellate court...

  • Palmdale can vote, but will it count? Court to decide
    Palmdale can vote, but will it count? Court to decide

    Palmdale voters can cast their ballots in the city election Tuesday. They can even find out the results. But it will be up to the courts to decide whether the election is legitimate.

    Voters can choose from among four candidates for mayor and fill two seats on the City Council from among another...

  • Palmdale student struck and killed Monday by SUV is identified
    Palmdale student struck and killed Monday by SUV is identified

    The pedestrian struck and killed by an SUV on Monday in Palmdale was a 16-year-old student who said goodbye to her boyfriend moments before she was hit, according to authorities.

    Elvia Alvarez was struck by a Ford Flex as she crossed the roadway near 30th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard about...

  • Convicted sex offender could face 30 years to life for latest charge

    A convicted sex offender could face 30 years to life in state prison after being charged with attempted kidnapping in Palmdale. 

    Richard Henry Stine, 39, pleaded no contest Monday to one count of kidnapping to commit robbery, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

    "Stine...

  • Serial rapist could be released in Palmdale area despite objections
    Serial rapist could be released in Palmdale area despite objections

    A Santa Clara County judge said Friday that a serial rapist linked to dozens of sexual assaults could be released in the Palmdale area under tight supervision when he is freed soon, authorities said.

    The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Superior Court Judge Gilbert Brown could...

  • Motorist arrested in fatal accident in Palmdale area
    Motorist arrested in fatal accident in Palmdale area

    A 19-year-old man was driving recklessly Saturday when his car swerved across a road in the Palmdale area and hit three motorcycles, killing one person and badly injuring three others, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    The dead man was a 58-year-old Oxnard resident whose name was not...

  • Palmdale boy has unexpected visitor on the playground
    Palmdale boy has unexpected visitor on the playground

    Joseph Bonner has been missing his dad, who deployed to Cuba, and classmates have been helping him cope. On Wednesday, Master Sgt. Bonner surprised them all.

  • Appeals court allows Palmdale to proceed with City Council election
    Appeals court allows Palmdale to proceed with City Council election

    A judge had barred the Nov. 5 election, saying an at-large system is discriminatory. The appellate court ruling upends his injunction.

  • Appellate court allows canceled Palmdale election to proceed
    Appellate court allows canceled Palmdale election to proceed

    A divided California Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the city of Palmdale to hold its Nov. 5 City Council election, which a trial court had canceled late last month.

    Two of the three justices of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in effect overruled the election-barring preliminary injunction...

  • Judge orders halt to Palmdale's November election; city to appeal
    Judge orders halt to Palmdale's November election; city to appeal

    A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Monday ordered a halt to Palmdale's November municipal election on grounds that the city's at-large method of choosing council members violates the California Voting Rights Act.

    Officials of Palmdale, one of several cities that have been sued under the...

  • Mother desperately tried CPR after daughter was shot in head
    Mother desperately tried CPR after daughter was shot in head

    Desirae Macias and her sister were seated in the back of a car this week when gunfire erupted from a passing vehicle. The 7-year-old attempted to shield herself from the bullets. But one of them struck her in the back of the head.

    Next to her, her 8-year-old sister was covered in her blood, alive,...

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