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  • Two teenage brothers are killed in two-vehicle collision in Palmdale

    Two teenage brothers were killed and another person was injured Friday in a two-vehicle collision in Palmdale, authorities said. The brothers were in a Toyota Camry when it collided with a Buick at Avenue R and Lasker Avenue about 5 p.m., said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Shaffer. The younger...

  • Appeals court tosses out $1.1-million award to teen shot by L.A. County sheriff's deputy

    A California appeals court has thrown out a $1.1-million jury award to a man who was holding a toy gun when a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded him. A Los Angeles County jury had awarded the sum in 2013 to William Fetters, who was 15 years old when he was shot in the chest by...

  • County approves $6-million payment to woman raped by sheriff's deputy

    County approves $6-million payment to woman raped by sheriff's deputy

    Los Angeles County officials approved a $6-million settlement Tuesday in a lawsuit by a woman who was raped by an on-duty sheriff's deputy. Former sheriff's deputy Jose Rigoberto Sanchez was sentenced to nine years in state prison last year after pleading no contest to one count of rape while under...

  • 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...

  • 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. 

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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