Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

Motorcyclist killed in 395 collision

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A motorist was killed Tuesday afternoon in a collision on Highway 395 about 18 miles south of Ridgecrest. According to a release from the Mojave California Highway Patrol office, 44-year-old Victorville resident Cory Lane Hofstetter was traveling on . . . Read Full Story >>

Homicide in Death Valley

Homicide in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK — A suspect has been arrested for a fatal shooting that occurred in Death Valley National Park. Zachary Salyer, 34, of Amargosa Valley, Nev., called Nye County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:15 on the morning of Sunday, Oct. 11, to state . . . Read Full Story >>

City welcomes reserve officers

City welcomes reserve officers

The Police Chief Jed McLaughlin (right) and the Ridgecrest Police Department welcome two new reserve officers (from left) Isaac Barraza and Matthew Bockhahn, who previously served on the force before leaving the area for a few years. — Courtesy photo . . . Read Full Story >>

Police arrest domestic violence suspect

Police arrest domestic violence suspect

Police arrested a suspect Wednesday for allegedly striking a female victim in the Stater Brothers parking lot according to Ridgecrest Police Department Sgt. Nathan Lloyd. 32-year-old Victor Leal was taken into custody and charged with felony domestic violence. Details were not available at press time. . . . Read Full Story >>

Fire claims run-down Inyokern motel

Fire claims run-down Inyokern motel

A fire claimed a derelict motel on South Brown Road in Inyokern on Friday afternoon, Oct. 2. Kern County and China Lake Fire Departments responded while CalTrans assisted with controlling the crowd. More information was not available at press time. — Photo by Laura Austin . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspect cited for reckless driving in single-car collision

Suspect cited for reckless driving in single-car collision

An attempted traffic stop ended Tuesday evening when a motorist crashed through a brick wall around Sierra Breeze Mobile Home Estates at the corner of Saguaro Street and State Highway 178. A Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy reportedly attempted to stop the driver who was “driving . . . Read Full Story >>

Arson suspect arrested

Arson suspect arrested

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After authorities responded to a house fire on Friday, Sept. 25, police arrested one person suspected of arson. Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department responded to the fire around 6:15 p.m. to a red-tagged home with a fire . . . Read Full Story >>

Heat a possible factor in hiker’s death

Heat a possible factor in hiker’s death

Death Valley National Park and Inyo County Sheriff’s Office reported the discovery of a deceased hiker, earlier this month near the Golden Canyon Loop trail. According to a statement from Death Valley Park Rangers, the agencies received a notification around 9 p.m. on Sept. 6 . . . Read Full Story >>

Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

Castleberry gets 11-year sentence

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After pleading no contest last month to a felony charge of voluntary manslaughter, Richard Castleberry, 32-year-old Ridgecrest resident, was sentenced Sept. 14 to 11 years in prison. Castleberry was arrested last year after punching Luis Fernando Vargas Quintero . . . Read Full Story >>

One injured in four-car collision

One injured in four-car collision

Authorities responded to a traffic collision involving four vehicles on Friday, Sept. 11, just before noon. According to early reports, the initial collision began when the driver of a white Mercury sedan rear ended another vehicle in front of McDonald’s near the corner of China . . . Read Full Story >>

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

Death of Inyokern woman ruled homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 62-year-old Inyokern resident Susan Laurie Alfson after the Kern County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide. According to a KCSO release, Alfson’s remains were discovered in her . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoints continue

DUI checkpoints continue

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is holding another DUI checkpoint tonight from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. the following morning. The department’s DUI saturation patrol over Labor Day weekend netted 22 arrests – 11 of which were for impaired . . . Read Full Story >>

Sheriffs catch armed suspect

Sheriffs catch armed suspect

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Inyo County Sheriffs arrested an armed suspect, who was allegedly threatening travelers and law enforcement with a rifle on Highway 395 near Pearsonville, Calif. The suspect, 35-year-old Matthew David Hays, had been at large for several days until . . . Read Full Story >>

PD cracks down on DUIs

PD cracks down on DUIs

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department is increasing patrols through Labor Day weekend for the primary purpose of identifying suspected impaired drivers. Increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” national enforcement . . . Read Full Story >>

Pearsonville gunman nabbed

Pearsonville gunman nabbed

UPDATE: as of Aug. 28, the Inyo County Sheriff's Office announced Hays was arrested without incident and booked at the Inyo County Jail. By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A potentially dangerous gunman is still at large as authorities continue searching for suspect Matthew . . . Read Full Story >>

Vandal breaks  police station  window

Vandal breaks police station window

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department arrested Gilbert Alec Duran, 25, on Monday morning shortly after Duran reportedly threw a brick through a window at the police station. “He had no good reason to do it other than . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’

‘Drive sober or get pulled over’

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer The Ridgecrest Police Department announced a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 28 – the second DUI operation this month. The checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location within city limits from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Checkpoint locations . . . Read Full Story >>

Castleberry pleads  ‘no contest’  to manslaughter

Castleberry pleads ‘no contest’ to manslaughter

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest resident Richard Castleberry, 31, plead no contest to felony voluntary manslaughter for the May killing of Luis Vargas Quintero according to an Aug. 11 press release from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. According to reports – . . . Read Full Story >>

DUI checkpoint announced

DUI checkpoint announced

RIDGECREST POLICE DEPARTMENT – RPD will hold a DUI checkpoint on Friday, Aug. 14, from 7 p.m.-3 a.m. at an undisclosed location within Ridgecrest City Limits. Checkpoint locations are chosen based on a history of DUI crashes and arrests. The primary purpose of checkpoints is . . . Read Full Story >>

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

Child predators arrested in sheriff sting

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Over the course of several months, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested 15 suspects in an undercover operation targeting online child predators. Among the suspects, ages 21-54, were California Department of Corrections and . . . Read Full Story >>