Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Assault with deadly weapon at Iyk. Airport

Kern County Sheriff’s Office On September 18, 2021 at approximately 1:10 a.m., Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Ridgecrest Substation were dispatched to the Inyokern Airport for a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Deputies responded and discovered the suspect had . . . Read Full Story >>

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

California forest fires continue to rage out of control

The Windy Fire, that started on September 9th on the Tule River Indian Reservation, has burned over 88,068 acres. As of September 30 the fire had 35% containment and utilized 2,498 personnel, including 68 hand crews, 148 engines, 16 helicopters, 32 dozers, and 12 water . . . Read Full Story >>

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

‘Windy,’ ’Freeman’ fires bring heavy smoke to IWV

An accumulation of heavy smoke from the Windy Fire, and the small Freeman Fire, made for limited visibility and potential health hazards for residents of the Indian Wells Valley and surrounding areas. At 6:30pm Saturday, Kern Co. and BLM Fire Departments responded to a brush . . . Read Full Story >>

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Truck-OHV collision under investigation

Laura Austin Photo: On September 4, 2021 at approximately 3:20PM California Highway Patrol, Mojave Area officers responded to a traffic collision on SR-14 near Last Chance Canyon Road. A Yamaha Raptor was being driven westbound on Last Chance Road and a Toyota Tundra was being . . . Read Full Story >>

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

French Fire has burned 25,782 acres

The French Fire started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella in Kern County, has now burned 25,782 acres with 43 percent containment. A National Incident Management Team (NIMO) is managing the fire, integrated with California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, and coordinating closely . . . Read Full Story >>

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

Illegal cannabis concerns discussed at Public Lands Roundtable

By Christina MacGregor News Review Staff Writer Lorrie Steely came with a mission to the Public Lands Roundtable meeting on Saturday morning, August 21st. She was one of the first individuals on the agenda and had an active audience from those sitting at the meeting . . . Read Full Story >>

Inmate visitation suspended temp.

Effective September 1, 2021, all public inmate visitation at the Central Receiving Facility, Lerdo Pretrial Facility, and Lerdo Justice Facility will be temporarily suspended. These measures are being put in place in order to reduce any possible spread of the COVID 19 Virus from outside . . . Read Full Story >>

French Fire burns 22,030 acres, 19 percent contained

French Fire burns 22,030 acres, 19 percent contained

US Forest Service– The French Fire, started on Wednesday, August 18, west of Lake Isabella, has now burned 20,678 acres with 19 percent containment. The fire is being managed by California Interagency Incident Management Team 12, coordinating closely with the Bureau of Land Management, Sequoia . . . Read Full Story >>

Towns burn to ashes as Dixie Fire rages through Sierra Nevada

Towns burn to ashes as Dixie Fire rages through Sierra Nevada

At least eight people were missing as of Saturday in what has become the largest single wildfire in California’s recorded history. The Dixie Fire has continued to scorch through northern communities, forest and tinder-dry scrub in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Although there have been no . . . Read Full Story >>

KC French Fire consumes 3,223 acres with 0% containment

At press time, the French Fire had burned 3,223 acres of grass, brush and timber understory near Sawmill Road and Wagy Flat, northwest of Lake Isabella in Kern County and is 0% contained. The fire was exhibiting extreme fire behavior. It is being managed by . . . Read Full Story >>

CHP locates deceased Death Valley hiker

CHP locates deceased Death Valley hiker

DEATH VALLEY, CA – A California Highway Patrol (CHP) helicopter crew found a deceased hiker about 2 miles from the closest road in Death Valley National Park on July 28. According to family members, the 68-year-old man planned to hike from Badwater to West Side . . . Read Full Story >>

Marijuana grows threatens local drinking water

Marijuana grows threatens local drinking water

The Kern County Sheriffs Office recently conducted an operation to take down numerous illegal marijuana grows in the unincorporated areas of Ridgecrest and Inyokern. The operation took place alongside the Kern County Probation Department Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department . . . Read Full Story >>

KCSO Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty in Wasco

KCSO Deputy Killed in the Line of Duty in Wasco

Kern County Sheriff- Public Information Officer– On July 25, 2021, at 1:00 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office began receiving 911 calls from 1718 1st St. in Wasco, Ca. The 911 callers were reporting a male subject was armed with a firearm and shooting subjects . . . Read Full Story >>

Firefighters extinguish garage fire in Inyokern

Firefighters extinguish garage fire in Inyokern

Laura Austin photo: At approximately 11:07 am on July 22, 2021, firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire reported at 6621 Valley Ave. Reporting persons stated that fire and smoke were visible from a garage. Upon arrival firefighters found . . . Read Full Story >>

Twenty-nine arrests made of illegal marijuana grows

Twenty-nine arrests made of illegal marijuana grows

Last week, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, led an operation to take down numerous illegal marijuana grows in the unincorporated areas of Ridgecrest and Inyokern. Twenty-nine growers, ages 19-65, have been arrested during this operation. Among the charges are: conspiracy to commit crime, cultivation of . . . Read Full Story >>

Ridgecrest man sets fire to home with children inside

Ridgecrest man sets fire to home with children inside

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer Ridgecrest Police officers arrested a Ridgecrest man on Friday, June 25, after he allegedly set fire to a mobile home with five people inside – two of which were reportedly his own children. According to an RPD release, . . . Read Full Story >>

Suspected arson in China Lake Acres

Suspected arson in China Lake Acres

Laura Austin photo: Plumes of black smoke were visible for miles throughout the valley caused by a fire in China Lake Acres near Ward Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. Multiple agencies responded to extinguish what appeared to be a burning vacant property. The confluence of water . . . Read Full Story >>

Warrants served at 10 local illegal marijauna sites

Warrants served at 10 local illegal marijauna sites

KERN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE — On Tuesday, June 22, 2021 and Wednesday, June 23, 2021, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Kern County Probation Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Naval Air Weapons . . . Read Full Story >>

Gunnarsson to undergo ‘mental competency’ exam

Gunnarsson to undergo ‘mental competency’ exam

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer After refusing to appear in court in Bakersfield for the second time on June 18, murder suspect Daniel Gunnarsson’s preliminary hearing was pushed to Tuesday, June 22, where it was suspended yet again while Gunnarsson undergoes a mental . . . Read Full Story >>

Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicide

Coroner confirms ‘multiple stab wounds’ as cause of death in Pham homicide

By BRIAN COSNER News Review Staff Writer A release from the Kern County Coroner’s office earlier last week confirmed that Kathryn Dawn “Katie” Pham, the 21-year-old victim of a homicide last month, died from “multiple stab wounds.” The suspect Daniel Gunnarsson, 20, was arrested and . . . Read Full Story >>