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FPPC to investigate Mayor Pougnet
News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 received a letter Thursday afternoon from Eloise Mohsin, a former candidate for Palm Springs City Council, which she received from the Fair Political Practices Commission. The letter states the FPPC is initiating an investigation into Mayor Steve Pougnet's business ...
22 May 2015 at 2:41am






Sheriff-city contract rates go up 7%
The cost of protecting some valley communities is going up. The Riverside County Sheriff's Department is raising fees for local cities that already have tight budgets.
21 May 2015 at 6:51pm






Johannes Restaurant taking a stand against water wasters
Johannes Restaurant will no longer be serving tap water but instead will charging $1 for sustainable bottled water.
21 May 2015 at 6:17pm






New Organized Crime Unit takes on cartels
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office's new Organized Crime Unit is already showing signs of success with a major drug bust.
21 May 2015 at 5:44pm






2 men arrested after police chase in Palm Springs
A Cathedral City man who was wanted for a post-release probation violation  was arrested Thursday morning after leading police on a pursuit that ended in Palm Springs.
21 May 2015 at 5:34pm






31 cases of Salmonella from tuna reported in Southern California
State public health officials say 31 Southern California residents have been diagnosed with a strain of salmonella that has been linked to the consumption of raw tuna commonly used in sushi.
21 May 2015 at 5:20pm






Hero sculpture honors first responders in Palm Springs
A new art installation in Palm Springs is paying tribute to first responders, aiming to inspire the next generation of heroes.
21 May 2015 at 4:41pm






Mission Springs Water District Board Approves "Turf Rebate" Program
If all turf rebate funds are expended, the District should realize water a use reduction of about 1 million gallons per month.
21 May 2015 at 1:35pm






'Intervention' star battles HOA over watch-parties
Ken Seeley is one of the stars of the hit A&E show Intervention and now he wants someone to intervene in the battle he's having with his home owner's association.
21 May 2015 at 11:53am






2 men arrested for attempted homicide in DHS
Two brothers were arrested in Desert Hot Springs for attempted homicide Wednesday afternoon following a two-hour standoff with police.
21 May 2015 at 10:30am






Questions raised about Palm Springs contracts and conflict of interest law
The city of Palm Springs is facing increasing scrutiny at Wednesday night's city council meeting. A conflict of interest between the mayor and a private developer has ignited a series of questions about the city's day-to-day business.
21 May 2015 at 12:09am






Pougnet defends mayorship at council meeting
Pougnet defends mayorship at council meeting. Natalie Brunell reports.
21 May 2015 at 12:08am






One of David Letterman's closest friends gives us a look at the man behind th...
As David Letterman retires, one of his closest friends gives us a look at the man behind the desk. Bianca Rae has the story.    
20 May 2015 at 11:20pm






Local car dealerships busy with Takata airbag recalls
It's being called one of the largest consumer product recalls ever. Approximately one out of seven cars on the road has a defective Takata airbag.
20 May 2015 at 6:14pm






Students 'black out bullying' in Desert Hot Springs
Students in Desert Hot Springs are taking a stand against bullying, a problem they say torments students and campuses across the Coachella Valley.
20 May 2015 at 5:47pm




Victorville Daily Press


Accused McStay family killer Charles Merritt hires legal team
VICTORVILLE — Accused McStay family killer Charles Merritt has hired a four-attorney legal team, including Victorville Attorney Jimmy Mettias, it was announced Wednesday.Mettias' announcement that he was retained by Merritt, along with Victorville attorneys David Askander, Jim Terrell and Sharon ...
21 May 2015 at 3:01pm




Agencies to beef up Memorial Day weekend enforcement
BARSTOW — As experts predict this Memorial Day weekend will see the highest traffic volume in the past decade, local authorities are gearing up to keep the roads safe.Experts are predicting a 4.7 percent increase in travel nationwide for the Memorial Day weekend. The increase in the highest forec...
21 May 2015 at 12:20pm



Woman who stabbed ex-boyfriend accepts plea bargain
BARSTOW — A Barstow woman who stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve was sentenced to five years in prison after accepting a plea deal in a Victorville courtroom Wednesday.Shasta Leann Ledbetter pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm or by means of force likely...
21 May 2015 at 9:55am



Henderson Pool repairs completed
BARSTOW — The pool at Foglesong Park will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.City of Barstow Consulting City Engineer Brad Merrill made that announcement during Monday's City Council meeting."We're cutting it close, but we got it done," Merrell said.The city spent more than $100,000 to make rep...
21 May 2015 at 9:25am



Man accused of attempted murder, robbery
BARSTOW — A man accused of attempting to rob the Downtown Market last month wearing a ski mask and armed with a rifle was behind bars Thursday, authorities said.Calvin Lowell Welch is expected to be arraigned in a Victorville courtroom on criminal charges stemming from the April 17 incident.Barst...
21 May 2015 at 9:18am



Grad walks hallway with son
BARSTOW — Five-year-old Gino Silva Jr. climbed the big steps leading up to the front doors of Central High School and gave his dad a kiss.Gino Silva Sr. smiled at his son, who was led through the front door of the school by family members."I want him (son) to follow me," said Silva Sr., 19, while...
21 May 2015 at 9:17am




Barstow Desert Dispatch


Accused McStay family killer Charles Merritt hires legal team
VICTORVILLE — Accused McStay family killer Charles Merritt has hired a four-attorney legal team, including Victorville Attorney Jimmy Mettias, it was announced Wednesday.Mettias' announcement that he was retained by Merritt, along with Victorville attorneys David Askander, Jim Terrell and Sharon ...
21 May 2015 at 3:01pm




Agencies to beef up Memorial Day weekend enforcement
BARSTOW — As experts predict this Memorial Day weekend will see the highest traffic volume in the past decade, local authorities are gearing up to keep the roads safe.Experts are predicting a 4.7 percent increase in travel nationwide for the Memorial Day weekend. The increase in the highest forec...
21 May 2015 at 12:20pm



Woman who stabbed ex-boyfriend accepts plea bargain
BARSTOW — A Barstow woman who stabbed her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve was sentenced to five years in prison after accepting a plea deal in a Victorville courtroom Wednesday.Shasta Leann Ledbetter pleaded no contest to assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm or by means of force likely...
21 May 2015 at 9:55am



Henderson Pool repairs completed
BARSTOW — The pool at Foglesong Park will be open for the Memorial Day weekend.City of Barstow Consulting City Engineer Brad Merrill made that announcement during Monday's City Council meeting."We're cutting it close, but we got it done," Merrell said.The city spent more than $100,000 to make rep...
21 May 2015 at 9:25am



Man accused of attempted murder, robbery
BARSTOW — A man accused of attempting to rob the Downtown Market last month wearing a ski mask and armed with a rifle was behind bars Thursday, authorities said.Calvin Lowell Welch is expected to be arraigned in a Victorville courtroom on criminal charges stemming from the April 17 incident.Barst...
21 May 2015 at 9:18am



Grad walks hallway with son
BARSTOW — Five-year-old Gino Silva Jr. climbed the big steps leading up to the front doors of Central High School and gave his dad a kiss.Gino Silva Sr. smiled at his son, who was led through the front door of the school by family members."I want him (son) to follow me," said Silva Sr., 19, while...
21 May 2015 at 9:17am



Morning Jolt: Angry airline customer strips naked at airport
A man who was apparently upset over an overbooked flight stripped naked at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, USA Today reported. The man was at a gate for a flight headed to Jamaica when he started yelling at a US Airways worker at the desk, and then he took his clothes off. He was arreste...
20 May 2015 at 11:28pm



Water cost, cutbacks closing Mojave Narrows horse concession
VICTORVILLE — The horses and cattle at Mojave Narrows Regional Park will leave June 30 due to impacts of the statewide drought on water use by San Bernardino County.Vickie Hart's private business offering horse-riding at Mojave Narrows Regional Park was notified its lease would end May 30, and Ha...
20 May 2015 at 2:46pm



Silver Valley graduates its class of 2015
BARSTOW — Hundreds of camera-clutching family members and friends packed the Barstow Community College gymnasium for the 2015 Silver Valley High School graduation ceremony on Wednesday night.The event kicked off with the traditional sounds of "Pomp and Circumstance" as close to 80 Trojans walked ...
20 May 2015 at 2:26pm



Teachers get 7.7 percent raise
BARSTOW — In an effort to become more competitive in the salaries it offers, the Barstow Unified School District announced all of its teachers and classified personnel are getting raises and bonuses.Teachers employed by the district will get a 7.7 percent pay increase and a 2 percent off-schedule...
20 May 2015 at 10:52am




Antelope Valley Times


2 charged with murder in Lancaster shooting death
LANCASTER ? Two men spotted running from the scene of a shooting that killed a 22-year-old man in Lancaster Tuesday have been charged with the man?s murder. Jeremy Jacob Rakisits, aka ?Bless,? is charged with murder and gang allegations, while Anthony Albert Juarez, aka ?Malo,? is charged with mu...
21 May 2015 at 9:10pm


Reputed gang member arrested for threatening his mother, weapons and drugs se...
LANCASTER ? A known Vagos gang member was arrested Wednesday afternoon for allegedly putting a knife to his mother?s throat and threatening to kill her, authorities said. When deputies searched the Lancaster residence of 31-year-old Dustin Paulhus, they found illegal narcotics and multiple firear...
21 May 2015 at 4:20pm


DryTown Water Park set to open this Saturday
PALMDALE ? The City of Palmdale?s DryTown Water Park will celebrate its 10th year of operations when it opens for the 2015 season at 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 23. ?It?s hard to believe that it?s been decade now that DryTown?s been open,? said DryTown Manager Eric Dombrowski. ?They say time flies...
21 May 2015 at 3:38pm


Lancaster man killed after Bakersfield bank robbery
BAKERSFIELD ? An armed robbery suspect, 26-year-old Leland Smithson of Lancaster, died after an officer-involved shooting that followed a Bakersfield bank robbery Tuesday morning. Smithson sustained a gunshot wound to his head, but ?it is unknown at this time whether the round that struck Smithso...
21 May 2015 at 3:34pm


Palmdale Station?s Most Wanted
PALMDALE ? Palmdale Sheriff?s Station detectives are seeking the public?s help in locating a suspect wanted for burglary and a suspect wanted for grand theft, both believed to be in the Antelope Valley area. If you recognize them or know where they might be located, contact detectives using the i...
21 May 2015 at 12:36pm


Palmdale to host Memorial Day Ceremony
PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association (AVSOA) will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 25, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, located at 2200 East Avenue S in Palmdale. The event is free and open to the public. Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will offer we...
20 May 2015 at 5:35pm


Avenue S/Elizabeth Lake connector road now open
PALMDALE ? The City of Palmdale held a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony Wednesday for the connecting road that links Avenue S to Elizabeth Lake Road. The $13 million project took about eight months to construct after years of negotiation. It involved improving approximately 3 miles of ro...
20 May 2015 at 5:15pm


Help detectives ID robbery suspects
PALMDALE ? If you recognize the suspects in these images, then Palmdale Sheriff?s Station detectives would like to hear from you. The men are accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Palmdale Walmart and assaulting a store employee who tried to stop them, according to Palmdale Community Re...
20 May 2015 at 4:15pm


Local cancer patient steals deputies? hearts
By Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe Law enforcement is not always about catching the bad guy; it is also about reaching out to our community and making a difference. A Los Angeles County deputy meets many people from all walks of life on any given day. As deputies, it is our goal to...
20 May 2015 at 2:59pm


Man shot and killed in Lancaster, suspects in custody
LANCASTER – A 22-year-old man was shot in Lancaster Tuesday and later died from his wounds, authorities said. Aaron Brockway was pronounced dead at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the hospital, according to coroner?s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. He was shot at a residence in the 44000 block of Canyon...
20 May 2015 at 8:42am



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