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Life sentence given to ex-con

An ex-con was sentenced this week to 88 years to life in state prison for stabbing his girlfriend nearly 100 times at the Palmdale home she shared with her mother. Jose Martinez, 39, was convicted May 3 of first-degree murder ...

Jury deadlocks on 1978 murder case

Jurors failed to reach a consensus earlier this week in the trial of a man accused of the 1978 kidnapping, rape and murder of a mother of three who worked the night shift at a Palmdale gas station.

Local pair caught in theft ring

Two former Dodger Stadium security guards and a third man prosecuted for a plot to steal equipment and memorabilia from secured areas of Dodger Stadium entered no-contest pleas recently and were sentenced to community service. Former guards Juan DeDios Prada, ...

ID sought in Lancaster homicide

Authorities this week identified a man who was fatally shot in Lancaster. The shooting occurred at 7:10 p.m. June 4 in the 1100 block of Cambridge Court, said Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Local pastor in new post

The Lancaster City Council recently welcomed Rev. Darrell Dorris as the town’s newest deputy mayor. Dorris is pastor of Living Faith Cathedral in Lancaster and has resided locally since 1998.

Summer concert lineups set

The Antelope Valley is among the southland’s most warm and inviting locales for outdoor music. This summer, the BLVD in downtown Lancaster will present a variety of acts as part of the Sierra Toyota Summer Concert Series co-sponsored by BeX ...

Palmdale Inn assigned new owner

The Los Angeles Superior Court recently ordered the appointment of a receiver to correct hundreds of building and safety code violations at the Palmdale Inn, 217 E. Palmdale Blvd. The receiver will step in as full owner of the property ...

Day camp begins this month

Lancaster will host its annual summer day camp over eight, one-week sessions through August. The day camp is an opportunity for children 6 to 12 years to interact with other youngsters in a nurturing, wholesome environment.

Olympian Danny Harris charged with sexual misconduct

Olympic silver medalist Danny Harris was charged this week with six criminal counts for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a female student at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, where he was an assistant track coach.

L.A. continues to bid for 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles’ Olympic bid chairman this week gave his most conciliatory comments to date suggesting the city is open to the possibility of a “dual award” decision that could make Paris the host of the 2024 Summer Games while awarding ...

Compton Mayor Aja Brown defeats Bradley for second term

While some provisional ballots remain uncounted, Compton Mayor Aja Brown appears headed toward a second term defeating former Mayor Omar Bradley with 60 percent of the vote at press time.

A ‘safe’ space to shoot up: worth a try in California?

Tawny Biggs’ seemingly happy childhood in the northern Los Angeles County suburb of Santa Clarita showed no outward sign that she would one day struggle with drug addiction. As Biggs tells it, she was raised with two siblings “in a ...

New Jackie Robinson statue will grace Rose Bowl’s front gate

A statue of Jackie Robinson in a football uniform will be installed this fall outside of the Rose Bowl’s main gate, stadium officials announced this week.

Old-Timers Dodgers game rosters set

The Los Angeles Dodgers annual Old-Timers game presented by Security Benefit will be played this Saturday, prior to the Dodgers 7:10 p.m. game with the Cincinnati Reds.

Board places ban on pot shops in unincorporated LA County

The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this week to ban all commercial cannabis activities—medical and non-medical—in unincorporated areas and took a first pass at regulating personal cultivation. The move extends a ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas ...