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Far more homes change owners

The number of single-family homes that changed ownership in May in Los Angeles County surged from the previous month, while median prices continued trending upward, the California Association of Realtors (CAR) reported this week. The number of houses that sold last month in Los Angeles County was 24.9 percent higher than the month before, and 7.3 percent above May 2016, according to CAR data.

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Palmdale lifeguards achieve “world class” score for 16th consecutive year

The city of Palmdale’s lifeguard team received a score of 84 from the National Aquatic Safety Company (NASCO) after the organization conducted a lifeguard inspection in June at DryTown Water Park. It is the 16th consecutive year they achieved a “world class” score.

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New housing for veterans

Veterans and their families residing in the Antelope Valley will soon have new lodgings. The AV Imagine Village I housing development will cater specifically to this population.

‘Not guilty’ plea in elder killing

A man pleaded not guilty this week to fatally stabbing his 82-year-old grandmother in Palmdale in an attack that also left his mother wounded. Richard Jesus Flores, 29, is charged with the murder of his grandmother, Maria Valenzuela, with whom he lived, and the attempted murder of his 56-year- old mother, who was injured as she tried to shield the older woman on March 30, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Hospital hosts blood drive

Antelope Valley Hospital has begun its summer blood drive to help ensure a sufficient local blood supply. It will be conducted through Sept. 21 and all donors will receive a free novelty item “Lucky Ducky” (yellow rubber duck) and will also be entered into a monthly prize drawing.

Lancaster murder-suicide

A Lancaster man fatally shot his wife outside a neighbor's home earlier this week before turning the gun on himself, authorities said. The woman and her husband were both pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:20 a.m. shooting in the 6300 block of Starview Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The woman was identified as 35-year-old Jamie Matthews. The gunman was 39-year-old Clyde Matthews.

Arson suspected in blaze

A fire that may have been intentionally set damaged a house in Lancaster this week, but no one was hurt.

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Junior Theatre show tomorrow

The Palmdale Junior Summer Theatre Camp will present “The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring” by Janie Downey Maxwell tomorrow at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th St. East in Palmdale.

No review of child murder case

The California Supreme Court refused this week to review the case of two brothers convicted of a September 2013 car-to-car shooting in Palmdale that fatally wounded a 7-year-old girl. Jesus and Carlos Peralta were convicted of first-degree murder for the death of Desirae Macias, who was taken off life support four days after the Sept. 4, 2013, shooting.

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Ledford faces conspiracy charge; failed to properly disclose income

Five felony charges were filed this week against Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, who’s accused of illegally receiving more than $60,000 a year from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic disclosure statements.

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