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January 31, 1997
Re "Looking for a New Ship to Come In," about Ridgecrest, Jan. 27: We're not waiting for just any old ship; we've identified the cargo and can see the sails on the horizon. Ridgecrest is the next retirement haven of the Southwest, with affordable housing, high-desert climate, clean air and water, no crime or congestion and a well-educated population. We're looking for high-tech businesses that want to grow in a nurturing, stimulating environment. DAVID L. BURDICK Ridgecrest
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March 12, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
A 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck Inyo County on Wednesday evening. The quake was recorded at 7:11 p.m. and was centered about 39 miles north of Ridgecrest.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, people reported feeling the temblor over a wide area including Mojave, Lompoc, Ridgecrest, Mammoth Lakes and Porterville. There were no immediate reports of damage. ALSO: High lead levels have Eastside family living in fear Navy ship nearly crosses paths with migrating gray whales Manson family killer Davis gets parole grant, but is not free yet
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October 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities late Friday identified the suspect in the shooting rampage in Ridgecrest as Sergio Munoz, 39. According to Kern County records, Munoz is a convicted felon with a criminal record dating to at least 1999. He had been charged 21 times and served two years in prison for receiving stolen property. His crimes included drug possession for sale, child endangerment, receiving stolen property and domestic violence. In May, Munoz was arrested for possessing ammunition as a felon, but the charge was dismissed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kurt Streeter
The suspect killed in a bizarre shooting rampage in Ridgecrest on Friday was having trouble at work and may have been taking drugs, law enforcement sources said. Investigators worked Saturday to piece together why the suspect, Sergio Munoz, allegedly turned violent, eventually leading police on a 35-mile chase. During the chase Friday, authorities said, he tried to kill a pair of captives. A woman killed at the start of the rampage has been identified as Brittany Matheny, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A man who went on a shooting spree near Ridgecrest after killing a woman and wounding a man warned police he was going to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community, authorities said. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the man -- who was shot and killed after a nearly hourlong chase -- called a Ridgecrest police officer's cellphone early Friday and said he wanted to come to the police station and "kill all the officers but they had too many guns. " The man said he had a package for police and then warned he was "going to wreak havoc," Youngblood said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Richard Winton
The woman killed at the start of a violent rampage through Ridgecrest and parts of the Mojave Desert on Friday has been identified as Brittany Matheny, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's Department. Matheny, age 22, was found dead by police responding to a shooting at a Ridgecrest home early Friday. Police believe Matheny was killed by 39-year-old Sergio Munoz, a felon with a lengthy rap sheet. A second person found at the house, identified as Thaddeus Meier, was shot several times but survived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Kurt Streeter
The suspect killed in a bizarre shooting rampage in Ridgecrest on Friday was having trouble at work and may have been taking drugs, law enforcement sources said. Investigators worked Saturday to piece together why the suspect, Sergio Munoz, allegedly turned violent, eventually leading police on a 35-mile chase. During the chase Friday, authorities said, he tried to kill a pair of captives. A woman killed at the start of the rampage has been identified as Brittany Matheny, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's Department.
FOOD
February 3, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The desolate, scrubby plain around Ridgecrest, where the Sierra Nevada meets the Great Basin and the Mojave desert, might seem an incongruous source for tomatoes, especially in the middle of winter. Nevertheless, Scott and Gale Shacklett, who go by the name of TomatoMan, manage to produce superior, flavorful tomatoes in more than half an acre of greenhouses here, where sonic booms from the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station shatter the silence. Open the door to their five-bay greenhouse and you are greeted by warm, humid air with a sweet, vegetal smell.
OPINION
July 24, 2009
Re "In high desert, Navy has recession at bay," July 22 Nice article about our town. It's small, and we selfishly want to keep it that way. We don't want you to know about our museums, concert and theater associations, music and sports opportunities, and excellent schools from kindergarten through college. Anyone contemplating a move here needs to learn about the blazing summers, cyclonic springtime winds and bitter winters that can touch freezing at night. And the traffic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A suspect who opened fire on passersby during an hourlong police pursuit in Central California has been killed, and two people found with bullet wounds in the trunk of his vehicle were airlifted to an area hospital, authorities said. Details about Friday morning's incident in Ridgecrest, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, were still developing, officials said. Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office, confirmed the male suspect died after he "became involved in an exchange of gunfire" with authorities when the pursuit ended on Highway 395 roughly eight miles north of Highway 58. It was not clear when the man and woman found in the suspect's trunk sustained their injuries, nor were the extent of their injuries immediately known, Pruitt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Three people wounded in a shooting spree that stretched from a Ridgecrest home to the middle of a desert highway are likely to survive, authorities say.   A man and a woman were found with gunshot wounds inside the trunk of the car driven by their assailant, who was later killed in a police shootout, authorities said. A 35-mile car chase lasted for nearly an hour and ended in the middle of Highway 395, not far from Ridgecrest, when several law enforcement officers opened fire on the armed driver.
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October 26, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter and Richard Winton
The woman killed at the start of a violent rampage through Ridgecrest and parts of the Mojave Desert on Friday has been identified as Brittany Matheny, according to a statement from the Kern County Sheriff's Department. Matheny, age 22, was found dead by police responding to a shooting at a Ridgecrest home early Friday. Police believe Matheny was killed by 39-year-old Sergio Munoz, a felon with a lengthy rap sheet. A second person found at the house, identified as Thaddeus Meier, was shot several times but survived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
A suspect opened fire on police and passersby during an hourlong pursuit in Central California on Friday morning, authorities said. Kern County sheriff's deputies joined the chase about 7:10 a.m. in Ridgecrest, where police were in pursuit of a suspect wanted in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon, sheriff's Senior Deputy Michael Whorf said. During the chase, the suspect "fired at passersby and at officers," Whorf said. It was not immediately clear whether any injuries were reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Authorities late Friday identified the suspect in the shooting rampage in Ridgecrest as Sergio Munoz, 39. According to Kern County records, Munoz is a convicted felon with a criminal record dating to at least 1999. He had been charged 21 times and served two years in prison for receiving stolen property. His crimes included drug possession for sale, child endangerment, receiving stolen property and domestic violence. In May, Munoz was arrested for possessing ammunition as a felon, but the charge was dismissed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A suspect who opened fire on passersby during an hourlong police pursuit in Central California has been killed, and two people found with bullet wounds in the trunk of his vehicle were airlifted to an area hospital, authorities said. Details about Friday morning's incident in Ridgecrest, about 150 miles north of Los Angeles, were still developing, officials said. Ray Pruitt, spokesman for the Kern County Sheriff's Office, confirmed the male suspect died after he "became involved in an exchange of gunfire" with authorities when the pursuit ended on Highway 395 roughly eight miles north of Highway 58. It was not clear when the man and woman found in the suspect's trunk sustained their injuries, nor were the extent of their injuries immediately known, Pruitt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
The man called Ridgecrest police early Friday morning with a warning: He planned to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community. Less than three hours later, the caller - already suspected of killing one person and wounding another - lived up to his word. He led authorities on a high-speed, 35-mile chase on a Mojave Desert highway, shooting at authorities and other vehicles and forcing drivers off the road. At some point, the gunman's trunk popped open, revealing a man and woman inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2004 | Sharon Bernstein, Times Staff Writer
Travis Johnson put his 2-year-old daughter, Hope, into her car seat and sat down next to her in the back of the Toyota. His friend Patrick Cole was at the wheel, and another friend, Amber Courtney, was in the passenger seat. The Mojave Desert sun was just starting its ascent as the car carrying the baby and the three friends -- all from Ridgecrest -- turned south on U.S. Highway 395 on a Sunday last August, heading to a motorcycle show. An hour later, 23-year-old Cole was dead, thrown from the car when it was broadsided by a motor home filled with vacationers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
When Marine Lance Cpl. Ray A. Spencer II and his future wife were first getting to know each other, they found a mutual interest in history. Spencer's favorite eras were Greek and Roman. He liked stories of ancient battles. "Nerdy stuff," remembered his widow, Athena Spencer. At Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest, Calif., he enrolled in the Junior ROTC program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
A man who went on a shooting spree near Ridgecrest after killing a woman and wounding a man warned police he was going to "wreak havoc" on the Central California community, authorities said. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the man -- who was shot and killed after a nearly hourlong chase -- called a Ridgecrest police officer's cellphone early Friday and said he wanted to come to the police station and "kill all the officers but they had too many guns. " The man said he had a package for police and then warned he was "going to wreak havoc," Youngblood said.
FOOD
February 3, 2012 | By David Karp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The desolate, scrubby plain around Ridgecrest, where the Sierra Nevada meets the Great Basin and the Mojave desert, might seem an incongruous source for tomatoes, especially in the middle of winter. Nevertheless, Scott and Gale Shacklett, who go by the name of TomatoMan, manage to produce superior, flavorful tomatoes in more than half an acre of greenhouses here, where sonic booms from the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station shatter the silence. Open the door to their five-bay greenhouse and you are greeted by warm, humid air with a sweet, vegetal smell.
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