Palmdale to host Memorial Day Ceremony to honor fallen soldiers

Memorial Day

PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Service Organization Association (AVSOA) will hold its annual Memorial Day Ceremony this Monday in Palmdale.

It starts at 11 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, located at 2200 East Avenue S in Palmdale. This Memorial Day Ceremony is free and open to the public.

Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford will offer welcoming remarks and introduce the dignitaries.
Major Conrad Hernandez, Commander of Highland High Schools Air Force JROTC, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Local organizations participating in the Memorial Day event include Highland High School Air Force JROTC, Sons of the American Legion Post 311, American Legion Post 348, Elks Lodge 2027, VFW Post 3552, 348 Auxiliary and an Honor Guard.

The ceremony will include the raising of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance, invocation and benediction by John Clarke, National Anthem, Table of Honor Ceremony, laying of wreaths and a salute to veterans. The ceremony will conclude with taps.

Immediately following the ceremony will be an observance held at the old Palmdale Cemetery, located at 20th Street East.

The AVSOA comprises more than 30 area service clubs and encourages the community to participate in their events. Each year, the AVSOA implements services for Memorial Day, Flag Day POW-MIA Day and Veterans Day.

Acquitted deputies file civil rights suit against former under-sheriff, ex-prosecutor

LA Sheriff Acquitted

LOS ANGELES – Attorneys for two sheriff’s deputies acquitted of perjury and conspiracy charges filed a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday against the department’s now-jailed former under-sheriff, among others, alleging they were the victims of a politically motivated prosecution.

Patrol deputies Robert Lindsey Jr. and Charles Rodriguez contend they were wrongfully  prosecuted at the direction of Paul Tanaka stemming from a grudge the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s then-second-in-command held against Lindsey’s now-retired father, a sheriff’s commander who frequently challenged the undersheriff’s authority.

“The charges were not based on evidence — they were based on a personal vendetta,” said attorney Ron Kaye, who filed the lawsuit in federal court. “Tanaka pushed the Los Angeles (County) District Attorney’s Office to press trumped-up charges.”

Kaye said that if one of Tanaka’s subordinates ever went against him, “your career in law enforcement was in jeopardy.”

Representatives of the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office declined comment on the complaint, which also names Kevin Stennis, who was then a deputy district attorney and is now a judge, and former members of the sheriff’s Internal Criminal Investigative Bureau (ICIB).

The suit seeks unspecified damages and attorney’s fees.

According to the lawsuit, ICIB — which reported to Tanaka — recommended to the District Attorney’s Office that Lindsey and Rodriguez be charged with filing a false police report in connection with a June 2011 drug bust outside a Huntington Park bar.

A prosecutor said charges against the deputies were pursued after surveillance video appeared to contradict details in Lindsey’s arrest report — but the case was dismissed after a key witness failed to appear for the preliminary hearing, the suit states.

However, Stennis moved against the deputies a second time after “someone from the Sheriff’s Department came and had a meeting with my boss and I was told I would re-file the case,” Stennis told Lindsey’s then-attorney, according to the lawsuit.

Kaye said the circumstances surrounding the case illustrate the “collusion between the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office.”

When the case against the deputies went to trial in June 2015, the lawmen were acquitted of all charges in less than three hours. Lindsey and Rodriguez were then reinstated as patrol deputies, according to Kaye.

“There was a complete lack of evidence,” Kaye said. “The case was built on air.”

Tanaka is serving a five-year sentence in federal prison for his role in a 2011 scheme by sheriff’s officials to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate abuse by deputies in the county’s jails.

Former members of ICIB — including its then-Captain William “Tom” Carey — were also convicted in the case and have been sentenced to various prison terms.


Antelope Valley & Southern California Church Directory


If you are in the local area and in need of a church home.


Living Water Worship Center
 1034 West Ave. L-12, Suite 105
Lancaster, CA. 93534

Worship Service:  8:00 AM
Bible Study: Tuesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Dwayne Jones


The Lord House of Refuge
456 East Avenue K-4 Suite 1
Lancaster CA 93535

Worship Service: 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 PM

Pastor Tina Johnson


Galilee Baptist Church
542 East Avenue G
Lancaster CA 93535

Sunday School: 9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.

Pastor BillyZone


Wayside Christian Center
44219 10th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Worship Service: 11:00 A.M.
Tues. Bible Study: 7:00 P.M.

 Dr. John Ward, Senior Pastor  


Temple Ministries  
43913 15th Street West
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School 9:00 A.M.
Sunday Worship 10:00 A.M.
Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 P.M.

George McIntyre, Pastor  

Agape Community Church
1722 East Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster CA 93535

Sunday Service:  8:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M.
Sunday School:  9:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Wednesday 7:00 P.M.

Bishop George Todd, Senior Pastor


Universal Church of God in Action
511 West Avenue H-8
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School:  10:00 A.M.
Morning Worship:  11:30 A.M.
Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Wednesday
Women In Action:  12:00 P.M. Thursday
Youth Bible Study:  6:00 P.M. Friday
Saturday Prayer:  8:00 A.M.  Saturday

Robert L. Jones, Jr.  Senior Pastor

Bible Way Deliverance Ministry
205 Nugent Street
Lancaster CA 93534

Sunday School: 10:00 A.M.
Sunday Morning Service: 11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  Wednesday: 6:30 P.M.
Women Ministry (WORCC): 3rd Saturday:  10:30 A.M.
Young Men’s Ministry: 1st Saturday:  10:30 A.M.

Pastor LeNeil & Pastor Venus Davis

LeNiel & Venus


St. John Holy Trinity A.M.E
9543 East Avenue Q-10
Littlerock CA 93550

Sunday School:  9:30 A.M.
Worship Service:  11:00 A.M.
Bible study Wednesday :  6:00 P.M.

Melanie Mays, Senior Pastor



True Vine Gospel Church
859 East Avenue Q
Palmdale CA 93550

Sunday School:  9:30-10:30 A.M.
Sunday Worship:  11:00 A.M.
Bible Study:  7:00-8:30 P.M. Wednesday


 Al January, Pastor/Teacher 

Los Angeles

Do Right Christian Church
9815 S. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles CA.  90044

Sunday School: 7:40 A.M.
Worship Service: 8:30 A.M.
Bible Study: Thursday 7:00 P.M.

Lonnie McNamee, Senior Pastor


Temple of Believers Community Church
11721 Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90061

Service Times
Sunday School:  9:30 AM
Morning Worship:  11:00 AM
Pastor Wilburn Liddell                 



Antelope Valley Re-Entry Coalition

Antelope Valley Re-Entry Coalition


Antelope Valley Re-Entry Coalition
Antelope Valley College
3041 W. Ave. K, Lancaster Ca 935366

June 8th, 2017
10 A.M. – 2 P.M.
Free Opportunities drawing & giveaways

Available Resources
Child Support Services
Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery
Mental Health Referrals
Job Prep Assistance/Legal Assistance
AB-109 Services Provided
Faith Based Resources/Mentoring
Educational and Training Resources
Physical Health/Health Care Enrollment Information
I.D., Birth Certificate, SS Card Information

This is an Adult Only Event: NO CHILDREN ARE ALLOWED.