When in 1926 Dr. George W. Harley, the great American missionary doctor, came to this part of Africa as part of the Harvard Medical Expedition, one of the first things he did was to care for the sick in that part of the country later known as Nimba County.Dr. Harley built the Ganta Methodist Mission to educate first the Manos, main inhabitants of the area, and the rest of the Nimba people. The doctor, at the same time, also devoted his time to healing the souls by engaging in evangelism. He later built the rock church that still stands there till this day. Dr. Harley soon discovered that leprosy was in the area and he began treating the lepers.He then built the Ganta Hospital, the first referral hospital far into the Liberian interior. American Lutherans later erected a hospital and nursing school in Zorzor, Lofa County. It would take another a half century before the Lutherans would erect Phebe Hospital in Suakoko.The Methodists, of whom Dr. Harley was a part, also opened a nursing school at the Ganta hospital.How sad it is that such a rich and glittering medical facility, built and maintained over the decades purely by Methodist missionary money, is now in trouble and, according to our Nimba Correspondent Ishmael Menkor, threatening collapse.You mean after all these years the Liberian government cannot find the money to maintain that purely humanitarinan effort developed by American Methodists? What is the real problem? Surely Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has not forgotten and can never forget that Phebe, built by American Lutherans, was in the identical boat in 1973 when President William R. Tolbert came to the rescue. When news broke out that Phebe was about to be closed down due to the shortage of funds, he asked his Health Minister, Counselor Oliver Bright, what it cost to run Phebe annually. The answer lay in the two stories that had been written about Phebe’s imminent closure: US$400,000. The President immediately ordered Minister Bright to draft a letter for the President’s signature directing the Minister of Finance, Steve Tolbert, to make immediately available an annual budgetary allocation of US$400,000 to keep Phebe open. Since then support for Phebe has primarily come from the Liberian government. But thankfully, the Lutherans have always, until this day, kept a keen interest in Phebe.We are sure that the Methodists will do the same thing in Ganta. But in this time of crisis, we call on Senator Prince Y. Johnson and all the other political heavyweights in Nimba immediately to consult with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to keep theGanta Hospital open by injecting emergency funding to save lives. It must be remembered and carved into our consciousness that it is the government, not the churches or anyone else, that has the primary responsibility to care for the sick in our country. The churches—Episcopal, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran,Catholic and in later years the Pentacostals, Seventh Day Adventist and the Ahmadiyya, have done us a great favor by investing in our health care delivery system and using it—and education, too, as a tool of evangelism. The government must now face up to its responsibility to care for its sick, and to ensure the health and medical wellbeing of the whole Liberian population. Even as we do this, the religious community, the international community, private individuals and others would be encouraged to join in lending a helping hand to keep Liberians and others in our midst healthy and well.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-Justice Yuoh places stay orderFamily members of murdered Super FM Journalist Tyron Brown may likely not get their anticipated justice soon due to a stay order imposed on the case by Associate Justice Sie-A-Nyene Yuoh, until she can fully review a complaint about the alleged legal blunder (mistake) discovered in the state indictment drawn against defendant Jonathan Williams and his two co-defendants and that was ignored by Judge Roosevelt Willie of Criminal Court ‘A’ where the matter is being heard.Currently the Chamber Justice, Yuoh’s action came about when she held a conference with the defense team, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Judge Willie, regarding a ‘Petition for the Writ of Certiorari’ prayed for by Williams and his co-defendants Alice and Edwina Youti.She meanwhile scheduled legal argument into the matter for September 17, meaning that her stay order will remain in place pending the determination of the merit and demerit of the legal breach.And if any of the parties are not satisfied with Yuoh’s handling of the matter, they can appeal against her decision before the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which could likely take weeks.Journalist Brown was found dead in the early hours of April 16, 2018, in the Kingdom Care Community on Duport Road, with physical injuries.Shortly afterward, his lifeless body was discovered. But police arrested Williams as prime suspect and subsequently charged him with the crime of murder, along with co-defendants Alice and Edwina Youti, who were also charged with hindering law enforcement in connection to Brown’s death.Prior to Yuoh’s stay order, the Youti legal team had argued that the crime of hindering of law enforcement as charged in the indictment was beyond the jurisdiction of Criminal Court ‘A’, equating it to misdemeanor, which by law must be exclusively heard by only magisterial court, not the circuit court.Besides, the lawyers also asked Judge Willie to allow Alice and Edwina to be tried separately from Williams, because, according to Youti’s lawyers, the state charges against them was not so grave as compared to the murder charge against defendant Williams.Despite the concern raised by the lawyers’ pointing to the government’s legal blunder, Judge Willie sided with the state lawyers and subsequently asked that the matter be proceeded with, which action prompted Youti’s lawyers to file the writ for reviewing of Willie’s judgment.As for Williams, his request to change the venue of his trial from Monrovia to any of the other counties on grounds that the alleged murder charge was committed in Monrovia, and if he were to be tried here, he could also not get a free, fair and transparent hearing, was denied.Again Judge Willie colluded with the prosecution to deny that request.Another error was that Judge Willie agreed with the prosecution to deny William’s request for a bench trial, meaning that the judge should serve as both the jury and the judge, of which prosecution resisted and Willie accepted.Immediately, after Yuoh’s stay order, several legal experts (name withheld) wondered as to why the MoJ will allow itself to commit “elementary mistakes?”An expert assumed that the blunder was intended to delay justice into the matter, and subsequently circumvent the law that says hindering law enforcement was exclusively for magistrate court, and not the circuit court.“Those guys are senior Supreme Court lawyers. How in this world could they make a blunder like this by leaving the murdered journalist’s family in the dark and without telling them when they are going to get justice? “the lawyer wondered.Another lawyer argued whether the government was serious about the case, taking into consideration the series of mistakes they had made during the trial, which they said led to the stay order.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A five-hour sweep of the Mazaruni Prison by ranks of both the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Saturday unearthed a number of contraband items among inmates.The contraband items seized by law enforcement officials after a five-hoursearch at the Mazaruni PrisonPolice Officers stationed at the Bartica Police Station, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) along with Prison Officers unearthed 85 razor blades, 12 cigarette lighters, 18 smoking utensils, seven metal spoons, five pieces of rope, three cellular phone charges, one cellular phone battery and three packs of playing cards.Additionally, a small number of cannabis leaves, seeds and stems were found during the search, which commenced at 06:00h and ended at 11:00h on Saturday.Just one month ago, a search conducted by ranks of the GPS and GPF at the same prison led to the discovery of a number of contraband items inclusive of cigarettes and marijuana.On November 6, three SIM cards, 10 cellular phones, 59 packs of cigarettes, six pairs of scissors, 11 improvised weapons, eight lighters, two smoking utensils, eight charges, eight pieces of broken mirrors, and over 1400 grams of cannabis were seized by law enforcement officials.The GPS conducts regular raids within the prisons, be it internal or joint operation with the Guyana Police Force, to confiscate narcotics, cell phones, improvised weapons and alcohol, among other illegal items.In the past, prison warders, relatives and friends of inmates have been caught attempting to smuggle contraband items inside of the prisons.On many occasions, Acting Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels had issued several calls to prison warders and officers to desist from trafficking contraband in the prisons while asking those who are guilty to understand the consequences as the law will take its course.The Prison Director had told the media in mid-2019 that getting rid of contraband in prison could not be a fight by a few while noting the need for collective efforts.The trafficking of contraband in the prison environment also put the perpetrators and warders at risk, Samuels had said.“Prison Officers should not be putting their fellow officers at risk. What about our motto: ‘Together in Service?’ Trafficking in contraband at all locations is a matter of grave concern but at the Mazaruni Prison, which is a maximum-security prison, it is worst because of the extent of the collusion that is needed for many contraband items to get into the prison”.
With less than one week before the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) are held, the Opposition is questioning why the two main coalition partners have been mum on possible increases to property rates and taxes especially, since its Government hired a North American company to assess the current rates.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAs all parties intensify efforts in the final days leading up the polls; Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo told reporters at his press conference at his Georgetown office on Wednesday that candidates from both the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and AFC (Alliance For Change) are basically silent on the impending increases on property taxes.“APNU and AFC are not saying anything about ‘no tax increases’ at the local level. The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has made it clear that we will not support any increase at the local levels because these communities are already overburdened with taxation at the national level,” Jagdeo outlined.The Georgetown Mayor and City Hall where the APNU/AFC coalition won a majority in the 2016 LGE has long been complaining about being unable to meet financial obligations from current property rates and taxes. These comments were picked up by which later hired Canadian firm Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to assess the tax rate in not just the city but countrywide for approximately $330 million.He however reminded reporters on Wednesday that following the 2016 LGE, the PPP had not increased any taxes, whereas some APNU/AFC stronghold areas such as New Amsterdam saw increases for property rates and taxes. The former President feels APNU and AFC candidates are deliberately avoiding the issue as he expressed that the property tax issue should play an integral part of the LGE discussion. In any case, he stated that PPP officials and representatives are currently on the ground across the various Local Authority Areas (LAAs) as the Party has a message he feels will resonate with all Guyana.Jagdeo has been noted saying for quite some time that Government has been increasing too many taxes – about 200, he in fact says. When the Party launched its campaign in September, he had said no tax increases for properties, but Government had, however, outlined that rate hikes would be up to local officials after the valuations were complete. It was in 2017 that Finance Minister Winston Jordan revealed that efforts were being made to ensure the stability and self-sufficiency of the Local Democratic Organs (LDOs), to reduce dependence on subventions from Central Government. The Government has expressed its dissatisfaction with the national valuation system, noting that it showed an extended neglect of the Local Government system.
The Los Angeles City Council’s decision to divert some 600 tons of trash away from Sunshine Canyon Landfill above Granada Hills is a good first step, a hopeful sign that at last city politicians are serious about ending dumping in urban areas. Still, given the tricks City Hall has used to perpetuate dumping at Sunshine Canyon these last 30 years, Friday’s vote must be viewed with a certain skepticism. The plan to start sending one-sixth of the city’s trash elsewhere is not set in stone, and is contingent upon what sort of deal city leaders can work out with Sunshine’s operators, Browning-Ferris Industries. And given that the council recently approved a five-year deal with BFI, it’s hardly holding a strong hand. But even if city leaders make good on their promise to slow the flow of trash into Granada Hills, they still must do much more to show that they will deliver on the bigger promise of ending the dumping altogether. It’s not enough for them to issue the same feel-good pronouncements that they want to stop polluting neighborhoods with waste and fleets of exhaust-spewing diesel trucks. They need an iron-clad plan to make good on their promises, complete with benchmarks for progress and penalties for noncompliance. So far, city leaders are saying the right things. They talk of extending the city’s mandatory recycling program to businesses and apartment dwellers, who are currently exempt. They propose building local trash-to-energy facilities, and shipping out whatever refuse remains. But talk is cheap. City leaders have talked about ending dumping at Sunshine Canyon for years. No one denies that the process will take a while. We need evidence that the process is truly under way. If 600 tons of trash diverted a day is a down payment, it’s a good one. But if it ends up being the whole deal, Valley residents are getting snookered again. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A MAN behind a €56k rampage through holiday homes in Inishowen has been given community service.Bernard McDaid broke into the homes along with two other men – Ashley Nicholl and a third man on the run from Gardai – during a drunken orgy of destruction on January 31, 2010.The men wrecked the houses in Moville, Malin and Culdaff which belonged to holiday-home owners from Derry and Britain. The men destroyed kitchens, stairs, living rooms, smashed mirrors and broke fridges and televisions during the rampage.In total they caused more than €56,000 worth of damage to the four properties.Bernard McDaid was named by his co-accused and a finger print linked him to crime scenes.McDaid was drunk and high on drugs at the time.Nicholl was jailed for two years last summer for each of the four burglaries with all sentences to run concurrently, with the last year suspended.When McDaid, 22, appeared in court last November, he told the judge that he had been offered a job working for a kitchen company and hoped to take it up.“I was very stupid and I was taking ecstasy,” he said, apologising for what he had done.Judge O’Hagan said he wanted to see proof of a job and adjourned sentence.At a previous hearing barrister Damian Crawford said his client had returned to England.He said McDaid’s job offer from a kitchen company had also fallen through because he was banned from driving, and had decided instead to take a job on a building site in London.In Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday Judge O’Hagan detailed the crime spree.“This was a terrible affair and a lot of damage was done,” said the judge.The court heard Nicholl had 29 previous convictions when he was sentenced whilst McDaid had seven previous convictions, all for motoring offences.The judge said McDaid had “faced up” to the offences.He imposed the same sentence as given to Nicholl but substituted 240 hours community service in lieu of the prison sentence on all four counts.Judge O’Hagan warned McDaid not to be “running off back to London” and warned him that he would go to jail for two years if he didn’t engage with the probation service.COMMUNITY SERVICE FOR MAN WHO WRECKED DONEGAL HOLIDAY HOMES was last modified: December 10th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bernard McDaidcrime spreeholiday homesInishowenMalinmoville
It’s not difficult giving some encouragement to young soccer stars of the future by telling them they could play for Man Utd on day.But when you have two such rising stars in the room and they both come from Donegal, then the coache’s job becomes a little easier. That was exactly the scenario as Letterkenny Rovers held a very successful end of season Schoolboys and Youth presentation function last night at the Station House Hotel Letterkenny.The special guest was Manchester United Academy goalkeeper Joe Coll who hails from Meenlaragh while also present was youth team player Ryan McConnell who is moving to join the Red Devils this very wekend.Speakers on the night were outgoing Letterkenny Town Mayor Cllr Gerry McMonagle and club Chariman Dessie Kelly. A special presentation was made to Ryan while a special thanks went to Diarmaid Doherty who was MC for the night.Below is the list of all prize winners as well as more pictures from what was a great night. UNDER-8’sJoint Top Goalscorers-Caolan Plumb and Dylan McMonagleMost Improved Player-Abraham HassanPlayer of the Year-Harry WinfieldUNDER-10 PUMASCup winners at Boals Goals competition Top Goalscorer-Sean McGinleyMost Improved Player-James GallagherPlayer of the Year-David BoyleUNDER-10 ROVERS Top Goalscorer-Nathan PlumbMost Improved Player-Jack GallagherPlayer of the Year-Ciaran MooreUNDER-12 CRUSADERSTop Goalscorer-Conor McKinneyMost Improved Player-Conor McMonaglePlayer of the Year-Kyle CanningUNDER-12 ROVERSJoint Top Goalscorer-Casper Clos and Anthony GallagherMost Improved Player-Conor FallPlayer of the Year-Alan StephensonUNDER-14Top Goalscorer-Kyle GormleyMost Improved Player-Kevin TrilliniPlayer of the Year-Shay DohertyUNDER-16 CRUSADERSTop Goalscorer-Dean KellyMost Improved Player-Aaron O’DonnellPlayer of the Year-JDUNDER-16 ROVERSTop Goalscorer-Kieran McPhearsonMost Improved Player-Liam BlaneyPlayer of the Year-Cormac CallaghanYOUTH TEAMTop Goalscorer-Odhran McMackenMost Improved Player-Kieran DohertyPlayer of the Year-Dale GormanMAN UTD’S RISING DONEGAL STARS ARE TOAST OF LETTERKENNY! was last modified: June 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Joe CollLetterkenny RoversMan UtdRyan McConnell
“We’re playing well right now,” La Reina coach Bob Cisco said. “Nordhoff is probably our toughest competition in league.” Playoff pressure: Second-ranked Valencia, which finished 10th in the Southern Section final last year, will get a taste of must-win pressure earlier than the playoffs this season. The Vikings must finish ahead of first-place, top-ranked Hart in the remaining three league tournaments – the first Tuesday at El Cariso Golf Course in Sylmar – to repeat at Foothill champions. Hart, which has won in two of three meetings with Valencia this season, finished ahead in the two most important ones – the first two league tournaments – after losing by five strokes in a nonconference match at Valencia Country Club. Valencia played well, but Hart played better in both league tournaments. Hart won 183-185 in the Sept. 27 Foothill opener at par-31 El Cariso and 184-185 Monday at par-33 Vista Valencia, where both teams broke the course record of 186 set in 2003 by Saugus. “The girls are a little shaken in their confidence right now,” said Valencia coach Andy Raevouri, whose team posted the lowest score in the area this season, a 16-over-par 191 at Spanish Hills Country Club, and have four starters who shoot in the 30s. “My job is to get their chins up. They’ve got to trust in themselves again.” Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 firstname.lastname@example.org TOP 10 Records through Monday 1. Hart 15-2 2. Valencia 17-2 3. Granada Hills 8-3 4. Westlake 5-2 5. Thousand Oaks 8-1 6. Rio Mesa 5-3 7. Agoura 5-3 8. La Reina 8-2 9. Quartz Hill 6-3 10. Notre Dame 2-1 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some of the top girls’ golfers in the area get to test their games against one of the top players in the nation today in the third annual Magnolia Park Optimist Tournament. Angela Park of Torrance High, a 2004 state finalist and fifth-ranked junior girl in the U.S., leads a strong individual field in the 20-team, nine-hole competition at De Bell Golf Course in Burbank. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Harp and Redmond shot even-par 33s Monday to lead Hart (17-2) past previously No. 1-ranked Valencia (15-2) at Vista Valencia Golf Course in the second Foothill League tournament of the season. Its second consecutive tournament title left Hart in command of the league race and boosted the Indians past defending champion Valencia to No. 1 in the area. Loy qualified for the U.S. Women’s Amateur and U.S. Girls’ Amateur this year, and Mannix has been medalist four times for the Vikings. Vilella and Gloria Park were top players on Granada Hills’ fourth consecutive City Section championship team last year. Packard and Goodman won the past two Marmonte League individual titles, and Ondrejko is the top returning starter from Westlake’s Marmonte-winning team in 2004. STORY CAN TRIM HERE IF NEEDED Regents rolling: La Reina of Thousand Oaks took a big step toward a sixth consecutive Tri-Valley League championship Tuesday, defeating Nordhoff of Ojai 217-240 at par-34 Los Robles Greens. Junior Samantha Katz shot 37 and sophomore Kelsey Conway 38 to lead seventh-ranked La Reina (8-2 overall, 5-0 Tri-Valley) in the win over the visiting Rangers (5-5, 2-2). Park, a 17-year-old senior who plans to enter the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament next fall, reached match play this year at the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur, U.S. Women’s Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur. She advanced to the semifinals in the Women’s Amateur, losing 3 and 1 to Morgan Pressel, who won the event and was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Open. Stevy Loy and Michelle Mannix of Valencia, Tessa Harp and Ashley Redmond of Hart of Newhall, Angela Vilella and Gloria Park of Granada Hills, Hillary Packard of Thousand Oaks, Brittney Ondrejko of Westlake, and Amanda Goodman of Agoura are among area golfers competing at De Bell. The event begins at 1:30 p.m.
Third-ranked Grace Brethren of Simi Valley (5-2) scored on its first three possessions of the first quarter and routed No. 9 L.A. Baptist of North Hills 56-7 at Moorpark High. Grace Brethren’s Steve Gourley caught touchdown pass of 51 and 35 from Travis Chupp (5 of 6 for 164 yards), giving the Lancers a 14-0 advantage. Gourley finished with six receptions for 120 yards. He gained 91 yards on seven carries. On Grace Brethren’s third possession, Gourley ran 65 yards for a touchdown, increasing the advantage to 20-0. The shutout was broken in the third quarter when Nate Jones intercepted backup quarterback Kevin Ramay and ran 72 yards for a score. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week – Tim Tanner NON LEAGUE Boron 28, Vasquez 0:Vasquez High of Acton is no longer perfect as Boron broke open a close game in the fourth quarter. Boron (5-2) out-gained Vasquez (6-1) in total yardage 279 to 52 as it won its fifth consecutive game. The Bobcats were led by Brad Kostopolous, who rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries, and James Smith, who rushed for 142 yards and one toucdwon on 26 carries. Vasquez junior quarterback Joe Perez completed 7-of-13 passes for 48 yards. – Gideon Rubin PREP LEAGUE Rio Hondo Prep 30, Flintridge Prep 22:Bill Baumgartner rushed for 192 yards on 17 carries and scored four touchdowns and Will Torrico passed for 162 yards as Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia (5-1, 2-0) defeated Flintridge Prep of La Canada Flintridge (3-3, 1-1). Joe Farewell, who completed 6-of-13 passes for 85 yards for Flintridge, connected with split end Zak Salehipour on a 25-yard touchdown pass with 2:07 remaining in the game. Running back Matt Stein then ran in the two-point conversion to pull Flintridge within eight points. – Steve Collins RIO HONDO LEAGUE Temple City 35, La Canada 15: Tsun Shin Tsai rushed for 249 yards and three touchdowns as Temple City (4-3, 2-0) upset La Canada of La Canada Flintridge (5-2, 1-1) in a Rio Hondo League game. La Canada entered the game as the No. 3 team in So. Sec. Div. X, but fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and was never able to stop Temple City’s running game. La Canada’s passing game struggled as John Ondrejcka completed 7-of-15 passes for 81 yards and an interception. T.J. Trumbo, returning from a back injury, threw two interceptions for La Canada in his four attempts. – Bob Timmerman TRI-VALLEY LEAGUE Oak Park 35, Bishop Diego 12: Quarterback Doug Deakin accounted for 247 of his teams 334 yards of offense as Oak Park (3-3, 1-1) defeated visiting Bishop Diego of Santa Barbara (4-3, 2-2). Deakin rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and completed 10 of 16 passes for 120 yards and another score. He scored on runs of 7 and 17 yards and connected with Matt Alexander on a 8-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter. – Mitch Polin 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Palmdale patrol will focus mostly on the Antelope Valley Mall and shopping centers along 10th Street West and on 47th Street East. Helping the patrol will be deputies from the Palmdale Partners Against Crime unit and the Antelope Valley Volunteer Mounted Unit. Also patrolling the west Palmdale shopping centers will be a two-man “bomber” patrol car that starts duty Dec. 1. A “bomber” car that started last year will be handling east Palmdale. Deputies in the “bomber” cars are normally not sent to answer routine calls but can focus on particular high-crime areas or to look for particular crimes, officials said. The mounted patrol consists of Sheriff’s Department volunteers riding their own horses. The unit also helps deputies with crowd control at events like Lancaster’s California poppy festival and park concerts, as well as in searches. PALMDALE – Extra sheriff’s deputies are on patrol around Antelope Valley shopping centers to help protect holiday shoppers and deter car burglaries and other thefts. Five deputies and a sergeant went on duty Friday morning as Lancaster’s holiday patrol, and Palmdale’s shopping centers will be watched by deputies in three or four patrol cars, plus mounted volunteers and officers from other units, officials said. “The holiday patrol is going to be providing additional security for shoppers,” Palmdale sheriff’s station Lt. Bob Denham said. “It is the busiest time of the year. They’re out there being highly visible and available to answer questions from the public if they have any concerns.” In Lancaster, the holiday patrol started at 5 a.m. Friday and will mostly be working 5 to 10 p.m., Deputy Mark Round said. The patrol will focus on shopping centers throughout the city, including the centers that contain the east and west Lancaster Wal-Mart stores, the Target store and Toys ‘R’ Us. The mounted volunteers patrol parking lots looking for people breaking into cars or committing other crimes, and also help shoppers, such as people who can’t remember where they parked their cars. The volunteers have two-way radios to call sheriff’s deputies if they spot someone or something suspicious. “Basically, (we’re) just providing extra eyes and ears to the sheriff’s department,” team leader Donna Carroll said Friday as she adjusted a Santa Claus cap over her horse Dallas’ ears in the mall parking lot. “We focus on the mall, but we do the entire area.” Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!