Archive for July 22, 2009

Man pleads no contest in fatal hit-run; gets 4 years

This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Wednesday, July 22, 2009.

By DAISY RATZLAFF
Valley Press Staff Writer

LANCASTER – An ex-convict was sentenced to four years in prison after he admitted to a hit-and-run that killed a woman walking her bicycle across a Lancaster street.

Derrick Jackson, 39, of Lancaster pleaded no contest to one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident, said Jane Robison of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Charges were filed July 14 against Jackson, and he entered his plea during a court appearance that day, Robison said. Sheriff’s records indicate Jackson was on parole from state prison.

“He pleaded the same day it was filed,” Robison said. “It’s a little unusual. He was sentenced to four years in state prison.”

Jackson is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 12 for a restitution hearing.

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Bike ‘n Brunch, Saturday, July 18, 7 am

Bike ‘n Brunch

Saturday, July 18, 7 am sharp!

Avenue J and Sierra Bike Path

Ride to Bike Path to Sierra Paloma Park via Avenue R

Back via Tierra Subida and Avenue S

about 25 miles

Jump off bike path on way home for brunch and swim

Linda Pluss’s
475 Fairway Dr
Palmdale

RSVP–PLEASE!!!
lgpluss37@aol.com or 947-1324

The ride will be cancelled if Linda doesn’t hear from anyone!

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Pedaling from Pacific to Atlantic, Randy Pickens finds inner peace on bicycle

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS - Ricky Pickens has traveled across the country on his bike for several years selling hats and meeting interesting people. MOLLY HAUXWELL/Valley Press

SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS - Ricky Pickens has traveled across the country on his bike for several years selling hats and meeting interesting people. MOLLY HAUXWELL/Valley Press

This story appeared in the Antelope Valley Press
Tuesday, July 14, 2009.

By JULIE DRAKE
Valley Press Staff Writer

LANCASTER – Ricky Pickens has pedaled across the United States on his bike for several years – selling hats and meeting interesting people along the way.

Pickens, who will turn 57 on Friday , recently passed through the Antelope Valley for a brief visit last week with family members in Palmdale before hitting the road for the long return trip to Lake Tahoe.

“America has paradises; Lake Tahoe is one of them,” he said.

Last year Pickens spent his birthday in Jamestown, Va.

“I always try to be someplace special for each birthday,” he said.

The wandering soul parked his bike at the Lancaster Regional Library, where he stopped briefly to look up some information to fix his laptop computer, on which he stores pictures of flowers and the places he has been.

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Free Pizza next club meeting!

Come on out and join us at our next club meeting!
Free Pizza will be bought by the club.
Hope to see you at Nick’s at 7:00 pm on July 20th.

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