McGill guilty of manslaughter

April 4, 2013

For the Leader

VICTORVILLE • In a decision that the defense considered a victory, a jury found a Lucerne Valley man guilty of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday at the Victorville courthouse.

Richard Eric McGill, 53, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Donna Foerstel, in 2011.

The district attorney sought a first-degree murder conviction, while the defense argued that McGill killed Foerstel in the heat of an altercation in the couple’s small trailer in Lucerne Valley.

What's Happening - April 3, 2013

April 4, 2013

Walkathon for Drug Free Teens

The Majority Rules Club will hold its Seventh Annual Walkathon for Drug Free Teens on Saturday, April 6.

The 10-mile walk starts at 7 a.m. at Lucerne Valley High School and ends at Pioneer Park, where the Roadrunners will reward finishers with a barbecue meal. Members of Citizens On Patrol will help keep walkers safe, and local community groups will provide water stations every mile.

Honorary mayor sponsors carnival, spreads joy

April 4, 2013


As carnival-goers began trickling in late last Friday afternoon, Honorary Mayor Woody Hart and his wife Pam were bracing for a weekend of fun for all ages.

For the second year in a row, the Harts put their soul into the community project. This year’s carnival ran Friday through Easter Sunday weekend on a large patch of earth on the west side of town.

“I’m just doing it for the community,” Hart said. “We’re trying to make it a yearly deal.”

Chapter 14: Paper dolls, castor oil and ‘hobos’

April 4, 2013


Hello to Lucerne Valley.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Easter holidays. I reckon the little ones will be back in school before long. Hope they found all those eggs, and now it's just a matter of deciding how many times you can have deviled eggs, egg salad and potato salad. Hope you all counted when you did the hiding. Nothing like finding a pretty blue egg in May!

Pickup truck collides with 18-wheeler

April 4, 2013


CAMP ROCK • No injuries were reported following the collision of a pickup truck and an 18-wheeler on the morning of Tuesday, March 26 on Highway 18 about a mile south of Camp Rock Road.

A Bakersfield couple was on a day trip to Big Bear when the driver apparently missed a hairpin turn, drifted into the northbound lane of Highway 18 and collided with a big rig carrying a load of lumber.

“It looked like it was going to be a head-on collision, but at the last minute she maneuvered out of the way,” her passenger said.

Obituary: Kenneth Martin Pierzina, Sr.

April 4, 2013

Kenneth Martin Pierzina, Sr. died in Apple Valley on Jan. 26, 2013 at age 84.

Born on Oct. 8, 1928 to Inga and John Pierzina in Beach, ND, he was a resident of Lucerne Valley since 1995. As a young man, Ken worked in the timber and logging industry in Oregon. Later, he was a co-owner of Treon Steel Fabricators and Teron Engineering Corporation in Fontana.

Pierzina was a charter member of the Fontana Police Department’s volunteer program that developed the first Citizen’s Patrol to assist police and sheriff departments.

Religion Column: Eye witness, a week later

April 4, 2013


Imagine two retired High Desert dwellers. The wife is standing at her kitchen window. The husband is watching an eye witness live TV news show about a cop killer trapped in a burning house.

“Did they catch that guy yet?” she says.

“They’re pretty sure he’s in this house,” the husband says.

“Pretty sure is not good enough for me,” the wife says. “That’s Big Bear!”

LVHS Student of the Month: Ixandra Portillo

March 28, 2013


If Lucerne Valley High School junior Ixandra Portillo attains her dream of becoming a pediatrician, she’s definitely already displaying key traits — compassion, a willingness to work hard and the ability to make a difference.

Portillo and her family moved to Lucerne Valley from Apple Valley when she was in 7th grade. The district newcomer soon was embraced by new friends. But because she experienced that transition from one community to another, she is especially sensitive to the feelings of other new students.


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