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BUDGET PIE A LITTLE BIGGER
07-23-2014 - SuzG. Supervisors have agreed to spend a $25-million budget balance on a long list of priorities that includes letting several non-profits maintain their level of service. At Tuesday's general fund update, Jeff Frapwell from the County Administrator's Office said there are 183 new and existing building and maintenance projects. "The total of those estimated projects is $68-million. That breaks down to $37.8-million to major maintenance projects, and $31-million in capital projects." Kern County also saw $6.2-million in new tax assessments, however, all departments were ordered to cut their budgets by five-percent to save Kern Medical Center.
BALL IS NOW IN UNION'S COURT IN BUS STRIKE
07-22-2014 - ST The Golden Empire Transit Board of Directors held a closed session meeting to consider a proposal by the Teamsters union representing more than 200 striking bus drivers and mechanics. Union spokesman Chester Suniga won't disclose details of the proposal, but says they got a response from the Board this afternoon. "We'll take it to the membership, then the membership votes on it. And it's either 'yes' or 'no'". GET spokesperson Gina Hayden explains what will happen after the union vote. "If they voted to accept whatever came out of the negotiations, then it would go to the GET Board." Hayden says the board would then vote to approve or deny the union vote. Drivers are still on the picket lines.
POSITIVE NEWS ON CITY CRIME RATES
07-22-2014 - ST Crime in Bakersfield for the first six months of 2014 is down from the previous year, with a nine-percent drop in violent crime and a 46-percent drop in the murder rate. Police Sergeant Joe Grubbs says since the 2006 recession, they didn't have a big enough budget to hire officers. "We've been on a couple-year process of hiring additional or new personnel." Grubbs says there is a new Academy class set to graduate next month, and they will have a greater impact on crime in 2015 as they gain street experience.
BODY OF MISSING SWIMMER FOUND IN KILLER KERN
07-22-2014 - ST-SuzG The Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team has recovered the body of a 19-year-old Bakersfield man who was swimming in the Kern River about four miles being pulled under by the current, despite the efforts of friends to pull him out. The group had been jumping into the water off a large rock.
NEW RULES FOR SKATE PARKS
07-22-2014 - ST The Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department has changed the rules at the city's skate parks, allowing the use of two-wheeled scooters in them. People who use them are required to wear the same safety gear that skaters do. Bikes are still not allowed in the skate parks.
CATS SAVED FROM FIRE
07-22-2014 - ST Kern County firefighters were able to save seven of 11 cats that were found in a burning apartment in Shafter that caused $30,000 in damage. Crews were called to the 600 block of Kern Street Tuesday evening and forced the door open, then got the cats out and gave them oxygen.
FIRE GUTS OILDALE HOME
07-22-2014 - ST A two alarm fire at a vacant two-story home in Oildale is under investigation after causing $80,000 in damage. County firefighters were called to the home on McCord Avenue, west of North Chester Avenue a little after 5 O'clock, Tuesday afternoon. The second alarm was called to protect two other homes from the flames.
MAN WANTED IN FATAL HIT AND RUN
07-22-2014 - ST Police are looking for a man they believe hit and killed a motorcyclist in southwest Bakersfield. Investigators say 24-year-old Antwan Marcal Rowel hit the unidentified man last Thursday on Akers Road, south of Wilson Road. The victim died of his injuries Monday at Kern Medical Center.
GET BOARD TO MEET ABOUT BUS STRIKE
07-21-2014 - ST The Golden Empire Transit District is calling a special meeting for Tuesday to discuss the undisclosed proposal from the Teamsters negotiating team regarding the strike of more than 200 bus drivers and mechanics. GET spokesperson Gina Hayden says three board members are at a training seminar out of the area. "One of the Board members is returning home for the meeting. So there will be a quorum of three Board members." Hayden says Tuesday's special meeting will only cover the topic of the strike and the proposal that was given to them last Friday. Drivers and mechanics have been on the picket line for a week.
KERN COUNTY SENDS HELP TO WILDFIRE FIGHT
07-21-2014 - ST The Kern County Fire Department has sent six people as part of an 80-man team to help battle the Carlton Complex wildfire in Washington state. Captain Sean Collins says they hit the ground running when they arrived Sunday. "We help with putting together the plan, the operations, tactical needs to support the resources here on the ground that are actually fighting the fire." Collins says the fire has burned more than 379 square miles, destroyed 150 homes and is only two percent contained. He says they could be there for up to two weeks. The Kern County chapter of the Red Cross is sending a person to help with the relief effort in the Carlton Complex wildfire in Washington state. Disaster Program Manager Tessa Lovro will be in charge of oversight and direction of the relief effort.
GANG MEMBER CONVICTED IN SHOOTING
07-21-2014 - ST A jury has convicted a member of the Bakersfield West Side Crips of a murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Devon Mondine shot two people during a confrontation in 2013. Mondine then shot both victims again while they were laying on the ground, killing one of them. He's set to be sentenced in August.
SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SWIMMER
07-21-2014 - ST The Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will continue their search for a person who was last seen swimming in the Kern River about four miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. Volunteers will be going into their second full day of searching for the person who was reported missing Sunday. They can only look for the person in daylight.
SENTENCING FOR CHECK FRAUD
07-21-2014 - ST A Bakersfield man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison and will have to pay more than $91,000 and perform community service for cashing checks in order to hide how much money he had. Miguel Jaramillo cashed more than 50 checks for $10,000 or less to keep from filing a Currency Transaction Report because he did not declare the money on his taxes.
DRUG HAULER FACES TIME
07-21-2014 - ST A man has pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting drugs through Bakersfield with intent to distribute. 37-year-old Enrique Reynosa was pulled over on Highway 99, south of Taft Highway with six pounds of meth and eight pounds of cocaine and more than $1,500 in cash. He faces 10 years to life when he's sentenced in September.
PLEA DEAL IN DUI DEATH
07-21-2014 - ST A man has entered a no contest plea for gross vehicular manslaughter and will be sentenced in August for killing a girl in southwest Bakersfield while he was driving under the influence. Martin Juarez was driving on the wrong side of Coffee road, north of Stockdale Highway in 2012, killing 18-year-old Breanna Webb.
CHP BUSTS MECHANICS
07-21-2014 - ST The CHP, working with the state Bureau of Automotive Repair busted 15 people who offer mobile vehicle repair services in Kern County. The two-day undercover operation involved plainclothes officers calling people who put social media ads offering repairs and setting up appointments.
COUPLE PLEAD IN CHILD TORTURE CASE
07-21-2014 - ST A Bakersfield couple has pleaded guilty to torturing a two-year-old boy who was in their care because the mother was homeless. Marcelino and Denice Guzman face seven years to life for beating the boy with sticks, belts, open hands and fists and burning him with cigarettes in 2012.
BANK HEIST ATTEMPT
07-21-2014 - ST Police are looking for a woman who tried to rob a bank in southwest Bakersfield. Sergeant Joe Grubbs says the woman went into the Wells Fargo on White Lane and Gosford Road Saturday morning. "She approached an employee, and displayed a note that she was robbing the bank." Grubbs says other employees approached her while she gave the note to the teller, and she took off without getting any money. Grubbs says the suspect between 5'10 and 6-feet tall, between 180 and 200 pounds with a black ponytail and a baseball cap.
EIGHT DISPLACED IN OILDALE FIRE
07-21-2014 - ST Five adults and three children were forced out of a two-story triplex in Oildale after a fire broke out in the attic of the building. The Kern County Fire Department says the fire at Lincoln Avenue and Oildale Drive caused $60-thousand in damage on Saturday. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
18TH STREET STABBING
07-21-2014 - SuzG. Bakersfield Police are looking for four men who were involved in a fight where another man was stabbed. It happened around 2:00 this morning on 18th Street at N Street. The victim has moderate but non-life threatening injuries. The suspects drove a late model, blue compact car that had a rear spoiler.
SMOKING CAUSES APT FIRE
07-21-2014 - ST-SuzG A woman and a child had to evacuate their apartment on L Street near 2nd Street in Bakersfield after a fire that was started by a cigarette. Damage is $25-thousand. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from spreading to other units Sunday morning and no one was hurt.
FELINES, LIZARD SURVIVE FIRE
07-21-2014 - ST-SuzG A that fire caused $40-thousand in damage to an east Bakersfield apartment unit is being called suspicious. Firefighters were called out Sunday morning to East 19th Street and East Truxtun Avenue. No one was in the building, but two cats and a snake were rescued.
SWIMMER MISSING IN KILLER KERN
07-21-2014 - SuzG. Kern County Search and Rescue crews will resume their search this morning for a 19-year-old man presumed to have drowned in the Kern River. Witnesses say the man had been with a group of people who were jumping off rocks into the water, about three miles past the mouth of the canyon off Hwy 178.
CRASH CLOSES SUSHI BAR
07-21-2014 - SuzG. A woman who crashed into a Bakersfield sushi restaurant on California Avenue apparently hit the gas pedal on her Tesla sedan instead of the brakes. That was around 8:00 Saturday night at the Shogun Palace and two people inside the building had minor injuries. The restaurant is closed for repairs.
DRIVE BY SHOOTING ON Q STREET
07-21-2014 - SuzG. Bakersfield Police are looking for suspect information following a drive by shooting that happened this morning around 2:30 on Q Street near 10th Street. The victim, a man, is in stable condition at the hospital, but there is no suspect information. The gunman was riding in a black, four door Honda.
MAN BEATEN DOWNTOWN
07-21-2014 - ST Bakersfield Police have arrested five people for attempted murder downtown. Officers were called to the north alley of 20th and Eye Street Friday night, where they found an Hispanic man suffering from life-threatening blunt force trauma to the head.
WOOLLOMES AVENUE FATAL
07-21-2014 - SuzG. A 45-year-old man who died when he lost control of his car and hit a light pole near Delano has been identified as Minh Pham of Westminster. That accident was around 5:30 Sunday afternoon on northbound 99 just south of Woollomes Avenue.
BROWNING ROAD FATAL
07-21-2014 - SuzG. A 19-year-old Delano man has died in an accident on Browning Road after he lost control of his car and hit a pole at the intersection with Garces Highway. Javier Obegon Jr. was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center shortly after 9:00 Saturday morning. The crash is being investigated.
GIRL SHOT TRYING TO BREAK UP FIGHT
07-19-2014 A Bakersfield man is jailed, accused of shooting his own 13-year-old daughter. Sheriff's deputies say it happened when he fired a handgun while trying to break up a fight. A 27-year-old man was also hit by gunfire just after 7:30 p.m. Friday in the 3200 block of Kentucky Street. Investigators later arrested the girl's father, Edgardo Acosta, along with her stepmother and another man. The girl has been transferred to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera.
TALKS MOVE FORWARD DURING BUS STRIKE
07-18-2014 - ST The Teamsters Union has put forth a proposal that could end the strike by Golden Empire Transit drivers and mechanics. GET spokesperson Gina Hayden says she can't give specifics of the proposal that was presented at this morning's 90 minute meeting. "It was not within the limits that the GET negotiating team could approve." Hayden says the union has been asked to present the plan to its members. If they agree with the proposal, the Transit District Board will schedule an emergency meeting to consider the deal. She says some of the Board members are at a training seminar out of the area, but some of them would come back if they have to.
COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT TICKS UP
07-18-2014 - ST Shifting job sectors in the Kern County workforce raised the June unemployment rate a tenth of a point to 10.2 percent. State Employment Development Department spokesperson Sheila Urdesich says harvest season is getting underway. "non-farm employment lost a thousand jobs, and farm employment gained 35-hundred jobs." Urdesich says another three-thousand government jobs were lost in June's count, but that counts teachers who are not working during the summer break, and is only a temporary dip in the statistics.
STING OPERATION LEADS TO ARREST
07-18-2014 - ST Deputies from the Sheriff's Rural Crime Investigation Unit arrested a man who stole farm equipment that they planted in Shafter. The equipment was under electronic surveillance, and they got an alarm Thursday that tipped deputies off to the theft. They tracked the equipment to 33-year-old Juan Garibay's Riverside Street home. They found the equipment, as well as a Honda Rubicon ATV that had been reported stolen. Garibay was booked into the County Jail on possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle.
RECOUNT IN KERN COUNTY HALTED
07-18-2014 - ST Former Assembly Speaker John Perez is calling off the vote recount he requested in Kern and 14 other counties in the race for state controller. Perez finished third in the June 3rd primary. He was just 481 votes behind fellow Democrat Betty Yee. Perez picked up only a handful of votes in recounts this week in Kern and Imperial counties.
NEW PROGRAM AT HEART HOSPITAL
07-18-2014 - ST The Bakersfield heart Hospital has started an outpatient wound healing program to help people who have injuries that have trouble healing. The program is designed for people with diabetes, poor circulation and infections. Patients can use hyperbaric therapy which increases the oxygen in a person's body to help speed healing.
DEATH PENALTY HANDED DOWN
07-18-2014 - ST A Bakersfield man convicted of killing two people who were dating in different locations has been given the death penalty. Prosecutors say Erran West killed Levon Vines and Ernestine Denise Trejo in 2010 in furtherance of a gang.
MAN ARRESTED FOR PAINTBALL SHOOTING
07-18-2014 - ST Kern County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a Taft Heights man for hitting a Maricopa man with a paintball gun in a drive by shooting. Mario Gurrola shot the victim several times in the face, Monday at the intersection of Highways 33 and 166. The victim followed Gurrola to the Jolly Kone in Maricopa, where he tried to keep him from leaving, but he was hit as Gurrola fled.
MAN SENTENCED IN TODDLER DEATH
07-18-2014 - ST A gang member convicted of killing a two-year old girl with a stray bullet as he fired at another gang member has been given life without parole. Anthony Chacon hit Ka-Mya Robinson, who was playing in a yard a few doors down from the 2012 argument. Chacon was arrested at the Mexican border after fleeing the scene.
NEGOTIATORS MEET, BUT BUS STRIKE CONTINUES
07-17-2014 - ST Negotiators on both sides of the Golden Empire Transit strike accepted County Supervisor Leticia Perez' invitation to sit down for the first time since drivers walked off the job. Perez says they met at her office for a couple of hours this morning, and things were frosty at first. "The tone improved over the course of the two hours they were there together. We set another meeting, and we'll set as many as we need to bring this thing home and close this chapter." Drivers are asking for a four percent wage increase over three years and moving part time drivers to full time status. GET administration says they don't have the budget to meet those demands. Bus passengers at the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter are frustrated by the strike. Dion Laws says even though the buses are not rolling, he still has places to go. "We have to walk miles downtown. Take all these long streets. Hot, you know, bothered. You can get a heat stroke in this weather." Laws says it's hard for his daughter, who he's been taking to medical appointments. He says he hopes both sides in the strike come to an agreement soon.
MAN FORCED FROM HOME COMES HOME
07-17-2014 - ST Herbert Jackson has been handed the keys to his home nearly two weeks after Bakersfield code enforcement officers forced him out because the Monticello Avenue residence was deemed uninhabitable. The 85-year-old Jackson says he had lived there since 1950, and stayed even after a 2008 electrical fire killed power to the home. "I would just move in and out. But now the Lord is paying me back, and He's given me a place to lay my head." Volunteers and community groups got together to bring the house back up to code, and got furniture and appliances for Jackson.
CAR VS MOTORCYCLE IN SOUTHWEST
07-17-2014 - ST A motorcycle rider was taken to a hospital with major injuries after an SUV broadsided him and took off in southwest Bakersfield. Police Sergeant Dennis Moore says the unidentified rider was headed south on Akers Road, south of Wilson Road Thursday evening when the vehicle pulled out from Marilyn Place. "It's a silver or white SUV. Lexus. It would have driver side damage." Moore says Akers was closed for several hours between Wilson and Kennedy Avenue. He says the motorcycle did not appear to be speeding.
CHARGES PENDING IN BIKE CRASH
07-17-2014 - ST The Nevada Highway Patrol says charges are pending against a man who hit and seriously injured a Bakersfield bicyclist in a tunnel near Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe. 48-year-old Clarence Aldridge was headed east through the tunnel on U.S. Highway 50 when he was struck from behind by a semi driven by 39-year-old Richard Pettay of Carson City.
JURY RULES IN MURDER CASE
07-17-2014 - ST A member of the Bakersfield Country Boy Crips gang has been convicted of murdering a man at a market in east Bakersfield. Jimmy Lee Baker is scheduled to be sentenced in mid-August for shooting 21-year-old Floyd Bean Jr in 2013. Bean was in Roy's Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to buy a soda.
ELECTRICAL FIRE DAMAGES HOME
07-17-2014 - ST An electrical malfunction at a home in central Bakersfield caused $5,000 in damage before City firefighters were able to put it out. Crews were called to the single-family home on V Street, east of Union Avenue around 6: 15, Thursday evening, and knocked the fire down within a few minutes. There were no injuries.
SURVEY WORK IN DOWNTOWN BAKO
07-17-2014 - ST A work crew will be surveying a couple of streets in downtown Bakersfield as part of the final design for the 24th Street widening project. The crews will be taking measurements from 7AM until 3PM Friday on 23rd and 24th streets, but traffic is not expected to be too heavily impacted.
APARTMENT FIRE IN THE EAST
07-17-2014 - ST Bakersfield and Kern County firefighters needed about 20 minutes to knock down a fire at a vacant apartment that had spread through the attic to another unit in east Bakersfield. An electrical fire sparked the blaze at the unit on Niles Place, near Niles Street early this morning, causing $70,000 damage.
INMATE DEATH IN DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD
07-17-2014 - ST Kern County Sheriff's investigators are looking into the death of a woman who was found unresponsive in a cell at the Central Receiving Facility in downtown Bakersfield. Jail staff performed CPR on the 28-year-old Bakersfield woman Thursday afternoon, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled.
DRUG RING INDICTMENT
07-17-2014 - ST Three Bakersfield men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for running a drug distribution ring. Manuel Rivera, Edi Bustamante and Juan Angel Lopez face distribution charges as well as possessing 500 grams of methamphetamine for sale.
BUS STRIKE NEGOTIATORS TO MEET
07-16-2014 - ST Representatives from Golden Empire Transit and the Teamsters union representing more than 200 striking bus drivers and mechanics will be meeting after being invited to sit down by a County Supervisor. The representatives will meet in Leticia Perez' office at 8AM Thursday, but drivers will remain on the picket lines.
FIGURING OUT NEW WATER REGS
07-16-2014 - ST Cal Water's District Manager in Bakersfield says it's still not clear how new state fines for wasting water outdoors will work, with the city, county and other agencies all involved. But Rudy Valles does expect to get even more calls now from people who see water being wasted. "I think we're going to get a few of those. In fact, we got a call, someone reporting US wasting water." Valles says they respond as quickly as possible to leaks and other problems, but calls are prioritized for urgency and they may not be able to come out right away.
SUMMER DROUGHT UPDATE
07-16-2014 - ST Kern County groundwater levels have dropped by at least 10 feet since the beginning of the drought that has hit the state, but the message at a luncheon to discuss the drought's impact is that there is still enough for farmers this year. Semitropic Water Storage District general manager Jason Gianquinto was one of the speakers at today's event at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. He says he's hopeful that a predicted El Nino system appears later this year. "We definitely need a couple of good years to get back to where we were. But even if it was wet, we would not get all of the water that we have had historically, because of the changing of policies." Gianquinto says many of the policies restrict water flow to the Southern Valley to protect water quality in the Delta.
TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO HUGE DRUG SIEZURE
07-16-2014 - ST A CHP traffic stop in south Bakersfield has led to the seizure of 83 kilos of cocaine. Officer Robert Rodriguez says the officer pulled a semi over Tuesday morning on northbound Highway 99 at Panama Lane, and asked Jee-Leung Tsoi of Ontario, Canada if he could search the cab. "His Canine hit on the vehicle, letting the officer know that there were possible drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle." Rodriguez says the officer found several duffel bags filled with coke that had a street value of $3-Million. Tsoi was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail.
FINAL UPDATE ON NICOLLS FIRE
07-16-2014 - ST Firefighters are mopping up and putting out hot spots at the Nicolls Fire which has blackened 1680 acres east of Lake Isabella. Hand crews have 95 percent containment on the blaze, and most of them have been released from the wildfire.
STABBING IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD
07-16-2014 - ST One Bakersfield man is recovering from non life-threatening stab wounds and a woman is in jail after the attack in south Bakersfield Sheriff's deputies arrested 18-year-old Marisol Gonzalez for stabbing the unidentified man. She was booked into the County Jail on assault with a deadly weapon and spousal abuse charges.
HIT AND RUN VICTIM ID'd
07-16-2014 - ST The Kern County Coroner's Office has identified a Bakersfield man who was killed in a hit and run accident south of Oildale. 32-year-old Travis Wade Shellenberger was hit July 10th while he was walking south on the bridge of North Chester Avenue that goes over the Kern River. The woman who hit him drove to work, then notified the BPD. The investigation is continuing and she has not been arrested.
MAN FACES HARD TIME AFTER CONVICTION
07-16-2014 - ST A Bakersfield man has been convicted of sexually assaulting three teenage girls and is scheduled to be sentenced in August. Daniel Cruz molested two girls, who were under 14 years old, and threatened a third with rape if she didn't hug him. Cruz faces a term of 75 years to life in prison.
DEPUTIES TAKE DOWN SUSPECTED DRUG DEALER
07-16-2014 - ST A 30-year-old Bakersfield woman is in the County Jail on charges of possessing controlled substances for sale and using her home to sell them. Sheriff's narcotics deputies served a warrant at Monica Valente's home on Kincaid and Warren streets this morning, where they found methamphetamine and 21 pot plants.
BUS STRIKE GOES INTO SECOND DAY
07-15-2014 - ST Golden Empire Transit bus drivers are walking picket lines at the terminals on Chester Avenue and Valley Plaza, as well as GET headquarters, demanding better wages and benefits. Joe, who was marching at the downtown terminal today says he had hoped to avoid a strike, but the message has to get across to management. "We all have bills, we all have properties, we're all homeowners. We've got to do what we've got to do. We just want a fair contract and overall, our hours to remain the same. 40 hours a week." Drivers are asking for a four percent raise and the elimination of part time driver positions. The Teamsters union will be paying drivers $200 per week while the strike continues. GET spokesperson Gina Hayden says the ongoing drivers strike affects at least 20-thousand fares per day. "About 30 percent of our customers are students. And about 30 to 40 percent of our customers use public transit to go to and from work. So, we do recognize the difficulty for them." Hayden says the strike is having a ripple effect on regional transit systems. Customers who use public transportation to commute to Bakersfield from other parts of Kern County are being dropped off at empty terminals, with no way to connect to their normal GET bus route.
HUNDREDS LEARN ABOUT STATE OF CITY
07-15-2014 - ST Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy told 300 people at the annual Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce State of the City Luncheon that he is looking forward to things that will be happening within the next year. Before Tandy spoke at today's event at the downtown Marriott, he said road improvement and other projects will be getting underway in the coming months. "The economy has been a little better. Not by leaps and bounds, a gradual improvement. So that's allowed us some additional flexibility." Tandy says more than $360-Million will be paid for property acquisition and contracting for the hiring and construction.
PROGRESS IN WILDFIRE IN EASTERN COUNTY
07-15-2014 - ST Firefighters working on the ground and in the air have gotten 80 percent containment on the Nicolls Fire burning in rugged terrain east of Lake Isabella. The fire has scorched 1680 acres since starting last Friday, and crews had to be dropped in by helicopter to build containment lines. There is still no estimated timeframe for full containment.
MORE TESTS NEEDED IN INMATE DEATH
07-15-2014 - ST The Kern County Coroner's Office is awaiting the results of a toxicology test on a female prisoner who died in an infirmary cell at Lerdo Jail. 24-year-old Breanna Miller was not breathing when she was found in her cell last Friday. An autopsy proved inconclusive.
JOB FAIR FOR OUTLET MALL
07-15-2014 - SuzG The Outlets at Tejon is hosting another jobs fair in Bakersfield, as the retail development prepares to open next month. The hiring event is Wednesday morning, 9:00 to noon, at the Bakersfield Adult School on Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Belle Terrace. Applicants should dress for success and bring resumes.
ELECTRICAL FIRE IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD
07-15-2014 - SuzG An electrical fire in a shop building behind a house in south Bakersfield has caused $50,00 damage to the structure, but firefighters were able to keep the flames from causing major damage to the home. The fire on Laurel Drive near South Chester Avenue was reported around 1:00 Tuesday morning.
FRACKING DISCUSSION SCHEDULED
07-15-2014 - SuzG The state Water Resources Board will hold a public workshop in Bakersfield next month to discuss fracking and its impact on groundwater supplies. Opponents argue injecting water, sand and chemicals underground to extract oil and gas deposits is killing the aquifers. The August 7th meeting is the first step in developing new fracking regulations due next summer.
SHOOTINGS IN EAST BAKERSFIELD
07-15-2014 - SuzG Police say there is limited suspect information on a pair of late night shooting in east Bakersfield. The first incident was just before midnight on Monday on Monterey Street, the second was a few blocks away on Beale Avenue, and Police Sgt. Joe Grubbs thinks they are related. "Just on some evidence that was left at both of the scenes. We're trying to find any information that we can on what happened on these things, or who's responsible." A man and a woman in the first incident were shot multiple times but have moderate injuries. Shots fired at three people in the second incident missed.
PRISON TERM AFTER DUI PLEA DEAL
07-15-2014 - ST A man who pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence of prescription medication has been sentenced to a 10-year prison term. Jose Castro was headed east on Edison Highway last year when he drifted onto the right shoulder and hit a parked car, injuring the passenger, 74-year-old Maria Gandara. She died a day later at a hospital.
BPD INVESTIGATES INFANT DEATH
07-15-2014 - ST Police are investigating the death of a four-day-old baby who was unresponsive at his Niles Place home in Bakersfield. Police were called Tuesday morning after Aidan Bonds was found not breathing. He died at the scene. The BPD uses homicide detectives as a matter of routine when investigating infant deaths.
BUS WORKERS GO ON STRIKE
07-14-2014 - ST Golden Empire Transit bus drivers have begun a strike after contract negotiations broke down over the weekend. GET spokesperson Gina Hayden says no talks have been scheduled to hammer out an agreement. "Certainly, GET officials are prepared to come to the table at any time. But it is dependent upon the union. We are waiting for the union to make the next move." Hayden says most of the money that pays for the bus service comes from the government, and there may be less of it in the next year or two. She says at least 20,000 fares are sold per day. Hayden says administrators and dispatchers will work to provide their "GET-A-Lift" service to customers who need public transportation to take care of serious medical needs. Teamsters Local 517 in Visalia that represents the GET Bus drivers says one of the main sticking points is the pay of part time drivers, who account for more than half of all drivers. In a press release, they proposed moving seven drivers per year to full time status, eliminating the part-time tier, which GET administration has rejected. The last GET bus strike was in 1980 and it lasted for three months.
INMATE WALKS AWAY
07-14-2014 - ST An inmate has walked away from the Taft Correctional Institution's minimum security Satellite Camp. 34-rear-old Lionel Alverez, who is serving time for federal charges of possession with intent to sell cocaine came up missing during a cell count Friday afternoon. Alvarez is 5'7", has multiple tattoos including an Aztec design that covers his back and arms.
CONTAINMENT GROWS AT NICOLLS FIRE
07-14-2014 - ST Firefighters dropped in by helicopter working at the Nicolls Fire near Onyx have gotten 75 percent containment on the blaze. The fire, which started Friday has scorched nearly 1,700 acres in steep, rugged terrain in the Scodie Mountains area of the Kiavah National Wilderness area.
FIRE AT GOODWILL STORE
07-14-2014 - ST A fire behind a Goodwill store in southwest Bakersfield caused $50,000 damage, but firefighters were able to keep it from spreading to the main building. Firefighters were called to the Stine Road location near Pacheco Road Monday afternoon, where they found a large stack of donated items fully engulfed. The cause is under investigation.
BOWLING ALLEY GETS SOAKED
07-14-2014 - ST A 50-year-old sprinkler head in the attic of the Westchester Bowl on 30th Street in Bakersfield set off the entire fire suppression system, soaking bowling lanes and causing $50,000 in damage. The Fire Department was called to a fire alarm that was tripped at the bowling alley, but there were no flames.
GARAGE FIRE IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD
07-14-2014 - ST City Fire arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire in south Bakersfield that caused $75,000 in damage. Crews were called to the home on El Prado Drive just after 7:30 this morning, where they found a detached garage that was fully involved and threatening the home, and knocked the flames down in 10 minutes.
CAUSE OF DEATH FOR INFANT RELEASED
07-14-2014 - ST The Kern County Coroner's Office says an 1-month old boy who was not breathing in his downtown Bakersfield home died of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death. Laroy Otis Kelley Jr. was found not breathing in February by his parents in the home on M Street, east of Chester Avenue.
A KIDNAPPING THAT WASN'T
07-11-2014 - ST Kern County Sheriff's deputies who were looking for two people in Oildale were getting conflicting stories from witnesses. Spokesman Ray Pruitt says they initially got a call Friday morning about gunfire and 38-year-old Jack Winters kidnapping 47-year-old Alicia Watson from a mobile home park on Beardsley Avenue, west of North Chester Avenue, but other witnesses disagreed. "We want to question both of them, as to exactly what occurred." Pruitt says Winters and Watson were found after a few hours, both were unharmed. He says Winters has a felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance and Watson has a misdemeanor warrant for having drug paraphernalia.
WATER CONSERVATION
07-11-2014 - SuzG At least a dozen local businesses and water agencies will take part in the first Greater Bakersfield Water Conservation Day on Saturday. Rudy Valles from California Water Service Company says there are simple ways to make big changes, like running sprinklers once at night instead of during the day. "The water, it goes back into the ground. It saturates the ground, then it goes in, and is not evaporated by the heat of the day." The goal is to make sure people understand the severity of the drought and the need to conserve. The free event is at Urner's Appliances on Wible Road and White Lane. It's from 9am to Noon.
ANOTHER WILDFIRE IN KERN COUNTY
07-11-2014 - ST A wildfire has broken out in the Onyx area, east of Lake Isabella in steep, rugged terrain. The Nicolls Fire was first spotted this afternoon, and spread to 800 acres. Hand crews are trying to make their way to the burn zone, and air tankers and helicopters are dropping water on the flames.
INMATE DEATH AT LERDO
07-11-2014 - ST An autopsy has been scheduled for a woman who died while she was in her infirmary cell at Lerdo Jail. The County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Breanna Miller of Bakersfield was unresponsive when she was found in her cell Friday afternoon. The medical staff performed CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no obvious signs of trauma.
GAS LEAK IN THE SOUTHEAST
07-11-2014 - ST The Bakersfield Fire Department told people in homes and a dairy in the southeast to shelter in place after a backhoe punctured a gas pipe. Firefighters saw the gas blowing dust this morning on the property east of Hosking Avenue near South Union and Cottonwood Road. PG&E workers were able to stop the flow and fix the pipe.
TWO ARRESTED BY FEDS
07-11-2014 - ST Two Bakersfield men were arrested after a daylong Drug Enforcement Agency and County Sheriff's Office warrant service operation in the city. 21-year-old Edi Bustamante and 26-year-old Felipe Garcia face narcotics charges in connection to the seizure of more than a kilo of meth, 50 grams of cocaine and $14-thousand in cash.
DOWNTOWN DRUG BUST
07-11-2014 - ST Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit have arrested a man who was in the AB109 Electronic Monitoring Program on charges of drug possession after pulling him over in downtown Bakersfield. 43-year-old Joseph Gaitan was pulled over Thursday at California Avenue and L Street. Then they found more than 11 grams of meth, scales and cash in his home.
BAKERSFIELD CYCLIST HURT IN TAHOE
07-11-2014 - ST A Bakersfield bicyclist was seriously hurt at Lake Tahoe when a big rig hit him inside a tunnel. 48-year-old Clarence Aldridge was going through the Cave Rock Tunnel Friday near Zephyr Cove when he was hit. He was taken to a hospital in Reno. Drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident.
DEADLY HIT AND RUN IN NORTH BAKERSFIELD
07-11-2014 - ST Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident that closed southbound lanes on North Chester Avenue in Bakersfield. Sergeant Bill Ware says a woman was headed south over the bridge at the Kern River Thursday night, when she hit an unidentified man. "The pedestrian was transported to a local area hospital, where the adult pedestrian succumbed to his injuries." Ware says the woman continued to her job, then called police to report the accident. He says it does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved.
COUNTY INVOLVED IN VOTE RECOUNT
07-11-2014 - ST Kern and Imperial Counties are starting an unprecedented recount in the state controller's race. Democratic Assemblyman John Perez of Los Angeles requested the recount after he finished just 481 votes behind a fellow Democrat, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, for second place. There are no state provisions for automatic recounts.
DRUG BUST IN ISABELLA
07-11-2014 - ST A Lake Isabella man has been arrested on drug and felon in possession of ammunition charges after Sheriff's deputies got a complaint from someone at County Supervisor Mick Gleason's office. 42-year-old David Hylton was picked up Thursday morning from his Alta Sierra Avenue home. Deputies found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
FEDERAL SWEEP
07-11-2014 - ST The Drug Enforcement Agency, along with other Kern County, state and federal authorities have conducted a day-long warrant service in Bakersfield stemming from a long-term investigation into the sale and distribution of drugs. The sweep started around 7 O'clock Thursday morning with the serving of three arrest and five search warrants.
CAUSE OF INFANT DEATH RELEASED
07-11-2014 - ST The Kern County Coroner's Office says a baby that was found not breathing in a south Bakersfield home died of Sudden Unexplained Infant Death. Two-month-old Frank Esquibel from Carmichael was taken to Kern Medical Center in March after being found unresponsive in a home on Fremont Street near Ming Avenue and South H Street.
MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR POT BUST
07-09-2014 - ST Police have arrested two people after a traffic stop revealed more than three tons of marijuana in a U-Haul truck. Sergeant Joe Grubbs says 22-year-old Daniel Ruiz and 24-year-old Jose Alcarez were pulled this morning over after they ran a stop sign at Bernard Street and Wendall Avenue. "As they contacted them, they smelled a slight odor of marijuana from the U-Haul van." Grubbs says a police canine hit on the rear of the van. When they opened it, they found the pot, which has a street value of more than $76.4-Million.
TREATMENT PLANT GOES GREEN
07-09-2014 - ST A solar power generator capable of generating more than 500-thousand kilowatt hours of energy for a wastewater treatment plant in Bakersfield has gone online. County Waste Management Department engineer Ramzi Mansour says they use tow other generators at other facilities, but the facility at Mount Vernon Avenue near Highway 58 is the largest. "I believe it's approximately 70 percent of the plant is on solar." Mansour says they modeled their system after the solar power generator used at Meadows Field.
HOUSING MARKET SHOWS MODEST GROWTH
07-09-2014 - ST The Bakersfield housing market is showing some growth from May to June, with the median price of a home going up $5,000 to $215,000. Affiliated Appraiser's Gary Crabtree says homes listed for sale have gone up by more than 150, with a 20-day turnaround to closing. "We're seeing supply increase. Demand remains stable. So there's going to be more for the prospective home buyer to choose from." Crabtree says 30-year fixed-interest rates have dipped three-tenths of a point to 4.16 percent.
A RIDGECREST MAN STARTS PRISON STINT
07-09-2014 - ST A Ridgecrest man who took a voluntary manslaughter plea deal for the death of his 10-week-old son has begun serving a 12-year, four-month sentence. Kylor Smith-Sims had faced a murder charge for the 2012 death of Travion Gabriel Smith-Sims. An autopsy showed the boy suffered severe blunt-force trauma.
RANCH FIRE NEARLY DONE
07-09-2014 - ST Firefighters from Kern County and the U.S. Forest Service have gotten 95 percent containment on the Ranch Fire, which has blackened 70 acres west of Rancheria Road and south of Highway 155. Hand crews will be walking the perimeter of the fire, which started on July 1st, mopping up any hot spots.
PROBATION ARRESTS
07-09-2014 - ST The Kern County Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit have arrested two men who were under AB109 Post Release Supervision on multiple weapon and drug charges. 30-year-old Arnold Berlanga and 34-year-old Josh Lostaunau were taken into custody during a search of a Nelson Street home, Wednesday.
GARCES NAMES INTERIM ADMINISTRATOR
07-09-2014 - ST Garces High School has appointed a former principal to take the interim position after Kathleen Bears stepped down. Dr. Richard Tucker will fill in for the coming school year while the administration looks for a permanent replacement. Tucker was principal at the school from 1979 to 1989.
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