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  • Lamuel Rhodes

    Two convicted sex offenders at large

    Authorities are searching for two convicted sex offenders after they failed to check in with probation officers. Lamuel Rhodes, 39, and Candido Lugo, 32, are both at large, according to a probation department news release. Rhodes, who also goes by Bryan Lynn Guldeer, is described as black, 5 feet

  • Suspect wanted in theft at convenience store.

    Suspect in theft at convenience store has pot leaf tattooed on head

    A man with a marijuana leaf tattooed on his head stole items from a Bakersfield convenience store, police said. The man entered the Fastrip at 4:38 p.m. Aug. 4, took items and left without paying, according to police. He’s described as Hispanic, in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavy build,

  • One of two suspects wanted in Walmart robbery.

    Man and woman wanted for robbery of Rosedale Walmart

    A man and a woman robbed the Rosedale Highway Walmart, attacking store employees before leaving with stolen merchandise, police said. The robbery occurred at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 23, police said. The suspects selected items, left the store without paying and were confronted by Walmart employees. One

  • Dozens of vehicles vandalized over the weekend

    Dozens of vehicles were vandalized in Bakersfield over the weekend, authorities said. Windows on six vehicles were shattered between 3 and 7 a.m. in central Bakersfield, according to sheriff’s officials. Two of the vehicles were in the 2600 block of Cleveland Way, two on Paloma Street in the 900

  • Sheriff's investigate South Union homicide

    Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a suspicious death on South Union Avenue as a homicide Sunday evening. Reports from Sheriff’s officials indicated they were called to the 11000 block of South Union at approximately 4:40 p.m. Sunday. A Hispanic man was found unresponsive in a

  • Sep 18, 2015; Joliet, IL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during practice for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

    Harvick gets big win with dominating effort at Dover

    Bakersfield's Kevin Harvick needed to win Sunday at Dover in order to ensure that he would advance to the round of 12 in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Championship, and he turned in his most dominant effort of the 2015 season when it mattered most. Harvick led all but 42 laps at Dover to keep his

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    Missing Delano girl found

    A 6-year-old Delano girl who was reported missing Saturday has been found safe and returned home, according to a news release from the Delano Police Department.

  • Deputies arrest man wanted in shooting that locked down Foothill High

    Acting on a tip, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested the man wanted in a shooting that closed down at least one local school earlier in the week. Johnny Youngblood was taken into custody after surrendering to deputies at about 1:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Park Drive, near where

  • Dirt bike rider dies after hitting cable near railroads tracks

    A Bakersfield motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon after he apparently failed to notice a cable stretched across a right-of-way next to railroad tracks east of South Union Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported. The agency said the 27-year-old, whose name was not released pending

  • Bill to help modernize Ridgecrest schools signed into law

    A state Senate bill that is expected to help schools on military installations in Kern County find more money for facility repairs was signed into law Friday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 111, which goes into effect in January, according to Senate Republican Leader Jean

  • Shellika Jerkins, seen here at her 2013 arraignment, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday in the death of her daughter.

    Woman sentenced to eight years in prison for 20-month-old daughter's death

    A California City woman was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday in the death of her 20-month-old daughter. Shellika Jerkins pleaded no contest to willful cruelty to a child last month, and prosecutors dismissed charges of second-degree murder and assault of a child resulting in great bodily

  • County confirms first 2015 death related to West Nile virus

    Health officials have confirmed the first West Nile virus-related death this year in Kern County, according to a Kern County Public Health Services news release. The victim, identified only as a male, had pre-existing health conditions and died last month, the news release said. Five Kern County

  • The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help locate Johnny Youngblood, who reportedly caused two schools in east Bakersfield to go on lockdown Thursday.

    KCSO searching for man in connection with school lockdowns

    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public to help locate a man that reportedly caused two schools to go on lockdown Thursday. At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Johnny Youngblood was allegedly involved in a domestic disturbance in the 300 block of Park Drive in east Bakersfield,

  • Katelyn Deaton, Megan Baytosh, Olivia Davis and Jessica Wollesen perform during "Nutcracker" rehearsals in 2012. After a fundraising campaign, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will continue to provide live accompaniment when Civic Dance Center stages the ballet in December.

    Mom got (nut)crackin' and now the symphony, ballet is back on

    The Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s score to “The Nutcracker” ballet, thanks to the fancy footwork of a local dance mom who launched a last-minute fundraising blitz to pay the musicians. “The symphony is in possession of the entire fee,” said Lizette Swanson, of the $35,

  • Police: Man approached children, acted as if he would expose himself

    Police arrested a man accused of contacting several elementary school students Thursday morning and acting like he was going to expose himself. Jesse Cortez, 39, was taken into custody at 9:14 a.m. after allegedly annoying children walking to Noble Elementary School, police said. He also invited

  • Kern County Supervisors on Tuesday approved the creation of a hospital authority to run Kern Medical Center.

    Supervisors approve hospital authority to run KMC

    Kern County Supervisors took a major step Tuesday on the road to transferring Kern Medical Center to a Kern County Hospital Authority. They voted to approve the ordinance that will create the hospital authority. “This is the culmination of a great deal of effort,“ said Kern Medical Center CEO