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  • Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to put a sales tax measure on the November ballot to fund public safety agencies. The board rejected the idea.

    Supervisors refuse to put safety sales tax measure on ballot

    Kern County supervisors on Tuesday rejected public safety department appeals for more money from the county budget and through a sales tax measure despite warnings services will suffer. The work of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, Probation Department and District Attorney’s and

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    Sheriff: Mass shooting earlier this month could have killed man

    A man found dead in his apartment three days after a mass shooting July 16 could have been killed by a stray bullet, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Tuesday. That man, whose identity has not been released by law enforcement, was found dead July 19 in his apartment, located about 500

  • More than 80 local firefighters battle farflung blazes

    Numerous Kern County and Bakersfield firefighters are battling blazes around the state as the result of mutual aid pacts — which last month, of course, brought hundreds of firefighters to Kern to put out the giant Erskine Fire. On Saturday, the Kern County Fire Department sent a helicopter to

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    Three convicted in shooting of pregnant woman and her husband

    A Kern County jury has found three gang members guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of a pregnant woman and her husband. The jury convicted James Rios, Anthony Rios and Anthony Sanchez Monday in the May 2015 shooting, in the 3100 block of Monterey Street, that wounded Mario Bravo and his

  • Hillary Clinton acknowledges applause at a July 5 speech. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    History made as Clinton secures U.S. Democrats' White House nomination

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383

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    Bakersfield woman was strangled, coroner's office says

    Coroner’s officials have determined a Bakersfield woman who prosecutors believe was killed by her husband died from strangulation. The death of Rosa Garibay is a homicide, coroner’s officials said in a news release Tuesday. The 41-year-old’s husband, Gonzalo Garibay, is charged with murder

  • Burglary suspect.

    Suspect burglarized store

    A burglar broke into an east Bakersfield store and stole clothing. The suspect in the May 8 burglary is described as a black male, 5 feet 6 inches to 6 feet tall, medium weight, black, short hair, wearing a white sweatshirt, black pants and red shoes, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. 

  • Robbery suspect.

    Man robbed guest at Bakersfield motel

    A man robbed a guest at a Bakersfield motel, authorities say. The robbery happened at 5:40 p.m. July 11 at the Motel 6 on Olive Tree Court, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. The suspect drove a gray SUV, possibly a Chevrolet Avalanche. Anyone with information is asked to call

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    More than 80 local firefighters battle farflung blazes

    Numerous Kern County and Bakersfield firefighters are battling blazes around the state as the result of mutual aid pacts, which also brought hundreds of firefighters to Kern County last month to battle the massive Erskine Fire. On Saturday, the Kern County Fire Department sent a helicopter to

  • Lori Todd, right, watches as police swarm an Oildale neighborhood where her brother was shot to death Friday morning.

    Second Oildale shooting victim dies

    A second man shot Friday morning by an Oildale gunman died at Kern Medical Center Sunday, a sheriff's official confirmed. Authorities would not release the victim's name but family members told The Californian Friday that Mike Kennedy was the second man believed to have been shot to death

  • Man gets seven years for federal firearms crime

    A Bakersfield man, 30-year-old Jorge Chavez, was sentenced Monday to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the U.S. Attorneys Office said. According to court documents, when officers encountered Chavez in 2012, he had a Glock, Model 23,

  • Man's death while tubing ruled accidental drowning

    A San Pedro man who died while tubing in the Kern River earlier this month drowned and it was an accident, the Kern County coroner’s office said Monday. Paul Parra, 38, was tubing July 16 with family members when he fell into the river. Witnesses got him out of the water and attempted CPR until

  • Bakersfield brothers charged with making, distributing spice

    Three Bakersfield brothers have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on federal charges of manufacturing and distributing synthetic cannabinoids (or spice), conspiracy and maintaining a drug-involved premise, acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced Monday. On Thursday, a federal grand

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    Crash victim identified

    A 44-year old Bakersfield man who died in a vehicle collision four months ago has been identified as Sean Christopher Vaquera, the coroner's office said Monday. The man died after crashing his vehicle at State Route 178 and Kern Canyon Road in Lake Isabella, the coroner's office said.

  • Youth chasing ball hit by car in southwest

    A male juvenile suffered major injuries after being hit by a vehicle in southwest Bakersfield Saturday evening, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. The juvenile was walking south on Mountain Vista Drive about 6:19 p.m. with another subject. As they reached Harris Road, the juvenile

  • DUI checkpoint nets two arrests

    Bakersfield police officers made two arrests and cited 33 drivers for no license or driving on a suspended license Saturday night at a checkpoint in the 4600 block of Hughes Lane. The checkpoint was set up from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Officers screened 864 vehicles. One driver was arrested for