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  • Three arrested in central Bakersfield following pursuit

    Three suspects, including two juveniles, allegedly led Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase Friday night before getting out of their car and running, evading law enforcement for about an hour before being taken into custody. The incident began at 8:27 p.m. when a deputy tried to pull

  • Bakersfield sends firefighters to Rough Fire

    The Bakersfield Fire Department sent two Type 3 fire engines and six firefighters to assist in fighting the Rough Fire in Fresno County late Saturday. The fire, in the Sierra National Forest, began July 31. It has burned 61,316 acres and is about 25 percent contained. As of Saturday, 2,068

  • Coroner: Wasco inmate died in "natural" manner

    A Wasco State Prison inmate who perished Wednesday morning was found to have died in a "natural" manner, the Kern County Coroner's office said Friday in a news release. Todd E. Sortomme was taken to the emergency room at Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:05 a.m.

  • Perceived 'disrespect' may have led to nightclub shooting, court filings say

    Lourdes Olvera became involved in an argument with two men she accused of “disrespecting” her at an Arvin nightclub, according to court filings. She called her boyfriend to deal with them, but insists she didn’t expect what happened next. The boyfriend, Juan Vega, arrived at El Potrero Night Club

  • Third crash victim identified

    The third person killed in a head-on collision on Highway 46 Thursday has been identified as 52-year-old Victor Lara. The Wasco resident was traveling west on Highway 46 west of Gun Club Road when the driver of another vehicle traveled into his lane from the opposite direction, according to the

  • Driver of stolen vehicle killed during high-speed chase

    A pursuit that reached speeds of up to 90 mph Thursday resulted in the driver of a stolen vehicle losing control and flipping the vehicle five or six times as he was ejected. The suspect, 52-year-old Jack G. Robertson, died at Kern Valley Hospital an hour after the 2:30 p.m. crash, a coroner’s

  • Kidnapping reported Thursday in southeast Bakersfield

    A woman walking to her front door Thursday evening was grabbed and then dragged to the side of her residence, her attacker covering her mouth and binding her hands, police said. The suspect stopped the assault and fled, and the woman ran to a neighbor’s residence and called police. Officers said

  • Reports: Charter school academic dean posted child porn

    The former academic dean of an Arvin charter school had at least 140 images of child pornography on his cellphone, according to court filings. James Ameer Wofford is charged with distribution of and possession of child porn in connection with his Aug. 23 arrest following an investigation by

  • Maciej Ignaciuk was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to having sex with a teenage girl who he traveled with for about a month.

    Man sentenced to two years, eight months for sex with teen runaway

    A 48-year-old man who pleaded no contest to felony sex crimes in connection with running off with an underage Wofford Heights girl was sentenced Thursday to two years and eight months in prison. Maciej Ignaciuk and the girl, now 17, left the Wofford Heights area June 11, prompting a search across

  • Teen sentenced to prison for string of robberies

    A teen who committed a string of robberies at Bakersfield convenience and liquor stores earlier this year was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison. Quinton Drew, 18, had pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree robbery on July 31. Three other robbery counts were dismissed under the

  • Suspects accused of making fraudulent purchases at electrical supply store

    Two men posed as employees of what police say is a “well-known” local company and fraudulently charged purchases to that company’s account at an electrical supply store. The men made the fraudulent purchase June 12 at Consolidated Electrical Distributors on Espee Street, police said. They

  • Three killed in head-on collision on Highway 46

    Three people were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 46 Thursday morning when a motorist drifted into the opposite lane of traffic. Armando Contreras, 19, of McFarland, and Veronica Dias De Madrigal, 46, of Wasco, were two of the people who died in the 4:50 a.m. crash west of Gun Club Road,

  • Suspect wanted for identity theft, forgery.

    Suspect wanted for identity theft, forgery

    A burly forgery suspect is wanted for identity theft and forgery for attempting to pass a fraudulent check at a local credit union. The suspect, who police say weighs between 300 to 350 pounds, entered the Safe One Credit Union at 400 Oak St. on both Aug. 3 and Aug. 5. He used someone else’s

  • Two houses damaged by fire in northeast Bakersfield

    Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a northeast Bakersfield fire that caused a total of $300,000 to two single-story residences Thursday morning. Bakersfield firefighters said the 10:32 a.m. blaze damaged residences in the 3100 block of Pomona Street. The fire was brought under

  • Motorist killed in crash Wednesday evening

    A 45-year-old motorist died following a crash in southwest Bakersfield Wednesday evening.  Charles Douglas Stubbs was pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center following a 7 p.m. single-vehicle rollover crash at Panama Lane and Ashe Road, according to a coroner’s office news release. His vehicle