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  • 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

  • Two arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

    Two Fresno residents were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in Bakersfield following a prostitution Wednesday. Nathan Johnson-Harper, 30, and Ariel Mills, 24, are each being held on $260,000 bail for alleged human trafficking and conspiracy offenses, police said. Johnson-Harper is also

  • Arsonist sentenced to four years in prison

    A Bakersfield man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for setting fire to a vacant house in east Bakersfield that resulted in damage to an occupied apartment building.  Rudy Bribiesca, 33, must also register as an arsonist for life and pay an as yet undetermined amount of

  • Former charter school employee charged with possession of child porn

    A former employee of an Arvin charter school has been charged with two felonies in connection with possession of child pornography. James Ameer Wofford, who had worked at Grimmway Academy, is charged with possession of child porn and possessing child porn with the intent to distribute, Deputy

  • Robber who threatened 89-year-old man sentenced to life in prison

    A man who robbed and tied up an 89-year-old in east Bakersfield in 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Johnny Gamel, 36, was found guilty July 14 of five felonies including kidnapping for ransom, robbery and false imprisonment with violence. Gamel and

  • Patrick Jackson leaves the courtroom after his arraignment Aug. 21.

    Reports: Multiple witnesses say local NAACP president assaulted his wife

    Multiple witnesses, including his son, told investigators the president of the Bakersfield branch of the NAACP punched his wife in the mouth with enough force to knock out her front teeth and send her to the ground, according to police reports. Patrick Jackson, 27, also threw a chair at his wife,

  • Fatal crash in Wasco Wednesday morning

    A Paso Robles man was killed in a crash on Kimberlina Road in Wasco Wednesday morning.  Steven Troy Ojeda, 47, died at the scene of the 7:46 a.m. crash when his vehicle collided with another vehicle just west of Jumper Avenue, a coroner’s office news release said. 

  • The vehicle jack Jason Lee Alderman was holding when shot and killed Saturday.

    Surveillance system seized in connection with officer-involved shooting

    Police have seized a surveillance system that apparently captured footage of the fatal officer-involved shooting at an Oildale Subway sandwich shop over the weekend.  Police said they had viewed video surveillance at the store on Saturday after the shooting occurred, but the cameras appeared

  • Multiple law enforcement agencies participate in a Kern Avoid DUI checkpoint on California Avenue in Bakersfield in this 2009 photo.

    Two DUI checkpoints scheduled for Saturday

    Two DUI checkpoints will be conducted in Bakersfield on Saturday. Police said the checkpoints are an effort to reduce the number of people injured and killed in DUI-related crashes. Anyone who sees a suspected drunken driver is asked to call 911.

  • Northbound traffic along Highway 99 is backed up for several miles due to a chemical spill near Lerdo Highway. Southbound traffic was smooth, right, near Olive Drive, Wednesday around 8:45am.

    Two lanes reopen following hazardous materials spill

    A hazardous materials spill about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday closed northbound Highway 99 at 7th Standard Road. Traffic was backed up for several miles due to the spill near Lerdo Highway, California Highway Patrol officers said. Two lanes reopened at 12:29 p.m.