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BPD chief expects additional indictment in federal investigation, says department not corrupt

Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson answers questions from the media about a plea agreement former Detective Damacio Diaz has reached with federal officials in which he cops to bribery, drug and tax fraud charges.

Fourteen hours after a respected local attorney dropped a number of verbal bombs on the Bakersfield Police Department, alleging ongoing issues with police corruption and poor oversight, Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson went before the microphones Friday to acknowledge that while serious problems exist, Thursday night’s allegations by veteran attorney David Torres were overstated.

At a press conference inside his downtown office Friday morning, Williamson acknowledged the shame Torres’ client, former BPD Detective Damacio Diaz, has brought upon the department.

The jury deadlocked Thursday in the murder trial of Bobbie Rhynes, left, shown in this file photo. With him is Deputy Public Defender Tim Blenner.

Jury deadlocks in ski resort murder case

A Kern County jury was unable to reach a final verdict Thursday in the shooting death last year of 50-year-old Carl Woolwine at Alta Sierra Ski Resort, forcing a retrial. Bobbie Dale Rhynes, 43, a former supervisor of the ski resort’s maintenance crew, was found not guilty of first-degree

Mayoral candidates Marc DeLeon, Dr. Gregory Tatum, Nathan Nemnich, T.J. Esposito, Karen Goh and Gilberto De La Torre trade chairs before the May 19 mayoral debate at Cal State Bakersfield. Moderator Jose Gaspar stands behind at podium.

POLITICAL SCRAMBLE: The inside scoop on this year’s elections

ESPOSITO AND VEGAS ON A PARADE One question from Bakersfield’s May 19 mayoral debate — whether candidates, if elected, would march in a lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender pride parade — continues to inspire debate on Facebook. The following day, Chad Vegas, who is pastor at Sovereign Grace Church

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    • Funeral services for May 28, 2016

      Services pending Wilma Alice Agee, 89, Selma, May 22. Wood Family Funeral Service, Tehachapi. Mary K. Bruszewski, 92, Delano, May 24. Delano Mortuary. Socorro Calderon, 88, Bakersfield, May 26. Basham Funeral Care. Nicolasa Cuellar, 98, Bakersfield, May 26. Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest.

    • Wasco man arrested on weapons, drugs, trespassing charges

      Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 34-year-old Wasco man who was reported trespassing on private property and found with meth, a ballistic vest and a stolen handgun Friday in Buttonwillow, police officials said. Deputies found Martin Fernandez hiding inside of a motorhome at about 3 p.m.

    • Jordan Thomas, left, and Eddie Suriano help a friend carry their California mission project back to their class at College Heights Elementary School Friday.

      Cardboard, popsicle sticks and legos: What kids use to build missions

      They're made from popsicle sticks, cardboard boxes, scraps and leftover lumber that has been pulled from piles long forgotten. For the first time in years, kids at College Heights Elementary School took part in a project that California students have been doing for decades: the California

    • Bakersfield Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the two men pictured, who detectives believe may have more information about a homicide in January.

      Detectives seek public assistance in homicide case

      Bakersfield Police Department officials are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two men who are persons of interest in a homicide committed almost four months ago. Police are investigating the Jan. 17 homicide of Edward Flemmings, who sustained a gunshot wound on the 3000 block

    • Cal State Bakersfield safety officials say that the man pictured has been posing as a kinesiology student and groping female students.

      CSUB alerts community to man groping female students

      Cal State Bakersfield Police are investigating multiple reports of a man who has been groping college girls on campus under the guise that he's a kinesiology student who needs help with physical therapy work. Several girls have reported similar stories to CSUB Police. The man tells the girls

    • Congressman Kevin McCarthy greets veteran Art Gentry upon his arrival to the library on the Bakersfield College campus, Friday, to interview Gentry about the time he served his country in the military as a Marine during the Korean War.

      Challengers criticize McCarthy for missing debates

      For the third time in a month, a 23rd District congressional debate will be held without the incumbent congressman there — and his challengers are calling him out on it. The Taft District Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for candidates in local congressional, state Assembly, supervisorial and

    • Maya Cinemas at 1000 California Avenue has many movies to choose from at this large theater.

      Summer movies for just $1

      Just like us, Bakersfield movie theaters are getting ready for summer. Reading Cinemas Valley Plaza features “Reel Kids Love Movies Series” with its family favorites for just $1 every Wednesday and Thursday, beginning June 15 to August 11 at 10 a.m. Here’s the schedule: June 15 and 16 – How to

    • Cancer patient Cao Dongxian poses with CT scan images of his intestine at a hotel room where he stays, near the Peking Union hospital, during an interview with Reuters in Beijing, China, April 6, 2016. Picture taken April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

      Study finds cell phone use is linked to cancer

      A recent study linked cell phone radiation to cancers in the brain and heart. The U.S. National Toxicology Program conducted the study on rats and exposed rats to radiofrequency radiation that comes from cell phones for about nine hours a day for seven days a week, says Time.com. As a result,

    • Barisieur coffee alarm clock

      Coffee-brewing alarm clock might hit store shelves

      Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up to freshly brewed coffee on your nightstand every morning? Well now you can. The Barisieur coffee-brewing alarm clock, designed by Joshua Renouf, is an alarm clock and coffee brewer all in one. The alarm clock boils water to 94 degrees, which pours into the