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Arrested radio reporter 'sad that I let down my boys'

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Longtime local journalist Scott Thackrey’s arrest Wednesday night on suspicion of arranging to meet with a minor for a lewd purpose and attempting to contact a minor with intent to commit a lewd act was the result of a sting, according to Bakersfield police.

After getting a complaint from the family of an underage girl “regarding inappropriate sexual communication” on the Internet between her and Thackrey, the Bakersfield Police Department had an officer pose as a 13-year-old girl “who communicated with Thackrey via the Internet,” BPD Sgt. Joe

"Traje De Mariposas" by Betty Leonor, which took best of show at the 2012 Latination exhibit at Metro Galleries. Metro owner Don Martin said he will dedicate this year's exhibition in honor of Leonor, who died this week at age 44.

Artist bared her soul in work

Betty Leonor, who left a brief but powerful impression on the Bakersfield art scene with her seductive and striking paintings, died early Monday after battling liver cancer. She was 44. Her son, Jonathan Echevarria, said his mother was a touchstone for their family, which extends across the U.

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