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.

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