Massive search for suspect in murder, shooting of deputy

Law enforcement officials worked in some desolate surroundings in the Weldon area Sunday afternoon. Numerous officers were searching for the suspect by air and ground.

Few signs of life exist in the area of Weldon between Kelso Creek and Kelso Valley roads, as it is.

But 15 miles to the south, the area’s patchy fields — dotted with the occasional cow or lonely church — give way to even more desolation. There’s little here but sagebrush and high-desert heat.

That’s where Kern County Sheriff’s deputies, police officers and rangers were scouring the land, east of Lake Isabella, for a suspect who wounded two deputies late Saturday night — a day after a retired Tehachapi dentist was fatally shot in an

A look at the upper Kern River in early July. While this is a low-flow year, experts say it's still dangerous to dive in and people should stay out.

Kern River still a killer even with low water flows

Nnanedu Odeluga jumped into the Kern River on July 10 and never came out. The successful Stockdale High School student, 15, went to the river with three friends after summer school was out. The boys jumped off a boulder into a deep, placid-looking pool. Nnanedu, “Nedu” to his family, jumped last.

CSUB student athletes from left, Jaylin Airington, Brent Wrapp and Matt Smith.

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Six Cal State Bakersfield basketball players, randomly available on a Thursday afternoon, trickled into the Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley Center for Student Success for a media interview focused not on sports but on grades. The athletes — Dajy Vines, Batabe Zempare, Kevin Mays, Jaylin Airington, Matt Smith



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