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    Murder charge dismissed against 69-year-old woman accused of shooting son

    A Kern County judge dismissed a murder charge against a 69-year-old woman Tuesday after the woman’s attorney successfully argued she was acting in self-defense when she shot and killed her adult son. Joice Rush, held on $600,000 bail since her arrest two-and-a-half months ago, is expected to be

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    Fire damages vacant house south of downtown Bakersfield

    A fire in a vacant house south of downtown Bakersfield early Tuesday caused an estimated $85,000 in damage, firefighters said. Firefighters responded at 12:42 a.m. to a fire in the 200 block of Eye Street and found flames showing from the front of the single-story house. It took about 2 1/2 hours

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    Man injured by falling equipment

    A 41-year-old man was struck on the head by a piece of falling equipment Monday as he worked inside a tank trailer in the 300 block of Mt. Vernon Avenue. The man suffered a cut to the head in the 7:30 a.m. incident but was able to stand and step out of a large opening in the tank, firefighters

  • A Cal Fire strike team drives through Lake Isabella Saturday morning while working on the Cedar Fire, which was 45 percent contained as of Monday morning.

    Cedar Fire evacuations lifted in Wofford Heights

    Precautionary evacuations for the Cedar Fire, which began nearly two weeks ago, were lifted at 10 a.m. Monday for all of Wofford Heights after the fire was not active overnight, a U.S. Forest Service official said. The Cedar Fire, which began Aug. 16, has burned more than 29,000 acres, or nearly

  • Motorist who died in southeast identified

    A motorist who died Saturday after hitting another vehicle near southeast Bakersfield was identified as Dennis Ruth, 24, of Lamont, by the Kern County Coroner’s Office. The accident happened at 4:30 p.m. at Comanche Drive and Muller Road, in unincorporated Kern County. Ruth was taken to Kern

  • Tulare County crash kills Bakersfield man

    A 73-year-old Bakersfield man died and his passenger was injured in a rollover crash Saturday in Tulare County. The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of his next of kin, was driving a 2015 Ford south on Highway 43 shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday when a 2001 Chevrolet driven west on

  • Cause, manner of Bolthouse Farms death pending toxicology tests

    A 25-year-old man who died Aug. 17 in an industrial accident at a Bolthouse Farms facility in Bakersfield was “crushed by machinery while working,” the Kern County Coroner’s Office said in a report on Monday. But the cause and manner of death of Bolthouse employee Silvio Jose Beltran Campuzano are

  • Two fire departments responded early Monday to a fire at a medical marijuana dispensary in Bakersfield, in a converted two-story California bungalow.

    Marijuana dispensary burns in unincorporated Bakersfield

    A fire at a marijuana dispensary in the 1800 block of Niles Street early Monday caused an estimated $60,000 in damage but resulted in no injuries. Kern County Fire Department firefighters responded shortly before 4:30 a.m. to a report of a structure fire at the dispensary, which they did not

  • Coroner: head, chest trauma killed crash victim

    A 28-year-old woman who was killed Aug. 21 in a rollover crash in east Bakersfield died of blunt force head and chest trauma, the Kern County Coroner’s Office said on Monday. Angela Romero, of Bakersfield, made an unsafe turn to the left as she drove west on Highway 178 east of the Bernard Avenue

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    Two arrested at DUI checkpoint

    Two motorists were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and 28 drivers were cited for having no driver’s license or driving on a suspended license at a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint operated late Saturday night and early Sunday by the Bakersfield Police Department. Five

  • The Cedar Fire started Tuesday afternoon and continues burning several days later.

    Containment increased on Cedar Fire, evacuation levels lowered

    Firefighters reached 20 percent containment on the Cedar Fire and lowered the evacuation level of several communities Friday morning. The following areas went from recommended to precautionary evacuation status at 11 a.m.: Pala Ranches; Homestead Tract; residences north of Anchorage Road,

  • Warden Kelly Santoro.

    Bakersfield woman appointed warden at North Kern State Prison

    Kelly Santoro, 49, of Bakersfield, has been appointed warden at North Kern State Prison, where she has been acting warden since 2015 and served as an associate warden from 2009 to 2010 and as a correctional counselor from 1997 to 2001. According to a news release from the office of Gov. Jerry

  • Participants at the "Walk/Run Like MADD" 5K last year. File photo.

    Third annual 'Walk Like MADD' event coming in September

    The third annual Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash 5K is set for Sept. 24 at the Park at River Walk. The event has raised more than $100,000 since 2014, funding MADD programs in Kern County. According to statistics from the Kern County District Attorney’s office, there have been at

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    Early morning crash starts fire in medical marijuana dispensary

    A vehicle crashed into a medical marijuana dispensary early Friday, igniting a fire that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage, firefighters said. Bakersfield firefighters were called to 2723 Alta Vista at 1:07 a.m. to flames coming from a single-story building, according to fire officials. They

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    Taft carjacking suspect arrested

    A man officers believe displayed a gun as he carjacked a vehicle in Taft earlier this month has been arrested.  Tony Wayne Campbell, 35, was taken into custody at his residence in the 300 block of Polk Street after California Highway Patrol officers found the stolen vehicle abandoned in Santa

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    Man killed in Delano crash identified

    A 34-year-old man killed in a single-vehicle crash in Delano this week has been identified. Orlando Morales, of McFarland, was driving on 11th Avenue at Glenwood Street on Wednesday when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned, according to a coroner’s office release. He died at the scene.

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    DUI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

    A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday at an undisclosed location in Bakersfield. The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., police said. Anyone who sees a suspected drunken driver is asked to call 911.