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  • 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.

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    Brush fire reported in Bear Valley Springs

    A brush fire in Bear Valley Springs on Friday morning has burned between 25 acres, according to the Kern County Fire Department.  Four air tankers and 40 firefighters have responded to the Range Fire, which broke out in the 31000 block of Deertrail Drive shortly after 11 a.m., the department

  • Edward Tucker, left, with his attorney Kyle Humphrey, appeared in court Friday, when his arraignment was postponed.

    Former deputy appears in court for allegedly violating probation

    Four months following his sentencing on drug and assault charges, former deputy Edward Tucker appeared in a Kern County courtroom for allegedly violating probation by walking away from a court-ordered rehabilitation facility.  Formal arraignment of Tucker was postponed to Sept. 15 during

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    Man shot on Union Avenue Thursday evening

    A man was shot multiple times Thursday evening at a hotel on Union Avenue and officers detained several people at the scene, police said.  Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block Union Avenue at 5:30 p.m. and found the victim in the roadway, according to police. He was

  • Cedar Fire

    Cedar Fire at more than 26,000 acres, 15 percent contained

    The Cedar Fire grew another 3,000 acres from Wednesday evening into Thursday for a total of 26,135 acres at 15 percent containment, according to fire officials.  Most of that increase is due to firefighters burning vegetation to bring the fire’s perimeter to areas where they can more easily

  • In this file photo, American flags fly in the South Lake neighborhood after the Erskine Fire burned through it.

    Sign up or pay up: County to declare 76 Erskine Fire properties nuisances

    Kern County is preparing to hit 76 property owners who lost their homes in the devastating Erskine Fire with orders to remove trash and fire debris from their land. But they can avoid the order — and costly penalties — by either cleaning up the mess or even better, signing a nine-page form letting

  • Suspects and suspect vehicle wanted in storage unit burglary.

    Two suspects wanted in storage unit burglary

    Two men burglarized a storage unit in a southwest Bakersfield apartment complex, police said. The suspects committed the burglary in the 3400 block of Actis Street at 6:30 a.m. Aug. 13, according to police. They grabbed items from the unit and fled east on Planz Road in an early 2000s gray Honda

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    One arrested in connection with intentionally set fire Thursday morning

    A mattress fire Thursday morning in a “residential structure” southeast of downtown Bakersfield was intentionally set and an arrest had been made, firefighters said. One person was arrested in connection with the 9:18 a.m. fire in the 1300 block of S Street, according to the Bakersfield Fire

  • Missing teen Clay Weeks.

    Police searching for missing teen

    Police are asking for the public’s help finding a missing 15-year-old who is considered at risk because it’s the first time he’s gone missing.  Clay Patrick Weeks was last seen Tuesday in the 5400 block of Tejon Ridge Court, police said. He is described as white, 5 foot 7, 150 pounds, blond

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    Man convicted of shooting at homeowner during burglary

    A 19-year-old man was convicted Wednesday of shooting at a homeowner during a burglary and faces up to 26 years in prison. A jury found Henry Melendez guilty of first-burglary, assault with a firearm and attempted first-degree robbery, prosecutors said. Sentencing is set for Sept. 27.  A

  • Three men were sentenced Wednesday morning for beating a man last year. Their attorneys are standing near them. Pictured in the orange is defendant Rodrigo Sanchez, and standing to his right is defendant Leonardo Ortiz. The third defendant, Sergio Medina, is not clearly shown.

    Former U.S. Marines sentenced to prison in beating case

    He entered the house expecting a romantic evening with the woman he loved. Instead, three men wearing hockey masks beat him, bound him with zip ties and threatened to kill him. They released him 30 minutes later after taking his cellphone and wallet, and warning him they knew where he lived. The