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    Man armed with knife robbed downtown drugstore

    A man armed with a knife attacked a drugstore employee during a robbery in downtown Bakersfield, police said. The suspect entered the Rite Aid at 1601 23rd St. June 30, grabbed some items and tried to leave without paying, according to police. Confronted by a store employee, the suspect swung a

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    Prisoner's death a homicide, coroner says

    An inmate found dead in his cell at a Delano prison last week died from asphyxiation caused by neck compression and his death has been ruled a homicide, coroner’s officials say. Kern Valley State Prison staff found Jason M. Christner unresponsive about 8 p.m. July 21 and were unable to resuscitate

  • A sign remains unscorched where the the South Lake Museum once stood.

    South Lake loses another structure to flames

    The South Lake community, recently devastated by the Erskine Fire, lost another structure to fire Wednesday night. The so-called South Lake Museum, on Highway 178 and Larsen Road, caught fire about 9:45 p.m. The structure and about six acres of adjacent grassland burned, according to the Kern

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    Man killed in Highway 223 crash identified

    A Bakersfield man killed when a big rig struck his vehicle on Highway 223 was identified Thursday. Gonzalo Topete, 22, died at the scene of the 3:46 a.m. crash Tuesday just east of Ashe Road, a coroner’s office release said. An autopsy has been scheduled.

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    Authorities identify man believed killed in mass shooting

    Authorities have identified a man found dead in his apartment the evening of July 18 and who is believed to have died from a stray bullet during a mass shooting two days earlier. An autopsy determined Miguel Angel Leon Bravo, 21, died of a gunshot wound to the head. His body was found in his

  • In this file photo, Dolores Huerta speaks out in support of anti-discrimination policies approved by the Kern High School District.

    Dolores Huerta to address Democratic convention Thursday

    Bakersfield’s Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union, will speak on the final night of the Democratic National Convention, it was announced Wednesday. Huerta, a supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton since her first presidential campaign in 2008, is

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    Two dogs killed, marijuana grow discovered in southwest Bakersfield fire

    Two dogs died of smoke inhalation in a fire at a southwest Bakersfield residence in which firefighters discovered the owner was growing marijuana in his garage. Firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the attic vents of a home in the 9600 block of Oldbury Court at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday. Fire had

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    Man shot early Wednesday

    A man was shot early Wednesday in a neighborhood northwest of Valley Plaza mall. Police responding to reports of a shooting at 1:10 a.m. found the victim in the 4400 block of Parkwood Court. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment of injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. A

  • Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to put a sales tax measure on the November ballot to fund public safety agencies. The board rejected the idea.

    Supervisors refuse to put safety sales tax measure on ballot

    Kern County supervisors on Tuesday rejected public safety department appeals for more money from the county budget and through a sales tax measure despite warnings services will suffer. The work of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, Probation Department and District Attorney’s and

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    Sheriff: Mass shooting earlier this month could have killed man

    A man found dead in his apartment three days after a mass shooting July 16 could have been killed by a stray bullet, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said Tuesday. That man, whose identity has not been released by law enforcement, was found dead July 19 in his apartment, located about 500

  • More than 80 local firefighters battle farflung blazes

    Numerous Kern County and Bakersfield firefighters are battling blazes around the state as the result of mutual aid pacts — which last month, of course, brought hundreds of firefighters to Kern to put out the giant Erskine Fire. On Saturday, the Kern County Fire Department sent a helicopter to

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    Three convicted in shooting of pregnant woman and her husband

    A Kern County jury has found three gang members guilty of attempted murder in the shooting of a pregnant woman and her husband. The jury convicted James Rios, Anthony Rios and Anthony Sanchez Monday in the May 2015 shooting, in the 3100 block of Monterey Street, that wounded Mario Bravo and his

  • Hillary Clinton acknowledges applause at a July 5 speech. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

    History made as Clinton secures U.S. Democrats' White House nomination

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for the White House on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in U.S. history. Delegates from South Dakota gave Clinton 15 votes, ensuring that she had more than the 2,383