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  • Garces threat leads to more security

    Garces Memorial High School employed two security guards on campus Friday after students allegedly threatened a shooting at the school, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said students overheard a group of their peers threatening a shooting on campus

  • Alex Rubio, left, in court Friday during a hearing regarding his case with his attorney Tony Lidgett.

    Motorist charged with murder in alleged DUI crash headed to trial

    A motorist charged with murder in an alleged drunken driving crash that killed a woman in early 2014 will soon be heading to trial. No plea offers are on the table in the case of Alex Rubio, defense attorney Tony Lidgett said during a readiness hearing Friday morning. Another hearing is scheduled

  • New attorney for defendant charged with murder in BPD officer's death

    A Bakersfield man charged with murder in connection with a chase that resulted in the death of a police officer switched attorneys Friday for the third time. Julian Hernandez was first represented by Chief Deputy Public Defender Peter Kang and Deputy Public Defender Ernest Hinman. Defense

  • The Kern County Fire Department responded to a call of a natural gas leak at Highway 46 and Scofield Avenue at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015.

    Gas leak closes Highway 46

    Highway 46 west of Wasco is closed in both directions at Scofield Avenue due a to gas leak, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. The lanes are expected to remain closed until at least 6:30 p.m. Firefighters said a bulldozer ruptured a six-inch natural gas line in a field at the northeast

  • Multiple law enforcement agencies participate in a Kern Avoid DUI checkpoint on California Avenue in Bakersfield in this 2009 photo.

    CHP conducting maximum DUI enforcement through holiday weekend

    The California Highway Patrol will be out in full force over the Labor Day weekend cracking down on drunken driving. A CHP news release said all available officers will be on duty beginning Friday evening and through Sept. 7. Anyone who sees a suspected drunken driver is asked to call 911. 

  • Spencer Rogers in court in downtown Bakersfield Wednesday morning for his sentencing. Attorney David Torres was seated next to him during the sentencing.

    Life without parole for convicted murderer Spencer Rogers

    Spencer Rogers took pride in the shootings he carried out in 2013 that left one person dead and three others injured. The 25-year-old laughed when talking about the crimes with friends, referencing his gang affiliation and his attacks against rival gang members. He rapped songs and made up riddles

  • Clara, played by Katie Walsh, in a past performance of "The Nutcracker" by Civic Dance Company. Unless an agreement can be made with the dance company, the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra will not provide live musical accompaniment this year, ending a 37-year partnership.

    'Nutcracker' ballet without the symphony?

    The dance company that stages the annual “Nutcracker” ballet — a local holiday tradition for decades — is hoping for a Christmas miracle in September that will allow the dancers to continue to perform with live musical accompaniment provided by the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. The 37-year

  • Robbery suspect brought son along during crimes, police say

    An accused robber who allegedly often brought his 13-year-old son along during crimes has been arrested. Victorio Marquez, 31, was taken into custody Monday morning in connection with a series of burglaries, robberies and vandalism beginning in July, police said. His crimes frequently involved him

  • Man claims voices in his head compelled him to kill nephew, reports say

    A Rosamond man charged with murder in the shooting death of his nephew told investigators voices in his head told him he’d be saving the nephew by killing him, according to court filings. David Lynn Corkern said he had originally intended to kill his sister, his nephew and himself so they could

  • Deputy Gabriel Lopez was arraigned in Kern County Superior Court in April.

    Former deputy sentenced to prison for sexual battery

    One of the victims of former Kern County sheriff’s deputy Gabriel Lopez told the court Wednesday she called law enforcement 2 -1/2 years ago because she was in need of help. Instead, Lopez, one of the responding deputies, took her into a back room and sexually assaulted her. Now, she said, she

  • Warden appointed at California State Prison

    California State Prison’s acting warden since 2014 has officially been appointed the prison’s warden, according to a news release from the officer of Gov. Jerry Brown. David Davey, 51, of Bakersfield, previously served as chief deputy warden at Kern Valley State Prison from 2012 to 2014, the news

  • Man faces life sentence for sexual abuse of three children

    A 47-year-old man faces a life sentence after being found guilty of sexually abusing three children over a number of years. Frank Sepulveda was convicted Wednesday of two counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and continuous sexual abuse of a child. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct.

  • Bakersfield man convicted of roommate's murder

    A 21-year-old Bakersfield man was found guilty Tuesday of strangling and robbing his roommate in May of 2013. Theron Ausbie faces life in prison without the possibility of parole at his Sept. 30 sentencing, prosecutors said. Ausbie’s roommate, Kelly William Gill, 45, was found dead May 20,

  • Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is seen in a September 1995, Lincoln, Neb., police handout photo.

    Former NFL player Lawrence Phillips charged with murder

    Former NFL player and college football star Lawrence Phillips has been charged with first-degree murder in the April death of his cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison. Phillips, 40, is accused of killing 37-year-old Damion Dewayne Soward, who was found unresponsive the morning of April 11 in the

  • Sheriff's Office assisting in investigation regarding burned dogs

    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is assisting in an investigation into possible animal abuse in the Rosamond area in which six dogs suffered burns.  A golden retriever was found 12 p.m. Aug. 20 with what appeared to be acid or chemical burns to its back, deputies said. The dog, wandering near

  • Motel fire found to be intentional

    A Union Avenue motel fire has been determined as "intentional in nature" by Bakersfield Fire Department arson investigators. The BFD responded to Monday’s structure fire about 9 p.m. at 800 S. Union Ave. Firefighting efforts were initially stalled due to boarded doors and windows

  • Free driving class for teens and parents

    A free class for teen drivers and their parents is being offered by the California Highway Patrol Sept 8. Start Smart is a two-hour course that discusses information such as safe driving habits, consequences of poor choices and tips on how to avoid accidents. The event is being held at the CHP

  • Person of interest sought in Rosamond shooting

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Angelina Wilkerson, 33, of Rosamond. Deputies said Wilkerson is a person of interest in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Howard Burley III, found shot multiple times in his vehicle in the 3800 block of Fernwood