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  • Gavin Fenn, 11, in green shirt, helps a Bakersfield Police Department employee retie crime scene tape at the scene of a double homicide April 30.

    Respected Delano kindergarten teacher is victim in double homicide

    A respected Delano kindergarten teacher was one of two victims in Saturday’s double homicide in northwest Bakersfield, law enforcement and school district sources said Monday. Kim Higginbotham and her husband Christopher Tare Higginbotham, both 48 of Bakersfield, were found dead at home at 1:24 a.

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    Man accused of stealing laptops

    A 29-year-old man is accused of stealing four laptop computers valued at $11,600 from an oilfield company. David Ojeda was arrested April 28 on suspicion of grand theft and burglary, Kern County sheriff’s officials said.  Two thefts occurred at the business in the 1500 block of China Grade

  • Ruben Castro sits quietly after being found guilty of murder in the death of a prostitute. He faces 25 years to life in prison at his June 7 sentencing.

    Man who strangled prostitute found guilty of murder

    A Bakersfield man who claimed he unintentionally killed a prostitute in self-defense after she attacked him with a knife will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Ruben Castro was found guilty Monday of first-degree murder in the death of 34-year-old Andrea Russell. He faces 25 years to

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    Shooting victim identified

    A 23-year-old man who died after being shot in Bakersfield Saturday evening has been identified as Anthony Rene Collazo. The shooting occurred at 9:24 p.m. in the 1000 block of Water Street, according to a coroner’s office news release. Collazo was pronounced dead at 11:12 p.m. at Kern Medical

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    Delano stabbing victim identified

    A man stabbed to death in Delano Saturday has been identified as 42-year-old Alan Wesley Hurt. A coroner’s office release said Hurt was stabbed at 9:19 p.m. in the 300 block of Asti Street and died about 40 minutes later at Delano Regional Medical Center. 

  • Joaquin Balassa listens Monday as he's sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering two men at his Tehachapi apartment.

    Former mixed martial arts fighter sentenced for double murder

    A former mixed martial arts fighter convicted of murder in the brutal beating deaths of two men in Tehachapi was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Joaquin Balassa, 29, looked ahead sternly as Judge Michael E. Dellostritto pronounced sentence.   Balassa had

  • BPD checkpoint nets zero arrests for driving under the influence

    An eight-hour checkpoint Bakersfield police conducted Saturday night resulted in no arrests for driving under the influence, though officers did report coming across five people driving without a valid license. A news release issued Sunday by the Bakersfield Police Department said 1,287

  • Neighbors gather on Mainsail Drive, some looking north into Lily Pad Court in northwest Bakersfield at a house, the scene of an alleged double homicide.

    Alleged double homicide shocks northwest residents

    Bakersfield Police Department officers responding early Saturday to a report of suspicious circumstances in the northwest found two dead people inside a house, and detained and later arrested a man they found leaving the residence. Police remained on scene for more than 10 hours after first

  • USC Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler looks to pass against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second quarter in the 2015 Holiday Bowl in December at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego

    Browns take Bakersfield's Kessler in third round of NFL Draft

    It was a restless Friday night for USC quarterback Cody Kessler, all right, but not for the reasons many expected. Instead of waiting for the NFL Draft’s third day, wondering when and where he’d be picked, Kessler spent the wee hours talking to friends, family and media and preparing for a 5 a.m.

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    Student accused of bomb threat hoax

    A female student at Paul Cato Middle School was arrested Friday morning after police say she wrote a bomb threat on a bathroom stall. Police said the girl was arrested on suspicion of causing a false emergency. Staff at the school in the 4100 block of Vineland Road had notified parents and

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    Delano shooting victim identified

    A 20-year-old Delano man was shot and killed Thursday morning. Marcus Cadenas died about a half hour after he was shot in the 700 block of Ellington Street at 11:18 a.m., a coroner’s office release said. He was pronounced dead at Delano Regional Medical Center.

  • Bat with rabies prompts health alert

    Residents in the neighborhood around Q and W. Columbus streets received leaflets this week about rabies after a bat killed by a local cat tested positive for the disease. The cat was later euthanized at the owners' request as a precaution to make sure no humans were exposed, according to the

  • A lawsuit has been filed in connection with an infant's death in a mobile home fire in the 100 block of McCord Avenue in Oildale on Jan. 24.

    Family of infant killed in Oildale mobile home fire files lawsuit

    The family of a 5-month-old girl who died in an Oildale mobile home fire has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the owners, managers and operators of the trailer park where they lived. The lawsuit filed Wednesday against Nijjar Realty Inc., Pama Management Inc., Cobra 28 No. 7, LP and IE

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    Life term for man in fatal DUI crash who was in country illegally

    A man who twice re-entered the country illegally after being deported was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Thursday for driving while under the influence of alcohol and methamphetamine in a crash that killed a Lake Isabella man. Gustavo De La Cruz, 38, faces an additional 10 years in prison

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    Three arrested in chase that passed through several cities

    Three people were apprehended Thursday following a chase that began in southeast Bakersfield, continued through Shafter, Wasco and Delano and ended in Tulare County. The driver, Alejandro Pacheco, 38, was taken into custody after abandoning the vehicle in Tulare County, Kern County sheriff’s