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  • Sobriety checkpoint nets three DUI arrests

    Bakersfield police arrested three drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence during a seven-hour sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night. A Bakersfield Police Department news release said the agency’s traffic section screened 1,706 vehicles during the checkpoint from 7 p.m.

  • Shooting claims victim on Wood Street

    A person died after being shot Saturday night in the 300 block of Wood Street, the Bakersfield Police Department reported. A news release from the agency said officers found the victim, identified only as a male, after responding to the scene of a shooting at about 8:15 p.m. The person was

  • Two shot, one fatally, in south Bakersfield

    A 19-year-old man was shot to death and a 16-year-old juvenile took a minor gunshot wound to the leg early Saturday, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. The juvenile was expected to survive. Officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Isil Avenue in south Bakersfield — south of

  • TOM MACHT  Charlie Beard, left talks with James Vernon before a race at Kern County Raceway Park in July, 2105. Beard, who helped build the track along with Vernon, died Saturday at the age of 77.

    TBC's most-read stories, May 21-28

    What a week! During a busy week of news we saw the passing of a local oilman turned race track owner, the departure of a longtime television news anchor and a major development in a police corruption investigation. That was the week and here’s the recap of the week’s most-read stories: No. 1:

  • Wasco man arrested on weapons, drugs, trespassing charges

    Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 34-year-old Wasco man who was reported trespassing on private property and found with meth, a ballistic vest and a stolen handgun Friday in Buttonwillow, police officials said. Deputies found Martin Fernandez hiding inside of a motorhome at about 3 p.m.

  • Bakersfield Police are seeking the public's assistance in identifying the two men pictured, who detectives believe may have more information about a homicide in January.

    Detectives seek public assistance in homicide case

    Bakersfield Police Department officials are asking for the public's assistance in identifying two men who are persons of interest in a homicide committed almost four months ago. Police are investigating the Jan. 17 homicide of Edward Flemmings, who sustained a gunshot wound on the 3000 block

  • Cal State Bakersfield safety officials say that the man pictured has been posing as a kinesiology student and groping female students.

    CSUB alerts community to man groping female students

    Cal State Bakersfield Police are investigating multiple reports of a man who has been groping college girls on campus under the guise that he's a kinesiology student who needs help with physical therapy work. Several girls have reported similar stories to CSUB Police. The man tells the girls

  • Former Bakersfield police Detective Damacio Diaz has agreed to plead guilty to federal programs bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute meth and making and subscribing a false income tax return, according to federal court filings.

    Former Bakersfield detective cops plea

    Damacio Diaz, a 17-year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department, whose exploits as a high school cross country athlete were highlighted in the Disney film “McFarland, USA,” has admitted to corruption, large-scale narcotics activities, tipping off a criminal associate to police investigations

  • The jury deadlocked Thursday in the murder trial of Bobbie Rhynes, left, shown in this file photo. With him is Deputy Public Defender Tim Blenner.

    Jury deadlocks in ski resort murder case

    A Kern County jury was unable to reach a final verdict Thursday in the shooting death last year of 50-year-old Carl Woolwine at Alta Sierra Ski Resort, forcing a retrial. Bobbie Dale Rhynes, 43, a former supervisor of the ski resort’s maintenance crew, was found not guilty of first-degree

  • April 2, 2011 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Southwest jets at LAX. Almost half of the airlines departures from Los Angeles International Airport have been cancelled or delayed Saturday, as the airline takes part of its fleet out of service because a plane lost part of its skin and made an emergency landing. Southwest is grounding 81 of its fleet of Boeing 737 jets. The affected planes are the same version of 737s as the plane that made a successful emergency landing at Yuma, Arizona, after part of its exterior skin and interior ceiling blew out over the Arizona desert. (Credit Image: © Gene Blevins/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    FAA: Software problem delays Los Angeles flights

    LOS ANGELES - Planes arriving and departing Los Angeles International Airport were delayed on Thursday after a problem with air-traffic control software briefly halted all flights, according to U.S. and local air traffic officials. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop for all

  • U S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Cathedral City, California, U.S., May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

    Bernie Sanders to hold a rally in Bakersfield Saturday

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign rally at the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, it was announced Wednesday. The “A Future to Believe In Bakersfield Rally” will be free and open to the public but organizers encourage people to RSVP ahead of time. To

  • Bakersfield Police investigate a recent shooting on the walking path along Mill Creek.

    Wave of shootings sweeping through Bakersfield in last two months

    A wave of shootings has hit the Bakersfield area over the past two months, ranging from robbery attempts to those that appear gang-related to others with no readily apparent motive. There have been at least 18 shootings in Bakersfield since April 1, according to a tally by The Californian. No

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    Fire station in Lake Isabella burglarized

    Crew quarters at a Lake Isabella fire station were burglarized Monday evening, Kern County firefighters said. The burglary occurred at Fire Station 72. Firefighters said new security measures are being implemented and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. 

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    Bank robber detained by citizens in Tehachapi

    A bank robber was detained by citizens and a bank employee Tuesday after they realized he wasn’t armed, Tehachapi police said. Michael Brian Taylor, 59, of Tehachapi, was held on the ground until police arrived. Arrested on suspicion of robbery, he was also found to be on federal probation for