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  • 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

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    Four arrested, drugs seized during search

    A search warrant served in north Bakersfield Wednesday resulted in four arrests and deputies seizing suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and a gun. Arthuro Juarez, 35, Michael Romero, 25, Rudolph Arias, 24, and Samantha Bise, 23, were arrested as a result of the warrant served in the

  • Country music legend Merle Haggard in July.

    Merle's Bakersfield memorial service is ...

    Bakersfield is invited to say goodbye to Merle Haggard at a family-sanctioned local memorial to the country music legend. Haggard’s sister, Lillian Haggard Rea, is planning the service for 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Valley Baptist Church in northwest Bakersfield, according to Jim Haggard, the singer’s

  • Raymond Tenorio is on trial for murder in the beating death of a man who molested his daughter.

    Father testifies to beating man who molested daughter

    A Lake Isabella man testified Wednesday he didn’t intend to kill the man who molested his daughter as he beat him in April of last year. But he said he was enraged by what the man had done. “I believe he deserved me kicking his ass,” Raymond Tenorio told jurors.  Tenorio, 32, is charged

  • A few restaurants in the food court at Valley Plaza were reopened Wednesday after being shut down the day before by food inspectors.

    Food inspectors found every diner's worst fear in mall basement

    County health inspectors went looking for plumbing problems in a Valley Plaza basement Wednesday and found every restaurant diner’s worst fear: roaches. An infestation of them. On the bright side, the plumbing issues that forced the closure of the food court the day before apparently have been

  • Theft suspect.

    Suspect wanted for stealing power tool

    A man stole a large power tool from a store on Rosedale Highway earlier this week, Kern County sheriff’s officials say. The suspect stole the tool late Monday afternoon from B&R Tool Supply at 5919 Rosedale Highway, sheriff’s officials say.  The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40

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    Propane gas leak leads to evacuations, road closure

    A propane leak prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses and a school in the southeast Bakersfield area Wednesday and was expected to continue up to about 7 p.m., Kern County firefighters said. Two attempts to control the leak from the 4,000-gallon propane tank in the 2200 block of East

  • Valley Plaza's food court has been shut down by health inspectors due to a sewage problem.

    Mall food court shut down indefinitely

    A health inspector eating lunch at Valley Plaza on Tuesday got some unappetizing news from a restaurant staffer: Mall management had told food court tenants not to use water or put anything down their sinks because of a plumbing issue. The tip-off launched an immediate investigation by the Kern