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  • Country singer Brantley Gilbert wears a shirt in honor of Officer David Nelson during a concert at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

    Online store created in honor of BPD officer killed in line of duty

    The family of a Bakersfield police officer who died in the line of duty last month has created an online store selling shirts to benefit a scholarship fund. The “Officer David Nelson Memorial Scholarship Merchandise Store” was created “in honor of David’s legacy,” his brother, Erik, said

  • KBAK evening anchor Kurt Rivera

    News anchor arrested on suspicion of spousal battery, false imprisonment

    A local Emmy Award-winning news anchor has been arrested on suspicion of spousal battery and false imprisonment.  KBAK Channel 29’s Kurt Rivera was arrested Sunday evening after deputies responded to an alarm call of a woman screaming she was being assaulted at a home in east Bakersfield,

  • Tehachapi man receives 15 years for distributing child porn

    A Tehachapi man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Monday for receiving and distributing child pornography. Thomas Bettis, 54, received and distributed more than 600 images and video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct as attachments to email messages, according to a news

  • Robbery suspect shot by liquor store clerk

    A suspect who tried robbing a liquor store on Stockdale Highway was shot by a clerk and fled in an awaiting vehicle. A person similarly described as the suspect showed up at Kern Medical Center shortly afterward suffering major injuries from gunshot wounds, Bakersfield police said. That person is

  • This is the replica handgun a teen girl allegedly pointed at deputies before she was shot.

    Teen girl shot after pointing realistic looking pellet gun at deputies

    A teenage girl shot by deputies Friday was reportedly suicidal and pointed a replica handgun that appeared to be real at the deputies just before she was shot. The three deputies who fired were identified Monday as nine-year veteran Scott Wall, seven-year veteran Daniel Willis and seven-year

  • Shafter man sentenced to five years for drug smuggling

    A 35-year-old Shafter man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday for conspiring to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. Jimmy Gil pleaded guilty in May, admitting he conspired with two others to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. from Mexico in a tractor trailer, according to a news release from

  • These men are wanted in connection with burglarizing an east Bakersfield laundromat.

    Suspects burglarized east Bakersfield laundromat

    Two suspects are wanted in connection with burglarizing a laundromat in east Bakersfield. Deputies said the men broke into Almas Thrifty Wash at 1305 Sterling Road about 2 a.m. July 10. They tried to remove the cash machine by pulling it with their vehicle and a chain. The suspects are described

  • Three stabbed in Rosedale Sunday evening

    Three people, including the suspect, suffered stab wounds Sunday evening in the Rosedale area in what deputies say is an assault that may have started as a domestic dispute. Deputies were called at 11:22 p.m. to the 13000 block of Castlemaine Avenue, south of Rosedale Highway and west of Allen

  • A workshop caught fire at Breckenridge and Comanche roads.

    Fire causes $250,000 in damage to workshop

    A workshop near a farmhouse at the intersection of Comanche and Breckenridge roads east of Bakersfield caught fire Sunday evening. The blaze caused an estimated $250,000 in damage and the cause remains under investigation, Kern County firefighters said. Fire crews had to shuttle water from a

  • Suspect arrested after Arvin house fire

    Kern County fire investigators arrested a suspect on arson charges Friday evening after an Arvin house caught on fire and caused $40,000 worth of damage. Kern County firefighters responded to a home in the 300 block of Mary Street at 6:35 p.m. A fire was found in the garage of the 1,200-square-

  • BPD seeking information on armed robbery at Stockdale Liquors

    The Bakersfield Police Department is seeking the suspect of an armed robbery that occurred Friday night at Stockdale Liquors. At 10:25 p.m., officers responded to the armed robbery in progress at the liquor store, located in the 3800 block of Stockdale Highway, BPD said. When the suspect demanded

  • Hearn trial scheduled for next month

    A Kern County Superior Court judge Friday found there was sufficient evidence for Redlands firefighter Jonathan Michael Hearn to go to trial for allegedly murdering his lover’s husband. Hearn was arrested Nov. 18, 2014, after being accused of killing his girlfriend’s husband on Aug. 17. Robert

  • Rescuers successfully retrieved a family stranded on a rock in swift water Thursday afternoon.

    Family rescued from Kern River

    The Kern County Fire Department rescued a family stuck on a rock in the middle of the Kern River Thursday. Just before 2 p.m. Thursday, firefighters from the Kernville Fire Station found the mother, her 4-year-old daughter, the father and an adult male family friend hanging onto the rock,

  • Boys playing with matches ignited a grass fire in Golden Hills Friday.

    Boys playing with matches ignite Golden Hills grass fire

    Three boys were referred to the Juvenile Fire Setters Program after accidentally igniting a fire that burned about three-quarters of an acre before it was put out within 20 feet of apartment buildings in Golden Hills, according to the Kern County Fire Department. The boys, ages 11, 12 and 13,

  • Mom arrested after toddler rescued from hot car

    A mother was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after allegedly leaving her 2-year-old son alone in a hot, locked car for at least a half hour in Wasco, police said. Paula Curiel, 33, was located nearby and arrested shortly after Kern County Sheriff’s deputies rescued the boy 2:18

  • Prisoner found dead in Wasco identified

    The Kern County Coroner’s office Thursday identified a man found dead in a Wasco State Prison cell as Roberto Gomez Guerrero. The 57-year-old man was found dead in a prison cell at 8:27 a.m. Saturday. The cause of death is under investigation.

  • In this file photo from August 2011, Ray Salvador Coriell pleads not guilty to eight felonies, including kidnapping to commit rape and attempted murder, in Kern County Superior Court.

    Man who raped, tried to kill daughter gets 34 years to life

    A Bakersfield man who kidnapped his then 7-year-old daughter, raped her and left her for dead in a remote field was sentenced to 34 years to life Thursday in Kern County Superior Court. Ray Salvador Coriell, 33, had accepted a plea deal in the case, pleading no contest to three sex crime and

  • Gang member convicted of shooting at police

    Gang member Daniel Garcia was convicted of attempted murder of a peace officer and other charges Wednesday in Kern County Superior Court. Garcia, then 32, fired five rounds at one of two police cars responding to a report of a robbery Sept. 30, 2013, at a Southwest Bakersfield 7-11 store on the