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  • Fire damages elderly living facility in Rosamond

    A fire caused $10,000 in damage and displaced one person at an elderly living facility in Rosamond Tuesday evening. The blaze was reported at 8:12 p.m. in a single story four-plex, firefighters said. No injuries were reported. The fire was contained to a wall next to the water heater closet, and

  • The pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter was critically injured Wednesday morning when the aircraft crashed in an onion field west of Wasco. The helicopter crashed at 7:37 a.m. about a mile north of Highway 46 and just west of Wildwood Road, sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. A co-worker in

  • Henry A. Barrios / The Californian A helicopter went down Wednesday morning in a agriculture field west of Wasco near highway 46 and Wildwood Road. The pilot suffered burns and was airlifted to San Joaquin Community Hospital in Bakersfield.

    Pilot critically injured in helicopter crash west of Wasco

    The pilot of a crop-dusting helicopter was critically injured Wednesday morning when the aircraft crashed in an onion field west of Wasco.  The helicopter crashed at 7:37 a.m. about a mile north of Highway 46 just west of Wildwood Road, sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said. A co-worker in the

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    Suspects accused of stealing more than $10,000 in items from clothing store

    Five suspects are wanted in connection with stealing clothing items valued at more than $10,000 from the Polo Ralph Lauren store at the Tejon Outlet Mall. The suspects — two females and three males — stole the items May 8, deputies said. Surveillance cameras captured footage of the suspects, who

  • Worker rescued following trench collapse in vineyard

    A worker was rescued following a trench collapse Tuesday morning at a grape vineyard between Delano and McFarland. The collapse occurred shortly after 9:30 a.m. as workers were installing a drainage system in the vineyard 4.5 miles east of Highway 99, Kern County firefighters said. The worker was

  • Two injured in Shafter blaze early Tuesday

    An evaporative cooler may have caused a fire that injured two people in a Shafter residence early Tuesday. The 1:45 a.m. blaze in the 400 block of Shafter Avenue destroyed the house and sent two adults to a local hospital, Kern County firefighters said. The fire was extinguished in an hour and the

  • Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run Monday

    A pedestrian was struck and killed in a hit-and-run Monday evening south of downtown Bakersfield. George Washington Jackson, 78, died about a half hour after being hit at 9:39 p.m. in the 1000 block of 4th Street, according to a coroner’s office news release. Police said there is no description

  • Arrest in Bakersfield turns up property stolen in Tehachapi

    A 20-year-old Shafter man was arrested May 22 in Bakersfield on multiple charges and stolen property found in his possession included property stolen during a vehicle burglary in Tehachapi on May 21. In a news release the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said at about 1:30 p.m. on May 22 Deputy Aaron

  • Lake Isabella fires under investigation

    Firefighters extinguished four separate grass fires in Lake Isabella Saturday, and the Kern County Fire Department said the cause is under investigation. Emergency crews from the county fire department, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office responded

  • CSUB pitchers Hayden Carter (left) and Nick Rogowski (center) celebrate the final out of their WAC baseball championship victory, 5-4 over Seattle University, on Sunday in Mesa, Ariz.

    CSUB rallies late to beat Seattle, win WAC tournament championship

    MESA, Ariz. — Cal State Bakersfield refers to the latter part of games “tough guy innings.” “If we want to be tough guys, we’ve got to perform well in those innings,” said sophomore second baseman David Metzgar. The Roadrunners, trailing 4-1 entering the eighth, scored four runs to beat Seattle 5-

  • Nick Ellis / For The Californian Garces teammates celebrate their win of the Central Section Division III championship game against Ridgeview in Visalia Saturday afternoon.

    Garces rallies to beat Ridgeview 8-3 for D-III baseball crown

    VISALIA — When Garces’ Central Section Division III championship hopes started to go down Saturday at Rawhide Ballpark, the Rams did what they’ve done all season long. They stood up. With most of the team standing on the top step of the dugout, No. 5 seed Garces scored six runs in the decisive

  • Nick Ellis / For The Californian Golden Valley pitcher Austin Toerner delivers a pitch during Saturday's CIF Division IV championship against Firebaugh in Visalia.

    Golden Valley baseball again comes up short in championship

    VISALIA — Their dugout was different, and so was their opponent, but for the Golden Valley Bulldogs, Saturday’s Central Section Division IV championship game at Rawhide Ballpark was the worst kind of déjà vu. For the second consecutive season, Golden Valley couldn’t get its offense going

  • Altercation late Friday leads to stabbing, arrest

    An altercation late Friday at a home along South Union Avenue led to a stabbing that sent one man to the hospital and another to jail, the Kern County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday. A department news release said deputies dispatched to the 900 block of South Union at 11:20 p.m. found

  • Robbery suspect arrested after helicopter-assisted chase

    A robbery Friday night on South Union Avenue led to a helicopter search and the arrest of a suspect near a home on Panama Lane, the Bakersfield Police Department reported. The department said in a news release officers responded at 9:07 p.m. to a report that someone used a black semi-automatic

  • These men are wanted in connection with stealing surveillance cameras from a building in the 300 block of Kentucky Street.

    Suspects stole surveillance cameras from building

    Two men are wanted in connection with stealing surveillance cameras from a building east of downtown Bakersfield. Police said the men stole the cameras at 2:15 a.m. April 22 in the 300 block of Kentucky Street. Both suspects are described as white or Hispanic men in their mid-20s to early 30s.