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  • Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian received lots of support from BC faculty at Tuesday's board meeting deciding on the renewal of her contract. Christian is at center.

    Community college board approves BC president's contract

    Bakersfield College faculty and community members won a hard-fought victory for their president Tuesday, when Kern Community College District board members approved a three-year contract and a 10.5 percent raise for BC President Sonya Christian at a KCCD board meeting. Trustees approved the

  • Mark Madrigali

    Attorney charged with wife's murder found dead

    A local attorney charged with murder in the 2013 shooting death of his wife was found dead at his home Tuesday. Mark Madrigali’s body was found at about 10:30 a.m., his lawyer, H.A. Sala, said Tuesday evening. Sala said he and another attorney had gone to Madrigali’s house to check on him because

  • More than 100 vehicles vandalized over the weekend

    A total of 128 vehicles were vandalized in Bakersfield over the weekend, according to police. The vandalism occurred in the following areas: Fruitvale Avenue west to Jewetta Avenue and Rosedale Highway north to Olive Drive; Stockdale Highway south to White Lane and New Stine Road west to Old River

  • Man once charged with kidnapping pleads to felony in Wasco chase

    A man who had been accused of kidnapping pleaded no contest Tuesday to illegally possessing a gun and evading law enforcement in leading deputies on a chase and barricading himself inside a Wasco residence. Miguel Barreto, 29, was sentenced to 16 months in custody after pleading no contest to the

  • Man suffers second, third degree burns from structure fire

    The cause of a structure fire Monday night is under investigation by the Bakersfield Fire Department, according to a news release from the department. At approximately 8:30 p.m., an explosion was reported at a resident in the 5000 block of Planz Road. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small fire

  • SilverAlert

    Silvert Alert issued for missing Sacramento man

    A Silver Alert has been issued for an 88-year-old Sacramento man. Garland Robertson was seen at approximately 4:45 p.m. Oct. 1 at the 76 gas station in Lost Hills. He is driving a 1987 four-door blue Honda Accord – with the California license plate number ITS4GRR, according to a news release from

  • Woman pleads no contest to arson in motel fire

    A Bakersfield woman faces five years in prison after pleading no contest to arson Tuesday for starting a fire at a Union Avenue motel that displaced 20 people. Elizabeth Lynn Sales, 51, is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 4. Six other arson charges were dismissed under the plea deal. Prosecutors say

  • Family displaced by fire in Buttonwillow

    A fire in Buttonwillow displaced four people Monday afternoon. The fire caused about $20,000 in damage to a 1,200-square-foot residence in the 300 block of Willow Street, firefighters said. No injuries were reported, and the 3 p.m. blaze was controlled in 15 minutes. Two adults and two children

  • Man killed in dirt bike crash identified

    A Bakersfield man who was killed after riding his dirt bike into a cable stretched across a right-of-way next to railroad track near South Union Avenue has been identified as 27-year-old Cameron Quinn Howard. A coroner’s office news release said Howard died about 20 minutes after the crash at Casa

  • Lamuel Rhodes

    Two convicted sex offenders at large

    Authorities are searching for two convicted sex offenders after they failed to check in with probation officers. Lamuel Rhodes, 39, and Candido Lugo, 32, are both at large, according to a probation department news release. Rhodes, who also goes by Bryan Lynn Guldeer, is described as black, 5 feet

  • Suspect wanted in theft at convenience store.

    Suspect in theft at convenience store has pot leaf tattooed on head

    A man with a marijuana leaf tattooed on his head stole items from a Bakersfield convenience store, police said. The man entered the Fastrip at 4:38 p.m. Aug. 4, took items and left without paying, according to police. He’s described as Hispanic, in his 30s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, heavy build,

  • One of two suspects wanted in Walmart robbery.

    Man and woman wanted for robbery of Rosedale Walmart

    A man and a woman robbed the Rosedale Highway Walmart, attacking store employees before leaving with stolen merchandise, police said. The robbery occurred at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 23, police said. The suspects selected items, left the store without paying and were confronted by Walmart employees. One

  • Dozens of vehicles vandalized over the weekend

    Dozens of vehicles were vandalized in Bakersfield over the weekend, authorities said. Windows on six vehicles were shattered between 3 and 7 a.m. in central Bakersfield, according to sheriff’s officials. Two of the vehicles were in the 2600 block of Cleveland Way, two on Paloma Street in the 900

  • Sheriff's investigate South Union homicide

    Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a suspicious death on South Union Avenue as a homicide Sunday evening. Reports from Sheriff’s officials indicated they were called to the 11000 block of South Union at approximately 4:40 p.m. Sunday. A Hispanic man was found unresponsive in a

  • Sep 18, 2015; Joliet, IL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick (4) during practice for the 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

    Harvick gets big win with dominating effort at Dover

    Bakersfield's Kevin Harvick needed to win Sunday at Dover in order to ensure that he would advance to the round of 12 in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Championship, and he turned in his most dominant effort of the 2015 season when it mattered most. Harvick led all but 42 laps at Dover to keep his

  • Melody Villareal, DOB 11/14/2008

    Missing Delano girl found

    A 6-year-old Delano girl who was reported missing Saturday has been found safe and returned home, according to a news release from the Delano Police Department.

  • Deputies arrest man wanted in shooting that locked down Foothill High

    Acting on a tip, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested the man wanted in a shooting that closed down at least one local school earlier in the week. Johnny Youngblood was taken into custody after surrendering to deputies at about 1:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Park Drive, near where

  • Dirt bike rider dies after hitting cable near railroads tracks

    A Bakersfield motorcyclist was killed Friday afternoon after he apparently failed to notice a cable stretched across a right-of-way next to railroad tracks east of South Union Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported. The agency said the 27-year-old, whose name was not released pending