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  • This person is wanted in connection with stealing a car from an Albertson's parking lot.

    Suspect stole vehicle from grocery store parking lot

    A man stole a car from a grocery stole parking lot in northeast Bakersfield earlier this week. Police said the suspect entered the Albertson’s store on Mt. Vernon Avenue between 6 and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday and found a store employee’s car keys. The suspect then left the store, found the employee’s

  • A woman was rescued from this car after it collided with and became pinned under a big rig Friday morning.

    Woman rescued from car after collision with big rig

    A woman was rescued after her vehicle collided with and became pinned under a big rig in southwest Bakersfield Friday morning. She suffered minor injuries in the 4:33 a.m. crash at Panama Lane and Progress Road. Bakersfield firefighters said they used the “Jaws of Life” to free her from the

  • Victor Castro, 7, has been missing since early Thursday afternoon.

    Seven-year-old boy missing

    A 7-year-old boy has been missing since leaving school early Thursday afternoon. Police say Victor Castro was last seen at 12:50 p.m. near the front of Fremont Elementary School, possibly entering a dark-colored SUV.  Castro is described as Hispanic, 3 feet 6 inches tall, 50 pounds. He was

  • Bakersfield man indicted on weapons offenses

    A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment against a Bakersfield man Thursday charging him with weapons offenses Bryson LaPaul Blair, 29, was found in possession of a loaded Russian assault weapon and 145 rounds of ammunition when a search warrant was executed at his residence, according

  • Child uninjured after fall from bluffs

    An 8-month-old boy rolled down a hill in his stroller and continued 100 yards to the base of the bluffs on Panorama Drive Wednesday evening. The child was uninjured, Bakersfield police said. The incident occurred at 9:59 p.m. in the 100 block of Panorama Drive.  Police said the child’s

  • DUI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

    A DUI checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday in the Bakersfield area. Police said the checkpoint is an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed in DUI-related crashes and to ensure motorists have a valid driver’s license. Anyone who sees a suspected drunken driver is asked to call

  • Taft fire likely caused by barbecue the night before

    A house fire in Taft early Thursday was likely caused by a barbecue the evening before. Firefighters said the family of five living at the house in the 200 block of Buena Vista Avenue where the 12:32 a.m. blaze occurred got out of the home and were uninjured. The fire was mostly contained to the

  • Three suffer major injuries in Highway 178 crash

    Three people suffered major injuries in a head-on collision Wednesday on Highway 178 west of the Lower Richbar picnic area. California Highway Patrol officers said the 4:15 p.m. crash occurred when the driver of a 1992 Ford F-250 heading west steered his vehicle into the eastbound traffic lane.

  • 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

  • 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