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  • Stolen pickup unrelated to kidnapping, fatal shooting

    A Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman said Saturday a stolen Dodge pickup is not connected to either a fatal shooting at a cabin in Jawbone Canyon or a recent kidnapping. The pickup, a white 2011 Dodge 3500, was stolen Wednesday and recovered either Wednesday night or Thursday morning,

  • Early morning crash kills motorcyclist

    The 33-year-old driver of a motorcycle died and his passenger suffered moderate injuries early Friday after crashing into a vehicle in southwest Bakersfield. Police said the driver, Wesley Moreno, died at the scene and the passenger was taken to a local hospital. The crash occurred at 3:17 a.

  • Homicide at cabin may be related to kidnapping earlier this week

    A fatal shooting at a remote cabin in Jawbone Canyon may be connected to a kidnapping earlier this week in which three men were held at gunpoint before escaping their captor. Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said a man’s body was found just before midnight Thursday in a cabin about 20 miles west of

  • Fines reduced in more than half of 2015 fireworks citations

    At least 23 of the 42 citations issued in Bakersfield for illegal fireworks this year were reduced to about a third of their original $1,500 fine. At least five other citations were dismissed, and warrants were issued in at least eight cases, according to records obtained by The Californian. It’s

  • Pedestrian struck in hit-and-run has died

    A pedestrian struck in a hit and run in mid-July on Buck Owens Boulevard has died. Tina Collins, 54, died July 25 from complications of blunt force injuries, a coroner’s office news release said.  Police said Collins was struck at 10:48 p.m. July 15 in the 2600 block of Buck Owens Boulevard.

  • Murder suspect admits visiting prostitute, denies killing her

    A Bakersfield man accused of smothering a prostitute with a pillow admitted to being in the woman’s room but denied hurting her. Bennie West Sr., 53, told investigators he was friends with Angela Ruth McCall and she had been alive when he left her, according to police reports filed in court. He

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    Arrested radio reporter 'sad that I let down my boys'

    Longtime local journalist Scott Thackrey’s arrest Wednesday night on suspicion of arranging to meet with a minor for a lewd purpose and attempting to contact a minor with intent to commit a lewd act was the result of a sting, according to Bakersfield police. After getting a complaint from the

  • Arsonist faces four years in prison under plea deal

    A Bakersfield man pleaded no contest to a felony arson charge for setting a fire in east Bakersfield that caused an estimated $250,000 in damage and displaced 26 people.  Rudy Bribiesca, 32, will serve four years in prison and register as an arsonist for life under the terms of the plea deal,

  • Stolen pickup may have been taken by kidnapping suspect

    A pickup stolen Wednesday afternoon may have been taken by the suspect wanted in connection with holding three men captive at gunpoint in a remote cabin southeast of Twin Oaks. A Sheriff’s Office news release said a white 2011 Dodge 3500 was stolen between 2:40 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. The keys were

  • Body found at Remington Hot Springs identified

    The body of a woman found at Remington Hot Springs Tuesday has been identified as 25-year-old Huntington Beach resident Arien Harward. A coroner’s office news release said Harward’s body was found at 7:39 a.m. at the springs in Bodfish. A forensic examination will be performed to determine cause

  • Flash flood warning in effect for Kern County mountains

    A flash flood warning is in effect for the Kern County mountain areas through 8 p.m. and thunderstorms are expected to develop throughout the afternoon. The National Weather Services is predicting rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch in the Frazier Park area. There is a 30

  • Merle Haggard and his sister Lillian Haggard Rea hold an angel that will lie on the foundation underneath the boxcar home they both grew up in once it is in place at the Kern County Museum. "I wanted an angel to watch over the home," said Dianne Sharman, who helped organize the effort to preserve the Haggards' home.

    Home at last: Emotional Haggard accompanies boxcar to museum

    With their childhood home sitting on a flatbed nearby, Merle Haggard and his sister carefully climbed up on the raised foundation near the train tracks at the Kern County Museum and searched for a private moment together as dozens of observers, fanning themselves in the brutal heat, kept a

  • BPD officer pleads no contest to DUI in connection with crash

    A Bakersfield police officer pleaded no contest to misdemeanor DUI Wednesday in connection with a single-vehicle crash in April. Officer Edgar Aguilera, 29, entered the plea in return for the dismissal of three other misdemeanor offenses. He was sentenced to time served and three years’ probation.

  • Man pleads no contest to sex crimes involving Wofford Heights teen

    A 47-year-old charged with numerous sex crimes after running off with a teenage girl in June has pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse. Maciej Ignaciuk, who had gone by the name Max Kozak, entered the plea Thursday morning. Eleven other felonies were dismissed. He is

  • Misdemeanor charge filed against deputy in fatal crash

    A misdemeanor charge of vehicular manslaughter has been filed against a Kern County sheriff’s deputy in connection with a September crash and his first hearing is scheduled for Aug. 12. Prosecutors had announced earlier this week that Deputy Nicholas Clerico would be charged with the misdemeanor

  • Three people held captive at gunpoint in remote cabin

    Three people were held captive at gunpoint Tuesday at a remote rural cabin 15 miles southeast of Twin Oaks and the suspect remains at large. The victims were described as two 20-year-old men and a 19-year-old man. They were not injured during the incident. Deputies said the victims told