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  • Kern County Firefighters put out a grass fire at Eucalyptus Drive Friday morning. The fire was contained before damaging a nearby house.

    Grass fire in east Bakersfield put out before damaging home

    A grass fire in east Bakersfield was extinguished Friday morning before it reached a nearby home. At 11:14 a.m. the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for the fire, on the south side Eucalyptus Drive, east of Fairfax Road, Captain Tyler Townsend wrote in a press release. 

  • Man hospitalized after stabbing, one suspect arrested, two more at large

    A man was stabbed in central Bakersfield Friday morning, and police have arrested one suspect and are looking for two more. The stabbing occurred at 8:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Union Avenue. The unnamed victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after apparently being

  • Female body found in east Bakersfield

    The body of an adult female was found Friday morning in east Bakersfield. At 10:07 a.m. Bakersfield Police officers responded to the south alley of the 900 block of Eureka Street, where they found the deceased woman, police said. There were no obvious signs of trauma, and an autopsy will determine

  • Man arrested in Taft for utility wire theft

    A man was arrested in Taft on Thursday for allegedly stealing utility wire from a company in the McKittrick area on June 24, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported. Skylar Larson was arrested after detectives from the Rural Crime Investigation Unit found the stolen property and suspect vehicle

  • Lake Isabella man cause of death drowning

    A Bakersfield man who died in Lake Isabella last month died from drowning, according to a coroner’s report. Robert Michael Garcia, 37, was swimming on June 29 when witnesses said he struggled to reach the shore, reports said. He was identified on Tuesday, and on Friday the cause of death was

  • NOR announces firework ban at all parks

    Fireworks of any kind have been banned from all 24 North of the River Recreation and Park District parks. NOR marketing director Lisa Plank announced the ban in a press release Friday afternoon. Fireworks are also banned at and near NOR community centers. “The safety of all families enjoying our

  • Bakersfield man convicted of robbery

    A Kern County jury convicted a man of armed robbery and four other felonies Thursday Matthew Najera, 28, is scheduled to be sentenced July 31.  Najera held a woman against her will during an Aug. 16, 2013 robbery at an Herbalife store in northeast Bakersfield. He injured and officer while

  • Authorities release name of woman found dead Tuesday

    A woman found dead inside a west Bakersfield apartment Tuesday evening has been identified as 25-year-old Jessica Hayes. A coroner’s office news release said cause and manner of death are pending further investigation. Her body was found at 8:59 p.m. in the 1000 block of McDonald Way.

  • Bakersfield man convicted for striking helicopter with laser

    A 52-year-old Bakersfield man was convicted Wednesday of one count of aiming a laser at an aircraft and faces up to five years in prison. Barry Lee Bowser also faces up to a $250,000 fine at his Sept. 28 sentencing, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Benjamin B.

  • Man who died of smoke inhalation in Bakersfield fire identified

    A man who died from smoke inhalation in an east Bakersfield fire has been identified as 23-year-old Christopher Johnson.  A coroner’s office news release said Johnson’s death was an accident. Johnson was found by firefighters in a residence that had caught fire June 24 in the 1000 block of

  • Arnold Sandoval of Kern Sprinkler Landscaping sweeps decomposed granite into a new drought-tolerant plant installation outside Bakersfield’s City Hall North.

    Good job! Locals improve water conservation efforts

    Californians reduced their water use by 29 percent in May compared to the same month two years ago, the biggest drop since the governor called on us to sacrifice due to the drought. Many in Kern County did even better, including customers of Cal Water Bakersfield and Shafter at 37 percent, Arvin

  • Suspect accused of beating man to death

    A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder Tuesday evening in connection with a fight that killed a man the day before. Emanuel Body was taken into custody at 8:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of South H Street, police said. Body is believed to have beaten a man unconscious Monday evening

  • Vehicle that crashed in the canyon is removed by tow truck.

    Highway 178 reopens following crash, fire

    Highway 178 through the Kern River Canyon was closed for about seven hours in both directions following a crash and fire Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded about 4:30 a.m. to a crash 4.3 miles east of the mouth of the Kern River Canyon. As they approached the scene, they found a rapidly

  • Times given for use of legal fireworks

    Fireworks went on sale in most Kern County communities Wednesday, and Kern County firefighters are reminding residents they can only be used at certain times during the next few days. Firefighters said legal “Safe and Sane” fireworks can be used at the following times: noon to midnight

  • Fireworks hotline set up

    A temporary Bakersfield Fire Department hotline has been established to report illegal fireworks during July 3-4. The hotline is not an emergency phone number for incidents or situations that require an immediate response. All emergency calls must be made through 911. The hotline will be staffed

  • Arrest made in fatal Sunday shooting

    A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with a shooting Sunday. Monty Embry was arrested in San Jose on Monday and transported back to Bakersfield, police said. He is accused of fatally shooting a man at 4:49 a.m. in the 1000 block of Dolores Street. Anyone with