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  • Sunny skies due for holiday weekend

    The weather system that has been keeping Kern County cool and cloudy for the past few days will hit us with one more burst of clouds and maybe a little rain on Friday. Then it will fade away to sunny skies and warming temperatures over the weekend. And, at least for now, it will be the last

  • Coroner's office: Bank robbery suspect's death a suicide

    A bank robbery suspect who led police on a chase that ended when his vehicle hit a tree shot and killed himself after the crash. The death of 26-year-old Leland Kane Smithson is a suicide, a coroner’s office news release said Thursday.  Smithson, of Lancaster, robbed the Wells Fargo bank at

  • Child molestor sentenced to 80 years to life plus three years, eight months

    A man who sexually abused two underage girls was sentenced to 80 years to life plus three years, eight months in prison Thursday. Jesus Rivera, 35, was found guilty last month of six felonies including two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Both victims were under 14 years old, and the

  • Reports: Shooting of pregnant woman and her husband gang related

    The shooting of a pregnant woman and her husband earlier this month was a result of an altercation between associates of two Bakersfield criminal street gangs. The three men charged with attempted murder in connection with the shooting are associates of the Eastside Bakers criminal street gang,

  • Bank robbery suspect dies from gunshot wound following chase

    A suspected bank robber shot after leading police on a chase Tuesday has died. Leland Kane Smithson, 26, of Lancaster, died about 90 minutes after being shot at 10:23 a.m. in the 1000 block of East 18th Street, according to a coroner’s office news release. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

  • Pedestrian struck and killed by vehicle while walking on sidewalk

    A vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian walking on the sidewalk in front of a CVS store Wednesday afternoon. The crash occurred at 2:02 p.m. in the 5100 block of Stockdale Highway, east of California Avenue. Police said the pedestrian, an elderly woman, died at the scene. Police said the driver

  • Gang member sentenced to 62 years to life for attempted murder, kidnapping

    A gang member was sentenced to 62 years to life in prison Wednesday for shooting a man he and an accomplice had abducted. Alfred Carl Feliz, 34 at the time of the offense, was convicted April 15 of charges including kidnapping and attempted murder. Prosecutors say he was a member of the Surenos

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    Suspect wanted for making purchases with stolen checks

    A suspect is wanted for making purchases with stolen checks at the Target at Valley Plaza mall. Police said the purchase was made April 28. The suspect is described as white, 30 to 40, with a discolored tattoo on her chest, and was wearing sunglasses and a red dress. Anyone with information is

  • BPD investigators check the white Chevrolet Impala that led officers on a pursuit following a bank robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank branch located at 1300 22nd St. The chase ended at E. 18th and Owens streets where the suspect hit a tree. An officer-involved shooting occurred shortly after the suspect hit the tree. The suspect suffered at least one gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

    Suspected bank robber shot by police after chase

    A suspected bank robber was shot by police Tuesday morning after leading officers on a chase that ended when he crashed into a tree. The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was struck by at least one gunshot and taken to a local hospital, police said. Officers were dispatched at 10:10

  • On the evening of May 10, 1990, Jessica Martinez went missing after playing outside her family’s apartment.

    Police ask person to call back regarding murder of girl 25 years ago

    A person called police Tuesday regarding the death 25 years ago of Jessica Martinez, but disconnected the call before the dispatcher could get contact information. Police are asking the person call the BPD at 327-7111 or Secret Witness at 322-4040 and stay on the line for details. The caller can

  • More details released in Sunday's officer-involved shooting

    The man shot by police Sunday in a church parking lot in southeast Bakersfield had repeatedly refused to leave his vehicle and then rapidly accelerated, leading an officer to police her partner was being run over. The man, Gilbert Fajardo, remains hospitalized at Kern Medical Center. Officer Lindy