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  • Man gets seven years for federal firearms crime

    A Bakersfield man, 30-year-old Jorge Chavez, was sentenced Monday to seven years and eight months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, the U.S. Attorneys Office said. According to court documents, when officers encountered Chavez in 2012, he had a Glock, Model 23,

  • Man's death while tubing ruled accidental drowning

    A San Pedro man who died while tubing in the Kern River earlier this month drowned and it was an accident, the Kern County coroner’s office said Monday. Paul Parra, 38, was tubing July 16 with family members when he fell into the river. Witnesses got him out of the water and attempted CPR until

  • Bakersfield brothers charged with making, distributing spice

    Three Bakersfield brothers have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on federal charges of manufacturing and distributing synthetic cannabinoids (or spice), conspiracy and maintaining a drug-involved premise, acting U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert announced Monday. On Thursday, a federal grand

  • Lori Todd, right, watches as police swarm an Oildale neighborhood where her brother was shot to death Friday morning.

    Second Oildale shooting victim dies

    A second man shot Friday morning by an Oildale gunman died at Kern Medical Center Sunday, a sheriff's official confirmed. Authorities would not release the victim's name but family members told The Californian Friday that Mike Kennedy was the second man believed to have been shot to death

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    Crash victim identified

    A 44-year old Bakersfield man who died in a vehicle collision four months ago has been identified as Sean Christopher Vaquera, the coroner's office said Monday. The man died after crashing his vehicle at State Route 178 and Kern Canyon Road in Lake Isabella, the coroner's office said.

  • Youth chasing ball hit by car in southwest

    A male juvenile suffered major injuries after being hit by a vehicle in southwest Bakersfield Saturday evening, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. The juvenile was walking south on Mountain Vista Drive about 6:19 p.m. with another subject. As they reached Harris Road, the juvenile

  • DUI checkpoint nets two arrests

    Bakersfield police officers made two arrests and cited 33 drivers for no license or driving on a suspended license Saturday night at a checkpoint in the 4600 block of Hughes Lane. The checkpoint was set up from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.  Officers screened 864 vehicles. One driver was arrested for

  • Major injury accident closes street in southwest

    A major injury accident near Greystone Park in southwest Bakersfield involving a vehicle and a pedestrian shut down traffic while police investigated on Saturday evening. Bakersfield Police Department officers responded at 6:19 p.m. to a report of an injury accident at Harris Road and

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    Bakersfield hiker survives 10 days in Tulare wilderness

    A Bakersfield man was found Saturday near Cedar Slope in Tulare County by members of the sheriff’s search and rescue team after getting lost and surviving 10 days in the wilderness on what the department described in a news release as “very few provisions.” He was treated for exposure and

  • Lori Todd, right, watches as police swarm an Oildale neighborhood where her brother was shot to death Friday morning. "Somebody shot my brother,” she said. “My brother is dead.”

    Killer ends life after triggering mayhem in Oildale

    A man who killed his uncle Friday ended his own life several miles from the crime scene a few hours later. But sheriff's deputies, unaware the suspect was dead, hunkered down for a seven-hour standoff outside a house in Oildale where they believed the killer was barricaded, and later issued an

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    Clinton picks Virginia's Tim Caine as her running mate

    Hillary Clinton has selected Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate, several news organizations are reporting. Clinton and Kaine are slated to appear together at a joint rally in Miami, Florida on Saturday. Kaine, who hails from the swing state of Virginia, was long considered a top pick for the job.

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    Jury convicts marijuana store owner

    A federal jury on Friday convicted a Bakersfield marijuana storefront owner of crimes including conspiring to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. Raymond Arthur Gentile, 55, of Las Vegas, was also convicted of manufacturing

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    BPD: Man flees business with ammunition, then shoots, kills himself

    A man who was observed shoplifting at Walmart, fleeing the business and discarding a box of ammunition later sat in the front yard of a residence and shot and killed himself, according to Bakersfield police. The BPD received a call at 11:14 a.m. Friday of a shoplifting at Walmart at 8400 Rosedale

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    Man convicted of murder while impaired by marijuana

    A man convicted of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while impaired by marijuana and DUI by marijuana causing injury was sentenced Friday to 20 years to life in prison. The June 23 conviction of Rodolfo Alberto Contreras marks the first for murder by someone impaired by marijuana

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    Governor names warden at Kern Valley State Prison

    Kern Valley State Prison acting warden Christian Pfeiffer, 43, of Bakersfield, has been appointed warden by Gov. Jerry Brown. Pfeiffer, who has been acting warden since last year, worked in several positions at the prison from 2012 to 2015 and from 2005 to 2008, including chief deputy warden,

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    Four indicted in forest marijuana cultivation case

    Four people were charged Thursday with conspiring to cultivate marijuana at two sites in Kern County in the Sequoia National Forest, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office. A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Sair Eduardo Maldonado-Soto, 21, and

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    BPD to hold DUI checkpoint

    The Bakersfield Police Department will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location in city limits. According to the BPD, research shows that when DUI checkpoints and DUI patrols are routinely used, crashes involving impaired

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    Arvin police: Man tries to strike officers with hammer, gardening tools

    A man Arvin police said tried to strike officers several times with a hammer and gardening tools was arrested Thursday night after a several-hours stand-off that drew the Kern County Sheriff's Office SWAT team. The incident unfolded at about 8:15 p.m. Thursday, when Arvin officers went to the