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  • This house in the 1500 block of Longway Lane in southwest Bakersfield suffered $500,000 damage — the resident said 80 percent of it is gone — in a fire sparked by an illegal aerial firework set off late Saturday.

    Illegal fireworks devastate southwest Bakersfield home

    A southwest Bakersfield home where generations of a large local family like to gather suffered catastrophic damage Saturday night in a fire sparked by illegal aerial fireworks. The good news in this sad, sad story is that a neighbor helped get the family members who were there out before anyone

  • Man dies while in custody after breaking windows

    A man died after he suffered injuries breaking several windows during an alleged assault Sunday evening. Police said the man, whose name has not yet been released, was suffering from a major injury to his right arm when officers found him at a residence in the 2200 block of Faye Lane at 9:34 p.m.

  • This house in the 1500 block of Longway Lane in southwest Bakersfield suffered $500,000 damage — the resident said 80 percent of it is gone — in a fire sparked by an illegal aerial firework set off late Saturday.

    Fire department details response time to fireworks-sparked house fire

    The Bakersfield Fire Department on Monday said seven minutes and 58 seconds elapsed between the time the Emergency Communications Center received reports of a home fire on Longway Lane Saturday night and the department arrived on scene. The department was countering comments published in Monday’s

  • Firefighters battle grass fire ignited by trailer

    A sparking trailer caused a grass fire along Granite Road, between Bakersfield and Glennville, that burned 215 acres, according to the Kern County Fire Department. The department urged caution driving through the area and asked people to avoid it if possible. The incident started at 11:37 a.m.

  • Man stabbed to death in Delano

    Delano police are investigating a fatal stabbing. At about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to the 900 block of Fremont Street regarding a victim of a stabbing, according to a Delano Police Department news release. When officers arrived, an adult male was found suffering from a possible

  • One killed, two hurt in head-on crash

    One person was killed and two others were injured in a head-on collision on Panama Lane Saturday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. The man killed was a 26-year-old from Lamont, the CHP said. His name was withheld pending notification of kin. Jean Goyenetche, a 70-year-old from

  • Drowning victim identified as Wofford Heights man

    A body found in the Kern River June 27 was identified by the coroner’s office Sunday as 43-year-old Antonio Vicente Rubio of Wofford Heights. The office listed Rubio’s cause of death as drowning and manner of death as accident. He was identified via fingerprints, the office said. No other

  • This house in the 1500 block of Longway Lane in southwest Bakersfield suffered $500,000 damage — the resident said 80 percent of it is gone — in a fire sparked by an illegal aerial firework set off late Saturday.

    Illegal fireworks spark southwest house fire

    An illegal, aerial firework landed on the wood shake roof of a southwest Bakersfield home Saturday night and sparked an attic fire that did $500,000 damage, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department. No one was hurt. The incident happened just after 10 p.m. in the 1500 block of Longway Lane

  • Fire in converted garage considered suspicious

    An explosion and fire caused $50,000 damage to a detached residential garage and minor heat damage to a nearby house, but no injuries late Friday in southwest Bakersfield. The incident is considered suspicious in nature and is being investigated by Bakersfield Fire Department arson investigators.

  • Kern County Fire Department trucks arrive Saturday to battle a grass fire outside Tehachapi. It was the first significant fire attributed to illegal fireworks during the July 4, 2015 weekend.

    Illegal fireworks blamed for Tehachapi grass fire

    Illegal fireworks were to blame for starting a fire that burned 1 1/2 acres of grassland just outside Tehachapi Saturday afternoon, a Kern County Fire Department spokesman said. KCFD Capt. Tyler Townsend called it the first significant fire of the July Fourth weekend attributable to illegal

  • Two arrested in Taft pot bust

    Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies executing a search warrant Saturday night in Taft found several types of cannabis-related evidence and arrested two people. KCSO deputies went to a residence in the 200 block of Eastern Avenue at 6 p.m. to investigate possible concentrated cannabis

  • 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's cause of death is 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