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  • Law enforcement provided this sketch of a man who is the focus of an intense search in eastern Kern County. The man is regarded as armed and dangerous..

    Manhunt continues for suspect who opened fire at deputies

    As many as 100 law enforcement officers from at least eight agencies continued to search a remote area of eastern Kern County for a suspected killer Monday afternoon, combing the sagebrush-littered mountains on dirt bikes, quads and other all-terrain vehicles, as well as from the air. The man

  • Police say this man burglarized a home July 4.

    Burglary suspect at large

    A man who burglarized a residence in the 2500 block of San Emidio Street fled the residence when confronted by a person in the home. The suspect in the June 4 burglary is described as Hispanic, in his 20s, medium build, black hair, wearing a gray jacket, black shorts and tan work boots. Anyone

  • KBAK evening anchor Kurt Rivera

    DA not filing charges against KBAK anchor

    The Kern County District Attorney’s office will not be filing charges against KBAK Channel 29’s evening news anchor, Kurt Rivera, who was arrested July 25 on suspicion of spousal battery and false imprisonment. His girlfriend, Mindy Morrow, who was also arrested in the confrontation,

  • Teen dies after getting in water over his head at Riverwalk Park lake

    A 17-year-old teen died Sunday after he accidentally got into water over his head at a lake at Riverwalk Park, according to the Bakersfield Police Department. Firefighters responded to a call about the incident at about 6:40 p.m. Sunday and went to the lake at 11200 Stockdale

  • An entrance to Glenwood Gardens is shown in this file photo.

    Elderly man drowns at retirement community pool

    A 77-year-old man drowned in a southwest Bakersfield senior living community’s swimming pool Saturday, according to police. The Bakersfield Fire Department responded to a report of a man found unresponsive in a pool at 4:44 p.m. Saturday at Glenwood Gardens, 350 Calloway Drive. The victim was

  • A train caught fire east of the Tehachapi Loop Sunday night.

    Train damaged in fire

    No one was injured in a fire that caused $250,000 in damage to a train as it was traveling just east of the Tehachapi Loop, according to the Kern County Fire Department. Authorities received a call about a train fire shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Crews accessed a dirt road along the railway at

  • Law enforcement officials worked in some desolate surroundings in the Weldon area Sunday afternoon. Numerous officers were searching for the suspect by air and ground.

    Massive search for suspect in murder, shooting of deputy

    Few signs of life exist in the area of Weldon between Kelso Creek and Kelso Valley roads, as it is. But 15 miles to the south, the area’s patchy fields — dotted with the occasional cow or lonely church — give way to even more desolation. There’s little here but sagebrush and high-desert heat.

  • Manhunt: Deputy risks his life to save colleague

    A Kern County Sheriff’s deputy injured Saturday night risked his life pulling a colleague to safety when an armed suspect believed to be connected to an earlier kidnapping and slaying opened fire on SWAT team members in the area of Jawbone Canyon Road 70 miles east of Bakersfield. Michael Booker,

  • 21-year-old arrested in early morning shooting

    A woman was injured and a man arrested in an early morning shooting in Bakersfield Sunday, Bakersfield Police Department say. BPD officials say that around 4:25 am, they responded to a shooting on the 300 block of South Brown Street. Authorities say when they arrived to the scene, they found

  • Fire investigators probe two blazes at same house in six hours

    Two fires at the same location in the La Cresta/Alta Vista neighborhood within six hours Friday evening and early Saturday caused an estimated $150,000 damage and sparked a Bakersfield Fire Department arson investigation. The incidents began with a fire behind a house in the 2700 block of

  • $100,000 damage from southeast kitchen fire

    A kitchen fire in southeast Bakersfield late Friday caused $100,000 to a house, but no injuries. Bakersfield Fire Department firefighters responded at 9 p.m. Friday to reports of a fire in a house in the 5700 block of Monitor Street. Upon arrival firefighters saw heavy smoke visible from the

  • Man, woman injured when motorhome explodes

    A man and woman in east Bakersfield sustained burns and trauma Saturday morning when their motorhome exploded. Kern County Fire Department firefighters responded just before 10:45 a.m. Saturday to reports a motorhome had exploded at a recreational vehicle park in the 200 block of Fairfax Road.

  • Retired Tehachapi dentist is man found slain in cabin

    Retired, 30-year Tehachapi dentist Dr. David Louis Markiewitz, a Mojave native, was identified Saturday by a family member and the Kern County Coroner’s office as the slain man whose body was found late Thursday in a cabin in Weldon. Markiewitz’s son-in-law, Dr. Ryan Kerr — who was inspired by

  • 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