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  • Connie Perez

    Bakersfield accountant announces bid for Congress

    Connie Perez, a partner in a Bakersfield accounting firm, announced Friday she will take on the uphill battle to unseat Congressman David Valadao of Hanford in next year’s 21st District election. She’s the second Democrat to vie for the post, which Valadao has won handily the last two elections

  • Eighth human case of West Nile Virus found

    The number of people in Kern County who have contracted West Nile Virus now stands at eight, including one fatality. On Oct. 2, health officials confirmed the first West Nile virus-related death in Kern County this year, according to a Kern County Public Health Services news release. The victim,

  • Cal State Bakersfield student convicted of rape

    A Cal State Bakersfield student and registered sex offender was convicted of rape Friday and faces a sentence of 100 years to life in prison, according to prosecutors. A jury also found Hosh Deion Thomas guilty of forcible sodomy and forcible oral copulation in the May 2014 attack.  Thomas,

  • KCSO: Attempted kidnapping a "misunderstanding"

    A reported attempted kidnapping Tuesday in west Bakersfield was a “misunderstanding,” according to a news release from the Kern County Sheriff's Office. A man reportedly tried leading a 5-year-old girl out of American Kids Sports Center on Allen Road, according to sheriff’s officials. The

  • Suspects in Walmart robbery.

    Robbery suspects accused of threatening to stab Walmart employees

    Two men threatened to stab Walmart employees during a robbery last month, police said. The suspects stole merchandise at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 9 from the Walmart at 2601 Fashion Plaza, east of Mt. Vernon Avenue and north of College Avenue, and were confronted by store employees. Police said the

  • House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, right, and House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, left, speak to reporters at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Oct. 7, 2015. McCarthy is vying for Boehner's House Speaker position at the end of the month.

    Locals react to McCarthy's withdrawal from speakership race

    Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy stunned his Washington colleagues and the people back home Thursday morning by dropping out of the race to be the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Locals expressed surprise, frustration and joy over the news. “He saw the handwriting on the

  • A woman suffering from stab wounds died on the way to Tehachapi Hospital.

    Woman stabbed to death in Bear Valley Springs

    A woman who was stabbed Thursday morning died from her injuries on the way to Tehachapi Hospital, law enforcement officials said. Shortly before 9 a.m., Bear Valley Springs Police received a 911 call to the 26000 block of Bear Valley Springs Road. Kern County Sheriff’s Sgt. Joel Swanson reported

  • Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, in his Washington, D.C. office.

    McCarthy 'relieved' speakership race is over

    A clearly exhausted Kevin McCarthy told The Californian Thursday he had to drop out of the race for House speaker for the good of his caucus, and that he was feeling “relieved” after having made the call. McCarthy said he could have won the GOP nomination, but the final, full House vote was more

  • One killed in northwest Bakersfield collision

    One person was killed and two others injured in a northwest Bakersfield crash Thursday afternoon, according to police. A man driving a Mitsubishi Galant  south on Zerker Road, between Snow and Seventh Standard roads, veered off the right side of the roadway at 12:51 p.m., police said. He

  • Composite sketch of suspect in possible attempted kidnapping.

    Composite sketch released of suspect in possible attempted kidnapping

    Authorities have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with a possible attempted kidnapping at a children’s sports center. The man may have tried leading a 5-year-old girl out of American Kids Sports Center on Allen Road Tuesday evening, sheriff’s officials said. The girl’s

  • Department of Human Services employee sentenced for welfare fraud

    A Kern County Department of Human Services Employee was sentenced Thursday to three years of felony probation and 960 hours of community service for committing welfare fraud, according to prosecutors. Sueanne Lopez-Jones was also ordered to pay $1,846 in restitution and is disqualified for life

  • Cousins suspected of stealing $4,000 in merchandise from Outlets at Tejon

    Two cousins are accused of stealing an estimated $4,000 in clothing, shoes, hats and purses from the Outlets at Tejon Wednesday. Wendy Bohannon, 29, and Brialani, Bohannon, 19, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and grand theft after deputies found stolen merchandise inside their vehicle,

  • Mark Madrigali, shown in a file photo.

    Cause of attorney's death pending further studies

    The cause and manner of death of a Bakersfield attorney charged with murder in the killing of his wife are pending further studies, according to a coroner’s office news release. Mark Madrigali, 60, was found dead at his home about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Acacia Avenue. Madrigali’s

  • Possible kidnapping attempt reported at children's sports center

    A possible kidnapping attempt was reported at a children’s sports center in northwest Bakersfield, authorities said. A man may have tried leading a 5-year-old girl out of American Kids Sports Center on Allen Road Tuesday evening, according to sheriff’s officials. The girl’s mother was standing in

  • Scooter rider dies in Ridgecrest crash

    An 81-year-old man died after the motorized scooter he was riding was struck by a vehicle at a Ridgecrest intersection Tuesday. Burnie Phillip Wilcoxon died about a half hour after the 9:56 a.m. crash at North China Lake Boulevard and Coso Avenue. He was pronounced dead at Ridgecrest Regional

  • Two men suspected of armed robbery at convenience store

    Sheriff’s officials are asking for the public’s help identifying two men wanted in an armed robbery at a southeast Bakersfield convenience store. The men entered a 7-Eleven in the 2300 block of South Union Avenue at 5 a.m. Aug. 11, sheriff’s officials said. One acted as a lookout while the other

  • Debris from burned travel trailer in Oildale.

    Fire destroys Oildale travel trailer

    A fire destroyed a vacant travel trailer in Oildale Tuesday evening, firefighters said. The trailer burned about 5:30 p.m. in the 200 block of McCord Avenue, according to firefighters. An adjacent trailer was protected by fire crews who brought the blaze under control in 15 minutes. The cause is

  • Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian received lots of support from BC faculty at Tuesday's board meeting deciding on the renewal of her contract. Christian is at center.

    Community college board approves BC president's contract

    Bakersfield College faculty and community members won a hard-fought victory for their president Tuesday, when Kern Community College District board members approved a three-year contract and a 10.5 percent raise for BC President Sonya Christian at a KCCD board meeting. Trustees approved the