After more than six years in custody, including a couple of months in a state hospital where doctors determined he is competent, Tokunbo Okuwoga is scheduled to stand trial in October in the slayings of three people.

An eastbound BNSF train with 98 mixed cargo cars derailed early Friday just after its lead engine entered Tunnel No. 9 at the Tehachapi Loop in the Tehachapi Mountains. No injuries were reported.

The owner of J’s Place, a popular Southern-style restaurant off Rosedale Highway, was shot dead in his southwest Bakersfield home Wednesday morning and a woman with whom he had a relationship has been arrested in connection with the killing.

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a possible phone scam in which someone solicits people for personal information after telling them they missed jury duty.

Michael Alvarado, 49, died of blunt force injuries as a result of a traffic accident on Highway 223 on Feb. 13, and it was an accident, according to the coroner's office.

Sixty people were evacuated and nearby roads shut down about 2 p.m. Sunday after the Kern County Fire Department found a gas leak near an apartment complex in the 200 block of West Tulare Avenue in Shafter.

Two people were arrested and third suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting death of a man Saturday night in the 1800 block of Union Avenue, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

The Frazier Park and Pine Mountain Club areas were hit hard by Friday's storm, the Kern County Fire Department said in a news release.

If you want a Bud Light with your movie, you'll still need to drink it at home for now. The Bakersfield City Council, asked to usher in a new trend in movie-going Wednesday, told a theater chain seeking to sell alcohol to reapply for a permit and come back for the sequel.