The wildfire that began along Highway 178 west of Lake Isaballa on Sunday is nearly fully contained after burning more than 1,500 acres, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Three men have been sentenced in connection with beating a man at Wasco State Prison in a case that marked the first time a Kern County jury returned a guilty verdict on gang charges for a crime that occurred in prison. 

Four dogs died Wednesday in a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Taft, Kern County firefighters said.

A wildfire that broke out off Highway 178 west of Lake Isabella over the weekend remained at 1,541 acres overnight as fire crews shored up containment lines and authorities reopened the highway, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

A 61-year-old Bakersfield man suffered major injuries Thursday morning in a head-on collision on Pond Road west of Melcher Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Search and Rescue volunteers found the body of a man in the Kern River Tuesday evening, about a mile and a half downriver from the Keysville recreation area, sheriff's officials said. 

The sentencing of convicted baby killer Stepfon Jones was postponed Tuesday after his public defender told the court he needed more time to prepare a motion regarding a parole hearing Jones may have years from now since he qualifies as a "youthful offender" under state law.