A 56-year old Lost Hills man who was riding as a passenger in a 2013 Chevy died early Sunday morning when the driver ran a stop sign, struck a dirt embankment and became airborne before crashing into a pistachio orchard in Buttonwillow, police officials said.

Several people were arrested on weapons and/or drug charges Friday following a traffic stop in east Bakersfield that then led to a house search, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday at an undisclosed location in Bakersfield. The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., police said.

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Thomas Burke, who for 12 years has served as Kern Community College District's chief financial officer, has been tapped to head the district when Chancellor Sandra Serrano retires in February, officials said Tuesday. 

Bakersfield Police are looking for a missing man they described as at-risk who was last seen at about 8:45 p.m. Friday in the 4200 block of California Avenue.

Bakersfield Police said shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday that a missing mother and her 7-month-old daughter who last had been seen in the 3900 block of Union Avenue on Nov. 16 were found.

Two workers were rescued Wednesday evening after an 80-ton crane tipped to its side in McKittrick, trapping both, Kern County Fire Department officials said.

Businesses have been targeted in a scam in which people claiming to represent the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control have demanded payment of fines for alleged violations involving the sale of alcohol to minors.