Bakersfield Police Department officials would not release additional details Monday on the circumstances of the death of local attorney Marcos Abraham Vargas, who was found dead outside his apartment Wednesday in an apparent homicide.
Police found Vargas, 26, suffering from major injuries after they were dispatched at about 3 a.m. Wednesday to his complex in the 600 block of Hosking Avenue.
BPD said they were dispatched to reports of “an unknown situation.”
BPD Sgt. Ryan Kroeker wouldn’t clarify Monday whether there were witnesses who saw what happened to Vargas, whether a weapon was used in the homicide or answer very many other questions.
“At this point in time, investigators don’t want to release any of that,” Kroeker said.
Police are still attempting to identify the suspect or suspects responsible, Kroeker said.
Local immigration attorney H.A. Sala, who mentored Vargas, said police called him about six hours after Vargas’ death. Salas said it was his understanding it was a “very violent, very grisly attack.”
Wildland fire science class offered
Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Mt. Pinos Ranger District Fire Management staff will hold a recruitment meeting for the Wildland Fire Science class at Frazier Mountain High School Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. Enrollment in the class is open to all.
The class provides an introduction to students of the basic knowledge and skills required to suppress wildland fires, and prepares them for possible employment in wildland fire departments. Adults interested in attending this meeting are required to check in at the administrative office to receive a visitor pass.
Frazier Mountain High School is located at 700 Falcon Way in Lebec. The 2017-18 course begins Monday, Jan. 15.
For further information contact the Chuchupate Ranger Station at (661) 245-3731.
Man dies in head-on DUI crash
A 41-year-old Caliente man died after an intoxicated driver collided head-on with his vehicle Monday morning on State Route 223 west of the National Cemetery, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Kylie Sluder, 26, of Santa Paula, was driving a white Toyota Prius eastbound on State Route 223 at about 7:30 a.m. when she drifted into the westbound lane, colliding head-on with a 2000 Dodge Stratus, CHP officials said.
CHP officials said Sluder was intoxicated.
The driver of the Dodge Stratus was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not yet been publicly announced.
Sluder was transported to Kern Medical Center with major internal injuries and placed under arrest on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of drugs causing injury or death.
The collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information should contact Bakersfield CHP at 661-396-6600.
Runaway juvenile found
Bakersfield police are calling off a search for a runaway juvenile who was considered to be at-risk after he was located Saturday unharmed.
Demond Leonard Sims Jr., 14, went missing Nov. 28 in the 4100 block of Parkwood Avenue.
Taft building fire under investigation
Kern County Fire Department officials are investigating a fire that sparked at 303 South St. in Taft Saturday.
The fire started at about 11 p.m. By the time the first engine company arrived, they were faced with a fire involving about 25 percent of a 1,000-square-foot vacant duplex. Firefighters controlled the flames and extinguished the fire.
About half the structure, valued at about $30,000, was saved, according to KCFD officials.
Coffee with a cop comes to northwest
Bakersfield Police Department will host a Coffee with a Cop event Wednesday in northwest Bakersfield.
The event gives residents the chance to talk with officers in a relaxed setting, voice their concerns and get to know cops in their neighborhood.
It takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dunkin' Donuts, 1211 Allen Road, Suite #300.
Homicide victim identified
Kern County Coroner's officials have identified a 32-year-old man who was shot to death Black Friday as Hardeep Singh.
Singh was killed, coroner's officials say, at about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the 8200 block of North Laurelglen Blvd.
His death has been deemed a homicide.
Crash victim identified
Kern County Coroner's officials have identified a 36-year-old woman who died in a traffic collision last month as Arlene Rebecca Ammerman.
Ammerman was driving along the 500 block of Manor Street at about 10:40 p.m. Nov. 22 when her vehicle left the roadway and crashed. She died at the scene from her injuries. Her cause of death has been deemed accidental blunt force trauma.
Mobile home fire in Lake Isabella a 'total loss'
Kern County Fire Department crews battled a mobile home fire that sparked early Monday morning in Lake Isabella.
When crews arrived to 1831 Chain Avenue they found a double wide mobile home 25 percent involved in fire. One occupant was home and made it out safely.
The structure — worth about $50,000 — was considered a total loss.
The cause of the fire is unknown, and Red Cross was called to provide assistance to the homeowner.
Arrest for stolen gun
A Bakersfield man was arrested Sunday night after Bakersfield Police officers conducted a probation search.
At about 10 p.m., officers searched the 500 block of Oregon Street and found a firearm. Officers determined the firearm was stolen.
Dwayne Wilcher, 33, was arrested on charges of stolen property possession, firearm and gang related charges.