A Bakersfield police officer was placed on administrative leave after the police department became aware of a social media photo appearing to show an officer handling a firearm in an unsafe manner, according to a press release.

Incumbent David Valadao now leads by just 2 percent, or less than 2,000 votes, over his challenger TJ Cox in the 21st Congressional District race, following an update on voting results Thursday. Valadao declared victory on Election night when he led by about 8 percentage points.

The cause of death for a Wasco State Prison inmate who died in July was determined to be "cardiopulmonary arrest during restraint" with a contributing factor of hypertensive heart disease, and his death is a homicide, a coroner's release said Friday.

Two people were arrested Tuesday on charges of prowling after deputies said they knocked on doors in the Golden Hills area and either asked for items or stated they were homeless.