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  2. Tradition and foxhunting at Tejon Ranch
  3. BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people
  4. Census finds decrease in homeless population, but demand for services remains steady
  5. Census finds decrease in homeless population, but demand for services remains steady
  6. JOSE GASPAR: New Kern judge did it just like Honest Abe
  7. CSUB women win 18th straight at home, beat Chicago State
  8. CSUB women win 18th straight at home, beat Chicago State
  9. LOIS HENRY: GET may have trouble justifying proposed facilities
  10. Inside the Common Core classroom
  11. Inside the Common Core classroom
  12. THE DISH: This is crude: Olive oil price rising
  13. PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare
  14. PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare
  15. Lillian Haggard Rea: Out of her brother's shadow
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  1. 'First Look': First News for Jan. 26

    Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: SUSPECT ROBS BANK INSIDE GROCERY STORE: A Chase Bank inside a west Bakersfield grocery store was robbed Saturday morning by a man who handed a teller a note saying he was armed.

    42 minutes ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  2. Louis Amestoy

    RT @NBCNews: Big digs: Here's a look back at New York's top 5 snowstorms http://t.co/dAemOjal1P #Blizzardof2015 http://t.co/zD0F80hIMy

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  3. Louis Amestoy

    RT @Lauren_Smoot: #blizzardof2015 can the east coast stop being selfish and share some of that snow with the west coast... Hello we are in …

    about 1 hour ago via Twitter
  4. Trevor Horn

    RT @JHornberg: In Monday's @Bakersfieldcali, the pressing betting questions for Super Bowl XLIX about Belichick's hoodie and more: http://t…

    about 6 hours ago via Twitter
  5. OTHER VIEWS: Taking risk to offer broadband is a local call

    When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st-century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot.

    about 9 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  6. BVarsityLive

    RT @zewing: Frontier OL Blake Pierce verbally committed today to Division II Minot State. @trevhorn @BVarsityLive

    about 10 hours ago via Twitter
  7. ANDRES MARTINEZ: Why we may no longer be able to decide what's said in America

    U.S. Supreme Court justices are not supposed to say anything interesting outside the Court, but in 2010 Justice Stephen Breyer was asked on TV if he thought a Florida pastor had a First Amendment right to burn a Quran.

    about 11 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  8. Local report: Greenwald sets CSUB diving mark on 3-meter

    While the Roadrunners celebrated the careers of five men's swimmers on Senior Day at the Hillman Aquatics Center, Tyler Greenwald stole the show.

    about 11 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  9. Zach Ewing

    RT @CalHiSports: @ocvarsity @SteveFryer, @evan_b, @zewing - @CalHiSports All-State Football: Juniors http://t.co/7332p3pJAU Sophomores http…

    about 11 hours ago via Twitter
  10. Steve Levin

    Tradition and foxhunting at Tejon Ranch - http://t.co/KGuvY373FU http://t.co/0NYRpVnARo #BCali

    about 11 hours ago via Twitter
  11. Steve Levin

    Census finds decrease in homeless population, but demand for ... - http://t.co/KGuvY373FU http://t.co/d1iMZJXm2v #BCali

    about 11 hours ago via Twitter
  12. Tradition and foxhunting at Tejon Ranch

    TEJON RANCH -- Foxhunting is steeped in tradition, from the Master of Hounds' red jacket and horn to the riders' strict clothing etiquette and enjoyment of several shots of pre-hunt tawny ports.

    about 12 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  13. Trevor Horn

    RT @zewing: Frontier OL Blake Pierce verbally committed today to Division II Minot State. @trevhorn @BVarsityLive

    about 12 hours ago via Twitter
  14. Zach Ewing

    Frontier OL Blake Pierce verbally committed today to Division II Minot State. @trevhorn @BVarsityLive

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
  15. OTHER VIEWS: Netanyahu invite endangers Iran negotiations

    With Congress's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session on March 3, the fight between President Barack Obama and his opponents on Capitol Hill over policy toward Iran has taken a bizarre turn.

    about 13 hours ago via BakersfieldCalifornian.com
  16. Steven E. Mayer

    'GET may have trouble justifying proposed facilities' By @loishenry http://t.co/U4GYLoRPGG

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
  17. Louis Amestoy

    RT @landonnegri: HUMANA CHALLENGE: @Brendan_Steele has a homecoming to remember Sunday with seconod-place showing. http://t.co/0tyVVYY7Sz

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
  18. Louis Amestoy

    RT @Jim_Alexander: And here's @landonnegri on Brendan Steele's day: http://t.co/v5o1YrnGKR #HumanaChallenge

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
  19. Steven E. Mayer

    'Census finds decrease in homeless population, but demand for services remains steady' http://t.co/l1qyavoVzZ By @TBCRuthBrown

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
  20. Robert Price

    Good dog! Now go squeeze more oranges. http://t.co/Gn6gvBK6FD

    about 13 hours ago via Twitter
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    'First Look': First News for Jan. 26

    Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories: SUSPECT ROBS BANK INSIDE GROCERY STORE: A Chase Bank inside a west Bakersfield grocery store was robbed Saturday morning by a man who handed a teller a note saying he was armed. Police said the robbery occurred at 9:44 a.m. inside the Albertsons at 8200...

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    Tradition and foxhunting at Tejon Ranch

    TEJON RANCH -- Foxhunting is steeped in tradition, from the Master of Hounds' red jacket and horn to the riders' strict clothing etiquette and enjoyment of several shots of pre-hunt tawny ports. The foxhounds' baying, the whinny and snort of horses, the lazy arc of the whippers-in whips -- Sunday morning in the Globe...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    GLOOM: This was a gloomy, fog-shrouded weekend here, but I found one way to follow the sun. Accompanied by six friends, we drove up the Kern Canyon with our mountain bikes in tow, hit crystal blue skies and temperatures in the 60s, and did a brisk ride on the fire road to Cow Flat. Even if you don't ride, put some...

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    Census finds decrease in homeless population, but demand for services remains steady

    Mario Leon Sr. sat on the curb in a fast food parking lot early Friday near Union Avenue and 34th Street and said the overflowing metal shopping cart next to him was what he calls "home." The cart held a mound of items including a toaster oven, cardboard, toilet paper, jackets, blankets and a suitcase. Leon had a...

  2. Funerals for January 26, 2015

    Services scheduled Jean Elizabeth Hayes English, 92, Bakersfield, Jan. 21. Rosary 9:30 a.m., Mass 10 a.m. Jan. 29, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors. Services pending Peter Robert Harbach, 76, Bakersfield, Jan. 24. Greenlawn Southwest. Ira L. Miller, 100, Wasco, Jan....

  3. Stockdale HS team earns trip to state mock trial

    Stockdale High School edged Centennial High School Saturday to earn a trip to the state mock trial finals in March. Seventeen high school teams in the 2015 Kern County Mock Trial Super Saturday argued the fictitious case of People v. Shem, in which a graduate student in fine arts was accused of stealing a wealthy art...

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  1. Wasco project would treat oil wastewater for reuse

    In another sign oil field wastewater treatment is gaining steam locally, an Arizona company plans to build a $10 million processing plant in Wasco. Sweetwater Tech Resources LLC's proposed 33,000-square-foot facility on 7.5 acres at 591 J St. would treat up to 350,000 gallons a day of "produced water" -- the salty...

  2. Kern unemployment grew to 9.9 percent in December

    Kern County's unemployment rate rose again in December as farm payrolls shrank more than 10 percent and oil employment held mostly steady, the state reported Friday. Employers in the county shed a net 6,800 positions last month, bringing the jobless rate up to a seasonally unadjusted 9.9 percent from a revised 9.6...

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    Housing forecasts: Price increases will slow

    Bakersfield single- and multifamily housing prices will continue to rise in 2015, albeit at a slower pace than in each of the last two years, according to a pair of market forecasts released Thursday. A report by local appraiser Gary Crabtree predicted the median sales price of existing, single-family homes in the...

  1. Supreme court declines to review Chevron tax case against Kern

    In another favorable legal outcome for Kern County oil property tax collections, the state Supreme Court declined this week to review an October appellate court ruling against Chevron USA. The court provided no explanation Wednesday when it issued a brief statement online that it had denied Chevron's petition for a...

  2. Kern oil producer partners on field wastewater treatment project

    A local demonstration project announced Tuesday would treat up to 136,500 gallons per day of oil field wastewater for reuse in agriculture and steam-based well stimulation. OriginOil Inc., the Los Angeles-based developer of "Electro Water Separation," said it has partnered with Bakersfield oil producer Vaquero Energy...

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    Baker Hughes to lay off 7,000 employees

    Baker Hughes Inc., a multinational oil field services company with about 700 employees in Kern County, said Tuesday it plans to lay off 7,000 workers company-wide in the first three months of this year. The Houston-based company did not say where the cuts would take place, and did not provide specifics on how the...

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    BAKERSFIELD OBSERVED: A blog about life, media, politics and people

    GLOOM: This was a gloomy, fog-shrouded weekend here, but I found one way to follow the sun. Accompanied by six friends, we drove up the Kern Canyon with our mountain bikes in tow, hit crystal blue skies and temperatures in the 60s, and did a brisk ride on the fire road to Cow Flat. Even if you don't ride, put some...

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    JOSE GASPAR: New Kern judge did it just like Honest Abe

    When Bakersfield attorney Marcos Camacho passed the state bar exam in 1986, he was elated at having achieved a longtime personal goal. "I really wanted to be a lawyer," said Camacho, who handles criminal, family, immigration law, and wage and hour cases. Fast forward to Dec. 24, 2014. Getting quite the Christmas...

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    LOIS HENRY: GET may have trouble justifying proposed facilities

    Looks like high speed rail may have saved taxpayers a boatload of money. (Note: For those who don't know the definition of "ironic," this would be it.) You're probably wondering how the $68 billion project -- some say boondoggle -- is a tax saver. Well, it apparently put the brakes on a planned $40 million new...

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    THE DISH: This is crude: Olive oil price rising

    Brace yourself for continued price increases for olive oil. Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times, said worldwide production has tanked due to a variety of factors, including bad weather and pests such as the olive fruit fly and bacteria that destroyed nearly 1 million trees in Italy and Spain. Worldwide...

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    HERB BENHAM: Grandparent role fills my mind at Costco

    Sam and I met at Costco recently for lunch. He asked what I was doing for lunch and while we were fishing for a place to eat, I suggested the hot dogs at Costco for both a cultural and culinary experience. In other words, a change of pace. Something he could revisit with his siblings when the old man was gone and...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare

    There are times when it seems like there's a humble Mexican restaurant on every corner, but if you've never even heard of it, why risk visiting the unknown instead of Del Taco or Taco Bell? In a word: authenticity. I've stumbled upon two places worth taking a chance over the corporate chains, where there is little...

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  1. Jam scores big win for franchise in Showcase

    JAM PLAYER OF THE WEEK ARCHIE GOODWIN Guard, 6-foot-5, Kentucky Averages during D-League Showcase: 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals Goodwin was called back up to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, but he deserves this slot anyway for his work last weekend during the D-League Showcase, for which he...

  2. Local report: Greenwald sets CSUB diving mark on 3-meter

    While the Roadrunners celebrated the careers of five men's swimmers on Senior Day at the Hillman Aquatics Center, Tyler Greenwald stole the show. The sophomore diver broke the school record with a personal best on the 3-meter board on Sunday as the 'Runners cruised past UC Santa Cruz, 222-70. Greenwald posted a...

  3. BC women pick up 15th win of season

    VALENCIA -- The Bakersfield College women's basketball team won their 15th game of the season Saturday night with a 73-59 victory over College of the Canyons (13-8,3-3) in Western State Conference play. "It's only the second time I've beat them at home," Coach Paula Dahl said, "We always enjoy our victories against...

  1. BC men drop close one to Canyons

    VALENCIA -- College of the Canyons (11-8, 3-3) managed to hold off Bakersfield College (12-8, 2-4) in the closing seconds to secure a 76-74 victory in Western State Conference men's basketball action Saturday night. "We played much better than we have the last two games," Coach Rich Hughes said. "Against Santa Monica...

  2. Condors' power play goes cold in loss at Utah

    WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- The Bakersfield Condors went 0 for 7 on the power play, including missing out on a 5-on-3 in the first period, falling to the Utah Grizzlies in overtime 2-1 on Saturday. The Condors got their only goal in the waning seconds of the second period, when newcomer Akim Aliu redirected a shot from...

  3. Jam's Warren, Ennis shine against Idaho

    NBA assignees T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis shined again for the Bakersfield Jam in a 107-100 victory against Idaho on Saturday night at the Dignity Health Event Center. Warren scored 34 points for the second straight night against the Stampede (4-22), and Ennis had 29 on 11-of-19 shooting. Both players were assigned...

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    THE DISH: This is crude: Olive oil price rising

    Brace yourself for continued price increases for olive oil. Curtis Cord, publisher of Olive Oil Times, said worldwide production has tanked due to a variety of factors, including bad weather and pests such as the olive fruit fly and bacteria that destroyed nearly 1 million trees in Italy and Spain. Worldwide...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare

    There are times when it seems like there's a humble Mexican restaurant on every corner, but if you've never even heard of it, why risk visiting the unknown instead of Del Taco or Taco Bell? In a word: authenticity. I've stumbled upon two places worth taking a chance over the corporate chains, where there is little...

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    Lillian Haggard Rea: Out of her brother's shadow

    Apologizing that her home looks like it was cleaned with an eggbeater, Lillian Haggard Rea welcomes a visitor with an offer of water -- "or would you rather have a beer or champagne?" -- and a misgiving that the slightly tardy newspaper reporter might have decided to abandon the interview altogether in favor of a more...

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    HERB BENHAM: Glow of movie screen warms our coldest month

    Don't despair. Gray days, cold days, January days. This is no time to take a knee, but an opportunity to spring to your feet and see a movie. Dismiss the darkness nibbling at the edge of your soul and fall into the wonders of the big screen. I know who you are. The people who won't go because they say: "They aren't...

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    Who was that masked man? Find out at Bak-Anime

    If unsuspecting guests at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel this weekend don't know what anime is, they're sure to have some idea by the time they leave. It will be impossible to miss the hundreds of fans of Japanese-style animation and comics, many in costume, who will descend on the hotel for two days of guest panels,...

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    Brush up your imagination

    The Bakersfield Museum of Art is taking a big risk this week -- opening three exhibits of abstract art simultaneously for its winter show. Why is it a risk? Because the organizers of the exhibition don't know what you're going to see. Opening Thursday, the winter exhibit encompasses two solo shows -- a retrospective...

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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Taking risk to offer broadband is a local call

    When President Obama urged in his State of the Union address that broadband Internet service be made available to all Americans, it was the 21st-century equivalent of calling for a chicken in every pot. So much commerce, information, education and entertainment has moved online that communities can't afford to be...

  2. ANDRES MARTINEZ: Why we may no longer be able to decide what's said in America

    U.S. Supreme Court justices are not supposed to say anything interesting outside the Court, but in 2010 Justice Stephen Breyer was asked on TV if he thought a Florida pastor had a First Amendment right to burn a Quran. First, Breyer cited the late Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes' line about not having the right to cry...

  3. OTHER VIEWS: Netanyahu invite endangers Iran negotiations

    With Congress's invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session on March 3, the fight between President Barack Obama and his opponents on Capitol Hill over policy toward Iran has taken a bizarre turn. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, gave the president no notice of the...

  1. MEGAN McARDLE: Fill up on cheap gasoline while you can, America

    Raise that thermostat and fire up the SUV: West Texas Intermediate crude is hovering around $45 a barrel, and the Costco near my house is currently vending gasoline for under $2 a gallon. But don't start pricing Hummers just yet, because we don't know how long this will last. No one knows exactly what factors are...

  2. ANNE McFEATTERS: Watch out, energy, Rick Perry might run again

    Many people are holding their breath waiting for Rick Perry to announce whether he will run for president again. As Perry ponders, among those who wait nervously are the folks who work at the Department of Commerce, Education and Energy, which Perry presumably still wants to eliminate if elected. Just the...

  3. DANA MILBANK: The GOP's bait-and-switch on abortion

    As President Obama prepared on Tuesday to lay out his economic agenda in his State of the Union address, House Republicans were moving ahead with an agenda of their own. Just two weeks into the new Congress, they voted Tuesday afternoon to bring to the House floor their current priority: a bill banning abortions...

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  1. Delano house fire Sunday displaces five

    Crews at the Kern County Fire Department's Delano Station 34 were training outside the station Sunday morning when a bystander alerted them to a house fire. The fire in the 900 block of Kensington Street had engulfed a quarter of the home when firefighters arrived just after 10:30 a.m. No one was inside the house but...

  2. BPD traffic checkpoint nets 4 DUI arrests

    Four people were arrested Saturday night and early Sunday morning as part of a Bakersfield police DUI/Driver License checkpoint in the 900 block of Old River Road. Police said 1,374 vehicles passed through the checkpoint between 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, and all but 26 were screened. In addition to the four...

  3. Suspect robs bank inside grocery store

    A Chase Bank inside a west Bakersfield grocery store was robbed Saturday morning by a man who handed a teller a note saying he was armed. Police said the robbery occurred at 9:44 a.m. inside the Albertsons at 8200 Stockdale Highway. The suspect, who ran from the business after receiving an undisclosed amount of money,...

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    Inside the Common Core classroom

    Public schools are in the thick of a wholesale shift in both how students are instructed and how they're tested. That shift largely involves implementation of new federal learning guidelines known as Common Core State Standards. Common Core, which encompasses kindergarten through high school, outlines what students...

  2. McFarland woman suffers minor injuries in Porterville crash

    A McFarland woman suffered minor injuries after crashing into a big rig that pulled in front of her on Avenue 128 at Road 208 in Porterville. California Highway Patrol officers said Magnolia Aldaco, 37, was driving north on Road 208 approaching Avenue 128 at 10:10 a.m. Friday. Steven Eanes, driver of the big rig, was...

  3. Motorist arrested on suspicion of DUI after hitting school bus

    A man allegedly driving under the influence of drugs backed his van into a school bus Friday evening in the parking lot of Foothill High School. Eric Lee Walton Sr., 46, was arrested on suspicion of DUI following the 8:07 p.m. incident, according to California Highway Patrol officers. Several juveniles on the bus...

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    Inside the Common Core classroom

    Public schools are in the thick of a wholesale shift in both how students are instructed and how they're tested. That shift largely involves implementation of new federal learning guidelines known as Common Core State Standards. Common Core, which encompasses kindergarten through high school, outlines what students...

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    Lillian Haggard Rea: Out of her brother's shadow

    Apologizing that her home looks like it was cleaned with an eggbeater, Lillian Haggard Rea welcomes a visitor with an offer of water -- "or would you rather have a beer or champagne?" -- and a misgiving that the slightly tardy newspaper reporter might have decided to abandon the interview altogether in favor of a more...

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    Hospital 'grades' not always a fair measure

    A new report on the safety of care at hospitals across the nation put Kern Medical Center at the absolute bottom of Bakersfield's hospital pile. The county-owned hospital got an "F" in The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score report -- one of only 26 hospitals in the nation to get the failing grade. Every other...

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    Court filing: Taft teachers, aware of bullying, planned to strangle Oliver if needed

    The attorney representing Bryan Oliver and his mother in a multimillion dollar claim against the Taft Union High School District has filed a scathing response to the district's cross complaint seeking money from the Oliver family to pay for injuries shooting victim Bowe Cleveland suffered. It includes allegations...

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    PETE TITTL: Humble spots can offer great fare

    There are times when it seems like there's a humble Mexican restaurant on every corner, but if you've never even heard of it, why risk visiting the unknown instead of Del Taco or Taco Bell? In a word: authenticity. I've stumbled upon two places worth taking a chance over the corporate chains, where there is little...

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    CSUB women win 18th straight at home, beat Chicago State

    It was slow going in the early minutes Saturday afternoon. But once Cal State Bakersfield got rolling, the rout was on. The Roadrunners cruised to an 83-58 Western Athletic Conference win over Chicago State, keeping the Cougars winless all-time in WAC play. Chicago State (2-15 overall, 0-4 WAC) has lost all 20 of...

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  1. Delano house fire Sunday displaces five

    Crews at the Kern County Fire Department's Delano Station 34 were training outside the station Sunday morning when a bystander alerted them to a house fire.

  2. BPD traffic checkpoint nets 4 DUI arrests

    Four people were arrested Saturday night and early Sunday morning as part of a Bakersfield police DUI/Driver License checkpoint in the 900 block of Old River Road.

  3. Suspect robs bank inside grocery store

    A Chase Bank inside a west Bakersfield grocery store was robbed Saturday morning by a man who handed a teller a note saying he was armed.

  4. McFarland woman suffers minor injuries in Porterville crash

    A McFarland woman suffered minor injuries after crashing into a big rig that pulled in front of her on Avenue 128 at Road 208 in Porterville.

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