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A former Kern County employee pleaded no contest Thursday to DUI and hit and run resulting in property damage in connection with crashing a county vehicle late last month.
Erik David Webb, 32, was sentenced to 20 days in jail and three years' probation, according to court records. He worked for the Roads Department but is no longer employed with the county.
Court filings say Webb told police he'd been "messing" with his cellphone when he crashed into the back of another vehicle in the 4100 block of Union Avenue just before midnight June 30.
He grabbed his laptop and ran from the truck. Police found Webb northwest of the crash site on the corner of Isla Verde and Tierra Verde streets, according to the reports.
Officers noticed he had red, watery eyes, slurred speech, was unsteady on his feet and emitting a strong odor of alcohol.
Bakersfield police are searching for a 12-year-old girl missing since Tuesday.
When deputies attempted to stop a man they thought responsible for a domestic fight Thursday, they ended up in a car chase after an unrelated suspect.
Cal State Bakersfield has earned its first All-Academic team award for its track and field program.
Following a report of illegal shooting, Kern County deputies arrested a 34-year-old man Wednesday after he and four juveniles were found with firearms and ammunition in a vehicle.
The motorcyclist who died Monday three days after a hit-and-run accident was identified Wednesday at Emanuel Deshawn Hayes of Los Angeles.
LOCAL GRAD WINS STATE FAIR: For years, Logan Van Allen -- a Frontier High grad -- woke up at 6 a.m., fed dozens of dairy and boer goats and trained prized members of the herd to show at fairs.
A Delano man who was last seen July 16 was located Wednesday by Indio Police Department officers in Riverside County.
Van Holloway, a 6-foot-3 guard at Bakersfield College the past two seasons, has signed a letter of intent with Concordia University in Portland.
Neighboring residents armed with a garden hose managed to contain a southwest Bakersfield garage fire until firefighters arrived.
Jean-Francios Houle has been named head coach of the Bakersfield Condors.
Firefighters gained full control of the Nicolls Fire on Saturday, stopping the 1,680-acre wildland blaze.
A suspected burglar was nabbed Tuesday after an officer noticed a vehicle that appeared to match one in a burglary investigation parked outside a hotel west of downtown Bakersfield.