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Latest crime, courts and fire news.

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The latest scoop on City Hall.

Condors Talk

Sports reporter Mike Griffith on Bakersfield's hockey team.

Evans On Sports

Sports writer Jeff Evans tackles local and national sports.

The Health Beat

Californian reporters blog on health and wellness issues in Kern.

It's A Wheel Thing

From dirt tracks, to drag strips, salt flats, to paved bullrings, staff writer Mike Griffith weighs in with thoughts, news, and maybe even a little insight.

Kern Gusher

News for Kern County's oil industry.

Quirks of the County

County reporter James Burger on Kern news.

B Varsity

News and notes from Bakersfield, Kern County and California high school sports.

The Grade

The ins and outs of K-12 and college education in Kern County.

Topp Stories

Bits and pieces from one of Kern's news geeks.

Recent Blogs

  1. Man arrested in connection to Oildale murder

    Tuesday, Aug 26 2014 09:12 PM

    The man believed to have shot and killed Keith Hurst in Oildale on Aug. 16 was arrested Tuesday after 20 minutes of negotiation.

    Paul Parra Jr., 34, of Bakersfield, was taken into custody after an arrest warrant was issued and deputies saw him enter a house in the 100 block of 17th Street, Kern County Sheriff's Lt. Lance Grimes said.

    When deputies entered the home, Parra had barricaded himself in another room and they began calling him out at 7:08 p.m. He surrendered around 7:25 p.m.

    The alleged homicide occurred when Hurst, 44, of Bakersfield, was shot once during an altercation in the 700 block of Woodrow Avenue. Hurst was taken to Kern Medical Center where he died.

    Several surrounding homes in the neighborhood were temporarily evacuated Tuesday night as a safety precaution, Grimes said.

  2. Roadrunner Roundup: basketball schedules announced

    Cal State Bakersfield’s men’s and women’s basketball schedules for the upcoming season were announced during Tuesday’s Roadrunner Rundown web cast.

  3. State shuts two more oil field disposal wells in Kern

    California regulators have shut in two more Kern County oil field disposal wells, bringing the total to 11 facilities idled since the start of July.

  4. Man tries, fails to steal hotel clerk's cellphone

    A man who tried to steal a hotel desk clerk's cellphone last month got more than he bargained for when she outfought him for it and he fled.

  5. Babysitters sentenced to a year in jail for putting child in scalding water

    Two babysitters who left a child in a bathtub with scalding water have been sentenced to a year in jail.

  6. Electronic testing equipment stolen

    Bakersfield police are seeking the people responsible for stealing electronic testing equipment from a truck earlier this month.

  7. Two arrested in shooting after two-county search

    A search involving three law enforcement agencies Monday after shots were fired at a truck on Highway 65 in Delano ended in Tulare County with the arrest of two suspects.

  8. CSUB: men's basketball home games all on campus in 2014-15

    Cal State Bakersfield released its men's basketball schedule for 2014-15 today (Tuesday) and it revealed all home games will be played at the on-campus Icardo Center.

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    Family of man killed by police files claim

    The family of Michael Dozer, who was shot and killed by Bakersfield police Aug. 6, has filed a legal claim against the city and the officer involved, saying he was negligent and used unnecessary force.

  10. John Galafate

    Arrest made in killing of 88-year-old Delano man

    An arrest has been made in the killing of an 88-year-old Delano man found stuffed in the trunk of his submerged car almost a year ago.

  11. Police searching for prowler in NW

    Bakersfield police are seeking a man who has been seen prowling twice in a northwest neighborhood.

  12. County's newest fire station opens Sept. 5

    The grand opening of a new county fire station in Pine Mountain Club will be Sept. 5 at 10 a.m.

  13. Gang member sentenced to life without parole for 2012 murder

    The third and final defendant charged in connection with a fatal gang-related shooting in September 2012 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Daily Deal!

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