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Breaking News

Latest crime, courts and fire news.

City Beat

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. Off-duty cop charged with misdemeanor DUIs after hitting six cars

    Thursday, Jul 31 2014 06:58 PM

    Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against the off-duty Bakersfield police officer who allegedly struck six cars while driving under the influence June 23.

    Justin West is charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor DUI causing bodily injury, said Michael Yraceburn, Kern County Supervising Deputy District Attorney.

    West allegedly rear-ended one vehicle, struck four other parked ones and then rolled on top of a sixth while eastbound in the 11400 block of Hageman Road near Jewetta Avenue.

    He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from his car, sustaining moderate injuries.

    No one else was injured.

  2. Expired registration leads to drug seizure, arrest

    An expired vehicle registration was the spark Thursday afternoon in Wasco for a confrontation between Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies and Alfonso Trujillo.

  3. Probation check nets 5 arrests, drugs

    A probation compliance check Wednesday by deputies in Bakersfield resulted in five arrests and the seizure of more than 20 grams of methamphetamine.

  4. Two arrested after deputies find two kids abandoned

    Deputies arrested two people Thursday morning after finding a 3-year-old and an 8-month-old child left alone in an east Bakersfield residence.

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    CITY BEAT: Social media debuts, election update

    ADVOCATES HONORED IN D.C.: Bakersfield went to Washington, D.C., this week, as the Kern County Homeless Collaborative was recognized Monday for its efforts to end chronic homelessness.

  6. State shuts another Kern oil injection well

    State oil regulators have added another Kern County disposal well to the list of 11 shut down under emergency orders in July because officials worry they may have contaminated protected groundwater.

  7. Man arrested on alleged attempted murder of girlfriend in California City

    California City police arrested a man Wednesday after he allegedly punched, choked, sexually assaulted and attempted to stab his girlfriend.

  8. Alleged drunken driver strikes apartment building, two parked vehicles

    An alleged drunken driver injured two people early Thursday after smashing his pickup into an apartment building and two parked vehicles.


    THE GRADE: Cal-SOAP and Stuff The Bus

    CAL-SOAP CHANGES UNDERWAY: Most days, incoming Bakersfield College freshman Carmen Murillo begins an 8-hour workday at 4 a.m. at The Garlic Company on Zerker Road. She travels from her home in Shafter to sort garlic to pay for her personal expenses.

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    Kentucky Street fire destroys home

    A house fire Wednesday morning east of downtown destroyed a single-story home, and arson investigators said it was the third recent fire at the location.

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    Suspect tries to rob customer in fast food drive-thru

    Bakersfield police are seeking a man wanted in connection with the attempted robbery of a person waiting in a fast food restaurant's drive-thru line.

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    Four arrested in Union Avenue gunfight

    Four suspects -- three men and a woman -- were arrested by police Monday night on suspicion of attempted homicide in connection with a gunfight earlier that day on Union Avenue.

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    Police: Driver fell asleep before pedestrian hit, killed

    Police said Wednesday the driver of the pickup that killed a pedestrian early Tuesday in southwest Bakersfield fell asleep just before the accident. Daily Deal!

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