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  1. Attorney: There may be more victims of guards accused of sexual assault at Juvenile Hall

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI The Bakersfield Californian
    Friday, Mar 27 2015 04:50 PM

    An attorney who filed claims against Kern County this week on behalf of two girls allegedly sexually assaulted by correctional officers at Juvenile Hall says he knows of a third victim -- and there may be even more.

    Neil Gehlawat of Chain Cohn Stiles said Friday morning he hopes the civil claims he's filed encourage other victims to come forward. Officers at Juvenile Hall are supposed to protect those left in their care, he said, but in this case they violated that trust and left these girls emotionally traumatized.

    "These victims have come out (of Juvenile Hall) a lot worse than when they came in," Gehlawat said.

    One of the correctional officers, Cesar Holguin Navejar, has been charged with six crimes including sexual battery and assault by a public officer. His next court hearing is May 19.

    Court filings say police began an investigation into Navejar on Sept. 30 after a 17-year-old reported he had touched her inappropriately. The teen said Navejar had entered her cell about three weeks earlier to discuss an incident that occurred with another inmate.

  2. Bakersfield man indicted for aiming laser at helicopter

    A 51-year-old Bakersfield man was indicted Thursday for allegedly aiming a green laser at a Kern County sheriff's helicopter in September.

  3. Police seeking leads in killing of 13-year-old

    The Secret Witness Program is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of a criminal complaint against the person responsible for killing 13-year-old Cortez Batiste.

  4. Reward offered for info on shooting death

    A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information in the shooting death last year of a Bakersfield man.

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    Bakersfield woman sentenced to 15 years to life for murder of 21-month-old boy

    Asiah Hines told investigators she never meant to kill 21-month-old Kai'Dan Webb. She was angry and just wanted the boy to stop crying.

  6. Two claims filed against Kern County in connection with alleged sexual assaults at Juvenile Hall

    Attorneys at Chain | Cohn | Stiles have filed two claims against Kern County on behalf of girls who were allegedly sexually assaulted by correctional officers in separate incidents at Juvenile Hall.

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    Suspects used stolen credit card to make purchases

    Two suspects used a stolen credit card to purchase items at the Office Max on Ming Avenue earlier this month.

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    DUI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

    A DUI and driver's license checkpoint will be held in Bakersfield Saturday.

  9. Students to present community service projects during 'Dream Builders' event

    Four teams of local students will present community service projects and compete for awards tonight at the Bakersfield Museum of Art as part of Jim Burke Education Foundation's "Dream Builders" program.

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    Murder trial in alleged drunken driving crash that killed Princess Almonidovar postponed to May

    The trial of accused drunken driver Alex Rubio on charges including second-degree murder has been postponed to May 11 as his attorney is seeking more information in connection with toxicology reports and crime scene reconstruction.

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    DUI checkpoint scheduled for Friday

    The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI and driver's license checkpoint from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday in an unincorporated area of Bakersfield.

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    New trial date set for man whose murder conviction was overturned due to prosecutor error

    A new trial date has been set for a Bakersfield man whose murder conviction was overturned after the trial judge ruled the prosecutor in the case violated a court order by playing a 911 tape indicating the defendant was released from prison shortly before the killing.

  13. Sylmar man found in Tehachapi died of multiple gunshot wounds

    An autopsy performed on the body of a Sylmar man found in February on Tehachapi Willow Springs Road determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was a homicide.

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