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  1. Motorcyclist suffers major injuries in crash near PMC

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Saturday, Sep 20 2014 12:53 PM

    A 56-year-old Santa Maria man suffered major injuries early Saturday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed near Pine Mountain Club, the California Highway Patrol reported.

    An agency news release said Ronald E. Dodds was riding his 2013 Kawasaki too fast to negotiate a curve on westbound Mil Potrero Highway west of Cuddy Valley Road.

    Shortly after midnight, Dodds crossed solid double yellow lines and entered the highway's eastbound lane before driving onto dirt, the CHP reported. It said he was fully ejected from the motorcycle before hitting the ground and a large rock near the highway.

    Dodds was transported to Kern Medical Center for medical treatment.

  2. Two arrested for allegedly operating large pot farms

    After a five-month investigation near Delano, law enforcement reported finding more than 140 pounds of marijuana and pot grows with 3,770 plants with an estimated street value of $15 million.

  3. Arrest made in Lamont murder

    Kern County deputies arrested Friday the man believed to be responsible for the death of a woman found with major head trauma in Lamont.

  4. Body in vineyard was 30-year-old Porterville man

    The man found dead near a vineyard south of Delano has been identified as 30-year-old Jose Aragon Meraz.

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    Deputies investigate circumstances of body found in orchard

    Kern County Sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Friday afternoon in a vineyard south of Delano.

  6. Newspaper office burglars turn themselves in

    The two Bakersfield residents who allegedly burglarized The Bakersfield Californian's office Sept. 13 turned themselves in on Friday.

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    Update: Prosser reinstated as Taft football coach

    According to Taft Midway Driller, Jarudd Prosser has been reinstated as the head football coach at Taft High and will be back in charge of the team on Monday.

  8. Trial date set for accused rapist, murderer

    The man accused of raping multiple women and killing another is set for trial Sept. 29.

  9. Man sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for gang murder

    A 21-year-old man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Friday for shooting and killing a man at a party Jan. 5.

  10. Woman found dead in Lamont with head trauma

    Deputies have opened a homicide investigation after a woman was found dead with major head trauma Thursday morning in Lamont.

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    Men wanted for stealing air conditioning unit from dental office

    Bakersfield police are seeking two men who stole an air conditioning unit from the side of Comfort Dental Kids on July 23.

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    Salinas has eyes on Bakersfield's Blaze; Reds leave as affiliate

    The city of Salinas has announced that Blaze owner D.G. Elmore, who lives in Bloomington, Ind., will present a plan to relocate the team to a new stadium in Salinas in time for the 2016 season. Elmore is studying preliminary plans to build a privately financed stadium in Salinas.

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    Deputies searching for suspect in Shafter burglary

    A suspect is being sought by Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies in connection with an Aug. 28 burglary at Golden Valley Orchard Supply in Shafter.

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