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    GET strike continues; board takes no action on union contract proposal

    BY RUTH BROWN Californian staff writer
    Tuesday, Jul 22 2014 04:23 PM

    Golden Empire Transit District's board of directors failed Tuesday to make a decision on the union's new proposed contract, dashing any hope that a solution to the seven-day bus strike could be found.

    The terms of the proposed contract by union negotiators were not disclosed.

    The GET board met for about two hours in executive session. GET spokeswoman Gina Hayden said its negotiating team was provided information about the contract.

    Chester Suniga, union principal officer, said there was movement on both sides in the contract being discussed.

    Suniga said once a new contract is proposed by the board, the union members will vote on accepting the terms. There must be at least a 50 percent, plus one person vote for the proposal to move forward.

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    Kern River drowning victim's body found

    The body of a 19-year-old Bakersfield man who drowned Sunday in the Kern River was found Tuesday morning.

  3. Westminster man dies in Highway 99 accident

    A Westminster man was killed Sunday afternoon when his car collided with an SUV on northbound Highway 99 and then veered out of control into a light pole.

  4. Big rig fire near Grapevine Road ignites grass fire, temporarily closes 2 lanes

    A tractor trailer caught fire on Interstate 5 south of Grapevine Road about 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, igniting a grass fire and backing up traffic for two miles until all lanes were opened at 4 p.m.

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    Police seek suspect in Friday fatal hit-and-run

    Police are seeking a Bakersfield man on suspicion of killing a motorcyclist in a July 18 hit-and-run accident.

  6. Missing Delano man sought by police

    Delano police are searching for a 65-year-old man missing since July 16 when he left for a doctor's appointment in Bakersfield.

  7. Off-duty CHP officer, others pull man from burning truck

    Off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Burton was in Rosamond on his way to a family trip about 9:35 a.m. Sunday when he saw an overturned truck on fire in a field along 20th Street West just south of Marie Avenue.

  8. Gang member convicted of murder in 2013 shooting

    A jury convicted a 24-year-old man Monday of murder in the shooting death of a fellow gang member.

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    Undercover operation busts 15 mechanics for not having license

    Undercover officers busted 15 people Wednesday and Thursday who were soliciting mechanical work without a license.

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    Man sent to prison for not claiming $420,000 on tax returns

    A Bakersfield man was ordered Monday to serve a year in prison for cashing more than $420,000 in checks he didn't claim on his federal tax returns.

  11. Man pleads guilty to possession 6 pounds meth, 8 pounds cocaine

    A 37-year-old man pleaded guilty Monday to possession of 6 pounds of methamphetamine, 8 pounds of cocaine and $1,510.

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    Police seek woman who backed out of robbing bank

    A woman who planned to rob a bank Saturday lost her nerve and fled without any money after she was approached by bank employees.

  13. Police seek four suspects in stabbing

    A stabbing early Monday near downtown left one man wounded and police searching for four Hispanic suspects believed involved in the assault.

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