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  1. Suspect in several burglaries, thefts and forgeries arrested at hotel

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 11:07 AM

    A suspected burglar was nabbed Tuesday after an officer noticed a vehicle that appeared to match one in a burglary investigation parked outside a hotel west of downtown Bakersfield.

    Police said Officer Tommy Hernandez was patrolling the parking lot of the Days Inn at 818 Real Road when he spotted the vehicle. The registered owner, 34-year-old Sonny Grigsby, matched the description of the burglary suspect, and there was property in the vehicle's cargo area that appeared to be stolen.

    Hernandez contacted Grigsby, who was staying at the hotel, and the case's lead investigator, Detective Brian Kennemer, responded to the scene. Kennemer served search warrants for Grigsby's hotel room and vehicle.

    Police said officers turned up stolen items from at least five other offenses, including residential burglaries, thefts and forgeries. They also found half an ounce of methamphetamine.

    Grigsby was booked on suspicion of burglary, possession of stolen property and possession of drugs for sales.

  2. Suspected car thief leads police on chase

    A suspected car thief was nearly struck by oncoming traffic after she ran across 24th Street in a failed effort to avoid arrest Tuesday evening.

  3. Teen motorist leads police on chase, crashes into tree

    A teen driver in a vehicle with marijuana and $4,000 in cash led police on a short chase Tuesday evening before crashing into a tree.

  4. Seven cats rescued from apartment fire

    Firefighters rescued seven cats from an apartment fire in Shafter Tuesday evening.

  5. Oildale fire causes $80,000 in damage to home

    A Tuesday afternoon fire in Oildale caused $80,000 damage.

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

    Golden Empire Transit District’s board of directors failed Tuesday to make a decision on the union’s new proposed contract, dashing any hope of ending the seven-day bus strike.

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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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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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