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  1. Names of officers who fatally shot suspect following SWAT standoff released

    Tuesday, Mar 31 2015 04:58 PM

    The names of the officers who fatally shot a former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employee accused of shooting another CDCR employee and then holing up inside a hotel were released Tuesday.

    Detective Kelly Williams and Senior Officer Daniel Champness both fired at suspect Robert Burdge, Bakersfield police said. They have been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

    Burdge, 36, was tracked to the Vagabond Inn near the intersection of Stockdale Highway and Interstate 5 and was shot by police at 8:32 a.m. March 19 following a standoff. A gun was found in Burdge's possession and he was pronounced dead later Thursday at Kern Medical Center.

    Police said Burdge shot a man -- a current employee of the CDCR -- after lying in wait at the man's northwest Bakersfield residence March 18. Hit once, the man was able to get inside his house and barricade the door.

    He survived and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Police said a marital affair involving one of the men may have led to the shooting.

  2. Names of officers involved in shooting of arson, rape suspect released

    The names of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of a rape and arson suspect last week were released Tuesday.

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    Charter to acquire Bright House for $10.4 billion

    LOS ANGELES ( - Charter Communications plans to buy Bright House Networks in a deal worth $10.4 billion, a move that would result in the combined company becoming the No. 2 U.S. cable operator behind Comcast.

  4. Police: Rape, arson suspect had tried drowning victim in bath tub

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and setting her house on fire had also tried drowning her and had covered her in flammable liquid, police said Monday.

  5. Man rescued in trench collapse

    Firefighters rescued a man who became trapped following a trench collapse Monday morning.

  6. Law enforcement teams capture Seattle murder suspect in Taft

    Kern County Sheriff's SWAT team members captured an Arizona man wanted on homicide charges in Washington state following a day-long stand off Saturday in Taft.

  7. Bakersfield firefighters douse attic fire

    Bakersfield Fire Department firefighters knocked down an early-morning attic fire in a central Bakersfield home Sunday.

  8. Man rescued from house fire arrested for arson

    Bakersfield Fire Department crews were called to 805 Casino Street in southeast Bakersfield 3:59 p.m. Sunday to reports of a fire.

  9. Man dies in east Bakersfield, vehicles heard fleeing the area

    Kern County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a man's suspicious death in east Bakersfield that occured Saturday night.

  10. Man dies in hail of gunfire Sunday morning

    An early-morning shooting Sunday on Quincy Street in east Bakersfield left a man dead.

  11. Firefighters face tough blaze in commercial building

    A fire in a vacant commercial structure on Union Avenue presented a challenge to Bakersfield Fire Department crews Saturday afternoon.

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    VIDEO: BPD shooting of arson, rape suspect caught on video

    A couple passing by the end of a police pursuit captured video late Friday night of Bakersfield Police Department officers shooting a 22-year-old man, who was suspected in a rape and arson earlier in the day. The man died at the scene and was later idendified as Adrian Hernandez, who police say raped a woman and set fire to a home in southwest Bakersfield.

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    Police kill man in vehicle associated with rape, arson suspect

    The Bakersfield man accused of raping a woman Friday morning and then setting her home on fire was shot and killed by police after a pursuit that night.

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