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  1. Man sentenced to 14 years in prison for shooting his wife

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Monday, Sep 29 2014 05:31 PM

    Loren Johnson helped authorities make a speedy arrest in the shooting of his wife.

    The 55-year-old admitted committing the crime to a 911 dispatcher he called shortly after firing the shots.

    Johnson was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison after pleading no contest to attempted murder. A charge of assault with a gun on a person was dismissed under the deal.

    Police said Johnson called 911 at 6:24 a.m. Aug. 16 and directed police to his residence in the 3000 block of Catalina Drive. Officers found Johnson in the driveway and a woman inside the residence suffering from several non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

    Johnson was arrested, and within two weeks agreed to the plea deal.

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    Public funeral for former chief Matlock set for Thursday

    A public funeral will be held Thursday for former Bakersfield police chief Eric Matlock, who died of cancer last Thursday at age 65.

  3. Suspects arrested in connection with stealing air conditioning condensers from commercial buildings

    Three suspects have been arrested in connection with a string of thefts of air conditioning condensers and piping from atop commercial buildings in the Bakersfield area.

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    Police searching for suspect vehicle in storage unit burglary

    Bakersfield police are seeking a vehicle in connection with an early September burglary.

  5. Man sentenced to prison for transporting drugs through Kern County

    A man arrested in early January 2013 for transporting drugs through Kern County was sentenced Monday to four years and nine months in prison.

  6. Pedestrian struck and killed on Merle Haggard Drive

    A 42-year-old pedestrian was killed early Sunday after being struck by a pickup on Merle Haggard Drive west of Airport Drive.

  7. Suspect who fired at person arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

    A man who shot at but missed a person he'd been arguing with Sunday night was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

  8. Delano man dies in wreck on Highway 99

    A Delano man died Saturday evening when his car hit a big-rig on Highway 99 just south of Lerdo Highway, the Kern County Sheriff-Coroner-Public Administrator reported.

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    Woman, 72, dies in collision with Kern Sheriff's patrol car

    A 72-year old Bakersfield woman was killed after her car collided with a Kern County Sheriff's patrol car early Sunday morning, the Sheriff's office reported.

  10. Deputies arrest boys, ages 14 and 16, in stabbings

    Law enforcement arrested two boys, ages 14 and 16, Saturday in connection to the Wasco stabbings of two men.

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    Woman, 21, dies in Mojave crash

    A 21-year-old woman died Friday evening when the vehicle she was riding in crashed in Mojave.

  12. Police seek suspect who allegedly stabbed a man in the head

    Kern County deputies continue to search for the man responsible for stabbing another multiple times in the head Friday night.

  13. Man arrested for two counts attempted murder

    Bakersfield police arrested a man Friday afternoon on a warrant for attempted murder.

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