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  1. Proposed state water regulations pinch Bakersfield users even further

    BY LOIS HENRY The Bakersfield Californian
    Saturday, Apr 18 2015 05:00 PM

    Bakersfield residents will be expected to cut their water usage by 32 percent to 36 percent, depending on where they get their water, if proposed regulations are approved by the California Water Resources Control Board early next month.

    Regardless of the new, higher reduction number, Bakersfield Water Resources Manager Art Chianello said he would not recommend more stringent measures above the three-day-a-week proposed outdoor watering restrictions set to go before the City Council on Wednesday.

    "Give it time to work out and let's see how we're doing," Chianello said.

    Other water retailers in the metro Bakersfield area had agreed to follow the city's lead. But a higher conservation target may change that.

    "My board adopted the three-day limit," said Van Grayer, general manager of Vaughn Water Co., which is also recommended for a 36 percent reduction. But that was based on the state's initial 25 percent cut, he said.

  2. Another fire erupts on Kern River bottom

    Another fire in the Kern River bottom erupted Saturday morning, according to the Kern County Fire Department. This is the third fire in the river since March 26.

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    Woman accused of depositing stolen, forged checks

    Bakersfield police are asking for the public’s help in identifying and finding a woman suspected of forgery at a Kern Schools Federal Credit Union branch at 2500 Chester Ave.

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    BPD seeks robbery, conspiracy suspect

    Bakersfield police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man suspected of robbery and conspiracy in connection with the theft of merchandise at a Shell gas station last month.

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    Police say two men stole tools from Lowe's

    Bakersfield police request the public’s help in finding two men suspected of theft last month at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at 6200 Colony St.

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    Two sought in Circle K robbery

    Bakersfield police are asking for help identifying and finding a man and a woman accused of robbery last month at the Circle K store at 1030 Oak St.

  7. Deputies: Baseball bat, bricks in play during assault

    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday its deputies arrested two men Wednesday in connection with an assault with a deadly weapon Monday in South Taft.

  8. Quick action halts fire at country club

    Shortly after midnight Friday the Kern County Sheriff’s Office called in a fire alarm that the old Golden Hills Country Club building was on fire.

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    Fight ensues when clerks confront attempted robbery suspects

    Bakersfield Police are looking for two suspects wanted in an attempted robbery of a Fastrip store at 8100 White Lane at 1:25 a.m. on March 8 that police said led to a fight when store clerks contacted a suspect..

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    Police seek suspect wanted for swiping envelope of money

    Police are also looking for a woman who reportedly swiped an envelope full of money from another customer at the Ross Dress for Less store at 9000 Rosedale Highway. The grand theft reportedly occurred at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27.

  11. Shafter police kill 'erratic,' knife-wielding man

    Shafter Police Department officers shot and killed a man Thursday after he reportedly pulled a knife and approached them in a west Shafter alley.

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    Victims' Rights March to be held Tuesday

    The Kern County District Attorney's office is inviting the public to attend a Victims' Rights March at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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    Closing arguments finish in trial of accused serial rapist Billy Ray Johnson

    Closing arguments in the trial of accused serial rapist Billy Ray Johnson wrapped up Thursday with the prosecutor defending the work of investigators and dismissing the defense theory that multiple perpetrators committed the crimes.

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