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Wednesday, Mar 27 2013 06:00 PM

Deputies follow trail of blood to stabbing site

By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Deputies early Wednesday morning were called to the intersection of Fairfax Road and East Brundage Lane in east Bakersfield where they found a man covered in blood.

A 26-year-old man had been stabbed several times on an arm and his upper body at about 4:39 a.m., according to a Kern County Sheriff's Office news release.

The man was only able to give limited information. He was taken to Kern Medical Center and is expected to survive.

Deputies followed the trail of blood for about a mile, finding the stabbing happened in the road in the 6200 block of Zephyr Lane, deputies reported.

No witnesses were found.

-- The Californian

A defendant who pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter in connection with a shooting was sentenced to 12 years in prison Wednesday.

Pedro Arturo Alvarez, Jr., 35, entered his plea Feb. 27 and a charge of murder was dismissed, according to court records.

Alvarez killed 42-year-old Jerry Colbert June 2 in the 400 block of Monterey Street, Bakersfield police said.

-- The Californian

A traffic crash involving two alleged drunken drivers drew Bakersfield police to the area of South H Street and Planz Road just before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers found that two vehicles were travelling south on South H Street when they collided, causing the vehicle of driver Robert Castillo to roll. Castillo, 23, was taken to a local hospital and arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The other driver, Christopher Morales, 23, ran from the scene but was later arrested on suspicion of DUI with injury, hit and run with injury and DUI with blood alcohol content of .08 or more, police said.

-- The Californian

Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help identifying a suspect wanted for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

At 4:22 p.m. March 6, the suspect entered the CVS Pharmacy at 4400 Coffee Road, selected merchandise and left the store without paying. A store employee confronted the suspect in the parking lot, and the suspect assaulted the employee.

As the victim walked back toward the store, the suspect drove her vehicle at the victim. The suspect struck and injured the victim with her vehicle.

The suspect is described as white, in her mid-40s, 5-feet-8-inches to 5-feet-10-inches tall, 190-220 pounds, with long brown hair.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Ted King at 326-3553.

-- Bakersfield Police Department

Bakersfield police are asking the public's help identifying two suspects wanted for robbery and conspiracy.

At 6:03 p.m. March 21, two suspects entered the Cigarette Mart at 1719 Columbus St., brandished a knife at an employee and stole items. The suspects left and ran south from the area.

The first suspect is described as black, in his early 20s, 5-feet-10-inches tall, 150 pounds, wearing a black T-shirt with a blue diamond design on the front and dark-colored pants. He is believed to be armed with a knife.

The second suspect is described as black, in his early 20s, 6-feet-2-inches tall, 175 pounds, wearing a black and white bandana on his head, black T-shirt, black sweat pants with two thin red stripes down the sides and red shoes.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of these suspects is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Rick Dossey at 326-3513.

To send an anonymous text message to the BPD, enter 274637 and text BPDCRIMES along with the message. Tips can also be anonymously sent through the smartphone TipSubmit mobile app or via email at tipsubmit.com.

-- Bakersfield Police Department

A couple found dead at Sandy Flat Campground in Lake Isabella in late December died accidentally of carbon monoxide intoxication, the Kern County coroner announced Wednesday.

Hyun Sook Han and Yoon Suk Han, both 64 and from Torrance, were found by deputies inside a vehicle parked at the campground, deputies said. A propane space heater, propane cooking stove and burned coals were inside the vehicle.

-- The Californian

The California Office of Traffic Safety, California Highway Patrol, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across California Wednesday announced high visibility enforcement operations during April's National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

The goal of the increased enforcement is to convince drivers of the dangers of distracted driving and reduce the number of people impacted by this risky behavior. The "It's Not Worth It!" theme emphasizes that a phone call or text isn't worth a hefty fine or a crash.

In recent years, hundreds have been killed and thousands seriously injured in California as a result of crashes that involved at least one driver who was distracted. The recent rise in cell phone talking and texting has greatly increased the number of crashes.

In 2012, the California Department of Motor Vehicles reported nearly 450,000 handheld cell phone and texting convictions, with more than 57,000 tickets issued in April alone. The fine for a first time texting or hand-held cell phone violation is $159, with subsequent tickets costing $279.

Fore more distracted driving information, go to www.distraction.gov, www.ots.ca.gov, and teen information at www.impactteendrivers.org.

-- California Highway Patrol

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