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    Electrical short caused kitchen fire

    An electrical short sparked a fire that caused minimal damage to a home in west Bakersfield Tuesday. Firefighters said an electrical outlet caught fire in the kitchen of a house in the 500 block of Middlefield Street shortly after 5 p.m. The fire was quickly brought under control, and no

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    Motorist arrested in hit-and-run that injured pedestrian

    A 31-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with leaving the scene of a crash in southwest Bakersfield that left a pedestrian in critical condition.  Antonio Ramires turned himself in to Bakersfield police about five hours after the 12:07 a.m. crash at White Lane and

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    One injured in cooking fire

    One person suffered minor injuries in a cooking fire in east Bakersfield Tuesday evening. Firefighters responding to a fire in the 600 block of Quincy Street saw smoke coming from the front door of an apartment, according to a Bakersfield Fire Department news release. They extinguished the fire in

  • Author J.K. Rowling hosts a special family fundraising evening in aid of her children's charity, Lumos, at the "Warner Bros. Studio - The Making of Harry Potter in Hertfordfshire" in London November 9, 2013. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

    Harry Potter to return to bookstores in script for London play

    BOSTON - Harry Potter, the boy wizard hero of a series of best-selling books and hit movies, will return to British and U.S. bookstores this summer with the release of the script for an upcoming London stage play that chronicles Potter's adult life. "Harry Potter and the Cursed

  • Jajuan Bell, convicted of robbing Golden West Casino.

    Golden West Casino robbers returning to Bakersfield for court hearings

    Four men convicted of robbing Golden West Casino will return to Bakersfield following an appellate court ruling last year in the defendants’ favor — and after the state’s supreme court recently declined to hear the case — in what attorneys say represents a “novel issue” in California law.

  • The BPD is searching for two men suspected of stealing beer from Rite Aid on Mount Vernon Avenue. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the BPD at 327-7111.

    BPD searching for men suspected of stealing beer

    The Bakersfield Police Department is asking the public’s help identifying and finding two men suspected of robbery and conspiracy. At about 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, the men stole beer from the Rite Aid in the 2500 block of Mount Vernon Avenue, according to a news release from the BPD. The men pushed and

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    More than 3,800 rifle receivers seized by federal agents

    A Bakersfield man agreed to forfeit more than 3,800 AR-15 lower receivers manufactured in violation of federal firearms laws. According to a news release from the Department of Justice, EP Armory owner Christopher Cook made and sold polymer receivers online, in his store in the 7400 block of

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    Teenager arrested on suspicion of terrorist threats

    A teenage boy was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making terrorist threats. Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies received reports that a 17-year-old Rosamond High School student was threatening to shoot students at the school, according to a news release from the KCSO. Deputies from the

  • Two charged in alleged gang fight on Rosedale Highway

    Two men involved in an alleged gang fight on Rosedale Highway last month have been charged with felony assault and gang offenses. John Cole Smith, 40, and Michael Blackwood, 55, are charged with assault with a deadly weapon other than a gun and participating in a criminal street gang, court

  • Lourdes Olvera is charged with two counts of murder in a shooting in Arvin.

    Trial begins for woman charged with murder in Arvin nightclub shooting

    She didn’t pull the trigger or even carry a gun, but Lourdes Olvera’s use of a cellphone set in motion events that culminated in the shooting of three men in an Arvin nightclub, a prosecutor said during opening statements in Olvera’s murder trial Monday. Olvera, 30, called her boyfriend and told

  • California Faculty Association members protest for a 5 percent rate hike recently. CFA leaders authorized a systemwide strike Monday morning that would put 26,000 union members on picket lines in April if salary negotiations are not met.

    CSU faculty members authorize systemwide strike

    Following months of failed contract negotiations, California State University faculty members are authorizing a five-day strike in April across its 23 campuses in what could be the largest national walkout in higher education history, union leaders announced Monday. California Faculty Association

  • Man suspected of abuse that left 2-year-old in critical condition

    An Oildale man was arrested Sunday evening for allegedly inflicting injuries on his 2-year-old, leaving the child in critical condition. Izaac Sanchez, 27, was booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment and felony assault on a child under 8 years old, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies were

  • Woman injured in fire Sunday evening

    A woman suffered second-degree burns to her hands and forearms in a fire southeast of downtown Bakersfield Sunday evening. The fire occurred at 9:16 p.m. in the basement of a residence in the 100 block of South King Street, Bakersfield firefighters said. Arriving firefighters found a woman

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    Man suspected of abuse that left 2-year-old in critical condition

    An Oildale man was arrested Sunday evening for allegedly inflicting injuries on his 2-year-old that left the child in critical condition. Izaac Sanchez, 27, was booked on suspicion of felony child endangerment and felony assault on a child under eight years old, sheriff’s officials said. Deputies

  • Three arrested Saturday morning for possessing stolen firearm

    Two men and a teenager were arrested early Sunday morning when officers searching their car found a stolen firearm, police officials said.  Bakersfield Police Department officers pulled over William Wandick, 21, Eddie Watson, 25, and a 16-year old boy at 1:58 a.m. in the 300 block of South

  • Man shot on Niles Street

    A man was shot in northeast Bakersfield late Saturday night when an unknown number of suspects approached him in a dark colored SUV and opened fire, police officials said. When Bakersfield Police Department officials responded to the 1200 block of Niles Street at about 11:30 p.m. they found the

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    Boy arrested after vehicle crashes into house Saturday

    A boy was arrested Saturday after he lost control of the vehicle he was driving and crashed into a house. The house was located in the 4600 block of Norseman Street in southwest Bakersfield, according to a news release from the Bakersfield Police Department. The boy ran away but was found and