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    BPD chief expects additional indictment in federal investigation

    Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson said Friday he expects one additional indictment in connection with a federal corruption investigation of officers in his department. Williamson would not name the person he expects to face federal charges, only saying he retired from the Bakersfield Police

  • Former Bakersfield police Detective Damacio Diaz has agreed to plead guilty to federal programs bribery, possession and attempted possession with the intent to distribute meth and making and subscribing a false income tax return, according to federal court filings.

    Former Bakersfield detective cops plea

    Damacio Diaz, a 17-year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department, whose exploits as a high school cross country athlete were highlighted in the Disney film “McFarland, USA,” has admitted to corruption, large-scale narcotics activities, tipping off a criminal associate to police investigations

  • The jury deadlocked Thursday in the murder trial of Bobbie Rhynes, left, shown in this file photo. With him is Deputy Public Defender Tim Blenner.

    Jury deadlocks in ski resort murder case

    A Kern County jury was unable to reach a final verdict Thursday in the shooting death last year of 50-year-old Carl Woolwine at Alta Sierra Ski Resort, forcing a retrial. Bobbie Dale Rhynes, 43, a former supervisor of the ski resort’s maintenance crew, was found not guilty of first-degree

  • April 2, 2011 - Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Southwest jets at LAX. Almost half of the airlines departures from Los Angeles International Airport have been cancelled or delayed Saturday, as the airline takes part of its fleet out of service because a plane lost part of its skin and made an emergency landing. Southwest is grounding 81 of its fleet of Boeing 737 jets. The affected planes are the same version of 737s as the plane that made a successful emergency landing at Yuma, Arizona, after part of its exterior skin and interior ceiling blew out over the Arizona desert. (Credit Image: © Gene Blevins/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    FAA: Software problem delays Los Angeles flights

    LOS ANGELES - Planes arriving and departing Los Angeles International Airport were delayed on Thursday after a problem with air-traffic control software briefly halted all flights, according to U.S. and local air traffic officials. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a ground stop for all

  • U S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally in Cathedral City, California, U.S., May 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Alex Gallardo

    Bernie Sanders to hold a rally in Bakersfield Saturday

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign rally at the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday evening, it was announced Wednesday. The “A Future to Believe In Bakersfield Rally” will be free and open to the public but organizers encourage people to RSVP ahead of time. To

  • Bakersfield Police investigate a recent shooting on the walking path along Mill Creek.

    Wave of shootings sweeping through Bakersfield in last two months

    A wave of shootings has hit the Bakersfield area over the past two months, ranging from robbery attempts to those that appear gang-related to others with no readily apparent motive. There have been at least 18 shootings in Bakersfield since April 1, according to a tally by The Californian. No

  • Louis Amestoy is the vice president of content for TBC Media. Email him at lamestoy@bakersfield.com.

    Enjoy free access to bakersfield.com and learn more about our community

    Beginning today, we’ve taken down our web paywall, making most features of bakersfield.com free to all without restriction. We’ve come to the conclusion that giving everyone free and open access to most of our content is the best way to connect members of our digital audience with each other, and

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    Fire station in Lake Isabella burglarized

    Crew quarters at a Lake Isabella fire station were burglarized Monday evening, Kern County firefighters said. The burglary occurred at Fire Station 72. Firefighters said new security measures are being implemented and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office is investigating. 

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    Bank robber detained by citizens in Tehachapi

    A bank robber was detained by citizens and a bank employee Tuesday after they realized he wasn’t armed, Tehachapi police said. Michael Brian Taylor, 59, of Tehachapi, was held on the ground until police arrived. Arrested on suspicion of robbery, he was also found to be on federal probation for

  • Deputy Gabriel Lopez was arraigned in Kern County Superior Court in April.

    County to pay deputy's assault victim despite harsh words for law firm

    Kern County supervisors voted 5-0 Tuesday to uphold their end of a $1 million settlement deal with a woman who was sexually assaulted by a Kern County sheriff’s deputy. County Counsel Theresa Goldner said supervisors decided that the “settlement remains in the best interest of the taxpayers of

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    Campus aide charged with sex crimes with students

    A Muroc Joint Unified School District employee has been charged with committing sex acts with two female students under the age of 18, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. Jeremy Rogers Jr., 21, was arrested May 6 for sexual assaults that occurred in the Boron and North Edwards area, sheriff’s

  • Hung jury in trial of teacher charged with child porn possession

    The trial of a Vineland School District teacher charged with possession of child pornography ended in a hung jury Tuesday. Jurors split 9-3 in favor of a “not guilty” verdict in the trial of Margarito Madueno, defense attorney Mark Anthony Raimondo said.  “We are grateful and relieved the

  • Supervisors get check, raise ambulance rates

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors got some money back from Clinica Sierra Vista on Tuesday. And that’s good news for the family medicine residency program that Clinica took over from Kern Medical Center  Clinica CEO Steve Schilling presented supervisors with a $294,702 check -

  • Surveillance image of suspect wanted for attempted robbery.

    Police: Suspect tried robbing two convenience stores in two hours

    Police say a man tried robbing two ampm convenience stores in two hours, but in both instances store clerks refused to hand over any money.  The suspect entered an ampm in the 4200 block of Ming Avenue at 11:55 p.m. April 26, brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk, police said. He

  • Surveillance image of man (facing camera) accused of stealing welding machine.

    Man stole welding machine from store

    A man stole a welding machine from a store last week and fled in a car where a female was waiting. The theft occurred May 16 at WestAir Welding Supply in the 4800 block of State Road, Kern County sheriff’s officials said. The man took the machine without paying and placed it in the back seat of a

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    Fire restrictions will increase beginning Saturday

    The Kern County Fire Department will increase the level of fire restrictions beginning Saturday due to upcoming higher temperatures and low fuel moisture. As of Saturday, campfires will not be allowed in any county park in mountainous areas, including Greenhorn Mountain Park, Tehachapi Mountain

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    Closing arguments presented in ski resort murder trial

    As supervisor of a ski resort maintenance crew, Bobbie Dale Rhynes began his work day Oct. 10 by drinking a few beers with employees before moving a tree and hunting on company time. He followed that up by shooting one of his crew members in the head for making a “creepy” comment, a Kern County