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  • A Kern County firefighter was trying to get a scared cat out from hiding in this burned-out vehicle Tuesday in South Lake.

    Erskine Fire update: 257 structures lost, containment not expected for week

    The Erskine Fire that continues to burn in the Piute Mountains has destroyed 257 structures and scorched 46,679 acres and likely won’t be contained for about a week, the Kern County Board of Supervisors learned Tuesday before approving three emergency measures aimed at streamlining local response.

  • Mitch Carter holds a photograph of himself taken shortly after he was beaten at a Bakersfield High School pep rally in 2010. Carter is suing the Kern High School District for negligence as a result of  injuries he sustained from the beating.

    KHSD trustee on pep rally beating: 'Mistakes were made'

    The Kern High School District's board president admitted that Bakersfield High School made missteps in handling a pep rally in 2010 that left former student Mitch Carter with allegedly serious injuries. Carter, who dressed in a chicken costume to mock a rival team’s mascot during a BHS pep

  • KCSO called out its bomb squad to an apartment complex on Saint Lucia Street in Golden Hills.

    KCSO bomb squad renders safe suspicious pipe in Golden Hills

    Kern County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad members yelled “fire in the hole, fire in the hole” several times Tuesday as they prepared for a possible explosion in Golden Hills while they rendered safe a 6-inch piece of galvanized pipe capped at both ends that was thought to be a possible pipe bomb. 

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    Oakland woman hit by vehicle on Stockdale Highway dies

    A 33-year-old pedestrian died Tuesday on Stockdale Highway when she was hit by a vehicle.  Myisha Phontae Smith of Oakland died in the incident at 1:15 a.m. in the 7100 block of Stockdale Highway, according to the coroner’s office.  Bakersfield Police are investigating. 

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    Pedestrian struck by BPD patrol car identified by coroner

    The coroner’s office has identified a pedestrian police say walked into the slow lane of eastbound Highway 58 and was struck by a Bakersfield police cruiser as Edgar Rodriguez, 30, of Bakersfield. BPD Officer Keith Schlecht was responding to a call in the area of Oswell Street south of Highway 58

  • CARDA volunteer Sheila Malavasi with her search dog, German Shepherd, Rica, search together for lost or missing persons on the South Lake Fire, Tuesday, in the Kern River Valley. They are with the California Rescue Dog Association.

    LIVE BLOG: Erskine Fire, June 28

    Updated at 2:45 p.m.  As of 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 28th, Incident Information System InciWeb has reported the following statistics on the Erskine Fire: Fire Start: June 23, 2016 Location: Lake Isabella Size: 46,679 acres Cause: Under investigation Percent Contained: 45% Costs to Date: $13

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    Coroner IDs man struck by vehicle

    The Kern County coroner’s office identified a pedestrian who died Sunday as Martin Fernandez Patino, 69, of Wasco.  Patino was struck at 8:45 p.m. as he crossed the street at the intersection of Highway 46 and E Street in Wasco and died there.

  • John Bagby stands in his yard in Squirrel Valley. The only evidence that a fire has gone through his community is the soot on his hands. Though Squirrel Valley is still closed Monday, Bagby was able to return to his home before the area was officially closed. His home was untouched by the Erskine Fire but down the road two homes were destroyed by the fire. Most homes in Squirrel Valley were spared.

    LIVE BLOG: Erskine Fire, June 27

    Updated 4:18 p.m. Another community meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight at Wallace Elementary School at 3240 Erskine Road in Lake Isabella. Updated 3:48 p.m. The Salvation Army continues to provide food and water at the shelter for Erskine Fire refugees set up at Kernville Elementary School,

  • One of several helicopters keeps busy making water drops on the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella, Saturday.

    KCSO: Remains found in South Lake Saturday were animal

    The remains found Saturday in the South Lake area were animal, not human, Kern County sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said Monday. The remains were found in the 4100 block of Fiddleneck Street. Two fatalities have been confirmed since the fire erupted Thursday in the Lake Isabella area and burned

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    CHP : Pedestrian killed after walking into path of police cruiser

    A Bakersfield police cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian who walked into the slow lane of eastbound Highway 58 just before 5 a.m. Monday.  Officer Keith Schlecht was traveling at an unknown speed as he responded to a call in the area of Oswell Street south of Highway 58, the California

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    Suspect in May shooting remains unidentified

    Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting late last month. The suspect fired several shots at a person in the 13000 block of Texas Street at 10:45 p.m. May 28, police said. The victim was struck and suffered non-life threatening injuries. A

  • Suspect wanted in robbery of Frosty King.

    Police: Suspect robbed Frosty King

    A man robbed the Frosty King on East Brundage Lane earlier this month, police said. The suspect entered the Frosty King at 1605 E. Brundage Lane at 9 p.m. June 14, brandished a gun and demanded money, police said. The clerk gave him cash, and the suspect ran from the business. The suspect is

  • Auto theft suspect.

    Suspect wanted in auto theft

    A suspect is wanted in connection with an auto theft last week. Police said the suspect stole a vehicle about 3 p.m. June 20 in the 2100 block of Chester Avenue. The vehicle was recovered.  The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 9 inches tall, goatee, and was wearing a

  • CHP officer Kelley Walker struggles with 72 year-old Joe Palme after Palme refused to stop at a checkpoint on Highway 178  in Lake Isabella. Palme finally stopped at his Squirrel Valley property and confronted Walker. Palme, whose home was which was destroyed by the Erskine fire,was taken into custody and is expected to be booked for failing to yield to a police officer and resisting arrest.

    LIVE BLOG: Erskine Fire, June 26, 2016

    Updated at 4:50 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service continued to stream firefighters, including Hot Shot crews, into the fire’s more rugged areas via helicopter. Here’s a photo of crews getting ready to head out to fight the fire: Hotshot crew members shuttled to & from the fire lines on

  • With Erskine Fire aftermath in the background, a Southern California Edison worker helps restore the power with a huge team of SCE workers in the Kern River Valley.

    LIVE BLOG: Erskine Fire, June 25, 2016

    Updated 6:59 p.m. “There were a lot of homes here that were saved because of defensible space,” Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said. Updated 6:43 p.m. I want to assure you that Kern County  is throwing everything we've got at this fire,” Kern County Supervisor Mick Gleason said

  • Erskine Fire evacuee Rene Czajka, right, gives a supportive hug to South Lake resident Cathy Berlin, left, who lost her home in the fire Thursday night. Both were attending the public meeting Saturday morning at the Kernville Elementary School where they heard information about the fire in the Kern River Valley. About 200 attended this informative meeting in Kernville.

    Erskine fire brings loss, gratitude

    KERNVILLE — Angel Chaparro, 41, sat in the shade of one of the two big trees outside Kernville Elementary School Saturday eating a hamburger with his family and friends around him. He’s not going back to his home in Squirrel Valley with his mother, sister and the five children in their clan any

  • Residents displaced by Erskine Fire could be going home

    Some residents driven from their homes by the Erskine Fire near Lake Isabella could be allowed back into their homes as early as noon on Sunday. Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall made the announcement during a community meeting Saturday evening. Residents have been evacuated from their homes

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    Possible human remains found Saturday in area burned by Erskine Fire

    Kern County sheriff’s officials said remains were found in the South Lake area Saturday, one of several communities hit hard by the Erskine Fire since it erupted two days ago. Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said at a 6 p.m. community meeting that it has not yet been determined if the remains are