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    Way Fire evacuations, road closures lifted

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Wednesday, Aug 20 2014 04:50 PM

    All evacuations and road closures related to the Way Fire were lifted at 4 p.m. Wednesday, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

    The fire began Monday and has burned 3,367 acres between Wofford Heights and Kernville. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from homes.

    Eight residences have been destroyed, along with outer buildings, and more than $1.35 million has been spent fighting the blaze.

  2. Recent police academy graduates join BPD

    Thirty-three graduates of the Bakersfield Law Enforcement Training Academy Class 13-02 graduated Aug. 15 in a ceremony at Centennial High School. All successfully completed the 900-hour training.

  3. Driver shears power pole, arrested for suspected fourth DUI

    A driver suspected of driving under the influence collided with a power pole Wednesday morning, knocking out service to the area and closing portions of Noriega Road.

  4. Brothers arrested in copper wire recycling case

    Employees at Sierra Recycling were suspicious about the 2,720 pounds of commercial and utility grade copper wire Brian McDaniel delivered on Aug. 8.

  5. CHP arrests man for causing I-5 accident, then fleeing

    The driver of a car who the California Highway Patrol said caused a three-vehicle accident Monday on southbound Interstate 5 at Grapevine Road was later arrested at a local hospital on suspicion of felony hit and run charges.

  6. 'Austin Powers' actor decides attorney best bet in death case

    The actor known for playing the henchman in the first "Austin Powers" movie has changed his mind about representing himself in the potential death penalty case he faces.

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    Way Fire takes turn for better, still a major threat

    The Way Fire that has burned 3,367 acres in Wofford Heights took a turn for the better overnight, but is still a major threat, firefighters reported Wednesday morning.

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    Police seek man who stole alcohol from Rite Aid

    A man who stole alcohol from the Rite Aid on 23rd Street is being sought by police.

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    Three women sought in Family Dollar theft

    Bakersfield police are searching for three women who stole multiple items from a Family Dollar Store earlier this month.

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    Two sought in burglary of burger restaurant

    Bakersfield police are seeking help identifying two suspects who used a brick to break into a White Lane business and steal money and electronics.

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    BNSF offers $100K reward in worker's death

    The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever was responsible for the murder of one of its employees in Tehachapi.

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    Way Fire burns 3,367 acres; threatens Kernville

    KERNVILLE — The Way Fire continued to spread Tuesday, shifting southeast toward Kernville and threatening 200 homes there and in Wofford Heights.

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    DUI checkpoint scheduled for Saturday

    A DUI/driver's license checkpoint is scheduled for Saturday in the Bakersfield area.

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