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Tuesday, May 27 2014 01:16 PM

Local funeral home and owner's licenses revoked

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    By Henry A. Barrios / The Californian

    Beloved Care Funeral Services at 717 E. Brundage Lane in Bakersfield in a January 2014 file photo.

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The licenses of Beloved Care Funeral Services and its owner, James O. Gamble Jr., have been revoked by the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Cemetery and Funeral Bureau.

The state's nearly six-month investigation into Beloved Care began after the Kern County coroner's office removed nine bodies from the funeral home in early January that it said "were not being adequately housed."

Soon after, Gamble was accused by Bakersfield police in connection with three misdemeanor counts of failing to bury bodies within a reasonable time.

Inspectors from the city's Code Enforcement Division also found electrial, mechanical, plumbing and building violations at the 717 E. Brundage Lane business.

The state bureau revoked the funeral establishment's license and Gamble's licenses to serve as a funeral director and embalmer, effective May 22.

Neither the funeral home nor Gamble may operate legally in California.

Gamble had been cited in March 2013 for code violations at Beloved Care's previous location in the 4800 block of East Brundage Lane, according to records.

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