Local News

Thursday, Mar 22 2007 01:55 AM

Public safety

By The Bakersfield Californian

CRIME

Three Rosamond youths arrested on vandalism charges

The Kern County Sheriff's Department arrested three youths on suspected felony charges Tuesday for the vandalism of the Rosamond Community Services District water tanks in Rosamond, Senior Deputy Larry Lopez reported.

The youths are suspected of spray painting graffiti on two tanks and of cutting padlocks to gain access to the top of one tank. The water tanks are located in remote areas around the city, Lopez said.

An investigation is ongoing and authorities are unsure whether others were involved, he said.

Bomb threat in Ridgecrest causes high school evacuation

A bomb threat Tuesday in Ridgecrest forced the evacuation of Burroughs High School.

The Ridgecrest Police Department responded around 11 a.m., according to a news release from Sgt. Mike Myers.

The Kern County Sheriff's Department and the California Highway Patrol also were called.

A message written on a restroom wall said the school was going to be bombed, Myers said. But a search of the campus revealed no explosive devices.

Ridgecrest Police detectives ask anyone with information to call (760) 499-5100.

Police seek those responsible for shooting Bakersfield man

Bakersfield police are looking for those who shot a 25-year-old man Wednesday evening in front of an apartment complex at Inyo Street and Monterey Avenue.

Edwin Dewayne McGowan, 25, of Bakersfield, suffered several gunshot wounds to his lower back, said Sgt. Matt Pflugh.

McGowan is in stable condition, according to a police news release.

Witnesses said a black car was involved.

FIRES

Crews fight burning buildings in Tehachapi, Rosamond

Two fires in empty dwellings in southeastern Kern kept Kern County Fire Department Battalion 1 crews busy early Wednesday morning, Capt. Benny Wofford said.

The first was a single-wide mobile home fire around 1 a.m. at 2474 45th St. West in Rosamond, Wofford said.

The flames extended to two travel trailers parked next to the home, Wofford said.

Damage to the home was estimated at $10,000 and to the trailers at $5,000, according to Battalion Chief Jack Froggatt, who said 13 firefighters responded, Wofford reported.

The second fire, Wofford said, happened about 4:40 a.m. at 125 Chaparral Lane in Tehachapi.

The fire caused $100,000 damage to a 1,200-square-foot single-family dwelling.

The cause is still under investigation and the county's arson unit was dispatched, according to Froggatt's report.

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