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  1. Man takes plea deal in connection with stalking Rosedale woman

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Monday, May 04 2015 02:36 PM

    A Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday to three charges in connection with stalking a woman and attacking a man in the Rosedale area in November.

    Gregory Miller faces a year in jail and three years' probation at his June 2 sentencing. He pleaded no contest to causing injury to an elderly adult, stalking and reckless driving.

    Five misdemeanor charges of making repeated calls to a residence were dismissed. Miller, 51 at the time, had been stalking a woman in the 4000 block of Jenkins Road, according to reports filed by Kern County sheriff's investigators. At 7 p.m. Nov. 21, a neighbor of the woman heard her screaming and, knowing Miller had been bothering her, armed himself with a gun and ran to her help.

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    Judge halts 24th Street widening project

    The City of Bakersfield's 24th Street widening project was placed on indefinite hold Friday when Judge Kenneth Twisselman, calling the city's environmental impact report inadequate, ordered a halt to construction. Residents of Bakersfield...

  3. Reports detail deputies' struggle with Lake Isabella man who later died

    A Lake Isabella man who died in custody last month fought with deputies -- including punching one in the face -- before being subdued, according to court filings. Michael Earl Lemon was pronounced dead at Kern Valley Hospital at 7:44 a.m....

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    CHP: At least one dead in crash involving school bus

    A crash involving a car and a school bus Friday afternoon killed at least one person and resulted in injuries to others, according to the California Highway Patrol. The 2:36 p.m. crash occurred at East Truxtun Avenue and Gage Street,...

  5. Deputy Public Defender crashes county vehicle while allegedly driving under the influence

    A Kern County deputy public defender crashed a county-owned vehicle into a ravine while allegedly driving drunk with a nearly empty bottle of vodka in the seat next to her. Sarah Schumacher, 28, blew through a stop sign and veered off...

  6. Carr gets draft's top pass catcher

    The Raiders could use nearly one of everything, but adding the best wide receiver in the class is a nice start for quarterback Derek Carr's development. With the fourth pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Raiders chose Alabama wide receiver...

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    Judge to consider whether school shooter's mother to remain petitioner in lawsuit against school district

    An attorney representing the Taft Union High School District asked a Kern County judge Wednesday to dismiss the mother of school shooter Bryan Oliver as a petitioner in a lawsuit against the district on the grounds she failed to file her...

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    Inmate fatally shot at Kern Valley State Prison

    An inmate at Kern Valley State Prison was shot dead by a correctional officer Wednesday morning after ignoring warnings and continuing to attack another inmate who was unable to defend himself. Prison officials said at 10:15 a.m. two...

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    Johnson convicted, faces 150 years to life in ‘Eastside Rapist’ case

    A Kern County jury on Tuesday found Billy Ray Johnson guilty of 24 crimes in a series of rapes that terrorized east Bakersfield and led to the formation of a special task force of Bakersfield police and Kern County sheriff’s investigators...

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    Correctional officer shot on grounds of North Kern State Prison

    DELANO — A correctional officer was shot in his torso Monday night on the grounds of North Kern State Prison and he was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. Spokesman Ray...

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    Cellmate of former Nebraska football star Lawrence Phillips died of 'neck compression asphyxia'

    The cellmate of former college football star Lawrence Phillips died of "neck compression asphyxia" and his death is a homicide, a coroner's office news release said Thursday. Damion Dewayne Soward, 37, was found unresponsive in his cell...

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    End of an ‘Aera’ as CEO of oil company set to change

    The head of Bakersfield-based Aera Energy LLC is stepping down this summer after leading one of California’s biggest oil producers for more than seven years. Gaurdie Banister Jr., who is among Kern County’s most prominent black...

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    Plane crash site discovered Wednesday, 1 death known

    A Pitts biplane that was reported missing Tuesday crashed near El Tejon Middle School and at least one person has died, officials said Wednesday. The plane was being flown from Bakersfield to Blythe, said Federal Aviation Administration...