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    Highway 178 through the canyon reopens

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Monday, Mar 02 2015 12:04 PM

    Highway 178 through the Kern River Canyon has reopened, the California Highway Patrol announced just before noon. The road was closed in both directions this morning so rocks, mud and other debris that fell onto it due to the rain could be cleaned up.

  2. Former U.S. Marine sentenced to prison for shooting incident outside KCSOS building

    A former U.S. Marine who served overseas and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading no contest to a felony charge in connection with climbing scaffolding outside the Kern County...

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    Judge sentences Oliver to more than 27 years in prison

    Criminal proceedings in one of the most high-profile cases of the last decade in Kern County came to an end Thursday as school shooter Bryan Oliver was sentenced to 27 years and four months in prison. Oliver will be eligible for parole in...

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    Condors will soar in the American Hockey League

    There was a thunderous ovation on Wednesday night at a packed Rabobank Arena when the announcement was made: the Condors will be soaring next season when Bakersfield becomes part of the American Hockey League. There will be no name change...

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    Chilling 911 tape playing during opening statements in trial of accused serial rapist

    The 9-year-old girl managed to remove the duct tape from her eyes and break the zip ties fastened around her wrists. The man who bound her and had raped and was now washing her mother had asked where they kept the phones in the apartment....

  6. West High on lockdown as police search for robbery suspects

    West High is on lockdown as police are searching for three suspects wanted in connection with two robberies and a shooting Wednesday morning. Police said the robberies began about 3 a.m. The suspects allegedly first robbed a residence, and...

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    Court affirms ruling in falsified transcript case

    A state appeals court affirmed the decision of a Kern County judge to dismiss all charges against an accused child molester after the prosecutor handling the case falsified a transcript. The opinion issued by the 5th District Court of...

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    Ryan Reed wins at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—With a spectacular last-lap move to the inside, not to mention a timely shove from Roush Fenway Raceway teammate Chris Buescher, Bakersfield's Ryan Reed stormed to his first NASCAR XFINITY Series victory in Saturday’s...

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    Murderer Lightsey headed back to death row

    Convicted murderer Christopher Charles Lightsey will soon return to the place he called home for 17 years: San Quentin State Prison. A jury Friday found Lightsey was competent during his trial in 1994 to 1995 for the murder of an elderly...

  10. Tsunami advisory issued after earthquake near Japan

    A powerful 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Monday. As reported by CNN, ABC News and others, the quake's epicenter was 77 kilometers (48 miles) east-northeast of Miyako, Japan, USGS said. It...

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    Centennial High student dies one week after accident

    A 16-year-old Centennial High School student struck by a car last week near the northwest Bakersfield school has died. According to a release from the Kern County Coroner's office, Ashley Patricia Ross died at 9:20 a.m. Thursday at Kern...

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    Attempted murder charges dismissed in separate case against alleged pot shot shooter

    Five felony charges, including two counts of attempted murder, were dismissed Tuesday against a defendant facing murder charges in a separate case involving a shooting at a Bakersfield pot shop. Aaron Patrick Burris, 33, no longer faces...

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    Ridgeview mourns death of sophomore athlete

    The Ridgeview High School community mourned the loss of a student-athlete Friday night in an emotional candlelight vigil on campus. Ridgeview sophomore Dominic Moreno, 16, died Thursday night. Moreno was a varsity wrestler and a...

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