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    Kern County judge censured for sexual relationship

    By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Tuesday, Sep 02 2014 01:15 PM

    Kern County Superior Court Judge Cory Woodward had a lengthy affair with his court clerk, misled his bosses about the relationship when confronted and fought to keep the woman in his courtroom when administrators tried to move her to another judge’s staff.

    On Tuesday he was censured for it by California’s Commission on Judicial Performance, which stopped just short of stripping Woodward of his office, saying he expressed great remorse and “acknowledges wrongdoing and apologizes.”

    Paul S. Meyer, attorney for Woodward, issued a statement about his client’s censure. “Judge Woodward cooperated fully with the Commission’s inquiry,” Meyer wrote. “As the Commission recognized, he expressed great remorse and contrition. He has apologized and...

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    Carr named Raiders starting QB

    ALAMEDA — Oakland rookie Derek Carr will start the season opener against the New York Jets, becoming the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. Coach Dennis Allen announced Monday that Carr would be the...

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    Harvick wins Nationwide race in Atlanta

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick led the final 159 laps to beat Joey Logano and win an unusually wreck-free NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Harvick, who will start from the pole Sunday night in...

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    GET board members: We won't quit

    Two longtime Golden Empire Transit board members refused to resign Thursday despite mounting pressure to do so, setting up a potential fight between them and the Bakersfield City Council. At a press conference at GET offices, Norris...

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    CPUC may fine PG&E for 2012 demolition fatality

    The California Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to consider penalties against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for the June 2012 death of a demolition worker at the company's former power plant at Coffee Road. The decision came...

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    Police: Junior high vice principal with gun broke no law

    A junior high vice principal arrested and jailed for hours after bringing a gun to school in a backpack Thursday morning was later released after police concluded he had not broken the law. Bakersfield police had taken Tevis Junior High...

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    GET board members to address call to resign

    Embattled Golden Empire Transit board members Norris Ledbetter and Howard Silver will address the Bakersfield City Council's demand they resign during a press conference Thursday at GET, a representative of the bus company said. GET...

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    Early morning Rosedale/Coffee crash causes power outage, traffic delays

    The early morning collision Wednesday at the intersection of Rosedale Highway and Coffee Road involving a semi-trailer truck tanker cut power to nearly 6,000 customers and left several lanes of traffic closed for about 12 hours. The...

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    Drunken motorist sentenced to 23 years in prison for crash that killed 18-year-old

    A 2012 case involving two drunken motorists who collided — killing one of them — and led to hundreds of messages on social media and an in-depth accident re-enactment a year later, ended Tuesday with the surviving motorist sentenced to 23...

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    Napa officials say 15-16 building no longer inhabitable

    NAPA -- Officials in the city of Napa say 15 to 16 buildings are no longer inhabitable after Sunday's magnitude-6.0 earthquake, and there is only limited access to numerous other structures. Napa City Manager Mike Parness released the...

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    Major quake jolts Napa Valley, Bay Area; more than 80 injured

    NAPA, Calif. — The largest earthquake to hit the San Francisco Bay Area in 25 years sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings and knocked out power to tens of thousands in California's wine...

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    Man, 60, found dead in Hempstead Lane home

    A southwest Bakersfield man was found dead in his home Friday morning in what police are calling a homicide. The man was identified as 60-year-old Carl Aaron Crawford. He was found by his girlfriend at 8:32 a.m. in a house he lived in by...

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    Way Fire evacuations, road closures lifted

    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...

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