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    Prosecutors won't file charges in David Silva's death

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer
    Friday, Apr 11 2014 10:09 AM

    No criminal charges will be filed against the Kern County sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers involved in the struggle that ended with the death of David Sal Silva, District Attorney Lisa Green announced Friday following an independent investigation that included reviewing Sheriff’s Office and FBI reports and hiring an outside pathologist.

    Silva’s death was not a homicide, and law enforcement used reasonable force to arrest him, Green said. Silva’s family, and the attorneys representing it, disagreed with Green’s conclusion. Attorney David K. Cohn said he’s looking forward to questioning the officers under oath, and said his investigation will be more thorough than the one conducted by the DA’s office.

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    County moves to shut down pot dispensaries

    The Kern County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to begin civil lawsuits seeking the closure of 10 medical marijuana dispensaries, including five in unincorporated Bakersfield. Its unanimous vote comes less than two months after a Kern...

  3. New principals appointed for Foothill, West HS

    The Kern High School District Board of Trustees has appointed Gail Bentley as the new principal of Foothill High School and Terrie Bernardin as the new principal of West High School. Bentley was formerly an assistant principal at...

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    Judge upholds Bakersfield's marijuana dispensary ban

    A Kern County Superior Court judge on Friday rejected a challenge to Bakersfield's ordinance banning medical marijuana dispensaries. The decision by Judge Kenneth C. Twisselman will allow the city to sue in civil court businesses and...

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    Man killed in deputy-involved shooting pointed gun at deputy, fired one round

    The 41-year-old man shot and killed by deputies last week had led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Oildale and, after crashing his motorcycle, pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at a deputy's face standing five...

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    Crisp gets 17 1/2 years; wife 'break of a lifetime'

    FRESNO — For their roles in a mortgage fraud case that rocked Bakersfield, David Crisp was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in prison while his wife, Jennifer, received what the federal judge in the case called “the break of a lifetime”:...

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    Funeral home owner charged with failing to bury bodies in reasonable time

    The embattled owner of Beloved Care Funeral Home has been charged with three counts of failing to bury bodies within a reasonable time. James O. Gamble Jr. turned himself in on March 19 and is free after posting bond, police Sgt. Joe...

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    Sheriff's helicopter damaged in 'hard landing' while transporting wounded K-9

    A deputy-involved shooting Wednesday evening has sparked three distinct but related storylines involving the gunfire, a helicopter "hard landing" and a wounded pooch. First, there's the shooting itself, which killed a man in the 300 block...

  9. Crash involving nine vehicles on southbound Highway 99

    A crash involving nine vehicles has snarled the southbound lanes of traffic on Highway 99 just south of Olive Drive. The California Highway Patrol says the crash was reported at 3:52 p.m. and involves a big rig with front end damage and two...

  10. Crash snarls traffic in northbound lanes of Highway 99

    A vehicle has flipped over in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 at Stockdale Highway and traffic is at a standstill, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash was reported at 2:52 p.m., CHP officers said. No injuries are...

  11. County, city settle nasty tax fight

    Kern County and the city of Bakersfield have agreed to settle a long, contentious legal battle over how they divide property taxes after annexations, the two agencies announced Wednesday evening. But a second battle -- over property taxes...

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    County offers Internet cafes final amnesty

    The district attorney’s office sent cease-and-desist letters Monday to county sweepstakes or Internet cafe owners with a rare offer of eleventh hour amnesty. The letters began being hand-delivered Friday by Kern County Sheriff’s Office...

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    Suspect in SWAT standoff shot multiple times

    An hours-long firefight between Bakersfield police and a suspected car thief in a residential southwest neighborhood ended Friday evening with the suspect being taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said. The man...

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