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    Mistrial declared in Oliver shooting trial; retrial set for Jan. 26

    BY JASON KOTOWSKI The Bakersfield Californian
    Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 03:44 PM

    The trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver featured students recounting the terror they felt as Oliver entered a classroom armed with a shotgun, contentious battles between attorneys over Oliver’s intent and strong disagreement between psychologists about whether Oliver was aware of his actions.

    But its end was relatively quiet as Judge John W. Lua declared a mistrial at 3:40 Tuesday afternoon after jurors failed in six separate votes to reach an agreement on the two counts of attempted murder against Oliver.

    Following Lua’s declaration, Oliver, 18, stood with a half smile on his face, eyes blinking rapidly as he hugged his attorney.

    He will remain in Juvenile Hall on $1.5 million bail. Sixteen at the time of the Jan. 10, 2013...

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    Motorist in fatal distracted driving crash released from jail

    Anna Marie Reynosa will have an opportunity to celebrate Christmas and open presents with her family. Charla Ann Wilkins also will get a gift from her family. They'll place it on her grave. Reynosa, the motorist who ran a stop sign in...

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    35 new BPD officers to hit the streets

    Bakersfield will add 30 newly trained police officers to its ranks by Dec. 29, and another five with more experience by the third week in January, Police Chief Greg Williamson said Tuesday. The increases are the result of 30 new officers,...

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    PETE TITTL: Getting fired up for Firehouse

    Those who say there's nothing fun to do in Bakersfield have just not been to the Firehouse. When the White Lane restaurant/bar/entertainment emporium opened in 2009, we compared it to Dave & Buster's, a food and drink chain that offers...

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    KELLY ARDIS: Jingle all the way to Christmas Town

    Bakersfield's climate renders many of the most picturesque and classic winter moments impossible: No snow, no sledding, no outdoor ice skating. Norman Rockwell would be horrified. But just because the town can't produce a winter...

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    Confluence of events aided in Ridgeview's loss to Redlands East Valley

    After a thrilling season and a fantastic first half of the CIF Southern California Division II regional bowl game Saturday, the final hour or so of the season for Ridgeview came on like a perfect storm. First it was a failed attempt on a...

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    Ridgeview falls short in regional bowl to Redlands East Valley

    REDLANDS — It was a back-and-forth, high-scoring regional championship game, until Ridgeview forgot to take one turn on the see-saw. Redlands East Valley beat Ridgeview 59-42 on Friday night in the CIF Southern California Division II...

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    LOIS HENRY: 7 things this storm won't do for the drought

    The recent storms (and more to come) are definitely a salve on our collectively parched psyches. But they aren't drought busters. Not by a long shot. Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but even 50 more such storms can't make California's water...

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    Health reform proves a mixed bag in Kern

    Margaret Pendley has had chronic pain since the double whammy of a car accident in February and a fall a month later. The restaurant server has been on disability since the accident, and has spent much of this year trying to find a pain...

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    Almond growers lose trees to storm damage

    Be careful what you wish for, right? The storm that hit the Central Valley late Thursday and early Friday may have helped ease the drought, but it also brought heavy winds that uprooted thousands of Kern County almond trees. In what some...

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    Record rain closes freeways, kills power in and around Bakersfield

    Bakersfield was spared the torrential rains that crippled northern California this week but what it did get Thursday night and Friday broke a 63-year-old daily record, forced highway closures, downed trees big and small and knocked out...

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    Wolf Pack line coming up big

    The road to the CIF Southern California Division II regional bowl game on Saturday is a path that has been paved by five of the biggest players on campus. As Sheldon Croney and company rack up yardage and fill the box scores, it’s the big...

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    HERB BENHAM: Christmas letter a good news/bad news deal

    Conversation on a recent morning walk included: "Do you know it's time for the Christmas letter?" The Christmas letter? Again? Didn't I write the last one yesterday? The conversation also included, "We have to pick up our tree on Friday....

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