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- 09/30/14--16:36: _COPS awards McFarla...
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- 10/01/14--17:10: _George Dean arreste...
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- 10/02/14--08:51: _Delano's 'community...
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- 10/02/14--10:34: _Jury finds Alejandr...
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- 10/02/14--11:42: _Search warrants res...
- 10/02/14--15:08: _Family, friends rem...
- 09/30/14--17:06: Dignity Health, Hoffmann Hospice team up for Mercy Hospice care
- 10/01/14--10:03: Woman found dead in her home now determined a homicide by KCSO
- 10/01/14--10:58: New Wal-Mart opens in Oildale today
- 10/01/14--12:27: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns
- 10/01/14--13:56: Supervisors sign contract for KMC management team
- 10/01/14--15:41: Three arrested for 10 robberies in same day
- 10/01/14--17:10: George Dean arrested for conspiracy, murder of son: Jonathan Dean
- 10/01/14--18:14: Bakersfield painting the town pink in October
- 10/02/14--08:31: Funeral for former police chief is today
- 10/02/14--08:51: Delano's 'community effort' keeps kids in school
- 10/02/14--09:23: EPA announces plan to control water pollution
- 10/02/14--10:10: California schools to receive funds from Controller
- 10/02/14--10:34: Jury finds Alejandro Leon guilty of first degree murder
- 10/02/14--11:13: Oildale man with outstanding felony warrants arrested
- 10/02/14--11:42: Search warrants result in two drug busts
- 10/02/14--15:08: Family, friends remember retired Bakersfield police chief
McFarland was one of 12 cities in California to receive funds from COPS, which expects to award $124 million for creating and securing law enforcement positions across the country. A total of $6.7 million was distributed to the Eastern District of California.
"The COPS Office is pleased to assist local law enforcement agencies throughout the country in addressing their most critical public safety issues," said COPS Office Director Ronald L. Davis. "Funding from this year's program will allow many cities and counties to apply new sworn personnel to issues related to violent crime, property crime, and school safety."
The hiring program provides salaries and benefits for officer and deputy hires for three years. COPS says the grantees of the 2014 program were selected based on fiscal needs, local crime rates, and community policing plans.
The entire list of COPS Hiring Program grantees is available at the COPS website.
The two companies announced Tuesday that Hoffmann Hospice would be taking over operation of the Dignity Health Mercy Hospice service line.
The transition is expected to take at least 30 days. The companies stated that they hope to retain all staff once the transition is complete, and that hospice patients will experience no interruption of services.
This new arrangement comes as Hoffman Hospice plans to open the Hoffmann Home in 2015. The facility would be Kern County's first and only hospice home, providing services to 1,800 families.
CNBC NEWS REPORT ON JULIA PIERSON'S RESIGNATION
The Bakersfield Police Department says that 18-year-old Zacheary Keys was identified by several callers as the suspect seen in a homeowner's video surveillance system attempting to break into a residence in the 9100 block of Whitman Avenue.
After detectives made contact with Keys, he reportedly admitted to the offense, and four others. Dallas Muniz, 18, and Dontrel Louis, 18, were identified by detectives as co-conspirators with Keys, and subsequently arrested.
Police say the homeowner posted a photograph of the intruder on the internet, leading to citizens calling BPD and identifying Keys.
All three suspects were arrested for four counts each of Burglary and Attempted Burglary, and five counts of Conspiracy.
Police encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact BPD at 661-327-7111.
Anonymous text messages can be sent to 274637 by sending BPDCRIMES along with a message.
Jonathan Saavedra Dean, 29, was shot and killed in the driver's seat of his car on Silver Dollar Way August 10.
George Dean has been charged with murder, conspiracy, and oral copulation. Police say the oral copulation charge is related to a sexual relationship with one of the juvenile co-conspirators in the murder.
Police believe the shooting was a contract killing George Dean hired a teenaged hitman to gun down his adopted son, according to police reports released in September.
16-year-old Gabriel Rodriguez, a close family friend of the Dean family, initially told detectives he was with Dean when four masked men surrounded the car in the residential neighborhood and ordered the teens to hand over their cellphones. Rodriguez told detectives he fled for his life, running all the way back to the Dean family home, only to return and find Jonathan Dean shot in the head.
Police suspect that may have been a lie, that Rodriguez was the triggerman hired by George Dean father for $20,000, to execute his son.
Detectives reported in September that the plot began to unravel when they interviewed Rodriguez shortly after the shooting. Rodriguez led authorities to another teen, Timothy Hill, who admitted he was with Rodriguez that night of the shooting and helped Rodriguez discard a 9 mm handgun. Hill led officers to a trash can at a home in the 3000 block of Crescent Ridge St. in Bakersfield, where detectives say they recovered what they believe was the murder weapon.
Hill related to detectives George Dean offered to pay Rodriguez $20,000 to carry out the hit, and that he would receive some of the money upfront, and some of it after the killing was carried out. Rodriguez purchased the gun for $500, Hill said. George Dean ordered the hit because he was mad his son Jonathan had sexual relations with an underage, handicapped girl, Hill said.
Hill reported he received a call on the night of August 10 from Rodriguez ordering him to go to Silver Dollar Way where he met 22-year-old Eric Gonzalez. Dean's car approached a short time later, stopped, and Rodriguez walked over and handed them his Apple iPhone.
Rodriguez retrieved the handgun from his waistband, walked over to Dean's car and shot Dean in the left side of the head, Hill said. Hill reported he brought a backpack with a set of extra clothes and WD-40 spray. After the shooting Rodriguez sprayed his arms and hands with WD-40 indicated it would prevent the detection of gunshot residue, Hill said.
Hill and Rodriguez were caught on surveillance video from a nearby business fleeing the area, according to the police reports. When confronted with the evidence Rodriguez requested an attorney, detectives said.
When interviewed by detectives Gonzalez denied participating in the murder. Though, he admitted to talking with Rodriguez about the hired hit, and said Rodriguez offered to pay him $25,000 to commit the crime. Gonzalez said he declined, but was told by Rodriguez that Jonathan Dean had $250,000 worth of life insurance policies.
A relative of Gonzalez told detectives Gonzalez left the night of the murder saying he had to go to work. She then reported Gonzalez called her around 1 a.m. asking to be picked up at a security company where he was dressed in a black shirt and black cargo pants. The relative said the next day, she and Gonzalez drove to a home to retrieve a bag of marijuana that was reported to have been left there for him and that Gonzalez became agitated when the marijuana couldn't be located.
George Dean denied ordering a hit on his son when he was interviewed by detectives the day after the shooting. Dean said there were two life insurance policies on his son.
Wednesday afternoon, supporters and survivors led the 31 days of kicking cancer to the curb with the Links for Life Lace'n It Up Walk.
They want the color pink to be a reminder to get screened for breast cancer.
At the Liberty Bell, each ring, came from someone who beat breast cancer and is still swinging in the fight against it. Mary VanBlake is among them.
"When I was diagnosed, I didn't want anybody to know," said VanBlake.
Now, a seven year survivor, she's happy to wear a bra as a hat, joining the rest making up a sea of pink on a walk for breast cancer awareness.
"I had mammograms done every year and if I would have missed that one year I would have been in stage four," said VanBlake.
"They are out and educating and telling the community, hey, I survived you need to get in. You'll survive. And it's just, it's a sisterhood that just moves people," said Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of Links for Life.
The power of the pink paraded through downtown Bakersfield. Each of the over 900 wristbands sold at the Downtown, Riverwalk, Taft and Belridge walk locations Wednesday will help pay for screenings and cancer services in our community, like they did for Steve Hamblet's wife.
"We're never alone. This community of breast cancer survivors is an amazing group. These women are so strong. So, we kind of got our inspiration from the outside," said Hamblet.
In the last year, nearly 800 women got screened or had biopsies thanks to Links for Life. Seven of those women under 40 were found to have breast cancer.
But each bell that rang Wednesday is a battle cry to support, survive, and walk stride by stride together. Because, like Mary VanBlake knows, there's no hiding, just fighting.
"I got tired of upstairs to my room and crying every time some one would call me or every time somebody would send me a card. And, I said I'm going to fight this and I've been fighting ever since," said VanBlake holding back tears.
In case you missed Wednesday's walk, another walk is being held this Saturday in Tehachapi at the West Park Activity Center. Registration is at 8:00 am. The walk starts at 9:00 am.
The service featured many speakers including former chief Bill Rector who spoke on his fun times with Chief Matlock.
The St. Michael's Prayer to police was read by Chief Greg Williamson. Matlock's best friend, and former police captain Dave Jackson spoke on Matlock's final days and the legacy he left. The graveside service featured a 21-gun salute.
Matlock worked in every division of the department in his 34 year career. He was appointed chief in 1999 and retired in 2004 at the age of 55. We'll have more on the chief's funeral tonight on 17 News at 5 and 6.