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- 10/26/14--23:54: _Bakersfield Comic-Con
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- 10/28/14--07:29: _Local students cast...
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- 10/28/14--10:36: _Officials looking f...
- 10/28/14--11:06: _Kelso Creek communi...
- 10/28/14--11:35: _Five arrested in re...
- 10/29/14--07:35: _OB/GYN Shortage: No...
- 10/29/14--08:50: _KCSO offers safe Ha...
- 10/29/14--10:35: _Gov. Brown visits A...
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- 10/29/14--12:10: _City looks to repla...
- 10/29/14--12:45: _BMOA celebrates 6th...
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- 10/26/14--23:41: Delano homicide investigation, three people killed
- 10/26/14--23:49: Fugitives back in Kern County, to be charged in toddler death
- 10/26/14--23:54: Bakersfield Comic-Con
- 10/27/14--09:33: Delano Police find three dead in car
- 10/27/14--10:24: Safe Halloween to feature more attractions
- 10/27/14--10:49: Federal investigation closes on Silva case
- 10/27/14--18:31: TUHS shooting trial: Prospective juror yells at defendant
- 10/27/14--22:55: Gas prices set to rise with AB 32
- 10/28/14--07:29: Local students cast ballot for mock midterm election
- 10/28/14--09:29: Grave marker found on side of the road
- 10/28/14--10:36: Officials looking for sex offender
- 10/28/14--11:06: Kelso Creek community meeting scheduled
- 10/28/14--11:35: Five arrested in recycling fraud investigation
- 10/29/14--07:35: OB/GYN Shortage: Not enough doctors to meet patient demand
- 10/29/14--08:50: KCSO offers safe Halloween tips
- 10/29/14--10:35: Gov. Brown visits Arvin to rally support
- 10/29/14--11:43: Click for more on H.I.R.E.
- 10/29/14--12:10: City looks to replace Centennial Plaza bricks
- 10/29/14--12:45: BMOA celebrates 6th annual Altares de Familia
- 10/29/14--13:30: Elections office opens doors for Saturday voting
Police responded to a report of an injury traffic collision just before 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Delano police say the occupants were found inside the car, with gunshot wounds and pronounced dead at the scene.
The victims have not been identified.
Police say witnesses are assisting officers with the investigation. Delano police encourage anyone with information regarding this case to call them at 721-3377.
31-year-old Alberto Garcia and 30-year-old Carla Garcia fled to Mexico after an of an arrest warrant was issued for their alleged involvement in the death of a three-year-old foster child in July 2010. The Garcias were arrested in Mexico more than two years ago, but have been awaiting extradition.
We spoke with the toddler's grandmother in 2012 about their arrest. At that time, Renee Maese said, "There's hope to stay with it. Because there's justice at the end. I get to get answers and bring them to justice to find out what happened to Serenity. We can be at peace, you know what I mean, once this is all over."
An autopsy shows the child died from blunt force trauma. Alberto and Carla Garcia are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of murder and willful cruelty to a child.
Jimmy Hunt was one of the celebrities at the event. Hunt is best known for his role in the 1956 "Invaders From Mars". He lives in Bakersfield now and enjoyed his first Bakersfield Comic-Con experience.
"I have no idea who half of these people are but they are all dressed in these great outfits and this is a happening place. Most the people know more about the movies that I was in then I know and I was there," said Hunt.
Local cartoonist Erwin Ledford is another comic-con favorite. His popular cartoon "Little Erwin" is centered around growing up in Bakersfield. Ledford says he's thankful for the community support.
Ledford said,"It's just something about the small environment I think people stop and take in what I'm doing, and appreciate what I do."
He says he enjoys being able to mentor kids at Comic-Con.
"I feel like I can impart something really valuable to them. I love encouraging kids to focus on drawing and really work hard at what they do." said Ledford.
Steve Wyatt started the event seven years ago and says he is pleased with the turn out.
"We had 400 people at our first one and 2,500 at our last one. So we're hoping to break that, matter of fact it's grown so big we're moving it to the fair grounds next year because we need to grow," said Ledford.
Although the venue will be changing locations, coordinators say they will keep the $5 entrance fee.
A Federal investigation into the in-custody death of David Silva on May 7, 2013 has been closed, according to the United States Attorney's Office.
An examination the evidence by both the Civil Rights Division and the United States Attorney’s Office determined there was not sufficient evidence to sustain a federal criminal prosecution, which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The incident was referred to the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, and to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California after concerns were voiced that Kern County Sheriff's Deputies may have used unreasonable force when subduing Silva.
“To maintain the public’s trust and fulfill the high obligations undertaken by all law enforcement, it is critical that we diligently evaluate such allegations,” said U.S. Attorney Wagner. “We undertook a careful evaluation of the evidence in this case, and we appreciate the assistance we received, particularly from our partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. I extend my condolences to the entire Silva family for the loss they suffered with the tragic passing of Mr. Silva.”
A potential juror stood in the courtroom shouting profanities at Bryan Oliver, the teenager accused of shooting a Taft Union High School student in January 2013. The woman said her son was in the classroom when the shooting took place. "You stupid …. S-O-B," she shouted. Only she used the full expletive while she was screaming. She continued with saying, "You made my life a living hell! You don't know what you did to my son!."
She was immediately escorted from the courtroom and excused from the jury. She was the first of many prospective jurors to be questioned for the expected six-week trial.
Oliver is accused of two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm. However, in pretrial proceedings his attorney said evidence will prove Oliver is a victim himself, of long-term bullying.
Monday's jury selection came after Taft Union High School released a document last week claiming Oliver had been "tea-bagged" by bullies during his freshman year. Tea-bagging was described as a hazing ritual in which bullies drag their genitals across the face of their victims.
Judge John Lua issued a strict gag order Monday morning, restricting the media from speaking to anyone involved in the trial. This gag order also forbids any cameras or recording devices in the courtroom. Judge Lua ordered the prospective jurors to be questioned in private with lengthy questionnaires, but the outburst came before that could begin.
Gas prices around the nation are at their lowest mark since December of 2010.
Here in California, that will change with assembly bill 32 going into effect on January 1.
AB 32 requires California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to the 1990 level by the year 2020.
Governor Brown says a high speed rail will take a lot of cars off the road... thus reducing emissions.
Michael Turnipseed of the Kern Taxpayers Association says the tax that will be placed on gas here in California will go to finance that high speed rail
He says the reason why gas is so cheap right now is because the price oil has dropped by about 25%, which drive the price we pay at the pump
Unfortunately prices will be going up due to a California state tax in Assembly Bill 32. This bill authorizes the collection of a fee from anything that emits greenhouse gases, and that includes your car's exhaust.
Michael Turnipseed said, "we are really only two months away, but nobody can tell us what the tax is. Some people are saying it is only going to 18 or 20 cents, other people are saying it might be 70 cents. But, its going to affect everybody."
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.03 according to GasBuddy.com, and the average price here in California is $3.38
U.S. history teacher Brooke Ault has been getting students at Chipman Junior High School prepared for Tuesday's mock election.
"We like to get them in the habit of voting at an early age because if they don't develop that habit right away then they're likely not to become involved in politics or any sort of real political participation later on in life," said Ault.
The student council at Chipman helped set up voting booths in the cafeteria. All 900 students at Chipman are invited to cast a ballot during lunch, but not required. All month they've discussed with their teachers what will be on the ballot and pros and cons of each selection.
The ballot mimics next Tuesday's ballot. Students will vote for Governor and on all six propositions, including hot topic issues like water use.
Chipman student council president John Pulskamp said he and his classmates should have more say in community decisions.
"The younger generation in our community needs to be heard more because really it's them who you know is going to prolong this country and prolong what's going to happen in the future," said Pulskamp. "So I definitely feel they need to be heard a little more."
Participating schools will tally the results and send them to the capitol.
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen will announce those results by the end of the week.
As a reminder to adult voters, vote by mail ballot requests must arrive by today. To find out your polling place or any additional information, contact the Kern County Elections Office online at http://elections.co.kern.ca.us/elections or call 661-868-3590.
Katie Yam called doctors around town as soon as she found out she was pregnant, but the few she called were booked.
"It was over a month. One of them over a month and one of them was about a month's time. So I was like no this cannot be. I need to get in right away," said Yam.
Such a long delay increased the new mom's worry about her and her baby's health.
"It's very frustrating not getting in to a doctor with the stress of being pregnant as well," said Yam. "It's not healthy for a pregnant mom to have to go through." She eventually was referred to Dr. Tony Hoang who says there just aren't enough OBGYNs in town.
"We are seeing a huge influx of OB/GYN patients primarily because we're seeing that a number of physicians are starting to retire here in Bakersfield," said Dr. Hoang. "Over the past 3 to 5 years several OB/GYNs have already retired."
Dr. Hoang estimates there are 50 OB/GYNs in Kern County. About 20 are above age 55 and close to retirement he says. So he believes there will be a huge shortage in Kern county in the next five years.
"A lot of new OB patients or pregnant patients come in and they are not seen until at least twelve weeks pregnant because they couldn't get in soon enough. And I think that's the most important part of a lady's pregnancy is the first trimester...we need to see those patients early on."
Many OB/GYNs come to Bakersfield through the only OB/GYN residency program in town at Kern Medical Center.
The Program Director Dr. Antonio Garcia agrees there could be a major shortage in the future if more doctors don't stay in the area. His program graduates three doctors a year and on average only one stays in Kern County.
Garcia says there are two reasons doctors don't stay: first, some want to return home; second, new doctors typically want to join a group practice like San Dimas Medical Group or Kaiser Permanente and open positions aren't always available each year.
If you are in need of an OB/GYN, Dr. Hoang suggests calling or emailing a doctor directly and explaining your situation. You can also ask a physician you trust to refer you to an OB.
The rally begins at noon.
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A recent release by the city managers office is informing the public on the City Council's decision to finance the restoration project and that they are taking requests to replace bricks that have been removed.
"Members of the public who believe their brick or tile has been previously removed are