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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The stars will be out this weekend for the second annual Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival.

    This year, they had over double the entries with movie makers from around the world submitting their work.

    Finalists and fans will be welcomed by a local man who made it big in the entertainment world.

    17 News caught up with Mike Davis at Universal Studios in Hollywood at the original "Psycho" lot.
    It's where we meet Senior Vice President and Executive Producer of Entertainment for the studios in Japan, Mike Davis.

    "If it sings, dances, or is a stunt type of show, then I am responsible for all of the activities associated with those performances," said Davis.

    Davis's climb to success started in Bakersfield. At the age of 11, he and his brother opened for Glen Campbell at the Fox Theatre in 1963.

    "Bakersfield gave me a start. Bakersfield exposed me to so many wonderful things in music and theatre and business," said Davis.

    Davis is bringing back what he's learned about captivating crowds to the second annual Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival and over 50 years later, joining his brother, Rick, co-founder of the event, back on the Fox stage.

    "Bakersfield, has for decades, held film festivals. They didn't work out. They didn't grow. And this one, for some reason, is growing traction and we are seeing great community response," said Rick Davis.

    Rick and Joey Travolta of Inclusion Films, started the festival last year with submissions under veterans, special needs, spiritual, and mainstream independent categories coming in from across the country.

    This year, 104 entries from around the world had to be cut to just fifty finalists. They are all looking to fetch first at the Fox and, like Mike, say it all began in Bakersfield.

    "I think Bakersfield is much more culturally rich the people probably know or give it credit for," said Mike Davis.

    "We may have a Spielberg amongst us. We don't know but unless we give them a venue to be able to display their creativity it could have very well never been if it hadn't been for a chance," said Rick Davis.

    For more information and ticket details for the festival that begins Friday, November 7, visit

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    BAKERSFIELD,CA- Casey and Michael Woodruff couldn't wait to tell their daughter Haley she would soon become a big sister.

    "We went to a gender reveal and found out we were having a boy and then I go to the doctor and the doctor said they found an anomaly on the ultrasound," said Casey.

    Twenty-one weeks into pregnancy the Woodruffs learned their son had Trisomy 18, a random defect that happens at conception and effects one of every 2500 pregnancies in the U.S.

    "We basically had to tell everyone we knew that our son was going to die at some point," said Casey, as she began to cry. "We didn't know when, we didn't know if he would make it to birth or not."

    Their son Brendan passed away as soon as he was born.

    "The doctor says he was born alive but he passed before we ever got a chance to hold him. But we did get to hold him. We had him for about eight hours or so."

    The couple tried to get pregnant five months later and it worked, but three weeks after they suffered a miscarriage.

    "That put me especially into a severe depression for a while. Because again it was like losing Brendan all over again and just thinking when will God let me have a child? All I want is a baby and I can't have one."

    Couples often experience depression and marital strife after the loss of a child according to a 2010 National Institutes of Health report. In Kern county, 29 percent of children ages 18 and under who pass away do so because of natural causes according to the Kern County Child Death Review Team.

    Many parents are searching for a place to heal. The Woodruffs found healing at Empty Arms, a 12-week support group for grieving parents at the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center which helps parents understand feelings of grief during such an abnormal life circumstance.

    "They feel so alone even from each other because they don't understand how the other is grieving," said counselor Barbara Stone. "Especially women they'll cry a lot and for a man he can't protect his wife and he feels helpless."

    "The world went on and yet we were still going through this grieving process," shared Empty Arms participant Tonia Aguilera.
    Other participants like Jessica Powell share similar feelings.

    "It's hard to wake up everyday feeling ready to go when your brain isn't. You literally can't think of anything else other than what happened, why did this happen, why me, why where is she, she should be here," shared Powell.

    "It does change you completely and your whole outlook on life and what's important to you," said Michael Woodruff.

    Empty Arms helped the Woodruffs deal with their grief and these days their arms are full. Six months ago they welcomed their second child, Ryder.

    Casey: "It's a wonderful wonderful feeling to have him and to be a complete family."
    Mike: "Happy we have two more in heaven and.."
    Casey: "We have two more waiting for us."

    For more information about grief and to learn more about Empty Arms, contact Barbara and John Stone at 661-805-1896.

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    MCFARLAND, CA. - The McFarland Police Department is investigating an incident where a person was stabbed multiple times in a park.

    Around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, MPD responded to 100 block of Fernwood Street where a subject had been stabbed multiple times, including twice in the neck and head. Officers would learn the incident took place at Arturo Munoz Park located in the area of Ebell Street and Woodruff Avenue. 

    Detectives identified the suspect as Daniel Alvarado aka "Clever", an 18-year-old male from McFarland.

    Alvarado is a documented and self-admit Suerenos gang member from the City of McFarland. The weapon used was a knife. 

    MPD is still on the lookout for Alvarado and the knife used in the incident. 

    The victim is listed in stable condition at a local hospital. 

    Witnesses or individuals with any information regarding this case are asked to contact Detective Jerrod Place at (661)792-2121 x 3207

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Houchin Community Blood Bank is reaching out to the community for O- platelets, desperately needed to help save the life of a local newborn.

    Houchin has been trying to find O- platelets from sister locations around the state but supplies are severly low, according to Greg Gallion, President and CEO. 

    "Regular donors are unable to give right now, so we are collecting only half the platelets we need on a daily basis. Also frightening is the fact we have less than a week's supply of many blood types, a level so low it could get wiped out with just one serious accident," said Gallion.

    Houchin would like anyone in the community with O-, A-, B- and O+ blood in particular to come in to donate.

    "Blood components on the shelves are what save lives, and these cannot be made for human transfusion except through the contributions of willing volunteers at the blood bank", Gallion added.

    He adds that even those that do not know their blood type should still come in because supplies are low.

    According to Houchin, "blood and platelet donors must weigh 110 pounds, and be 17 years of age or older.  All it takes is good health and a photo ID with date of birth to get started. Sixteen year olds can only donate blood, and must have a completed parental consent form available at"

    Platelet donors should call 661-616-2505 for an appointment, all others are urged to just walk in. There are two donation centers in Bakersfield, one at 5901 Truxtun Avenue and the other at 11515 Bolthouse Drive across from St. John's Lutheran Church. Hours at Truxtun are open Monday through Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm. Bolthouse is open Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 7 pm, Friday from 9 am to 6 pm, and Saturday from 8 am to 2 pm.  Both centers are closed on Sundays. For more information call 661-323-4222.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - A Bakersfield woman convicted of killing her 2-year-old neice last September was sentenced to life in prison in court today.

    Wendy Guadalupe Gomez was found guilty by a jury last month on one count of murder and one count of willful harm to a child.

    Her neice's name was Karla Isidro.

    Today, Gomez received a sentence of 15 years to life.

    Deputy D.A. Nick Lackie said afterward that the sentence given was appropriate.

    "This was such a shocking case, even for somebody who handles these types of cases all the time, becuause the cruelty and inhumanity the defendent displayed toward the victim," said Lackie.

    Lackie explained that Gomez is sentenced to life in prison, though she has to complete the entire 15 year sentence before she would be eligible for parole. 

    Gomez also presented a letter to the court, which Lackie described as a list of excuses for her behavior.

    "The letter she wrote was basically excuses. She was making excuses for her baheavior, saying she had a rough childhood and all kinds of difficulties placed on her and didn't take responsibility for actually inflicting these injuries on the victim, which the jury found she had, in fact, done," said Lackie.

    When asked about Gomez's demeaner in court, Lackie said that she was crying. He added that her crying was telling bcause she didn't cry when police were asking her about her neice hours after the toddler's death.

    "She was sorry she got caught. If she had any feelings for this little girl she would have taken her to save her life when she had a chance," Lackie said.

    Gomez was caring for Isidro when the girl was found dead in the back seat of a car, outside a home in the 3300 block of Chester Lane, in September of 2013.

    Lackie added that there was no family at the sentencing today.

    Gomez has 60 days to appeal the decision.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Bakersfield Police is asking for the community's help finding a suspect wanted for forgery.

    According to BPD, the suspect entered the Walgreens located at 3315 south H St. on Oct.19 and attempted to buy gift cards with a stolen credit card.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective John Talbot at (661) 326-3858 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - An inmate is back in custody after deputies say he had escaped Wednesday after a medical appointment in southwest Bakersfield.  

    Sheriff's officials say Isaac Hernandez, 29, was being escorted by a deputy from a medical facility on Office Park Drive Wednesday morning. Deputies say while Hernandez was out of the building and being moved to a Sheriff’s Office vehicle, he fled on foot from the deputy. Hernandez entered a Tri-County Medical transport vehicle that was unoccupied and left running in the parking lot. Hernandez then fled in the vehicle east on Truxtun Ave.

    The deputy pursued Hernandez and attempted to stop him, however Hernandez refused to stop. He then pulled into the Bakersfield City Maintenance Yard in the 4100 block of Truxtun Ave. He attempted to turn the vehicle around to exit the yard but was unable to turn around due to a block wall that impeded the vehicle.

    The deputy pursuing Hernandez was then able to pull his patrol vehicle behind Hernandez.  The inmate then reversed the vehicle he was driving, striking the deputies patrol vehicle causing minor damage to both vehicles. Hernandez was then able to complete a u-turn and drive out of the maintenance yard back onto Truxtun Ave.

    Hernandez continued to drive east on Truxtun Ave. as the deputy continued to pursue him. Officers with the Bakersfield Police Department responded and assisted with the pursuit. Hernandez then pulled into a vacant lot on Truxtun Ave. west of Oak St. and was taken into custody without incident.

    Hernandez was arrested on several charges including auto theft, assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, felony resisting arrest, and escape from custody. He was transported to the Lerdo Detention Facility. Neither Hernandez nor the deputy involved were injured during the incident.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - If you have a lot of extra candy left over from Halloween, one local company is looking to buy that candy back and reuse it for those serving our country.

    Smile Studios in Bakersfield is paying $1 per pound, up to five pounds for your leftover, unused candy. They also encourage any donation. They are accepting candy until Friday at noon.

    Their hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 8;30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. And on Friday from 8:30 a.m. till noon.

    The candy is sent to Operation Gratitude, a company located in Van Nuys, Calif. that puts together care packages for soldiers oversees.

    They also encourage people to write letters of appreciation to be sent to the troops.

    They are located at 3612 Coffee Road ~ Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - If you have a lot of extra candy left over from Halloween, one local company is looking to buy that candy back and reuse it for those serving our country.

    Smile Studios in Bakersfield is paying $1 per pound, up to five pounds for your leftover, unused candy. They also encourage any donation. They are accepting candy until Friday at noon.

    Their hours of operation are Monday - Thursday from 8;30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. And on Friday from 8:30 a.m. till noon.

    The candy is sent to Operation Gratitude, a company located in Van Nuys, Calif. that puts together care packages for soldiers overseas.

    They also encourage people to write letters of appreciation to be sent to the troops.

    They are located at 3612 Coffee Road ~ Suite A, Bakersfield, CA 93308

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    The second annual Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival starts Friday.

    More than 100 films have been entered into the weekend-long competition, many made by filmmakers right here in Bakersfield.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police are searching for a suspect who they say asked a female juvenile to get into his vehicle multiple times.

    At approximately 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30, police say a Hispanic male, between 17 and 19 years old with a thin build, wearing a black baseball cap with a white LA or A's logo, and a blue and white plaid collared shirt, fled the scene northbound on Hughes Lane from Planz Road after the juvenile refused to comply with his requests.

    Police describe the suspect's vehicle as a mid-2000s smaller 4-door sedan, possibly a Toyota Corolla, which was light blue and had a child seat in the back.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call BPD at 661-327-7111, or Detective Davenport at 661-326-3559.

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    "Unusually high pollution levels" are creating health hazards for San Joaquin Valley residents, increasing risk of respiratory problems, lung disease, heart attacks, and strokes, according to the Valley Air District.

    Residential wood-burning for Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and the Central Valley portion of Kern counties has been issued for Friday until midnight. All residential wood burning is prohibited.

    The district says that despite historically low emissions, higher moisture levels from recent rain and subsequent warm weather has tripled the level of fine particulates in the valley this week. Due to these conditions, officials are also requesting a change in commuter habits.

    "We are asking the public to refrain from burning and to also reduce driving," said Air District Executive Director Seyed Sadredin.

    The district says air quality forecasters expect the current pollution conditions to linger into the forseeable future.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police are asking for the community's help in finding who they say is a high-risk sex offender at large.

    The suspect, Rumaldo Perez, 52, reportedly disabled his GPS tracking device Friday, and was last tracked near E. Belle Terrace Avenue and Madison Street.

    Perez is described as a Hispanic male, five feet five inches tall, weighing approximately 165 pounds, with gray and black hair, and brown eyes.

    The Bakersfield Police Department says Perez is known to carry a knife, and is currently on parole for possession of a firearm. He currently has an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of parole.
    Police encourage anyone with information about this case to contact them at 661-327-7111.

    Anonymous text tips can be sent to 274637 by sending BPDCRIMES along with a message.

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  • 11/07/14--11:38: Free pets for vets
  • Kern County Animal Services is offering free pets for veterans Saturday Nov. 8 and Sunday Nov. 9 at its Animals for Armed Forces event, in honor of Veterans Day.

    Saturday, the event will be held at KCAS's Bakersfield, Lake Isabella, and Mojave shelters.  Sunday, only the Bakersfield shelter will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

    Active duty personnel, reservists, and veterans who show up during the weekend between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. can get a free pet.  KCAS says a military ID or dependent ID, DD-214 form, or NGB form 22 is required to qualify.

    For more information, including shelter addresses, visit KCAS's website.

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    BORON, CA - A man has been arrested for the 2010 death of one-year-old Tristan Bramlett. He was charged with murder, child abuse causing great bodily injury, torture, and willful cruelty to a child.

    Arrested Friday, Adam Parrish, 25, joins 23-year-old Stephanie Bramlett, who was arrested Oct. 27 for the same charges.

    Parrish and Bramlett were previously arrested in 2010 for willful cruelty to a child. Both were later released.

    On July 5th, 2010, Kern County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a child not breathing, finding Tristan Bramlett at a residence in Boron, already being treated by emergency medical personnel.

    Tristan was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center and treated for head injuries. It was determined by investigators that the child's injuries were consistent with long-term physical abuse. Tristan died at the hospital July 7, 2010.

    The Sheriff's Office says two other juveniles living in Bramlett and Parrish's home were taken into protective custody, also displaying signs of physical abuse.

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    The reason why this air is not getting any better is because it has no where to go, and it actually gets much worse at night than during the peak heat of the day

    That's because high pressure in the upper atmosphere creates sinking air, meaning air moving in a downward motion. But not only is the atmosphere working against us, but it is the topography and geography of the valley as well. The valley is surrounded by mountains which essentially creates a trapping mechanism preventing wind from blowing the pollution out.

    Think of it as a pot of feathers and the layer of warm air is like the lid that is too small for that pot. During the night, the lid is placed on top of the feathers which causes them to compress- all of that bad air is pressed down on top of us. During the day, as the layer of cooler air at ground level is warmed by the sun- the "lid" is lifted off of the feathers causing them to expand.

    So, during the peak heat of the day the air quality is actually at its best measurement.

    This week however the air looks particularly bad because it is mixed with water vapor from the rain last week. The pollution particles in the air are allowing the water vapor to condense upon them, creating the thick haze that we see out the door.

    Those pollution particles are mainly coming from your car and all of the cars north of here as well.  If it did not rain last week, the air would actually look less hazy.

    Looking ahead, we will see much clearer skies by Wednesday.

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  • 11/07/14--23:58: In-home cameras hacked
  • A local technology expert wants to warn you about a website, he says, contains a live feed from more than 73,000 unprotected internet-based surveillance cameras.

    Ten of those cameras are right here in Bakersfield in both private homes and businesses.

    It seems like this website is actually trying to do the right thing, that is, show people that if you have an IP camera in your home or business and you have never changed the default password, the feed is available for the entire world to see.

    Antonio Moore, an I-T Administrator said, "When people buy their camera systems or their IP cameras they take it out of the box, they plug it in, and they use it. Some people don't understand that you need to change your passwords on them. Because right now on the site it even shows their default user name and default password...that's how they access those cameras. When the website started refreshing after it being so slow it started bringing up could see families, their living rooms, their kids."

    We're not giving out the website to protect the privacy of tens of thousands of people. But the bottom line is, Moore says, if you haven't changed your camera's default password, or if you're not sure, change it to be safe.

    If you think your camera is on the site, we'd like to speak with you about it. Send us an e-mail

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    U.S. officials have announced today that the two Americans imprisoned in North Korea, Kenneth Bae and Bakersfield resident Matthew Todd Miller, have been released and are returning home.

    Office of the Spokesperson
    For Immediate Release
    November 8, 2014
    Release of Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller

    The Department of State welcomes the release of U.S. citizens Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller from the DPRK, where they have been held for two years and seven months, respectively.  The safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad is the Department of State’s highest priority, and the United States has long called on DPRK authorities to release these individuals on humanitarian grounds.  We join their families and friends in welcoming them home.

    We are grateful to Director of National Intelligence Clapper, who engaged on behalf of the United States in discussions with DPRK authorities about the release of two citizens.


    We also want to thank our international partners, especially our Protecting Power, the Government of Sweden, for their tireless efforts to help secure the freedom of Mr. Bae and Mr. Miller. 


    The Department of State reiterates our strong recommendation against all travel by U.S. citizens to the DPRK.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Kern County supervisors are considering renaming a roadway after a Bakersfield Medal of Honor recipient.
    The proposal is to change the name of Renfro road between Santa Fe Way and Reina Rd.

    County planners say that a portion of the road was realigned in 2009 to a northeast-southwest direction, requiring a new name for mail delivery and easy identification by emergency responders.

    The planner suggests renaming renfro to Leonard L. Alvarado road. 

    Alvarado is a recent posthumous receipient of the Medal of Honor by President Obama.

    Specialist Alvarado was killed in action protecting his squad from an attack by a much larger enemy force.
    A handful of county departments offered no opposition to the proposal, and only two ballots were retruned of the 98 sent out to residents in the area.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The Kern County Sheriff's Office is reaching out to the public to help find a missing at-risk juvenile, Yoselin Calderon.

     Calderon was reported missing from her home in Wasco on July 10, 2014. She was last seen on June 1st, 2014 when she ran away from home

    According to KCSO, Calderon has a history of running away from home. They say she may be in the Lancaster area with a male individual whose last name is Lopez.
    Calderon is considered at-risk because of the amount of time she has been missing. 

    If anyone has information on her whereabouts, they are asked to call the Wasco Substation at 661-758-7266, the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110, or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. 

    Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.

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