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Alfredo Moreno was found guilty of second degree murder among other charges on Thursday. The crash that took place on January 19 on South Union Avenue, severely injured Layjah Heath. She died three days later at a hospital in Madera.
Moreno is facing a minimum sentence of 15 years to life in prison when he's formally sentenced in January.
- Bike Bakersfield Bicycle Kitchen: 1708 Chester Avenue
- East Bakersfield
Participants will be meeting at the Bike Bakersfield Bike Kitchen at 4pm. Staff members at the Bike Bakersfield Kitchen will be handing out lights from 4pm - 6pm while other participants will head out to their locations in the community to be setup around 4:30 p.m. to distribute lights from 4:30pm - 6:30pm or until supplies last.
WHERE: Participants will be handing out lights at the following locations:
- Bike Bakersfield Bicycle Kitchen: 1708 Chester Avenue starting at 4pm
- East Bakersfield starting at 4:30pm, Niles and Mt. Vernon
- Oildale starting at 4:30pm, Oildale Drive and Roberts Lane
Participants must have their bikes with them in order to get lights. Bike lights will not be given to individuals who do not have their bike with them. Staff and volunteers will manually put the light sets on the bikes that are brought to them.
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Many of those surrendered are older cats and dogs, and sadly they are harder to adopt out.
But there are some who make it.
"I just couldn't leave her in there. You know I came home and I was like I just couldn't let her die in there," said Dina Goforth, describing the day she adopted her small dog, Noni.
Noni was among the masses at Kern County Animal Services. She had been over looked for a month. At 13-years old, she was passed on for puppies, when Goforth spotted her.
"She just looked so sad. And, she was just laying there and she looked like she was just trying to hide with all of the barking going on around her. And, she was just lying on this little bed looking like I just don't want to be here. I've always talked about getting an older dog so she just happened to be in the right place at the right time," said Goforth.
That was over four months ago. Noni is now a permanent member of the Goforth family.
Her years are showing in a thin haze over her eyes and slightly worn teeth. But other than that, she's perfectly healthy.
"I just thought she would lay down and do a whole lot of nothing, but she loves to go for walks," said Goforth.
And they do, daily, walking through the neighborhood. Noni's steady stride hides her age, but her 13-years of doggie discipline is noticable.
"Senior pets have lived in a home most of the time. Most of the time they are house trained. They are good with other animals because they've been living in a home so long. They are good with other people most of the time," said Nick Cullen with Kern County Animal Services.
Cullen says despite years of loyalty, many owners turn their pets in rather than pay for medicines or care that comes with age. Or, if they are moving, many owners don't want to deal with the hassle of taking the animal with them.
Cullen and the staff share with anyone looking to adopt, the benefits of senior pets. They try to get those animals adopted out first, like Molly, a 7-year old tabby cat.
"She belonged to a lady who had several cats and she just couldn't afford to care for them anymore," said Cullen.
Molly was born with a deformed left paw, but that didn't make her unadoptable.
"We had someone who came in and was looking for an older cat that was sort of low maintanece, and Molly fit that description," said Cullen.
17 News just happened to be there when Molly's new owner, Pat Hamann, came to pick her up.
"I don't think people should give up older cats. A lot of times they appreciate more. They are affectionate. She's extremely affectionate and I like that," said Hamann.
"Those are stories that from our staff perspective, and my perspective, that make you realize you are doing the best that you can and you are making a difference in some of those animals lives," said Cullen.
But there are many more animals like Molly and Noni still waiting to trade a life in a cage for one in a home full of love.
Once a puppy or kitten, they grew up, gave years of love, and yet, still ended up in a shelter. It's no fault of their own and they have many more good, golden years to give if someone would adopt them and give them a second chance.
"I'm sure it's a hard decision for a lot of them but they are part of the family. You can't get rid of them," said Goforth.
For information to adopt a pet of any age, please visit the links below.
More as new information becomes available.
Participating volunteers, according to the CHP will also gain an appreciation of the justice system, human relations, and ethical values in the field of law enforcement. The duties would include; report filing, data entry, photocopying, answering telephones, and assisting the front desk officer with general public service.
Field duties would include; working at community events, directing traffic, surveys in high-traffic locations and school zones, deploy radar trailers, and assist in transportation of vehicles and equipment.
Senior Volunteers drive marked CHP cars in a designated uniform while performing field duties. Volunteers attend shift briefings and occasionally ride-a-long with officers.
The Senior Volunteers must be 55 years and older, work a minimum of 4 hours per week, pass a background check, has a good driving record, and complete a CHP Senior Volunteer training program.
Citizens interested in the program can contact the Buttonwillow CHP Area at 764-5580. Deadline for applications is December 15.
In a news release, Antongiovanni said, “At this time, the best decision for my family is to step down as Head Football Coach at Garces. I would like to thank the school administration for their unwavering support for me and the football program, especially Athletic Director Joan Finch, who has mastered her responsibilities in a very short time. Thank you to the parents and boosters who have sacrificed and dedicated themselves to the school. Thank you to the assistant coaches for spending endless hours preparing and working with the student-athletes. Finally, thank you to the players for their hard work and perseverance, my prayers are always for you. I believe that the football program is headed in the right direction and will be competitive in the very near future. I am and always will be Loyal to the Brave and Mighty Rams!”
During his short one-year tenure as the head football coach, Tim and his staff directed the program through what school officials say was a challenging transition to the Southwest Yosemite League. “As a school and as a community, we are very thankful to Coach Antongiovanni for his dedication and tireless commitment to the football program, his players and their families, and to the entire Garces Memorial High School ‘family.’
"We will forever be indebted to him for his professionalism, for his leadership, and for his commitment to the total development of his student-athletes, spiritually, academically, and athletically. We wish him and his family the very best now and in the future,” President John Fanucchi said.
Principal Dr. Richard Tucker added, “As for the future of football at Garces Memorial, we will initiate a search for a coach, starting immediately. The school is firm in its belief that a new leader of the program should come on board as soon as possible, and preparations for the search are already underway. Our intention is to find a person with a good background in coaching, who continues to embrace the Catholic nature of Garces Memorial, and who continues to promote the full development of our students spiritually, academically, socially, and athletically. We are looking for an individual who will be a full-time member of the staff. With God’s help, we will find the ideal candidate and have a contract signed by the end of this year – it would be a beautiful Christmas present for Garces Memorial High School.”
Interested parties should contact Joan Finch, Athletic Director, at (661) 327-2578, ext. 141.
Officers will be on scene to collect enough toys to fill up a patrol car or two.
All toys collected with benefit the Chips for Kids toy drive.
You are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy and help a child in need.
Eighteen-year-old Deshawn Conley, 24-year-old Denzel Washington, 18-year-old Bruno Molina, 23-year-old Donisha Rodriguez, and 26-year-old Deaguanita Chavette were arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, and other related charges.
Police located the suspects in a vehicle similar to descriptions provided by callers and arrested them early Friday morning.
The BB gun was seized by police.
Police encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact them at 661-327-7111.
The team's head coach, and team captains Keith Core and Cody Parker appeared on the Today Show Friday morning to tell their story.
While Boron may only be known for the largest borax mine in the world, head coach Timothy Seaman says their football team is the smallest in the state of California, but it still wins league titles on a regular basis.
California has the largest population of any state in the U.S.
So, if everyone votes for this small desert football team, the Bobcats could be headed to the Super Bowl.
You can go to http://www.togetherwemakefootball.com if you would like to vote for the Boron Bobcats. Voting closes sometime in January.
The bobcat jumped up on a roof in a neighborhood near Merle Haggard Dr. and McCray St.
One family noticed the bobcat while their kids were playing in the yard.
The family says they aren't concerned about the cat. Although one homeowner in the area later said they found the remains of a house cat while trying get the bobcat out of the neighborhood.