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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police are searching for two men suspected in a burglary in south Bakersfield.  Police were called around 9:40 Monday morning to the 3900 block of Marilyn Place for a report of a burglary in progress.  

    When police arrived two men described as African American were seen running through a neighborhood and police had set up a perimeter.  Police say Stine School had been placed on lockdown as a precaution.  Police had cleared the scene around 10:30 a.m. and the lockdown was lifted a short time later.  There have been no arrests.   






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    ROSAMOND, CA - Fire investigators are still trying to figure out what sparked a mobile home fire in Rosamond.  Kern County Fire officials say just after 10:15 PM Sunday night, they received a call for a structure fire in the 8500 block of 100th Street West.

    Fire officials say smoke and flames were visible from several miles away, and an additional fire engine and water tender were added to the response. First arriving crews were faced with a large amount of fire coming from a single wide mobile home.

    The fire was spreading to several sheds and outbuildings on the property. Quick action by the fire crews limited the fire to the mobile home and one outbuilding. The fire was brought under control within 20 minutes.

    The mobile home was uninhabited at the time and no persons were displaced by the fire. The fire appears to be suspicious and is under investigation.




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    BAKERSFIELD, CA -  It's what every athlete dreams of. Returning home to the place it all started, walking into the gym at their high school to the roar of the crowd, celebrating a championship.
    On Monday, Kevin Harvick lived the dream.

    Kevin Harvick returned home to his alma mater Monday morning with a shiny new piece of hardware, after winning NASCAR's Sprint Cup two weeks ago. "They asked me what I wanted to do and I said we're gonna take the trophy back to the high school. They all kinda looked at me funny and I said 'yeah, we're gonna take it back to the high school and show it to the kids,'" says Harvick.  

    Harvick was received with a hero's welcome at the school he graduated from in 1994. He offered up words of encouragement at a surprise pep rally Monday morning. "To live out your childhood dream just goes to show you that if you work hard, and you do the things that you're supposed to do and you want to do, no matter your upbringing, if you're rich, poor, everything in between, you can achieve anything you want."

    It's a message that resonated with the faculty of north high. "I really appreciate the message that Kevin had for our students, talking about determination and hard work, and that you can accomplish your dreams, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. That's a real positive message for our students," says Principal Alan Paradise.  

    Harvick grew up in Bakersfield and still supports North High Athletics, where he once wrestled, through his foundation.
    It's his way of staying connected to home. "I think as you come back, it's important to remember where you came from, and it's fun all in the same sense, to be able to come back and do things that are kind of out of the box."

    Monday's visit was the first stop in a whirlwind media week for Harvick, who will officially be crowned the 2014 Sprint Cup series champion at NASCAR's awards banquet in Las Vegas Friday night.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police need your help to identify and locate a man suspected of robbery outside a store in south Bakersfield.   

    Police say on the afternoon of November 10, the suspect approached the victim at the Market Express on Wible Road from behind and pulled a gold necklace from the victim’s neck. He fled on foot with the necklace.  Police describe the suspect as a white male, 20’s, 5’4”, 120 lbs., slim build, wearing a black and gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants.

    If you have information regarding this case, call Detective Chris Feola at (661) 326-3871 or Bakersfield police at (661) 327-7111.




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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - While holiday decorations are going up, the halls of one Bakersfield home are always decked. That's because a woman who makes wreaths lives there. It's not her business. She does it to raise money for cancer research, in memory of her daughter.

    Using ruffles and ribbons, Beth Cheatwood's hands can't stop making wreaths.

    "I don't know where this came from. I Just know it's a wonderful thing," said Cheatwood. "We were very excited. We thought we might be able to sell two wreaths a week."

    That was just over a year ago. Today, her house is a full-on factory.

    It began as a way to raise money for Relay for Life because Cheatwood's life took an unwanted twist of it's own. She lost her daughter to brain tumors in 2007.

    "Losing a child is the hardest thing in the world. So, if we can honor her and keep that memory strong, and alive through making wreaths, how wonderful, but more important, to raise money so other parents will never go through that experience," said Cheatwood.

    Her passion for the project is paying off. At fifty-dollars each, last year, she raised $7,000 for cancer research. This year, she's already at the $13,000 mark, spreading the word on Facebook and attracting customers, like Barbara Acedo, who drove from Shafter to buy two.

    "People see ours and then I have friends that see them and want them so then I call her back and say oh well I need this or I need that," said Acedo.

    "I go to bed at night thinking about wreaths I wake up in the morning thinking about wreaths," said Cheatwood.

    From her mind she molds each one, from Santas and snowmen, crosses and custom orders she ships all across the country.

    So, with some glitter and glue, these creations are a bright spot where ever they go, like Cheatwood's daughter was to her.

    "I don't think I consciously pray over every wreath but but the thought is there. Let this wreath go to a house and let it some how to protect that house from the cancer monster. This is helping us to feel like we are doing something," said Cheatwood.

    If you are interested in ordering a wreath or requesting a custom design, visit: https://www.facebook.com/raceagainstcancer2

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    The bodies of two men were found in a home in the 14700 block of Central Coast Street Saturday night. The victims haven't been identified by the coroner's office however, several family members confirmed today that the two bodies found were a father and a son, Dr. Gary Glum and Knonos Glum.

    The Glum's were renting the home on Central Coast Street. The home owner Bruce Nickerson had no idea there was any trouble. "He had chatted with me a month or so ago that really he could no longer stay in the house and that he was going to look elsewhere and I wished him the best" said Nickerson.

    Sgt. Joe Grubbs of Bakersfield Police Department said, "Officers were dispatched to the 14700 block of Central Coast Street regarding a check the welfare. Once officers arrived on scene they found two deceased adult males. Inside of the residence, there was evidence at the scene that clearly indicated this was a suicide." Detectives said a gun was found at the scene.

    Neighbors said they had not seen the two men living inside the home for over five weeks. Sheila Powelson lives directly behind the Glum's home. "It's just sad that it's gone for a month and nobody has noticed that the family has been in there" said Powelson.

    Family members of these two men said the double suicide is no surprise. They told us Monday morning that Gary Glum refused to allow his children to be around family members, he never put his children in school, and when his wife died of cancer in 2009, they say he refused to give her proper medical treatment.

    The coroner's office said they will not have the final report until the end of this week. Anyone with additional information contact Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - We all know this incoming rain is much needed, but a lot of rain in a short amount of time can be a bad thing. Flooding is a concern in areas scorched by the Way Fire in August.

    Cody Norris, a spokesman with Sequoia National Forest said, "the soil can become hydrophobic after an intense burn has gone through the area. That's indicative of what can happen in a flooding event, so if we do get a lot of rainfall the watershed that was affected by the burn can cause a lot of runoff to occur and gather debris. And with the velocity and the mass of debris coming down it can cause damage to the structures or other infrastructures in the way."

    In order to hinder major fires in the future that leave behind burn scars, that can in-turn lead to mud slides, the United States Forest Service conducts prescribed burns.

    Bart Kicklighter, a Sequoia National Forest division chief said, "prescribed burning producing less intensive heat on the ground so the soils aren't as disturbed. So, you're not going to get that total cooking of the soil which tends to make it what we call hydrophobic, and leads to mud slides and water runoff. You won't see that with a mosaic type burn. Here the water would tend to soak into the ground and return the nutrients from this prescribed burn back to the ground."

    Although the rain is welcome near Lake Isabella to help bring the lake to the level it should be, a lot of rain in a short amount of time can introduce the danger of flooding.

    Currently the lake holds just under 4,000 acre feet of water, which is only about 12% of its restricted capacity.

    This storm isn't going to be a drought buster, but it is a step in the right direction.

    Officials are asking people to sign up for ReadyKern, so you can be prepared for changing weather conditions.

    For more information you can go the website www.kerncountyfire.org


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.-A local bicyclist is dead after being hit this morning in southwest Bakersfield. 

    Police were called out to the 6600 block of White Ln. near Ashe Rd. at 6:00 a.m. this morning to reports of a man lying in the gutter next to the bike. Police say it appears the 29-year-old man was riding in the bike line when he was hit from behind by an unknown vehicle, which then took off. 

    The man died at the scene. Police are looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information on the crash. You can call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111. 


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A Kern County jury found an Oildale man guilty for the murders of two women in 2009. Robert Dale Fuller, 61, was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of first degree murder and 6 charges of violating a court order to prevent domestic violence. He was found not guilty on one count of vandalism.

    Fuller was charged in the killings of his estranged wife, Annette Sowders, 45 and her mother, Sharon Cannon, 69. Their bodies were found in the living room of their home in the 200 block of South Plymouth Avenue in Oildale in August 2009. They had both been shot to death, according to prosecutors. Fuller could receive the death penalty when he is scheduled to be sentenced December 9.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA -  Charges have been dropped against a man who was charged with DUI and murder, in the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn child earlier this year.

    All six counts, including two first degree murder charges and driving under the influence, were dismissed against Joseph Maine Monday.

    According to the public defenders office Tuesday, an expert witness states that Maine had a green light when he entered the intersection in the crash that killed Vanessa Carillo and her unborn child.

    The prosecutor would only confirm they are re-examining the case. Deputies said Maine was drunk when he ran a red light at Monitor Street and Fairview Road and struck Carillo back in January.

    Maine still faces charges of spousal abuse and assault in a separate case.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Officials with the California Living Museum says Holiday Lights at CALM has been canceled for Tuesday night due to rain.  

    The popular holiday event will continue Wednesday night and every night from 5:30 until 9:00 through January 3, 2015.  It will be closed on Christmas Day.  






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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Most kids can't wait for Christmas morning to unwrap a present under the tree. But for kids in foster care who spend the holiday away from their families, Christmas can be a tough time of the year.
         
    The Department of Human Services works each year to make sure every foster youth in Kern County has a merry Christmas by hosting the Holiday Cottage.
         
    Holiday Cottage gives the community the opportunity to make Christmas a little brighter for youth like Christina Torrez who celebrate her 8th Christmas in foster care this year.

    "We can't be with our families and that's the one thing foster youth want is to be with their families or to be around family," said Torrez  "Just to have that sense of hope that someone does care, someone loves us enough to give us presents and to give us their presence around the holidays."
         
    Holiday cottage provides a space to grant the Christmas wishes of Kern County foster youth. About 800 wishes need to be granted this year to kids of all ages.

    "The process is that you go in to the holiday cottage, you select a child by gender, by age and something that you'd like to give, you buy the gift you return the gift, and we take care of wrapping it and delivering it to the child," said Dena Murphy, Director of the Department of Human Services.
         
    Christina wants a Barnes and Nobles gift card this year, and has a bigger Christmas wish for her two-year-old daughter Angelina.

    "I want her to have a Christmas that I haven't had," said Torrez. "I asked for shoes and clothes for her, thats what I asked for her, and toys, so hopefully that will come true."
         
    To make that wish come true or to grant any of the wishes, head down to the holiday cottage in the middle of the mall. 
     
    The cottage will open starting today at 10:30 a.m. and stay open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Dec.14.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Merle Haggard took top honors at the Country Music Television "Artists of the Year" broadcast.

    "I'm thrilled to say today's biggest stars picked a man that forged the Bakersfield sound and set the stage for the outlaw movement. A musical giant who understands the working man blues better than anyone, the great Merle Haggard," said Billy Bob Thornton.

    The Country Music Hall of Famer received the first- ever "Artist of a Lifetime" award in Nashville last night.
         
    The Okie from Muskogee kept his acceptance speech short and sweet.

    "Anything I'd say would be short of the mark so thank you and God bless you," Haggard said.

    Haggard is also atop the CMT all-time top 40, a countdown of the most influential musicians of all time, among all genres, voted on by country artists.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The family of a 29-year-old man killed in a hit-and-run crash in southwest Bakersfield is speaking out about the loving person he was.

    The crash happened on White Lane near Ashe Road around 6 a.m. Dec. 2.

    According to the police, 29-year-old Jose Miranda was riding his bicycle in the bike lane when he was struck from behind.
         
    Police officials said there are no witnesses and don't have a vehicle description of the suspect car. 
       
    Family members describe jose as the life of the party.

    "He would make us laugh, he was really funny. He would just dance out of nowhere. It's so sad...now it feels quiet, especially on the holiday," said his sister Alejandra Miranda.

    If you have any information on this crash or may have seen what happened, call bakersfield police at 327-7111.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Bike Bakersfield is help keeping bicyclists safe with their second installment of project light up the night.
         
    The group will be handing out free bike lights tomorrow in an effort to improve bicycle rider safety. 

    You can get yours at the Bike Bakersfield bicycle kitchen on Chester Avenue starting at 4 p.m. or at the corner of Mount Vernon avenue and Niles Street, and the corner of Roberts Lane and Chester Avenue at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.

    For questions call Bike Bakersfieled at 321- 9247.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Hundreds of people remembered  lost loved ones who won't be home for the holidays in southwest Bakersfield last night.

    Over a thousand names were read in memory of people cared for over the years by hospice workers at last night's annual "Light Up A Life Event" sponsored by Hoffmann Hospice.
         
    Each life symbolized by a light adorning a Christmas tree in the Marketplace.
         
    It's an opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one who's passed on, and hopefully help grieving family members and friends draw strength from others going through the same process.

    If you missed last night's event, Optimal Hospice is holding their annual light up a life celebration tonight.
         
    The tree lighting ceremony will be held at the Kern County Museum at 6:30 p.m.
         
    The event is free, and open to the public.
     
    You can purchase an ornament with a loved ones name for $10. The ornament will be placed on the tree of life.
         
    All the money raised will go to the Optimal Hospice Foundation,
          
    For more information, call 716-8000.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The Sheriff's Gang Suppression Unit just announced a major drug bust overnight that netted 10 pounds of brown Heroin.

    The deputies went to the home in the 8200 block of Eucalyptus Drive.
         
    They say the Heorin they found has a street value of $275,000
         
    Deputies arrested three men on drug-related charges.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - The holiday lights are back on in downtown Bakersfield, courtesy of some local support.
         
    Every year the Downtown Business Association looks for a sponsor to pay for installment of the lights.
         
    Last year, Chester was dark, but this year, Bakersfield City Council woman Jacquie Sullivan and several Chester Avenue merchants paid for the lighting.
         
    The hope is to keep the lights up year round, as a way to welcome people to Bakersfield.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.  -You have a chance to make the holidays a little brighter for local kids in need by donating to the KGET toy drive this year.

    Our 17 Days of Christmas toy drive is underway and we're looking to make this year as wonderful as it was last year.

    KGET is teaming with the Bakersfield Homeless Center and the Boys and Girls Club to collect toys for less fortunate kids in our community.
         
    From now through Dec 17, you can drop off a new, unwrapped gift at one of several locations.

    You can drop off donations during normal business hours at our station, located at 2120 L street in downtown bakersfield.
         
    You can also bring gifts to the Homeless Center or Boys and Girls Club.
         
    The gifts benefit kids of all ages, so don't forget the teens as well. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA. - A 54-year-old Bakersfield man was rescued this morning after falling down the bluffs and spending the night there.

    This morning, riders on the bike path heard a man screaming and calling for help near Haley and Panorama.
         
    Bakersfield City Fire crews were called out to rescue the man, who had been there since about 9 p.m. last night.

    The battalion chief said they're not sure how the man got 100 to 200 feet down the side of the hill, but the fall was pretty steep.

    "Our main concern was, because of the information we had, he had been down there for so long, we made sure we got him up as quickly as we could and turned over to the ambulance and to the hospital as quickly as we could," said Gary Turner.

    The man was complaining of back pain and taken to the hospital to be treated. One lane of Alfred Harrel was closed during the rescue.



           



         

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