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- 12/22/14--10:21: _Two people displace...
- 12/22/14--12:13: _Tehachapi mom convi...
- 12/22/14--17:50: _"Tech the Halls" gi...
- 12/22/14--18:15: _Whooping cough case...
- 12/23/14--11:57: _Bear Valley police ...
- 12/23/14--16:35: _Garces has new head...
- 12/23/14--17:02: _Bakersfield CHP off...
- 12/23/14--17:42: _Police looking for ...
- 12/24/14--11:02: _Mission preparing i...
- 12/24/14--11:05: _Pedestrian Killed o...
- 12/24/14--11:14: _New CSUB dorms set ...
- 12/24/14--11:26: _DUI checkpoint this...
- 12/24/14--12:00: _CHP out in force to...
- 12/24/14--12:05: _Governor appoints t...
- 12/24/14--12:20: _Locals volunteer to...
- 12/24/14--13:53: _Where to track Sant...
- 12/24/14--15:29: _Blessing Corner loo...
- 12/25/14--09:48: _Options for recycli...
- 12/25/14--10:10: _Three displaced aft...
- 12/25/14--10:31: _Free Christmas meal...
- 12/22/14--10:21: Two people displaced following mobile home fire
- 12/22/14--12:13: Tehachapi mom convicted of child abuse learns her fate
- 12/22/14--17:50: "Tech the Halls" gives computers to families in east Bakersfield
- 12/22/14--18:15: Whooping cough cases spike in Kern County, around state
- 12/23/14--11:57: Bear Valley police arrest suspected mail thief
- 12/23/14--16:35: Garces has new head football coach
- 12/23/14--17:02: Bakersfield CHP officer charged with embezzlement
- 12/23/14--17:42: Police looking for suspected shoplifter
- 12/24/14--11:02: Mission preparing its Christmas Eve meal
- 12/24/14--11:05: Pedestrian Killed on Highway 99
- 12/24/14--11:14: New CSUB dorms set to open next week
- 12/24/14--11:26: DUI checkpoint this weekend in Bakersfield
- 12/24/14--12:00: CHP out in force to prevent DUI incidents
- 12/24/14--12:05: Governor appoints two new judges for Kern County
- 12/24/14--12:20: Locals volunteer to provide Christmas meals
- 12/24/14--13:53: Where to track Santa Claus
- 12/24/14--15:29: Blessing Corner looking for more volunteers
- 12/25/14--09:48: Options for recycling your Christmas tree
- 12/25/14--10:10: Three displaced after Christmas day house fire
- 12/25/14--10:31: Free Christmas meals today
The fire broke out just after 5:15 Friday night to the residence on Deerbrush in Mt. Mesa. A reinforced structure response was started. First arriving crews encountered a single-wide mobile home fully involved with fire.
Fire crews deployed hose lines to extinguish the fire and to protect the adjacent structures. No residents were at
home, but the remains of a pet dog were discovered after the flames had been extinguished. The fire was controlled in approximately 30 minutes.
Two adults were displaced by the fire. Southern California Edison was requested to control the electrical power. Fire officials say crews were hampered by arcing power lines, but quickly identified the hazard and kept personnel clear of the area.
Kern County Animal Control assisted with the investigation. Damage is estimated at $70,000.
Stacey Leigh Nikkel was sentenced to 2 years, with credit for time served. Nikkel was arrested in June -- after her two-year-old daughter was discovered by two women in a Tehachapi field -- and Nikkel was nowhere to be found.
Nikkel told investigators she was fighting with the child's father when he threatened her -- and said she left the girl in the field, to protect her.
The father's family disputes that version of events.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Volunteers worked like elves to put together desks and chairs and delivered them, with a computer, to families of Williams Elementary School.
Families will have access to the Internet by next week after a computer, desk and a chair were delivered to them Monday.
The event dubbed "Tech the Halls" was put together by "Children First", a Bakersfield-based non-profit organization.
The founder of "Children First", Andrae Gonzales said "it's so important in order to close the digital divide that we give access to technology to all children, and the Bakersfield City School District has done a wonderful job at giving access to technology, but when the school is closed it's important when the children go home they have access as well."
The families that received computers must commit to giving $10 a month for one year to "Children First" so the non-profit organization can continue to grow and supply more families with computers and access to the Internet.
Organizers say these families were chosen by "Children First" and Williams School from previous neighborhood clean-ups.
Volunteers say it's important to give back to a community in need and to teach children the lesson of charity as well. When all is said and done the computer is installed in the family's home with a bow on top.
Ian Orozco, the young computer recipient said, "thank you, and keep on doing what you're doing."
Brighthouse Networks will be hooking up their Internet next week.
If you would like more information on "Children First" you can find their site on the hot link page.
Health officials say this year, cases have dramatically peaked.
The Kern County Pubic Health Department says more cases are being reported because fewer people are getting their vaccinations.
Health officials say whooping cough cases tend to rise significantly every three to five years.
Across the state parents are taking precautions after close to 10,000 whooping cough cases, also known as Pertussis, have been reported this year alone.
Health officials say here in Kern County -- "We're seeing some adults but we're seeing a lot in that age range from I believe it's 11 to 19," said Claudia Jonah, Kern County Public Health Department.
But an even more troublesome age range is babies under three months old.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2000 to 2012 -- 255 whooping cough deaths were reported in the U.S.
Officials say of those, 221 were babies not even three months old.
The health department says so far this year, 135 cases have been reported county-wide compared to 39 last year.
In 2010, there were 376 cases reported.
Health officials say symptoms of whooping cough include a runny or stuffed-up nose and sneezing, along with a mild cough that gets more severe after a week or two.
"The cough is such that they kind of almost run out of air so there's a little whoop sound at the end," said Jonah.
Officials also say whooping cough is extremely contagious and many adults don't know they have it.
"If they expose a young child who hasn't completed the full vaccine series or doesn't have that protection, they pass that infection on to their child," said Jonah.
"Those children may end up in the hospital if they are having so much coughing that they're not getting enough oxygen for normal body function."
Health officials say teens need to get a booster shot to prevent Pertussis, and if adults haven't had one, doctors do recommend it.
As for young children, officials say once their two months old, a D-Tap shot would work best for them.
Bear Valley Springs police say after conducting a surveillance operation with the assistance of BVPD volunteers, they contacted a juvenile at his residence in the 26000 block of Ironwood Court.
Police say mail at the juvenile’s house were addressed to homes located throughout Bear Valley Springs – including the upper mountain areas of Deertrail, Skyline, Jacaranda, and lower valley addresses to name a few.
During the search of the residence officers recovered stolen items ranging from letters, bills, credit cards, medical prescriptions, DVDs, golf balls, collector coins, American Flag, a baby monitor, books, cash gift cards, etc.
Also found were illegal weapons including high capacity .223 magazines, blades such as, machetes and swords, homemade Billy clubs and batons, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition for various firearms along with numerous firearms parts. Illegal narcotics, marijuana and a crack pipe were also discovered.
The juvenile was booked at Bear Valley PD for numerous felony and misdemeanor charges. He was then transported to Juvenile Hall in Bakersfield.
Realizing the victims of this crime are anxious to recover their stolen property, BVPD will be contacting those involved as soon as possible. For questions regarding this, contact Bear Valley Police Dept. at 661-821-3239.
According to a news release, for the past two seasons, Gass has served as the Head Varsity Football Coach at Servite High School of Anaheim, a member of the highly regarded Trinity League of the PAC 5, where in 2013 he led them to a CIF Division 1 Quarterfinal play-off berth. He previously served as a Defensive Assistant Coach for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and as an Assistant Varsity Coach, Special Teams Coordinator, and Defensive Line Coach at Servite.
Gass attended Servite and was the defensive MVP of the Sunset League, All CIF Southern Section and All State defensive back in 1992. After graduation from Servite in 1993, Gass went on to attend Fresno State University and was an all-conference first-team linebacker in 1996 and 1997, leading the conference in tackles in 1996. He went on to play for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, where he helped guide the team to two Grey Cup Championships, in 2003 and 2005. He was awarded the CFL’s Tom Pate Award for outstanding community service twice in his career.
In 2008, Gass announced his retirement as a player and was hired as a defensive assistant on the Edmonton coaching staff. In the summer of 2010 Gass accepted a job and assistant coaching position at Servite High School. In 2012, he was inducted into the Servite High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
A.J. is married to Stacey, and they have two young children. He will serve as a member of the Garces Memorial High School instructional staff.
“I would like to announce that I am extremely honored and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of the Garces Memorial family. The support from the Administration, Alumni and Community has made this decision an easy one for my family. I cannot wait to build a program that Garces Alumni and students can be proud of for many years to come,” Coach Gass shared.
“While we had a number of very impressive applicants and candidates, A.J. possesses everything we are looking for to direct our student-athletes and our Football program. We are blessed to have him and his family become a part of our Garces Memorial staff and ‘family’ and are excited for all of the fine qualities he brings to his position as an instructor and as a coach,” John Fanucchi, President of Garces Memorial said.
Board members told detectives earlier this year that Officer Michael Kochanski was treasurer of the Bakersfield 420 Club and made unauthorized purchases on the club's bank account between 2010 and 2013, according to court documents.
Kochanski was charged Monday with one misdemeanor count of embezzling private property over $950. Court documents said he made purchases that included auto parts, NASCAR tickets, tow straps, and cycling shorts. Club members told detectives Kochanski was given a laptop to track the club's finances, but the laptop was returned with a data erasing program installed.
Kochanski's attorney, H.A. Sala, previously told 17 News his client's personal Paypal account got mixed up with the club's Paypal account. We tried contacting Sala, but our phone calls were not returned Tuesday.
According to the Bakersfield 420 Club's website, the club has well over 100 members consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers, and they support many local charitable organizations and was incorporated as a non-profit corporation back in 1955.
A Kern County judge set Kochanski's bail at $5,000. He is not currently in custody.
The CHP office at Fort Tejon said Kochanski is still employed by the Highway Patrol and could not say whether he was on paid administrative leave.
He is described as a: white man, 25-30, 5’10”, 170 lbs., slim build, short brown hair, wearing black Adidas hat, grey/white striped hooded sweatshirt, dark blue jeans and black running shoes.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Rick Dossey at (661) 326-3504 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
Over 100 volunteers at the Mission prepared a delicious holiday meal Wednesday morning and will serve up to 600 people. On the menu is ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls and of course a slice of pie, plus some hot cocoa to wash it all down as well.
Each plate of food will go mostly to residents and guests staying at the Mission, but anyone in need of a Christmas meal is welcome to join.
The Mission at Kern County is located at 816 East 21st Street. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. under a large tent. Christmas carolers will perform at the lunch and gifts will be given to children.
BAKERSFIELD, CA. - A pedestrian, who was reportedly walking on the highway last night, was killed after being struck by a vehicle.
According to a news release, Camacho, 55, of Bakersfield, has been an attorney in private practice at the Law Office of Marcos Camacho since 1990. He was general counsel for the United Farm Workers of America from 1990 to 2009 and an attorney at Lyons, Macri-Ortiz, Schneider, Dunphy and Camacho from 1987 to 1989. Camacho earned his legal education through the California State Bar Law Office Study Program while participating in the United Farm Workers of America Legal Apprenticeship Program. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jerold L. Turner. Camacho is a Democrat.
Zulfa, 47, of Bakersfield, has served as a deputy district attorney at the Kern County District Attorney’s Office since 2002. He was an associate at Clifford and Brown from 2000 to 2002. Zulfa earned a Juris Doctor degree from the California Pacific School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Bakersfield. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Louis P. Etcheverry. Zulfa is a Republican.
The compensation for each of these positions is $184,610.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command has eyes in the sky, ready to share every stop on his magical journey.
"Norad Santa dot org" is up and running.
Until Santa and his gang head for the skies, you can play games, watch videos, listen to some of St. Nick's favorite tunes, and and learn about his history.
The site also has a mobile version.
Log on to http://www.noradsanta.org/
The Blessing Corner is seeking 20 - 30 more volunteers for the meal on Christmas Day. If you're interested, call Bonnie Turner at 661-477-6028. Volunteers will be needed between 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. That includes set up and cleanup duties.