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- 01/13/15--11:55: Kern County jury convicts man in a drive-by shooting
- 01/13/15--13:38: Judge sentences man for fatal DUI crash
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- 01/14/15--12:23: Four injured in SUV rollover on David Road
- 01/14/15--12:38: BPD asking for help in finding a robbery suspect
- 01/14/15--12:56: New village post office opens in northwest Bakersfield
- 01/14/15--13:25: CCST releases report on well stimulation in California
- 01/14/15--14:33: Honor Flight Kern County Unbroken screening at Maya Cinemas
- 01/14/15--14:59: Tehachapi police open temporary holding facility
- 01/14/15--15:21: Death penalty for Oildale man convicted for two murders
- 01/14/15--16:01: Taft police arrest man on suspicion of meth possession
- 01/14/15--16:46: City of McFarland names new police chief
- 01/14/15--17:38: Two reports released today related to fracking
- 01/15/15--08:44: AT&T workers shot at by woman
- 01/15/15--08:58: Early morning power outage in central Bakersfield
- 01/15/15--09:20: Cinnamon roll drive a huge success
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On January 12, 2015, in a case prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Joseph Kinzel, a Kern County jury convicted Tony Vasquez of First Degree Murder and other charges relating to Vasquez' role as a shooter in a drive-by shooting that caused the death of Armando Ortiz, Jr.
On April 10, 2014, just after midnight, Tony Vasquez, a longtime member of the Varrio Bakers criminal street gang, drove into the gas pump area at 7-11 convenience store in Southeast Bakersfield. Vasquez fired three shots from a semi-automatic handgun into a vehicle occupied by two men, killing Armando Ortiz, Jr., and wounding the other occupant. Vasquez fled the scene in a vehicle.
Detectives with the Bakersfield Police Department quickly identified Tony Vasquez as a suspect, and through co-ordinance with CDC Parole Agents, learned that Tony Vasquez had an assigned GPS ankle monitor active at the time of the shooting, and tampered with and removed the monitor just hours after the murder. Vasquez was identified as the shooter by the surviving victim, and a review of the GPS information for Vasquez established his connection to the vehicle used in the murder, his presence at the scene of the murder, and his path of flight immediately after the murder occurred.
Officers from the Bakersfield Police Department's Career Criminal Apprehension Team and Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit) apprehended Vasquez less than 24 hours after the murder.
Vasquez faces a sentence of Life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Armando Ortiz, Jr.
Many lights are dimmed, but patients are still being cared for. Power went out yesterday around 12:30 p.m. and since then, the hospital has been running off a generator.
Last night, they brought in a backup generator to have on hand just in case.
By law, they are required to cancel all elective surgeries and procedures until power is restored, but anyone with an emergency, and patients already in the hospital, are being taken care of.
Hospital officials say they lost a transformer and are working with PG&E to try and resolve it.
Fifty-year-old Alfredo Moreno was sentenced to 23-years-to-life in prison for the drunk driving crash that killed young LayJah Heath.
Prosecutors say the family was headed home last year on January 19, when Moreno, with a blood alcohol level 2 and a half times the legal limit, slammed into the back of their car. One of their 6 month old twin girls was taken to the hospital and died three days later.
The family says no amount of time can make up for what Moreno took away from them. "My baby shook and died in my arms. And I can't feel bad for anyone who did that to my child. My baby was murdered. She didn't die of natural causes, she was murdered because of someone's neglect and someone's decision," says Donte Heath, girl's father.
"We see it time and time again. DUIs are senseless crimes. They are 100% preventable. I don't know how else we can get the message across, if you drive drunk in this county and you have prior offenses, our office will go after you for murder," says prosecutor Courtney Lewis.
Prosecutors say Moreno had 2 prior DUIs.
Those who qualify for insurance in the health exchanges but do not enroll could face high penalty fees. Assistance will be provided in both English and Spanish at the Plaza del Pueblo in the Mercado Latino from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Those interested in enrolling must bring the following documents in order to submit their application: Proof of income for everyone on the application, such as income taxes, check stubs, etc. Proof of Kern County residence, such as a utility bill or a driver’s license. Social security numbers and dates of birth for all applicants. Green card or proof of citizenship.
For more information or to schedule an appointment on any of the above dates, call 661.632.5018.
The war drama film produced and directed by Angelina Jolie is based on the 2010 non-fiction book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, which premiered in theaters nationwide Dec. 25.
The film revolves around the life of USA Olympian and athlete Louis "Louie" Zamperini, portrayed by Jack O'Connell.
Zamperini survived in a raft for 47 days after his bomber was downed in WWII and was sent to a series of prisoner of war camps.
KGET is a proud media sponsor of Honor Flight Kern County, which organized today's screenings, helping get the veterans there, seated and fed lunch before the screening.
Before the film, KGET TV-17's Rachelle Murcia, who has traveled to Washington, D.C. on three Honor Flight Kern County trips, presented a 10-minute piece about what Honor Flight Kern County is all about, and what means to our local men and women who have served our country to take these life-changing trips.
Here is the link to watch Rachelle's work.
The facility according to Tehachapi police had been shut down after deficiencies had been found following an inspection of the facility in June 2014.
Tehachapi police say their department worked closely with the Board of State and Community Corrections over the past several months to identify solutions to the deficiencies within the temporary holding facility.
The recommendations have been implemented and all of the identified deficiencies have been corrected. The corrections involved raising the ceiling height in the holding cells and installing security caulk to all external fixtures.
Other identified deficiencies were addressed through policy implementation. The temporary holding facility is now in compliance with Title 15 and Title 24 requirements and can be fully utilized as initially intended.
Judge John Somers announced the death sentence at Kern County Superior Court Wednesday afternoon.
Last month, Fuller was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his estranged wife, 45-year-old Annette Sowders and her mother, 69-year-old Sharon Cannon.
They were shot to death in August 2009.
Taft police say they were doing a traffic stop for a minor equipment violation on Tuesday afternoon. That's when Erick Cruz, 30, who was the passenger, was found to have the suspected drugs and over $350 dollars in cash.
Cruz was arrested and booked on several drug related charges. The driver of the car was released pending further investigation. Taft police say the suspected methamphetamine has a street value of more than $6,000.
Former McFarland Police Chief Greg Herrington had resigned in July. Herrington and the city had faced a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former department employee.
In a news release, Wooner says during the last seven months Mr. Kimble has demonstrated his ability to successfully manage the police department and has become a very active member in our community. The city is looking forward to working with Scot Kimble in years to come.
The Department of Conservation, through its Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, published its draft environmental impact report today.
S.B. 4 requires this E.I.R., pursuant to California's Environmental Quality Act, to provide the public with detailed information of potential impacts of fracking.
That report is up for public review until March 16.
One of six public hearings will be held in Bakersfield, February 23, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Kern County Administrative Center at 1115 Truxtun Avenue.
Also, the first of a three volume independent scientific assessment of well stimulation was released today.
It is from the California Council on Science and Technology.
It's two main conclusions: first about fracking for oil, that resource projections for production from deep source rocks in the Monterey formation are highly uncertain.
Investigators found no reports of significant production from the Monterey formation or other source rocks to date in California.
They conclude, if and when operators attempt production in these reservoirs, they will need innovative technology like fracking.
Regarding natural gas, the report found most of the remaining undiscovered reservoirs in California are likely to be similar to reservoirs already in production that do not use well stimulation technology.
Kern county is releasing its own draft E.I.R. for a proposed zoning ordinance to streamline oil and gas permitting.
Iit will be released in April, circulated for public comment and followed by public hearings.
For links to both reports released Wednesday, click below.
Draft Environmental Impact Report
Independent Scientific Assessment
The project will begin accepting referrals in early January 2015 and will serve up to 80 individuals per year.