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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield College officials say a report this morning of a man with a gun on the campus is unfounded. 

    Bakersfield police responded to the call, just before 8 a.m., responding to calls of a man with a handgun in the northeast part of the college campus. 
    Officers searched the area and interviewed witnesses, but didn't find any evidence. 
    A Bakersfield College spokesperson says the campus wasn't very busy at the time.

    "Thankfully those reports turned out to be false and the college never went into lockdown, we did really heighten our security to make sure everybody stayed safe," said Amber Chiang, BC spokesperson.

    Police determined the situation was a domestic dispute and the report wasn't credible.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Super Bowl Sunday is just days away bringing lots of team rivalry and excited fans but it's also raising a more serious topic this year -- domestic violence.

    The "no more" campaign against domestic violence has released its Super Bowl ad.
    It depicts a house where a hole has been punched into a wall and books have been knocked to the floor.
    Over the images a 9-1-1 call of a woman pretending to order a pizza because her attacker is still in the house.
    The NFL has aired psa's before, but this year's comes on the heels of a couple of bruising domestic violence scandals involving its players.
    Namely, the highly publicized case where former Baltimore ravens player ray rice knocked his wife unconcious in a hotel elevator, and the incident was caught on camera.
    Local officials with the alliance against family violence and sexual assault say the Super Bowl is not a special day for violence, but it's a chance to get their message out, that if you suspect domestic violence, to call 9-1-1.

    "There is no shame in making that phone call. A lot of times we are hesitant because we don't know if we should become involved, but you could save someone's life," said Carolann Wootan.

    If you know someone who has experienced domestic violence, enboucrage them to call the aliance- at 327-0931. The hotline is staffed 24/7.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting  that left a male in his 20's in critical condition.

    The shooting happened on Jan. 29, around 11:30 p.m. on Cottonwood Road near the Highway 58 off-ramp.

    Deputies found the male, reportedly in his 20's, suffering from a gunshot wound.

    Detectives are asking for anyone who has information on this case to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Please refer to case number SR15-02561. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Community Action Partnership of Kern will be providing free tax return services for residents that meet certain criteria.

    Residents eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) can take advantage of free tax services through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which provides free tax preparation and filing to individuals and families making under $55,000 a year.

    Last year the VITA program completed nearly 4,200 tax returns and claimed close to $2.9 million in EITC tax dollars for Kern County residents.

    VITA sites will be open throughout the tax season, and eligible residents can dial 211 to find a site close to them or call the CAPK VITA office directly at 661-34-1724 to schedule an appointment.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The drought has hit home for hundreds of local residents forced out of jobs as farms cut back on production.

    On Jan. 29, the Kern County Department of Human Services and the Community Action Partnership handed out 1200 free food boxes to families in need.
    Recipients needed only to declare verbally they'd lost jobs due to the drought in order to qualify for assistance.
    It was a big turnout as lines stretched out all the way across the DHS parking lot at California and Union avenues.

    "We are very excited that the state of California has recognized that there are a lot of families that have suffered from the drought. For some reason either their work hours were reduced, or paychecks reduced as a result of the drought," said Barbara Zimmerman with the Department of Human Resources.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield police are asking the public to help identify and locate a suspect wanted for theft.

    According to BPD, on Jan. 9, around noon, a victim left his wallet on the service counter at the Walmart on Rosedale Highway. When the victim left, the suspect picked it up and placed it in her purse.

    BPD officials say the suspect made no attempt to return the wallet to store employees.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Joel Luera
    at 661-326-3947 or the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Key Energy Services in Bakersfield is cutting pay to hourly employees by 10 percent due to falling oil prices.

    The Houston-based company released a statement on Jan. 30, stating, "We understand the hardship that this type of action may create for employees, but we must do what is necessary to manage the business in this challenging market."

    The statement also notes that their customers are asking for "significant price reductions" for their services.
    The wage reduction will affect employees in rig services and operations support.
    The pay cuts go into effect next Monday.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating an inmate death at the Lerdo Pretrial Facility.

    The inmate is identified as 56-year-old Mark William Davis.

    On Jan. 28, Davis was taken to the Bakersfield Heart Hospital where he died around 7 p.m.

    An autopsy was performed on Jan. 30. The cause of death is pending toxicology testing.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Part of Weedpatch highway remains closed after a driver crashed into a utility pole in east Bakersfield. 

    According to CHP officers, the driver rolled his vehicle on Weedpatch Highway and east Wilson Road around 10:30 a.m.
    Weedpatch Highway is closed down between Redbank and Muller Roads while PG&E crews work to replace the pole that was left hanging from powerlines after the crash.
    PG&E officials say power in the area wasn't effected. 
    No word yet on how long the road will remain closed.
    CHP officials say the driver received minor injuries and no arrests were made.

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    DELANO, CA - The community of Delano is coming together to help the family of an eighth grade boy who died Monday.

    Authorities say 13-year-old Jose Manuel Beltran became unresponsive and collapsed after a run during p.e. class at Cecil Middle School.
    He was given CPR and taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
    Beltran's friends from school and students from a local mariachi studio held a bake sale at State Market to do what they can to help the family.

    marisol alcantar/ organizer:
    "The only way we could think of helping is by having a bake sale and trying to raise money to help the family. and so we put it together at the last minute and you would be surprised how many people actually came out," said organizer Marisol Alcantor.

    If you would like to help, the family has opened an account at Wells Fargo where donations can be made in the name of Jose Manuel Beltran.
    Organizers say they made more than $1,100 so far.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield police are releasing new photos of a bank robbery that happened in central Bakersfield on Jan. 30.

    The robbery happened at the Safe One Credit Union in the 400 block of Oak Street, just after 1 p.m.
    According to BPD the man was wearing all black with a mask, and he had a long barrel revolver.
    Officers say the man entered the bank, began yelling at customers and pointed his gun at the teller and demanded money.
    The man took off with an unknown amount of cash..
    No one was injured.
    Several schools were placed on lockdown as officers searched the area.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the bpd at 327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police say they're sorting out details of a deadly hit and run crash involving a pedestrian and the possibility it's related to an incident reported in the area about an hour earlier.

    Around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Bakersfield Police found a man dead in the median of Buena Vista Road just south of Stockdale Highway -- across the way from the westside substation and a fire station.

    The roadway was closed for about seven hours, as police investigated the crash.

    Pieces of debris from what appears to be a gunmetal gray car are still in the roadway.

    The pedestrians name has not been released. Police say he wasn't a transient.

    Police say they don't know if alcohol was a factor.

    There was a dense fog advisory overnight for Bakersfield. Visibility was around three to four miles at the time of the reports.

    Police are investigating if the pedestrian's death is related to a crash about an hour earlier.

    Around 2:40 a.m. police say a man reported an incident in the area of White Lane and Buena Vista Road, that's just down the street from where police found the pedestrian.

    Police at the scene determined there was an unreported traffic accident. They took a man in for questioning. there have not been any arrests.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police 327-7111.

    This is the third pedestrian, so far this year, killed on Kern County roads. Last year, 25 pedestrians died.

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    GLENDALE, AZ - The New England Patriots have defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl 49.  The win gives Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady his fourth Super Bowl Ring.  

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Like every NFL quarterback, Bakersfield native Derek Carr has faith he will one day reach a Super Bowl.
    And no doubt, that faith helped Carr stay focused through a challenging rookie season with the Oakland Raiders, posting a 3 and 13 record.
    But whether he is in or out of the locker room, Carr expresses his love for god.
    He kicked off his Super Bowl sunday at his home church, Liberty Christian Center in Bakersfield. 

    Raiders fans and churchgoers cheered as Derek Carr took the podum this Super Bowl morning.

    His light-hearted message had the crowd laughing and intently listening to the story of his life -- and how he has transformed.

    More than 1,000 people turned out to hear him speak.

    "They are getting to hear, not from a pastor, not from a youth pastor, but from a sports icon, a franchise quarterback, that those positions come from the following of Christ," said Tim Barton, youth pastor at Liberty. 

    Church members and devout members of Raider Nation equally enjoying the message. 

    "He was very positive and wanted to give a good message to these young kids that look up to him," Carlos Gonzalez, Raiders fan.

    "He's very nice, like really nice, and really really cool," said Carlos Gonzalez Jr.

    "It doesn't matter if you're a celebrity or what you are doing at all as long as god is in your heart and you stay humble then good things come to you," said Gabriel DeLarosa, church member.

    Carr brings the light of Jesus Christ everywhere, even the black hole. 

    "I try and be someone there that people can look to and say they wanna be like that and I can say this is how you do it," said Carr.

    On and off the field, Carr keeps it 100. 

    "You know i'm here to represent Christ, you know, there are a lot of other people here to represent Christ. I just happen to throw a football and people like to watch that on TV," Carr said.

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    17's Maddie Janssen explores the various ways to keep in shape and avoid packing on more-than-necessary pounds during the course of your pregnancy.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Police say there will be no charges sought for a woman suspected in stealing a wallet from a service counter at the Walmart on Rosedale Highway.  

    Police say the woman returned the victim's wallet late last week with all of the contents intact.  Police say the suspect had seen her picture on the news and social media but could not explain why she took the wallet.  

    Police say the wallet had been left at a service counter at the Walmart store on Rosedale Highway on January 9.  

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Deputies need your help finding a suspect from a murder in 2013.  Sheriff's officials say the body of Joaquin Molina, 23, was found in an orchard near Comanche and Pioneer Drives in May, 2013.  Deputies say he had been shot to death.   

    Detectives initiated an investigation into Molina’s murder, however at this point in the investigation have not identified a suspect or suspects and have exhausted all investigative leads.

    If anyone has information on this case, call Senior Deputy Daniel Perez at 661-392-6030, the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110, or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

    A photo of Joaquin Molina is attached.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield's own Brent McClanahan played eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, making three Super Bowl appearances. He never got to hoist the Lombardi trophy but he did get three NFC Championship rings out of it. And now, he gets to show off those rings to his students at South High School in Bakersfield, where he's been enjoying life after the NFL.

    "I've been at south now going on 20 years in this classroom. I love it.the kids love me, I get along with everyone, I'm always in this classroom and it gets me up in the mornings," explains South High School teacher Brent McClanahan.

    Everyone at South High School knows him as Mr. Mac, the business teacher, but the former running back made a name for himself as a Rebel long before he was molding minds.

    "12th grade we were Valley Champions. 1,600 yards and 22 touchdowns," McClanahan said.

    McClanahan used to tear up the gridiron for the Rebels back in the 1960s and he has the headlines to prove it.

    "It's been a great life. God's blessed me with a beautiful life. 17 years of football and I've been on top," McClanahan said.

    Those 17 years of football began on Bakersfield soil, trudged through the heat at Arizona State, and brought McClanahan to the frigid temperatures in Minneapolis where he spent his eight-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings.

    "My contract my first year was $12,000. My second year it was $14,000 and my third year it was $16,000," McClanahan said.

    No doubt the league was a little different back in 1973, but McClanahan was rich in NFL experience, making three trips to the Super Bowl in five seasons.

    "It was out of this world. And to do it three times I mean it's the number one game in the world. It was a blast, I can't explain it. You just have to be there," McClanahan said.

    But to experience the Super Bowl now will cost you a pretty penny compared to ticket prices back in Mr. Mac's day.

    "When I played the Super Bowl tickets were $30 as opposed to $2400. $2400? You done lost your mind- for a football game? Get the- get out of here," McClanahan said.

    And those three rings McClanahan's rocking aren't Super Bowl Championship rings... The Vikings lost all three games and are oh for four in Super Bowls.

    "And I still have nightmares up until this day because of that. When I fumbled the ball on the two yard line against the Oakland Raiders. So they put that game on me," McClanahan said.

    The Vikings released McClanahan halfway through the 1980-1981 season. He closed out his career with 1,200 rushing yards on 367 carries with six touchdowns. Aside from the agony of defeat, and the constant pain he experiences now from various injuries, McClanahan says football's been good to him. But these days he keeps a low profile.

    "I got a beautiful family. I have a great job, I love my job. I love getting up in the morning, coming to work early. I love the students," McClanahan said.

    After earning his Bachelor's degree at Arizona State and a Master's at Cal-State Bakersfield, McClanahan is focused on providing his students the tools they need to not only graduate, but to make a difference in their community. And in 2012, the NFL honored him with the Teacher of the Year award- presented by Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Viking Randall McDaniel.

    Brent McClanahan left his legacy as one of the most accomplished football players in Kern County history. In 1980, he was inducted into the Bob Elias Hall of Fame. In 2006, South retired his number 32 jersey, and he was inducted into the South High Hall of Fame in 2014.

    And now Mr. Mac, the former running back is all about giving back and he's living the good life after the league.

    "If I had to do it over again I would not change anything. I mean, God has blessed me tremendously and I wouldn't change anything," McClanahan said.

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    UPDATE: 9:44am

    CHP says the people injured in the rollover crash were all members of a family from Shafter.

    There was 1 adult and 6 children in the SUV when it rolled on Highway 43 just north of the Kern County Line.

    CHP says the adult is in their 20's and the children range in age from 5 to 9 years old.

    UPDATE 9:23am

    CHP has reopened Highway 43.

    UPDATE: 8:53am

    Tulare County fire tells CHP that 1 patient was trasported by ground ambulance to Delano Regional Medical Center and 4 others were taken by ambulance to Kern Medical center. One patient was airlifted to KMC.

    CHP says Highway 43 will be closed just north of the county line for a while and they are asking drivers to avoid the area.

    Four people people suffered major injuries in a rollover crash on Highway 43, just north of the Kern County line in Tulare.

    Early reports say 5 children were in the car and 2 adults. The condition of the children is unknown.

    However, there may have been several children ejected from the car. CHP reports it's very foggy in the area.

    Three other people in the vehicle have moderate injuries according to CHP.

    We'll have more information as it becomes available.

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    The first event is tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 3rd) at 7:30 at Epic Jet Center at Meadows Field Airport. 

    Kern County Animal Services, Marley's Mutts and Unity Thrift of Taft will be loading animals onto the flight with Wings of Rescue.  

    The dogs will be flown by volunteer pilots to areas in the Pacific Northwest where they will have new homes waiting for them.  Kern County shelters are working together to help save the lives of unwanted, neglected and homeless pets through this partnership with Wings of Rescue.

    The second event will take place on Thursday, February 5th known as the "Flight of the Valentines".

    Kern County Animal Services and the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center will be joining forces on this flight to save dogs by working with Wings of Rescue to fly dogs to New York City.

    Epic Jet Center is located at 1105 Douglas Street at Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield.

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