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    The Bakersfield Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in identifying and locating the following suspect and suspect vehicle wanted for Theft.

    On January 8, 2015, at 6:05 pm, the suspect entered the Sears department store located at 3001 Ming Av., selected numerous items and left the store without paying for the merchandise.

    The suspect is described as a: hispanic female, 30’s, shoulder length dark hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

    She fled the parking lot in a: 2000’s grey or silver Chrysler 200, 4-door with a rear spoiler and dark colored wheels.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Andrew Burich at (661) 326-3561 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111. 

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    For most people, the birth of a child is a happy occasion celebrated with family and friends. But for some women, childbirth becomes a crisis and the decisions made following an infant’s birth can be a matter of life or death for the child.


    Again this year, the Safely Surrendered Baby Coalition is planning a series of events throughout Kern County to bring attention to this important lawOn Tuesday,February 3rd, the Kern County Board of Supervisors will proclaim February as Safely Surrendered Baby Awareness Month at 9:00 a.m., during their meeting held at 1115 Truxtun Avenue. The community is also invited to join us in celebrating the men and women who make this law possible as we hold a press conference at Mercy Southwest Hospital, 400 Old River Road, Bakersfield, on Thursday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m., where we will also honor a family blessed with the adoption of a Safely Surrendered Baby.


    The Safely Surrendered Baby Law responds to the situation of newborn infant deaths due to abandonment in unsafe locations. First signed into law in January 2001, the Safely Surrendered Baby Law became permanent in January 2006. The law’s intent is to save the lives of newborn infants at risk of abandonment by encouraging parents or persons with lawful custody to safely Surrendered the infant within 72 hours of birth, with no questions asked. The law exists so that these infants will not be harmed because the mother abandons them, or fails to provide them with care, sometimes leaving them to die.


    To date, 45 babies have been safely surrendered in Kern County since we began tracking those babies in 2006.


    The Safely Surrendered Baby Coalition leads the effort of educating Kern County residents about this law. This group of dedicated individuals represents a long list of departments, non-profits, hospitals, and stakeholders. Our schedule of community presentations takes us this year to Arvin, Bakersfield, Delano, Frazier Park, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Shafter, Taft, and Tehachapi.

    Don’t abandon your baby. Safely surrender your baby into the hands of any fire station or emergency room personnel. It’s safe, legal, and no one has to know.

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    The public is invited to come and Celebrate the 4th Annual Black History Luncheon at Plaza Towers/Annex February 19th at 11:00AM . There will be guest speakers, African Dancers, Spritual guest speakers and The Big River Band ! We will be providing lunch.

    Tickets are $6.00 for dinner and raffle tickets will be $1 each

    Please RSVP by the 10th.

    If you should have any questions please contact Shriley Marzett at (661) 837-9705 or (661) 343-3641.

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    The City of Bakersfield Animal Control Division would like to invite the community to a low cost vaccination, licensing and microchip clinic for dogs living within the city limits.

    The clinic will be held at Jefferson Park at 801 Bernard Street, Saturday, February 7 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

    The rabies vaccinations will be offered to all dogs 3 months of age and older.

    The vaccine cost is reduced, however; the licensing fees are regular price.

    Microchips will be offered FREE to dogs with a valid city license!

    We are now offering the DAPP vaccine at the monthly clinics.

    Whether it’s a first puppy shot or your dog needs its annual booster-we are now able to offer disease protection for your dog. Puppies should be 8 weeks of age and in good health to receive a vaccination.

    For more information, please contact the City of Bakersfield Animal Control Division at 661-326-3436 or visit us on the web at:

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    The man accused in the fatal hit and run over the weekend has officially been charged.

    Joselito Meza , 25, was arrested for the crash on Buena Vista Road.

    Meza has now been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing bodily injury and hit and run resulting in death.

    Meza called police after the crash and told them he had been carjacked.

    Bakersfield police say that never happened. They say Meza hit and killed the victim Miguel Aldaco, 22, sometime after the pair left the Firehouse Bar and Grill Saturday night.

    Meza is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

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    A man charged with stealing a 13 year old girl admits he had been having sex with the teen for months. 

    In a probable cause document filed in Kern Superior Court, Aaron Weirich, 28, told detectives after his arrest that he had been having sexual intercourse with the victim continuously since the first week of November 2014.

    Kern County Deputies say Weirich took off with the teen Bakersfield girl January 19th.

    The pair were spotted in San Bernadino county and were eventually caught a few days later in Monterey County.

    In a jailhouse interview with 17 News Werich denied having a sexual relationship with the girl.

    Deputies say the girl confirmed the pair were having sex.

    Weirich told deputies he knew the victim was 13 and he knew it was wrong to have sex with her because of her age.

    Weirich pleaded not guilty to 8 counts including lewd acts and child stealing.

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    A man on trial for murdering a teen in 2013 was convicted by a Kern County Jury Tuesday morning.

    Eddie Rivas, 20, was convicted of second degree murder in the death of Mia Ramirez, 18.

    Detectives say Ramirez's body was badly mutilated when it was found in a rolled up carpet inside a garage on Vista St.

    A sentencing date has not been st but Rivas faces 30 years to life in prison plus an additional 6 years.

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    Aera Energy is taking a unique approach to teaching employees.

    Its called Aera Academy.

    The 14,000 square foot Aera Academy is a one-of-a-kind center in the Bakersfield area, providing Aera employees with a unique place to learn, collaborate and innovate. 

    Aera Academy features floor-to-ceiling images of oilfield processes and equipment, and provides unique venues for collaboration

    The Aera Academy is not a traditional learning center filled with classrooms and computers. While those predictable components are in place, the Academy takes an unexpected turn by utilizing wall space and the buildings weight bearing pillars as visual teaching tools. 

    Floor-to-ceiling images depict various production processes and equipment, which aid in learning about the lifecycle of an oil field. Aera's commitment to workplace safety, active community involvement and implementation of lean processes are all visually represented. The building's interior pillars have been turned into well bores, illustrating what takes place underground during the drilling process. 

    "Everything in the Academy is geared to enhancing the learning experience of our employees. The physical layout of the space is designed to facilitate learning through a multi-sensory experience," said Stan Gomes, director of the Aera Academy. "We are providing employees with a new way to approach learning and process improvement. We want them to be collaborative and innovative as well as feel energized by the work they do."

    The Academy also helps connect employees, especially those newer to the company, with the foundational elements of the Aera culture. Aera's culture is driven by "The Aera Way" of doing business and a purpose, vision and values, which are at the heart of all business objectives. 

    "The Academy is essential in helping to transfer knowledge from our long-time employees to those joining the company. We know that in the next few years a large number of our employees will be retiring. We have been preparing for this 'crew change' for a number of years," added Gomes. "We offer employees an extensive onboarding process, mentoring and training as well as ongoing development for leaders. The Academy provides us with a place to bring all our learning and development into one place."

    Aera Academy by the numbers
    •       14,000 square feet of newly remodeled learning space
    •       12,000 safe construction hours in 99 days
    •       11,954 pounds of concrete poured
    •       50,000 feet of data cable installed
    •       80 amps of electrical service replaced by 15 amps of LED lighting
    •       486 pieces of sheet rock hung with 31,104 screws
    •       549 on-site classroom offerings
    •       60 teaching monitors
    •       50 Aera course instructors
    •       135 courses last year
    •       6,697 total employee classroom learning experiences last year

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    People in Kern County now have a  nationally recognized facilty to go to help prevent heart attacks.

    The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication has named Bakersfield Heart Hopsital and Central Cardiology Medical Clinic SHAPE Centers of Excellence.

    SHAPE Centers of Excellence adhere to the SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden heart attack risk in apparently healthy men and women. 

    SHAPE recommends a coronary artery calcification score by a computed tomography (CT) scan for at-risk men over age 45 and at-risk women over age 55.

     This test is the next step after being screened to identify risk factors such as family history and cholesterol to assess an apparently healthy individual's heart attack risk. 

    BHH and CCMC are the only SHAPE Accredited facilities in Kern County. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Oil company Baker Hughes warned county supervisors layoffs are coming to the Shafter plant.

    In a letter dated Friday, Jan. 30 to the board, Baker Hughes noted 130 emplopyees in California face a pink slip, including some in Shafter.
    The letter did not specifiy how many or the types of positions involved.
    The layoffs were expected to come down sometime this week.
    Crude oil prices have tumbled over the last six months, tumbling seven percent in trading today as inventories climb.

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    UPDATE: 2:04 p.m.

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office has cancelled a missing persons alert.  They say Fidel Sanchez has been located.

    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk adult.

    According to KCSO, 75-year-old Fidel Cordova Sanchez was last seen leaving his residence at 8205 Hoffman #B in Lamont on Feb. 3. around 8:30 a.m.

    Sanchez is considered at-risk due to his age.

    He regularly rides the Kern Regional Transit Bus from Lamont to the east Bakersfield Veteran's Hall.

    However, KCSO says he did not ride the bus on Feb. 3.

    He has not been seen or heard from since leaving home.

    If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110. 

    He is described as:
    Height: 5’0”
    Weight: 90 lbs.
    Hair: White
    Eyes: Green
    Facial hair: Mustache
    Clothing: White Fedora hat

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    A Bakersfield man will spend the next 6 years and 8 months in prison for exposing himself to two women in 2013.

     Darnell Lucifier Pierce was suspected in a murder case in 2007 but he was acquitted.

    The District Attorney says Pierce was sentenced Wednesday after previously being found guilty of two felony counts of indecent exposure.

    At the time of the offenses authorities say Pierce was on parole.

     He served three prior prison terms, the most recent for the same idecent exposure charge.

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    Jury selection is scheduled to continue today in the trial of the man accused of raping three women and assaulting a fourth during the summer of 2013.

    Billy Ray Johnson is accused of being the so-called "Masked Rapist."

    He faces 26 felony charges.
    In a jailhouse interview last november, Johnson claimed he burglarized homes, but never raped anyone.

    Prosecutors say they have dna evidence linking him to the crimes.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A 16-year old girl was struck and seriously injured while walking to Centennial High School in northwest Bakersfield.

    It happened on Feb. 4 at Clay Patrick Farr way and Abbott Drive around 7:15 a.m.
    That's just a few blocks away from the school.
    Bakersfield police say the teen was walking in the slow lane outside a crosswalk and not near the intersection and the 43-year-old driver didn't see the girl.
    She was taken by ambulance to Kern Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.

    "We find on most of our pedestrian versus vehicle colllisions we find pedestrians are in the roadway where they are not supposed to be," said BPD SGT Joe Grubbs. "And we are really reminding people, cross at crosswalks at intersection, be in the roadway where the drivers expect you to be.

    Investigators say drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor and do not suspect the driver will face any criminal charges.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The CHP reports the woman who was behind the wheel of an SUV that overturned the morning of Feb. 3 was driving on a suspended license.

    According to the CHP, 23-year-old Jessica Meza was driving the Ford Expedition on Highway 43 near the Tulare County line when the vehicle veered off the roadway and overturned.
    The CHP says two juveniles who were not properly restrained and were thrown from the vehicle.
    They sustained major injuries and were transported to Kern Medical Center.
    Three other kids were also taken to the hospital for minor to moderate injuries.

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    Representatives of California's high-speed rail authority were in Wasco Tuesday to talk aesthetics; how the bullet train and its tracks might change the face of that small farming community.
    Officials brought lots of artist renderings to show people in Wasco what their city might look like, if and when high-speed rail is built. 

    But residents were less concerned with aesthetics than they were with the impact to their properties.

    "That takes 1/6th of my property.  That also means dad's back door, he can't walk down the stairs because there would be a fence there.  i would lose hundreds of feet of gas line that i put in, hundreds of feet of irrigation line and domestic water," said one concerned resident.

    "Our project is going to impact property owners along the way and our job is to either to minimize those impacts and that's what we intent to do," said Diana Gomez, Rail Authority  Central Valley Regional Director.

    The high-speed rail authority estimates the Fresno to Bakersfield segment of tracks would displace hundreds of homes and businesses and take some five-thousand acres of farmland out of production, at least on a temporary basis during construction.

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    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to the Lerdo Male Minimum Facility Rebuild Project Phase 1 Open House.

    The event will be held on Monday, February 9th, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Lerdo Male Minimum Facility located at 17635 Industrial Farm Road in Bakersfield.

    Refreshments will be provided. We hope you will join us on February 9th as we initiate this first phase of the Lerdo Male Minimum Rebuild Project. For further information contact Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - An alert Kern County deputy buts a large copper theft operation and recovers a stolen vehicle and seizes meth.

    Taft Senior Deputy Cindy Cisneros was on patrol January 28 when she noticed a large amount of copper wire in the bed of a pickup.

    Cisneros also saw several men in the back yard of the home stripping copper wire.

    The investigation linked the wire back to a theft from a utility company’s yard in the Mettler area.

    Deputies arrested four men including one who had meth on him. They also recovered a stolen off-road vehicle that had been taken a few weeks earlier.

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    RIDGECREST, CA - Ridgecrest Police say a man died after crashing his car into a fence and house just after 2

    The Kern County Coroner has Identified the man as 22-year-old Timothy Scott Hudson of Ridgecrest.

    Police say the man was not wearing a seatbelt and died at the scene.

    No cause for the crash has been announced.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - February is National Heart Month and the American Heart Association in Bakersfield will be participating in the following activities to raise awareness.

    Announcing National Wear Red Day - Thursday, February 5th  
    American Heart Association volunteers will stand on the corner of Truxtun Avenue and Oak Street, between 6:30am-8:30am, to remind women and men in Bakersfield to take action and wear red in support of the cause on February 6th. 

    National Wear Red Day - Friday, February 6th 
    Go Red For Women is asking all women and men in Bakersfield to take action by participating in this year's National Wear Red Day by wearing red in support of the cause. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. First Friday activities downtown will feature the Go Red movement. Many businesses and patrons are expected to participate wearing red to bring awareness and aims to provide the information and tools to fight heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, and live healthier lives.

    Go Red For Women Campaign- Month of February
    One company getting in on the action is Rabobank, N.A. During the month of February, the California community bank is offering customers at its more than 100 branches the opportunity to make a donation through the campaign by purchasing a paper icon within the bank or by making an online donation. 

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