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- 04/14/15--16:23: City bulldozer takes down wall at "Tent City"
- 04/14/15--18:47: Closing arguments begin for alleged masked rapist, Billy Ray Johnson
- 04/15/15--10:47: Free shredding for Tax day
- 04/15/15--11:20: Overnight fire burns 6 out of their homes
- 04/15/15--11:55: BREAKING: KCSO reports small plane crash near Lebec
- 04/15/15--12:27: Guilty verdict for man accused of killing teen in DUI crash
- 04/15/15--13:05: Final phase of Westside Parkway set to open
- 04/15/15--13:32: Kids celebrate healthy choices with salad bars in schools
- 04/15/15--14:20: Delores Huerta to be honored before Dodgers game
- 04/15/15--14:58: Taft molester gets 4 years in prison
- 04/15/15--15:59: Brighthouse has widespread phone outage
- 04/15/15--18:14: Closing arguments continue in case of alleged masked rapist
- 04/16/15--12:51: Cellmate of former NFL player died from being strangled
- 04/16/15--13:09: Meeting tonight to discuss groundwater management
- 04/16/15--13:12: HSR meeting tonight in Wasco
- 04/16/15--13:21: Aera CEO set to step down
- 04/16/15--14:10: Suspects wanted for attempted burglary of convenience store
- 04/16/15--14:40: BPD continues their community meetings tonight
- 04/16/15--15:01: 'Shoes for the Homeless' drive kicks off today
- 04/16/15--15:19: CHP cracking down on distracted drivers
The city building department started wall removal last friday.
The vacant lot where officials say nearly 50 people lived is now under the authority of the city, for the next year.
City officials say there is no schedule for the second phase.
Zimmer started off with the 911 calls from each victim, then preceded to explain in detail why Billy Ray Johnson had 24 charges and several enhancements. After teaching all of the legal terminology to the jurors, Zimmer revisited every rape and assault in jarring detail. During the descriptions of the rape accounts, some family members of two of the victims began to cry, re-living everything their loved ones went through. prosecutors say DNA evidence connects Johnson to the crimes.
Johnson, who now has two facial tattoos of tear drops, was sitting looking through his court documents and anytime he did not like something Zimmer said, he would smirk, silently laugh, or dramatically roll his eyes. Zimmer asked the jury to consider Johnson's past, the DNA evidence, and victim accounts when deciding a verdict. Johnson's attorney Paul Cadman says his client is wrongfully accused, and his arrest was one of convenience.
Cadman will begin his closing arguments Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and says they expect to continue with closing arguments for at least two more days.
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The fire at 824 Kentucky was reported just after Midnight Wednesday.
Crews found heavy smoke coming from the attic.
Everyone in the complex was able to get out safely
The fire was confined to the apartment of origin with no extension to nearby buildings. BFD Arson Investigators were dispatched to the scene in order to determine origin and cause of the fire. The fire is incendiary in nature, started in a vacant apartment and is currently under investigation.
Damage is estimated at $105,000.00 No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.
Six occupants were displaced and referred to the Red Cross.
UPDATED 1:45 p.m.
The FAA says the plane that crashed was a Pitts Biplane. The Mountain Enterprise newspaper reports the crash site is about 5 miles east of I-5. A ranch maintenance worker discovered the wreckage on Wednesday and reported it to his supervisor, who then reported it to authorities.
The Kern county Sheriff's Office is reporting a small plane crash near Lebec.
The wreckage is in an area east of El Tejon School on Tejon Ranch, according to KCSO.
Kern County Fire is also responding to the scene. They say there was a report of a small plane that had been missing for several days.
KCSO says the wreckage is spread over a wide area and it appears the pilot is dead.
The crash happened in November of 2013. Investigators say Duarte was doing between 93 and 108 miles an hour when he lost control on Harris Road. Duarte's passenger Iman Amin, 17, died at the scene.
The District Attorney's Office says Duarte's blood alcohol level was .17; more than twice the legal limit.
Duarte's sentencing is set for June 10, 2015. He could face up to 15 years to life.
The new stretch of road will open the freeway from Allen road to Stockdale Highway.
This part of the freeway will feature two lanes both east and west.
TRIP officials say this is a departure from three lanes at other parts of the freeway because they expect less traffic.
However officials still believe the final phase will be greatly used by commuters and the completed parkway will help relieve congestion along Rosedale Highway, Stockdale Highway and Truxtun Extension.
There are still plans in the works to connect the Westside Parkway with Highway 58, also known as the Centennial Corridor.
TRIP officials say despite some opposition from residents, they are moving forward with project designs.
"We will connect 58 to the Westside parkway close to the river bridges and that project as you probably know we're waiting for the final environmental approval and then after that we'll start final design so we can go out to construct. We're expecting that by the end of this year we'll get that approval," said Luis Topete, project manager.
TRIP officials say future plans include a regional connection from Bakersfield to Interstate 5.
But they say that road will not necessarily include the Westside Parkway.
Plans for that expansion project are still another two decades away.
The Westside Parkway will be ready for drivers after an opening ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The district held a salad bar appreciation day at Compton Junior High school to thank nine local growers for providing fresh fruits and vegetables.
This allows them to have an open salad and fruit bar everyday at each one of the 43 schools.
The whole idea came to life after a local grower combined his love for farming and biking to take part in the first "Tour de Fresh" last year to raise funds for local school cafeterias.
"It was a perfect opportunity for us to take all of our passions we enjoy doing in our life and put it together as one, and raise awareness for nutrition and kids for their future, in our own local communities," said Ed Purves of the Paramount Export Company
"The children are now having a choice. therefore i believe that they are eating more of the product," said Brenda Robinson with the district's Nutrition Services Department.
Its part of Major League Baseball's ninth annual Civil Rights Game coinciding with Jackie Robinson Day for the first time.
Robinson's widow, Rachel, will play a central role in the first pitch ceremony before the Los Angeles Dodgers-Seattle Mariners interleague game.
Huerta will receive the 2015 MLB Beacon Award, which recognize individuals whose lives and actions have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement.
In March, Efrain Velasco-Palacios pleaded no contest to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.
Five felony counts in another molestation case against Velasco-Palacios were dismissed in July 2013 involving another girl.
That's because deputy district attorney Robert Murray admitted to altering the transcript.
Murray has since been reassigned in the D.A.'s office.
Brighthouse says problem is widespread but its hard to say how many customers are affected because the problem is very spotty.
They say they have crews working on it but are not sure when it will be fixed
Defense closing argument started off with Power Point presentation by Deputy Public Defender, T.J. Brewer. Despite prosecutors saying DNA evidence connects Johnson to the crimes, Brewer says the DNA evidence and the shoe prints found at the various crime scenes is inconclusive which isn't good enough to decide a guilty verdict. Throughout Brewer's argument he asked the jury to put emotions aside, caused by hearing about the horrific rapes, to get in the way of the facts the defense is presenting.
Brewer admitted Johnson has slept with multiple women, cheated on his girlfriend, but says he never committed a sex crime. Brewer also says Johnson is guilty of all gun charges beyond a reasonable doubt but says the rapes lack evidence.
Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman started his arguments right after targeting the many mistakes he says the detectives and the DA's office made, like not checking finger prints or hair left at the crime scenes, and neglecting to show the victims photos of Johnson until the trial. Cadman says there are multiple rapists and Johnson is not one of them. Cadman says Johnson does not meet the description of any of the victim's accounts but is simply an arrest of convenience to put the public at ease and the real rapist or rapists have not been arrested.
While Tuesday at times Johnson appeared uninterested, even rolling his eyes at statements made by the prosecutor, on Wednesday, he listened intently to everything his attorneys said. Closing arguments continue Thursday.