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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A new sighting of the Asian Citrus Psyllid in the Westchester area last week has authorities on the lookout again..

    The Kern County Ag Commissioner's office revealed Thursday it placed 285 traps within a nine-square mile area following the find April 21.
         
    Officials found one female Citrus Psyllid in a citrus tree trap.
         
    A treatment program will be carried out on all citrus host plants within 800 meters, which is just under half a mile from where it was found, southwest of at 23rd and F Streets.  
         
    Residents in that area will be notified in advance of the treatment.
         
    The Asian Citrus Psyllid can carry the plant disease Huang-Long-Bing, but so far, only one California case has been detected in one back yard tree in Hacienda Heights in Los Angeles County.
         
    There are two quarantines in effect in Kern County. One of those is up by the Tulare County line.

    The other one, which includes the city of Bakersfield, was put in place last October.
         
    Ag officials are considering expanding the quarantine but so far have not done so.

    Residents in the area who think they may have seen the pest are urged to call the pest hotline at 1-800-491-1899.


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  • 05/01/15--11:17: Solar panel job fair today
  • BAKERSFIELD, CA - A job fair looking for solar panel installers will happen Friday. The event is hosted by the Kern County 5th District Supervisor Leticia Perez and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

    According to organizers, solar panel installation includes uncrating, lifting, and carrying solar panels, as well as securing panels into place and cleaning up the job site. 

    The job description and requirements are: lifting approximately 50 pounds, reaching and lifting above the shoulder, climbing ladders and stairs, bending and stooping, extended periods of walking, regular exposure to weather conditions, and the ability to work at a rapid pace. 

    Other requirements include reliable transportation to work, ability to take direction and work with other people, ability to pass a drug test, English language proficiency, steel or safety toe boots suitable for a construction site, and ID as required on the Federal I-9 document. 

    The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the east Bakersfield Veterans Hall, located at 2101 Ridge Rd.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.-They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. At Calvary Bible Church, located at 48 Manor St., lots of hidden gems are waiting to be discovered. 

    The annual Junk-A-Tique yard sale starts today and goes until 6:00 p.m. tonight. It will also be open tomorrow from 6:00 a.m. until noon. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - May 1 begins National Foster Youth Month and on Friday morning some local foster kids were celebrating life after foster care.

    A total of 90 students in the foster care system graduated from the Independent Living Program last night.
         
    The commencement dinner was held at Coconut Joe's Beach Club in southwest Bakersfield.
         
    ILP is a federally funded project that helps young adults make a smooth transition out of foster care.
         
    The program teaches them practical skills. like writing checks, paying bills and renting an apartment.
         

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - If you're looking for some fun for the whole family this weekend, you're in luck. The circus is in town.

    The 90-minute Culpper and Merriweather circus show offers family-friendly, fun-packed entertainment with exotic animals, acrobatics, and clowns.

    The big top is set up at Emerald Cove Park in northwest Bakersfield for their 30th annual tour.

    "If you haven't had the chance to be a part of a real American traditional circus, this is your chance. This is the real deal," said Leo Acton, a C&M Circus clown.

    The circus is in town until Sunday, offering two shows a day.

    You can save a few bucks by buying tickets ahead of time at the Greenacres Community Center or North of the River District Office.

    You can also get tickets at the door, children under 2 years old are free.
     

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    BAKERSFIELD, A Kern County deputy public defender is herself in legal trouble after being accused of crashing her county-owned vehicle into a ravine while drunk.
        
    According to the CHP, on March 23 at 6:30 p.m, 28-year-old Sarah Schumacher was headed down Whisler Road when she ran a stop sign and crashed into a ravine off Highway 43 in Wasco.

    After the crash, Schumacher was taken to KMC for a complaint of pain but was later arrested on suspicion of DUI.
         
    Schumacher was charged with misdemeanor DUI on April 10.
         
    She is due in court Wednesday.
         
    The public defender's office would not comment on the status of her employment.
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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield police and community officials celebrated the reopening of the southside police substation Friday morning.

    According to BPD officials, this establishes an added police presence in that community.
         
    The substation is located at 106 East White Lane.

    "It's going to show the community the police department's commitment to community policing. We want to be part of the community, the police department is the community and the community is the department," said Assistant Chief Lyle Martin.

    The substation is currently not open to the public.
        
    BPD officials said the cost to reopen the substation was minimal because the department is attached to Fire Station 5.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Proving that one man's trash is another man's treasure, hundreds lined up early Friday morning, some waiting since last night for the annual junk-a-tique yard sale.

    The sale is put on by Calvary Bible Church every year to raise money for local church projects like teen challenge and flood ministries as well as churches and relief agencies around the world.
         
    This year they are also raising money for the victim's of Nepal's deadly earthquake.
         
    Pastor Steve Truitt said this year may be the best year yet as far as the merchandise they've collected.

    "For some reason this year we have picked up a lot of antiques and collectibles and glassware like crazy when we normally don't see that here," said Truitt.

    Calvary Bible Church is located at 48 Manor St., just south of the Kern River.
         
    The sale is going on until 6 p.m. and continues Saturday from 6 a.m. until noon

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - It's being called a major victory for many Westchester residents. Judge Kenneth Twisselman announced Friday afternoon the 24th Street widening project has been halted, ruling the environmental impact report was inadequate.

    This comes after a citizens group filed a lawsuit last year against the city of Bakersfield and Cal Trans.  The widening project would demolish 23 homes on the north side of 24th Street. Residents say the project started being thoroughly discussed about three years ago.

    Vanessa Vangel is the plaintiff in this case, along with the Citizens Against the 24th Street widening project. Vangel says since the beginning, she knew the project was flawed and a waste of money.

    The environmental impact report on the 60 million dollar project was approved by the city's planning commission in January of last year. But, Friday -- Judge Twisselman agreed with the citizens group about the EIR being flawed, saying some of the project was approved at different times, instead of at once.

    "The government agency has to explain why they are doing what they are doing and what the judge said repeatedly today was the city's rational in the environmental impact report was conclusory. He needed to have an explanation so he could better understand why they were doing what they were doing," said Jaime Hall, attorney for Citizens Against.   

    "This project has been threatening historic neighborhoods for over half of a century and today our voices were finally heard by Judge Twisselman. That's just a feeling of elation that everything I thought was wrong with this project - he confirmed that," said Vangel.   

    Deputy City Attorney Andy Heglund sent this statement Friday afternoon. It reads, the court has asked the city to provide additional support for the conclusions in the environmental document prepared for the 24th Street, widening project.  The city will need to evaluate the court's decision in determining the steps going forward.  The item is scheduled to be discussed with the city council at closed session on May 6.  We should know more after that.

    Attorney Jaime Hall says a new EIR will have to be drafted, which could take a year.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Local patient advocates say Corinthian Gardens Health Care Center is in the process of moving people from its long term care facility in northeast Bakersfield -- after the facility lost its medicare certification. The future of the elderly residents of Corinthian Gardens is still unknown.

    Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance long-term care services director Nona Tolentino says relocating Corinthian Gardens residents won't be easy.

    Tolentino said, "There's not enough beds."

    The facility holds 237 patients. Tolentino says three of Kern County's 19 nursing homes have offered assistance, but some people likely will have to move out of Bakersfield and possibly out of the county.

    "We do worry still that the transfers and perhaps inappropriate placements might result in a very negative outcome for them," she said.

    The California health and safety code states a long-term health care facility must let residents know 30 days before there is a change in the status of its license and put in place a plan for residents.

    Tolentino said, "The closure that they're talking about is imminent and probably irreversible. That's my impression with the activities that are being conducted."

    The Kern County long-term care ombudsman program advocates for elderly people who live in licensed care facilities. If you need assistance, call the program 661-323-7884.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - The Los Angeles Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 19-year-old man.

    According to LAPD, Austin Bruns, 19, was last seen around 5:30 p.m. on May 1 on the campus of Loyola Marymount University, where he is a student.

    Several personal items of Mr. Bruns were found in his dormitory room at Loyola Marymount University.  The Department of Public Safety at Loyola Marymount University has assisted with searching the campus for Mr. Bruns., according to LAPD.

    Bruns is described as a male with blond hair and green eyes, 6’ 00” tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds.

    If you have seen, or have any information regarding the whereabouts of Austin Bruns, contact the Pacific Area watch commander at (310) 482-6334. 

    During non- business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  

    Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield police arrested six people for allegedly driving under the influence during Friday night's four DUI and driver's license checkpoints in the greater Bakersfield area..

    The checkpoints are part of the Kern Avoid DUI Task Force as an effort to reduce the number of people injured or killed in DUI crashes.
         
    The checkpoints were held at the following locations:

    • 1800 block of Westwind Drive from 9 p.m. to midnight
    • 1800 block of Oak Street from 9 p.m. to midnight
    • 2900 block of Truxtun Avenue from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.
    • 3100 block of 19th Street from 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

    According to BPD, they screened 700 vehicles total from all four locations with the following results:

    • 17 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were performed
    • 6 DUI alcohol arrests
    • 2 vehicles were impounded
    • One of those drivers was found to have a suspended license

    Remember, if you suspect an impaired driver, call 911.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A deadly crash involing a school bus Friday afternoon in east Bakersfield has claimed the life of a 24-year-old man..

    It happened on East Truxtun Avenue and Gage Street.
         
    According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of a green Acura was driving erraticaly through traffic at 100-miles-per-hour when he collided with a Bakersfield city school bus making a left turn on Gage Street.
         
    CHP officials said the driver of the Acura sustained fatal injuries and his 14-year-old passenger sustained major injuries.
         
    The driver of the school bus, 72-year-old Janet Fosterm, was not injured, neither were the eight child passengers on the bus.
         
    No arrests were made and the the driver's identity has not been released.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Thousands of people pushed themselves to the limit at this weekend's Relay for Life -- making our hometown event one of the largest in the world.

    According to event organizers, this year participants raised more than $1 million, and that's not the final count.

    The money raised goes to support the American Cancer Society to fund cancer research.

    There were more than 1400 cancer survivors and 230 teams that participated.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA – A deadly crash in Rosedale Sunday morning is under investigation.

    The wreckage is so mangled, police say they don't know how many people were in the car.   

    It happened just after 1:30 a.m. on Coffee Road just north of Rosedale Highway.

    Officers said the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

    They said the vehicle veered into the center median for unknown reasons, hitting three separate trees before catching fire.

    Officials say due to the fire and vehicle damage the identity of the driver or occupants is unknown.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA – Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose body was found Sunday morning in an orchard west of Bakersfield.

    A farm worker found the body in an orange orchard off Highway 166, near Interstate 5, according to KCSO.

    Deputies on scene said there are obvious signs of trauma to the victim.

    The man's identity hasn't been released.

    The coroner's office said an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death is scheduled later this week.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA – A man has been identified in a shooting last night that injured a woman in northeast Bakersfield.

    According to Bakersfield police officials, 21-year-old Anthony Jerome Laws allegedly pulled up to a vehicle on Espee Street and fired several rounds at the people inside the car, including two young children.

    A woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Police issued a warrant for Laws for attempted murder and participation in a street gang.

    He has a criminal history, including gang charges and was released from jail less than two weeks ago.

    If you have information on his whereabouts, you are urged to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111.


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    WASCO, CA - An inmate at Wasco State Prison was found unresponsive Saturday morning.

    The coroner's office reports 52-year-old Jose Puentes of Los Angeles was taken to Delano Regional Medical Center where he later died.

    The sheriff's office hasn't released any other information about his death.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Three individuals were arrested for felony probation violations and five were arrested for drug related offenses during a probation sweep in Bakersfield on Friday.

    According to the Kern County Probation Department, nine felony warrants and 13 misdemeanor warrants were also served.

    Officers conducted 137 home calls and 107 probation searches, which also led to the seizure of various amounts of heroin and methamphetamine.


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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Officials with the city of Bakersfield and Golden Empire Transit are expected to make an announcement Monday regarding a new grant.

    Caltrans has awarded a $600,000 grant designated for accessibility improvements to at least 23 GET bus stops.

    According to officials, the improvements will include new ground pads for better wheelchair accessibility, as well as sidewalk improvements for many stops.


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