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    (WHDH) A Chelsea, Massachusetts park is now closed after a tree fell on a group of children Monday night, injuring two of them.

    Police released video of the tree falling in Washington Park in Chelsea Monday night.

    "Everybody was panicking," said witness Diamond Gonzalez. "Everybody called the ambulance, the cops. Nobody knew what to do."

    A 2-year-old was taken to the hospital with what is reportedly a fractured skull. The boy's father didn't want to speak on camera, but said it took a team of people to rescue his son.

    "The park changed our lives. That changed our lives. From the moment that tree fell is a whole new world for me," Evelyn Mencia, the boy's sister, said.

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    UPDATED 2:05 P.M.

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office now says the baby injured in a shooting Tuesday is in critical condition at Children's Hospital Madera.

    Deputies say a pregnant woman was hot and delivered the baby boy at KMC. The woman, Adrianna Bravo, is in fair condition but her baby was also hit by the bullet that wounded her.

    The woman's husband, Mario Bravo was also shot. His condition has improved and deputies say he is stable.

    Sheriff’s Office detectives have assumed the investigation. As a result of the investigation detectives have determined that three suspects confronted both Mario and Adrianna in their front yard. During the confrontation one of the suspects shot both Mario and Adrianna. The suspects then fled in a vehicle.

    A pregnant Bakersfield woman went into labor after being shot Tuesday afternoon, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

    The woman was eight and a half months pregnant and deputies say the baby may have been grazed by a bullet.

    The shooting happened about 4 p.m. Tuesday near Niles Street and Oswell Street.

    Deputies say Arianna Bravo, 33, was shot in the lower hip and her husband Mario Bravo Jr, 34, . was shot multiple times in the torso.

    After she was rushed to Kern Medical Center for treatment of her wound, Adrianna Bravo delivered her baby.

    The baby is said to be in good condition, but may have been grazed by the bullet that struck the mother.

    Mario Bravo Jr. is listed in critical condition.

    All three victims are expected to survive, according to deputies.

    There is no known motive for the shooting, and officials aren't sure if it's gang-related.

    Detectives are looking for three Hispanic men in their mid-20's who took off in a gray, four-door Honda that has a rear tinted window and silver and black rims.

    Deputies served a search warrant in the 600 block of Lincoln Street Wednesday in connection to the case.

    If you have any information, you can call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or you can remain anonymous by calling Secret Witness at 322-4040.

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    UPDATED 3:47 P.M.

    The man was located and he is safe. The Silver Alert has been cancelled.


    The California Highway Patrol has issued a Silver alert for a man who may be traveling from Mississippi to Salinas, CA.

    Herbert Nesnith Casey was last seen on May 3, 2015, at approximately 4 a.m., at a gas station in Forest, MS. He used his credit/debit card on May 6, 2015 at approximately 10 a.m. in Menifee, CA and may be traveling to his residence in Salinas, CA.

    Casey is an 87-year-old white male, with gray hair, and blue or hazel eyes, standing approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing approximately 210 pounds.

    Casey is believed to be wearing light blue jeans, and a light colored polo shirt.

    Casey drove away in blue 2014 GMC Sierra, with CA license plate 85818m1. Casey suffers from a medical condition(s) and may become disoriented.

    If located, please contact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at (601) 693-1926.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- There were likely some scary moments for employees and customers of the Denny's on White Lane and Highway 99 Wednesday afternoon.

    A car exiting from northbound 99 to White Lane flew off the the off ramp and landed just feet from the front door of the restaurant.

    The car sheered off a power pole and cut power to the restaurant.

    There were no injuries.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- There is an opening on the Bakersfield City School District Board and the district is looking for applicants.

    There are a list of qualifications candidates must meet.

    As provided in California Education Code, the board will make a provisional appointment for a period of two years, within 60 days of the vacancy which began April 30, 2015.

    The Board is seeking candidates who have demonstrated leadership, understand and appreciate the culturally diverse community the District serves, support public education in our community; and demonstrate the ability to work as a team member.

    Members of the community interested in serving on The Bakersfield City School District Board of Trustees must be eligible pursuant to Education Code 35107 eligible parties will:

    · Be a registered voter;
    . Be 18 years of age or older;
    . Be a citizen of the State of California;
    · Be a resident of the Trustee Area Three in the Bakersfield City School District;
    · Not be disqualified by the Constitution or state law from holding office, and
    · Not be an employee of the District.

    Interested parties are asked to submit a letter stating reasons for wanting to become a member of the Board of Education, a completed Candidate Information Sheet, a resume of qualifications and a minimum of three letters of endorsement to the address below so it is received not later than 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 8, 2015 to:

    Board of Education
    Bakersfield City School District
    1300 Baker Street
    Bakersfield, CA 93305

    Qualified nominees will be invited to a special board meeting on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., to be interviewed by the board regarding their qualifications relating to the appointment. There will be an open ballot and the applicant who receives three or more first choice votes will be the provisional appointee.

    The Oath of Office will be administered and the appointee will thereafter participate as a regular board member with full voting privileges until the next regularly scheduled election for governing board members.

    For more information, please call 631-4611.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Embattled Board President Susan Lara has resigned from The Kern Regional Center Board.

    In a lengthy resignation letter obtained by KGET, Lara says she wants to spend more time with her family. 

    Lara also denies any wrong doing and answers her critics.

    Click on the document above to read the entire letter. 

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - State energy regulators decided not to decide on a request to suspend its review of the controversial HECA  power plant near Tupman.

    Members of the California Energy Commission heard two issues at a hearing in Sacramento Wednesday. First was a status update on the project itself.  HECA has failed to secure a customer for the carbon dioxide that would be produced by the
    coal-to-gas power plant. CO2 is a greenhouse gas, and must be captured to qualify for hundreds of millions of dollars in federal subsidies as a green energy project.

    On Tuesday, Hydrogen Energy California asked the energy commission to suspend the project for six months to secure a CO2 buyer.

    But that request will be decided at a later date and will have to solicit public comment before it is officially considered.

    The committee also didn't act on a motion by opponents of HECA to kill the project outright.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A newborn baby, who was delivered Tuesday after being shot in his mother's womb, is now fighting for his life. The baby was born at Kern Medical Center and has since been transferred to Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, where the sheriff's department says he is in critical condition.

    Investigators say three men confronted 34-year-old Mario Bravo, Jr. and his pregnant wife, 33-year-old Adrianna Bravo Tuesday afternoon outside their east Bakersfield home. One of those men, who hasn't been identified, shot the couple.

    Mario Bravo was shot multiple times in his torso. Adrianna Bravo, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, was hit once in the hip. Sheriff's officials say that shot also injured the baby.

    Kern County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ray Pruitt said, "At this point, the baby is in critical condition. Anybody that would shoot a female who's 8 1/2 months pregnant, that's certainly someone we want to identify and soon as possible."

    The mother and father are expected to survive. The sheriff's department says Mario Bravo is in stable condition and says his wife is in fair condition.

    Wednesday morning, sheriff's deputies served a search warrant in connection to the shooting at a home in the 600 block of Lincoln Street. No one has been arrested.

    Deputies have not said if the shooting is gang related.

    Detectives are looking for three Hispanic men in their mid 20's who took off in a gray, four-door Honda with a rear tinted window and silver and black rims.

    If you have any information, call the sheriff's office at 861-3110 or you can remain anonymous by calling secret witness at 322-4040.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern County Animal Shelter is reviewing its protocol following last month's Wings of Rescue flight.

    Its founder says nearly a dozen animals were sick and some died when they arrived to other shelters in several states.

    Wings of Rescue is known for relocating hundreds of animals in Kern County and from across the country to permanent homes.

    But the nonprofit founder says after lengthy research, they tracked the diseased animals to the Kern County Animal Shelter.

    Since last May, Wings of Rescue has helped find homes for more than 400 animals.

    But following last month's trip, the rescue group decided to cut ties.

    "Out of reasonable caution we had to suspend indefinitely the flights of animals coming out of Kern County," said Yehuda Netanel, Wings of Rescue founder.

    Netanel says eight dogs had diseases and three of them died after arriving at their destination.

    He says every dog had a health certificate stating all vaccinations were current.

    But Wednesday afternoon, Nick Cullen - County Interim Animal Care Services Director, said one dog was not vaccinated.

    "It is our protocol that all animals that come into our shelter are vaccinated for those core vaccines -- the distemper, parvo vaccinations as well as the bordetella vaccination, said Cullen.

    "It's our protocol to do so. I'm currently still looking into whether those protocols were not followed."

    He says for the other sick animals. "It is possible and evident that those animals did not show signs of illness while they were here and developed the symptoms very soon after they left our facility on that flight."

    Cullen says protocol is now being changed.

    "Our initial exam of animals that are coming in right now or at least the previous history were done by the front line staff - our animal care workers," Cullen continued.

    "We're changing that so that our medical staff performs an evaluation on every animal that comes into our facility before they get moved into the general population area for adoption or rescue."

    Wings of Rescue says it doesn't trust any of the medical records coming from the county shelter.

    The rescue says it will continue to work with the SPCA and the city shelter.

    Netanel says he has not had any problems with animals coming from the city.

    "We have pulled animals from flight up to an hour before the flight and said we are a little concerned - so we aren't going to send the dog this time, maybe it can go next time," said Julie Johnson, Bakersfield SPCA.

    The county shelter says it hopes to repair its relationship with Wings of Rescue soon.

    In the meantime it will use other rescue groups to find animals a permanent home.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Jimmie Bridges, 95, received a Purple Heart, Silver Star, and Bronze Star along with seven other honors Wednesday afternoon, at Congressman Kevin McCarthy's office. McCarthy said these are the most medals he has ever presented.

    Bridges says he remembers the day he enlisted like it was yesterday. "We saw a sign, Uncle Sam wants you. Never forget that sign neither, and I said to my cousin lets go join the Army," said Bridges. So he joined the Army in 1940, later fighting in World War II and on active duty another three years after the war ended. "I was in five or maybe even seven major battles, wounded five times," said Bridges. But he never quit, even after a serious blow to his head which damaged his vision. Bridges says he always fulfilled his mission. "Think about it they not only saved America, they saved the world, and if they didn't come to the call, I don't know where this world would be today," said McCarthy.

    After years without recognition, Bridges finally received his well deserved awards and accolades. "These were the most medals I've ever presented to a veteran at one time, five Purple Hearts when you look through at what he's been able to do, to the Bronze Star, all the different medals, fighting with Patton through Normandy, and everything else he did," said McCarthy.

    If you have a friend or family member that fought in war and did not receive the medals they qualify for call Congressman McCarthy's office at 327-3611.

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    UPDATE: Taft Police officials are now reporting the student who said he was robbed by a man with a knife fabricated the whole story.

    Here is the retraction from Taft Police:

            "Upon further investigation by the Taft Police Department, it has been determined that the attempted robbery         and assault with a deadly weapon that was reported as occurring in the area of San Emidio Street and Eighth         Street at about 7:45 am was fabricated.  The Taft Union High School student who originally reported the crime         has since admitted to investigators that the original report was a lie.  The minor cut sustained by the student         was actually the result of a dog bite."

    Taft police officials say the incident is being reviewed and that charges may be brought against the student for filing a false police report. 

    TAFT, CA- Taft Police are looking for a suspect they say tried to rob a high school student with a knife.

    Police say a Taft Union High School student was walking to school just before 8 a.m. Thursday when he was approached by the suspect.

    The man demanded money and threatened the student with a knife, according to Taft police. When the student said he didn’t have any money, police say the suspect came at victim with the knife.

    The victim told police he was able to slap the knife out of the suspect’s hand and run to the office at the high school where he reported the incident. The student received a minor cut to his finger according to police.

    Police searched the area for the suspect but came up empty.

    The suspect was described as a black male, possibly in his 50’s, about 6 feet tall, between 160 and 180 pounds, with a gray and black beard, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

    Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is encouraged to contact the Taft Police Department at (661)763-3101.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Authorities have issued a silver alert for a missing person. 

    Gilbert Lee Durham was last seen on May 2 at 11 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles. 

    He drove away in a light blue Nissan Frontier and has a license plate number 7V53025, according to CHP. 
    They say he suffers from a medical condition and may become disoriented. 
    Durham is a black male, 80 years old, has gray hair, brown eyes, 5 foot 7 and weighs 165 pounds.  

    If you see him, you are asked to call the Los Angeles police department at 213-484-6700

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    UPDATED 12:10 p.m.

    Officials have confirmed to KGET that the girl who went into cardiac arrest at school has died. The district superintendent, Shafter Police and the principal of Richland Junior High School all confirm the death.


    KCFD says a 14-year-old girl at Richland Junior High School in Shafter collapsed Thursday morning during gym class.

    She went into cardiac arrest.

    A Shafter police officer arrived on scene and used his automated external defibrillator (AED) on the girl. CPR was also performed by school staff then emergency personnel.

    KCFD and Hall Ambulance responded and took the girl to Mercy SW where her condition is unknown.

    District officials tell KGET the superintendent is on the way to the hospital.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Charges against a man suspected of being connected to a shooting death last November have been dismissed, according to the Kern Superior Court website.

    Donnell Robinson was charged with participating in a street gang and accessory to a crime after 25-year-old Lionell McGree junior was shot and killed outside the Regency Bowling Alley and Martini's Bar on Real Road.

    But in court yesterday, those charges with dismissed.

    The accused shooter, 33-year-old Paul Timberlake has been charged with first-degree murder and three other felonies.

    He's pleaded not guilty and is due back in court at the end of the month.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - On Friday, a small business conference open to the public will be held to show entrepreneurs how to market their businesses on Facebook.

    The Facebook Small Business Boost group will visit Bakersfield and hold a free event to teach local small business people how to optimize their presence on the world's largest social network.

    The event will be hosted by by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce with Congressman Kevin McCarthy welcoming entrepreneurs. 

    "Owning and operating a small business is hard work. When I opened my deli, I immediately learned that you are the first one to arrive, last one to leave and last one to get paid," McCarthy said. "And when the margins are tight, effectively and efficiently getting the word out for your business is imperative. That is what makes this symposium so valuable for all of the small businesses in our community that play such a large role. I am thankful for the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and Facebook for putting this together and enabling our local small businesses to promote themselves and thrive."

    The presentation will feature a Facebook small business expert as well as a panel of several local small business people sharing tips and tricks to being successful.

    It's happening tomorrow at the Double Tree Hotel in Bakersfield, located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Ct, 93308.

    It takes place from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    The event is free.

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - A bill to make Highway 43 eligible for project funding has passed in the assembly.

    Assembly Bill 1043 passed on the assembly floor on Thursday, May 7. 

    The bill, proposed by Assemblymember Rudy Salas, would add State Route 43 to the Interregional Road System (IRRS) and would make it eligible to compete for project funding in the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). 

    "Improvement projects for State Route 43 are long overdue. It serves a key route for local freight transportation," said Salas. "This measure makes Route 43 eligible for additional safety improvements, repairs, and upgrades." 

    According to the press release, the primary reason for the inability to secure necessary safety and operational improvements is the lack of funding options to finance improvements. 

    The addition of HWY (State Route) 43 to the IRRS would not have an immediate fiscal impact to the state. Adding HWY 43 to this list would simply make the route eligible to compete for future funding. 

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - Five people in Kern County have been indicted on grand theft and recycling fraud charges, according to the California Department of Resources and Recycling (CalRecycle).

    A two-year investigation revealed a complex scheme involving out-of-state used beverage containers, 24 Southern California recycling centers, and $14 million worth of fraudulent California Redemption Value claims.

    "Californians rightly expect us to act aggressively to combat CRV fraud," CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. "These indictments send a clear message to anyone who thinks they can cheat the system by illegally cashing in on out-of-state containers through fraudulent CRV redemptions." 

    As a result of the investigations, CalRecycle terminated the program certifications of 20 recycling centers, and four others voluntarily decertified from the program. CalRecycle denied payment of $245,495 in handling fees.    

    On March 31, 2015, a Kern County Grand Jury indicted Gonzalo Rodriguez, James Gonzales, Mario Mendoza and family members Belen Gonzales of Piru and Adriana Rodriguez of Sylmar. All are in Kern County jail awaiting trial on grand theft and recycling fraud charges except Adriana Rodriguez, who remains at large, according to the release.

    According to CalRecycle: California's Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act incentivizes recycling through a CRV fee paid by California consumers at the time of purchase and refunded upon return of the empty containers. Since the fee is never paid by out-of-state consumers, out-of-state containers are not eligible for CRV redemption. CalRecycle aggressively combats fraud through enhanced training of recycling center owners, increased scrutiny of payment claims, daily load limits, and increased enforcement and inspection efforts with cooperation from California's DOJ and California Department of Food and Agriculture border inspection stations.

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The California Public Utilities Commission has ordered water companies in its jurisdiction to comply with the water regulations set forth by the Water resources control board on May 5.

    According to the CPUC, the actions are taken to safeguard remaining urban water supplies.

    The CPUC oversees 113 investor-owned water utilities that provide water service to approximately 16 percent of California's residents. The CPUC today ordered these companies to comply with the state Water Resources Control Board's adopted measures, which were in response to Governor Brown's April 1, executive order mandating a 25 percent reduction in water use statewide for all urban water users compared with 2013 usage. 

    "We are in a drought emergency and need to take bold action. While water still flows to most taps today, the hard work to manage scarce water resources masks the dwindling supply in rivers, reservoirs, and underground storage basins," said Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval.  "Treat the drought like an 8.0 earthquake in your community.  Take dramatic steps to conserve water or face enforcement to ensure conservation mandates are met."

    According to the press release: The conservation savings for water companies serving more than 3,000 connections take effect June 1. Water companies serving 3,000 or fewer service connections must reduce water use by 25 percent by restricting outdoor irrigation to no more than two days per week, or implement other mandatory restrictions to achieve the necessary water savings.

    As a result of conservation efforts, the following prohibitions will be in place:

    · Irrigation with potable water of ornamental turf on public street medians.

    · Irrigation with potable water outside of newly constructed homes and buildings not in accordance with emergency regulations or other requirements established by the Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

    These prohibitions are in addition to the existing restrictions that prohibit:

    · Using potable water to wash sidewalks and driveways;

    · Allowing runoff when irrigating with potable water;

    · Using hoses with no automatic shut-off nozzles to wash cars;

    · Using potable water in decorative water features that do not recirculate the water;

    · Irrigating outdoors during and within 48 hours following measureable rainfall; and,

    · Restaurants serving water to their customers unless the customer requests it.

    Additionally, hotels and motels must offer their guests the option to not have their linens and towels laundered daily and prominently display this option in each guest room.

    If you would like more information, visit the state's Emergency Water Conservation website.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - An 18-year-old man is recovering after allegedly shooting himself in the hand, according officials.

    It happened on May 5, around 2:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Cathedral Rose Drive.

    According to BPD, they found 18-year-old Sheldon Croney suffering from a gunshot wound to his left hand.
    An investigation revealed that Croney and and a juvenile friend were at another friend’s residence located in the 4300 block of Rock Lake Dr. when Croney and his friend found a handgun. 

    BPD said the handgun belonged to the other friend’s father who was away from the residence at the time. 

    Croney reportedly manipulated the firearm causing it to fire, striking him in the left hand. 

    Croney was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment. There were no other injuries reported. 

    The firearm was seized and the investigation is on-going. 

    Croney is a former football player at Ridgeview High School.

    Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111. 

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Two local doctors face criminal charges -- accused of Medi-Cal fraud.

    According to court documents, Dr. Monica Murphy is banned from treating Medi-Cal and medicare patients, following a 2003 felony conviction of grand theft and failing to file an income tax return. Murphy is accused of treating Medi-Cal and Medicare patients at Central Valley Medical Group in Bakersfield and Taft from August 2011 to May 2013.

    Murphy and the medical group director, Dr. Ronnie Claiborne are charged with four felony counts of submitting fraudulent Medi-Cal claim forms, scheming to defraud a health care program, preparing false insurance claims and grand theft.

    Central Valley Medical Group staff didn't comment on the charges, but did say Murphy doesn't work there anymore and Claiborne is on vacation.

    "Dr. Claiborne has been providing quality patient care for more than 20 years as a member of the Bakersfield area healthcare community,"  Claiborne's attorney Steven Goldsobel said in a statement. "He has had an unblemished record of service to his patients. Dr. Claiborne vehemently denies any allegations of wrongdoing and will defend these charges in court." 

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