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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Kern County Sheriff's officials are looking for three men suspected in the shooting of a man, his pregnant wife and their unborn baby on Tuesday.

    On may 5, investigators said three men confronted 34-year-old Mario Bravo Jr and his pregnant wife, 33-year-old Adrianna Bravo, outside their east Bakersfield home, and opened fire.
    Mario Bravo was shot multiple times in his Torso. 
    Adrianna Bravo, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant, was hit once in the hip.
    Sheriff's officials said that shot, hit the baby in the head.
    Adriana Bravo delivered her baby boy a short time later and the infant was transported to Valley Children's Hospital.
    The baby, Mario Bravo Jr was initially in critical condition, but according to the sheriff's office, he is now stable.
    Both mother and father are expected to survive.
    Friday morning sheriff's officials released photos of the men they are looking for in connection to the shooting.

    The suspects are identified as 22-year-old Anthony Rios, 21-year-old James Rios, and 24-year-old Anthony Sanchez.
    All three are facing three charges of attempted murder.
    If anyone has information they are asked to call the sheriff's office at 661-861-3110 or secret witness hotline at 661-322-4040.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A repeat DUI offender arrested in connection to a deadly crash in Arvin is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon. 

    The incident happened Wednesday night on Tower Line Road and Sunset Boulevard.
    According to officials, 52-year-old Angel Jimenez was driving drunk in his pickup truck when he made a left turn directly in front of a motorcycle.
    That motorcycle slammed into the side of Jimenez's pickup and the rider was thrown from the bike and died at the scene.
    His identity has not been released.
    Jimenez was arrested and booked on three felony charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. 
    According to court documents, Jimenez is a repeat offender.          
    In 2002 he pleaded no contest to DUI and again in 2008 he pleaded guilty on a separate DUI charge.

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    BAKERSFIELD,CA - Today marks 70 years since the fall of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers.

    On this day on May 8, 1945, the term V E Day was created, meaning "Victory in Europe," signifying when Germany's surrender was announced.
    Celebrations and memorials will take place around the world today.

    A special ceremony took place at the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. today.

    Hundreds of people, including many veterans now well into their 90's, gathered for the V E Day event.
    Many of the veterans came in wheelchairs, others with walkers and canes, to mark their valiant service during the war as they watched wreaths being laid at the memorial.

    The ceremony also included 20 WWII veterans from Kern County there today as part of Kern County's Honor Flight.

    The Kern County Veteran's Service Department is hosting a ceremony at the Kern Veterans Memorial at 2:01 p.m. Friday.
    That's the exact moment when WWII ended.
    Congressman Kevin McCarthy will be there along with local WWII veterans and other dignitaries.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The identity of the man who died in a crash on Interstate 5 early Friday morning has been released

    The coroner has identified the man as 23-year-old Alan Altamirano of Lakewood, Wa.

    The crash happened around 4:30 a.m. on I 5 near HWY 223.

    According to the CHP report, the decedent was the operator of a vehicle that veered off the roadway into the dirt center divider and overturned.  He died at the scene from his injuries.

    The CHP is investigating the crash.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The National Association of Letter Carriers and Community Action Partnership of Kern want you to help stamp out hunger.

    Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday and your letter carrier will pick it up.
    Neighborhoods with community mailboxes are encouraged to do the same.
    Donations will assist the local food bank to feed the hungry.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The recipients of the 23rd Congressional District of California 2015 Merit Award for students in Kern and Tulare counties was announced today by Congressman Kevin McCarthy.

    "The Merit Award recognizes those that have strived and excelled within our education system and our communities. It not only embodies superior academic achievement, it recognizes positive values students and educators espouse every day. This presentation ceremony provides our community the opportunity to honor this year's recipients that demonstrate this excellence and inspire the continued advancement of community endeavors and academic success."

    According to the organization, the 23rd Congressional District of California 2015 Merit Award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership skills and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    The presentation is Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

    The event will also honor inspiring local educators chosen by each student.

    The following is a list of recipients:

    Kern County
    Miss Olivia Espinoza - Bakersfield Christian High School
    Miss Alexandra Vaughan - Bakersfield High School
    Mr. Timothy Andersen - Centennial High School
    Miss Adriana Alcala - East Bakersfield High School
    Miss Ebony Turner - Foothill High School
    Mr. Robert Norris - Frontier High School
    Mr. John Soper - Garces Memorial High School
    Mr. Douglas Johnston - Highland High School
    Miss Amrit Dhillon - Independence High School
    Mr. David Mackey - Kern Valley High School
    Miss Bailey Slayton - Liberty High School
    Miss Kaylee Dunham - Maricopa High School
    Miss Jennifer Hernandez - North High School
    Miss Breanna Ramos - Ridgeview High School
    Miss Po Tsui - Stockdale High School
    Mr. Phuc Nguyen Ngo - Taft Union High School
    Mr. Kasey Brockelsby - Tehachapi High School
    Miss Diana Hurtado - West High School

    Tulare County
    Miss Laura Koemmpel - Porterville High School
    Miss Sarah Vehrs - Granite Hills High School
    Mr. Raymundo Lopez - Harmony Magnet Academy
    Miss Sabrina Mahal - Monache High School
    Miss Josefina Lopez - Strathmore High School

    The following is a list of educators:

    Kern County
    Mr. Frank Thiessen - Bakersfield Christian High School
    Ms. Clair Richards - Bakersfield High School
    Mr. Ryan Coleman - Centennial High School
    Mr. Brad Sanders- East Bakersfield High School
    Mr. Wade Tavorn - Foothill High School
    Ms. Nicole Nelson - Frontier High School
    Mrs. Cheryl Rhodes - Garces Memorial High School
    Mr. Geoffrey Ruud - Highland High School
    Mrs. Kip Glazer - Independence High School
    Mrs. Erin Woodward - Kern Valley High School
    Mrs. Leandrea Slayton - Liberty High School
    Mrs. Debbie Myers - Maricopa High School
    Ms. Natalie Ryan - North High School
    Mrs. Marlys Brimmer - Ridgeview High School
    Mrs. Denise Sande - Stockdale High School
    Mrs. Sarah Hamblin - Taft Union High School
    Mr. James Henderson - Tehachapi High School
    Mrs. Angela Jenkins - West High School

    Tulare County
    Mrs. Linda Shearer - Porterville High School
    Mr. Rich Lambie - Granite Hills High School
    Mr. Jeromy Blackwell - Harmony Magnet Academy
    Mr. Grant Wagner - Monache High School
    Mr. Ben Nelson - Strathmore High School

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The California Highway Patrol is inviting young drivers for a free, educational driving class.

    The Start Smart program is a free class offered to current and prospective teenage drivers, and their parents or guardians.

    The two-hour, no-cost class discusses important issues such as: Safe driving habits, consequences of a poor choice behind the wheel, and tips on how to avoid a collision.

    Organizers say parents and teens will be more aware, more educated, and better prepared to handle the stress of a new driver.  

    To register, call 661-864-4444. 

    The class is happening on May 12 at the 420 Club on Alfred Harrell Highway, and starts at 6 p.m.

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    DELANO, CA - Delano police officials are looking to the public for help in identifying and locating a homicide suspect wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting.

    It happened on May 8, in the 100 block of Glenwood Street just before 8 a.m.

    Delano police officials said a male victim was walking along the street when he was shot.

    Witnesses reported the victim tried to run away from the scene but succumbed to his injuries. He was transported to Kern Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

    Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Delano Police Department at (661) 721-3377 or Detective S. Manuele (661) 720-5518.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The California Highway Patrol is inviting senior citizens to take advantage of a driving program designed to provide older drivers with tips for safe driving.

    The Age Well, Drive Smart program is a statewide initiative and will focus on what the CHP say is the KEYS to driving safer and driving longer.

     Discussion topics in the Age Well, Drive Smart program include:

    - How to tune up their driving skills. 
    - Refreshing their knowledge of the rules of the road. 
    - Learning about normal, age-related physical changes and how to adjust to them. 
    - When it may be time to limit or stop driving. 
    - Understanding the alternatives to driving. 

    Space is limited so sign up early.

    The program will take place on Monday, May 11 at the Rasmussen Senior Center, located at 115 E. Roberts Ln. in Oildale and will be conducted by CHP officers.

    The class is free and intended for senior drivers 65 years old and older. 

    To reserve your spot, call 661-864-4444.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Mother's day is Sunday. While many moms will be showered with flowers and presents, one Bakersfield woman is getting a particularly special gift.

    Her sister-in-law agreed to carry her baby for her when she could no longer do so because of cancer. Now, she's expecting a little girl.

    Before Amy Eberly and Diane Hooper were sisters through marriage, they were close friends.

    "My whole life I've wanted a sister, so, I feel very blessed," said a teary-eyed Amy Eberly.

    The tears come thinking about what her sister and friend has endured. In 2008, at just 28, and soon after marrying Amy's brother, Diane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

    "They ended up removing one ovary and one fallopian tube and a mass. We didn't know that it was cancer but soon after we found out that it was. The doctors let us delay chemo for a month because they knew that we wanted to have children," said Diane Hooper of the ordeal.

    That month gave them precious time to harvest four embryos in case the chemo left her sterile. But, but six months after Diane's last treatment, she found out she was expecting.

    "We just kind of thought, all right, we are going to move forward with our lives and we didn't actually need those embryos," said Diane Hooper.

    Diane and her husband welcomed a little boy to their lives. But, after celebrating his first birthday, Diane, again, got a devastating diagnosis.

    "I had the same symptoms come up and and it turns out I had cancer again. And, at that time, they did do a complete hysterectomy which was devastating," said Diane Hooper.

    "I had already had one child and I knew what a gift it was to be a mom and I wanted to give her that hope, you know, to get her through chemo," said Amy Eberly.

    Amy stayed by her sister's side through the treatments. But, she wanted to do more. She knew about the embryos and how much Diane wanted another baby. So, she offered to be a surrogate.

    "I think if somebody is going through cancer and you feel like you can't take it away all you can do is give them love and hope," said Amy Eberly.

    "We are able to expand our family and move forward with our life. And, my little boy is going to have a sister because of my sister-in-law," said Diane Hooper.

    From the first ultra-sound, the sisters share in watching the little girl grow.

    "I get to go to every appointment with her and she doesn't mind if I am hands-on and rubbing all over her belly," said Diane Hooper.

    On this Mother's Day, these friends, sisters, will celebrate together. They will be thankful for the strength it took to beat cancer, the powerful bond of family, and the will to overcome adversity with the addition of the little girl they are expecting.

    "Just being able to give somebody a gift of a child is rewarding in itself. People look at me like it's a big sacrifice. I feel like it's such a short amount of time for a lifetime of blessings," said Amy Eberly.

    "I wish I could go through it, but I'm so happy to know that she's doing this. And, it's hard to convey, you know, what it means to you and to know this is a gift I will never be able to repay," said Diane Hooper.

    The new baby is due July 19. Diane says she will be named Hannah Faith Michelle Hooper. Hannah is a biblical name. Faith is for what Diane says got them through this. And, Michelle is Amy's middle name.

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  • 05/09/15--10:56: Free health fair on Saturday
  • A free health fair is happening Saturday in Oildale.

    The Outreach Clinic will be doing free diabetes screenings, blood pressure screenings, dental screenings, nutrition counseling. There will also be food, drink and raffles at the event.

    It all takes place at North of the River Riverview, 401 Willow Dr.

    From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - A free car tune-up event will tae place on Saturday at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

    Tune In Tune Up, is a Car Clean Up event that encourages all Valley drivers to bring their older out of tune vehicles for a FREE vehicle emissions test; when the vehicles fail the test, the driver receives a $500 voucher for repairs at a STAR certified smog repair shop. 

    Doors will open at 6:30 a.m, testing begins at 9 a.m and ends at 3 p.m.

    The event is subject to close earlier due to the maximum number of vehicles (525) reached by 3 pm.

    Free food at 9 a.m while supplies last, weather seems to be pleasant not too hot, even so, drinks will be provided for free as well throughout the day.

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    TAFT, CA - The voice of Dodger Baseball drew a large crowd to Taft Saturday afternoon. Vin Scully payed a visit to the new Scully Field at the Westside Parks and Recreation District.

    Scully Field looks like a mini Dodger Stadium and today drew a crowd Scully himself says was one he would remember forever. "I will remember this crowd far more, much deeper than any crowd I have ever seen," said Scully.

    Taft Mayor Randy Miller said his city is a sports town and very supportive of the Dodgers. "Vin Scully doesn't come to very many events and he was tickled absolutely tickled to come to Taft and be apart of this," said Miller.

    Scully's fans were happy to have him. Blake Harris of Bakersfield says he's been listening to Scully since he was a baby. "I just kinda fell in love with this guy, it's been great having him as the announcer for the Dodgers," said Harris.

    Adrian Pena drove three hours to give Scully a custom painting of Scully and his wife. Pena said this field is wonderful for the Kern County community and a positive influence for the young baseball players who will use it. "You can never go wrong with anything that has Vince Scully in it, ain't no body more deserving than him," said Pena.

    Congressman Kevin McCarthy also had his annual "McCarthy Cup" whiffle ball tournament. If you would like to visit this field contact the Westside Parks and Recreation District at 763-4246.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Homicide detectives with the sheriff's office are investigating what they say are human remains found in Lamont.
    It happened around 11:15 a.m. Saturday near a vineyard two miles west of Interstate 5, and just  south of Copus Road.
    According to KCSO, a passerby found the remains stuffed inside a metal 55-gallon drum and the remains are in an advanced state of decomposition. The age, race, and sex of the victim is unknown. 
    If you have information, you are urged to call the sheriff's office at 861-3110

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - The sheriff's department is investigating what they say is a suspicious infant death in Oildale. 

    According to officials, a two-month-old baby boy was found unresponsive Saturday morning at a home on Moneta Avenue. 
    KCSO's Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations unit is looking into the incident. 
    The manner of death is pending an autopsy.

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    DELANO, CA - The coroner's office has identified a man that was killed Friday in Delano.

    According to officials, 35-year-old Alfredo Covarrubias was the victim of a drive-by shooting. 
    It happened Friday, in the 100 block of Glenwood Street just before 8 a.m. 
    He was taken to Kern Medical Center where he died.
    If you have information on this case you are advised to call the Delano police department at 721-3377.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - One of the men suspected in a shooting that injured a Bakersfield man, a Pregnant woman and her unborn child is in custody after he was found in southern California.

    Sheriff's officials say 24-year-old Anthony Sanchez was arrested last night in Brawley, Ca -- a city about 20 miles away from the border. 
    They said he was possibly making his way to Mexico.

    Sanchez was booked on his no-bail warrant for three counts of attempted murder.
    He is one of three men suspected of shooting Mario and Adrianna Bravo on Tuesday outside their east Bakersfield home.
    A bullet also grazed their unborn baby's head.
    The baby was delivered at KMC and transferred to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera.
    At last check, the baby is in critical but stable condition.
    Both mother and father are expected to survive.

    Meanwhile, officials are still looking for two more suspects, identified as Anthony Rios and James Rios.
    If you have information on their whereabouts, you are urged to call the sheriff's office at 861-3110 or contact secret witness 322-4040.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Union Pacific railroad officials are investigating a train derailment in the mountains east of Bakersfield.

    Union Pacific spokesperson Francisco Castillo said the train derailed for unknown reasons around 9:40 a.m. Sunday.
    Castillo said 14 empty rail cars came off the track on the Mojave Subdivision near Caliente.
    Four remained upright and 10 cars were tipped over on the side..
    No one was injured and there weren't any hazardous materials associated with the derailment, Castillo said.
    However the mainline is affected but no word yet on the number of trains delayed as a result of the incident.
    The train was headed northbound  to the Sacramento area, from San Bernardino County.

    The extent of the damage has not been determined.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield police are investigating a shooting that left one man in the hospital with minor injuries.

    The shooting happened just before midnight Saturday at the Red Zone sports bar on Pananma Lane, near Wible Road.
    According to police, there was a fight in the bar that moved outside.
    The suspects fired shots into the crowd from a newer model black charger, hitting a man in the leg. 
    The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    If you have any information on the shooting, call BPD at 327-7111.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA - Kern County fire officials are reminding the community tonight to ensure your pool is safely guarded to help prevent a tragedy.

    The warning comes after a 2-year-old who died Saturday. The boy was found unresponsive at the bottom of a pool last weekend and was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

    The incident happened May 3 at a home on Noble Street in northeast Bakersfield.

    Kern fire officials caution it's important to always know where your children are when playing around a pool.
    And if you have a pool fence, to make sure it has a self-locking mechanism.
    Also, have an exit alarm on the door leading to the pool.

    "A pool is a source of enjoyment, but it could also turn into tragedy if the children don't know how to swim -- if the parents aren't around -- or just an accident happens. when we think everything is safe and ready, within seconds, it becomes a tragedy," said Kern County Fire Captain Eric Coughran.

    Pool safety awareness is increasingly important during the summer months due to the increased cases of pool accidents, Coughran said.

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