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    UPDATE: 2:01 p.m. 

    The Kern County Coroner has identified the victim in the crash as Blanca Guadalupe Lopez Lomeli, 51, from Bakersfield.


    The CHP is investigating a deadly crash that happened on Bear Mountain Blvd. early Monday morning.

    According to a CHP release the crash happened about 5:30 a.m. at Bear Mountain Blvd and South Edison Road.

    A woman heading south on Edison failed to make a complete stop and was hit by a semi carrying nearly 80,000 pounds of cement, the CHP said.

    Investigators say the semi was not speeding and drugs and alcohol don't appear to be a factor.

    The semi hit the car on the driver's side and pushed it into a nearby orchard.

    The female driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The victim's name has not been released.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Deputies want the public's help in finding a person of intrest in a murder investigation.

    The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating the murder of Nicolas Gomez. They say he was shot to death at a home on Quincy Street near Highway 178 and Beale Avenue on March 29.

    Weeks later, deputies released security camera footage of people fleeing the area after the shooting in hopes of identifying suspects.

    Michael Guitierrez, 27, was identified from the video, according to deputies.

    They say he could be changing his appearance and is know to hang out in east Bakersfield and Shafter.

    Martha Noriega, 23, is a person of interest in the case and deputies are hoping to identify her as well.

    Click on the above document links to see their full wanted posters.

    If anyone has information on his whereabouts they are asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or secret Witness at 661-322-4040.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Two men who were shot Saturday during a drive-by shooting in south Bakersfield, have been released from the hospital.

    It happened just after noon on Jastro Avenue, near Feliz Drive.

    Sheriff's deputies say the windows were shot out of a silver Chevy truck.

    Two people were hit, one of them multiple times in the leg and lower back.

    The other was shot in the leg.

    Both victims were treated at the hospital and released.

    Deputies say the shootings could be gang related.

    No description of the shooter has been released.

    If you have information, call the Sheriff's Office at 861-3110 or to remain anonymous call the secret witness hotline at 322-4040.

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    (WXIA) There's a reason most people look twice at a railroad crossing, you never when the train will appear out of nowhere on the tracks.

    These were the desperate seconds before a C-S-X train slammed into the back of a bus in Georgia.

    Six people were injured running for their lives.

    After the crash five people were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries.

    The bus driver could be heard on the video before the crash asking passengers if the bus was on the tracks.

    According to officials the bus driver has been issued a situation for improper stopping on train tracks.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- A California Highway Patrol officer was assaulted as he tried to arrest a suspected drunk driver Monday.

    It happened in Oildale as the officer was conducting a roadside sobriety test in Oildale this afternoon.

    The CHP says 47-year-old Nelson Melendez from Pacoima tried to get back in his vehicle and a struggle ensued with an officer at the scene.

    The officer suffered a few scrape and Kern County firefighters responded but the officer was not seriously injured.

    Melendez has been taken to the Kern County jail.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA.-Five percent of Kern children under 18 lived in the care of a grandparent in 2012, according to the latest statistics from the Kern County Network for Children. That's compared to three percent of California children living with grandparents.

    Local grandparents make the sacrifice to raise their grandchildren in order to give the next generation a better life.

    "I couldn't fathom to see them in the system so I said I'd rather just take them all myself," said Bakersfield grandmother Josie Martinez. She and her husband are raising 11 of their 22 grandchildren.

    UCLA researchers created the Elder Index and calculated the annual cost of grandparents raising grandkids. Using the federal poverty level as a baseline, researchers concluded Kern county grandparents need less money than in any other California county to raise kids.

    But that need is still $6,000 dollars more per kid a year than the average local grandparent has. 

    "In this case when we were looking at low income seniors when they were already struggling with their own financial needs they may do things like cut down on their own medications they take, or eat less food themselves in order to make things stretch for their grandkids," said Steven Wallace, Associate Director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

    "Sometimes they'll take money out of savings that they had in retirement to make ends meet, so they're really making a sacrifice to do this," added Wallace.

    Grandparents like Kathleen Craig receive county money to help raise their grandkids. But grandparents typically receive less than foster parents.

    "I get like $350 dollars a month to support both of them and my husband and I are on social security," said Craig, 66, who is raising two grandsons. "He gets a VA pension, so thats all we have to live on."

    Bakersfield City Councilman Terry Maxwell and his wife Pauletta say they lost their free time when they began taking care of their two grandchildren four years ago.

    "We were very independent when we got them, and now suddenly we have two kids that we have to consider in almost everything you do," said Maxwell. "You always let your kids know that if anything happens you're going to be there for them, that if God forbid something might happen and you had to take care of their kids you would do it in a heart beat. But you don't think that that's ever really going to happen."

    The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance clinic offers a number of services to grandparents and their grandchildren. All services are free of charge for qualifying families and can be accessed by calling (661) 322-1021.  Below is a complete list of services offered by the clinic:

    Parent Services
    Kinship Support Services: The Kinship Support Services Program provides supportive services to these caregivers and children to help strengthen their families and to provide opportunities for success. 
    Time Limited Family Reunification:  Time-Limited Family Reunification (TLFR) helps qualifying families whose children have been removed by C.P.S. to reunify as quickly as possible. Each TLFR family has a care coordinator who becomes their advocate. The care coordinator identifies and helps them find resources, meet any needs they may have, develop a care plan, and becomes a support system throughout this difficult process.
    Parent Education: The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic offers free comprehensive services for families who are in Family Reunification or Family Maintenance through the Kern County Department of Human Services. Our goal is to assist parents through case management services, parenting classes, counseling, and/ or visit coaching so that they will be successful in bringing their families together even stronger and better than before.
    Parent Support Groups: The Henrietta Weill Memorial Child Guidance Clinic offers free parent support groups to provide parents and caregivers with up-to-date community resource information, bonding activities to be used with their children, support for specific parenting concerns and issues, and allow parents to obtain additional parenting tips through the use of videos, topic discussions, and multimedia presentations.
    Children Services
    Outpatient Services: This program serves children up to the age of 21 who exhibit emotional and behavioral problems.  These services include individual, family, and group therapy as well as case management services provided by intervention specialists. 
    Substance Abuse Services: This program serves children up to the age of 21 who exhibit emotional and behavioral problems.  These services include individual, family, and group therapy as well as case management services provided by intervention specialists. 
    Additional Services
    Community Services: Through outreach consultation services, Clinic staff provides mental health education and training to teachers, school administrators, agencies, service, groups and the general public. 
    Psychiatric Evaluations and Medication Support When appropriate, the child and family will meet with a board-certified child psychiatrist for an evaluation to diagnose the child and determine if medication support services may be beneficial.

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    CORRECTED: 3:45 P.M. 5/19/15

    CAPK now says the original schedule for food distributions contained errors.

    The new, corrected schedule is below.


    Families impacted by the drought will continue to get food assistance.

    The CAPK Food Bank will continue distributing emergency pre-packaged food boxes to families affected by the drought this month.

    The Community Action Partnership of Kern will be distributing 30 pound boxes filled with food to families in need.

    Last year, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to approve $687 million in emergency drought relief including $25 million for food assistance in the Central Valley.

    Officials say people will be asked to self-certify that they live in a household where drought conditions have caused their underemployment or unemployment.

    MONDAY-JUNE 1, 2015
    OILDALE …Under Grace Fellowship.….. 5pm-7pm
    1705 N. CHESTER AVE
    BAKERSFIELD, CA. 93308

    TUESDAY-JUNE 2 , 2015
    Isaiah’s Sober Living I & II…. 5pm-7pm
    1904 Clarendon St
    Bakersfield, CA 93307

    WEDNESDAY-JUNE 3 , 2015
    188 SAN JUAN ST
    MCFARLAND, CA. 93250

    Tuesday-JUNE 9, 2015
    World of Pentecost … 5pm-7pm
    3025 Fairfax Rd
    Bakersfield, Ca 93306

    Thursday-June 11, 2015
    ARVIN VFW ….5pm-7pm
    1025 S. DERBY ST
    ARVIN, CA. 93203

    SATURDAY-June 13, 2015
    9901 VELMA AVE.
    LAMONT, CA. 93241

    TUESDAY-June 16, 2015
    Valley Faith Fellowship…5pm-7pm
    15570 County Line RD
    Delano, CA 93215

    WEDNESDAY-June 17, 2015
    Greenfield Family Resource Center… 5pm-7pm
    5400 Monitor St
    Bakersfield, Ca 93307

    Thursday-June 18, 2015
    New Life Center….5pm-7pm
    Old Sears Warehouse-4313 Shepard St
    Bakersfield, CA 93313

    Monday-June22, 2015
    OILDALE …Under Grace Fellowship.….. 5pm-7pm
    1705 N. CHESTER AVE
    BAKERSFIELD, CA. 93308

    Tuesday-June 23, 2015
    World of Pentecost … 5pm-7pm
    3025 Fairfax Rd
    Bakersfield, Ca 93306

    Saturday-June 27, 2015
    9901 VELMA AVE.
    LAMONT, CA. 93241

    Tuesday-June 30, 2015
    BUTTONWILLOW ….. 5pm-7pm

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Billy Ray Johnson has been sentenced to life without parole plus 423 years to life for a series of rapes in the summer of 2013.

    Johnson was found guilty on 24 counts in April.

    Prosecutors say he broke into four homes, raped three women, molested an 11-year-old, and assaulted victims with a gun.

    Johnson's attorney had filed a motion for a new trial because after jurors were dismissed, Judge Gary Friedman offered condolences to a female juror whose grandfather passed away.

    The defense said the jurors should have been deliberating with clear minds.

    The judge denied the motion before sentencing.

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    UPDATED: 4:09 p.m.

    The Kern County Coroner has identified the man who died in the crash as James Thomas Doss, 50, of Tehachapi. 


    The California Highway Patrol says a Tehachapi man was killed when his car went head on with a garbage truck in Golden Hills.

    It happened about 6:30 Tuesday morning.

    CHP says a 50-year-old male was driving west on Golden Hills Blvd. when for unknown reasons his car crossed into on coming traffic.

    Jorge Garcia was driving a Benz Sanitation trash truck east and tried to avoid the car before the crash, according to the CHP. 

    The driver of the car died at the scene.

    Garcia was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.

    The name of the victim has not been released.

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    Washington, D.C. -- Takata is nearly doubling the size of its already massive recall for faulty airbags, making it the largest auto recall in history.

            The company has already recalled airbags used in about 18 million vehicles for the problem. This move will bring that number up to about 34 million autos. That is nearly one out of every seven cars on U.S. roads today.

            The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem with millions of air bags. It will be the largest recall in the agency's history.

            Faulty air bags which can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into passengers are linked to at least six deaths and more than 100 injuries.

            "Takata has agreed to confirm that Takata airbag inflators are defective," said Anthony Foxx, the U.S. transportation secretary. "It is fair to say this is the most complex consumer recall in U.S. history."

            Ten automakers, including Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp., have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide because of the problem.

            Those numbers will grow by millions because of the agreement, but it's unclear which manufacturers will be most affected by the expanded recalls.
            "We are pleased to have reached this agreement with NHTSA, which presents a clear path forward to advancing safety and restoring the trust of automakers and the driving public," said Takata's Chairman & CEO Shigehisa Takada in a statement.

            "We have worked extensively with NHTSA and our automaker customers over the past year to collect and analyze a multitude of testing data in an effort to support actions that work for all parties and, most importantly, advance driver safety."

            Takata has found it difficult to keep up with the demand for replacement air bag kits for the affected vehicles despite expanding production capacity. The company's competitors have been enlisted to help with the backlog, but even with the additional help, it has been estimated it would take more than two years to get the repairs completed.

            To find out which makes and models of vehicles are affected, click here:

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Housing advocates say rent in Kern county is unaffordable to most low income households.

    In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent in Kern County, renters need to earn $16.00 per hour, according to The California Coalition for Rural Housing.

    This is Kern County’s 2015 Housing Wage, revealed in a national report released Tuesday. The report, Out of Reach 2015, was jointly released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington, DC-based research and advocacy organization, and the California Coalition for Rural Housing.

    "California's widespread housing affordability crisis is not limited to coastal areas. We are also seeing this as a major issue in Kern County. When parents have to choose between rent and food, children can't thrive. When workers can't afford to set down roots, businesses choose other places to invest in jobs," said Rob Wiener, Executive Director of the California Coalition for Rural Housing. "That's why business organizations, labor organizations, mayors, and police chiefs are among those calling on legislators to restore state investment in affordable homes by approving Assembly Bills 1335 and 35.”
    The federal minimum wage has remained at $7.25 an hour without an increase since 2009, generating debate and calls to raise the wage, both at the state and federal level. In no state, even those where the minimum wage has been set above the federal standard, can a minimum wage renter working a 40 hour work week afford a one-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent.

    Working at the minimum wage of $9.00 in Kern County, a family must have 1.8 wage earners working full-time, or one full-time earner working 71 hours per week, to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment at a Fair Market Rent of $832 per month.

    The typical renter in Kern County earns $12.72 per hour, which is $3.28 less than the hourly wage needed to afford a modest unit. The national Housing Wage in 2015 is $19.35. This year, California is the third most expensive state in the nation for renters.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA-  Bakersfield Police have released new details about an officer involved shooting Sunday.

    Officers were called to a church parking lot on Planz Road to check the welfare of a man there.

    Police say when they first arrived they found the man in his vehicle slumped over the steering wheel backed into a parking stall surrounded by large full sized vans.

    The suspect Gilbert Fajardo, 20, was either asleep or passed out according to police.

    Police say the vehicle was not running and the driver’s side front window was lowered several inches.

    There were no license plates on the vehicle, however; officers located a California license plate in the dash. The license plate returned to a make and model vehicle other than the one in which Fajardo was occupying, according to police.

    They say it is unknown at this time whether the vehicle had been stolen. The officers were able to wake Fajardo up, identified themselves, and requested that he exit the vehicle.

    During their several minute conversation with Fajardo the officers ordered him to exit the vehicle numerous times and he refused, police said.

    Police say Fajardo rolled up his window, started the vehicle, revved the engine and rapidly accelerated out of the parking stall.

    Officer Lindy DeGeare, who was positioned on the driver side of the suspect vehicle, no longer saw her partner, Officer Juan Orozco who was positioned on the passenger side of the suspect vehicle, according to police. Believing her partner had been or was being run over she fired her duty firearm at Fajardo striking him.

    Fajardo collided with a van that was parked across the parking access lane from where he was initially parked.

    Medical aid was summoned to the scene and Fajardo was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment.

    Officers DeGeare and Orozco were uninjured. Officer DeGeare was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation and review by the Critical Incident Review Board. Fajardo is still hospitalized.

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    (WEYI) A Mt. Morris, Michigan man is behind bars after allegedly waterboarding his girlfriend's 5-year-old son.

    Michael Porter told police he got the waterboarding idea from watching a movie.

    "Tied the 5-year-old's hands up with a belt, down by his sides, put a garment over his head, down below his nose, laid him on a footstool on his bed and poured water over his throat, face and mouth," said Mt. Morris Police Chief Keith Becker..

    Chief Becker says Porter told investigators he used this interrogation technique that simulates drowning because the young boy ripped his backpack at school.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- The Kern County Sheriff's Office has released a 911 tape from the incident in Lebec where two people died in a crash. 

    Deputies say woman stole ambulance then intentionally crashed head on into semi killing both drivers.

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  • 05/19/15--17:00: Daycare Database
  • KERN COUNTY -- When you drop off your kids at a state licensed daycare, you assume you are leaving them in a safe environment. But what do you really know about the place?

    There are 251 active licenses for daycare facilities in Kern County. In the past five years, more than 60 have had Type A citations, issued for the most serious types of violations.

    The state Department of Social Services launched its new website last year. You can find basic information on the state's website, but details of violations are limited. The DSS website lists only the number of violations, not details of what happened. Other important information is lacking, and in some cases, inconsistent and inaccurate.

    "You click on it and you can't even find out what," said local mom Kim Gonzalez.

    At some facilities, those details can be shocking -- Kern County kids getting into rat poison, being injured by staff, or wandering off the property.

    Gonzalez said, "Why are we not able to look on the computer and actually see what's going on with these child care facilities?"

    The state issues citations when there is a health or safety risk to children.

    "Type B violations are things that are serious, but that can be fixed," said Michael Weston, DSS spokesperson. "Type A is something that needs to be fixed immediately because it represents a danger, immediately."

    But you have to go to the DSS office in Fresno to see all the violations from local facilities.

    For example, one day care provider with a string of serious violations you probably never would have heard of is Lil' Explorers.

    In their files, we found six Type A violations in the last five years.

    In December, a child found a pocket knife near the sleeping cots. The knife apparently had been left by someone who cleans the center.

    A month later, a toddler escaped from the play yard and found his way out of the facility. A passerby found the child and returned the toddler to the daycare.

    In response to the violations, the daycare fired the cleaning company and included a safety sweep in the pre-opening procedures and added a lock to the play area gate.

    Lil' Explorers administrator Dawn Holleman declined to do an interview about the violations. Instead, she emailed a statement saying in part, "Lil' Explorers is dedicated to providing the very best care possible and is always available to speak to any questions or concerns."

    Adding to the confusion is the fact not all Type A violations are so alarming. For example, not instructing kids on fire drill procedure. But you can't tell the nature of the violation by looking at the state's website, only that there is a violation.

    "There's definitely a lot of regulations involved and it's for good reason," said Karen Kiser, co-owner of A Good Time Out.

    Kiser says the limited amount of information the state provides can come off worse than it actually is.

    "In our situation, if someone wants to call me and ask me about it, I have no problem telling them exactly what happened," said Kiser.

    Weston says daycares must keep a record of violations for three years, but are only required to provide a copy of violations that have occurred in the last year. Citations must be posted for 30 days.

    Weston says there isn't a timeline for when more information will be available through the website. In the meantime, licensing and inspection documents are maintained in Fresno.

    "That's a big inconvenience," said Gonzalez. "You want to know as a parent, that they're going to a safe place."

    We've posted every Type A citation in the last five years on our website along with responses from facilities. There are 61 facilities in Kern County with Type A violations, but there is nearly an equal number of daycares that don't have any Type A or B violations.

    Click here to see a list of which facilities have Type A violations and which have none:
    To visit the state's CCLD Facility Search, click here:

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    Officials say it was around 12 P.M. Tuesday when the Santa Barbara County Fire Department first spotted the leak near Refugio State Beach, a south facing beach, after nearby ranchers called 911 reporting a powerful petroleum smell.

    Officials say the ruptured pipeline is operated by Plains All American Pipeline and runs along the coast near Highway 101.

    The oil company does have a hub here in Bakersfield and said in a statement the crude oil released came from a 24" pipeline that stretches from Las Flores to Gaviota in Santa Barbara County.

    Officials say the oil reached a culvert that leads to the Pacific Ocean and as a result can spread two to four miles south of its origin.

    Initial reports from the Coast Guard tell us about 21,000 gallons, or 500 barrels, of oil have flowed into the ocean.

    But we are told those numbers could change as the clean-up continues.

    Darren Palmer of Plains All American Pipeline said, "Plains is working with local officials and first responders on site to begin clean up and remediation efforts. Plains deeply regrets this release has occurred and is making every effort to limit its environmental impact."

    The cause of the leak is still unknown, but officials say Refugio State Beach will remain closed until further notice.

    Fish and Wildlife officials say at this point they have not found any wildlife harmed by this oil spill, but the environmental effects are still unknown.

    Fishing is not allowed within a mile east or west of the spill.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- School is almost out and many parents are making summertime plans.

    You may consider driving down I-5 to Magic Mountain, where the new Twisted Colossus ride opens to the public on May 23.

    17's Ryann Blackshere Vargas was live there all morning with a sneak peak of the attraction.

    Centennial high school student Michael Mountain joined her on the ride.

    Mountain rode the original Colossus back in August for 36 straight hours.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- Opening statements have begun in the trial of a man charged with killing a pregnant woman while driving drunk.

    Joseph Maine is charged with second degree murder in the death of Vanessa Carrillo in January 2014.

    Members of Carrillo's family packed the courtroom Wednesday morning.

    After both sides made their opening statements, Carrillo's mom and best friend testified for the prosecution.

    The case will likely focus on who had the green light and who had the red and what the Event Data recorders in both cars will eventually show.

    Prosecutors say Maine's blood alcohol level was .16, twice the legal limit, at the time of the crash.

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    BAKERSFIELD, CA- A Lake Isabella man allegedly beat his roommate to death last month after he learned the roommate may have molested two children.

    That's according to new court documents, obtained by 17 News.

    Sheriff's deputies say 48-year-old Kirk Haag was physically assaulted by 31-year-old Raymond Tenorio on April 25 on Curran Avenue in Lake Isabella.

    According to court documents two days before the incident Tenorio's wife told him that Haag may have molested two of her children.

    She says Tenorio was drinking that night and that is what caused him to lose control and assault Haag.

    Tenorio's wife told deputies her and her husband are both sex assault victims.

    The documents state a witness told deputies that Haag was a registered sex offender.

    Tenorio has pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder.

    He is due back in court next month.

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    TEHACHAPI, CA- Tehachapi police say scammers are targeting their community.

    Police say the scammers are using the familiar IRS scam to get money from people.

    In these scams, the caller places a phone call to the potential victim and alleges they are calling from the Internal Revenue Service. The victim is told they owe money to the IRS and they could have criminal charges filed against them or even be arrested if they do not pay. Often times the victim is asked to make payment through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.

    The goal of the scam is to obtain personal identifying information from the victim and/or money. The caller claims an agent from the IRS or the local police department will come to their residence to collect the money or take them to jail. If the victim refuses to cooperate with the caller, they can become hostile and insulting.

    Many people fall victim to these scams as the caller can alter their phone number and make it appear as if they are actually calling from the IRS or the Tehachapi Police Department. Victims often believe the calls are legitimate and send money or provide personal identifying information to the caller.

    A few things to keep in mind:

    1) The IRS will not call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
    2) The IRS will not demand you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
    3) The IRS will not require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
    4) The IRS will not ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
    5) The IRS will not threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

    For anyone who receives an email claiming to be from the IRS, the email can be forwarded to Do not open attachments in the email as they can contain malware that will infect your computer.

    To report a scam, victims are urged to contact the Tehachapi Police Department at 661-822-2222 or you may contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484, or file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission at

    More information on IRS scams can be found at

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