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- 05/22/15--14:26: BPD looking for burglary suspect
- 05/22/15--14:58: Three local volunteers to aid in Texas storm relief effort
- 05/22/15--15:56: BPD asking for help finding two theft suspects
- 05/22/15--17:33: Third day in Joseph Maine trial, more witnesses testify
- 05/22/15--18:25: Prom season is in full gear
- 05/22/15--18:47: Kern River sign updated
- 05/23/15--11:39: Free pet adoptions to veterans and families
- 05/23/15--11:43: Outlets at Tejon offering discounts to veterans this weekend
- 05/23/15--11:51: Enjoy a family-friendly day at the pool
- 05/24/15--17:47: Pet adoption event joins dogs with local veterans
- 05/24/15--17:52: Making the switch to drought-tolerant plants
- 05/25/15--06:02: Memorial Day Celebrations
- 05/25/15--07:31: Students raise money to help build a school in Nicaragua
- 05/25/15--09:54: Man detained after crash in southwest
- 05/25/15--10:50: Overnight crash leaves one dead
- 05/25/15--11:21: BPD: Man arrested after pointing loaded gun at dog
- 05/25/15--11:45: Tornado rips through Mexican border town killing ten.
- 05/25/15--18:24: T-shirt sparks controversy
- 05/26/15--07:42: New firefighter recruits get in physical shape for fire season
- 05/26/15--09:33: Two people burned in Shafter house fire
News cameras aren't allowed in this trial, but 17's Aric Richards has been following the trial from inside the courtroom.
Much of Friday's proceedings focused on the intersection where the deadly crash happened and if both drivers may have seen each other before the time of impact.
Again, for the third day, Vanessa Carrillo's family sat in the courtroom listening to arguments.
The prosecution called up five witnesses, individually.
Four of them were Bakersfield police officers. The other was a forensic alcohol analyst from the Kern County Crime Lab who analyzed Maine's blood which was .16 at the time of the crash.
Jared Diedrich was the first to testify.
He's the lead crash investigator with the Bakersfield Police Department.
Diedrich described the crash site at Fairview Road and Monitor Street the morning of January 17, 2014 and how the investigation was conducted.
Prosecutors say Vanessa Carrillo was killed when Maine ran a red light while under the influence of alcohol.
The defense argues Maine had a green light.
Diedrich also told the jury Maine admitted he had consumed two glasses of wine and six 12 ounce beers prior to driving.
The defense later noted that officers took Maine's cell phone for evidence to see if he was using it before the crash, but never took Pamela Coleman's phone, the driver of Carrillo's car.
Other witnesses talked about the reconstruction of the crash and the traffic signals at the intersection, as well as who was breathalyzed at the scene and at the hospital.
Maine is charged with five felony counts including second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
He's pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Public Defender Kevin Moran says the trial is expected to conclude next Friday.
Wasco Women's Club member, Judi McAnally, says the club has worked since January to create the event.
"We asked the teachers what can we do, what would you like and they said we would really like a dance because the kids never had had one before," said McAnally.
"They called me the next month and said,hey, let's do it this year," explained Wasco High School Principal, Gaylene Roberts.
Thirty students got to experience prom at Grace Community Church in Wasco. There was music, dancing, party favors and pictures. The magical moments were captured and proud parents filled their phones memory with even more photos and videos. The mother of a 15-year-old student, Leisabeth Soto, said she's never seen her son so happy.
"You can just see him smile and smile and smile and smile. It's like completing my life that I can see that now that they are going to have these things and he can be happy just like any other high schooler," said Soto.
"I like it. I'm having fun. Yah, best day at school," said Wasco High Student Navjot Sandhe.
"I mean, I feel like my heart is going to explode, you know. It's so overjoyed with the whole experience. You know, it feels like I have a permanent smile on my face, you know. It's just the dancing with them and the music and playing, I can't believe how into it they are," said Roberts.
These students danced to their own beat thanks to a community moved to make it happen. The D.J. donated his time and so did the photographer. The pizza lunch was paid for and the church donated the space. And, what it all created, smiles all around, was priceless.
"You got a tear in your eye! You can't tell me you didn't because it makes your heart feel good on the inside because to see somebody have an experience they have never had before and to look at it through their eyes," said McAnally.
The Wasco Women's Club is already working with the school to plan another prom next year.
The Kern County Sheriff's Department changed this number to 271 Friday morning, reflecting the two local teens who died last summer.
Experts say, lower water levels doesn't mean the river isn't dangerous.
Kern County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Damon McMinn said, "All the hazards on up on the surface."
Rocks and boulders stand out down the Kern River.
McMinn said, "That pressure would be the same as you trying to lean underneath a VW bus and try to do a pushup."
A rate sergeant Damon McMinn says makes the river more than capable of living up to its nickname the Killer Kern.
"Any appendage will get caught rocks and it just pins you down and you're going to stay there until we get there," said McMinn.
Fire crews saved a woman who fell out of a kayak Thursday.
Kern County Fire Captain Mike Lencioni said, "We had a rescue swimmer swim out to her, captured her and then we threw some ropes and were able to pull her to a calm area of the river and were able to successfully rescue her."
Kayaks and other alternatives to rafting have become more popular as companies change their business models to adapt to lower water levels. Mountain and River Adventures owner John Stallone says low water levels change safety focus for guided tours as well.
Stallone said, "When the water's higher we give more detail on trees and strainers. Since we're not even near the trees or strainers we're giving a little more details on rafts and rocks and how to get through and be safe going down the river."
But both men who died in the Kern River last year were swimming, in separate incidents.
McMinn said, "The Kern County Sheriff's Office does not advocate anybody swimming in the Kern River. Please stay out of the canyon the canyon is no place to swim."
Sheriff's officials recommend using approved safety equipment anytime you are near the water.
Discounts of 10 - 15 percent at individual stores will be available.
A list of participating stores can be found at their website.
"We want to honor the service of our veterans and show our appreciation," said Jenifer Natto, general manager of Outlets at Tejon. "Veterans will simply need identification that demonstrates their service."
The Thousand Flags event at Riverwalk drew large crowds with each flag representing a hero. It went throughout the weekend and continues today will all day patriotic festivities.
On Saturday Bakersfield National Cemetery had a solemn ceremony making sure those buried there are never forgotten. Bakersfield's Wall of Valor also had a remembrance ceremony with photos of local fallen heroes.
All of the ceremonies acted as a reminder to take a moment to thank all those who gave their lives and continue to protect all the freedoms we enjoy.
If you would like to sponsor a flag in honor of a loved one it's 50 dollars just go to thousandflags.org or attend the celebration all day today.
Thousands of chocolate bars and pancakes later, this group of students and their advisor have raised more than $17,000 entirely on their own.
It's part of the build on after-school program, helping young kids like them get the education they deserve.
Teacher Aaron Rothkopf started the local chapter of the build-on after-school program at South high. It's part of an international non-profit aimed at creating a heart of services in high schoolers while promoting literacy abroad.
The students raised more than $17,000, enough to build an elementary school.
After it is finished, this school will be dedicated to Kern County. If you would like to donate to their efforts or find out more information on the build on organization, visit our website, KernGoldenEmpire.com and just click on the hotlink icon.
It happened just before midnight Sunday night at the intersection of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road.
Two females were taken away by ambulance.
One was pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.
The man who was driving this blue hatchback was detained at the scene.
UPDATE 12:36 p.m.
The CHP now says the man killed in an overnight crash was driving drunk.
Investigators say the driver was speeding on the winding road and tried to take a curve too fast. They say his SUV rolled multiple times. Officers say he was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver is only identified as a 42 year old male from Bakersfield until the coroner releases his name.
The CHP is looking into a fatal crash at Round Mountain Road and Eastmont Road around 2:40 Monday morning.
This is a remote location on an oil lease north of the California Living Museum.
When CHP officers arrived they discovered that an SUV went off the side of the road, and fell 40 feet down an embankment.
"We discovered there was one vehicle involved, it went off the side of the road upside down and landed on some infrastructure dealing with the oil industry," said Sgt. Don Petersen of the CHP.
Firefighters on scene reported they were treating 3 patients.
One person was initially reported trapped in the wreckage and the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
It happened about 9:40 Monday morning at Wayside Park near Ming and South Chester Avenues.
According to police a woamn saw a man take a black handgun from a backpack, load it and then point the gun at a dog that was following him. The man did not shoot at the dog.
Police say they caught up with the man at the park, found the gun and arrested the man on possession of a concealed weapon and posession of a loaded firearm.
Police identify the suspect as Jeremiah Hendrix, 23, of Bakersfield.
Photos from the scene show cars with their hoods ripped off, resting up-ended against the facades of houses.
One car's frame was literally bent around the gate of a house.
A bus was seen flipped and crumpled on a roadway.
Officials said that ten people are confirmed dead so far in the twister, which struck around 6:40 a.m. local time.
Ciudad Acuna is a city of about 100,000 across the border from Del Rio, Texas.
Top state officials have set out to review the damage and coordinate a response to the disaster.
Local shopper Janice Smith said, "To have a shirt like that represented on a day like today is really rude and disrespectful."
On this Memorial Day, mall goers we spoke with say this Pacific Sunwear shirt is inappropriate.
Tiffany Singleton said, "My husband served in the Marine Corps. It's not right at all."
County veterans service department director Dick Taylor agrees.
Kern County Veterans Service Department Director Dick Taylor said, "On a day like today, this particular weekend, when we're honoring those that have been killed in battle, it's absolutely distasteful, disrespectful and insensitive to those that have fought those battles."
The flag code states it should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
Mitchell Hovis said, "Anything disrespectful for the flag, to me is uncalled for."
The shirt is sold in Pacsun stores and online, in conjunction with rapper A$AP Rocky. It's listed on the store's website under "Americana."
Some stores placed it on the front tables with other red, white and blue gear. But that is not the case at the Bakersfield PacSun.
The store manager wouldn't go on camera, but said the shirt was placed with other t-shirts away from the front entrance of the store.
Some shoppers say that's not enough.
Hovis said, "I'll never buy anything from there. Never. Ever. Ever again."
"I don't know if it's wrong to shop at the store or not. Just to have a shirt like that displayed on a day like today is kind of disrespectful," said Smith.
The store manager said since the backlash, corporate managers sent a memo for stores not to use the shirt in the display.
Some stores across the country have removed the shirts. So far, PacSun's corporate office has not responded to our questions we left with the local store manager.
The BFD hosts recruitment training each week for people who are interested in becoming a firefighter. The classes are every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning and each class begins at 5:15 a.m.
The training runs through June 5, 2015.
It happened around 1:30 Tuesday morning at Rodriguez Avenue and South Shafter Avenue.
Around 40 firefighters responded to the blaze.
County fire firefighters says two burn victims, a man and a woman, escaped the flames on their own before their arrival and were treated at the scene and taken to the hospital.
No word yet on the extent of their injuries.
A dog also was rescued from the home and taken by animal control.
Fire officials say the house was a total loss.