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- 05/28/15--11:30: Family of five displaced after Taft fire
- 05/28/15--11:49: Baby rolls 300 feet down the bluffs
- 05/28/15--11:55: High school graduations tonight in Bakersfield
- 05/28/15--17:25: Update: Missing boy located safe
- 05/28/15--18:47: Couple's big anniversary garnering bigger attention
- 05/29/15--07:49: Family files wrongful death claim against Kern County
- 05/29/15--08:12: Runners to play in NCAA regionals tournament
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- 05/29/15--08:47: Woman receives minor injuries in frightening crash
- 05/29/15--09:08: 110 local Vietnam veterans headed to D.C.
- 05/29/15--09:32: Vote expected today on new lawn watering restrictions
- 05/29/15--11:22: Two women arrested in McFarland on drug charges
- 05/29/15--12:03: Local companies being investigated for defrauding veterans
- 05/29/15--12:03: Local companies being investigated for allegedly defrauding veterans
- 05/29/15--18:10: Bakersfield man dedicates decades to building teams
- 05/29/15--18:22: Local man convicted of murder in deadly DUI crash
- 06/01/15--16:50: Senate begins fresh debate on domestic spying
- 06/01/15--17:47: Defendant punches public defender as guilty verdict read
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Police say the boy is a student at Fremont Elementary School near Union Avenue and Brundage Lane.
The boy, Victor Castro, left school after school was out but didn’t arrive home.
Castro is described as a Hispanic male 3’6”, 50 lbs., wearing orange sleeveless shirt with unknown print on front, faded blue denim shorts with a grey belt.
Castro was last seen at 12:50 pm, near the front of Fremont Elementary School possibly entering a: dark colored unknown make and model SUV.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111
To mark the milestone, celebrities, dignitaries, and even presidents are sending them congratulations.
"We're going to hang onto all of this," said Richard.
Pictures, autographs, handwritten notes are anniversary well-wishes which cover their coffee table.
The Arambulas tied the knot when they were just 16 and 17 years old. This year, they will mark 70 years together.
"It wasn't always sweet, rolling smooth," said Richard. "There was times that I wanted to get the gun, get out of my house," joked Mary.
Theirs is a special bond their granddaughter, Belinda Bannister, felt deserved special attention. Last March, she started asking for pictures from people congratulating her grandparents on 70 years on Facebook and in letters.
"So then we wrote the Vatican and we got an Apostolic blessing and then we just went crazy I think. We just wrote everybody," said Bannister.
Letters kept coming from the President and First Lady, a hand-written note from George Clooney, a broach and scarf from the late Joan Rivers, and swarms more stacked up from more than 150 celebrities, politicians, and a who's who of Bakersfield, all celebrating 70.
"I said I can't believe this. I just can't believe this. Just a tremendous amount of what happened was a surprise and the scope of it. We didn't figure it would be that big. But there it was the way it manifested itself. I couldn't believe it." said Richard.
All of the photos and fan fare were photocopied and made into a book. There are volumes of praise bound together in 70 years of wedded matrimony.
"At times it doesn't seem like it's that long until you dwell on it. And then sure enough I remember when and I remember when," said Richard.
"These people are amazing. They are just fabulous and I love them and I want everyone to know about it so they can know how amazing they are," said Bannister.
The Arambulas' official 70th anniversary is December 31. They have 4 children, 13 grand kids, 18 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
The DA's office in a news release says it has sought a temporary restraining order and appointed attorney Ken Byrum as a receiver to oversee the operation of Mike McWilliams and two companies he owns, Ally Senior Care, and Senior Veterans Benefit Advocates.
The case was filed by Deputy District Attorney John Mitchell on April 22 on behalf of the DA's office.
The lawsuit alleges McWilliams and his two companies filed false documents with the United States Department of Veterans, fraudulently and deceptively misrepresenting their services to senior military veterans and their spouses to obtain aid and attendance benefits.
The lawsuit further alleges McWilliams committed fraud against the United States Department of Veterans and senior military veterans.
McWilliams is said to have operations in Kern, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Madera counties.
The Kern County DA's office is encouraging anyone that feels they have been victimized by McWilliams or his companies to come forward.
If you think you may have been victimized, contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department at 661-868-7300, The Kern County Department of Aging and Adult Services, 661-868-1000 or the DA's office at 661-868-2340.
The jury found Maine guilty on counts 1, 2, 3 and 6, counts 4 and 5 had previously been dismissed.
Maine was found guilty of driving drunk when he ran a red light and crashed into Vanessa Carrillo's car.
The District Attorney's Office refiled second-degree murder and DUI charges against Maine earlier this year after those previous charges were dropped in December.
The main issue in this trial was which vehicle had the green light at the intersection of Fairview Road and Monitor Street in south Bakersfield as both Deputy District Attorney Courtney Lewis and Deputy Public Defender Kevin Moran argued in court.
Prosecutors said Maine's blood alcohol level was .16, two times the legal limit, and that he was speeding, ran a red light and collided into Carrillo's car, driven by her best friend.
Carrillo's mother was in the backseat. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Vanessa Carrillo died at the scene.
Prosecutors say Carrillo had the green light, but the defense disagreed.
Witnesses who testified in this trial include Carrillo's mother, her best friend, three Bakersfield police officers and a Kern Medical Center doctor.
At the park, Thursday night, the tee is crossed and the crowds cheer. This has been the norm at Park Stockdale since 1981 when sports-loving Tom Bell and family moved here from Houston.
"When we came here, I said what's going on. There wasn't anything. The Southwest Little League hadn't started then," said Tom Bell.
"It's just been his passion. He's always just wanted a place for kids to come out and play," said Meredith Bell, Tom's daughter.
The league started small, a free field and a few kids. Today, there are more kids, but 78-year-old Bell has made sure little has changed. The league still plays in the park, and a small fee, $27, covers all the bases, a hat, jersey, trophy, and season ending barbecue.
"I mean we spent so many years driving to Barstow to the outlets to pick up the balls and the bats, bags and everything just so it made it affordable for the kids," said Meredith Bell.
"And, it's always very gratifying to watch during the course of the year to watch how much they progress," said Tom Bell.
The teams teach lessons, like the highs and the lows of the game. And, the pint-sized players learning now, are the kids of former T-ball leaguers who played for Coach Bell, like Beth Thum.
"And the first thing I noticed was that it was the same elderly man that ran it when I was little. You would think that it was AYSO or YMCA, but it's just a little personal park with this man who loves to do this every year. And, he's taking his own time to do this," said Thum.
A barbecue marks the close of season 34. But, but next year's games are on deck thanks to dedication and knocking it out of the park for generations.
"It's amazing that he obviously has the heart and the love for the children and the game," said Thum.
"So, that makes me feel good. When you volunteer for things you get enjoyment out of it. It kind of keeps you going far," said Tom Bell.
The T-ball league plays for two months and is open to kids ages 4 to 7. Bell says he will gladly let someone take over if they want, but he'll keep being the league organizer for as long as needed.
Joseph Maine was found guilty on all four counts he was facing, including two counts of second degree murder, one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and another count of driving without a license.
Maine sat quietly next to his attorney with his head down and rubbing his eyes as the verdict was read.
Following the verdict, the mother of Vanessa Carrillo held on tight to Deputy District Attorney Courtney Lewis, an emotional trial Martha Carrillo attended every day with her family.
"We're very, very happy with the outcome. It's something that we have been hoping and praying for," said Christina Valadez, Carrillo's cousin.
The family of Carrillo says they now have closure knowing justice was served.
In 2007, records show Maine got a Wet Reckless, which is another name for the charge of reckless driving involving alcohol.
"Our office will prosecute you for murder if you have prior DUI's. It is so simple, it's just a matter of thinking before you get in the car after you've had a drink," said Deputy District Attorney Courtney Lewis.
Lewis says Maine was speeding and drunk when he ran a red light at the intersection of Fairview Road and Monitor Street in south Bakersfield in 2014, colliding into Carrillo's car.
She says he was on his way to get a 20 pack of beer for a party at his house.
Deputy Public Defender Kevin Moran says the evidence proved Maine had the green light.
"It was a tough case, it's an emotional case. It's a tragic situation any way you look at it -- but we really disagree with the verdict based upon what the evidence did show," said Moran.
Lewis says that evidence was several observation videos of how the traffic signals at the intersection were working months after the collision.
She says the night of the crash, Pamela Coleman was driving Carrillo's car and going ten miles under the speed limit.
Lewis says Maine was traveling 64 miles per hour, 2.5 seconds before the fatal crash.
"If you are going to take the risk of running a red light, you're going to put your foot on the gas and you're going to push it so you can make it through that light," said Lewis.
"You are certainly not going to be traveling 10 miles under the speed limit which is what we had here with Mrs. Coleman."
Lewis says Maine's blood alcohol level was .16, two times over the legal limit.
He's expected to be sentenced June 26.
A controversial surveillance program put in place shortly after the 9/11 attacks was suspended at midnight when the Senate failed to pass an extension of two provisions of the Patriot Act that allowed the data collection.
"The Senate's failure to act introduces unnecessary risk," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had pushed for an extension, but could not secure enough support due in part to fellow Kentucky Republican Rand Paul, who has made his opposition to the surveillance programs a key part of his presidential campaign.
"They want you to fear and give up your liberty," Paul said during debate on surveillance programs.
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Kern County Chief Public Defender Konrad Moore confirms one of his deputy public defenders was punched by the defendant he was representing as the defendant's guilty verdict was being read.
According to Moore, Alberto Lizarraga, 30, was on trial for assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
Lizarraga was subdued by deputies in the courtroom after punching public defender Mark Aguilar in the jaw. Court Executive Officer Terry McNally said a deputy in the courtroom described it as a glancing blow.
Lizarraga's ankles were shackled but his hands were not according to Moore.
Lizarraga is being held in the county jail on a combined $1 million bond in four different cases and a number of charges including escape.
No word Monday night on additional charges for Lizarraga for the courtroom incident.