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Past articles by Leah:

BPD looking for man who they say stole $180,000 from elderly woman

BPD looking for man who they say stole $180,000 from elderly woman → Read More

Boy gets autism service dog to help with anxiety

Liam Morgan is nine years old and has been diagnosed with high functioning autism, ADHD and Tourett's. For the past ten months, he and his mother have been fundraising the $25,000 it takes to get a service dog for him. → Read More

A Veteran's Voice: Air Force vet Jerry Hedges

Jerry Hedges was set to be the second veteran featured in the new series A Veteran's Voice. Monday morning, 23ABC learned he had passed away Sunday evening, so the series launched early to honor the man who loved to make people smile. → Read More

Mother of Hwy 43 victims gets married beside hospitalized son

Amber Morales (formerly Garza) lost two of her children in the crash on Highway 43 that left five of the six people involved dead. → Read More

Firefighters' union claims staffing cut, Chief says working to fix

A Facebook post published by the Kern County Firefighters Monday evening stated Did you know that your Kern County Fire Department may not be able to staff FIRE HANDCREWS this fire season (2018)? As of Tuesday evening, it was shared more than 550 times. → Read More

Authorities cracking down on distracted driving in April

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so the California Highway Patrol, Bakersfield Police Department and Kern County Sheriff's Office are on high alert, hoping to decrease the number of distracted drivers on the road. → Read More

Tips to stay safe while driving in the rain

Doug Shupe with AAA says there are many tips and tricks to remember when driving in the heavy rain Kern Couly will see this week. → Read More

Bracing for the storm: How to prepare for heavy rain this week

Weather officials say it's all about being prepared when it comes to the storm headed our way. → Read More

Officials discussing Hall Ambulance challenges, including response times

A public hearing began Tuesday inside the Kern Public Health Department involving the Kern County Emergency Medical Services Division and the California Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA). → Read More

Delano middle schooler places second in spelling bee

Gabriel Nobleza is in seventh grade at Pioneer School in Delano. He's always been good at memorizing facts; his dad says he's memorized anything from all the presidents in order with facts about each to the elements of the Periodic Table with details about each of those as well. → Read More

Students set to visit D.C. for educational trip

The Kern High School District will be sending 45 students from ten different high schools to Washington D.C. in April for a federally funded trip aimed at inspiring teens from migrant families to become active and informed citizens. → Read More

Oscar-nominated movie Lady Bird based on real experiences

The movie Lady Bird is nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan and Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf. With her directing debut, Greta Gerwig is nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. → Read More

Local teen shows off scooter tricks and flips

At the age of just 15 years old, Marc Barrios has already been practicing his scooter tricks for five years. When he started, he never expected it would become his main activity. → Read More

Erskine devastation leads to unique bond

The Erskine Fire ripped through the Kern River Valley in June of 2016, killing two people, destroying 309 structures and burning 48,000 acres. More than a year and a half later, the residents are still reminded of the devastation by the charred remains that can still be found in the area.Kern River Valley resident Darl Snyder lives 12 miles down a side road off Highway 178 in a rural area with… → Read More

Good samaritan saves abandoned dog

A local woman found an abandoned, starved dog in front of her parent's house and decided to step in. Jan Jerdin says the dog appeared cold and malnourished, so she took it to the SPCA. → Read More

DOW sets record for biggest daily point move ever

Many stock market records were broken Monday. At one point, DOW Jones dropped 1,597 points. DOW ended the day down 1,175 points, setting the record for the largest point move in a day ever. → Read More

TCP, cancer-causing chemical, now being regulated

As of January 1, 2018, the State is requiring water companies to filter out TCP, a carcinogen that with years of exposure has been linked to cancer. → Read More

Local Star Wars fans prepare for movie premiere

Local fans are gearing up and getting ready for the premiere of the next Star Wars movie. It opens Thursday. → Read More

Police: Green Room Bar owner, Frank "Kruz," admits to sexually abusing child

Green Room Bar owner Frank Sanchez, better known as Frank Kruz, was arrested on multiple charges of sexually abusing a child last week. → Read More

Christmas tree prices rising this year

As you hunt for a Christmas tree this year, you might notice the higher prices than last year. Jere White, owner of White Forest Nursery, says this is because of the recession. → Read More