Noëlle Lilley, 23ABC News

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Bakersfield, CA, United States

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Past articles by Noëlle:

Missing 11-year-old found unharmed

Santana has been found and was unharmed, according to BPD. → Read More

Kern County Sheriff's Office investigating a firework-related death

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a firework-related death that occurred on Friday, June 7. Investigators say the subject was using illegal fireworks in an unsafe manner which caused a detonation, resulting in the man’s fatal injury. → Read More

Comrades and Canopies takes local veterans to new heights

TAFT, Calif. — The United States Parachute Association estimates that more than 300,000 people skydive in a typical year. 28 Kern County veterans can now be added to that list as the organization, Comrades and Canopies , took local vets to new heights on Saturday at Skydive Taft . Multiple times a year the organization takes vets, free of charge, on skydiving trips at Skydive Taft. Any and all… → Read More

Premature babies reunite with nurses and doctors at Memorial Hospital

Premature babies reunite with nurses and doctors at Memorial Hospital. → Read More

Interactive survey hopes to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A 2019 study ranks the city of Bakersfield at seventh in the nation on a list of the most dangerous areas for walking. The study found that between 2008 and 2017, 13 pedestrians a day were killed due to accidents on the road. The city of Bakersfield is using a new interactive survey to combat this, but the survey won’t be around forever. Community members can go to an… → Read More

Hall Ambulance surprises 11-year-old girl with new stuffed animal

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — When Gabby Martin and her family were in a car accident in 2018, she was given a Siren the Rescue Dog stuffed animal to comfort her. Last week on a cruise, Martin was heartbroken after losing that stuffed animal but today she was given a new one. Employees at Hall Ambulance gave the 11-year-old quite a surprise when they arrived to present Martin with a new stuffed animal,… → Read More

Strata Credit Union hosts recycling extravaganza ahead of Earth Day

Bakersfield resident, Cody Brown and his father, David, say that recycling is something every person should do. Strata Credit Union hosted a massive multi-recycling event ahead of Earth Day, which is on Monday, April 22. “Recycling is absolutely important for the environment because there’s so much material going into landfills today that’s super important to actually recycle as much as we can,”… → Read More

KCSO conducting bomb squad demonstration in Arvin

ARVIN, Calif. — Kern County Sheriff's Office will be conducting a planned bomb squad demonstration in the area of Highway 223 and North Wheeler Ridge Road in Arvin. This demonstration will take place between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on April 15. KCSO says it responds to about 75 bomb threat calls per year. The bomb squad does not evacuate based on threats, but only once police determine that… → Read More

2019 East Bakersfield Peace Walk aims to create a better future for youth

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Peace and unity. That was the message sent at the 2019 Peace Walk in East Bakersfield complete with food, music, and games. The event was led by Stay Focused Ministries in partnership with Safe Streets Bakersfield in the hopes of keeping kids off of the streets. The event also emphasized the importance of a positive relationship between the Bakersfield police department and… → Read More

Netflix releases trailer documentary following Beyoncé's historical Coachella performance

Who runs the world? Beyoncé! Netflix has released the trailer for, "Homecoming", a documentary that follows the creation and execution of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's 2018 Coachella performance. > An in-depth look at Beyoncé's celebrated 2018 Coachella performance from creative concept to cultural movement. #beyoncehomecoming — Netflix US (@netflix) April 8, 2019… → Read More

2019 Scottish Games bring Scottish, Nordic, and viking cultures to life in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — From the sheaf toss to the hammer throw, the 2019 Scottish Games brought Scottish, Nordic and viking cultures to life. Complete with meat pies and haggis, attendees got a taste of Scottish heritage, all while listening to the music of professional Scottish bagpipe bands. This year’s games added a special new addition of Viking and Nordic cultures as well. Local Scottish… → Read More

Arvin Color Guard wins silver at World Championships

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Arvin Color Guard team took home the silver at the WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The team had already won the WGI Western Championships in Las Vegas in March. A homecoming celebration was held for them at Arvin High School when they returned on Sunday, April 7. Families and community members congratulated the team while 'We Are The Champions' by rock band… → Read More

Garces Memorial High School hosts annual Day of Play for children with special needs

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Children with special needs spent Friday, March 5 playing with students at Garces Memorial High School as part of an annual Garces tradition called, Day of Play. “It’s just a great day for special needs kids to come and have a great time and buddy up with some of our garces students and just really enjoy themselves,” said Eileen Perez, the Director of Campus Ministry at… → Read More

A new high school may be coming to southeast Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A new high school may be coming to southeast Bakersfield. Kern High School District is inviting the public to attend a community meeting on Thursday, April 4 to discuss a new comprehensive high school opening in the fall of 2022 in southeast Bakersfield. The school will be located at the northeast corner of East Panama Ln. and Cottonwood Rd. It is the first comprehensive… → Read More

KCSO arrests five for giving alcohol to minors through Alcoholic Beverage Control decoy operation

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In the month of March 2019, the Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested five people while conducting decoy operations at businesses that are licenses to sell alcohol throughout Kern County. The operations were done through a $100,000 grant from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. The operations consist of minor decoys, undercover stings and any other alcohol related… → Read More

Bakersfield Sikh community celebrates Nagar Kirtan, sends message of unity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Nagar Kirtan is a processional parade practiced in Sikh communities around the world to honor the holy scriptures of the Sikh faith. Hundreds poured into Southwest Bakersfield on Sunday, March 31 to celebrate Nagar Kirtan with a message of love and unity. “I want them to experience the food and the hospitality and learn about our religion, that we believe all the humans are… → Read More

Man arrested for allegedly shining strobe light at Sheriff's helicopter

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, a man has been arrested for shining a strobe light at a KCSO helicopter on March 22. Around 10 p.m., KCSO crew members reported someone flashing a light at the helicopter, disrupting safe operations. Someone used a high-powered flashlight with a strobe function and tracked their descent to the hangar, making it "impossible" for… → Read More

5th Annual Walk for Justice rally draws hundreds to East Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Christopher Okamoto. Santino Travino. David Silva. These names and more could be heard for blocks in East Bakersfield on Saturday, March 23 at the 5th Annual Walk for Justice rally. Families, community members, and faith leaders walked for miles in honor of loved ones who have been killed by law enforcement and to protest police misconduct. The event bringing some to tears.… → Read More

Kern County Knights win state championship

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Knights capped off a perfect season tonight with a 5 to 0 win over the Burbank Cougars for the state championship. The team competed in Division 2B in Valencia on March 23-24, taking on other high school teams from across the state. The team was formed four years ago and won its first league championship in March, as well—now adding a state title to an… → Read More

Local farming company, Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons, laying off over 500 employees

DELANO, Calif. — UPDATE (3:11 p.m.): In an emailed statement to 23ABC, John Zaninovich, VBZ’s President said “VBZ has been my family’s pride and joy for more than 80 years, but this restructuring is important to our future.” The company said it is working to "make this restructuring as seamless as possible". ------ Local grape farming company, Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons, says that it is… → Read More