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Past articles by Vanessa:

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for central Kern County

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for central Kern County. NWS says at 5:18 p.m. PDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Arvin or 13 miles southeast of Bakersfield moving southwest at 30 mph. NWS this will last until 5:45 p.m. Hail damage to vehicles, wind damage to roofs, siding and trees is expected. The locations this will impact include southeast… → Read More

KCSO investigating homicide in south Kern County

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in south Kern County. KCSO says at about 9:20 a.m. the California Highway Patrol received a call regarding a possible body near Interstate-5 and South Sabodan Street. Upon arrival, KCSO located a deceased man. The KCSO Homicide Detectives were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. The investigation is being investigated as… → Read More

Bakersfield Police holding DUI/Driver's License checkpoint on Tuesday

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department Traffic Section will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Tuesday. BPD says they will be at an undisclosed location within the city limits between 5 p.m. and midnight. According to BPD, the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved… → Read More

Bakersfield dancer takes talents to Oracle Arena

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Born and raised in Bakersfield, Hayley McBride found her passion in dancing when she was three years old. “Dance has always been there for me through the good and the bad," said McBride. "It can either be an escape for me where I can get away from everything and kind of let myself go, but it can also be a playground." Hayley's mom Rhonda says she was always dancing. “She… → Read More

Police arrest man; kicked unconscious man several times

CALIFORNIA CITY, Calif. — California City Police officers arrested a Cal City man after he knocked down a 63-year-old man and kicked him several times while the victim was unconscious. Police arrested 49-year-old Wiley Fuller. Officials say he was involved in an altercation with the victim at an apartment building. According to witnesses, Fuller struck the victim until he was unconscious.… → Read More

DACA student fulfills dreams

WASCO, Calif. — Running day in and day out. Wasco High senior Valeria Valdez is always chasing the American dream. “I didn’t even think I was going to go to college in the first place," said Valdez. "I didn’t think such opportunity . I was in such a down position from all of this DACA stuff and it was kind of stressing me out and I didn’t think there was really a way out of it." Born in Mexico,… → Read More

Watch Party: Condors vs. Gulls; Game 6

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Track House in Bakersfield will be holding another Watch Party for the Bakersfield Condors as they face the San Diego Gulls in Game 6. Game 6 is a must-win for the Condors. The game will be at Pechange Arena in San Diego. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. → Read More

Motorcycle, car crash leaves one in hospital

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — One person is in the hospital with major injuries after a car and motorcycle crashed late Saturday night. It happened just after 11 p.m. last night on Olive Drive and Roberts Lane. According to California Highway Patrol's Traffic website, the motorcyclist was transported to the hospital with major injuries. At this time, there is no word on what led to the crash. → Read More

No arrests made in BPD checkpoint

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — No arrests were made in this weekend's Bakersfield Police Department DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint. The checkpoint was held on Saturday in the 4500 block of Panama Lane between 6p.m. and 2 a.m. Twelve drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed. Seven drivers were found to be driving on a suspended license. The public is encouraged to help keep roadways safe by… → Read More

Condors fall to Gulls in Game 2, 4-1

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Condors fell to the San Diego Gulls on Saturday in Game 2, 4-1. The Gulls took an early lead in the first period, 1-0. Ethan Bear scored the lone goal in the third. The Condors will now head to San Diego. Game 3 and 4 will be on Wednesday and Friday at 7 p.m. If need be, Game 5 will be at Rabobank Arena on Saturday at 7 p.m. → Read More

BPD arrest one; one suspect still outstanding

During an investigation, officers found the car was reported stolen from San Luis Obispo County. They also located ammunition and methamphetamine in the stolen car. → Read More

At least one person dead on I-5 in Grapevine

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — At least one person is dead on the I-5 in the Grapevine, according to the CHP Traffic Incident's Page. According to the page, CalTrans has closed down a northbound lane on the I-5 on the Grapevine. The Page adds there is heavy, backed up traffic. The Page says the vehicle hit the center divider. → Read More

I-5 back open following KCSO SWAT standoff

BAKERSFIELD, CALIF — UPDATE: All lanes are now open on the I-5 after a KCSO SWAT standoff. According to the California Highway Patrol, the chase started in Los Angeles. The driver tried to drive away after being pulled over for no license plates. CHP says one man, woman, two minors, and a dog were in the car. CHP says they stopped the car with spike strips and once the car was stopped the… → Read More

Local bowler signs first letter of intent in ten years

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — David Waybright is the first Kern County bowler in ten years to sign a letter of intent. “It was nerve-wracking signing," said Waybright. "I woke up that day and was thinking like ‘wow, this is really happening.' Ten years of hard work is really paying off in a big way." Waybright started bowling when he was nine years old for fun. But, quickly found a passion for the… → Read More

BCSD makes decision on alternative summer school

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield City School District made a final decision on Tuesday night to end summer school and go forward with its new summer learning program. "I'm a little upset because I still had hope," said Cecilia Delgado, a BCSD parent. "My kids were still excited about them changing their mind at the last minute, but it looks like that won’t be the case." BCSD decided to end… → Read More

Leaders around the country react to Mueller report

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Leaders across the country and in Kern County are speaking out amid Attorney General William Barr's letter summarizing Robert Mueller's investigation into the president. > No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2019 Mueller did not find Trump's campaign or associates conspired with… → Read More

BPD arrests two for driving under the influence of cannabis

BPD arrests two people for driving under the influence of cannabis → Read More

Locals to remember lives lost in New Zealand massacre

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A vigil will be held at Cal State Bakersfield on Monday to remember the lives lost in the New Zealand Massacre. The vigil will take place at the CSUB SU Patio from 7-8 p.m. In an Instagram post by Women's March Kern County, they say, "Let us all come together in solidarity, all races, religions, and genders." The vigil is open to the public. On Friday, a 28-year-old man… → Read More

No arrests made at DUI checkpoint on St. Patrick's weekend

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Bakersfield Police Department as well as the California Highway Patrol were out in full force overnight cracking down on impaired drivers. The DUI checkpoint was held on Saturday evening through Sunday morning on Truxtun Avenue near Highway 99. Over 1,700 vehicles were screened. Five drivers were detained for further evaluation, but BDP made no arrests for drinking and… → Read More

McFarland High's girls basketball coach creates legacy

MCFARLAND, Calif. — The McFarland girl's basketball team was runner-up in the Valley Championships, winners of the SoCal Regional Championship, and most recently made a historic run to State and head coach Johnny Samaniego says he couldn't be more proud of his girls. “They had to be relentless, they had to find the will to win and that says a lot about them," said Samaniego. "Hopefully, it… → Read More