The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation held its annual Medal of Valor awards ceremony Thursday near Sacramento. Four prison officers from Kern County were among those recognized for bravery
A homicide investigation is underway after an inmate from Wasco State Prison died. Lorenzo C. Paynes, 48, was found unresponsive June 19 in his jail cell but didn't die until Saturday, prison officials said Wednesday.
A caretaker has been arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.
Carol Louise Juette, 61, was the caretaker for a 76-year-old woman in Ford City, which is adjacent to Taft. An elder-abuse investigation began last September.