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May 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Update (May 1, 2013): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Incident Review Board convened to consider the use of force by the deputies in this case and determined the shooting was conducted within sheriff's office policy.

The original...
Apr 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A proposed three-year rate hike by California Water Service was soundly denounced by its customers at a hearing held by the California Public Utilities Commission in Bakersfield.

Among other things, rate...
Apr 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — It's been a dry winter for California, and temperatures will start to heat up soon. That has fire crews gearing up for what could be a tough summer. Kern County crews are keeping an eye on the weather, and...
Apr 26, 2013 at 5:21 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Tehachapi woman was killed Friday afternoon when she was hit by a truck in Oildale.

The truck's driver made a turn at the intersection of Merle Haggard Drive and McCray Street and struck the woman...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democrats in the California Senate said Tuesday that they will use their majority to advance seven bills that would tighten the state's already strict gun control laws.

One of the bills, which were receiving...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — With an immigration reform bill now in Congress, local community activists hope to drum up support for its passage.

"We have to keep our eyes on the prize, which is a pathway to citizenship," said Roberto...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — More than 400,000 unemployed Californians will feel the effects of the federal government’s sequestration spending cuts after cuts to unemployment benefits take effect on April 28.

There will be no...
Apr 26, 2013 at 1:11 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A proposal that sought to ban smoking in apartments and condominiums has failed in a California Assembly committee.

The bill from Democrat Marc Levine of San Rafael was rejected Wednesday on a 5-2...
Apr 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

A Kern SWAT team helped deputies arrest a man who barricaded himself in the attic of his Oildale home early Sunday morning after he reportedly violently assaulted a man and threatened others, the sheriff's...
Apr 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Wells Fargo branch on North Chester Avenue in Oildale was robbed Wednesday afternoon, according to the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

The man reportedly threatened that he had a weapon. The alleged bank...
Apr 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Some Oildale shop owners are worried about what will open up in a now-closed medical marijuana dispensary. One merchant has heard it will house a so-called "sweepstakes cafe," and he thinks that would bring...
Apr 10, 2013 at 10:08 PM
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern County Sheriff's Office reports that eight people were arrested Wednesday as the Narcotics Enforcement Team conducted searches at two locations in the Oildale area.

The location on Hughes Avenue...
Apr 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Those federal budget cuts triggered by so-called "sequestration" are impacting some of the most vulnerable cancer patients. As of April 1, Medicare payments are being cut for chemotherapy drugs, and experts say...
Apr 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The sheriff's office is looking into what caused a 7-month-old to stop breathing early Sunday morning at an Oildale residence.

At around 5:40 a.m., deputies were called out to the home on Meadow Lane...