Kern County, CABakersfield Californian

Coroner: Cause of death unknown for body found in aqueduct

The Kern County coroner's office on Sunday reported that the cause of death for a person whose body was discovered in the California Aqueduct near Interstate 5 and Grapevine Road is unknown. The identity of the person is awaiting confirmation of identification, and an autopsy will be done to determine...
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Bakersfield Californian

Gap widens between Bakersfield's home supply, demand

A worsening imbalance between housing supply and demand has again driven local single-family homes prices to new heights, lately forcing some conventional buyers to take special measures to beat out all-cash bidders. The median price for an existing single-family home in Bakersfield rose more than 3 percent in April alone...
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Bakersfield Californian

LOIS HENRY: Dam repairs on track

On schedule is probably the sweetest phrase a project manager can hear. For projects that are the size and scope of repairs to the Isabella and Schafer dams, being on schedule is especially important. “It’s been a long time coming and now we’re close to the finish line,” said Richard...
Bakersfield Now

Kern Valley State Prison investigating homicide of an inmate inside facility

Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The Kern Valley State Prison and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of an inmate as a homicide. According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, on June 11 at around 8:15 a.m., correctional officers at the Kern Valley State Prison responded to an attack between inmates.
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Now

Unknown loud booms heard across Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Residents across Bakersfield reported hearing loud booms this morning. There are no recorded earthquakes and no reports that would explain the noise. The Bakersfield Police Department said, they are not aware of anything. They also said there are "no planned detonations or anything at our shooting...
Bakersfield Now

Man faces 115 years to life for sexually assaulting child in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — On June 9, a Kern County jury found defendant Richard Victoria guilty of multiple counts of lewd and lascivious acts with force on a child under 10 years old as well as convictions involving the distribution of child pornography. The crime was discovered in October of...
Bakersfield, CABakersfield Now

Second Saturday celebrates Pride Month

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Second Saturday celebrates Pride Month in Downtown Bakersfield on June 12, 2021. Bakersfield Second Saturday is a monthly event coordinated for the community to experience, support, and enjoy Downtown Bakersfield. Shannon LaBare an organizer with Bakersfield Second Saturday and Vice-Chair, The Hub of Bakersfield joined Eyewitness...
Kern County, CABakersfield Californian

Kern County jury convicts man for assaulting 5-year-old girl, distributing images online

A Kern County jury has convicted a man of multiple counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 10 years old and distributing child pornography. The man, Richard Victora, sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl multiple times from September 2018 to September 2019 and posted photographs online in exchange for other images of child pornography, according to a news release from the Kern County District Attorney's Office.