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Apartment complex explosion leaves 2 injured

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — First responders say at least two people were taken to the hospital after an apparent gas leak led to an explosion at an apartment complex. It happened at the Park 20th Apartment Complex on 20th Street near V Street. First responders were called there just after 2 p.m. The blast ripped […]
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Man who led deputies on high-speed chase died by suicide: coroner

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A man occupying a vehicle that fled authorities in multiple counties and whose body was found in an orchard off Highway 46 died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to coroner’s officials. Kittipong Kuanbooncharn, 20, of Lompoc was pronounced dead at the scene June 8, about a mile north of the […]
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Fentanyl, guns seized in separate probation searches

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Probation officers seized drugs and guns and made several arrests in searches conducted Tuesday. During a search of a home in Bakersfield, officers found 3,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, 17 grams of fentanyl powder and a large amount of cash, according to probation officials. Juan Garcia, 20, was arrested on […]

Fresno man accused of using dead child’s identity for decades

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Fresno man accused of assuming the identity of a child who died in 1950 has been arrested on a charge of passport fraud, according to federal authorities. Kenneth Laitman, 78, was arrested Thursday, more than a month after a grand jury indicted him, according to a release from the U.S. […]

Man convicted of attempted murder in gang-related shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A Kern County jury has found a man guilty of shooting a man washing a vehicle in front of his Shafter home. Sergio Acosta Jr., 26, was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder, gang participation and multiple gun-related offenses for firing shots that hit the man in the lower back and left […]

Apartment explosion in Downtown Bakersfield injures 2

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/FOX58) — An apartment in a Downtown Bakersfield exploded due to a possible gas leak Thursday causing several injuries, according a Bakersfield Fire Department official. At approximately 2:02 p.m. a second-floor apartment exploded on the south side of the building, according to BFD. The cause is under...
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Coroner ID's man who died from gunshot wound

The Kern County coroner's office Thursday identified a man who died from a gunshot wound in Lost Hills. Kittipong Kuanbooncharn, 20, of Lompoc, reportedly died at 7:19 p.m. June 8 in the Berenda Mesa Canal, one mile north of State Route 46, according to a news release.
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Gang member found guilty in Shafter shooting

A Kern County jury convicted a man in a gang-related attempted murder case Wednesday, according to a Kern County DA's Office news release. Sergio Acosta Jr. was found guilty of attempted murder, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and active participation in a criminal street gang, according to the news release. The jury also found true several gang allegations, firearm allegations and a great bodily injury allegation in the 2020 shooting.
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Apartment fire prompts 'third-alarm' response, displaces 6 people

Nearly four dozen Kern County Fire personnel Wednesday evening put out a fire in northeast Bakersfield that displaced six people and caused about $800,000 in damage but resulted in no injuries, per officials. Firefighters were called to the scene around 5:12 p.m. at an apartment complex at 3911 Oregon St.,...

CAL Fire makes major illegal fireworks bust in Mojave

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — CAL Fire officials said investigators have stopped an unlicensed fireworks company and seized illegal fireworks from a warehouse in Mojave last week. Fire officials in Sacramento County said the group Exposhows Fireworks Events was in possession of fireworks with counterfeit state fire marshal seals and illegal homemade fireworks that “could have […]

Federal funds to continue improving infrastructure in Delano

DELANO, Calif. (KGET) — Over half a million dollars in community development block grants will be used to tackle Delano’s most pressing issues, which include helping the homeless and ensuring that streets and waterlines in the westside are improved. Delano city officials called on the community when they were stumped on how to effectively spend […]
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BPD asks for public's help to located woman reported missing

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community’s help to find a woman reported missing. She is considered at risk because of her age, according to a BPD news release. Madelyn Davis was last seen in the 2600 block of Chester Avenue at approximately 10:30 p.m. June 24.