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Separate Bakersfield Law Enforcement Shootings Kill 1, Wound 1

BAKERSFIELD — A man armed with a knife was killed and an armed home intruder was wounded in law enforcement shootings in Kern County, authorities said. The fatal shooting occurred around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Oildale area north of Bakersfield when a sher...
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What Is ‘Fresh’ Oilfield Water?

Most water that comes up with oil is pretty nasty stuff, full of heavy metals and loaded with salts, says Clay Rodgers, executive officer for the Central California Regional Water Quality Control Board. In f...
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Kern County Jail Aide Arrested for Conspiring With Inmates

The Kern County Sheriff's Office arrested one of its own in connection with an alleged criminal conspiracy at the Lerdo pre-trial jail. The office announced the April 9 arrest of sheriff’s aide Erik Belmontes, 26, on Tuesday. Bail Set at $110,000 Belmonte...

First Fresno County COVID-19 Death Reported

The first death in Fresno County from the coronavirus was announced Friday afternoon by public health officials. "The best way that we can honor this person's legacy is to really redouble our efforts to figh...