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Family identifies 2-year-old struck and killed by car in motel parking lot

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Family members have identified the 2-year-old who was hit and killed by a car on Friday in a motel parking lot. Thaddeus Markell Thomas Jr., also known as TJ, was hit by a suspected high driver in the parking lot of La Mirage motel while riding his scooter, according to his cou

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-19 12:46:20

Now-Secret LAPD Body Camera Video Could Soon Become Public After Police Commission Vote Tuesday

The Los Angeles Police Department's years-long practice of keeping video from body cameras and patrol cars under wraps will soon end if the agency's civilian bosses approve a new policy Tuesday that requires the release of the now-secret recordings. LAPD Officer Jim Stover, right, shows reporters on

KTLA.COM - 2018-03-20 14:47:24

Man arrested, suspected of human trafficking

Photo: dhs.gov BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A 21-year-old man accused of human trafficking is due in court today. Bakersfield police arrested Deandre Sweeney last Thursday on suspicion of human trafficking and prostitution of a minor. Sweeney is being held on $290,000 bail. Photo: dhs.gov BAKERSFIELD, Ca

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-19 14:03:58

Bakersfield Police looking for missing "at-risk" teenage girl

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police are looking for a 15-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend. Police say that Alisa Aparisio is listed as a first-time runaway, which puts her in the "at-risk" category. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact BPD at (661)327-7111. Copyright

BAKERSFIELD CHANNEL - 2018-03-19 15:59:05

Big storm headed to Kern County: How to prepare

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - From Forecaster Kevin Charette and the Pinpoint Weather Center We will be watching our next storm very very carefully. Rain amounts could cause flooding and possible mudslides around the area. It will really ramp up tonight, and the bulk will move into Kern County Wednesday an

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-20 14:43:15

BPD looking for man suspected in stealing identity to rip off local church

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the community's help in identifying and locating a man wanted for identity theft. The suspect used someone else's identity between Feb. 25 and and March 1 to defraud a local church out of cash and services. He is described as a white man, 5'11" tall, 2

BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN - 2018-03-20 00:49:00

Man accused in deadly drive-by shooting appears in court

Police arrested Anthony Gage on March 11. Gage faces a murder charge for his alleged role in a deadly shooting on East 10th Street on March 9, 2018. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - One of two men suspected of a deadly Bakersfield drive-by shooting was arraigned Monday afternoon. Police arrested Anthony Gage

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-20 03:58:34

New Dignity Health worker contract ratified; contract applies to 1,607 workers in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In December, Dignity Health announced that it was planning on merging with Catholic Health Initiatives. Local Dignity Health workers reached an agreement with the hospital ahead of that merge to protect their jobs and their health insurance. 15,000 Dignity Health employees appr

BAKERSFIELD CHANNEL - 2018-03-19 23:37:56

BPD arrested 12 people Saturday night for driving under the influence

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department had extra officers on the roads Saturday night and 12 people now face DUI charges, three of which had previous DUI convictions. Officers contacted 114 drivers during their DUI Saturation Patrol held throughout town on St. Patrick's Day from 6 p


Valley Bible Fellowship church adds armed security guards

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - 23ABC received a tip earlier this week that Valley Bible Fellowship Church decided to add armed security guards to their east Bakersfield location. When our crew showed up, administrators declined to comment on the new changes. They did however, tell 23ABC that there was a gate

BAKERSFIELD CHANNEL - 2018-03-18 19:25:17

Public health closes China Palace Restaurant

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Public health closed down China Palace Restaurant on California Avenue for several violations. Inspectors visited the facility Friday and noted food, including raw meat not being stored at the proper temperature. The report also notes raw meats and vegetables together in the f

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-18 21:08:13

2-year-old killed in accident identified as Thaddeus Thomas Jr.

Bakersfield police officers as seen investigating the death of a 2-year-old who was struck in a motel parking lot on Friday, March 16, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo) Neighbors of the family identified the 2-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver as Thaddeus Thomas Junior. Thomas J


BPD arrests 12 for DUI over St. Patrick's Day weekend

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police Department arrested 12 drivers during their St. Patrick's Day weekend saturation patrol. BPD placed more officers in areas with a statistically high frequency of DUI collisions and arrests beginning Saturday at 6 p.m. to 4 a.m on Sunday. Extra officers on t


Woman Dead, Man Injured Following Shooting at Thousand Oaks Mall

A woman was killed and a man was injured following a shooting at a Ventura County shopping mall Saturday afternoon. The victim was identified as a 30-year-old woman from Thousand Oaks and the suspect was identified as a 33-year-old man from Los Angeles. The victim and the suspect are a divorced coup


The BLVD entertainment venue, restaurant opening next month

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A new massive entertainment and restaurant is set to open next month in Bakersfield. The BLVD, a 45,000-square-foot venue with dining options and an outdoor beer garden, is set to open April 19. Along with the full-service restaurant, guests will have the opportunity to experie

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-19 13:35:37

2-year-old struck and killed by car in Central Bakersfield Friday afternoon

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield police said a 2-year-old playing in a motel parking lot was struck and killed by a car Friday afternoon. The collision occurred at around 2 p.m. Bakersfield police said the driver did not flee the scene and is cooperating with investigators. No arrests have been mad


Coroner's office: Woman, unborn child killed in Lost Hills crash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman and her unborn child were killed in a fiery two-car collision over a week ago in Lost Hills, the Kern County Coroner's Office confirmed Friday. 33-year-old Eralyn Binoya, of La Habra, and her unborn child were killed at the intersection of State Route 33 and Twissleman


Car fire shuts down eastbound Highway 58

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Eastbound lanes on Highway 58 were closed Friday morning after a semi caught fire, according to California Highway Patrol. Around 10:40 a.m., a semi reportedly carrying cattle caught fire on eastbound 58 just west of Bena Road, according to CHP. The semi became fully engulfed.


School bus, pickup truck collide in northwest Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A school bus and pick up truck were involved in a crash in northwest Bakersfield Friday morning, according to California Highway Patrol. The crash happened at the intersection of Calloway Drive and 7th Standard Road around 7:30 a.m. There were 22 students on the school bus at t


Child dies after being struck by vehicle while he was on his scooter

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE (March 16, 2018 3:20 p.m.): A two and a half year old child is confirmed dead after he was hit by a vehicle in Bakersfield, according to Bakersfield police. The child was playing on his scooter in the parking lot when he was struck by the vehicle. He was transported to