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KCSO: Elderly Taft woman injured in assault has died

An elderly Taft woman injured in an elder abuse case has died, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The department said on April 15, a woman who was allegedly assaulted by 35-year-old Joseph Taylor in February was found dead. It is unknown whether the death is related to the minor injuries


Man killed in Taft traffic collision Thursday morning

TAFT, Calif. (KGET) -- A man died in a crash Thursday morning in Taft. Luis Figueroa Topete, 48, died at the scene of the 7:25 a.m. crash on Gardner Field Road, south of Southlake Road, according to coroner's officials.


Update: Taft man was victim of Gardner Field Road crash

The Kern County Coroner has identified the man killed in as traffic accident on Gardner Field Road Thursday as Luis Figueroa Topete, 48, of Taft. He was pronounced dead at the scene about an hour after the accident, the Coroner said.


Small plane lands on 215 Fwy in San Bernardino

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- A small plane came down on the 215 Freeway in San Bernardino, causing a lengthy traffic backup in the area. The plane landed on the northbound side of the freeway around 1:45 p.m. and came to a stop on the right shoulder just before the University Parkway exit.


Sheriff's office investigating Taft woman's death as suspicious

The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 53-year-old Taft woman as suspicious. The coroner's office said Twila Michelle Rash died Monday at Kern Medical nearly two months after first being hospitalized.


Read it for yourself: Here's the entire Mueller Report

Attorney General William Barr released the entire, heavily redacted Mueller Report Thursday morning on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's alleged interaction with Russian citizens and questions about President Trump's supposed obstruction of justice relative to t


KCSO arrest two individuals after possible burglary in Taft

TAFT, Calif. — Deputies with the Taft Substation arrested two individuals in connection to a possible burglary at Midway Elementary School in Fellows on April 12. According to deputies, the school was not open at the time the call came out and no students were present. When deputies arrived, they lo


Son allegedly punched mother who died at hospital weeks later

TAFT, Calif. (KGET) -- The husband of Twila Rash, who died Monday at Kern Medical Center, said Rash's adult son assaulted her in February. Sheriff's officials sent a release Thursday saying Joseph Taylor, 35, was arrested in February in the 200 block of Pierce Street in Taft on charges of assault wi


Update: Man charged in connection with incident prior to woman's death

A suspect has been charged with battery and abuse of an elder or dependent adult in connection with an incident in February in Ford City involving a Taft woman who later died. The Kern County Sheriff released more details Thursday about the incident in February, two months before the woman, Twila Mi


Former Ventura music teacher faces additional for child molestation

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A former music teacher from Ventura County who was previously indicted on multiple accounts of exploitation against young children has been indicted again on more charges.


California murder probe prompts Amber Alert for 15-year-old girl

An Amber Alert was issued Thursday for a California teenager after investigators learned she was last seen with her mother and a man who are suspects in a murder and considered "armed and dangerous."


U.S. appeals court upholds most of California’s ‘sanctuary’ laws

A federal appeals court decided unanimously Thursday that most of California’s so-called sanctuary laws can continue to be enforced, rejecting the bulk of a lawsuit brought by the Trump administration.


Starbucks to open in Taft!

Taft is going to soon have it's own full-service Starbucks. City of Taft officials confirmed to the Taft Midway Driller Wednesday afternoon that the national coffee chain is working with the Taft Planning Department.


New Starbucks location brewing in Taft shopping center

TAFT, Calif. — The Taft Planning Development has confirmed that a new Starbucks location is coming to the city. According to city officials the plan was submitted today but the idea has been brewing for years.


Fire in Paradise, California, poisoned the water with 'toxic cocktail'

PARADISE, Calif. — The drinking water in Paradise, California, where 85 people died in the worst wildfire in state history, is contaminated with the cancer-causing chemical benzene, water officials said.


Taft Police activity for April 16-17

Occurred at Micma Properties, Llc on Center St. . . Disposition: Civil Problem. Occurred on Calvin St. . Disposition: Completed. Officer initiated activity at Kern St, Taft. (Hundred block.). . Disposition: Completed.


Thousands in California may owe state taxes because of technical glitch

SANTA ANA, Calif. -- The California Franchise Tax Board says a technical glitch error resulted in thousands of possibly incorrect refunds. As the FTB worked to review those more than 23,000 returns some local tax preparers said they had no idea about this error. They are bracing for calls from clien


Third Person Arrested In Vegas In Slaying Of California Doctor

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a third suspect has been arrested in the killing of a California doctor whose body was found in the trunk of a car in the desert outside Las Vegas.


Kern County Sheriff’s Report: 04/05/19 – 04/12/18

On 04/03/19, deputies arrested Terry Dorsey, III, age 38, in the 5000 block of Isabel Dr., Weldon, for two active warrants. On 04/05/19, deputies arrested Kevin Simenas, age 32, in the 5600 block of Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella, for vandalism, violation of a court order and disorderly conduct:


3 men found dead in Glendale home after report of shots fired

GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) -- Three men in their 20s were found dead early Thursday morning at a home in Glendale after a report of shots fired, authorities said. The gunfire was reported at 12:17 a.m. a residence on Columbia Drive, prompting a response from officers who made the grim discovery, accord