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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2 Men Seriously Injured in Austin Explosion Following Deadly Incidents in the City Earlier This Month

Law enforcement officials investigate on March 12, 2018, after a series of bombs were delivered to Austin homes, killing at least one. (Credit: Austin Police Department) Law enforcement officials investigate on March 12, 2018, after a series of bombs were delivered to Austin homes, killing at least

KTLA.COM - 2018-03-19 03:03:18

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

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

KERNGOLDENEMPIRE - 2018-03-18 16:13:59

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

BAKERSFIELD NOW - 2018-03-18 15:33:01

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


China Palace shut down by health department

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Kern County Department of Public Health has shut down China Palace after multiple violations were spotted during an inspection. The restaurant on California Ave. was given an inspection score of 70% on March. 16. According to the report, cooked chicken was not being kept at

BAKERSFIELD CHANNEL - 2018-03-19 04:51:24

Second man sentenced to life in prison for role in deadly 2013 shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A second defendant in a deadly shooting outside an East Bakersfield market in 2013 was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. Dvontae Pink got the same sentence that Jimmy Baker ahd already received. Both men were convicted of shooting Floyd Beam at Roy's Market in


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


Former high school football star killed in officer involved shooting

TULARE, CA - A fatal officer-involved shooting in Tulare has some in the central valley questioning how police handle the mentally ill. Bus driver Stephen Boswell was heading home from work Monday when he says he was attacked by a stranger in Tulare about 60 minutes north of Bakersfield. He hit me


Miami pedestrian bridge collapses, killing four people, crushing cars

MIAMI - A newly installed 950-ton pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, crushing vehicles on a busy highway below and killing at least four people, officials said. First responders recovered at least four bodies from the scene, Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Dave Do


East Bakersfield High will have added security Thursday following "disturbing social media video"

There will be added security personnel at East Bakersfield High School Thursday following a "disturbing video posted to social media." The Kern High School District said on Wednesday EBHS Administration and the KHSD Police Department were made aware of the video. Officials said the situation was inv