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This is the latest local news happening right now in Bakersfield CA. The sources of these stories are from BakersfieldCalifornian.com the local news paper, TurnTo23.com KERO 23 TV news station, BakersfieldNow.com 29 Eyewitness News, and KGET.com KGET TV 17. The feed is updated every fifteen minutes, checking for more Bakersfield news! Click the title to read the whole news story and see videos.

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Building Hope

BAKERSFIELD, CA - Volunteers are building hope, constructing a wheelchair ramp for a local single mother.

The ramp was intended for Sophia Gaston's adopted son, Jonathan, who lost his ability to walk due to brain cancer. But on Memorial Day, he also lost his battle.

Gaston decided to foster and adopt Jonathan, because she has Lupus and couldn't work. It gave her a chance to do something she loved.

Now, the new wheelchair ramp is a symbol of Gaston and her son, the ups and downs.

"It's a good memory. Every time I look at it, you know, there's my baby," said Gaston staring at the ramp, still under construction.

Gaston decided to foster Jonathan when he was just two weeks old and after she'd been diagnosed with Lupus. Two year later, Jonathan was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Gaston immediately filed for adoption.

"The judge said are you sure this is what you want to do? And I said yes," said Gaston. "We was like two peas in a pod. Wherever I was, he was there. That's what kept me going."

Jonathan, who was expected to live to only 5, turned 11. But, that is when doctors found his tumor was growing.

"He was able to walk and run. Then all of a sudden he couldn't walk," said Gaston.

His sudden and rapid decline is where the ramp comes in. Plans to build it sped up. And soon, Gaston needed it too. Lupus claimed one of her legs.

"After that, I put myself on hold because I knew I had to get the other leg cut. He knew it too," said Gaston.

"People's hearts were in once they heard the story," said Tatia Jennings, Gaston's friend.

Habitat for Humanity told Kern Youth Build about the need, and the students made it their summer project.

"It makes it that much better for the students when they can, when they know they are really contributing and helping folks like this," said Joseph White, instructor of Kern Youth Build.

But before the ramp could be built, Jonathan passed away. And, Gaston's losses continued, having her other leg amputated last week. Things she counted on were gone.

But her confidence is building, along with the ramp. She's seeing there are people who care. And now, even if she's at the bottom, she can lift herself up.

"But, now I can put my leg on and hold on and walk without nobody trying, with no support. So, that's why I think that's going to help a whole lot right there," said Gaston.

All of the materials for the ramp were donated by the Mendiburu Magic Foundation and Lowes. It should be done by Friday.

Gaston is now fostering another little boy with Cerebral Palsy. He's also in a wheelchair. The new ramp will help him, as well.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 11:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Residents Upset Over Spray Parks Closing

BAKERSFIELD, CA - With a triple digit forecast, many residents in Bakersfield are upset over all nine spray parks set to close next week.

But, the city says it has no choice but to close them, to comply with the state's new water restrictions.

City officials say, on average, it will save millions of gallons of water. For every spray park in the city, it supplies 73,000 gallons of water per day, according to the Parks and Recreation Department.

For residents in town, the reality of not having spray parks is upsetting to many.

"We're going to miss it, and it's going to affect a lot of people here, especially that summer is not over yet. It's still very, very hot and with the temperatures rising again next week, people are really going to feel it," said resident Helen Almengor.

This all comes after the State Water Resources Control Board passed regulations last week.

City officials say Bakersfield is considered to be in a stage three drought, and closing the spray parks for the rest of the summer will save about 26 million gallons of water.

"It is a big draw to our parks. We just hope that people understand that we were forced to do this through the mandate," said Dianne Hoover, Parks and Recreation Department.

The state is hoping to see a 15 to 20 percent reduction in water use from last year.

The city says with all spray parks closing, that only makes up four percent of what they hope to save.

Officials hope the other 16 percent will come from residents, who they're asking to voluntarily conserve water.

But for many people, they say closing spray parks is unfair to the children and water could be saved in other areas.

"When I drive around and see all these green lawns and water running down the street, what big difference can this make?," said resident Rose Mercado.

If the city does not conserve enough water, the state has the power to issue a temporary restraining order and possibly $10,000 fines.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 11:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Disabled Veteran Finds A New Home

More than a dozen homeless or disabled veterans have found new homes in the past year thanks to the Rally Point program.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 11:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

City Seeks Community Input For Hud Funding

Millions of dollars are available to spend on improving the city and now leaders need your help in choosing the right projects to fund.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 10:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Photo Gallery: An Evening At Mill Creek

Take a stroll through Mill Creek and you'll find there's plenty to see. Californian photographer Casey Christie shares these photographs from a Wednesday evening visit.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 8:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Bakersfield Observed: A Blog About Life, Media, Politics & People

TRAGEDY: Horrible news out of Cabo San Lucas, where a Bakersfield man was severely injured in a zip-lining accident. Brian Hodges and his wife, Shimeaka, were in Cabo celebrating a year of marriage when Brian broke his neck after slamming into the side of a mountain while zip lining. He is currently in a medically induced coma in a Mexican hospital. The family is trying to raise money to have Brian flown back to California where his insurance will kick in and he can be treated. Shimeaka works at OMNI Healthcare, and Brian is a truck driver for KSI. A friend established the Brian and Shimeaka Hodges Fund at gofundme.com under their name. The family is trying to recoup the $50,000 it had to pay the Mexican hospital for Brian to be treated.

BAD FORM: This example of some really bad form (and that is being generous) comes from reader Darla McCallum. "This is to the person who hit a dog on July 19 on Enos Lane south of Rosedale Highway (you know who you are). Did you even slow down or stop to see how the dog was? My guess is no! Shame on you. My husband and I did, along with four other kindhearted people. He was severly injured and scared. How could you just leave him on the side of the road to die? You could have called for help. We could not afford to take him to the emergency vet. We comforted him as best we could until animal control got there. I say thank you to the four people that stopped to help. My husband and I and a young woman from Taft stayed with him for almost three hours, and by the way, he had to be put down -- his internal injuries were too bad to save him. Again I say where is the compassion for living, breathing beings?" Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 7:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Photos Illustrate Stark Difference In Isabella Lake Water Levels

What a difference. This pair of photos shows the water levels at Isabella Lake in April 2010 and April 2014. April is generally the month when the lake starts filling with snowmelt.

The photos were provided by the Kern Council of Governments. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 7:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Rebate Program Could Be Incentive To Save Water

The City of Bakersfield's Water Board is working on how they will spread a $100,000 grant to residents who conserve water.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 6:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Crash Caused Traffic On Eb Hwy 58 At Union Ave

A crash had both lanes blocked on eastbound Highway 58 just west of South Union Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 6:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Arrest Made In Connection With Nicolls Fire

A federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment Thursday against a 45-year-old man accused of setting several fires at a marijuana cultivation site igniting a massive wildfire that raged for 11 days this month.

Edgardo Fournier, of Perris, is charged with crimes including conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and damaging public land and natural resources. He's being held in custody as a flight risk and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 6:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Kmc Reduces Size Of Upcoming Layoffs

Rising patient volume at Kern Medical Center and normal resignations and retirements have reduced the number of layoffs planned at the county-owned hospital by 15.

Hospital CEO Russell Judd said that only 36 layoffs are planned now. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 6:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Police Looking For Missing 12-year-old Girl

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Police are asking for your help to find a missing 12-year-old girl who may be with her boyfriend. 

Sitaly Ortiz, is described as Hispanic, 5'0", 120 pounds with long brown hair, and green eyes.  She was last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans.  Police say Ortiz is possibly with her boyfriend "Chris".

If you have any information on Sitaly Ortiz, call Bakersfield police at 661-327-7111. 


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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 5:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Bakersfield Man Critically Injured In Zip-lining Accident

Brian Hodges, a 36-year-old Bakersfield resident, remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon after crashing into a cliff in a zip-lining accident in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Sunday.

Hodges crashed during the last zip line of an eight-course zip-lining excursion he, his wife and four other family friends went on Sunday at Wild Canyon Adventures as part of a family vacation. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 5:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Court Filings Say Deputies Unable To Find Rumored 'hit List' In Connection With Taft School Shooting

Authorities were unable to find a rumored "hit list" allegedly written by accused Taft school shooter Bryan Oliver following searches of his home and school locker, according to court filings that recently became available.

Deputies served search warrants shortly after the Jan. 10, 2013 shooting that left a student fighting his life and, following in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, received national attention. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 5:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Funeral Services For July 25

Services scheduled

Samuel Barnes, 84, Bakersfield, July 13. Visitation 2 to 6 p.m. with family hour 6 to 7 p.m. July 25, Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Chapel; service 10 a.m. July 26, Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Chapel; interment at Union Cemetery. Jesse E. Cooley Jr. Funeral Services. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 5:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Bakersfield Anesthesiologist Loses Medical License

Bakersfield anesthesiologist Dr. Maria Socorro Rolland has lost the right to practice medicine in the state amid allegations she wrote improper prescriptions for narcotics, according to the Medical Board of California.

The board filed a formal accusation against Rolland in February alleging gross negligence, repeated negligent acts, prescribing without appropriate examinations, failure to maintain patient medical records and unprofessional conduct. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 5:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

Deputies Arrest Man After Chase In Wasco

WASCO, CA -- A man is under arrest following a pursuit Thursday afternoon through the city of Wasco. 

Deputies from the Wasco Substation were responding to a report of domestic violence in the 1100 block of D Street just before 1:00 p.m.  That's when a vehicle matching the description, was located near the area of response.

Deputies tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver failed to yield. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the driver, Javier Pizano, 42 yielded to deputies after a five-minute pursuit through the City of Wasco.

Pizano was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and evading in a vehicle. The investigation revealed Pizano was not related to the domestic violence investigation.

Pizano will be booked into the downtown jail, on $40,000 bail.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 4:45 PM

KGET Channel 17 Bakersfield News
Bakersfield Local News

Bpd Looking For Missing 12-year-old Girl

The Bakersfield Police Department is asking the community for help in locating a missing 12-year-old girl.

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Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 4:30 PM

KERO Channel 23 ABC News
Bakersfield Local News

Realtor, Friend Charged With Fraudulently Renting Out Vacant Properties

A local Realtor is accused of obtaining keys to vacant properties she didn't represent, renting them out and, with the help of a gun-wielding friend, trying to collect extra money from the victims.

Jessica Arranaga, 28, was arrested Wednesday and is being held on $150,000 bail on charges of forgery, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 4:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News

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POLICE TARGET RESPONSE TIMES

In an effort to improve its response times, the Bakersfield Police Department has changed from having its officers patrol 25 geographic "beats" to assigning them to six larger zones instead. Path to Full Story

Posted: Thursday Jul-24-2014 3:00 PM

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield Local News