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Kern County Sheriff's Office delivering Christmas food baskets to families in need

Kern County Sheriff's Office delivering Christmas food baskets to families in need
"The Kern County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Bakersfield Police Department and W.A. Thompson Distributors, will once again be delivering 500 Christmas food baskets to families in need throughout Kern County on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. This annual event is made possible through generous donations from benefit associations, volunteer organizations, and business owners throughout Ker...
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KCSO receives award from state's Alcoholic Beverage Control

"The Kern County Sheriff's Department has been selected to receive the Significant Achievement Award from the state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). It's for their work in helping to reduce youth access to alcohol and alcohol-related harm through the ABC Grant Assistance Program (GAP). ABC officials say the Kern County Sheriff’s Department went well above and beyond their grant pr...
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County supervisors are planning to ask John Nilon to return to work

"If the Kern County Board of Supervisors follows through on plans to bring retiring County Administrative Officer John Nilon back to A) “shepherd” his replacement and B) serve in some dippy, made-up “innovation director” position — at a rumored cost of $100,000 a year — someone needs to call the Mary K. Shell Center." -By Lois Henry Read Full Article

More cameras creeping into daily local law enforcement

"I was perusing a Kern County Grand Jury report recently about the downtown jail and was surprised to learn that deputies working in the jail now have body cameras. (The report was actually focused on rekeying locks so jailers wouldn’t have so many keys. Sigh.) Anyhow, I had no idea body cams had expanded from the one pilot program that’s been ongoing in Wasco for about a year and a half. Was this...
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State is adding to jail burden

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(click image for video) "So far in our investigation of factors making Kern's county lock-up a more dangerous place, we've seen how budget cuts have strained jail maintenance and staffing to the breaking point. In the final report of this three-part series on conditions within the Kern County jails, we'll take a look at how the state is adding to the burden. AB 109 is a state law that requires cou...
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Budget cuts, state mandates straining county lockups

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  (Click image for video) "As the local economy limps along, tax receipts have suffered, leaving local governments scratching to pay for vital community services. The county jail is no exception. We begin a three-part series on how budget cuts and state mandates have strained our county lock-ups to the breaking point. Last month, Sheriff Donny Youngblood went toe to toe with the county board ...
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Veterans Day brings breakfast, parade and freebies in Bakersfield

Veterans Day brings breakfast, parade and freebies in Bakersfield
"A breakfast, parade and freebies mark Veterans Day on Friday in Bakersfield." - By BakersfieldNow Read full article and view video

Kern Law Enforcement Association's 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Kern Law Enforcement Association's 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
"Kern Law Enforcement Association is hosting its 7th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast November 11, 2016 from 6-9 a.m. at the American Legion Post 26 Banquet Hall. Veterans eat free and non-military guests are encouraged to donate 5 dollars." - By ABC23 Read Full Article

Second former detective sentenced to five years in BPD corruption scandal

Second former detective sentenced to five years in BPD corruption scandal
"Patrick Mara, once named Bakersfield’s police officer of the year, was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday for his part in a conspiracy to steal narcotics from drug dealers and sell them back into the community. Mara, 36, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to sell methamphetamine. Although he pleaded guilty to a single charge, it was for an amount o...
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Political Scramble: What's up with those Neighborhood Watch campaign fliers?

Political Scramble: What's up with those Neighborhood Watch campaign fliers?
"Residents of downtown and southwest Bakersfield are getting campaign fliers from City Councilman Terry Maxwell and Vice Mayor Harold Hanson, with one whole side a reproduction of a Neighborhood Watch sign. Not an artist’s rendition either — these look like the real deal and advise the holder to “place this card in your window with this side facing out.” But, as City Council candidate Jeff Tkac, a...
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