Upcoming Events in Bakersfield, CA | kget.com Events - KGET: Local NewsKGET: Local Newsen-us©{Year} Clear Channel Broadcasting. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:41:25 -0500Local Newshttp://www.kget.com/common/images/rss/logos/15.jpgKGET: Local Newshttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/rss/91.rssTue, 08 Jul 2014 22:00:01 -0500/story/d/story/bear-mountain-fatal/42559/WpZlPckmAkC9EOaN_7uM8Ahttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/bear-mountain-fatal/42559/WpZlPckmAkC9EOaN_7uM8AMotorcyclist dies after colliding with a big rig <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA.-The name of the motorcyclist killed in a crash in Arvin has been released.&nbsp;<br /><br />Hugo Armando Montiel, 49, from Tehachapi died on Tuesday. <br /><br />The crash happened on East Bear Mountain Boulevard after officers say Montiel collided with a big rig.&nbsp;<br /><br />Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. It remains under investigation.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:31:00 -05005215376/story/d/story/proposed-solution-for-noise-concern-near-westside/24669/lw0J_gNhDUOkHwzrdMLmbQhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/proposed-solution-for-noise-concern-near-westside/24669/lw0J_gNhDUOkHwzrdMLmbQProposed solution for noise concern near Westside Parkway<div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA--As construction on Bakersfield's Westside Parkway moves westward, homeowners near the path of progress want protection from the noise all that new traffic will produce. Many homeowners near the unfinished part of the freeway are worried about more noise and lower property values, once the project is completed. <br /><br />City and county officials, and transportation planners, held a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night -- addressing the issues. <br /><br />Homeowner Pam Binns said, &quot;Once 58 is connected, we're going to have a lot of traffic down here. And we've got to protect the residents, from the noise and the pollution and just being able to peer down into their backyards.&quot;<br /><br />Homeowners in the the Stockdale Rancho neighborhood have consistently complained about three issues: sound, safety and visual mitigation. <br /><br />Transportation planners are offering a solution.<br /><br />Public Works Interim Director Nick Fidler said, &quot;What we're proposing is to extend the block wall, on the Westside Parkway, starting at Jenkins and going approximately 1100 feet to the east.&quot; <br /><br />&quot;We also are providing a chain link fence with a vinyl privacy screening,&quot; he said. <br /><br />&quot;I'm glad that they have come up with something. Something is better than nothing,&quot; said Binns. <br /><br />Homeowners are happy with the progress, but it's not a done deal. <br /><br />Fidler said, &quot;We are working through the process to get the approval of the recommended change. That will take approval of both the board of supervisors and the city council, to do an amendment with the construction contract.&quot; <br /><br />Homeowners say they'll remain diligent. <br /><br />Binns said, &quot;This project still has to be approved and we will be at city and county to convince them that we still need the sound wall, as they are proposing it.&quot;<br /><br />Planning officials say they expect the changes to be on the August agenda. <br /></div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:57:00 -05005215529/story/d/story/girl-who-stabbed-man-called-police-on-him-eight-ye/30443/gkiwicUZAE2bGyVPaRU_Kghttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/girl-who-stabbed-man-called-police-on-him-eight-ye/30443/gkiwicUZAE2bGyVPaRU_KgGirl who stabbed man, called police on him eight years earlier<div class="StoryBlock"> <font size="2"><p>BAKERSFIELD, CA - We have new information about the 16-year-old girl who stabbed her mother's boyfriend in southwest Bakersfield. It turns out this is not the girl's first run-in with Manual Hernandez. Although Bakersfield Police will not confirm this, court documents show the 16-year-old who stabbed Hernandez, called the cops on him when she was eight years old. Both times, Hernandez was accused of beating up the girl's mom.</p><p>Manuel Hernandez pleaded not guilty in court Monday to charges of domestic violence and possession of a firearm.</p><p>The teen stabbed him last month. Police say she was trying to defend her mother from his abuse. We will not identify the girl as she is a minor in this case. But, in court documents from 2006, her name is mentioned again, as the 8-year-old girl who called 9-1-1 on Hernandez. </p><p>The documents show the young girl watched as Hernandez yelled at her mother, hit her, and threatened her. Hernandez served almost three years for that.</p><p>Now, he's possibly facing more jail time for more abuse, eight years after the girl who called police, stabbed him for, police say, standing up for her mother</p><p>&quot;I think children react in many different ways. We already know children who see domestic violence or witness domestic violence can also be violent themselves,&quot; said Carolann Wooton with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault</p><p>The morning of June 29, 2014, a search warrant shows Hernandez's girlfriend told police he hit her several times as they were headed to a bar. Once there, she hid and called her son to pick her up. But, she says Hernandez followed them home. Once home, her son told police he hit Hernandez in the back of the head with a gun and he fell down, unconscious. Her son said that's when his sister stabbed Hernandez in the throat. But, experts say even that might not break the cycle. </p><p>&quot;We know a woman will go back to her abuser around seven times. We know that leaving a violent situation is a process,&quot; said Wooton. </p><p>Hernandez is currently in jail for three felonies including injuring a spouse. </p><p>If you find yourself or know someone in a domestic violence situation and need help, you can call the Alliance Against Family Violence at 327-1091. </p></font></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:20:56 -05005214298/story/d/story/teen-i-didnt-know-it-was-loaded/44201/2OD3Eq-Va0WhXJ3s4y37LAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/teen-i-didnt-know-it-was-loaded/44201/2OD3Eq-Va0WhXJ3s4y37LATeen: "I didn't know it was loaded" <div class="StoryBlock"> <div>BAKERSFIELD, CA - New details were released Tuesday about the 17-year-old accused of killing his stepfather. Court documents said it all started with a conversation about Kody Ryan's bad behavior.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The police report says Ryan had got an F, missed curfew and wasn't doing his chores. In the report, his mother tells police it wasn't a bad argument, but when her son went to the bathroom it turned deadly.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Court documents paint the picture of an average night June 25th. Kody Ryan, his mother and his stepfather, Derick Mitchell, were &quot;sitting in the living room having a normal conversation&quot; according to the police report.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>In the police report, Ryan's mother said &quot;Ryan had received an 'F' grade on his most recent report card from school and he had recently come home 20 minutes past curfew.&quot; She said &quot;she had just taken his cell phone away, they were talking about grounding him from driving his truck for a few days.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Ryan's mother tells police: &quot;there really wasn't any bad argument or yelling or screaming.&quot; The document says at one point his mother &quot;went to the kitchen&quot; and &quot;her son went to go to the bathroom and her husband followed him.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>That's when the report says Ryan's mother heard a &quot;loud bang&quot; from their master bedroom. His mother told police when she got to the back room Ryan was standing near the foot of the bed and stated, &quot;I'm sorry.&quot; The report says his stepfather, Derick Mitchell, had a single gunshot wound to the chest.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>When police arrived officers said that Ryan said while sobbing, &quot;It was just an argument. I was only trying to scare him. So I grabbed the gun in the dresser. I didn't know it was loaded. Why was it loaded?&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>According to police, that gun was a &quot;Glock 9mm pistol&quot;, Mitchell's gun. Ryan's mother told police Mitchell keeps it in the nightstand for home defense.</div><div><br /></div><div>Ryan is in Juvenile Hall. His next court date in August 13th. His attorney, H.A. Sala, did not want to comment because it is early in the investigation.&nbsp;<br /><br />Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler also declined to comment.&nbsp;</div></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:07:05 -05005214236/story/d/story/golden-empire-transit-union-plans-to-strike-next-w/33826/TcK7VSTuZEe033KtKoIDQghttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/golden-empire-transit-union-plans-to-strike-next-w/33826/TcK7VSTuZEe033KtKoIDQgGolden Empire Transit: Union plans to strike next week <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Officials at Golden Empire Transit say they were notified Tuesday the union is planning to strike July 15. <br /><br />In a news release, GET officials say they're willing to continue discussions in the hopes of reaching an agreement. However, the District's revenue projections from government sources are uncertain for this year and the near future. The District must balance expenses within the confines of projected revenue.<br /><br />In the event of a strike, GET will endeavor to provide curb to curb service to those customers who are dependent on transportation for serious medical needs. Fixed route service will be suspended.<br /><br />GET officials say they know this poses considerable difficulty for our customers.&nbsp; They hope to reconvene discussions with the union and any cessation of service will be very brief.&nbsp; Negotiations with Teamsters Local #517 for a new contract have been ongoing since January, 2014.&nbsp; <br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:03:00 -05005214369/story/d/story/police-seek-suspects-in-carjacking-outside-marijua/32804/QJtj0uR8-0-_wG1wXBLndAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/police-seek-suspects-in-carjacking-outside-marijua/32804/QJtj0uR8-0-_wG1wXBLndAPolice seek suspects in carjacking outside marijuana collective <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Police need your help finding three men accused of a carjacking outside a Bakersfield marijuana collective last month.&nbsp; <br /><br />Police say on the night of June 12, the men confronted the victim as he was leaving the Safe Marijuana Collective at 2850 S. Chester Av.&nbsp; One of the men displayed the handle of a gun in his waistband and retrieved the keys to the victim vehicle from the victim while two other men assaulted the victim&#8217;s friend who was seated in the victim vehicle. <br /><br />The men removed the victim&#8217;s friend from the victim vehicle and two of the men fled in the victim vehicle. The other man&nbsp; fled in the suspect vehicle.&nbsp; Surveillance photos of the men are attached.&nbsp; <br /><br />The suspected vehicle is described as a: light brown early 1990&#8217;s, Toyota, single cab, small pick-up. The victim's vehicle was recovered a short time later in the area of the offense.<br /><br />If you have information regarding this case, call Detective Paul Yoon at (661) 326-3511 or Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111.<br /><br /><br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:55:00 -0500/story/d/story/animal-officials-help-reunite-owners-with-lost-pet/21773/vw-ck1SaCky4L4iHsIooSwhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/animal-officials-help-reunite-owners-with-lost-pet/21773/vw-ck1SaCky4L4iHsIooSwAnimal officials help reunite owners with lost pets<div class="StoryBlock"> <br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BAKERSFIELD, CA- </span>Local animal officials want to help reunite owners with lost pets who went missing this Fourth of July weekend.<br /> <br />All of our local shelters report an increase in animals that ran away from home, apparently because of the fireworks.<br /><br /> Kern County Animal Control said since the beginning of the month they've seen dozens of animals turn up--mainly dogs.<br /> <br />Many of those dogs also were injured after being hit by cars, trying to get away from the noise.<br /><br /> County animal control officials said since July 1 they've had nearly 200 animals come in. The city shelter said it has taken in 144 pets since Friday. <br /> <br />While they can't track which animals came in because of fireworks, they say it's no coincidence.<br /> <br />Officials said if your pet has been missing this week you need to check animal shelters around town but that you're efforts shouldn't stop there. <br /><br /> &quot;Check websites, check Craigslist, Facebook, check the animal shelters as often as you can. Because there is always a possibility that it might be a couple of days that passes by before he shows up here.&quot; said Nick Cullen with Kern County Animal Services Shelter Supervisor.<br /><br /> Cullen also said to ask neighbors and even delivery drivers if they've seen your pet.<br /> <br /> Starting Tuesday, the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, the Bakersfield SPCA and Marley's Mutts will make a strong effort to reunite owners and their furry friends.<br /> <br />Owners will pay a $50 redemption fee, with no additional charges for boarding or vaccines.<br /> <br />For more information call 661-323-8353.<br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:06:26 -05005213004/story/d/story/man-stabbed-outside-oildale-bar/22348/GhXaaO4gYU2los3skGRyuAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/man-stabbed-outside-oildale-bar/22348/GhXaaO4gYU2los3skGRyuAMan stabbed outside Oildale bar<div class="StoryBlock"> <span style="font-weight: bold;">BAKERSFIELD, CA-</span> A 30-year-old man is in stable condition Tuesday morning after sheriff's deputies said he was stabbed outside a bar in Oildale.<br /><br />Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the Longbranch Saloon in the 900 block of North Chester Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.<br /><br />When deputies arrived they found a man suffering from a stab wound to the chest inside the bar.<br /><br />Deputies believe the victim got into a fight with another man inside before they both left through the back door into the alley where the stabbing occurred.<br /><br />The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. <br /><br />He is said to be in stable condition<br /><br />Deputies said there is no suspect information at this time. <br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110.<br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:54 -05005213015/story/d/story/paying-the-price-of-illegal-fireworks/18586/1Fh0ML1KO0mj2BSpE8qsOAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/paying-the-price-of-illegal-fireworks/18586/1Fh0ML1KO0mj2BSpE8qsOAPaying the price of illegal fireworks<div class="StoryBlock"> <font size="2"><p>BAKERSFIELD, CA - Many people are paying the price for their holiday weekend. Firefighters wrote dozens of tickets for illegal fireworks. And now, investigators are looking for the person who shot one off and caught a Bakersfield family's home on fire. </p><p>The fire started the night of the Fourth of July on Appleton Street in southwest Bakersfield. Marleen Patt caught the flames shooting from the roof on her cell phone camera. </p><p>&quot;I mean, like that quick there was just flames everywhere and it just went,&quot; said Patt. &quot;There were still illegal fireworks being shot off from over that way, so I don't know. The firefighters were here just looking over and just, wow, you know.&quot;</p><p>On Monday, the $225,000 in damage was visible. A restoration team was at the house. They will fix the house for the husband and wife who escaped the fire, but lost so much. </p><p>&quot;They are just upset. Obviously, they are really angry at whoever set off the fireworks that caught the roof on fire,&quot; said Mark Denny with Belfor Property Restoration. </p><p>&quot;This particular mortar was recovered from the rear yard of the Appleton Street fire,&quot; said Battalion Chief Danny Brown with the Bakersfield Fire Department. &quot;This falls from the sky, lands on a wood shake roof.&quot;</p><p>Brown says in all, fireworks started 31 fires on the Fourth. They caused $279,000 in damage. There were more than 750 calls to the fireworks hotline. In Bakersfield, firefighters cited 47 people for illegal fireworks. The penalty is $1,500 each. </p><p>In the county, officials say 75 to 80 citations were issued.</p><p>&quot;The amount of fireworks that we saw going up and the fires that we saw as a result of the illegal fireworks this year is substantially higher. People don't tend to look downstream as to what the possible effects of shooting off these aerials can be, and unfortunately it was illustrated graphically,&quot; said Battalion Chief Brown. &quot;When it's costing people homes I think we seriously need to look at where we are going as a society.&quot;</p><p>The Bakersfield Fire Department and Kern County Fire Department each confiscated a little over 700 pounds of illegal fireworks and said one person burned themselves with fireworks in the city. </p><p>If investigators catch the person who set off the firework that caused the house fire, that person could face a felony arson charge. </p></font></div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:21:48 -05005212167/story/d/story/kern-county-injection-wells-shut-down/72612/EJ9aUR1jtUSRMRlUfbpxwQhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/kern-county-injection-wells-shut-down/72612/EJ9aUR1jtUSRMRlUfbpxwQKern County injection wells shut down<div class="StoryBlock"> <div>KERN COUNTY - Seven Kern County oil companies experienced a setback in production Monday. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources shut down eleven injection wells at noon for fear they could be contaminating ground water.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>These wells are used to get rid of toxic wastewater from the oil production process, not necessarily fracking. According to state officials, these wells may have been injecting hazardous liquid near usable groundwater.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One of these wells is right off Highway 58 near Weedpatch Highway near a neighborhood.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;It's very concerning,&quot; said Les Clark, Executive Vice President for the Independent Oil Producers Agency.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources or DOGGR and the State Water Resources Board sent emergency closure letters to the owners of eleven injection wells last week. An injection well is used to get rid of tainted water used in the oil production process. The state worries these wells may be sending the waste to good groundwater.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;The last thing you want to do is contaminate usable water,&quot; said Clark.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>DOGGR said problems with these wells were discovered while the agency was implementing SB4, the state's new fracking law. The agency says it discovered permits that allowed the operators to inject waste into fresh water for wells that varied in location and age.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;I would call it one of those fact-finding missions, if you will,&quot; said Clark. &quot;But in the meantime, to tell my member he has to shut down his well, the fact is that puts him out of business. That's the fact.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Clark represents two of the producers who had to shut down injection wells. He says a closure like this, even if it's temporary, could be devastating.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;You can't produce oil without producing water, so if you shut down the water ability you shut down the water,&quot; said Clark.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>The Division admitted last week they have no direct evidence water was contaminated in these areas, but said immediate closure is needed so tests can be done on all 100 wells within a mile radius.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Companies have to prepare a plan of action for the State Water Resources Board by Friday and provide test results from nearby wells by next month.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div></div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:18:42 -05005212235KGET: Local NewsKGET: Local Newsen-us©{Year} Clear Channel Broadcasting. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:41:25 -0500Local Newshttp://www.kget.com/common/images/rss/logos/15.jpgKGET: Local Newshttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/rss/91.rssTue, 08 Jul 2014 22:00:01 -0500/story/d/story/bear-mountain-fatal/42559/WpZlPckmAkC9EOaN_7uM8Ahttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/bear-mountain-fatal/42559/WpZlPckmAkC9EOaN_7uM8AMotorcyclist dies after colliding with a big rig <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA.-The name of the motorcyclist killed in a crash in Arvin has been released.&nbsp;<br /><br />Hugo Armando Montiel, 49, from Tehachapi died on Tuesday. <br /><br />The crash happened on East Bear Mountain Boulevard after officers say Montiel collided with a big rig.&nbsp;<br /><br />Drugs and alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the crash. It remains under investigation.&nbsp;</div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:31:00 -05005215376/story/d/story/proposed-solution-for-noise-concern-near-westside/24669/lw0J_gNhDUOkHwzrdMLmbQhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/proposed-solution-for-noise-concern-near-westside/24669/lw0J_gNhDUOkHwzrdMLmbQProposed solution for noise concern near Westside Parkway<div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA--As construction on Bakersfield's Westside Parkway moves westward, homeowners near the path of progress want protection from the noise all that new traffic will produce. Many homeowners near the unfinished part of the freeway are worried about more noise and lower property values, once the project is completed. <br /><br />City and county officials, and transportation planners, held a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night -- addressing the issues. <br /><br />Homeowner Pam Binns said, &quot;Once 58 is connected, we're going to have a lot of traffic down here. And we've got to protect the residents, from the noise and the pollution and just being able to peer down into their backyards.&quot;<br /><br />Homeowners in the the Stockdale Rancho neighborhood have consistently complained about three issues: sound, safety and visual mitigation. <br /><br />Transportation planners are offering a solution.<br /><br />Public Works Interim Director Nick Fidler said, &quot;What we're proposing is to extend the block wall, on the Westside Parkway, starting at Jenkins and going approximately 1100 feet to the east.&quot; <br /><br />&quot;We also are providing a chain link fence with a vinyl privacy screening,&quot; he said. <br /><br />&quot;I'm glad that they have come up with something. Something is better than nothing,&quot; said Binns. <br /><br />Homeowners are happy with the progress, but it's not a done deal. <br /><br />Fidler said, &quot;We are working through the process to get the approval of the recommended change. That will take approval of both the board of supervisors and the city council, to do an amendment with the construction contract.&quot; <br /><br />Homeowners say they'll remain diligent. <br /><br />Binns said, &quot;This project still has to be approved and we will be at city and county to convince them that we still need the sound wall, as they are proposing it.&quot;<br /><br />Planning officials say they expect the changes to be on the August agenda. <br /></div> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:57:00 -05005215529/story/d/story/girl-who-stabbed-man-called-police-on-him-eight-ye/30443/gkiwicUZAE2bGyVPaRU_Kghttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/girl-who-stabbed-man-called-police-on-him-eight-ye/30443/gkiwicUZAE2bGyVPaRU_KgGirl who stabbed man, called police on him eight years earlier<div class="StoryBlock"> <font size="2"><p>BAKERSFIELD, CA - We have new information about the 16-year-old girl who stabbed her mother's boyfriend in southwest Bakersfield. It turns out this is not the girl's first run-in with Manual Hernandez. Although Bakersfield Police will not confirm this, court documents show the 16-year-old who stabbed Hernandez, called the cops on him when she was eight years old. Both times, Hernandez was accused of beating up the girl's mom.</p><p>Manuel Hernandez pleaded not guilty in court Monday to charges of domestic violence and possession of a firearm.</p><p>The teen stabbed him last month. Police say she was trying to defend her mother from his abuse. We will not identify the girl as she is a minor in this case. But, in court documents from 2006, her name is mentioned again, as the 8-year-old girl who called 9-1-1 on Hernandez. </p><p>The documents show the young girl watched as Hernandez yelled at her mother, hit her, and threatened her. Hernandez served almost three years for that.</p><p>Now, he's possibly facing more jail time for more abuse, eight years after the girl who called police, stabbed him for, police say, standing up for her mother</p><p>&quot;I think children react in many different ways. We already know children who see domestic violence or witness domestic violence can also be violent themselves,&quot; said Carolann Wooton with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault</p><p>The morning of June 29, 2014, a search warrant shows Hernandez's girlfriend told police he hit her several times as they were headed to a bar. Once there, she hid and called her son to pick her up. But, she says Hernandez followed them home. Once home, her son told police he hit Hernandez in the back of the head with a gun and he fell down, unconscious. Her son said that's when his sister stabbed Hernandez in the throat. But, experts say even that might not break the cycle. </p><p>&quot;We know a woman will go back to her abuser around seven times. We know that leaving a violent situation is a process,&quot; said Wooton. </p><p>Hernandez is currently in jail for three felonies including injuring a spouse. </p><p>If you find yourself or know someone in a domestic violence situation and need help, you can call the Alliance Against Family Violence at 327-1091. </p></font></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:20:56 -05005214298/story/d/story/teen-i-didnt-know-it-was-loaded/44201/2OD3Eq-Va0WhXJ3s4y37LAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/teen-i-didnt-know-it-was-loaded/44201/2OD3Eq-Va0WhXJ3s4y37LATeen: "I didn't know it was loaded" <div class="StoryBlock"> <div>BAKERSFIELD, CA - New details were released Tuesday about the 17-year-old accused of killing his stepfather. Court documents said it all started with a conversation about Kody Ryan's bad behavior.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The police report says Ryan had got an F, missed curfew and wasn't doing his chores. In the report, his mother tells police it wasn't a bad argument, but when her son went to the bathroom it turned deadly.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Court documents paint the picture of an average night June 25th. Kody Ryan, his mother and his stepfather, Derick Mitchell, were &quot;sitting in the living room having a normal conversation&quot; according to the police report.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>In the police report, Ryan's mother said &quot;Ryan had received an 'F' grade on his most recent report card from school and he had recently come home 20 minutes past curfew.&quot; She said &quot;she had just taken his cell phone away, they were talking about grounding him from driving his truck for a few days.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Ryan's mother tells police: &quot;there really wasn't any bad argument or yelling or screaming.&quot; The document says at one point his mother &quot;went to the kitchen&quot; and &quot;her son went to go to the bathroom and her husband followed him.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>That's when the report says Ryan's mother heard a &quot;loud bang&quot; from their master bedroom. His mother told police when she got to the back room Ryan was standing near the foot of the bed and stated, &quot;I'm sorry.&quot; The report says his stepfather, Derick Mitchell, had a single gunshot wound to the chest.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>When police arrived officers said that Ryan said while sobbing, &quot;It was just an argument. I was only trying to scare him. So I grabbed the gun in the dresser. I didn't know it was loaded. Why was it loaded?&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>According to police, that gun was a &quot;Glock 9mm pistol&quot;, Mitchell's gun. Ryan's mother told police Mitchell keeps it in the nightstand for home defense.</div><div><br /></div><div>Ryan is in Juvenile Hall. His next court date in August 13th. His attorney, H.A. Sala, did not want to comment because it is early in the investigation.&nbsp;<br /><br />Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler also declined to comment.&nbsp;</div></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:07:05 -05005214236/story/d/story/golden-empire-transit-union-plans-to-strike-next-w/33826/TcK7VSTuZEe033KtKoIDQghttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/golden-empire-transit-union-plans-to-strike-next-w/33826/TcK7VSTuZEe033KtKoIDQgGolden Empire Transit: Union plans to strike next week <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Officials at Golden Empire Transit say they were notified Tuesday the union is planning to strike July 15. <br /><br />In a news release, GET officials say they're willing to continue discussions in the hopes of reaching an agreement. However, the District's revenue projections from government sources are uncertain for this year and the near future. The District must balance expenses within the confines of projected revenue.<br /><br />In the event of a strike, GET will endeavor to provide curb to curb service to those customers who are dependent on transportation for serious medical needs. Fixed route service will be suspended.<br /><br />GET officials say they know this poses considerable difficulty for our customers.&nbsp; They hope to reconvene discussions with the union and any cessation of service will be very brief.&nbsp; Negotiations with Teamsters Local #517 for a new contract have been ongoing since January, 2014.&nbsp; <br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:03:00 -05005214369/story/d/story/police-seek-suspects-in-carjacking-outside-marijua/32804/QJtj0uR8-0-_wG1wXBLndAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/police-seek-suspects-in-carjacking-outside-marijua/32804/QJtj0uR8-0-_wG1wXBLndAPolice seek suspects in carjacking outside marijuana collective <div class="StoryBlock"> BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Police need your help finding three men accused of a carjacking outside a Bakersfield marijuana collective last month.&nbsp; <br /><br />Police say on the night of June 12, the men confronted the victim as he was leaving the Safe Marijuana Collective at 2850 S. Chester Av.&nbsp; One of the men displayed the handle of a gun in his waistband and retrieved the keys to the victim vehicle from the victim while two other men assaulted the victim&#8217;s friend who was seated in the victim vehicle. <br /><br />The men removed the victim&#8217;s friend from the victim vehicle and two of the men fled in the victim vehicle. The other man&nbsp; fled in the suspect vehicle.&nbsp; Surveillance photos of the men are attached.&nbsp; <br /><br />The suspected vehicle is described as a: light brown early 1990&#8217;s, Toyota, single cab, small pick-up. The victim's vehicle was recovered a short time later in the area of the offense.<br /><br />If you have information regarding this case, call Detective Paul Yoon at (661) 326-3511 or Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111.<br /><br /><br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:55:00 -0500/story/d/story/animal-officials-help-reunite-owners-with-lost-pet/21773/vw-ck1SaCky4L4iHsIooSwhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/animal-officials-help-reunite-owners-with-lost-pet/21773/vw-ck1SaCky4L4iHsIooSwAnimal officials help reunite owners with lost pets<div class="StoryBlock"> <br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">BAKERSFIELD, CA- </span>Local animal officials want to help reunite owners with lost pets who went missing this Fourth of July weekend.<br /> <br />All of our local shelters report an increase in animals that ran away from home, apparently because of the fireworks.<br /><br /> Kern County Animal Control said since the beginning of the month they've seen dozens of animals turn up--mainly dogs.<br /> <br />Many of those dogs also were injured after being hit by cars, trying to get away from the noise.<br /><br /> County animal control officials said since July 1 they've had nearly 200 animals come in. The city shelter said it has taken in 144 pets since Friday. <br /> <br />While they can't track which animals came in because of fireworks, they say it's no coincidence.<br /> <br />Officials said if your pet has been missing this week you need to check animal shelters around town but that you're efforts shouldn't stop there. <br /><br /> &quot;Check websites, check Craigslist, Facebook, check the animal shelters as often as you can. Because there is always a possibility that it might be a couple of days that passes by before he shows up here.&quot; said Nick Cullen with Kern County Animal Services Shelter Supervisor.<br /><br /> Cullen also said to ask neighbors and even delivery drivers if they've seen your pet.<br /> <br /> Starting Tuesday, the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, the Bakersfield SPCA and Marley's Mutts will make a strong effort to reunite owners and their furry friends.<br /> <br />Owners will pay a $50 redemption fee, with no additional charges for boarding or vaccines.<br /> <br />For more information call 661-323-8353.<br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:06:26 -05005213004/story/d/story/man-stabbed-outside-oildale-bar/22348/GhXaaO4gYU2los3skGRyuAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/man-stabbed-outside-oildale-bar/22348/GhXaaO4gYU2los3skGRyuAMan stabbed outside Oildale bar<div class="StoryBlock"> <span style="font-weight: bold;">BAKERSFIELD, CA-</span> A 30-year-old man is in stable condition Tuesday morning after sheriff's deputies said he was stabbed outside a bar in Oildale.<br /><br />Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing at the Longbranch Saloon in the 900 block of North Chester Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.<br /><br />When deputies arrived they found a man suffering from a stab wound to the chest inside the bar.<br /><br />Deputies believe the victim got into a fight with another man inside before they both left through the back door into the alley where the stabbing occurred.<br /><br />The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. <br /><br />He is said to be in stable condition<br /><br />Deputies said there is no suspect information at this time. <br /><br />Anyone with information is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff's Office at 861-3110.<br /></div> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:54 -05005213015/story/d/story/paying-the-price-of-illegal-fireworks/18586/1Fh0ML1KO0mj2BSpE8qsOAhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/paying-the-price-of-illegal-fireworks/18586/1Fh0ML1KO0mj2BSpE8qsOAPaying the price of illegal fireworks<div class="StoryBlock"> <font size="2"><p>BAKERSFIELD, CA - Many people are paying the price for their holiday weekend. Firefighters wrote dozens of tickets for illegal fireworks. And now, investigators are looking for the person who shot one off and caught a Bakersfield family's home on fire. </p><p>The fire started the night of the Fourth of July on Appleton Street in southwest Bakersfield. Marleen Patt caught the flames shooting from the roof on her cell phone camera. </p><p>&quot;I mean, like that quick there was just flames everywhere and it just went,&quot; said Patt. &quot;There were still illegal fireworks being shot off from over that way, so I don't know. The firefighters were here just looking over and just, wow, you know.&quot;</p><p>On Monday, the $225,000 in damage was visible. A restoration team was at the house. They will fix the house for the husband and wife who escaped the fire, but lost so much. </p><p>&quot;They are just upset. Obviously, they are really angry at whoever set off the fireworks that caught the roof on fire,&quot; said Mark Denny with Belfor Property Restoration. </p><p>&quot;This particular mortar was recovered from the rear yard of the Appleton Street fire,&quot; said Battalion Chief Danny Brown with the Bakersfield Fire Department. &quot;This falls from the sky, lands on a wood shake roof.&quot;</p><p>Brown says in all, fireworks started 31 fires on the Fourth. They caused $279,000 in damage. There were more than 750 calls to the fireworks hotline. In Bakersfield, firefighters cited 47 people for illegal fireworks. The penalty is $1,500 each. </p><p>In the county, officials say 75 to 80 citations were issued.</p><p>&quot;The amount of fireworks that we saw going up and the fires that we saw as a result of the illegal fireworks this year is substantially higher. People don't tend to look downstream as to what the possible effects of shooting off these aerials can be, and unfortunately it was illustrated graphically,&quot; said Battalion Chief Brown. &quot;When it's costing people homes I think we seriously need to look at where we are going as a society.&quot;</p><p>The Bakersfield Fire Department and Kern County Fire Department each confiscated a little over 700 pounds of illegal fireworks and said one person burned themselves with fireworks in the city. </p><p>If investigators catch the person who set off the firework that caused the house fire, that person could face a felony arson charge. </p></font></div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:21:48 -05005212167/story/d/story/kern-county-injection-wells-shut-down/72612/EJ9aUR1jtUSRMRlUfbpxwQhttp://www.kerngoldenempire.com/story/d/story/kern-county-injection-wells-shut-down/72612/EJ9aUR1jtUSRMRlUfbpxwQKern County injection wells shut down<div class="StoryBlock"> <div>KERN COUNTY - Seven Kern County oil companies experienced a setback in production Monday. The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources shut down eleven injection wells at noon for fear they could be contaminating ground water.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>These wells are used to get rid of toxic wastewater from the oil production process, not necessarily fracking. According to state officials, these wells may have been injecting hazardous liquid near usable groundwater.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One of these wells is right off Highway 58 near Weedpatch Highway near a neighborhood.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;It's very concerning,&quot; said Les Clark, Executive Vice President for the Independent Oil Producers Agency.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources or DOGGR and the State Water Resources Board sent emergency closure letters to the owners of eleven injection wells last week. An injection well is used to get rid of tainted water used in the oil production process. The state worries these wells may be sending the waste to good groundwater.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;The last thing you want to do is contaminate usable water,&quot; said Clark.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>DOGGR said problems with these wells were discovered while the agency was implementing SB4, the state's new fracking law. The agency says it discovered permits that allowed the operators to inject waste into fresh water for wells that varied in location and age.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;I would call it one of those fact-finding missions, if you will,&quot; said Clark. &quot;But in the meantime, to tell my member he has to shut down his well, the fact is that puts him out of business. That's the fact.&quot;&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Clark represents two of the producers who had to shut down injection wells. He says a closure like this, even if it's temporary, could be devastating.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;You can't produce oil without producing water, so if you shut down the water ability you shut down the water,&quot; said Clark.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</div><div>The Division admitted last week they have no direct evidence water was contaminated in these areas, but said immediate closure is needed so tests can be done on all 100 wells within a mile radius.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Companies have to prepare a plan of action for the State Water Resources Board by Friday and provide test results from nearby wells by next month.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div></div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:18:42 -05005212235