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Teen’s Body Found in Neighborhood Park.

BAKERSFIELD, CA – A local teen’s body was found in Polo Park in Northwest Bakersfield Saturday morning.

Anthony Spence, who was a senior at Vista West Continuation School, was found on Saturday morning, January 5, 2019. Police found him impassive in a baseball dugout at the park at 6:30 AM.

The dugout is now a memorial site for Spence. Locals and friends have been leaving candles and flowers in the dugout where police found Spence’s body.

There have been many rumors floating around on social media. Although, Bakersfield Police have yet to confirm the cause of death.

Those close to Spence said that he was with up to 20 people the night before he was found. According to his ex-girlfriend, Spence smoked marijuana early in the evening and then drank half a bottle of rum. After consumption, he then took a bar of Xanax laced with fentanyl. The bar of Xanax was an opioid 50 times more potent than heroin.

Spence’s ex claims that the friend who was with him provided the drugs and alcohol but left him alone at the park at 4 AM.

The residences who live around the dugout know that the spot is a common hangout for teens doing illegal activity.  They also hope that this is a warning for police to watch teens hanging out at parks.

Many locals are upset by the passing, and request more patrolling to be done around local parks.

The Kern High School grief counselors are also available for students and staff at Vista West.

Also, any relevant information could be used by the Bakersfield Police Department. You can visit their website, or call 661- 327-7111.

Body found in Drainage Sump Finally Identified!

BAKERSFIELD, CA – In October, police found the body of a woman in a drainage sump. Coroners ran the woman’s fingerprints and identified the body yesterday.

By using fingerprint analysis, the coroner’s identified this woman as Jessie Flores, age 52. Local residents state that this particular sump was frequent location where homeless people sought out shelter. Police assumed she was transient.

This Bakersfield woman had no signs of trauma or abrasion. Even so, at the time the police found her body, the amount of decomposition made it impossible to detect more precise injuries. Moreover, the only injuries that could be detected were extreme ones, like a gunshot or a stab wound. Suspiciously, she had no clothes or possessions at the time they found her body.

After Flores was identified, it became clear that she was a Bakersfield resident, although there is only a possibility that she was transient. The only record of her existence is her Kern County Criminal record. She had a various minute crime record ranging from 1993 to 2016. Common among many transient people, most of the charges were misdemeanors. Such charges include sleeping in a public space or loitering on public property.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence of how long Flores was dead before the police discovered her body.

She was never reported missing and no one stepped forward to identify the woman.

Sadly, the cause of death is still a mystery. Kern County Sheriffs are asking that her family come forward to claim her body. If you or any other Bakersfield residents know any information about Flores or her death, contact the Kern County Sherriff’s Office. 

Are You a Beer Fan? Bakersfield’s Breweries Have Exciting News for You

BAKERSFIELD, California — Bakersfield is having a major increase in the brewery district. What can be better than a good-quality beer in the evening? Nothing.

One of the industry leaders, the original Lengthwise Brewing has its roots in Bakersfield and, at this moment, other brewers are calling Bakersfield home, as well. The brewing industry is growing between Stine and Gosford, White and District.

 

bakersfield breweriesMaking a huge business out of small brews? It is possible for Dionysus Brewing Company which is one of the growing companies.

According to Matt Quigley, the man tending bar at Dionysus, beer crafting and its enlargement in Bakersfield is “cool.”

At Dionysus, everyone can find a flavor of their choice, however, rumor has it that they only brew sour ones.

 

Other than Dionysus, Bakersfield holds different booming breweries which are worth to be noted.

Have you heard about unusual ways of beer crafting? Well, at the Bakersfield Beer Company, the world is changed. The co-owner, Tara Douhan, is not even making beer, instead, she travels around California and brings beer to be sold here in Bakersfield.

The brewing district is proud of its breweries. And one of the components to the district is a store dedicated to giving people the tools to craft their own beer. Isn’t it amazing?

Nowadays, more people are making craft brews and it has a huge influence on the city’s budding brewery district.

Beer is something to be enjoyed, however, many people don’t understand how important it is to keep safe while driving. So, leave your car at home, today, and visit the brewery district to enjoy some high-quality beer!

 

$200 Million Less for The New Alternative High-Speed Bakersfield Rail

Bakersfield high-speed railBakersfield, California – The rail authority’s board voted to approve a new route developed in collaboration with Bakersfield city leaders.

According to the plan, the route approaches the city from the north and establishes a station north of downtown.

The original plan of the route was adopted back in 2014. The new route is the product of the legal settlement of the city of Bakersfield.

In December 2014 the city declined the initial plan in order to work on developing an alternative route to avoid several sensitive or historic resources west of downtown.

Fewer homes, businesses, farm acres and parks will be affected by the new route alternative according to the authority’s planning stuff. Besides, the new route will be more cost –effective.

It will cost about $200 million less than the original plan.

Dan Richard, the rail authority’s board chairman, said the decision they made features the successful partnership between the authority and their regional partners to bring high-speed rail to Bakersfield.

According to Richard, the best way to generate economic impact, it to placing a station in Truxtun Avenue.

 

Lowest Homelessness Rate in California: $3.8 Million will be Allocated to Bakersfield

Bakersfield homelessBakersfield, California – Bakersfield had the lowest homeless rate among the 11 largest cities in the country. However, Bakersfield is the ninth largest city in California.

Mayor Karen Goh is still worried about the issue and calls homelessness a crisis. She said the crisis is all over the United States.

In 2017, California’s homeless population number equals 134000. The biggest factor causing homelessness is the lack of affordable housing, according to the assistant legislative director at the League of California Cities.

The state is taking actions to resolve the homelessness issue. $500 million of the state budget is going to be addressed to homelessness crisis.

According to the state initiative, each city will be allocated an amount based on how many people are outdoor on one particular night.  $3.8 million will be allocated for Bakersfield.

The money that the city will get will be used for emergency temporary shelters. But the program aims at providing permanent, sustainable housing.

The state program will take people off the streets and house them immediately. The money is allocated on the emergency basis.

As some rumors whisper, the homeless people are coming from larger cities, such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.

City officials, police and fire chiefs are involved in this program.

Shooting in Bakersfield Left One Person Dead and Four Others Wounded

bakersfield shootingBakersfield, California—A man was killed and multiple others were wounded in a shooting on Chandler Court near Wilson Road on Sunday, before 1 a.m. This information was confirmed by Bakersfield Police.

When the police arrived they found one victim on the scene and witnesses reported more victims had gone to the hospital.

Police have not identified the names of the victims yet. But according to officials four males and one female were wounded in the shooting. The female representative was injured and in critical condition.

Luckily, three other men suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to the Bakersfield Police Department.

The tragedy happened while the victims were at a gathering at an apartment located on the 2600 block of Chandler Court, near Wilson Road in southwest Bakersfield.

This is what the witnesses said. At least 15 people were at the place of crime, in the garage of the apartment, when the suspect opened the fire.

There is no information available on the suspect at this time.

The investigation is still underway. Bakersfield is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.

 

 

Late Evening Bakersfield Shooting Sent 2 People to Hospital

BAKERSFIELD, California — A robber was shot by a security officer guard Thursday night at a Metro PCS store on Chester Avenue, police said.

bakersfield shootingShortly before 6 p.m., at around 5:57 p.m., two suspects entered Metro PCS with guns. It was near the night; the robbers entered the store. After that, they were pointing a gun at employees and shoppers. According to police, they were asking for the cashier’s money.

An armed security officer guard stepped in to stop the robbery and shot at the robbers. According to the news release, he hit two individuals who were struck by gunfire and were transported to local hospitals.

No further information is available about the conditions of the victims, the hospital doesn’t have any information at this moment.

Police said, a shopper was injured as well but there is no information on how that person was hurt.

At this moment Chester Avenue is closed temporary from 10th Street to 11th Street.

If you are someone with additional information about the incident, you are asked to contact police at (661) 327-7111.

Bakersfield Schools to Serve More Government-Sponsored Meals This Year

BAKERSFIELD, California — More students will receive government-sponsored meals this year. The state law requires universal meal service for all kids in “high poverty” schools.

 

A large number of the schools fall into this category in Bakersfield, according to government standards.

 

Free or reduced-price meals already existed in schools, but a new state law taking effect this school year requires that schools extend the free service to all kids at a poor school, regardless of their family’s specific financial situation.

 

Free meal applications at those schools will be scrapped, which officials say will save time.

 

School officials who spoke to the local news representative were pleased to offer the food, noting some students are not fed well at home.

 

Kids pay better attention and perform better after eating something nutritious, said Jennifer Davis, the food services coordinator for the Kern High School District.

 

Davis oversees the preparation and delivery of approximately 16,000 meals a day across the district.

 

From a financial perspective, individual schools and districts will actually benefit from increasing the number of meals served. The federal government reimburses school kitchens for meals served to low-income students, who sometimes don’t pay for the food they eat anyway.

 

Lunch costs $2.90 per day in the high school district. Breakfast is $1.65.

 

Incident in The Hospital. No Active Shooter Was Found By the Police

Bakersfield Hospital shootingBAKERSFIELD, CA- Active shooting took place at the Mercy Southwest Hospital on Wednesday around 8 p.m.

Police did research in the hospital.

They couldn’t find evidence of an active shooter.

A press conference was held concerning “Code black’’ lockdown.

Bakersfield Police Sergeant Brian Holcombe says that one of the workers of the hospital called the police at 7:57 P.M.

The person told that there was a possible active shooter.

Bruce Peters, the operator at the hospital, made announcement of a ‘’code black’’, said the CEO of Mercy South West Hospital.

He also said that he is not sure about the origin of the alert.

Fortunately, everybody is safe.

As far as he knows there wasn’t any gunman in the hospital.

100 emergency personnel was in charge of things.

No shots were fired. By the time police officers arrived, they didn’t hear any shots.

Some business located nearby were lockdown.

The California Supreme Court Made a Decision on Proposition 9

The California Supreme Court finally came to a conclusion yesterday with Proposition 9.

 

They decided not go through with it and have it removed from the November ballot.

Basically, Proposition 9 would have had California split into three. California, Southern California, and Northern California.

Supreme Court

At first, it was qualified for the June ballot. However, now that members have taken a good look at actually making this happen, they noticed that it would not be such an easy task.

 

On the order that the court released, it states, “Significant questions have been raised regarding the proposition’s validity.”

 

For years now, members have been trying to push the idea of splitting the Golden State into 3 parts. But it is easier said than done, especially in such an overpopulated state.

This challenge was also originally proposed by the Planning and Conservation League. Their goal is to “protect California from the destruction caused by fast-paced and poorly planned developments.”

 

Though venture capitalist Tim Draper disagrees with the court’s decision. He invested over $1.7 million into this whole idea.

 

His view of the Proposition states that it will improve California in numerous ways. The structure and education will become much better and tax rates will decrease.

 

Though the Supreme Court is not completely on board with the Proposition, they set dates for discussion within the next month.