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Bakersfield to Settle Lawsuit with ACLU

BAKERSFIELD, CA – The city of Bakersfield will pay $60,000 to settle a lawsuit brought forth by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundations of Southern and Northern California. The suit was issued on behalf of a man arrested in 2017 for failing to answer questions by Bakersfield Police during a traffic stop.

Bakersfield resident, Robert Mitchell, who’s African American, was the plaintiff in the lawsuit. During the incident there were three other black men in the car. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff says Bakersfield Police used the excuse that air fresheners were dangling from the rearview mirror, the tires were bald, and the car had come to rest in the turn lane with the wheels resting on the dividing line, for the traffic stop.

Judging the stop to be unreasonable, Mitchel filmed the event and initially declined to give his name to the officers. He did so on the grounds that he was not being accused of a crime. This information comes courtesy of the ACLU of Southern California.

In the video the plaintiff repeatedly refuses to answer the officer’s question. Consequently, the officers demanded Mitchell exit the car where they quickly handcuffed him and transported him to the Kern County Central Receiving Facility. He was jailed there for over 12 hours.

Mitchell commented on the ruling, “I should have never been arrested for asserting my constitutional rights. I hope that going forward no one in my community will be arrested for exercising their rights.”

The city was also happy with the outcome of the suit. As part of the settlement they did not have to admit any liability. Also, it should be noted that the ACLU had the opportunity to move this case along to court but ultimately opted not to.

Bakersfield DUI Checkpoint on Saturday!

April 5, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, CA – It is that time again. According to police in the Bakersfield area, a checkpoint has been planned at an unrevealed location. This checkpoint is where police plan to check drivers this Saturday.

Basically, the Bakersfield police officers plan to check drivers for any signs of impairment while driving at the DUI checkpoint. This is set to occur from six in the evening until two in the morning.

Essentially, this check includes anything from drugs and alcohol, to the use of valid driver’s licenses. Police search for any possible danger a driver may cause to themselves or to others on the road.

Moreover, this is a proactive effort from the police department and the city to stop any potentially dangerous activity. Many people die in the area and throughout the country at the hands of another impaired driver or from driving impaired themselves.

In fact, the statistics show that accidents involving DUIs over the last three years have killed twenty-six people in the Bakersfield area. And, these accidents led to the injuries of almost five hundred people.

The Saturday DUI checkpoint is a measure to help stop this behavior and catch it before any possible injuries occur.

Drivers should be aware that the checkpoint is taking place on Saturday, and be reminded to never drink and drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Did a Life-Sentenced Bakersfield Murderer Now Kill His Cellmate?

March 12, 2019

CORCORAN, CA – A life-sentenced Bakersfield murderer, Jaime Osuna, is now suspected of killing his cellmate. Osuna, a thirty-one-year-old man, received his life sentence back in 2017.  

And now, he’s suspected of killing his cellmate. Osuna’s cellmate, identified as Luis Romero, was found dead by prison officials on Saturday morning. Romero was a forty-four-year-old also serving a life sentence. In fact, he was convicted and sentenced back in 1992. Now, officials are investigating the cause of Romero’s death.

However, the vicious nature of Osuna’s own crime – as well as his statements regarding the crime – indicates that he likely was capable of this other crime as well. He committed the heinous crime that led to his conviction back in November of 2011.

It was then when he tortured and murdered a woman. Her name? Yvette Pena. She was thirty-seven-years-old at the time of the murder. In fact, Osuna pleaded guilty to the five charges he faced during the trial. One of those five charges was first-degree murder.

Authorities found Pena’s body on November 13, 2011. Moreover, they found her body in El Morocco Motel and stated that she suffered horrific injuries that resulted in her death. The coroner’s official report states that she died from blunt force injuries, as well as asphyxia and sharp-force injuries.

However, Osuna did not show any remorse for what he did. In fact, he actually waved to Pena’s relatives in the courtroom. After receiving his life sentence, he even gave them a thumbs-up. He has been quoted talking about his sadistic nature and his love of killing in the past.

After the latest incident, prison officials transferred him to solitary confinement. Apparently, officials moved him out of Corcoran State Prison and into a prison mental hospital. Officials are still investigating Romero’s death.

Gun Violence Turned to Crash Collision!

February 22, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, CA – The Bakersfield Police Department responded to a call for gunfire at a local intersection. An officer parked near the Coffee and Brimhall intersection heard gunfire and soon responded. While attempting to chase after the shooting suspect, a collision occurred.

At the intersection, before the accident occurred, an officer parked near the intersection heard gunshots. When the officer looked to the area sounding the shots, he noticed a black pickup barreling toward the intersection. The black Chevrolet pickup headed westbound off the Westside Parkway off-ramp. It was at this point, that the officer observing the car, began to chase after him. Meanwhile, the pickup had just run a red light.

Since the black Cheverlot had ignored the red light when he fled, he collided into a southbound vehicle. This white southbound vehicle was driven by an adult female. Thankfully, she was only sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the pickup, now identified as Javier Gonzales, wasn’t harmed from the collision. He emerged from the car and ran South. The officer then pursued him. With the assistance of a passerby, the officer captured Gonzales, age 22.

After searching the vehicle, officers found a loaded machine gun, and evidence that Gonzales recently fired the gun.

The Bakersfield Police Department discovered that the man originally shot off the on-ramp or the parkway.  

Police investigated local hospitals to check if there were any injuries or gun-shot victims. Additionally, there were no calls reporting injured citizens.

The Bakersfield Police Department put Gonzales into custody for a felony hit and run, various gang and gun affiliations and careless discharge of a firearm.

Another Suspect! Body Buried in Bakersfield Backyard

February 8, 2019

BAKERSFIELD, CA – Police nabbed another suspect who may be connected to a buried body found in a Bakersfield backyard. As a result, they arrested the man, thirty-year-old David Williams, Wednesday evening. Apparently, this occurred at a motel in the 3600 block of Wible Road. The charge? Suspicion of involuntary manslaughter, along with other offenses. And police connect this charge with the death of Joseph Lara.

Also, police already have two other suspects in custody for the case. There is twenty-five-year-old Dennis Marroquin, as well as twenty-two-year-old Kailee Morrison. All three are in custody in connect with the death. Lara was twenty-one years old at the time of his death. Due to this incident, all three now face charges of destruction of evidence, along with conspiracy.

According to court documents, Marroquin told the police that Lara died due to a drug overdose. He claims that he and another person then moved Lara’s body to the Hathaway Avenue residence, where Marroquin’s sibling allegedly was a resident. There, allegedly they burned and buried his body. Apparently, after finding a toe in the backyard on January 23, the residents contacted police.

At the motel where Williams was found, police also found and arrested two others. This included twenty-eight-year-old Sidney Moreno and twenty-three-year-old John Moreno. While police do not believe these two were involved in Lara’s death, they face other charges. These charges include drug possession with the intent of sales, in addition to conspiracy.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Bakersfield Police Department. This investigation is still ongoing.

Teen’s Body Found in Neighborhood Park.

January 8, 2019

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!

December 13, 2018

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

November 14, 2018

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

October 17, 2018

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

October 5, 2018

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.