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Over 50 Citations for Illegal Fireworks During the Fourth of July

Bakersfield newsBAKERSFIELD, California — Firefighters issued 48 citations for illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department’s Facebook page.

The fireworks hotline operators reported that there were more than 1,000 calls from concerned citizens, according to BFD,

A citation for illegal fireworks could cost city residents up to $1,000.

Firefighters teamed up with Bakersfield police in 38 teams to patrol the city and respond to calls of illegal fireworks usage on July 3 and July 4 — typically the department’s busiest days of the year.

A drone owned by the fire department was additionally used in different areas to pinpoint where illegal fireworks were being set off.


Be careful when doing fireworks, it may cause fire and danger around the people living near the spot.

Be Safe!


Police Arrest Woman who Stole Cop Car and Kidnapped Suspect

arrestA woman stole a police car Sunday evening in Fresno.


At the time of the theft, there was also a suspect in the back seat in handcuffs.


Police believe she the woman was not sober and possibly under the influence of drugs.


Her name was not released, however, police later found her and arrested her. She was taken into Fresno County Jail.


Police are charging her for theft and kidnapping.


Here’s what happened before police found her and arrested her.


At first, Fresno Police were dealing with another suspect.


Around 7 P.M. a man who was in a used car lot contacted police for a vandalism attack on his car. A woman had scratched up his car and ran off.


When police located the woman that scratched up his vehicle, they took her back to the lot for questioning while the man was also there.


Police and the man and the suspect were then interrupted by the kidnapper. She started to go through the other suspect’s purse, claiming that she is the suspect’s friend and she will take the purse home with her.


However, the suspect in the police car said she did not know who this woman is. So, police asked her to get out of the lot.


She left then came back later on. When police were talking to the victim, she got into the cops’ car with the suspect in the back seat and took off.


The police officers went after her until she ended up crashing into a utility pole on Glenn Avenue.


There were no injuries, but the woman was arrested for committing theft of an officer’s car and kidnapping a suspect.



Bakersfield Man Arrested for Stealing a Historic Diamond T Truck

bakersfield truck theftBAKERSFIELD, California — Kern County Auto Theft Taskforce arrested a man in southeast Bakersfield on Thursday in connection with stealing an expensive historic truck last week.


The Casagrande family asked for the community’s help in finding a 1936 Diamond T truck that was stolen in central Bakersfield on May 31.


The truck was bought new and has been in the Casagrande family ever since. Buttonwillow CHP found the truck on June 4 on Mirasol Avenue between Buerkle Road and Brite Road, just outside of Buttonwillow.


According to BPD, on June 7, Gordon Yates was arrested on E Belle Terrace near Cottonwood Road without incident.


Yates, 30, was arrested on felony charges of grand theft auto and possession of a stolen vehicle.


The truck has been returned and was not damaged, according to BPD.

A Girl Died When Pulled out from the Southern California Lake

bakersfield girl deadPERRIS, California — A 9-year-old girl has died after being from pulled from a Southern California lake.

The Southern California News Group reports the girl was reported missing shortly after 5 p.m. Monday at Lake Perris State Recreation Area.

Park’s official John Rowe says lifeguards and state parks scuba divers searched the water for about 50 minutes before finding the girl.

She was taken to a hospital but died.

The girl had last been seen in Power Cove, a non-swimming area for boating.


A Car Crashed into a Starbucks Under Construction Killing 1 Person

bakersfield crash newsFULLERTON, California — One person was killed in a fiery crash at a Fullerton intersection, where a car careened into a Starbucks under construction.


The wreck occurred shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Harbor and Brea boulevards. Authorities said a vehicle jumped a curb, struck what appeared to be several electrical boxes, then slammed into the Starbucks.


When first responders arrived on the scene, they found the car engulfed in flames. The driver was found dead inside the vehicle, fire officials said.


Investigators believe speed was likely a factor in the wreck. Authorities are also trying to determine if roads were slick at the time of the crash.


If you have any relevant information about this ongoing investigation, you’re asked to contact Fullerton Police Department.


Trailer Park Management Company Charged for Deadly Fire that Killed a Child

bakersfield fireBAKERSFIELD, California — A trailer park management company has been charged with a felony count of involuntary homicide for a fire that killed a baby.

The DA says Pama Management, Inc. is in violation of legal code section 192(b) after a five-month-old died in a fire at the 4J’s Trailer Park in Oildale on January 24, 2016.

Pama Management operated the trailer park and leased the trailer where the fire happened, the DA said. The fire started in or around the child’s bedroom where she was sleeping. The adults living in the home were able to escape safely.

A settlement was reached in January in a legal proceeding against Nijjar Realty INC., Pama Management Inc., Cobra 28 No. 7, LP and IE Rental Homes after alleging charges including wrongful death, negligence, and fraud.

According to the DA’s Office, Pama Management is accused of failing to abide by its legal duties to maintain the trailer in compliance with the state’s statutory requirements for its residences.

Two years after the fire, Kern County Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of the fire. The family’s lawyer told back in January that they were experiencing electrical problems the day the fire broke out.

The DA said the initial court appearance hasn’t been set.

A Street Vendor Beaten to Death in South Los Angeles

California newsLOS ANGELES, California — A family is pleading for the public’s help after a street vendor, the member of their family was robbed and brutally beaten right before his shift.

Pedro Reyes, 54, was among a group of street vendors setting up shop around 5 a.m. Sunday at San Pedro Street and 31st Street in South Los Angeles. Two vehicles pulled up and a group of young men inside demanded money from three street vendors, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Reyes told detectives he threw his money at the suspects and ran – and that’s when they chased after him and beat him up.

His stepson told that the group of people cut his throat, knocked out three of Reyes’ teeth, fractured his face and left him unconscious.

Reyes was the most severely hurt – the other two vendors had minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital.

At this point, the suspect descriptions are vague, and police are looking for surveillance video to aid them in their search.

Reyes remains hospitalized at California Hospital Medical Center in downtown Los Angeles. He’s set to undergo surgery Monday on his face.

Reyes said six men attacked him, speaking from his hospital bed, leaving him unconscious and waking up in the hospital.

His stepson said doctors are estimating it will take Reyes at least six months to fully recover from the attack. His main worry now is how to support his family. He does not have health insurance and a Fund that is helping has so far raised almost $40,000 for his medical costs.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe account set up for Pedro Reyes, you may do so here. Note that GoFundMe deducts 2.9 percent of all funds raised, plus 30 cents per donation, in the form of payment processing charges.


California School Suddenly Shuts Down Without Warning

california schoolSACRAMENTO, California — Wednesday afternoon, Paramount Collegiate Academy in Sacramento shut down abruptly, sending dozens of students and staff scrambling from not knowing what to do next.

Students said they received a letter moment before dismissal, outlining the fate of the 6th- through 12th-grade charter school known for its science and technology curriculum.

The letter cited low enrollment, plus facility and financial challenges. The board of directors met Wednesday afternoon and voted unanimously to close the academy. Hours after their meeting, the school went dark — along with its website.

Frustrated families came to the school after the closure to get answers.

“No answer the phone, no answer, nothing,” parent Aida Cardenas said.

“I’m actually kind of surprised because it’s the first time I’d seen a school get shut down,” said Giovanni Cardenas, who was a student at the school for three years.

Halfway through the school year, parents said they’re left scrambling to re-enroll their children elsewhere.

“You can’t decide in a day to close a school,” parent Yared Negussie said. “I’m upset, I’m confused. I’m not sure where she’s going to go next.”

The office will operate temporarily through the end of the month, opening Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The school said it will help with student transfers. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Report cards will be mailed out next week.


Earthquake with 4.5 Magnitude Shook Residents Awake in Berkeley

BERKELEY, California — A 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck early Thursday in Berkeley, California, according to a report from the US Geological Survey, shaking up some residents of the densely populated San Francisco Bay area awake in their beds.


A 4.5 magnitude earthquake that shook the Bay Area on Jan. 4, 2017, is seen in a map provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake hit at 2:39 a.m. and was centered near the Berkeley-Oakland boundary along the Hayward fault, which sits atop a densely populated area.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the area, the state Governor’s Office of Emergency Services said.

Major damage was not expected because of the quake, but “there’s always a possibility of some minor damage to older structures in the area,” U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Robert Sanders told.

Some residents in the area told that the quake shook them awake. A quake of this intensity generally would produce moderate shaking felt by nearly everyone near the center, awakening many people and having the potential to break some windows and dishes, the USGS says.

“It shook our house and shook the bed big time,” Gina Solis of San Rafael, across the San Francisco Bay from Berkeley, told.

In Hayward, a few miles southeast of Oakland, Robert Hilton says he woke up to a sensation that something might be running into his house.

The area’s commuter trains will be delayed in the morning so that inspectors can check the tracks, Bay Area Rapid Transit said on Twitter.


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The Hayward Fault passes through Berkeley and extends through several cities on the east side of the Bay Area.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the fault could produce a magnitude 7 or greater tremblor.


Wildfire of Southern California Collapsed to Larger Areas

On Sunday, Southern California’s largest and most destructive wildfire expanded in size and swept into new areas, as the wind-whipped flames forced thousands of more residents to evacuate.

The powerful blaze broke out on the western edge of the Thomas Fire sparked new evacuations as the fire sent up a giant smoke near Montecito, Carpinteria and seaside areas in Santa Barbara County about 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles that had been under fire risk for days and were now choked with smoke.

“The winds are kind of squirrely right now,” said Mike Eliason, the Santa Barbara County fire spokesman. “Some places the smoke is going straight up in the air, and others it’s blowing sideways. Depends on what canyon we’re in.”

Fire crews, with the help of a fleet of water-dropping planes and helicopters, tried to save homes as unpredictable explosions sent the blaze deeper into residential foothill areas and into unoccupied sections of Los Padres National Forest, where the state’s fourth-largest fire burned a decade ago.

The out-of-control blaze grew by more than 50,000 acres on Sunday and scorched 230,000 acres in total, making it the 5th largest wildfire in modern California history, according to The Los Angeles Times.


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Thousands of homes and businesses in Santa Barbara County were without power. Overall, the fires have destroyed about 800 homes and other buildings, killed dozens of horses and forced more than 200,000 people to flee since Dec. 4. So far, one death, a 70-year-old woman who crashed her car on an evacuation route, is attributed to the fire in Santa Paula, a small city where the fire began.

Officials handed out masks to residents who stayed behind in Montecito, the wealthy hillside enclave that’s home to celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges and Rob Lowe.

A few miles to the west, the Santa Barbara Zoo was closed to the public. Workers there gave shelter to the zoo’s 500 animals.

Firefighters made significant progress Saturday on other fronts of the enormous fire that started Dec. 4 in neighboring Ventura County. As containment increased on other major blazes in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego counties, resources from those fires were diverted to the Santa Barbara foothills.

Forecasters said Santa Ana winds that whipped fires across the region last week would continue in some areas at least through Monday.

A lack of rain has officials on edge statewide because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season.

“This is the new normal,” Gov. Jerry Brown warned Saturday after surveying damage from the deadly Ventura fire. “We are about ready to have firefighting at Christmas. This is very odd and unusual.”


Last week, the fire swept through the San Luis Rey Training Facility, which killed more than 40 elite thoroughbreds and destroyed more than 100 homes — most of them in a retirement community. Three people were burned trying to escape the fire that continued to erupt Sunday.

Most of last week’s fires were in places that burned in the past, including one in the ritzy Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air that burned six homes and another in the city’s rugged foothills above the community of Sylmar and in Santa Paula.