Jury finds in favor of Kern County on three of four claims filed in David Lee...
A jury found in favor of Kern County on three of four claims Thursday following a six-day trial in Fresno during which attorneys representing the family of former NFL player David Lee Turner argued his civil rights were violated when he was shot and killed by a Kern County sheriff's deputy outside a convenience store in 2011.
Specifically, the jury found no violation of Turner's civil rights by either Deputy Aaron Nadal or Deputy Wesley Kraft when they detained him after midnight on July 10 ...
6 Mar 2014 at 7:21pm
An electrifying idea: Take the Pledge
In the market for a new car?
Ollie Danner wants you to "Take the Pledge."
6 Mar 2014 at 8:08pm
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Jersey: The oddest story of the week has to be the New Jersey teenager who is suing her parents for financial support, seeking $650 in weekly child support plus tuition at a private high school. Really? Rachel Canning's parents say they cut her off because she refused to do chores and honor a curfew, which sounds reasonable to me. As the skeptical judge said: "Are we going to open the gates for 12-year-olds to sue for an Xbox? For 13-year-o...
6 Mar 2014 at 6:37pm
Attorneys: Civil settlement has no bearing on criminal case against deputy ch...
Deputy John Swearengin had a rough week.
There was Kern County's settlement of a civil lawsuit with the families of the two pedestrians Swearengin struck and killed while driving at speeds of more than 80 mph on Norris Road the evening of Dec. 16, 2011. And there were the depositions obtained Tuesday by The Californian revealing Swearengin thought he needed to call for permission to go Code 3 -- activate lights and siren -- when in fact t...
6 Mar 2014 at 6:35pm
Under fire, GET returns to drawing board
GET got the message loud and clear.
One day after taking a public drubbing, Golden Empire Transit District officials said Thursday they were busy crafting changes that would upgrade service for Bakersfield's poor, homeless and disabled.
6 Mar 2014 at 6:36pm
Medical board seeks to revoke local doctor's license
The Medical Board of California is going after the license of local physician Maria Socorro Rolland, who is accused of writing and refilling prescriptions for eight people who were not her patients, most of them friends and relatives.
Rolland was accused of repeated "gross negligence" in writing prescriptions without doing examinations to see if the drugs were medically necessary or monitoring recipients after they began regimens of controlled substances, according to a complaint the medical ...
6 Mar 2014 at 5:00pm
PHOTO GALLERY: A view from the Panorama Bluffs
A hazy afternoon in Bakersfield produced some interesting light at the Panorama Bluffs in northeast Bakersfield.
Californian photographer Henry A. Barrios shares these views from the bluffs.
6 Mar 2014 at 4:50pm
Home prices eked out gain in February when accounting for size
From a bottom-line perspective, Bakersfield home prices weakened last month. But a closer examination reveals a more positive picture.
Prices of existing homes in the city rose slightly on a per-square-foot basis last month as total sales fell 10 percent and pending transactions mounted, according to the latest Crabtree Report.
6 Mar 2014 at 6:39pm
RUSS ALLRED: Don't strain at changes at your business
David Bowie sang "Changes," a ballad about how everything evolves, though we refuse to see the changes in ourselves. Because the passing of time alters a business, it is appropriate to review your founding documents before they cause your failure.
A young professional sought my counsel on the status of her partnership. As a new college graduate, a more seasoned business owner gave her the great opportunity of buying into the business wher...
6 Mar 2014 at 2:00pm
'First Look': Sisters join forces to move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to museum
If you ask sisters Glenda Rankin and Dianne Sharman what their mission is today, they'll tell you one thing -- to move Merle Haggard's boyhood home to the Kern County Museum.
After back-and-forth communication with museum officials, the women's efforts have paid off. The 1935 home will move from Yosemite Drive in Oildale to the museum, but they'll have to come up with the money to make the move -- including $50,000 before the project even...
6 Mar 2014 at 4:36pm
Hope floats: Google barge brings more than just tech secrets
STOCKTON - As the water churned around tugboats easing Google's barge into its new temporary home in the Port of Stockton on Thursday, locals watching from across the waterway wondered what could be inside.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:53pm
State officials urge people to keep sprinklers turned off
Skies are clearing, temperatures are rising and it says "March" on the calendar.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:48pm
Mystery inside an enigma brings some much needed fun to city
Stockton is associated with a different "B-word" today, and this one - the Google barge - is a whole lot better than the last one for which we became famous.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:47pm
Assault on police officer leads to arrest of bus rider
STOCKTON - An unruly bus rider was apprehended and placed under arrest Thursday after he assaulted a police officer and fled on foot, authorities said.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:09pm
Water bond still in a state of flux
STOCKTON - The process is better, Delta advocates said Thursday.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:08pm
Murder conviction of Stockton man reversed
A California appeals court has reversed the murder conviction of a Stockton man charged with the beating death of a 48-year-old woman on grounds the defendant had ineffective representation.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:07pm
Pacific marks milestone with S.F. campus
Today marks another milestone in the storied history of University of the Pacific with the 5 p.m. dedication of a new San Francisco campus.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:06pm
911 calls -- Published March 7, 2014
There were 86 bookings at the San Joaquin County Jail in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Thursday. At that time, there were 1,449 people held at the jail, which has an official capacity of 1,411. When the jail is full, some inmates may be released early.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:05pm
Briefs -- Published March 7, 2014
ESCALON - Dollar General will open a new store in Escalon starting at 8 a.m. Saturday at its new location at 1940 McHenry Ave.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:04pm
Lincoln teachers, district still at odds
STOCKTON - The Lincoln Unified School District and its teachers union are officially at an impasse in their contract negotiations, Superintendent Tom Uslan confirmed Wednesday evening.
6 Mar 2014 at 7:03pm