A teenager might have been distracted by wearing headphones when she was hit and killed by a car Tuesday night on Orange Drive near Niles Street, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The final defendant in the death of an elderly woman was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murder and robbery.
A fire at an abandoned home in east Bakersfield is considered "very suspicious." The fire in the 200 block of Wiseman Street was reported around 11:10 a.m. Sunday. It took city and county fire crews about 10 minutes to contain.
Kern Count deputies said Thursday that they've arrested a man on suspicion of setting fires this week at apartments on the 1800 block of Quincy Street.
Police didn't say Friday why they suspect Patrick Terrel of the murder, but they said he became the suspect because of interviews and physical evidence.
Police said Wednesday that they believe bank robberies from Nov. 2 and Sept. 7 are connected.
City residents have had plenty to say about recent road-improvement projects. Criticism seems focused on the Centennial Corridor, which would have to take out a neighborhood to connect Highway 58 to the Westside Parkway. The other is the 24th Street widening project that would ease traffic for those traveling to Highway 178.
Three men are going to prison for a string of robberies at restaurants and convenience stores last year.
Officials have issued a pair of commuter alerts for Highway 178.
The Kern County coroner's office released the cause of death Monday for a man who died over the summer while in the custody of sheriff's deputies.
A man who shot a market owner during a robbery over the summer was sentenced Friday to more than 17 years in prison.
A man was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for a deadly drunk-driving crash in 2011.
A gangster was sentenced Thursday to 135 years in prison for his part in a deadly crime spree.
A cat is back on level ground, after spending over a week stuck in a tall pine tree in east Bakersfield.
Officials have an eye on conditions at the Lake Isabella dams while engineers get ready to address the concerns. If the dams failed, a lot of water would reach a wide area around Bakersfield, and it could be very deep.