The man charged with hitting and killing a pregnant woman while allegedly drunk earlier this year has been arrested and booked on domestic abuse charges. Police say 26-year-old Joseph Maine was under the influence when he slammed into a car at Monitor Street and Fairview Road January 17. He faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Vanessa Carrillo and
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Thousands of runners will take to the streets Monday for the 118th Boston Marathon. A small group of local runners will be among them. Those athletes have logged hundreds even thousands of miles -- training for the event. The runners say it's much more than just a race. The city expects millions of people to come support
It's been one month since a pipeline field gas leak forced some 50 residents to evacuate their homes in Arvin. Within that time, homeowners say they still don't have answers or when they can return home and move on with their lives. A spokesperson for Petro Capital Resources, the company that owns the pipe, told 17 News Thursday there is
BAKERSFIELD,CA- In a five to nothing vote, on Wednesday the Bakersfield City Council adopted an aggressive panhandling ordinance, it says will make downtown Bakersfield more patron friendly. "It's a right to ask for money, which we have no problem with its when you're feeling more threatened and that it's more of a stick up rather than could you help," said
Kern County Animal Services needs some community members to help save the lives of homeless and neglected puppies and kittens by becoming a certified foster parent. In the past six weeks, the shelter has received hundreds of puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted out and must be placed in foster homes until they are old
BAKERSFIELD, CA- A Bakersfield man is under arrest in connection with an early morning stabbing at a bar.. The incident happened around 1:45a.m. Thursday at The Mint on 19th Street in Downtown Bakersfield. When police arrived they found two men suffering from minor to moderate stab wounds. Officers said they arrested Bryan Christy, 44, several blocks away near 21st Street
TEHACHAPI, CA - Farmers will soon have to pay more for water in Tehachapi's Cummings Valley. With drought taking a toll on our county, Tehachapi Cummings Water District officials said they'll have to tap into stored groundwater to meet growers' needs. Our county remains in exceptional and extreme drought -- the two worst classifications -- according to the National Drought
We continue to follow the story of a suspect named in a hit-and-run crash that severed a 90-year-old man's leg Monday. 17 News spoke with retired Major William Coffee's son Monday who said surgery for his father was scheduled to start at 5 o'clock. His son told us retired Major Coffee was on his death bed from cancer a year
BAKERSFIELD, CA- City council members will take a look at the agreement with the Bakersfield Homeless Center Wednesday, to continue the Freeway Litter Removal program. The city approved four, one-year renewable terms of the program on May 1st, 2013. The council will consider renewing the agreement through June 2015. In just about one year, the Bakersfield Homeless Center's highway cleanup
SOUTHWEST BAKERSFIELD - A deaf Bakersfield man is suing Bakersfield Police Department for a tackle he said broke his arm and wrist. The claim said the tackle was a misunderstanding, but one that left 43-year-old Jesus Trevino with mounting medical bills and it was in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Last October, Trevino's daughter dropped him off at
It's been nearly a month since 47 people were evacuated from their homes because of a pipeline leak in north Arvin, a mess the county and others still are trying to clean up. State and local officials admit this is by no means an isolated incident because underground pipes aren't necessarily regulated, inspected, or even mapped. County and state officials
Twenty five soldiers returned to Bakersfield from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Tuesday morning. Friends and family eagerly cheered and waited near the tarmac at Meadows Field for members of the 422nd Military Police Company. The soldiers were deployed for one year. Margie Cortez searched the crowd smiling, looking for her son, Nick. "Wonderful. We missed him. I don't know why this
BAKERSFIELD,CA- Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing attack. Three people were killed and more than 250 injured at the marathon's finish line. A local couple was at the Boston Marathon during the attacks. They say it is a day they will never forget. Bakersfield resident Lisa Sorensen was in Boston last year to cheer on
BAKERSFIELD, CA - You might have seen a part of World War II history fly over Bakersfield Monday. The Liberty Foundation tour is coming and Monday their B-17 made a promotional stop the Epic Jet Center at Meadows Field. The B-17 is called the Memphis Belle and this Saturday you can get a feel for a piece a flying history.
NORTHEAST BAKERSFIELD - There's a growing dispute in the Rio Bravo neighborhood of Country Elegance. At the root of the problem are redwood roots. Two large redwood trees are tangling up one woman's septic tank. The homeowners association wants to chop them down, but five neighbors want to spare the trees the ax. "We want them simply to move the
The streets of Bakersfield will be experiencing a lot of changes in the upcoming months. Several projects by the Thomas Road Improvement Program are moving forward despite some controversy surrounding some of the plans. As Bakersfield continues to grow the city is working toward making the roads less congested and more accessible for drivers. Many homeowners who live in the
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- A 7-year-old Bakersfield girl raised enough money to send a veteran on Honor Flight Kern County. Honor Flight sends veterans to visit their respective memorials in Washington D.C. Kelsea Holloway has been raising money for Honor Flight by selling lemonade on the weekends. She was back to work Sunday, setting up her stand this time at the Armed
Four people died on Highway 58 Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP officers say a landscaping truck and a van collided head-on near Fairfax Road. Officers say 22 year-old Yonadan Inga of Bakersfield was driving the landscaping truck with 20-year-old Marino Inga from Boise, Idaho. 27-year-old William Zapacio, from Boise, was also in the truck. CHP officers
A Bakersfield teen is dead following an off-roading accident Friday evening. The crash happened on open land off Round Mountain Road. The CHP says two teenagers were sitting in the bed of a lifted pickup truck driven by 18-year-old Chase Sons-Thomas. Officers say when Sons-Thomas made a left turn, he lost control, causing the pickup to land on its side.
BAKERSFIELD, CA --We're giving you an exclusive look inside a new recycling facility in Bakersfield that's helping you go green by fulling up your blue bins. It's a venture funded by local haulers to help the city and county meet state recycling mandates. Assembly Bill 341 passed in 2011, setting a goal in California to divert 75% of solid waste
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Bakersfield police need your help finding three men they say were involved in some suspicious activity near a construction yard on Buck Owens Boulevard. Police say the men arrived at a construction business on the night of March 5 and began to jump over the fence to a storage yard. Police say the men were confronted and
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- District Attorney Lisa Green held a news conference Friday announcing she will not file charges in the David Sal Silva case. Green announced she would conduct an independent investigation after Silva died in a violent struggle with deputies on a street corner across from Kern Medical Center in May 2013. Deputies said Silva did not follow their
There will be no criminal charges filed against the seven deputies and two CHP officers involved in a deadly confrontation with a man near KMC in 2013, District Attorney Lisa Green announced Friday. Sheriff Donny Youngblood spoke with Green about the death Thursday, the first time since Green announced she would launch an independent investigation last year. Youngblood declined to
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Bakersfield police are looking for a man they say stole personal checks from a locked car then used those checks to buy goods at Target. Police say the man broke into the car that had been locked in the 7400 block of Calle Privada on March 16. The following day, according to police, he entered the Target
BAKERSFIELD, CA- Bakersfield's Relay for Life is a little over three weeks away. Thursday night, survivors celebrated life at a special reception just for them at St. Philip the Apostle Church in Southwest Bakersfield. So far, 283 teams have raised more than $400,000 for this year's Relay for Life. The money raised goes to cancer research in hopes of increasing
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Kern County Water Agency is pumping kids up when it comes to saving water by putting a fun spin on education about conservation at local schools. Each year, The Kern County Water Agency educates thousands of students about local and state water supplies and conservation, using interactive tools to teach students and adults of all ages.
MCFARLAND, CA - McFarland High School AP Pre-calculus teacher Mr. T began his lecture just like any other day Thursday. Only this time, cameras were there. "I see a bunch of people outside and I'm like oh they're probably observing Mr. T or something," said student Diana Valenzuela. But, the cameras were there for Valenzuela. During the lecture, representatives from
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Bakersfield police need your help finding a man they say robbed a store last week on Wible Road. Police say the man entered the Go-Go Mini Mart on Wible Road April 1 around 9:30 p.m. That's when police say he pulled a gun out of his sweatshirt pocket, pointed it at the clerk and demanded money. He
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The Medical Board of California is investigating a local doctor after the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct suspended his license and put him on two years probation. California's medial board filed the accusation against Dr. Peter Julian Liepmann, who practiced in New York, but moved to Bakersfield to start anew. He is now licensed
BAKERSFIELD, CA - A group of senior North High School students said they were singled out and publicly shamed for not making the grades to graduate. The Kern High School District issued apologies to all senior students, saying a big and insensitive mistake was made at the assembly by the actions of one of the school's truancy officers that went against district policy.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The funeral director and owners of a Lake Isabella mortuary are responding to state allegations that their business failed to provide prepaid burial services. The complaint was field against Sierra Valley Mortuary in Lake Isabella by the state attorney general's office. Regulators say in one case, workers buried a woman in a hospital gown with a towel
Oildale - Tonight on 17 News at 5 and 6, some students were told they weren't graduating from North High School in Oildale, at an assembly, by a truancy officer with a dean present. Our 17 News Interactive Feedback asks for your opinion and response. Look for the results, tonight on 17 News at 5 and 6.
BAKERSFIELD, CA- The Kern County Superintendent of Schools is looking to hire more teachers. Two pieces of legislation, now in effect, are bringing more money to California schools and what they do with it is up to each district. K-12 schools will get $4.8 billion more this year from personal income tax increases under Proposition 30. Also, the new local
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- It started as a reunion for victims of crime, but it grew to become one voice for each other. Tuesday evening hundreds marched in solidarity during the second annual Victims’ Rights March in downtown Bakersfield. The march was organized by the Kern County District Attorney's Office. For families this was a chance to speak up for a loved
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- We're learning more about the mother arrested for the death of her 4-year-old son back in 2010.Court documents show, Alexis Dixon, has a long list of child abuse and neglect toward the boy including burning the child with cigarettes and using meth in front of him. Kern County Sheriff's deputies were called to Alexis and Mark Dixon
TULARE COUNTY, CA --A Tulare County man tells authorities he's a long-time hit man for a Mexican drug cartel and his alleged 30-year criminal career includes nine murders in California, two in Kern County. Tuesday morning, the Tulare County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Jose Manuel Martinez. Detectives said Martinez admitted to 30 murders, but was finally caught, because
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Bakersfield police are searching for two women they say robbed a store on Brundage Lane and assaulted the store's owner. Police say one of the women entered Mr. Fast on Brundage Lane, last month and hid merchandise in her purse. She later exited the store without paying for that merchandise. Later, police say she got in a
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The longtime rumors have been confirmed. Nordstrom Rack is opening a store in southwest Bakersfield at the Shops at River Walk. Confirmation came in a news release from the Seattle-based company. It says the store 35,000-square-foot store will open at The Shops at River Walk in spring 2015. Here’s what the news release said: Nordstrom Rack is
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- Among the hearts touched by Honor Flight Kern County is that of a little seven-year-old Bakersfield girl who's made it her mission to send a Veteran on the next flight. At the start of the Catholic tradition of Lent, second grader Kelsea Holloway had an idea. "My Lenten promise was to give more,” Holloway said. She had a
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- For the first time since before the great recession, teachers and support staff in the Kern High School District are getting a raise. There is actually about nine different labor groups that are bargaining for raises with the district. Monday night, four agreements were approved giving groups, including teachers and support staff, a 5% raise. While there were
SHAFTER, CA -- The city of Shafter is one step closer to forming its own unified school district. School district officials said Shafter High School passed the state tests to break away from Kern High School District and form a new school district with other Shafter schools. Both the Kern High School District and the Richland School District put together
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Bakersfield police are searching for two men they say smashed a car window to steal a backpack Wednesday from a car parked on Bernard Street. Police describe the first suspect as a Hispanic man, 18-22, thin build, wearing a blue t-shirt with white “DCSHOECO” letters on the front, blue jeans and a dark ball cap worn backwards.
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- Wines from 4 dozen wineries will be available for sampling Friday at the 2014 Bakersfield College Foundation's 2014 Red & White Wine & Food Festival. The wines will be paired with elegant hors d’oeuvres prepared by the college’s Culinary Arts program. Organizers say the grass area north of Memorial Stadium will transform into a delectable wine garden,
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- Legendary country music star Merle Haggard was in Las Vegas for the 49th Annual Country Music Awards Sunday Night. He received the "Crystal Milestone Award" for his 50 years in country music. Earlier in the day, fans in Bakersfield celebrated another Haggard milestone, his 77th birthday. It was a party at the Harley Davidson Dealership on Merle Haggard
A man is behind bars, after police arrested him for the murder of his unborn child. According to the Mcfarland Police Department, Noe Landeros physically assaulted his wife who was three months pregnant. He was arrested Friday afternoon for domestic violence, but later that evening, his wife went to the hospital complaining of pain from the attack. Police say the
BAKERSFIELD, CA-- More than $327,000 was raised in the inaugural Campout Against Cancer at State Farm Sports Village in southwest Bakersfield. Organizers say with this much money raised at least a hundred Kern County cancer patients will benefit. Charles Ortiz was part of a team that raised thousands of dollars in donations and liked how the different teams competed in
BAKERSFIELD,CA-- The weather may have turned chilly but it did not dampen spirits as one Bakersfield man brought his family to the inaugural Campout Against Cancer at the State Farm Sports Village in Southwest Bakersfield. "I want to support this group and hopefully they can support other families in the future,” said Pete Espinoza. The event is organized by the
DELANO, CA - The state of California is granting Delano nearly $5 million to remove nitrates out of the city's drinking water. The city engineer says the money will be used for a unique pilot project, the first step in making Delano's water safer. The city says not only does it have a problem with nitrates in its drinking water,
BAKERSFIELD, CA - The City of Bakersfield can resume its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. This comes after a judge rejected a lawsuit filed by pot shop supporters who say the restrictions placed on medical marijuana dispensaries were illegal. On Friday afternoon, Judge Kenneth Twisselman sided with the city, clearing the way for the closure of the shops. In June,
BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The sheriff's department says in late February they had received several calls from the public regarding a possible phone scam. An unknown person calling himself "Lt. Gore" from their warrant service would tell people they had an outstanding warrant for their arrest and he was giving them an opportunity to pay the fine to avoid being arrested.