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Man pleads not guilty to rape, murder of teen he met online

Jul. 8, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he raped and killed a 13-year-old girl he met online, then set her body on fire. Armando Cruz, 24, of Inglewood, entered pleas Tuesday to a dozen charges including murder, kidnapping and rape in the July 2 death...

Workplace violence allegations against police official

Jul. 2, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The assistant chief of police in Bakersfield, California has been placed on administrative leave as the department investigates allegations of workplace violence by him, according to a news report. An anonymous department employee filed a complaint Tuesday against Assistant...

Kern County authorities allege father routinely bound boy

Jun. 24, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Kern County deputies rescued a 7-year-old boy found bound at the wrists and ankles and arrested his father, the Sheriff's Office said. Neighbors in the Bakersfield area reported seeing the boy bound and hopping until he fell Saturday morning, an office statement said. Deputies...

Pedestrian struck by car during Bakersfield protest dies

Jun. 8, 2020 12:10 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A person who ran across a roadway and was struck by a vehicle during a nighttime protest march in Bakersfield last week has died, police said. The pedestrian, who was struck Wednesday night, died Saturday, police said in a statement. The person’s identity was not...

Shackled inmate escapes custody from California hospital

Jun. 7, 2020 11:16 AM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who was shackled when he escaped custody from a Southern California hospital. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office says Jason Ralls was last seen Saturday night at Kern Medical in Bakersfield. It’s not clear how he escaped. ...

Thousands of protesters march down Capitol Mall in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, June 6, 2020. The protest is sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (Jason Pierce/The Sacramento Bee via AP)

Crowd clogs Golden Gate Bridge amid marches for George Floyd

Jun. 6, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A diverse crowd of thousands of demonstrators outraged by the death of George Floyd tied up San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge with the acquiescence of authorities on Saturday, another sign of how their message has resonated even with law enforcement officials in recent...

Death of 74-year-old in immigration jail is seen as suicide

May. 19, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A 74-year-old South Korean man died of apparent suicide at a U.S. immigration detention center after advocates said they unsuccessfully sought his release, citing a high risk of his being infected with the coronavirus. Choung Woong Ahn was found unresponsive in his cell Sunday at...

Five teens shot, wounded at Southern California apartment

May. 18, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Five teenagers were shot and wounded when someone fired into a Southern California apartment early Monday, authorities said. The victims — three 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds — were hospitalized with moderate injuries, said Bakersfield Police Sgt. Nathan...