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Authorities are continuing to look into the rash of vandalism that left more than three dozen vehicles with smashed windows over the weekend in and around Bakersfield. Investigators are now studying surveillance video footage for suspect information and descriptions.

“Precious,” the pig that went missing over the weekend, was reunited with its family Monday. The animal escaped from a trailer near Stockdale Highway and California Avenue on its way home from the fair.

Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kern County man Monday in connection with the death of a Porterville couple. Kenneth Smith of Lake Isabella is a person of interest in the case and remains in custody in Tulare County.

Prosecutors began making their case against an admitted enforcer for Mexican drug cartels who claims to have killed dozens of people across the U.S. Jose Manuel Martinez is accused of gunning down nine people in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties. Authorities say he admitted to the killings, but he refuses to name his cartel associates.

A story about a little-known songwriter may be heading to Broadway. Bert Berns, who died in 1967 at the age of 38, wrote songs like "Twist and Shout," ''Tell Him," ''I Want Candy, "Hang On Sloopy" and "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love." Steven Van Zandt and Paul Shaffer hope to take the production to Broadway next year.

There will be nighttime lane closures on Highway 58 between Freeway 99 and H Street in both directions this week. Work is scheduled from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through this Friday.

The Chevron Weather Center reports a warming trend is on the way. Mostly sunny with highs in the 80s Tuesday and Wednesday and then in the 90s Thursday through the weekend.


October 6, 2015

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