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The Bakersfield Police Department arrested a suspect in the death of Officer David Nelson, who was killed in the line of duty early Friday morning during a high-speed pursuit.

An anonymous tip led investigators to take 32-year-old Julian Hernandez in to custody late Saturday night. He was booked on several charges, including Hit and Run Causing Injury or Death and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Hernandez has prior convictions for Domestic Violence and other felony charges.

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The memorial service for Officer Nelson will be this Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive in Los Angeles. There will be an additional memorial service here in Bakersfield during the week of July 6th with the location, time and date to be announced at a later time.

The Bakersfield Police Department released a statement Sunday extending its gratitude for the publicís outpouring of sympathy to Officer David Nelsonís family and friends. The condolence line that was set up will remain operational until further notice. That number is (661) 852-7021. The statement also said the department is thankful for the support it is receiving from the community during a very difficult chapter for them.

A drag-racing driver died early Sunday morning after a crash late Saturday night at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. Roger Garten was driving a Funny Car when he lost control, clipped another car and tumbled down the track. He was taken to Kern Medical Center where he died. The other driver was not hurt.

A state lab has found a fruit fly infestation in Northern California. Officials say six fruit flies were trapped in Cupertino, south of San Francisco. The fly typically makes its way into the country from contraband fruit.

Construction on Gosford Road between Ming Avenue and White Lane will have traffic reduced to one lane in each direction through the beginning of August. Road work on Highway 58 will have one-way traffic control between Tracy Avenue and State Route 43 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through this Wednesday.

The Chevron Weather Center reports thereís a slight chance of thunderstorms through Monday night. Daytime high temperatures will be right around 100.


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June 29, 2015

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