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A closed door meeting today is providing hope of getting GET bus drivers back behind the wheel.  The workers walked out last Tuesday after contract negotiations broke down, leaving thousands of people stranded. After a couple of days of talks, the Union presented a proposed agreement.  The Golden Empire Board of Directors is meeting behind closed doors today to consider the plan.  There will be no announcement on the results of the meeting. 




Search and Rescue Crews are reminding you to stay out of the Kern River following the second apparent drowning this season.  A19-year-old man, who disappeared in the water on Sunday while swimming with friends, still has not been located.  On Father's Day, another 19-year-old drown in almost the same location about four miles inside the mouth of the canyon.




Bakersfield police are searching for a woman who tried to hold up the Wells Fargo Bank Branch on White Lane.  Detectives say the woman handed an employee a note saying she was robbing the bank.  Two other employees approached at about the same time.  That apparently made her nervous and she left without any money. The woman is Black, about 5'10" to 6-feet tall, 190 pounds with a light complexion.




Crime appears to be on the decline in Bakersfield.  A new reports from the City Manager's office shows violent crime was down over 9-percent between 2013 and 2014.  The homicide rate dropped 46 percent, rape is down 70-percent and grand theft auto dropped 23-percent.




A missing person has been found thanks to the ReadyKern Emergency Alert Program.  The word went out to the surrounding area that 57-year-old Alzheimer's patient Kirk Nolan had disappeared from the 500-block of Adams Street.  Bakersfield police later received a call that Nolan was in a parking lot near Panama Lane and Highway 99.  Nolan was returned safely to his home.




Delano police are looking for a man who went missing on July 16th.  Jose Juan Rodriguez left his home in the 900-bloc of Ellington Street on his way to a doctor's appointment in Bakersfield.  He is Hispanic, about 5'6", 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. 




Kern County's property value is on the rise.  The Assessor Recorder's office say the taxable value of Kern County Property for the new fiscal year is about 97-point-5-Billion dollars.  That's an increase of about 5-point-2 billion, or an increase of 5-point-6-percent in assessed values. 




A local Red Cross volunteer is heading to Washington State today to assist in relief efforts in a  massive wildfire which is now officially the largest in that state's history. Kern County firefighters are already there helping with the battle. The blaze has now burned close to 380 square miles, destroyed at least 150 homes and is only two-percent contained. 




The Bakersfield Department of Recreation and Parks is changing a policy at local skate parks.  They will now allow the use of kick scooters at the city owned skate facilities at Beach and Planz Parks.  All other rules apply, such as wearing safety gear, including helmets and pads.  Bicycles are not allowed in the skate parks.






July 23, 2014

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