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Kern River Valley residents are being allowed to return to their homes as the "Way Fire" is now 50% contained. All road closures in the area have been lifted. The blaze has charred over 3800 acres.  Fire officials say 8 structures and 10 out buildings have been destroyed by the flames.


Sheriff's deputies say a tip from workers at Sierra Recycling Company helped them nab 2 suspected copper wire thieves.  Brothers Brian and Eric McDaniel were taken into custody for possession of stolen property and other charges.


The power went out for several hours in northwest Bakersfield yesterday due to a repeat DUI offender.  Robert Vickery knocked down a power pole at Noriega and Old Farm Roads.  It is Vickery's 4th DUI in 10 years. He is being charged with a felony.


A Bakersfield man, suspected of causing a 3-vehicle crash on I-5 at Grapevine Road on Monday, was arrested at a local hospital.  David Gomez left the accident scene on foot.  He was found at San Joaquin Hospital.  The CHP says alcohol was involved in the incident.


The Chevron Weather Center reports itíll be mostly sunny and a little bit cooler with highs in the mid-90s through the weekend.



August 21, 2014

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