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The man accused of raping a woman and setting fire to a Southwest Bakersfield house is dead after a police pursuit and officer involved shooting in Northeast Bakersfield Friday night. Police used spike strips to end the chase on Union Avenue near Columbus. The suspect came out of the car with a firearm, and several officers fired shots. He died at the scene. The BPD is conducting an internal investigation.

Several fires were reported in Bakersfield over the weekend. Firefighters responded to a blaze in a vacant commercial building on Union Avenue south of 34th Street just after 4:00 Saturday afternoon. Firefighters knocked down an early-morning attic fire in a central Bakersfield home on O Street Sunday. And a man was arrested on arson charges Sunday afternoon after he was pulled from a burning home on Casino Street in southeast Bakersfield.

A Fresno firefighter fell through a roof into a burning garage while battling a two-alarm house fire there Sunday. He was rescued by fellow firefighters and several good Samaritans. The firefighter has second- and third-degree burns and is in critical condition.

Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a suspicious incident in 2200 block of Gage Street in Northeast Bakersfield that left one man dead this weekend. They’re calling it a possible hit-and-run.

A man was found dead with gunshot wounds to the head Sunday morning in the 1200 block of Quincy Street in East Bakersfield. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and seeing a group of people leaving the area on foot. It's unknown if the shooting is gang-related.

There will be lane closures on Highway 58 between H Street and Cottonwood Road weeknights from 7:00 to 6:00 a.m. The outside lanes in both directions will be affected.

The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny with highs in the upper-80s Monday and overnight lows in the 50s. It will be cooling off Tuesday with highs in the upper-70s.


March 30, 2015

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