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A pedestrian was hit by two pickup trucks Friday morning while crossing Gosford Road near White Lane. Police said the man was not in a crosswalk when he was struck around 6:00 a.m. in the northbound lanes. He was taken to a hospital with major injuries. Both drivers stopped to help the pedestrian.


A distracted driver is believed to be to blame for an accident Thursday which sent two Foothill High students to the hospital.  The girls were on their way to school when they were hit while in a crosswalk at the intersection of Kern Canyon Road and Eucalyptus Drive.  Officers say the driver had apparently glanced away from the road for just a moment when she hit the pedestrians. 


A trial date has been set for a Tehachapi man accused in a double murder at his home back in September.  Joaquin Balassa is facing first degree murder charges in the deaths of two men.  He pled not guilty at his arraignment and his trial was set for March 23rd of next year.  Balassa remains in custody.


The Bakersfield National Cemetery has been designated as a National Shrine.  Itís one of only 17 of the 131 national cemeteries to receive the recognition, and the only one in California to get National Shrine status.   


Police in Delano are investigating a fatal shooting Thursday night.  Officers say a Hispanic male was found around 11:30 p.m. in the area of 13th Avenue and Clinton Street.  He was dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. 


The CHP is investigating a hit and run accident involving one vehicle in the Frazier Park area.  Officers say the driver of a Jeep was speeding when he veered to the right and hit the dirt embankment.  That caused his vehicle to roll over and his passenger was thrown out.  The passenger managed to make it to a nearby fire station and was airlifted to KMC. Officers say the driver took off and they're still looking for him.


Local law officers are on the lookout for a registered high risk sex offender who apparently failed to report to his parole officer when he was released from Lerdo last Friday.  Robert Schrivner is white, about 5'8" 125 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He has a prior conviction for annoying or molesting a child. 


A car belonging to a missing Bakersfield man has been located in Watsonville.  Ryan Jacobs was reported missing in late August .  His car was found by Watsonville police, locked with the keys missing. There were no signs of foul play and residents say the car had been parked there for two months.


The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny with highs near 80 through early next week.


October 19, 2014

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