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The Bakersfield City Council could approve an ordinance this evening that would outlaw aggressive panhandling in our community. If it gets the nod, it could be put into place by late this month or early next month.  The ordinance would make aggressive solicitation a misdemeanor or an infraction, and would ban all solicitations within 20-feet of banks, ATMs, check-cashing businesses or on roadway medians or public transportation.  

 

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The prosecution has rested in the federal trial for Julie Farmer, The defense is starting to present its case today.  Farmer, the former business manager at the company, had claimed she knew nothing about the scheme, which bilked millions from lenders.  She is expected to take the stand in her own defense, however, its unclear when that might happen.  All the other defendants in the case made plea deals, including Carl Cole and David Crisp, who each got 17-and-a-half years in prison.

 

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The coroner's office says more testing is needed to determine how a one-month-old child died this past Sunday.  Officers say they found Kailance Williams, at a home in the 4-thousand block of "O" Street.  There were no obvious signs of foul play.  Coroner officials say they're awaiting toxicology results before they can determine the cause of death.

 

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A traffic stop turned into a chase and drug bust yesterday near Delano.  Detectives from the sheriff's drug enforcement team tried to stop Jose Ayon-Navarro for a vehicle code violation.  Investigators say he took off, leading detectives on a pursuit through the outskirts of Delano.  He managed to get away but was later found near his home on Delores Street in Bakersfield. Officials say they found a quarter pounds of suspected methamphetamine, rock cocaine, ammunition and evidence indicating the sales of drugs.  Ayon-Navarro is facing numerous charges.

 

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A loud exhaust pipe led sheriff's deputies to arrest three people near 4th and Ash Streets in the Ford City area.  Deputies stopped Victor Alsept, and while they were talking to him, he got out of the vehicle, which began rolling toward the deputy's patrol car.  Investigators say Alsept displayed signs of being under the influence.  A search of his vehicle turned up a glass smoking pipe and about 7-and a half grams of suspected methamphetamine.  Alsept was arrested along with his two passengers, Michael Martin and Amy Schwartz.

 

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Higher than normal temperatures and dry conditions are prompting the Kern County Fire Department to declare an early end to open burning in the county.   Fire officials are preparing for what could be a dangerous fire season. You are reminded to clear away dead brush and trees from your property to create a defensible space for firefighters to protect your home. 

 

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PG&E wants you to know about a telephone scam demanding immediate payment for allegedly past due electric bills.  Customers in mostly Hispanic neighborhoods have reported receiving the calls.  They were told their service would be disconnected unless they made immediate payment through prepaid credit cards.  However, itís all a big scam.  Police say if you get such a call, hang up and report it immediately.   


Date

April 17, 2014

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