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The Bakersfield City Council will be busy Wednesday night with several items on the agenda.  The council will consider hiring 15 new police department employees at a cost of just over 1-point-8-million dollars.  In addition, council members will discuss the memorial bricks in front of the Rabobank Arena, which have apparently become a safety issue. 


The search is on for a man who held up the RaboBank Branch on Gosford Road during the noon hour Tuesday.  Police say the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.


Pretrial motions continue Tuesday in the case against Taft High student Brian Oliver, accused of opening fire at the school and seriously injuring a fellow student.  Meanwhile, a trial date of August 3, 2015, was set for the civil suit filed by the family of Beau Cleveland. It claims the Taft Union High School District didn't do enough to protect students.


An additional portion of Kern County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian Citrus Psyllid following the detection of one of the pests south of Bakersfield.  The new quarantine zone measures 148 square miles. The insect can cause citrus greening, which kills any tree it infects. 


The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny and a little bit warmer with highs in the upper-70s Wednesday, in the lower-80s Thursday and in the mid-80s on Friday.



October 22, 2014

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