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Plans to remove and pave over a piece of Bakersfield History is drawing fire from community members and some city councilmen.   When the Robobank Arena was first opened,  hundreds of people paid $100 to $250 for bricks bearing a person's name or the name of a loved one.  The money was used to help celebrate the city's centennial.  Now Public Works wants to remove them.  Councilmen Terry Maxwell and Russell Johnson have joined the chorus against the plan.




A Delano couple was killed over the weekend after their car collided with a crane truck at the intersection of Pond and Driver Roads.  The CHP says it appears the car ran a stop sign and was hit by the truck.  Both vehicles overturned, killing Emmanuel and Veronica Alfaro.  Two people in the crane truck had minor injuries.




Wasco State Prison officials are investigating the death of an inmate. The coroner's office say Arron Derickson was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.  An autopsy will be conducted to help determine his cause of death.




An elderly woman managed to escape a house fire in the 1200 block of Sidney Drive yesterday afternoon when a neighbor alerted her.  Bakersfield fire officials say the blaze caused about $200,000 in damage and displaced four people. The cause has not yet been determined.




Bakersfield fire investigators are calling a house fire early yesterday in the 1000 block of East Planz Road, suspicious. The vacant building was pretty much destroyed by the flames.  No one was hurt.




Fire crews from Kern County have been sent to Eldorado County, in northern California, to help battle the Sand Fire.  The blaze started Friday and has scorched more than 3800 acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  As many as ten homes are destroyed and the flames are threatening 500 more.  Hundreds have been evacuated. 




Crews are battling a wildfire west of Yosemite National Park that's scorched over 2600 acres and is only 5% contained.  The fire started Saturday afternoon and so far it has destroyed one home.  Evacuations have been ordered for about 100 homes.




 A 20-year-old man is dead and another was critically injured after a rare lightning storm struck Venice Beach yesterday.  Firefighters say a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers. Eight people were hospitalized.



July 28, 2014

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