The Bakersfield City Council Wednesday night approved the hiring of 15 new police department employees at a cost of just over $1,800,000. Council members also agreed to a plan to remodel the Centennial Plaza at Rabobank Arena and save the commemorative bricks there.
Pretrial motions came to a halt Wednesday in the trial of Bryan Oliver, the Taft High student accused of opening fire at the school in January 2013, seriously injuring a classmate. The D.A.'s office received new records from the school district, showing Oliver had been bullied for nearly two years before the shooting. The judge postponed the proceedings until October 27th to give the defense and prosecution time to go over the documents.
36 sheriff’s deputies went to locations throughout Kern County Wednesday and took 16 suspects in to custody on domestic violence arrest warrants. It was part of National Family Violence Apprehension Detail Day. The warrants were served in Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, the Kern River Valley, Lamont, Wasco and Taft. In addition to the arrests, 1 firearm was seized and 4 children were taken into protective care.
The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny and a little bit warmer with highs in the 80s through Saturday.