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Bakersfield police are searching for the man who held up a local bank yesterday afternoon.  Officers say a White male in his late 20's walked into the Bank of the Sierra on Mount Vernon and reportedly pulled a knife while handing the teller a note demanding cash. The man left with an undisclosed amount of money.  He was about 5'8", and 140 pounds.

 

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A correctional officer at the Taft Federal Correctional Institution has pleaded guilty to passing contraband to prisoners.  The U-S Attorney's office says Ramon Cano conspired with an inmate to smuggle smuggle heroin, methamphetamine,  cellphones and alcohol  into the federal facility.   Cano is facing a maximum of 5-years in prison when he is sentenced on September 15th.

 

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An Arvin man has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  The U-S Attorney's office says Jorge Guevara attempted to sell 17-pounds of meth to an undercover Kern County sheriff's deputy.

 

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There will soon be a new way to protect your cell phone from theft.  Governor Jerry Brown has signed the state's "kill switch" bill to deter smart phone thieves.  The bill takes effect next July and applies only to new cell phones.  The kill switch feature would allow your phone to be deactivated if it's stolen.

 

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Bakersfield police have released the results of a DUI-Driver's License checkpoint operation over the weekend.  Over 13-hundred vehicles passed through the checkpoint in the 1-thousand block of Calloway.  About half of them were screened.  Officers arrested four drivers for DUI with alcohol and made one DUI narcotic's arrest.  Eleven drivers did not have a valid driver's license. 

 

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Local Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is pleased that the state Assembly failed to pass a bill to ban plastic bags across the state.  Grove says the law would do more harm than good.  The measure would have required you to either bring reusable bags to the grocery store or get charged for each paper bag you use.

 

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Bakersfield College students went back to class for the fall semester yesterday and admissions continue to grow.  Following a few weeks of student uncertainty regarding public transportation due to the GET bus drivers strike, the increase in enrollment has been rising steadily,  with nearly 17-thousand-500 students starting classes yesterday.

 

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Date

August 27, 2014

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