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The City Council has given final approval to an ordinance that would ban aggressive panhandling. The ordinance makes aggressive solicitation a misdemeanor or an infraction, and would ban all solicitations within 20-feet of banks, ATMs, and check cashing businesses, or on roadway medians or public transportation.  The local business community had been pushing for the ordinance, however, homeless advocates have been speaking out against it.  

 

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One man has been arrested after allegedly attacking two people at the Mint Bar on 19th Street early this morning.  Officers say two men were found suffering from stab wounds about 1:45AM.  Officers spotted a man running from the scene.  When they caught up with Bryan Christy, officers say they determined he was responsible for the stabbings as well as brandishing a knife at an employee of the business.  He was taken into custody and the knife was recovered.  The victims suffered minor to moderate stab wounds. 

 

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Bakersfield police are stepping up the search for a hit and run driver who apparently left the scene after hitting a motorcyclist on East Truxtun.  Officers say the 90-year-old male victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of major injuries.  The suspect is believed to be 33-year-old Armando Juan Cortez of Bakersfield.  He is described as Hispanic, about  5'9", with a stocky build, black hair and brown eyes.  He is wanted for hit and run causing injury, being an unlicensed driver with an expired registration and no proof of insurance.

 

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The defense continues to present its case today in the federal trial for the only defendant who went before a jury in the Crisp and Cole mortgage fraud case. Julie Farmer, the former business manager at Crips and Cole has claimed all along that she was not part of the scheme to defraud lenders out of millions of dollars.  She says she only did what she was told to do.

 

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One man has been arrested, another is still on the loose after they allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at a home in the 62-hundred block of Landfair Drive.  None of the devices went off.  The home was occupied by two adults and four small children.  Bakersfield police later identified one of the suspects as Marco Gutierrez.  He was later arrested for that incident and for shooting into a home on Park Drive.  He is facing six counts of attempted murder and other charges.  The search for the second suspect continues.

 

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A motorcyclist who failed to notice a slow down in traffic as firefighters tried to put out a car fire, lost control and crashed his vehicle.  Bakersfield police say the 56-year-old male driver suffered from several broken bones and cuts, and is expected to survive. 

 

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The Bakersfield woman accused of murdering her own son four years ago, will be going to trial.  A judge ruled at her preliminary hearing yesterday that there was enough evidence to move the case against Alexis Dixon forward.  She is accused of causing the death of 4-year-old Markie Dixon.  Alexis Dixon had claimed the boy fell, however, medical experts say her story does not match the injuries the little boy suffered.  She is due back in court on April 30th.

 

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Governor Jerry Brown is calling lawmakers back to Sacramento to discuss his proposed rainy day fund.  The governor says the state's reserve is nearly empty and current rules for keeping the account funded are weak at best.  Brown is pushing a plan that would require the state to save some tax revenue from capital gains.  The special session is set to begin April 24th.

 

 

 

 


Date

April 18, 2014

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