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The Kern County DA's Office filed misdemeanor charges against two off-duty Kern County sheriff's deputies Monday.  One of the two men fired a shot into the air from his personally owned pistol after leaving a casino last  month.  The criminal complaint charges include the negligent discharge of a firearm and destruction of evidence.  Both deputies were placed on administrative leave. 


Construction is taking place on Highway 65 just north of Merle Haggard Drive through Wednesday afternoon. Drivers can expect significant back-ups in both directions between 5:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day.


Bakersfield police continue to investigate a double shooting on October 7th at the Truxtun Recycling Center.  Police are now looking for 2 four-door sedans seen leaving the area immediately after the gunfire.  Secret Witness is offering a reward in the case.


An elderly Bakersfield man died after crashing while trying to drive himself to the hospital for a medical problem over the weekend.  The CHP says the man lost control and hit two parked vehicles on Manor Street.  He was unresponsive when medical personnel arrived and was taken to Memorial Hospital where he died.  


The latest unemployment figures for Kern County show the rate in September was 8.9%. Thatís down from 9.5% in August. 


The Chevron Weather Center reports it will be mostly sunny and cooler with highs on Monday near 80; in the 70s Tuesday and Wednesday.



October 20, 2014

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