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An internet cafe, which was among those shut down last month because of illegal gambling activities, apparently reopened the facility on April 15th.  Bakersfield police say that prompted several complaints from neighboring businesses.  Officers served a search warrant at the Hot Spot Cyber Center on Oak Street yesterday, looking for equipment and proceeds associated with illegal gaming.  Detectives seized 45 computers, two computer servers and more  than 33-hundred dollars in cash.  No arrests were made, however, the case will be submitted to the D-A's office for review. 




The defense has rested in the Julie Farmer trial in federal court in Fresno.  The former office manager at the company is the only defendant in the Crisp and Cole mortgage fraud case to face a jury.  All the others took plea deals. reports Farmer took the stand yesterday and broke down during intense cross examination.  Closing arguments are scheduled for today with jury deliberation to follow.




Residents of eight homes in Arvin are still being kept from their homes, one month after they were evacuated.  They were told to leave because of dangerously high levels of fumes from a leaking gas pipeline were detected inside their homes.  Kern County Fire officials say the vapor extraction system continue to run and is making progress on the removal of contaminates from the soil.  Air monitoring will continue until its safe for the residents to return home.  At this point, there is no estimate on when that might happen.  




A man, who pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated was sentenced to two-years-and 8-months in prison yesterday.  Virgilio Juarez-Gonzales hit and killed Elias Reyes-Campos on October 18th on Weedpatch Highway near Wharton Avenue.  The CHP says he was extremely intoxicated when he was found in his east Bakersfield home a short time later.  As part of the plea deal, four other charged against Juarez-Gonzales were dropped.




A vehicle, that was reported stolen from the Visalia area, apparently ended up in a canal in Kern County.  Sheriff's deputies say they found the vehicle submerged in the canal at the intersection of Wildwood and McCombs Roads.  Search and rescue crews were called in and divers confirmed there was no one inside.  The dive team and search and rescue volunteers helped the top company pull the vehicle from the water. 




The CHP is launching an effort today to help keep speeders and distracted drivers from causing accidents.  The effort will focus on Highway 99 between Modesto and the Los Angeles County line.  There were 1-thousand-2-hundred-and-15 traffic collisions in that area from January of 2012 to May of 2013.  That included 74 fatal collisions.  Officers will be looking for distracted drivers, speed violations, unsafe passing, following too close, making unsafe turns and for people not wearing a seat belt. 




PG&E is joining forces with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kern County in an effort to help under served kids with career education and job readiness training.  The Summer Jobs program will provide more than 300 young people with eight weeks of "Career Launch Classes."  They will then be placed with participating companies to develop the skills to prepare for the jobs of the future.  Congressman Kevin McCarthy says the program is a positive for local students, employers and our community.




The Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District will hold its annual fishing derby tomorrow at Brite Lake, on Banducci Road.  All participants, aged 16 or older, must have a valid California Sport Fishing License. 





April 19, 2014

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