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Negotiations have stalled as the GET bus drivers strike enters its 10th day.  The union representing the drivers gave The Golden Empire Transit District's Board of Directors a contract proposal on Friday.  They met and rejected the offer.  A counter offer was turned down by the union members, who are still on the picket line.  No new talks are scheduled.

 

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One man was reportedly killed overnight when his car collided with a train just east of Tehachapi. KERO-TV reports it happened on Tehachapi Boulevard near the Lehigh Southwest Cement Company.  The CHP is investigating.

 

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Better use them while you can.  The Bakersfield Water Resources Department made it official yesterday.  The City's nine Spray Parks will be closing a month early this year.  The Recreation and Parks Department will turn off the water on August 1st to comply with new regulations on water uses.  All pools will remain open.

 

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The 64 member Bakersfield City management team, including department heads and City Manager Alan Tandy, will be getting a cost of living raise.  The council met in special session last night to approve the 1.5% pay hikes. 

 

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The sharp eye of a Bakersfield police officer has led to the arrest of a suspected serial burglar.  Officer Tommy Hernandez spotted the suspect's vehicle in the parking lot of the Days Inn on Real Road. He arrested Sonny Gringby in his room after a search allegedly turned up losses from at least five other residential burglaries, thefts and forgeries, along with half an ounce of suspected methamphetamine.

 

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The Bakersfield police department's stolen vehicle license plate recognition system hit on a vehicle while Officer Jared Diederich was on patrol.  He followed the vehicle to 21st and Pine where he tried to pull the car over.  The driver, Sarah Brown, allegedly took off and led Officer Diederich on a short pursuit.  She stopped and tried to run but was taken into custody on numerous charges.

 

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A motorcyclist who died on Monday after being involved in an accident on July 17th has been identified.  Bakersfield police say Emanuel Hayes was hit by an SUV at Akers Road and Marilyn Place and the driver took off.  Officers are still looking for Antwan Rowel, on a warrant for hit and run causing injury or death.   

 

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Quick work by a neighbor kept a house fire in the 5600 block of Escondido from getting out of hand.  When fire crews arrived they saw light smoke coming from a garage.  The neighbor had used a hose to put out the flames before fighters arrived. Itís believed the fire was accidental and was confined to the garage.  Damage set at 15-thousand dollars.  No one was hurt.

 

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The Nicolls Fire, burning in the Kiavah Wilderness Area is now 100% contained.  The fire burned 1680 acres.  The cause remains under investigation.

 

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The Bakersfield Condors have selected a new head coach.  Jean Francois Houle takes over the reigns next season after the departure of Troy Mann.


Date

July 24, 2014

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