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> Misc > News Releases

7/31/2014 5:56 PM
Subject:  Traffic stop in the City of Wasco results in major narcotics and weapons charges
Details:  Details:On 7-31-14 at approximately 1500 hours a Senior Deputy assigned to the Wasco Substation observed a vehicle with expired registration being driven on 7th Street in Wasco. The driver, who was later identified as ALFONSO TRUJILLO, quickly turned into a market parking lot without using his blinker. The Senior Deputy conducted a traffic stop and determined TRUJILLO did not have a valid license. TRUJILLO attempted to resist arrest by trying to flee on foot. A struggle ensued and during the struggle TRUJILLO continued to reach for his waistband. Additional deputies arrived to assist and TRUJILLO was taken into custody. After TRUJILLO was in custody it was determined he had been armed with a loaded 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun (with the serial number removed) which was in his waistband. A search of TRUJILLO and his belongings yielded approximately 142 grams (approx. 5oz) of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, packaging materials, scales, and over $1,700.00 in US currency. The methamphetamine had an approximate street value of $8,500.00. TRUJILLO was arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for H.S. 11377(a) possession of methamphetamine, H.S. 11378 possession for sales, H.S. 11379 transportation for sales, H.S. 11370.1(a) possession of firearm w/narcotics, H.S. 11364.1(a) paraphernalia, PC 25400(a)(1) carrying a concealed weapon, PC 148(a)(1) resist or delaying an officer, VC 12500(a) No valid license, VC16028(a) no proof of insurance, and PC 537(e) firearm with the serial # removed.

7/31/2014 5:56 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Deputies arrest 5 suspects for narcotics violations during probation compliance check
Details:  Details: On July 30, 2014 at approximately 7:45 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section went to 811 Skyline Ave in Bakersfield to conduct a probation compliance check of 43 year old Ruben Chavez. Once at the residence, deputies contacted Chavez and found him to be in possession of methamphetamine. Also at the residence, deputies contacted 41 year old Jose Magana, 41 year old James Roybal, 25 year old Marissa Tibbals and 22 year old Adriana Lopez. Deputies searched the subjects, who were all on varying probationary status and the residence and located over 20 grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with the sale of controlled substances. Magana was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sale and the attempted destruction of evidence, Chavez was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, Tibbals was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and 4 arrest warrants, Roybal was arrested on an active parole warrant and Lopez was arrested on an active felony warrant. All subjects were booked into the Central Receiving Facility.

7/31/2014 3:55 PM
Subject:  East Bakersfield Child Endangerment Arrest
Details:  Details: On 7/31/14 at about 11:35 am, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding a three year old child and an eight month infant being left alone at home in the 1000 block of Water Street. When deputies arrived, they located the children home without adult supervision. As a result of this investigation, 28 year old Johnny Dontrell Blinks and 23 year old Amanda Nicole Hargis, both of Bakersfield, were arrested for child endangerment. The children were left in the temporary custody of a family member. Case number SR14-20134.

7/29/2014 8:58 PM
Subject:  Phone Service Restored
Details:  The phone lines and all service has been restored to the Taft, McFarland, and Glennville areas. McFarland Police Department phone lines have also been restored.

7/29/2014 1:42 PM
Subject:  Phone Service Outage
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to notify the public of an ongoing phone service outage. Verizon landline service in west Kern County is down due to a cut cable. Verizon customers in Taft, McFarland, and Glenville have no landline service, including 9-1-1 service. Customers with AT&T service are currently not affected. McFarland Police Department also has no landline phone service or 9-1-1 service. The Sheriff’s Office is currently handling emergency and non-emergency calls for service for McFarland Police Department. Verizon is working on repairing the outage. There have not been any cellular outages reported. Citizens in affected areas can call the Sheriff’s Office for service on cellular phones in most areas. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, call 661-861-3110. When calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone keep in mind the call taker in the communications center will not have information on the location you are calling from so that information will have to be provided by the caller. For further information or questions, please call Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592.

7/25/2014 2:03 PM
Subject:  Kern Valley Search Warrant and Arrest
Details:  Details: On 7-25-14 at 0820 hours, deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Office Detective Division and Kern Valley Substation, along with Kern County Animal Control, Bureau of Land Management, California Highway Patrol, and US Forest Service, executed a search warrant for stolen property at 4750 Kelso Creek Road, Weldon, CA. Deputies recovered stolen property, multiple firearms, and ammunition. The stolen property was returned to the victim. Bobby Sherman, 57, was arrested for being a convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. He was booked into the Central Receiving Facility. The stolen property investigation is being forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review.

7/25/2014 1:07 AM
Subject:  Tehachapi resident arrested for possession for sales of methamphetamine and Xanax.
Details:  On 07-24-2014 at 6:45 p.m. Deputies from the Tehachapi Substation conducted a probation search at a residence in the 20900 block of Brentwood Drive in Tehachapi. Deputies located almost an ounce of methamphetamine and 59 Xanax tablets, both possessed with the intent to sale. Deputies also located morphine tablets, marijuana, glass smoking pipes and syringes. Patrick Ballard, age 54, of Tehachapi was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. His bail amount was not determined at this time. Also arrested was Carolyn Newton, age 47 of Tehachapi, for being under the influence of a controlled substance. SR14-19535.

7/24/2014 1:47 PM
Subject:  Vehicle Pursuit in Wasco
Details:  Details: On 7/24/2014 at 12:49PM, deputies from the Wasco Substation were responding to a report of domestic violence in the 1100 block of D Street. While responding to the location a vehicle description was provided by the victim. As deputies were approaching the area, a vehicle matching the description, was located near the area of response. Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and the driver failed to yield. A vehicle pursuit ensued and the driver, Javier Pizano (42), yielded to deputies after a five minute pursuit through the City of Wasco. Pizano was arrested for an outstanding Felony warrant and evading in a vehicle. The investigation revealed Pizano was not related to the domestic violence investigation. Pizano will be booked into the Central Receiving Facility, his bail is $40,000.00.

7/24/2014 9:42 AM
Subject:  Correction on incident date for Abel Godinez
Details:  Details: Correction on previous news release. Date of incident 7/23/2014 10:07PM

7/24/2014 9:35 AM
Subject:  Man arrested for weapons charges
Details:  Details: On 6/23 at approximately 10:07PM deputies from the Lamont Substation responded to the area of Towerline Road and Muller Road on the report of illegal shooting. Upon arriving in the area deputies located a vehicle, matching the description provided by a witness, leaving the area. A high risk traffic stop was conducted on Hwy 58, just west of Towerline Road. One adult male, Abel Godinez (34), and four juveniles were detained. Deputies located four firearms and ammunition in the vehicle. Godinez was arrested on weapons charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Felon in possession of ammunition, Possession of a stolen property, and other misdemeanor charges. He was booked into the Central Receiving Facility. The juveniles were released to parents at the scene.

7/22/2014 4:47 PM
Subject:  Body of Missing Man Recovered from the Kern River
Details:  Details: On July 22, 2014, at about 12:00 p.m., the Kern County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a body floating in the Kern River. Alfonso Bajo-Tellez (12/6/1994) was reported missing and he was last seen swimming in the river, about four miles east of the mouth of the canyon, on July 20, 2014. KCSO Search & Rescue teams responded and recovered the body of an adult male approximately 75 yards downstream from where the missing person was last seen swimming. The Coroner’s Office later identified the body as the missing man, Alfonso Bajo-Tellez.

7/21/2014 5:54 PM
Subject:  Search Continues for Missing Swimmer
Details:  On July 20, 2014, at about 1645 hours, Sheriff’s Office personnel were notified of a missing person last seen swimming in the Kern River, about four miles east of the mouth of the canyon. Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, along with the Kern County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit, Kern County Fire Department, and California Highway Patrol were notified and responded to the area. A strenuous search was performed, but the subject was not located. The search was later suspended, due to darkness. The search resumed this morning and will continue until nightfall. Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

7/21/2014 5:44 PM
Subject:  Searc
Details:  On July 20, 2014, at about 1645 hours, Sheriff’s Office personnel were notified of a missing person last seen swimming in the Kern River, about four miles east of the mouth of the canyon. Kern County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers, along with the Kern County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit, Kern County Fire Department, and California Highway Patrol were notified and responded to the area. A strenuous search was performed, but the subject was not located. The search was later suspended, due to darkness. The search resumed this morning and will continue until nightfall. Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. Anyone having information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

7/21/2014 5:17 PM
Subject:  ReadyKern Emergency Alert Program
Details:  Details: On July 20, 2014, at about 0050 hours, deputies responded to the 500-block of Adams Street regarding a report of a critical missing person. The Kern County Sheriff's Office utilized the ReadyKern Emergency Alert Program in an attempt to locate the missing person and sent out the following message to the surrounding area with a five mile radius. THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS REQUESTING THE PUBLIC'S ASSISTANCE IN LOCATING CRITICAL MISSING PERSON THAT SUFFERS FROM ALZHEIMERS DISEASE, KIRK NOLAN, WHITE MALE, 57 YEARS, 5 FOOT 6 INCHES, 130 POUNDS, BALDING BROWN AND GRAY HAIR, WEARING A BLUE HAWAIIAN SHIRT AND BLUE JEANS, LAST SEEN AT 10:50 PM ON 7/19/2014 IN THE 500 BLOCK OF ADAMS ST, BAKERSFIELD. PLEASE CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 661 861 3110 IF YOU LOCATE THIS SUBJECT OR IF YOU SEE HIM. THANK YOU. The Bakersfield Police Department later received a call that KIRK NOLAN was in a parking lot, near the area of Panama Lane and Highway 99. NOLAN did not require medical aid and was subsequently transported home. The ReadyKern System is a state-of-the-art emergency notification system that alerts residents & businesses about natural disasters and other crises. The new emergency notification system enables Kern County to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods. With this service, Kern County can also send personalized voice and e-mail messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive issues such as emergencies and local community matters. Residents and businesses with listed telephone numbers have already been included in ReadyKern. If residents wish to opt out of this program, they may do so by visiting the following website. http://www.kerncountyfire.org/index.php/education/ready-kern