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> Misc > News Releases

11/22/2014 10:55 AM
Subject:  Correction to lastnights news release, Shooting in Rosedale
Details:  Details: On 11/21/14 just before 7:00 PM deputies were sent to the 4000 block of Jenkins Rd. for a shooting. Deputies learned Greg Miller 51 years old had been stalking a female in that area. Tonight a neighbor heard a female screaming. The neighbor, Ronnie Green 74 years old, was familiar with the situation in the neighborhood. Green went to assist the female and came upon Miller. Miller told Green he had a knife and assaulted Green. Green shot Miller; Miller got into his vehicle and left the area. The Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls reporting a vehicle crash at Meacham Rd. and Allen Rd. and a male subject yelling and running on the roadway. Deputies arrived at that location and identified Miller. Miller was arrested and transported to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the foot. Miller will be booked into the Kern County Jail for Stalking, Battery, Elder Abuse, and Criminal Threats. SR14-30807

11/22/2014 2:48 AM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit Deputies arrest a robbery suspect, seize methamphetamine and heroin
Details:  Details: On November 21, 2014 at approximately 11:30 p.m., deputies from the Sheriff’s Gang Unit went to 341 Morning Dr in an attempt to locate 19 year old Marcos Gonzalez who was wanted in connection with a robbery which occurred on November 5, 2014. At the residence deputies located and arrested Gonzalez on the active warrant on charges of robbery, witness intimidation, false imprisonment and participation in a criminal street gang. Deputies also contacted 26 year old Moises Valencia who was on active Post Release Community Supervision. During a search of Valencia’s person, deputies located several individually wrapped baggies containing methamphetamine and approximately $1600.00 in US currency. Deputies then went to Valencia’s residence in the 3800 block of Soranno Ave to conduct a search per the terms of his probation. At the residence, deputies located over 80 grams of methamphetamine, 28 grams of heroin, scales, packaging and additional US currency. Valencia was booked into the Central Receiving Facility on charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sale, participation in a criminal street gang and maintaining a residence for the purpose of selling controlled substances. Gonzalez was booked on his active warrant and is being held on a bail set at $200,000.00.

11/21/2014 11:32 PM
Subject:  Shooting in Rosedale
Details:  Details: On 11/21/14 just before 7:00 PM deputies were sent to the 4000 block of Jenkins Rd. for a shooting. Deputies learned Greg Miller had been stalking a female in that area. Tonight a neighbor heard a female screaming. The neighbor, Ronnie Green was familiar with the situation in the neighborhood. Green went to assist the female and came upon Miller. Miller told Green he had a knife and assaulted Miller. Miller shot Green; Green got into his vehicle and left the area. The Sheriff’s Office received 911 calls reporting a vehicle crash at Meacham Rd. and Allen Rd. and a male subject yelling and running on the roadway. Deputies arrived at that location and identified Green. Green was arrested and transported to a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Green will be booked into the Kern County Jail for Stalking, Battery, Elder Abuse, and Criminal Threats. SR14-30807

11/21/2014 10:39 PM
Subject:  Death investigation
Details:  Details:On November 21, 2014, at about 4:45 PM Juvenile Correctional Officers at the Kern County Probation Department Crossroads Commitment Facility found a male juvenile ward unconscious in his cell during a routine safety check. Facility staff immediately began basic life support procedures. Kern County Fire personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the juvenile deceased. Detectives with the Kern County Sheriff's Office were called to the scene and assumed the investigation. There were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death.

11/20/2014 5:31 PM
Subject:  Search and Rescue volunteers assist in removing body from the Kern River
Details:  Details: At about 12:30pm, on 11/20/2014, the Kern County Sheriff's Search and Rescue was notified of a male body located in the Kern River at mile marker 23 of the Kern River Canyon. The location of the body made it difficult to reach and Search and Rescue members were requested to assist in the recovery of the body. Volunteers from the Kern Valley Search and Rescue and Bakersfield Search and Rescue responded to the scene. The teams used a rope system and a litter to remove the body from the river. The Coroner's Office took possession of the body, which has not yet been identified.

11/20/2014 8:30 AM
Subject:  Thanksgiving Safety Tips
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit would like to provide some helpful tips for citizens to keep in mind as they begin their travels this holiday season. The holiday season is upon us, and during the Thanksgiving holiday many families will be traveling to spend time with family and friends. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind people to think safety first when traveling. Follow these simple tips to make your holiday season as safe as possible: Prepare your home: Take steps to make sure your home appears occupied and it is not apparent that you are away on vacation. Stop newspaper delivery and have a neighbor get your mail/check your residence for packages. Ask a neighbor to leave trash at your curb on trash pickup days. Use automated light timers and leave a radio or television on. Lock all doors and window and double check them before you leave - and set your alarm! Call your local law enforcement and request extra patrol checks for your residence, letting them know you will be out of town. Do not post travel plans on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter letting people know you will be out of town. On the road: Don’t carry large sums of cash. Use traveler’s checks or credit cards whenever possible. Always have a charged cell phone with you. NEVER text or dial a phone call when you are driving. Pull over to read maps or enter a destination in your vehicles GPS system. Plan your route carefully. Have map print-outs of your location – even if you have a GPS in-car mapping system, just in case it doesn’t function properly. In the case of a breakdown, turn on your flashers and open your hood to signify you need assistance. Stay in your vehicle with your doors locked if it is in a safe location off the main road. If your car breaks down on a busy highway or freeway, it is important to exit the vehicle safely, and find a safe location to wait for help without risk of a traffic collision. Never drink and drive. If you or a loved one has had too much to drink, call a cab or stay at a friend or relatives house. Out and About: Carry your purse close to your body – don’t let it dangle. Carry your wallet in an inside coat or front pocket. Never use a cross body strap on a purse. If someone comes to snatch your purse from you, do NOT resist or fight back. A purse and credit cards can be replaced. Do your research on the area you are visiting. Ask a hotel employee or concierge about problem areas or areas to avoid. Make sure all children traveling with you know the name of their parents, cell phone numbers, and the name of the hotel you are staying at. Avoid isolated paths or roads – stick to well-lit and well used areas, trails and paths. Never leave valuables in your hotel room. For any additional tips on safe holiday travel or if you have any questions, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 661-391-7559 or by email at crimeprevention@kernsheriff.com.

11/19/2014 9:50 PM
Subject:  Suspicious item left in bank causes KCSO Bomb Squad response
Details:  Details:On 11-19-14 at approximately 3:35 pm Kern County Sheriff's Deputies from Lamont responded to a report of a suspicious object left in the Kern Central Credit Union bank located at 10808 Main Street in Lamont. Bank personnel reported that a subject, who identified himself as Raymond Hernandez, was disgruntled and had left an article of clothing rolled up on a counter top in the bank when he left. Bank personnel thought this to be suspicious and called the Sheriff's Office. Due to the suspicious nature of the item, deputies had the Kern County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad respond. As a precaution schools and businesses in the area where evacuated and traffic was shut down. The bomb squad arrived and rendered the item safe. It was determined the item left in the bank was not an explosive device. Hernandez is described as a tall hispanic male adult approximately 40 years in age, with spiked hair, wearing a blue shirt with an “In Shape” logo on the front. 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.

11/19/2014 4:13 PM
Subject:  Investigation into local heroin sales ring results in arrest of four, seizure of heroin and US Currency
Details:  Details: On November 18, 2014, officers with the Kern County Sheriff Office’s California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team concluded a short term investigation into the sales of Heroin within the Bakersfield area. The Bakersfield Police Department also assisted in this investigation with the use of one of their K9 officers. After completing two traffic stops and serving two search warrants, on this date, officers located approximately one pound of heroin, over $17,000 in US Currency, approximately five pounds of processed marijuana, and items indicative of the sales of heroin. Four male adults were arrested during the investigation. The search warrants were served in the 500 Block of Layne Street in East Bakersfield and in the 8700 Block of Greenfield Park Drive in South Bakersfield. The subjects arrested were Luis Mendez of Ducor, Carlos Ramos, Christian Valdovinos, and Felipe Zavala-Landino all of Bakersfield. The subjects were all booked into the Kern County Jail on various charges related to the sales and distribution of heroin and being in the possession of marijuana for sales.

11/19/2014 10:22 AM
Subject:  Homicide Arrest
Details:  On August 17th, 2014, the body of 38 year old Robert Limon was found inside a BNSF Railway shop area at 1528 Goodrick Dr. in Tehachapi. Mr. Limon, an employee of BNSF Railway, had returned to the shop area sometime after 5:00 pm that evening after working in the field that day. An autopsy determined he had been shot to death. Kern County Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation into Mr. Limon’s murder. Throughout the three month long investigation detectives investigated hundreds of leads developed through witnesses and information provided by the public. During the investigation detectives were able to identify a possible suspect, 24 year old Jonathan Michael Hearn of Hesperia. Detectives learned during the investigation that Hearn had developed a relationship with Robert Limon’s wife, 35 year old Sabrina Limon, prior to his murder. As a result of the investigation detectives were able to develop probable cause that Hearn was responsible for Mr. Limon’s shooting death. Detectives also developed probable cause that Sabrina Limon conspired with Hearn in the murder of her husband. On November 18th, 2014, detectives arrested Jonathan Hearn for one count of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Detectives also arrested Sabrina Limon for one count of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and accessory to murder. Both Hearn and Sabrina Limon were booked into the Kern County Jail.

11/18/2014 10:20 PM
Subject:  Arrest made in eariler armed robbery
Details:  Details: Tonight 11/18/14 at about 9:00 PM a Kern County Sheriff Deputy spotted a vehicle matching the vehicle used in an armed robbery in Oildale earlier this morning. Deputies stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, Andre Leiva, 22 years old. Leiva matched the description given earlier by witnesses. Evidence was located in the vehicle connecting Leiva to the robbery. Leiva was booked into the Kern County Jail for robbery with a firearm. Leiva was just released from custody on 11/13/14. Leiva is on Post-Release Community Supervision. Deputies are still trying to identify the female to determine her involvement. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110, Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040 or Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. SR14-30473

11/18/2014 3:58 PM
Subject:  Homicide Investigation
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in a homicide investigation. On October 4th, 2014, at about 6:50 am passerby’s reported finding the body of 35 year old Oscar Perez lying along the east shoulder of Tower Line Rd. north of Hwy. 58, east of Bakersfield. Perez had been shot several times. He was transported to Kern Medical Center and pronounced dead. At this point in the investigation detectives have been unable to determine a motive and have exhausted all leads into Perez’s murder. It is unknown if the shooting was gang related. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call Senior Deputy Daniel Perez at 661-392-6030, the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110, or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040. Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.

11/18/2014 8:33 AM
Subject:  Cancel Wanted Notice
Details:  Please cancel the wanted notice on missing juvenile Carlos Morales he has been located.

11/16/2014 11:39 PM
Subject:  Sheriff's detectives and Arson Investigators respond to a suspicious death in Bodfish after firefighters discover a body inside a
Details:  Details: On Sunday November 16, 2014 at about 6PM, Kern County Fire personnel responded to two structure fires in the 10 block of Fussel Street in Bodfish. During the extinguishing process, firefighters discovered the body of an unidentified male seated inside a vehicle that was parked inside a detached garage on the property that was destroyed by the fire. The body was partially burned and appeared to have a suspected gunshot wound to the head . A firearm was located near the body. As a result of the suspicious death, Kern County Arson investigators and Kern County Sheriff's Homicide detectives responded to the scene and are conducting mutual investigations that are ongoing. 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.

11/16/2014 11:30 AM
Subject:  Sheriff's detectives investigate suspicious death of 2 month old infant in east Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On Sunday November 16, 2014 , Sheriff's detectives responded to investigate the death of a 2 month old infant in the 700 block of Irene Street in east Bakersfield. The child was found unresponsive by its parents in the residence at about 5 A.M. First responders performed CPR on the infant, who was pronounced dead at the scene at the scene a short time later. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

11/13/2014 5:01 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit deputies seize methamphetamine and marijuana during probation search
Details:  Details: On November 13, 2014 at approximately 12:00 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section went to 315 Kincaid St in Bakersfield to conduct a probation search. At the residence deputies contacted 21 year old David Jacobo who is on active probation. During a search of the residence, deputies located over 12 pounds of processed marijuana, 70 grams of methamphetamine, almost $5,000.00 in U.S. currency and paraphernalia indicative of the sale of controlled substances and marijuana. David Jacobo was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of sale, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sale and maintaining a residence for the purpose of selling controlled substances. Jacobo was booked into the Kern County Jail.

11/13/2014 10:24 AM
Subject:  Farming employee arrested for forgery
Details:  Details: On 10/14/14 Deputies responded to a theft report at a farming company in the 32,000 block of Famoso Road in the McFarland, CA area. The farmer reported the theft and forgery of several checks belonging to the farming company. During the investigation, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit learned the six stolen checks had been cashed for a total of $3,255.00 at a market in the Bakersfield area. Rural Crime Detectives developed probable cause to arrest Jorge Ortega (37) of Bakersfield, for the forgery. Jorge Ortega is an employee of the farming company. On 11/7/14 detectives arrested and booked Jorge Ortega for violation of California Penal Code Section 470(a) forgery. Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.