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> Misc > News Releases

12/17/2014 10:34 AM
Subject:  Deputies arrest juveniles for thefts from unlocked vehicles.
Details:  Details: Deputies from the Rosamond Substation arrested two juvenile males (ages 16 and 17) for stealing items from unlocked vehicles. The juveniles have been tied to approximately 30 thefts throughout the Rosamond area, both reported and unreported. Deputies recovered some stolen property from the juveniles and are working to get the items returned to the owners. The investigation is continuing. The juveniles were booked into Juvenile Hall for PC182(a)(1) Conspiracy, PC488 Theft from Vehicle, PC496(a) Receiving Stolen Property, and VC 10852 Tampering with a Vehicle.

12/16/2014 5:15 PM
Subject:  Correction
Details:  Correction to previous news release. Jose Ruiz Jr. is 23 years old.

12/16/2014 4:55 PM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested for Auto Theft and Additional Charges
Details:  On December 16th, 2014, at about 2:08 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were in the area of Pioneer Dr. at Oswell St. in east Bakersfield when they were flagged down by two citizens who reported a suspect occupying a 1996 Infiniti 4-door vehicle was armed with a gun and had just stolen the car. Shortly thereafter deputies observed the vehicle and stopped the vehicle in the area of Pioneer Dr. and Monet Ct. The suspect fled the vehicle on foot into a residential neighborhood and was able to steal a second vehicle, a Black GMC Avalanche, in the 600 block of Pentz St. The suspect then attempted to flee the area in the second stolen car. Deputies continued to pursue the suspect in the second stolen vehicle. The pursuit reached speeds of approximately 70 MPH in a mostly residential area. During the pursuit the suspect collided with a fence in the 2100 block of Kentucky St. The suspect again fled on foot into the surrounding neighborhood. Deputies and assisting officers from the Bakersfield Police Department were able to establish a perimeter in the area. After a brief search the suspect was located hiding in the 2100 block of Kentucky St. As officers attempted to arrest the suspect, later identified as 33 year old Jose Ruiz Jr., he resisted arrest. Ruiz was taken into custody with the assistance of a Kern County Probation Department K-9 Unit. He sustained minor injuries during his arrest and was treated at KMC and released. Further investigation determined Ruiz was wanted by the Bakersfield Police Department for carjacking and kidnapping involving an elderly female who owned the Infiniti vehicle Ruiz had initially been located driving. Ruiz was arrested by deputies and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for reckless evading an officer, auto theft, hit and run, and resisting arrest. He was also booked on additional charges related to the Bakersfield Police Department case.

12/15/2014 11:33 AM
Subject:  Homicide Investigation
Details:  On December 15th, 2014 at about 7:35 am Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a body located in the east alley of the 900 block of Oswell Street in east Bakersfield. The body had been found by a resident in the area. Deputies arrived on scene and located the body of an obviously deceased male. The body showed indications of trauma and a homicide investigation was initiated. The investigation is ongoing. An autopsy will be scheduled to determine the cause and manner of death. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call 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.

12/15/2014 11:22 AM
Subject:  Body Cameras
Details:  Kern County Sheriff’s deputies working in Wasco will be issued body-worn cameras in the near future. The City Council of the City of Wasco unanimously approved the purchase of 17 body worn cameras for Kern County Sheriff’s deputies during a Council meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. Mayor Teofilo Cortez announced Wednesday the City of Wasco will be acquiring the cameras immediately from Watch Guard Video, the same agency that provided the Kern County Sheriff’s Office with the existing in-car video systems. Using the two systems together provides a more thorough and complete documentation of public contacts over the course of response to both critical and routine calls for service or other law enforcement initiated activity. This tandem system approach also allows for the use of body worn cameras on a stand-alone basis, accommodating foot patrol, bicycle patrol, mounted patrol and other activity not occurring near or around a vehicle equipped with in-car video, and has the added benefit of supporting a smooth implementation process as deputies are already familiar with the aspects of the technology. Law enforcement agencies around the country have begun adopting small body-worn cameras for officers on patrol. There are also indications that the presence of body cameras has a positive effect for both officers and the public, resulting in lower incidences of excessive force complaints and deescalating tense situations before they become violent. A study conducted by the Rialto, California police department from 2012 to 2013 showed the potential benefit of these units. With half of the police department wearing cameras recording each interaction with the public, the department experienced an 88% reduction in complaints against officers. Additionally, the study found that shifts without cameras experienced twice as many use of force incidents as shifts using the cameras. Perhaps most importantly, cameras can instill greater trust in law enforcement by the public they are sworn to protect. Cameras demonstrate a commitment on the part of law enforcement to show transparency and accountability, while protecting officers from false or frivolous complaints. For these reasons, the adoption of body cameras has been authorized by the City of Wasco and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. For further information please contact Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592.

12/14/2014 12:40 AM
Subject:  Shooting In East Bakerfield
Details:  Details: On 12/13/2014 at 9:06 p.m., The Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a subject who stated he had been shot. The subject stated he was driving himself to Kern Medical Center. The shooting victim was later identified as Saul Solis 24 years of age from Bakersfield. The Sheriff’s Office received a second call from a witness to the shooting. The witness reported the shooting occurred at Potomac Park in the 600 block of Dorrance Street. The witness described the suspect’s vehicle as a 2014 White Mitsubishi and also stated the suspect lived in the 2700 block of Lake Street. Deputies arrived at Kern Medical Center and found the victim’s vehicle parked in front of the hospital with apparent bullet holes. The victim was in the emergency room suffering from gunshot wounds to his torso. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Deputies located the suspects suspect’s vehicle traveling in the 2700 block of Lake Street and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle failed to yield to emergency lights and sirens. Deputies pursued the vehicle through east Bakersfield to Highway 58 and then southbound on Highway 99. The vehicle crashed on southbound 99 south of Houghton Road. The Hispanic male adult suspect had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased on scene. His name is not being released at this time until next of kin is notified. This investigation is 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.

12/13/2014 10:49 PM
Subject:  Shooting in Derby Acres. Suspect Arrested.
Details:  Details: On Dec 13, 2014, at approximately 5:55 P.M. Kern County Sheriffs Deputies were called to a shooting at a residence in the 24800 block of 3rd Street in Derby Acres. Deputies located and provided initial medical aid to a 28 year old male victim who was shot in the lower torso. The victim was transported to Kern Medical Center where he was being treated for a non-life threatening wound. 33 year old Tommy Leonard Ryerson was arrested for the shooting and was booked at CRF.

12/12/2014 7:37 PM
Subject:  Deputy shoots pitbull dog in Oildale
Details:  Details: On 12/12/14 at approximately 4:00pm, deputies were at the residence at 224 McCord Avenue Space #26 in Bakersfield following up on a vehicle theft investigation. A pit bull dog was chained to a tree towards the rear of the trailer. The chain broke and the pit bull charged towards a deputy, who was standing towards the front of the trailer. The deputy withdrew his duty weapon and began backing away from the pit bull. The pit bull came within several feet of the deputy. The deputy feared the pit bull was going to bite him. The deputy fired two rounds from his duty weapon, striking the pit bull both times. The pit bull died from the gunshot wounds. Kern County Animal Control came to the scene and took custody of the pit bull. No one, including the deputy, was injured during the incident. SR14-32534.

12/12/2014 8:40 AM
Subject:  2014 Family to Family Christmas Food Basket Giveaway Program
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Bakersfield Police Department and W.A. Thompson Distributors, will once again be delivering 400 Christmas food baskets to families in need throughout Kern County on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014. This annual event is made possible through generous donations from benefit associations, volunteer organizations and business owners from throughout Kern County. The Christmas food baskets consist of two large boxes of food including a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, fruits, canned goods, bread, drinks, and other food items as donations allow. Families who receive a food basket are chosen from referrals made by deputies and officers from both agencies. Deputies and officers also volunteer their time to deliver the baskets, often times to the very families they have referred to the program. This program is a great opportunity for members of both agencies to make a positive impact on the citizens we serve. The baskets will be prepared by volunteers on Monday, December 15th starting at 6:00 pm at W.A. Thompson Distributors, 5101 District Blvd. in Bakersfield. The delivery will begin promptly at 7:30 am from W.A. Thompson on Tuesday, December 16th. The media is encouraged to attend both events. Media personnel attending the delivery event are asked to arrive no later than 7:00 am on the morning of delivery for a brief pre-delivery press conference. Media personnel will also be allowed to ride along with deputies and officers while they deliver food baskets. For further information please contact Kern County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592 or Bakersfield Police Department Community Relations Specialist Carina Ortiz at 661-326-3052.

12/8/2014 4:42 PM
Subject:  Two Juveniles Arrested for Cruelty to an Animal
Details:  On December 4th, 2014, a concerned citizen contacted Kern County Animal Control to report a case involving possible cruelty to an animal. The citizen advised Animal Control that they had received a video on a social networking site and believed it depicted two dogs being fed a live cat. The citizen requested Animal Control investigate the incident. Animal Control staff viewed the video, which appeared to show two large dogs being fed a live cat while the attack was videotaped. In the video subjects in the background could be heard encouraging the dogs to attack the cat. After reviewing the videotape, Animal Control staff contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and requested the Sheriff’s Office investigate the incident. On December 5th, 2014, Sheriff’s Office detectives interviewed the citizen who had reported the video. After receiving additional information, detectives were able to identify the subject who had posted the video to the social networking site. During the investigation detectives identified two juvenile male suspects, a 15 year old and a 17 year old. Detectives were able to determine the attack occurred somewhere in the Bakersfield area last summer and the two suspects were identified as the persons recording the video and encouraging the dogs to attack and kill the cat. At the conclusion of the investigation detectives arrested both suspects for cruelty to an animal. Both suspects were booked into Juvenile Hall. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call 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.