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> Misc > News Releases

9/1/2015 3:11 PM
Subject:  Animal Abuse Investigation
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance in an animal abuse investigation. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is currently assisting Kern County Animal Services, the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, in investigating a possible animal abuse incident which occurred in the Rosamond area. On August 20, 2015 at about 12:00 pm a Golden Retriever was found wandering by an area resident near the intersection of Oakwood Lane and Lyons Drive in Rosamond. The dog had what appeared to be either acid or chemical burns to its back. The person who found the dog transported it to an animal care facility for treatment in Lancaster. During the investigation it was determined that at least six dogs have been found in the last month in the Rosamond and Antelope Valley area with similar type injuries. If anyone has information on any of these cases they are asked to contact Kern County Animal Services at 661-868-7100 or Sr. Deputy Skidmore at 661-256-9717.

8/31/2015 8:26 AM
Subject:  10851 Awards Ceremony
Details:  Representatives from the California Highway Patrol will join Sheriff Donny Youngblood at an awards ceremony to recognize Kern County law enforcement officers for outstanding performance in vehicle theft recoveries and arrests. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Facility, 1350 Norris Road in Bakersfield. 10851 Pin Recipients Sergeant Abel Lombera, 5th and 6th award Senior Deputy Peter Martinez, 25th award Deputy Jaime Alarcon, 8th through 10th awards Deputy Andrew Bassett, 1st award Deputy Justin Fernandez, 1st award Deputy Johnny Frisbie, 2nd award Deputy Daniel Ibarra, 1st award Deputy James Jackson, 4th and 5th award Deputy Patrick Klawitter, 3rd through 9th awards Deputy Manuel Lopez, 12th award Deputy Raymundo Martinez, 1st award Deputy James Money, 1st award Deputy Bryan Nakabayashi, 1st award Deputy Brent Nelson, 1st award Deputy Anh Tu Steven Phan, 1st award Deputy Raul Vega, 1st award The media is welcome to attend. Media representatives attending the ceremony are asked to arrive no later than 9:45 am to set up. For the sake of the family and friends attending the ceremony, we ask that you not stage in the center isle of the auditorium, but rather on the sides or in the back. For further information contact Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592.

8/28/2015 4:02 PM
Subject:  Stolen Vehicle Investigation
Details:  On August 27th, 2015 at about 2:25 pm a Kern County Sheriff’s Office patrol deputy assigned to the Kern Valley substation began following a vehicle he believed had been reported stolen in the area on August 19th. As the deputy followed the vehicle north on Highway 155 near the French Gulch Marina, the vehicle pulled over into a turnout north of the French Gulch campground. The deputy, who had not activated his emergency lights or siren, pulled in behind the vehicle to attempt to read the license plate number to determine if it was the vehicle that had been reported stolen. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as 52 year old Jack Robertson, made a U-turn in the vehicle and began driving south on Highway 155. As the vehicle made the U-turn the deputy was able to read the last three digits of the license plate which matched the last three digits of the stolen vehicle. The deputy was unable to confirm if the vehicle was the stolen vehicle at that point so did not activate his emergency lights and siren. The deputy briefly lost sight of the vehicle when it entered a curve in the roadway as it continued south. The deputy made a U-turn and continued following the vehicle, which began driving at a high rate of speed. The deputy then activated his emergency lights and siren as the vehicle being driven by Robertson drove south about a ¼ mile ahead of the deputy at speeds of between 85 to 90 miles per hour. As the deputy attempted to catch up to Robertson near the French Gulch Bridge he observed Robertson appear to lose control of the vehicle, which began swerving from side to side. The deputy then observed the vehicle flip five to six times. As a result of the traffic accident, Robertson was ejected from the vehicle. The deputy administered CPR and Robertson was transported to Kern Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. It was determined the vehicle Robertson had been operating was the vehicle which had been reported stolen on August 19th. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic accident.

8/28/2015 2:11 PM
Subject:  Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Services Section will be hosting an appreciation dinner for the Sheriff’s Office volunteers who participated in the Benjamin Ashley investigation and search operation between July 28th, 2015 and August 15th, 2015. During the operation 95 Sheriff’s Office volunteers, including volunteers with Citizen Service Unit, Search and Rescue, the Reserve Deputy Unit, and the Explorer Unit, donated approximately 2,219 hours. The appreciation dinner will be held tonight, August 28th, starting at 6:30 pm in Building F at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield. The media is welcome to attend. For further information please contact Lieutenant Dana Albro at 661-978-0638.

8/27/2015 12:52 PM
Subject:  Shooting Review
Details:  Details: On August 27, 2015, the Kern County Sheriff's Office Incident Review Board convened to consider the use of force by Sergeant Bill Starr, Senior Deputy Jose Perez, Senior Deputy Randall Meyer, Deputy Coronado Curiel, and Deputy Gabriel Romo in relation to an officer involved shooting which occurred on August 1, 2015, in Kelso Valley. The review board consisted of Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmermann, Chief Deputy Brian Wheeler, Chief Deputy Curtis Cornelison, and Chief Deputy Shelly Castaneda. After a review of all the facts in this case, the Incident Review Board determined the use of force by the deputies was within Sheriff's Office policy.