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> Misc > News Releases

4/18/2014 6:37 PM
Subject:  Kern Valley Substation Exposives Search Warrant and Arrest
Details:  Details: On 4-18-14 at about 1400 hours, after investigating the report of an explosion, members of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Kern Valley Substation, Special Enforcement Group, Air Support, and the Kern County Bomb Squad executed a search warrant for Isaiah Stead, 25 years old, residing at 4701 Larsen Street in South Lake, CA. Stead was arrested for an outstanding no bail felony warrant for possession of an explosive device, possession of narcotics, and possession of a stolen vehicle. During the search of the property, deputies located and seized a quantity of marijuana and a sawed off .22 caliber rifle. Stead is being held in the Kern County Central Receiving Facility without bail.

4/18/2014 5:25 PM
Subject:  A 57 year old Bakersfield man was arrested after an investigaiton revealed he had sexual contact with underage children
Details:  Details: On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 57 year old Daniel Holthaus of Bakersfield after an investigation revealed he had continuous sexual contact with four different children as young as 6 years old over a fifteen year period . Holthauser has been booked at the downtown jail on multiple sex related offenses.

4/17/2014 8:31 PM
Subject:  Stolen Vehicle Submerged in a Canal
Details:  Details: On 4/17/14 at 1451 hours, deputies were dispatched to a canal near the intersection at Wildwood rd. and McCombs rd. regarding a submerged vehicle. The Bakersfield Search and Rescue along with the dive responded and cleared the passenger compartment of the vehicle. The dive team and search and rescue volunteers assisted the tow company in removing the vehicle, which had been previously reported stolen to Visalia CHP.

4/15/2014 10:03 PM
Subject:  Traffic Pursuit Leads to Arrest of Suspect for Sales of Methamphetamine
Details:  On April 15th, 2014, detectives from the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CalMMET), along with assistance from the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team (KNET), attempted to make a traffic stop on Jose Ayon-Navarro (27 years old) for a Vehicle Code violation. Ayon-Navarro failed to stop for the detectives and led detectives on a pursuit through the outskirts of Delano. Ayon-Navarro was able to evade detectives for a short while, but was subsequently located and arrested near his home in Bakersfield. A search of Ayon-Navarro's home in the 1000 block of Delores Street resulted in three quarters of a pound of suspected methamphetamine being located, as well as rock cocaine, ammunition, and evidence indicating sales of controlled substances from the residence. Ayon-Navarro was arrested on several charges including sales of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, felon is possession of ammunition, felony evading, and escape from the Sheriff's Electronic Monitoring Program. Ayon-Navarro was booked into the Sheriff's downtown jail (SR14-10092).

4/15/2014 1:53 PM
Subject:  Taft Substation Deputies seize 7.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine and make 3 arrests
Details:  On 04/14/14 at 12:58 am deputies patrolling in the area of 4th and Ash Streets in the Ford City area of Taft noticed a vehicle with a loud exhaust traveling at a high rate of speed. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who was identified as 29 year old VICTOR ALSEPT of Taft. Deputies also contacted two passengers identified as 32 year old MICHAEL MARTIN of Taft and 37 year old AMY SWARTZ of Taft. During the traffic stop the driver exited the vehicle which began to roll towards the deputies patrol vehicle. After ALSEPT gained control of his vehicle, deputies noticed ALSEPT was displaying signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. As deputies asked the passengers to exit the vehicle they noticed a glass smoking pipe and approximately 7.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine. All three suspects were taken into custody. After further investigation, ALSEPT was charged with possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possessing controlled substance paraphernalia, having modified exhaust, and displaying expired registration. MARTIN was charged with possessing a controlled substance and possessing controlled substance paraphernalia. SWARTZ was charged with being under the influence of controlled substance and was released on her written promise to appear. ALSEPT and MARTIN are currently in custody at the Central Receiving Facility and are scheduled for arraignment 4/16/2014 at the Lamont Branch of the Kern County Superior Court.

4/12/2014 2:39 AM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit Deputies seize over a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine and make three arrests.
Details:  Details: On April 11, 2014 at approximately 10:30 p.m., deputies from the Sheriff's Office Gang Suppression Section went to a residence at 929 Richmond St in Bakersfield to conduct a search of 28 year old Gabriel Cruz per the terms of his probation on the Electronic Monitoring Program. At the residence, deputies also contacted 25 year old Tranquilino Lopez, who is also on the Electronic Monitoring Program and 23 year old David De La Garza. During a search of the residence, deputies located over a quarter of a pound of methamphetamine, several thousand dollars in U.S. currency, surveillance equipment and indicia indicative of the sale of controlled substances. A search of De La Garza found he was in possession of methamphetamine and narcotics paraphernalia. Cruz was arrested on charges of possession of narcotics for the purpose of sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and violating the terms of the Electronic Monitoring Program. De La Garza was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. Lopez was arrested for violating the terms of the Electronic Monitoring Program. All subjects were booked into the Central Receiving Facility.

4/11/2014 3:16 PM
Subject:  Officer Involved Shooting Review
Details:  On Friday April 11th, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Incident Review Board convened to consider the use of force by Deputy Aaron Warmerdam and Deputy Jeffrey Kelley in relation to an officer involved shooting which occurred on March 26th in Oildale. The Incident Review Board consisted of Chief Deputy Francis Moore, Chief Deputy Kevin Zimmermann, Chief Deputy Brian Wheeler and Chief Deputy Shelly Castaneda. After a review of all the facts in this case, the Incident Review Board determined that the use of force by Deputy Warmerdam and Deputy Kelley was within Sheriff’s Office policy.

4/11/2014 1:54 PM
Subject:  Narcotics Search Warrant in Wasco results in the Arrest of Two
Details:  On the morning of April 11, 2014, officers from the California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET) executed a search warrant in the 500 block of D Street in the City of Wasco. The warrant was the result of a short term investigation related to sales of methamphetamine. Upon searching the residence officers located suspected methamphetamine, items indicative of narcotics sales, and narcotics paraphernalia. Two subjects were arrested as a result of the investigation. Miguel Tapia, a 46 year old Wasco resident was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and maintaining a residence for narcotics sales. Rene Olivo, a 49 year old Wasco resident was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Both subjects were booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility.

4/11/2014 10:48 AM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies Serving Barbecue Hamburger Lunch at St. Vincent de Paul
Details:  Deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff’s Activities League will be barbecuing and serving a hamburger lunch today, April 11th, starting at noon at St. Vincent de Paul 300 Baker St. in Bakersfield. The lunch is free of charge and open to the public.

4/10/2014 8:01 PM
Subject:  Search Warrant Results in Heroin for Sales Arrest
Details:  On April 10, 2014, detectives from the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team (KNET), California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET), and Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit (MVU) served a narcotics search warrant at a home located in the 1100 block of E. 10th Street in Bakersfield. During the search of the house and resident, detectives located approximately 40 grams of suspected heroin, evidence indicating heroin was being sold from the house, and a stun gun. Detectives arrested Vernon Taylor (58 years old) for sales of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a residence for the purpose of narcotics sales, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and felon in possession of a stun gun. Taylor was booked into the Central Receiving Facility (SR14-09585).

4/9/2014 5:35 PM
Subject:  Methamphetamine Located During Service of Search Warrant at Residence with Day Care in Wasco
Details:  On April 9, 2014 at approximately 0630 hours, Officers from the California Multijurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (CAL-MMET), with assistance from the Southern Tri County HIDTA Task Force and the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant in the 400 block of F Street in the City of Wasco. The search warrant concluded a narcotic investigation that was instigated after public complaints regarding the sales of narcotics coming from the residence. During the search, officers located just under a half of a pound of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated street value of just over $20,000. Officers had determined that there was a day care being ran out of the home and served the warrant prior to any children arriving. Officers have notified state licensing agents of their findings. Arrested at the scene was 24 year old Wasco resident Angel Soto. Soto was booked into the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Jail for various narcotics related charges, destruction of evidence and participation in a criminal street gang.

4/9/2014 2:33 PM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Office Buttonwillow Substation Grand Re-Opening
Details:  On April 11th, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office will host a grand re-opening open house at the Buttonwillow Substation, 181 E. First St. in Buttonwillow, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The 1950’s era substation county building was recently refurbished by the Kern County General Services Department at the recommendation of the Kern County Grand Jury. General Services was able to remodel the interior of the building while maintaining the building’s historical exterior appearance. Sheriff’s Office personnel will be on hand to meet the public and give tours of the building. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office Citizen Service Unit will be providing free Child ID cards and the Crime Prevention Unit will host a booth to provide prevention materials and speak to members of the community. There will also be free food and refreshments. The public and media are encouraged to attend. If you would like additional information, please contact Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-391-7605 or by email at pruittr@kernsheriff.com

4/9/2014 10:08 AM
Subject:  Search Warrant Leads to Gang Related Arrest and Seizure of Four Firearms
Details:  On April 8th, 2014, Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team (KNET) detectives, with the assistance from the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-MMET), executed a search warrant in the 1500 block of Almond Tree Way in Delano, California. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located evidence of marijuana sales, a large amount of U.S. currency, and four firearms. JOSE ESPINOZA (32 years old), was arrested for participation in a criminal street gang, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possessing ammunition by persons prohibited from owning or possessing. ESPINOZA was booked into the Central Receiving Facility on the above listed charges (SR14-09337).