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> Misc > News Releases

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

7/19/2014 2:22 AM
Subject:  Two victims shot in East Bakersfield suspests arrested
Details:  Details: On 7/18/14 at 7:40 pm deputies were dispatched to 3200 block Kentucky St. for the victim of a shooting. Deputies arrived and located two gunshot victims. The victims are a 27 year old male and a 13 year old female. Both victims were transported to KMC. The juvenile was transferred to Valley Children’s Hospital with a head wound. The incident started when two subjects were fighting in street. The female juvenile and her father, Edgardo Acosta and stepmother, Lissette Navarro went to break up the fight. Acosta fired a shot from a handgun striking his daughter and the 27 year old male. Navarro assaulted the male victim with a baseball bat. Following their investigation deputies arrested, Edgardo Acosta 10/29/77, Lissette Navarro 1/29/79, and Jose Licea 9/21/94. All suspects were booked into the Kern County Jail. Acosta was booked for attempted murder, child endangerment, and negligent discharge of a firearm, Navarro was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment, Licea was booked for battery.

7/18/2014 4:44 PM
Subject:  Shafter resident arrested for stealing farm equipment
Details:  Details: Due to the increase of farm equipment being stolen in the rural areas of Kern County, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit placed farm equipment in the Shafter, CA area. The farm equipment was under electronic surveillance. On July 17, 2014, Rural Crime Detectives received an alarm indicating the farm equipment had been moved. The detectives tracked the farm equipment to 30346 Riverside Street Shafter, CA. During a search of the residence, Detectives found the stolen farm equipment. Detectives also recovered a stolen Honda Rubicon ATV that was reported stolen to the California Highway Patrol in 2007. JUAN GARIBAY (33) from Shafter, California was arrested for PC 496(a), possession of stolen property and PC 496d(a), possession of stolen vehicle. JUAN GARIBAY was booked into the Central Receiving Facility. Anyone with information on this investigation, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365.

7/18/2014 11:06 AM
Subject:  Deputies arrest 32 year old Taft man for drive by shooting with a paintball gun
Details:  July 14, 2014 at approximately 11:08 am deputies from the Taft Substation were dispatched to investigate an assault with a deadly weapon incident that occurred at the intersection of Highway 33 and Highway 166 in the city of Maricopa. While en route to the scene deputies learned a 42 year old Maricopa man was shot in the face several times by a paintball gun. Upon their arrival, deputies conducted an investigation and learned that that 32 year old Taft Heights resident MARIO GURROLA was driving past the victim’s vehicle when GURROLA shot the victim several times in the face with the paintball gun. The victim’s wife and their two year old daughter were in the car with the victim at the time of the shooting. After the shooting, the victim followed GURROLA to the Jolly Kone drive-in parking lot in Maricopa. The victim stood in front of GURROLA’s vehicle to try and prevent GURROLA from leaving before law enforcement arrived. GURROLA drove forward, striking the victim in the legs. GURROLA then fled the Scene. The victim was transported by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital where he was treated for minor to moderate injuries to his legs. On July 15, 2014 deputies located and arrested GURROLA. He was transported and booked into the Taft City Jail for assault with deadly weapon; felony child endangerment; and for making criminal threats. GURROLA is scheduled to be arraigned at the Lamont Court today, Friday July 18, 2014.

7/18/2014 2:11 AM
Subject:  Man arrested for stabbing in Mettler
Details:  Details: On 7/17/14 just before 9:00 pm deputies from the Lamont Substation were dispatched to 7101 Lupine St. in Mettler for the victim of a stabbing. Deputies located a 32 year old female suffering from a stab wound to her leg. The victim was transported to local hospital for treatment. The suspect Augustine Parra 10/20/81 was located and arrested. He was booked into the Kern County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon and spousal abuse. SR14-18934

7/18/2014 2:01 AM
Subject:  Attempted Murder arrest in Wasco
Details:  Details: On 7/18/14 just after midnight, deputies from the Wasco Substation were dispatched to the 1000 block of D St. in Wasco, for the victim of a stabbing. Deputies located a 26 year old male suffering from several stab wounds to his body and neck. The victim was transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment. The suspect fled, but was identified as Marc Gonzalez 3/5/91. Deputies later located and arrested Gonzalez. He will be booked into the Kern County Jail for attempted murder. SR14-18952

7/17/2014 9:02 PM
Subject:  Death Investigation
Details:  Details: On July 17, 2014, at around 5:00 P.M., a 28 year old Bakersfield woman was found unresponsive in her cell at the Central Receiving Facility. Kern County Sheriff’s jail personnel and medical staff performed CPR on the female inmate until fire personnel and paramedics arrived. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Kern County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives were called to the scene and conducted an investigation. There was no obvious trauma or injuries to the victim. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

7/17/2014 7:35 AM
Subject:  Taft deputies arrest 3 men for drug charges and arrest warrants
Details:  On 7/13/2014 at approximately 3:18 pm, deputies responded to report of suspicious persons in the 300-block of General Petroleum Avenue. The reporting parting advised that three (3) subjects with backpacks were attempting to gain entry into vehicles in the area. Deputies located three males matching the description provided by the reporting party. The subjects were later identified as later identified as 29 year old DALE KNIGHT of Maricopa, 45 year old JOHNNY STRACENER of South Taft, and 25 year old MICHAEL WELLS of Taft. Deputies searched KNIGHT and located narcotics paraphernalia. A records check revealed that STRACENER and WELLS had outstanding warrants for their arrest. All three subjects were taken into custody. STRACENER was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. KNIGHT was transported and booked into the Taft Jail on charges possession of drug paraphernalia. STRACENER was transported and booked into the Taft Jail for possession of a controlled substance and for his outstanding arrest warrants. STRACENER was also recently featured as one of “Taft’s Most Wanted.” WELLS was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for his outstanding arrest warrant. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office wants to express its gratitude to the "anonymous" person who reported these suspicious subjects. We would like to remind residents if they see anything suspicious or suspect a crime is being committed, please call 9-1-1 for emergencies or Sheriff’s Dispatch for non-emergencies at (800)861-3110. You can remain anonymous and help keep criminals off our streets.

7/16/2014 6:42 PM
Subject:  Victim of a stabbing in South Bakersfield
Details:  On 7/16/14 at 6:40 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call for a victim of a stabbing in the 2300 block of Rodney St. Deputies located an adult male suffering from stab wounds to his body. He was transported to Kern Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was located and arrested at the scene. She is identified as Marisol Gonzalez, age 18. Gonzalez was booked into the Central Receiving Facility for assault with a deadly weapon and spousal abuse.

7/16/2014 1:03 PM
Subject:  Methamphetamine and Marijuana Located During Service of Search Warrant in Southeast Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On July 16, 2014 at approximately 0730 hours, Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Officers served a search warrant in the 100 Block of Kincaid Street in Bakersfield, CA. As officers conducted the search of the residence they located just under two ounces of suspected methamphetamine, evidence of sales of a controlled substance and twenty one marijuana plants. Thirty year old Bakersfield resident Monica Valente was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales, and maintaining a house for drug sales, cultivation of marijuana, and an outstanding felony warrant. Valente was transported to the Sheriff's Central Receiving Facility Jail where she was booked for the above described charges.

7/16/2014 12:09 PM
Subject:  Missing Juveniles Located
Details:  Details: On July 16, 2014, deputies from the Wasco Substation located Haedon Kaufman and his sister, Rheagan Kaufman. Both juveniles had been reported missing since July 3, 2014. Both juveniles were placed into protective custody pending further investigation by the Kern County Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services. The investigation is ongoing. ORIGINAL NEWS RELEASE Runaway Juveniles The Kern County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public’s assistance in locating Haedon Kaufman and his sister, Rheagan Kaufman. They were both last seen at their residence in the 1500 block of 4th Street in Wasco on July 3rd, 2014 at about 10:00 pm. Deputies were able to determine that they both ran away from home either late that night or early the next morning. They may be staying with friends or family members. If anyone has information on their whereabouts they are asked to call Sr. Deputy Bob Venable at 661-758-7266, 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.

7/15/2014 4:11 PM
Subject:  Correction
Details:  The previous news release regarding the attempt murder arrest in Rosamond identified the home that was shot into as being in the 3500 block of Glenwood. The correct location of the home is the 3500 block of Tanglewood Ave.

7/15/2014 3:39 PM
Subject:  Attempt Murder Arrest
Details:  On July 14th, 2014 at about 5:00 pm, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disturbance between neighbors in the 3500 block of Glenridge Ave. in Rosamond. Upon arrival deputies spoke to one of the parties involved, 59 year old Eric Kilijanski, who lives in a home in the 3500 block of Glenridge Ave. Deputies were able to determine that Kilijanski and a neighbor who lives behind him, in the 3500 block of Glenwood, had been in an argument regarding a barking dog. After speaking to Kilijanski and the neighbor, 33 year old Christopher Coupland, deputies were unable to determine if any criminal activity had taken place. Deputies did determine Kilijanski appeared intoxicated, however there was no basis to arrest him at that time. About 15 minutes later deputies were dispatched back to Kilijanski’s residence for a call regarding spousal abuse and possible shots fired. While deputies were en route they were flagged down by Kilijanski’s wife, whom they had just spoken to regarding the barking dog. She told deputies Kilijanski was in his yard firing a handgun. Deputies then responded to the home and on arrival heard several shots being fired in the backyard area of Kilianski’s house. Deputies approached and confronted Kilijanski as he exited the home. Deputies observed Kilijanski holding an item in his hand and ordered him to drop it, which he did. Deputies then observed the item he had been holding was an empty handgun holster. Deputies took Kilijanski into custody without further incident. Deputies then spoke to Kilijanski’s wife and his adult daughter, who had also been present at the home with her two children ages 10 and 14. Kilijanski’s wife and daughter reported that after deputies had left the home after responding for the disturbance, Kilijanski assaulted both of them. Kilijanski’s daughter then called 911 to report the assault, and Kilijanski threatened her. Kilijanski then walked to the attic area of the home and began entering the attic, where he kept his handgun. Kilijanski’s daughter then fled the home with her two children and entered her vehicle to the front of the home. She began driving away and as she did observed Kilijanski standing in front of the house firing the handgun at her car as she fled with her children. Kilijanski’s wife was able to enter her vehicle and also fled the area. As she drove away she heard shots and believed Kilijanski was also firing his handgun at her. Shortly thereafter she flagged down deputies to report Kilijanski was at the house firing his gun. Deputies re-contacted Coupland during the investigation. He reported that Kilijanski fired numerous rounds into the back area of his house prior to deputies detaining him. Deputies were able to locate nine bullet holes in Coupland’s home. At the time Coupland was in the home with six children under the age of 7 years old. Deputies obtained a search warrant for Kilijanski’s home and seized a loaded .357 handgun. Deputies also located 16 spent shell casings, six in the back yard, three in the front yard, and seven inside the home. Kilijanski was arrested for five counts of attempted murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, terrorist threats, spousal battery, and eight counts of child endangerment. He was booked into the Kern County Jail. His bail has been set at $3,542,500.