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> Misc > News Releases

10/24/2014 5:07 PM
Subject:  Airplane Crash South of Ridgecrest
Details:  Details: On 10-24-14, at about 10:13 a.m., deputies from the Ridgecrest Substation responded to a report of a single engine airplane crash. Deputies located the crash site in a remote mountainous area near Redrock Randsburg Rd. and Garlock Rd. After the crash site was located it was determined the two male occupants were deceased. Deputies secured the scene pending the arrival of investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board. The FAA and NTSB will be assuming the investigation of the crash.

10/23/2014 11:34 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Deputies arrest two suspects for intimidating witnesses and locate a stolen firearm
Details:  Details: On October 23, 2014 at approximately 5:15 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression Section executed a search warrant and arrest warrant at 8000 Harold St. in the township of Weedpatch. The investigation stems from an assault that occurred in April where four suspects were arrested and booked on several assault charges including participation in a criminal street gang. The victim in this investigation was confronted by two separate individuals who threatened him with violence if he assisted in the prosecution of the four suspects. At the residence, deputies located and arrested the suspect, 23 year old Jose Tello of Weedpatch. During a search of the residence, deputies located a stolen 45 caliber handgun which had the serial number removed, body armor and several ounces of marijuana. Deputies then located and arrested the second suspect, 26 year old Jesus Bustamante in the area of Weedpatch Highway and Maxey Dr. Both Tello and Bustamante were arrested on charges which included witness intimidation and participation in a criminal street gang. Tello had the additional charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of body armor, firearm accessible to a child and possession of stolen property. Both subjects are currently being held on $160,000.00 bail.

10/22/2014 5:07 PM
Subject:  Sheriff's detectives investigate a sexual assault that occurred in Oildale.
Details:  Details: A 50 year- old Oildale woman was sexually assaulted after an unknown assailant forced entry to her residence in the 200 block of Decatur Ave. Metro patrol deputies responded to the incident at about 1:25 P.M. on Wednesday, October 22 after the victim called 911 and reported the assault. The victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for non life threatening injuries. The victim said the suspect,who is described as a white male in his 20s, clean shaven, about 6 feet tall and 180 lbs, with brown hair and wearing a light colored shirt, blue jeans, and white sneakers, forced entry through a window of her residence, brandished a knife, and sexually assaulted her when she confronted him. The suspect produced a bottle containing an unknown type liquid and sprayed it on the victim after the assault. Detectives from the Sheriff's Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations Unit responded and conducted an investigation that 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.

10/22/2014 4:48 PM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Office Participates in National Family Violence Apprehension Detail
Details:  On October 22nd, 2014, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 12th annual National Family Violence Apprehension Detail Day. This annual nationwide event encourages law enforcement agencies from throughout the United States to spend one day every October enforcing outstanding domestic violence related warrants. The event is sponsored by the Clackamus County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon. During today’s operation, 36 deputies served domestic violence warrants in six Kern County communities, including the metro Bakersfield area, Kern Valley, Ridgecrest, Taft, Lamont, and Wasco. As a result of the operation, the following suspects were arrested for their listed charges: Jake Conredsen, 20 years, misdemeanor domestic violence warrant Rebecca Starr, 45 years, misdemeanor post release supervision warrant Ruth Kendrick, 59 years, 4 misdemeanor warrants Marissa Tibbles, 26 years, 1 misdemeanor and 1felony domestic violence warrant Malynda McNease, 45 years, misdemeanor warrant for possession of paraphernalia Marsha Highfill, 22 years, misdemeanor health and safety code warrant David Navarro, 28 years, felony domestic violence warrant Suzanne Jacobs, 58 years, misdemeanor domestic violence warrant Kristopher Lawson, 29 years, possession of paraphernalia Gaspar Valencia, 23 years, misdemeanor domestic violence warrant Alfonso Alvarez, 21 years, felony domestic violence warrant Joe Martin, 36 years, misdemeanor domestic violence warrant Felipa Garcia Velasco, 24 years, child endangerment Mario Garcia, 21 years, misdemeanor domestic violence warrant Janna Bratton, 33 years, felony domestic violence warrant In addition, one firearm was seized and four children were taken into protective custody. By participating in this annual event, the Sheriff’s Office hopes to send a message to our community that domestic violence cases are taken very seriously, and we will work diligently to ensure suspects in these cases are held accountable for their charges.

10/20/2014 10:53 AM
Subject:  Burglary investigation in Boron results in 9 arrests.
Details:  Details: In August of this year, deputies from the Boron substation investigated a residential burglary that occurred in the 26000 block of Ferguson St. in Boron. Items taken from the victims home included furniture, food and other personal items. Based on evidence gathered at the scene, deputies were able to positively identify 4 suspects involved in the burglary. Soon after the investigation began the victim in the case, also became the victim of identity theft. The identity theft was later linked to the burglary as personal information of the victim had also been taken from the home. Using the victim’s identity, suspects opened credit card accounts, public utility services and cell phones in the victim’s name. The identity theft portion of the investigation identified 4 additional suspects that were involved in the case for a total of 8 suspects. On Friday October 17, 2014, deputies from the Mojave and Boron substations executed search warrants at 4 homes in the Boron area. Two homes were located in the 26800 block of Jessie St., one home in the 27300 block of Anderson St., and one home in the 11900 block of Boron Ave. Deputies also served arrest warrants on 7 of the 8 suspects involved in the case. One suspect was not located and remains outstanding with a warrant for their arrest. Those arrested are: 25 year old Leanna Rodden for Burglary and Conspiracy, 26 year old Anthony Vargas for Burglary and Conspiracy, 34 year old Jolene Perez for Identity Theft and Conspiracy, 49 year old Edie Rodriguez for Identity Theft and Conspiracy, 45 year old Alberto Contreras for Identity Theft and Conspiracy, 18 year old Emily Contreras for Identity Theft and Conspiracy, 30 year old Charles Rogers for Burglary and Conspiracy. 43 year old Tommy Perez and 43 year old Robert Perez (twin brothers) were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Tommy and Robert Perez were not part of the investigation but were present during the execution of the search warrants at one of the homes. All suspects were booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility.

10/18/2014 9:46 PM
Subject:  Kern Valley Search and Rescue assist injured bicyclist on mountain trail.
Details:  Details: On 10-18-2014, at about 3:00pm, volunteers from the Kern Valley Search and Rescue team were training on Cannell Trail near Kernville, when they came upon an injured bicyclist. The bicyclist, Michael Gruszczynski, 56, had crashed while riding down the trail on his mountain bike. Gruszczynski said he had broken his collarbone and was having difficulty walking on his own. Additional search and rescue volunteers from the Kern Valley team responded to assist Gruszczynski. Team members carried Gruszczynski down the trail on a litter to a point where he could be loaded into a vehicle and driven back to his camp for medical treatment.

10/18/2014 2:44 PM
Subject:  KCSO Gang Unit seizes 3 firearms, methamphetamine and an indoor marijuana garden
Details:  Details: On October 16, 2014 at approximately 10:00 p.m., deputies from the Kern County Sheriff's Gang Suppression Section Street Enforcement Unit, conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Niles St and West Dr on a vehicle being driven by 20 year old Isaac Ortiz of Bakersfield. Ortiz was found to be driving while personally armed with a firearm, a 9mm semi-automatic handgun. Deputies then executed a search warrant at Ortiz' home at 1612 Lake St. During a search of the residence deputies located a loaded 38 special revolver with a laser sight which had been reported stolen, a loaded .357 caliber revolver, over 40 grams of methamphetamine and an indoor marijuana garden. Ortiz was arrested on multiple weapon and narcotic related charges including possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sale and the sale of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school. Ortiz was booked into the Central Receiving Facility.

10/16/2014 7:51 PM
Subject:  Narcotics Investigation in Lamont Results in Marijuana for Sales Arrest
Details:  On October 15, 2014, detectives from the Kern Narcotics Enforcement Team (KNET) went to a residence in the 10900 block of Santa Clara Street in Lamont regarding possible narcotics activity. During the investigation, KNET detectives discovered evidence of illegal marijuana cultivation and obtained a search warrant for the home. As a result of the investigation, detectives located approximately 15 pounds of processed marijuana packaged for sale, marijuana plants, scale, shotgun, numerous marijuana seeds, and over $80,000 dollars in U.S. currency. Antonio Cruz (39) was arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale (SR14-27496).

10/16/2014 4:44 PM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested for Exposing Himself to Motorists on Hwy. 58 in North Edwards
Details:  Over the last several months, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Mojave/Boron Substation have responded to 11 separate calls for service regarding a male suspect exposing himself and committing lewd acts in view of motorists traveling on Hwy. 58 near the town of North Edwards. In each instance, the suspect was able to flee the area prior to the arrival of deputies, and deputies had been unable to identify the suspect. On October 15th, 2014 at about 2:40 pm, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a motorist reporting the suspect standing near a white SUV near the area of Claymine Rd. and Hwy. 58. The suspect was nude and committing lewd acts in view of motorists. Deputies were able to respond to the area within several minutes and determined the suspect had left the area. A short time later a California Highway Patrol officer assisting with the search of the area located a white SUV matching the suspect vehicle description. The vehicle was parked at a nearby mobile home park and deputies contacted the resident of the mobile home the vehicle was parked at. Deputies identified the resident as 26 year old Kirk Antosh and were able to determine that Antosh was the suspect involved in the case reported on October 15th, as well as the same suspect involved in the 11 previous calls. Antosh was arrested and booked into the Kern County Jail Central Receiving Facility for indecent exposure. Antosh also had an outstanding warrant out of Los Angeles County for a similar case.

10/16/2014 8:49 AM
Subject:  KCSO Major Violator Unit seized ten pounds of methamphetamine and arrested two suspects.
Details:  Details: On Wednesday October 15, 2014 the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violator Unit concluded a month long investigation with the arrest of two Cathedral City residents; 34 year old Refugio Mercado and 28 year old Belen Tapia. The two were arrested in a south Bakersfield parking lot in possession of ten pounds of crystal methamphetamine. Detectives developed information they had driven to Bakersfield and were attempting to sell them to subjects in Kern County. Both were booked into the Kern County jail for possession of drugs for sales, transportation of drugs and conspiracy. Mercado was also in possession of a small amount of cocaine. The seized drugs have a potential street value of over $350,000.00. MVU was assisted by the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Gang Suppression-Investigations Section, and the Kern County HIDTA and Cal-MMET task forces.

10/16/2014 1:18 AM
Subject:  Arrest made and property located from eariler burglary in East Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On 10/15/14 at 10:14 PM deputies were dispatched to the 1800 block of Shirlee Ct for a suspicious circumstance. The victim from a burglary today reported her car alarm went off. The keys to the vehicle had been stolen during the burglary. Sheriff’s helicopter Air-1, located a vehicle similar to the vehicle seen during the burglary this morning. Deputies stopped the vehicle and located property taken during the earlier burglary including the handgun. Deputies also learned the vehicle had been reported stolen to the Sheriff’s Office at 6:10 AM. Deputies arrested Melanie Cazares 9/20/93 and a 16 year old juvenile. Cazares was booked in to the Downtown Jail. The juvenile was released to a guardian pending a criminal complaint.

10/14/2014 5:26 PM
Subject:  Officers Locate Heroin and U.S. Currency during Service of a Search Warrant in South Bakersfield
Details:  Details: Officers from the California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team, with the assistance from the Central Valley HIDTA and the Bakersfield Police K-9 Unit executed a search warrant in South Bakersfield this morning. The warrant was the result of a short term investigation into the sales of heroin in the Bakersfield area. The warrant was served at a residence in the 1800 block of Mallard Court in South Bakersfield. Upon searching the residence officers located just over a half of a pound of Heroin, items indicative of the sales of Heroin, and over $10,000.00 in U.S. Currency, believed to proceeds from the sale of the drug. Arrested at the scene was 27 year old Bakersfield resident Jesus Perez Garcia. Garcia was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Downtown Jail Facility on various charges related to the possession of and selling controlled substances. Garcia currently has a bail of $92,500.