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> Misc > News Releases

7/27/2015 1:37 PM
Subject:  Spousal Battery Arrests
Details:  On July 26th, 2015 at about 10:18 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call of a woman screaming she was being assaulted at a home in the 2700 block of Loma Alta in east Bakersfield. When deputies arrived they contacted 50 year old Kurt Rivera and 36 year old Mindy Morrow inside the residence. Deputies were able to determine that Rivera and Morrow resided together at the home and were involved in a domestic disturbance. Based on information and evidence deputies were able to determine both Rivera and Morrow had physically assaulted each other. Morrow also reported that Rivera had damaged the alarm keypad to prevent her from calling law enforcement and refused to allow her to leave the home. As a result of their investigation deputies arrested Rivera for spousal battery, damaging a communication device to prevent a person from calling law enforcement for assistance, and false imprisonment. Morrow was arrested for spousal battery. Rivera and Morrow both sustained minor injuries and were booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility.

7/27/2015 10:14 AM
Subject:  Test
Details:  This is a test of the news release system.

7/27/2015 8:45 AM
Subject:  Assault Investigation
Details:  On July 26th, 2015 at about 11:22 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home in the 13000 block of Castlemaine Ave. in west Bakersfield for a report of a stabbing. When deputies arrived on scene they found two victims, an adult female and adult male, suffering from stab wounds. Both victims sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment. The victims were able to identify the person responsible for stabbing them. Deputies later located the suspect, an adult male, in the area where they found him incoherent and suffering from a stab wound to his torso. He was also transported to KMC for treatment. During the investigation deputies determined the incident possibly started as a domestic dispute between the suspect and the two victims. The suspect was acquainted with the two victims and may have previously been involved in a relationship with the daughter of one of the victims. The investigation is ongoing.

7/23/2015 8:47 PM
Subject:  Wasco deputies rescue toddler from a locked vehicle. Mother arrested for felony child endangerment.
Details:  On July 23, 2015, at approximately 2:18pm, deputies from the Wasco substation were dispatched to the Kmart located at 2785 Highway 46 for an unattended two year old child in a locked vehicle in the parking lot. Deputies responded to the area and found the child crying and sweating inside of the locked vehicle. Deputies were able to remove the child from the vehicle. The male child was immediately provided medical treatment due to spending approximately a half an hour in the locked vehicle. The mother of the child, Paula Curiel (33), was located nearby a short time later and was subsequently arrested for felony child endangerment. Curiel was booked into jail and is being held on $20,000 bail. The child was taken into protective custody.

7/20/2015 3:49 PM
Subject:  Taft Deputies arrest 28 year old Taft man on multiple drug and gun charges
Details:  On Friday, July 17, 2015 at approximately 2:00 pm, Taft Substation deputies conducted a probation search at 406 Hillard Street, in the City of Taft. Taft Police Department Officers assisted deputies with the search. Once deputies entered the house, they located 29-year old CECILIA PETERS of Ford City in the living room. PETERS was arrested for an active arrest warrant. Deputies continued to search the house and located Taft residents 34-year old IOELA LAULUSA and 28-year old JOE BRIAN BARRAZA in a bedroom. LAULUSA had recently been featured in Taft’s Most Wanted. LAULUSA was arrested on his active arrest warrants and for violating a court order. During a search of the residence, deputies located and recovered a stolen 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun, a .22 caliber revolver pistol, approximately 100 live rounds of ammunition, approximately 3 ounces (87 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine (with an estimated street value of $900), over $6,000 in cash, evidence of drug sales, one Hydrocodone (prescription drug) pill, 3 Clonazepam (prescription drug) pills, and glass methamphetamine smoking pipes. PETERS was issued a citation for her warrant and was released on her signed promise to appear. LAULUSA and BARRAZA were transported to Taft City Jail where they were booked for the following charges: LAULUSA was booked for his outstanding warrants and for violation of a court order. BARRAZA was booked for possession of controlled substance for sale, possess controlled substance, possession of a stolen firearm, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, 99 counts of being a felon in possession of ammunition, and 5 counts of possessing unlawful paraphernalia. Any media outlet wanting a photograph of the evidence seized can send an inquiry to Sergeant Marc Haiungs at

7/20/2015 3:16 PM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Office Warns Residents of Possible Phone Scam
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office would like to warn Kern County residents of a possible phone scam. Recently, several county residents have reported receiving telephone calls from callers identifying themselves as employees of Kern County. The callers are offering homeowners energy efficiency inspections of their homes. On one occasion, the caller asked a homeowner if they could come out to the persons home to provide information on how their electricity bill can be reduced. The calls appear on caller ID as if they originate from a Kern County phone line, 661-836-8312, however Kern County does not have any such phone line. One of the calls received was a robocall from a business which identified itself as Sustainable Energy. A separate call originated from a person who called a county resident offering an energy inspection. Both calls came in from the same phone number. The Sheriff’s Office would like to remind county residents to be guarded when receiving calls from unknown callers. Never provide an unknown caller personal information over the phone, and never allow a person you don’t know into your home. Report any suspicious calls or incidents you believe may involve fraudulent activity. To report suspicious or possibly fraudulent activity call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110.

7/19/2015 12:35 AM
Subject:  Shooting in Lamont
Details:  Details: On July 18, 2015 at approximately 9:15pm, deputies from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office were called to 10026 San Fernando Street in Lamont, CA. to investigate a shooting. Deputies arrived and found Ricardo Martin Bernal, age 33, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper right leg. Bernal told deputies he was standing in the front yard of the residence at 10026 San Fernando Street when he was shot with an unknown caliber handgun by an unknown Hispanic male. Bernal described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 17 to 20 years of age, approximately 5’7”, and wearing a beige shirt and blue jeans. The suspect fled with two other Hispanic male subjects in a brown older model Toyota Camry. The suspect was not located. Bernal was taken to Kern Medical Center where he was treated for what appeared to be a non-life threatening wound. 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.