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> Misc > News Releases

3/5/2015 10:46 AM
Subject:  Taft couple arrested for possession of a homemade pipe bomb, a granade, and illicit narcotics
Details:  On February 21, 2015 at about 8:05 a.m., a Taft deputy stopped and contacted a male and female walking eastbound on Grevillea Street. The male subject was carrying two rifles. The male subject was identified as 33-year old Ford City Resident BARRY MONTGOMERY. The female subject was identified as 21 year old Bakersfield resident SHANEA HARRISON. MONTGOMERY was also in possession of two machetes. While searching HARRISON, deputies seized a homemade pipe bomb and cigarette lighter from her pants pocket. Deputies also seized 20 codeine pills and two hypodermic syringes from inside her backpack. The Kern County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad was called out and rendered the homemade explosive device safe. Deputies went to MONTGOMERY’S residence at 613 Buchanan Street to search for other narcotics and destructive devices. While searching the residence deputies located a grenade, approximately .3 grams of methamphetamine, and a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Deputies secured and evacuated the area. The Kern County Bomb Squad responded to the residence and rendered the grenade safe. MONTGOMERY and HARRISON were arrested and transported to the Taft City Jail where they were booked for possession of an explosive device on a public street, possession of an explosive device in a residence; possession of a methamphetamine; possession of an opiate (codeine); and for possession of narcotics paraphernalia.

3/5/2015 7:50 AM
Subject:  Taft Substation deputy arrests Ford City man for grand theft and methamphetamine sales
Details:  On January 17, 2015 deputies from the Taft Substation responded to a report of the theft of fencing in the 1000-block of North Lincoln Street. Deputies learned that eleven pre-fabricated fence panels valued at $2,000 were stolen from the residence. During the course of their investigation deputies were able to locate the stolen fencing at a residence belonging to 34-year old Ford City resident BOBBY SHERRELL JUNIOR. Deputies developed probable cause to arrest SHERRELL for grand theft and possession of stolen property. On February 25, 2015 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Taft Substation patrol deputy saw a subject pushing a motorcycle across Cedar Street into the alley of Tyler St. The deputy followed the subject and heard the motorcycle engine start and the subject ride the motorcycle through the alley. In the area of Date and Tyler Streets, the motorcycle approached the deputy without an operational headlight. The deputy conducted an enforcement stop on the motorcycle. The rider of the motorcycle was identified as SHERRELL. The deputy arrested SHERRELL for the grand theft and possession of stolen property case. During a search of SHERRELL's person, deputies located approximately 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana, 11 hypodermic syringes, and evidence of drug sales (digital scales and clear plastic baggies). SHERRELL was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale, transportation of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and for possession of illicit drug paraphernalia. SHERRELL was also booked for grand theft and possession of stolen property relating to the January theft case.

3/3/2015 1:17 PM
Subject:  SWAT Callout
Details:  KCSO deputies on scene of SWAT call out in the area of Interstate 5 and Valpredo. Media can stage on the west side of Interstate 5 on Valpredo. PIO Ray Pruit is on scene.

2/27/2015 10:27 AM
Subject:  Death Investigation
Details:  On February 26th, 2015 at about 6:15 pm a Kern County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle at Bear Valley Rd. and Roost Ave., west of Golden Hills, for a traffic violation. As a result of the traffic stop the driver of the vehicle, 44 year old Donald Levingston, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. While Levingston was being transported to the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility (CRF) in Bakersfield he began acting erratically in the back seat of the patrol vehicle. Due to Levingston’s erratic behavior the deputy stopped in Keene and requested medical aid respond. Hall Ambulance responded and examined Levingston. He was medically cleared and transported to the CRF. While being booked at the CRF jail staff requested Levingston be transported to Kern Medical Center due to a medical condition. The deputy transported Levingston to KMC and admitted him for treatment. After Levingston began receiving treatment the deputy cited and released him from custody. A short time later Levingston was pronounced dead from an unknown medical complication. Detectives responded and have initiated an investigation into Levingston’s death. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

2/26/2015 4:12 PM
Subject:  Death Investigation
Details:  Details:On February 26th, 2015 at about 5:46 am Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were advised that a 3 week old infant was unresponsive at a home in the 300 block of Cotton Avenue, located in Buttonwillow. The Kern County Fire Department, who was on scene, performed CPR on the infant until medical aid arrived. The infant was transported to Mercy Southwest Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. A postmortem examination will be conducted next week.

2/25/2015 11:42 PM
Subject:  Stabbing arrest South Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On 2/25/15 at 8:44PM, deputies were sent to the Union Villa at 1102 S Union Ave for the report of a stabbing. Deputies located an adult male suffering from several stab wounds to his abdomen. The victim, a 60 year old male was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Deputies were able to locate the suspect, James Cobbs 60 years. Cobbs was arrested without incident and will be booked into the Kern County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon.

2/25/2015 4:28 PM
Subject:  Suspect arrested for possession of stolen property
Details:  Details: In January 2015, a local oilfield company reported the theft of a work truck. The truck was located several days later abandoned inside of an orchard. The truck was missing numerous power tools. During the investigation, Rural Crime Investigation Unit detectives received information that 27 year old Marcus Unsell from Bakersfield, CA was attempting to sell the stolen power tools. Deputies responded to Unsell’s residence in the 600 block of Arvin Street and located some of the stolen property. Unsell was arrested for possession of more than $950.00 worth of stolen property and booked into CRF.