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> Misc > News Releases

10/31/2014 1:30 PM
Subject:  Subject arrested for tractor theft
Details:  Details: On October 10, 2014 Detectives with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit located a stolen Caterpillar skid steer at a recycling center in Bakersfield. The detectives were conducting an investigation regarding the Caterpillar skid steer tractor and a Kubota farm tractor which were stolen from the northwest Bakersfield area. Detectives developed Probable Cause to believe RYAN TRIPP, (26) from Bakersfield, was responsible for stealing both tractors and selling the Caterpillar to the recycling center. An arrest warrant was issued for RYAN TRIPP. On October 28, 2014 Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Detectives located RYAN TRIPP at his residence and arrested him for the warrant. During the arrest, RYAN TRIPP was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Also located in RYAN TRIPP’s possession was a stolen Kawasaki Mule which was reported stolen by a local packing facility. The investigation regarding the Kawasaki Mule is still ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at (661)392-4365. RYAN TRIPP was arrested and booked into the Central Receiving Facility for the outstanding warrant, possession of illegal drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Kubota farm tractor is still outstanding. The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Unit is asking for anyone with information on the stolen Kubota farm tractor or if anyone purchased the Kubota tractor from RYAN TRIPP, to call Detective Corey Stacy at (661)392-6925.

10/31/2014 9:13 AM
Subject:  Search Warrants in East Bakersfield result in the arrest of two and the seizure of narcotics, stolen property, and firearms.
Details:  On 10/30/14 Deputies assigned to the California Multi-jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team (Cal-Mmet), with assistance of the Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), and Rural Crimes Unit concluded a narcotics investigation by serving a search warrant at two residences. The first residence was in the 600 block of Bohna Street, where JUAN ZAVALA was located with one half an ounce of suspected heroin, about seven pounds of processed marijuana, and over three thousand dollars in U.S. currency believed to be from the sales of illegal substances. ZAVALA was booked into Central Receiving Facility for violation of several Health and Safety Code Sections including Possession of a controlled substance, Possession of a controlled substance for sales, Possession of marijuana and Maintaining a residence for the purpose of sales. The second residence was in the 4300 block of Mesa Drive, where ALFREDO PEREZ was located with about 4 grams of suspected methamphetamine, about 2 grams of suspected cocaine, about 5 pounds of processed marijuana, 15 mature marijuana plants, one semi-automatic pistol, one SKS rifle, a stolen welder valued at approximately $5000.00, a stolen pressure washer, and about $3200.00 and U.S. currency believed to be from the sales of illegal substances. Deputies also located a butane honey oil lab in his garage, which was seized and processed by HIDTA. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Unit were able to locate the victims of the stolen property. PEREZ was booked into Central Receiving Facility for several violations of the California Health and Safety Code and California Penal Code including Possession of a controlled substance, Cultivation of marijuana, Possession for sales of marijuana, Manufacturing a controlled substance, Possession of stolen property, Being a felon in possession of firearms, and Child endangerment.

10/30/2014 8:12 PM
Subject:  Stabbing victim East Bakersfield
Details:  Details: On 10/30/14 at 5:42 PM deputies were sent to the 400 block of Layne St for the victim of a stabbing. Deputies located a 32 year old male suffering from a single stab wound to his chest. The subject was transported to Kern Medical Center in critical condition. The suspects had left the area prior to deputies arrival. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (661) 861-3110, Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040 or Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message. SR14-28939

10/30/2014 10:10 AM
Subject:  Shafter man arrested for child molestation.
Details:  Details: On 07/01/14 deputies from the Buttonwillow Substation began an investigation involving a Shafter man named Michael Dale Pierce (47 yrs.), molesting two female children. Upon completion of the investigation the case was forwarded to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. On 10/24/14 a warrant was issued for Pierce charging him with seven various counts of child molestation with a bail amount of $1,000,000. On 10/28/14 deputies located Pierce on Orange St. in Shafter. He was arrested on the warrant and booked at CRF.

10/29/2014 10:08 AM
Subject:  Explosive Device Investigation
Details:  On October 28th, 2014 at about 11:30 am Kern County Sheriff’s deputies from the Kern Valley Substation responded to a report of a possible explosive device in the area just south of the intersection of Kelso Valley Road and Kelso Creek Road. When deputies arrived they located the device and secured the area. The Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene and Bomb Squad technicians determined the device was explosive and possibly unstable. Bomb Squad technicians were able to render the device safe at the scene. Deputies from the Kern Valley Substation are investigating the incident to attempt to determine where the device came from and who placed it at the location it was found. There is no indication the device was placed in the area as part of a terrorist act. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this case they are asked to call 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.

10/29/2014 8:43 AM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Office Halloween Safety Tips
Details:  Halloween is a fun tradition, but often times the excitement of the evening can cause children and adults to forget about being safe. There is no real trick to making Halloween a treat for the whole family, but following safety tips and using common sense can help you make the most of your Halloween season. The major dangers are not from witches or goblins, but rather from falls and vehicle/pedestrian collisions. Another major concern is what your children are given and how to identify candy that has possibly been tampered with. Follow these simple tips to make Halloween safe and fun: Parents: Know the route your children will be taking if you aren’t going with them. Make sure you set a time for them to be home. Have your children eat a good dinner before going out. Make sure your children are properly supervised while out. Make sure they trick or treat in a group if you are not with them. Children 12 years and younger should be accompanied by an adult. Tell your children to never go into a stranger's house. Tell your children to stay out of the street while walking. Choose a costume that is brightly colored and easy to see in the dark. Carefully inspect all food and candy before letting your child eat it (when in doubt, throw it out). Trick or Treater's: Carry a flashlight. Stay on sidewalks. Cross the street at intersections, never run out from behind a parked car. Stay in familiar neighborhoods. Make sure your costume fits you well. Only approach houses that are well lit. Walk from house to house, don't run. Never take shortcuts, such as alleyways or empty fields. Don't eat anything until your parents have had a chance to inspect it. Children should also know the basics, such as their phone number and address in case of an emergency, and how to react if a stranger tries to approach them. If your child is late returning home or you cannot locate your child, immediately call 9-1-1 and report it to local law enforcement. If you are planning on attending a Halloween party, consider the following: In 2012, 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver. In 2012, 48% of all traffic fatalities on Halloween resulted from a drunk driving related accident. Children are 2 times as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle while walking on Halloween. Drinking violations for criminal offenders increase by about 25% when Halloween is on a Friday. If you would like further information about Halloween safety or other crime prevention topics, please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 661-391-7559 or by email at

10/27/2014 10:49 AM
Subject:  David Silva Investigation
Details:  On Monday, October 27th, 2014, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Eastern District of the United States Attorney’s Office that the federal investigation into the death of David Silva had been completed. Sheriff Donny Youngblood will be available at Sheriff’s Office Headquarters today at 2:00 pm to address media inquiries regarding the investigation. For further information, contact Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-303-4592.

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.