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> Misc > News Releases

9/30/2014 10:50 AM
Subject:  Homicide Arrest
Details:  On September 21st, 2014 at about 7:04 pm Kern County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a report of a victim of a shooting at 205 Fishering Drive in southwest Bakersfield. When deputies arrived they located 43 year old Juan Ramirez suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the back yard of the residence. Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene. Homicide detectives responded and initiated an investigation into the shooting. Detectives were able to determine that several people had been in the back yard of the home when the shooting occurred. During the investigation detectives were able to identify a suspect, 23 year old Fernando Romero. On September 28th, 2014 detectives arrested Fernando Romero for one count of first degree murder. As a result of the investigation detectives also arrested Fernando Romero’s brother, 34 year old Horacio Romero, for accessory to murder and destruction of evidence. Fernando Romero was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility. He is being held without bail.

9/30/2014 8:25 AM
Subject:  Rural Crime Investigation Detectives recover stolen vehicle after serving a search warrant at 900 Fairview Road.
Details:  Details: On 9/22/14, Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by investigators from Vintage Production Oil Company. Vintage Production investigators said one of the company’s vehicles, 2012 Chevrolet oilfield service truck, was recently stolen. Detectives learned the vehicle was equipped with a REDtrac Global Positioning System Device. The REDtrac GPS device reported the position of the vehicle to be near the intersection of Fairview Road and Monitor Street in Bakersfield. Detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit were able to determine the vehicle was possibly in the garage of 900 Fairview Road. A search warrant was served at the residence and the vehicle belonging to Vintage Production was recovered from the garage. Based on the information and evidence developed during the investigation, Rural Crime Detectives were able to identify the suspect as MICHAEL PACHECO, age 27, of Bakersfield. An arrest warrant has been issued for MICHAEL PACHECO for violation of Penal Code 496d, Possession of a stolen vehicle. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this investigation or the location of MICHAEL PACHECO to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit at 661-392-4365. Contact : Robert Winn Phone: 661-392-4355

9/27/2014 2:15 PM
Subject:  Second arrest made in Poplar Avenue stabbing, Wasco
Details:  A second arrest of a 16 year old male juvenile was made in connection with the stabbing of two subjects earlier this date in Wasco. The investigation is ongoing.

9/27/2014 12:40 PM
Subject:  Arrest Made in Poplar Stabbing, Wasco.
Details:  Details: A 14 year old male juvenile was arrested in connection with the stabbing of two subjects earlier this date in Wasco. The two victims medical condition is still listed as major. Their names will be released pending positive identification of the victims. The investigation is ongoing.

9/27/2014 12:05 PM
Subject:  Stabbing Investigation 1500 block of Poplar Ave. Wasco.
Details:  Details: On 9/27/2014 at approximately 0945 hours, Deputies from the Wasco, Delano, and Buttonwillow Substations responded to the 1500 block of Poplar Ave. on the report of a possible stabbing. Upon arrival, deputies located two adult Hispanic male victims, both suffering from multiple stab wounds. Both victims were transported to Kern Medical Center for treatment of major injuries. The suspects, possible juvenile males, fled the scene prior to law enforcement arrival. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident, contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. (661) 861-3110.

9/27/2014 12:18 AM
Subject:  Stabbing in Oildale
Details:  Details: On 9/26/14 at 9:12 PM deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Date St. for the victim of a stabbing. Deputies located the victim, a white male adult suffering from stab wounds to his head. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect fled prior to deputies arrival has been identified as Justin Hanson 3/21/89. Anyone with information on Hanson’s location 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. SR14-25736

9/26/2014 8:03 AM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff'sOffice Bomb Callout in Bodfish
Details:  Details: On 9-25-14 at about 1345 hours, Kern Valley deputies responded to the report of a possible bomb placed on a vehicle at the Cal Trans yard in Bodfish. A Cal Trans employee, believing a bomb had been placed on his vehicle, reported his suspicions to his supervisors who in turn notified law enforcement. The Kern County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad responded to the Cal Trans yard and searched the vehicle for explosives. No suspicious devices or explosives were discovered and the employee's suspisions were deteremined to be unfounded. Deputies, with the assistance of the California Highway Patrol, evacuated the Cal Trans yard and blocked both east and west bound traffic lanes on Old Kern Canyon Road for approximately three hours while the Bomb Squad made certain the vehicle was safe.

9/25/2014 3:26 PM
Subject:  Suspect Arrested for Rape
Details:  On September 23rd, 2014 at about 4:27 am deputies were contacted in the area of Bruce’s Truck Stop at Hwy. 58 and Weedpatch Hwy. regarding a possible sexual assault that had just occurred. A female victim had contacted security officers in the area and reported she had been the victim of a sexual assault. The security officers flagged down a deputy in the area. During the investigation deputies determined that a female victim had gone to the home of a male suspect in the area, and the victim reported he had sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious at his home. The suspect was identified as 43 year old Robert Borders. The victim is from Ridgecrest. She had been arrested by Ridgecrest Police Department during the early morning hours of September 22nd for public intoxication and resisting arrest, and was transported and booked into the Central Receiving Facility (CRF) in Bakersfield by Ridgecrest Police Department. The victim was released from CRF at about 1:46 pm on September 22nd. The victim reported she had met Borders shortly after being released from CRF. Borders was arrested for rape of a drugged victim, sexual penetration with a foreign object of a drugged victim, and oral copulation of a drugged victim.

9/24/2014 11:40 AM
Subject:  Drug Take Back Day
Details:  The Kern County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Drug Take Back Day collection site at one additional site. The additional collection site will be held at: Wasco Substation, 748 “F” Street in Wasco Sheriff’s Office personnel will be on hand at the substation in Wasco from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm this Saturday, September 27th, to collect unused and unwanted medications.

9/24/2014 11:30 AM
Subject:  Lake Isabella Search Warrant and Arrest
Details:  Details: On 9-23-14 at 1700 hours, Kern Valley deputies served a search warrant at 2217 Commercial Avenue, Lake Isabella looking for stolen property. Following the recent report of a residential burglary and follow-up investigation, Eva Rogers, 59, was identified as the suspect. Rogers was located in Bakersfield and was not home at the time deputies searched her residence. Metro Patrol deputies detained Rogers in Bakersfield and found her in possession of a large sum of stolen currency. Kern Valley deputies searching Roger’s residence located and recovered a stolen 9mm pistol. Rogers was later arrested for burglary, possession of stolen property, and grand theft of a firearm. She was booked into the Kern County Central Receiving Facility and is being held on $40,000 bail.

9/22/2014 1:39 PM
Subject:  Kern County Sheriff’s Office to Participate in Nationwide Drug Take Back Day
Details:  On Saturday, September 27th, 2014, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office will once again partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration for an eighth time to collect potentially dangerous, unused medications from medicine cabinets and homes throughout Kern County. The Nationwide Drug Take-Back Day will provide a unique opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances or other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will also bring national attention to the issue of the dangers associated with the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs and the inherent danger of these substances falling into the hands of juveniles. Previous Take-Back Day events have been a huge success. Due to the overwhelming turnout at those events, the Sheriff’s Office will be hosting Take-Back collection sites at the following locations: Sheriff’s Office Headquarters Facility, 1350 Norris Rd. in Bakersfield Buttonwillow Substation, 181 E. First Street in Buttonwillow Delano Substation, 455 Lexington Street in Delano Frazier Park Market, 632 Laguna Trail in Frazier Park Kern Valley Substation, 7046 Lake Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella Sheriff’s Office personnel will be on hand at each collection site from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to accept unused and unwanted medications. The service is free of charge, anonymous, and no questions asked. The following regulations apply to the program: Only controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances will be collected. Participants must maintain control of the substances they wish to drop off until it is placed in a container at the drop off site. Only pills, tablets, and capsules will be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. Illegal, illicit substances will not be accepted. Additional collection sites in Kern County can be found by visiting If you would like additional information, please contact Kern County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Ray Pruitt at 661-391-7605 or by email at

9/22/2014 12:57 AM
Subject:  Homicide on Fishering Drive
Details:  Details:On 9/21/14 at 704 pm, Deputies were dispatched to a victim of a shooting at a residence in the 200 block of Fishering Drive. Upon arrival, Deputies located the victim in the backyard of the residence. The victim had major injuries. Medical aid arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased. The victm was a Hispanic male adult who has not been identified. Homicide detectives responded and took over the investigation. The investgation 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.

9/21/2014 5:39 AM
Subject:  Sheriff's homicide detectives respond to investigate a shooting in south Shafter
Details:  Details: On September 21, 2014 at about 1:05 a.m, north area deputies responded to a victim of multiple gunshots in the 30000 block of Rodriguez Street in South Shafter. Deputies found a Hispanic male in his thirties suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. The victim was transported by ambulance to the Shafter High School football field where plans were made to have him airlifted to Kern Medical Center. The victim died while en route to that location. Witnesses reported seeing a light colored pickup fleeing the area after the shooting. A preliminary investigation revealed the shooting may have resulted from a previous altercation that occurred at a Shafter social establishment. Sheriff's homicide detectives responded to the scene and started an investigation that is ongoing. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. 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.

9/20/2014 10:08 PM
Subject:  Alert citizen's report results in the arrest of a felony assault suspect in Maricopa
Details:  Details: An alert citizen in the community of Maricopa recognized 32 year old Jeffery Helm coming and going from an abandoned house in the 800 block of Madera Street in Maricopa. There was an arrest warrant for Helm, who was wanted as the suspect in a shooting in the 10000 block of South Union Avenue in Bakersfield, on Wednesday, Sept 17th. Deputies went to the Maricopa house where the Sheriff's helicopter spotted Helm leaving on foot. Deputies arrested Helm without further incident. Helm was booked on the Arrest Warrant on the charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The investigation is continuing.