The state medical board has revoked a local doctor's license to practice. According to the board, James McDonnel failed to undergo an evaluation after he broke a contract with an alcohol dependency program. He was placed on a five-year probation, his petition for reconsideration was denied in January. The medical board reports McDonnel's license was revoked as of last Friday.
UPDATE: The US attorney's office says Garcia-Avalos pleaded guilty to several misdemeanors Thursday afternoon and was immediately sentenced to a term of 13 months in prison. A man from Mexico has been charged with allegedly starting the Cedar Fire that burned in Kern and Tulare Counties. Angel Gilberto Garcia-Avalos, (Garcia), 29, of Michoacán, Mexico, was charged in a criminal complaint
Two people suspected of beating and shooting an 80-year-old woman will be going to trial later this month. Asia Davis and Rayon Norwood will be going to trial on Oct. 11 for a home invasion robbery that occurred back on July 6, in Southwest Bakersfield, in the home of Florence McKay. During the robbery, the the intruders targeted a gun
Sheriff's officials say the body of a 19-year-old man has been pulled from the Kern River. Search and rescue crews responded Friday morning for a report of a possible drowning three miles east of the mouth of the canyon. Sheriff's officials say the Hispanic man was swimming in the area with family and friends. Search and rescue deployed a raft
The Kern County Probation Department is conducting an internal investigation regarding allegations that a juvenile corrections officer abused a girl at a local juvenile hall. A federal lawsuit has been filed against the county and the corrections officer, George Anderson, alleging possible misconduct by the corrections officer with a female youth and engaging in inappropriate behavior while on duty. The
Bakersfield police need your help to identify and locate two suspects wanted for vehicle burglary. Police say on September 11, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., the two suspects forced entry into a vehicle in the 3600 block of Wible Road and removed items from inside. The suspects then fled in the vehicle pictured below. The first
Honor Flight Kern County is getting ready to send off another group of Kern County veterans to Washington D.C., next week, to see memorials honoring their service in past wars. The first trip leaves Monday from Meadows Field Airport at 4:30 a.m., and will return to Meadows Field in two flights on Wednesday at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. The public
If your weekend commute takes you through northwest Bakersfield, expect some delays Saturday. Public works officials say a portion of the intersection of Allen and Brimhall Roads will be reduced to one lane in each direction. The work requires westbound through traffic lanes and eastbound left turn lanes on Brimhall Road to be closed through the intersection. Detours will be
Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson says he's planning to retire by year's end. Bakersfield police have confirmed the chief will retire to 17 news. In the meantime, Williamson said the department plans to hold a news conference on October 17 regarding the Damacio Diaz case.
The Bakersfield College swimming team will host free community swim lessons tomorrow at BC. The event is open to the public, first come, first served, and paperwork can be completed upon arrival. The swim lessons will run on a continuous 20-minute cycle in order to get as many kids as possible into the water. Parents must be there to watch
Bakersfield police need your help to identify and locate two suspects wanted for burglary. Police say on Saturday, at about 4:40 p.m., two suspects forced entry into a home in the 10000 block of La Paz court and removed valuable items from inside. Police say both suspects then fled in the vehicle that is pictured on this story. There is
The Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services is warning Southern California emergency managers and the public that the potential for earthquakes of a 4.3 magnitude or larger will be slightly increased over the next week. The warning follows a swarm of recent small magnitude earthquakes that began on Monday about six miles southwest of the Salton Sea in
Forest Service officials have officially declared that today the Cedar Fire has been 100 percent contained. The fire began on Aug. 16, in the Sequoia National Forest near Cedar Creek, in the Greenhorn Mountains area above Wofford Heights and Lake Isabella, and within four weeks had grown to more than 29,000 acres. With 100 percent containment declared, the Cedar Fire
The Kern County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in the number of telephone scams where callers pretend to be the Internal Revenue Service and demand taxes owed or try and trick people into sharing private information. These callers may know a lot about you and will usually alter the caller ID to make it appear as though the IRS
Tomorrow marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and one local registered nurse is using her own experience to engage others in the fight against breast cancer. Five years ago, Karen Coston's doctor found a mass in her right breast. She underwent a biopsy and was later diagnosed with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia, a forerunner to breast cancer. Upon her
Police say a motorcyclist who was injured in a crash yesterday has died. He was initially hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a traffic accident yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Planz and Wible Roads. The Bakersfield Police Department says the motorcyclist was traveling westbound when a Cal Water pickup pulled out in front of the path of the motorcycle. The
The Kern County Public Health Services Department has lifted the no contact advisory for the water at Lake Ming effective immediately. The advisory was issued on August 9 because of potentially harmful levels of bacteria found in the water. Multiple water sample test results taken over the past 30 days have been within the acceptable range and therefore, the advisory
The Kern County Fair is soon coming to an end this Sunday and for young people in 4H and the FFA programs, the end of the fair means the end of the livestock competitions that have been a long-standing tradition in Kern County. For a lot of young people in Kern County, the fair is all about showing off these
The Kern High School District has responded to reports of expired food being served at a local high school. A viewer sent us some pictures of a bad apple and expired packaged craisins. The viewer also said expired food had been served at other schools. We reached out to the district for a response. KHSD Director of Food Services Lynn
Outgoing Mayor Harvey Hall was honored at the annual Bakersfield Police Activities League 'Hometown Hero' event. The event was held at the Petroleum Club last night. Mayor Harvey Hall is leaving office after serving Bakersfield for 16 years. His community service includes serving as a board member for PAL. 17's Tami Mlcoch emceed last night's event.