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Kern County

Kern County farmer Tom Frantz captured these images of dumping at a Vintage Production fracking site. (Tom Frantz)

Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central Valley

For the first time, California has penalized an oil company over illegal fracking activity after the discovery of a video showing wrongful dumping of the fracking discharge.


Miguel Crespo (California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

Inmate Suspected Of Strangling Cellmate At Central Valley Prison

An inmate serving a life sentence is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central Valley prison, according to state corrections officials.


Power Plant Demolition

Spectator’s Leg Severed By Shrapnel At Demolition Of Bakersfield Power Plant

One man had his leg severed Saturday and four others were also injured as shrapnel from the demolition of a power plant flew into a crowd of more than 1,000 spectators that had gathered in Bakersfield to watch it come down.



4 Oakland Teens Killed In Solo-Vehicle Crash In Kern County

Four Oakland teenagers, several of whom are believed to be cousins, were killed in a car accident in Kern County Monday afternoon, local authorities said Tuesday.


Officers at Taft Union High School (CBS)

Student: Central Valley Teen Smirked While Firing Shots In School

Morgan Alldredge had just finished her oceanography test when a classmate she knows well suddenly walked in the open door to her science class with a shotgun.


(credit: John Medina/Getty Images)

FAA: Central Valley Skydiving Sex Stunt Didn’t Violate Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration said a videotaped skydiving sex stunt did not result in a violation of any regulations and the pilot wasn’t distracted during the incident over Kern County.


Tehachapi Middle School, Kern County

Feds Probe California School District Over Gay Teen Suicide

Federal education officials are investigating the California school district of a 13-year-old boy who committed suicide after allegedly being harassed by classmates because he was gay.

CBS San Francisco–12/21/2010