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Safe Streets partnership sees reduced gang violence in targeted neighborhood

The 2-square-mile neighborhood has seen more than its share of gunplay and bloodshed. Sandwiched between California Avenue and Brundage Lane, Chester Avenue and Washington Street, this relatively small patch of homes and parks, churches and schools, saw 24 gang-related shootings in 2015. The following year, that number rose to 26. But halfway through 2016, the…
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Investigation: DA’s office hands out years worth of huge bills to defense attorneys

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/ KBFX) — Defense attorneys around town are getting hit with five to six years worth of huge bills from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office. The charges amount to tens of thousands of dollars. One attorney, who thinks his firm has been hit the hardest, says he owes $33,493.90. “I don’t think…
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Zimmer talks gang activity in Kern County at Exchange Club

Cynthia Zimmer, supervisor of the gang unit at the Kern County district attorney’s office, came over as the guest speaker for the Exchange Club of Ridgecrest at its meeting on Wednesday afternoon at John’s Pizza. She spoke of gang activity in Bakersfield, which she described as being rampant in certain areas. “Unfortunately, we have a…
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Cynthia Zimmer talks Kern County crime: DA candidate speaks to Republican Women

Cynthia Zimmer did not mince words. “I am Cynthia Zimmer. I am a Republican. And I am running for District Attorney,” she said. The setting was the meeting of the Ridgecrest Republican Women, Federated May 19 at the Clarion Inn. Zimmer was on hand to talk about her plans to run for District Attorney in…
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Cynthia Zimmer officially announces candidacy for district attorney

Supervising Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer on Tuesday officially announced her candidacy to succeed Lisa Green as the county’s top prosecutor. “As district attorney, I will work to stop the suffering of the innocent brought on by violence and to minimize the crushing toll crime takes on our families and communities,” Zimmer said. “My goal…
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Murder Suspect Laughs In Court

Three men accused of murder went before a judge Thursday as the victim’s daughter looked on.Angelica Ramos was inconsolable as she stood outside a Kern County courtroom. She was there for the arraignment of Christopher Patterson, Maxamillian McDonald and Lawrence Slaughter. The trio is charged in the death of 71-year-old Guadalupe Ramos. Police said Patterson…
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Eastside Crip Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

Early Tuesday morning, a judge sentenced Tommy Davidson to life in prison without parole.Davidson was convicted of killing fellow gang member Jesse Hill in March 2009 in east Bakersfield. Hill was reportedly trying to get out of the Eastside Stroller Boy Crips, of which Davidson was a founder. “[Jesse] told Tommy that he’s going to…
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