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November 2, 1990
Kern County prosecutors on Thursday declined to file animal cruelty charges against a former San Fernando Valley woman who faces trial in Los Angeles on charges that she duped pet owners into giving away dogs and cats that were later sold to medical laboratories. Kern County Dist. Atty.
August 16, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
After counting final absentee ballots, Kern County elections officials on Thursday announced that Arvin's combative mayor, Juan Olivares, survived a contentious recall election. The final tally was 662 votes in favor of the recall and 743 votes opposed. That means Olivares widened his margin of victory from 17 to 81 votes since the preliminary results were released Tuesday. Elections officials counted the last 149 ballots Thursday. Many were absentees. Some contained irregularities.
August 20, 1992 | From Associated Press
Sheriff's deputies on Wednesday killed a man wanted in the murders of three people, including a health inspector whom he was accused of beating after she condemned slum apartments he managed. Deputies and Robert Courtney, armed with a semiautomatic weapon, exchanged gunfire during a 20-minute chase on California 58 east of Bakersfield, Kern County Sheriff's Sgt. Pat Lantz said. Courtney, 48, stopped his car after it was peppered with gunfire, Lantz said.
October 8, 2003 | John Johnson, Times Staff Writer
In a surprise conclusion to one of Kern County's most sensational recent criminal cases, Christopher Hillis pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Tuesday for killing his onetime colleague, Assistant Dist. Atty. Stephen Tauzer. Hillis, 48, was immediately sentenced to the maximum term of 12 years in prison, including an additional year for using a knife to carry out the slaying. Tauzer was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in his garage on Sept.
Detectives trying to solve the stabbing death of Kern County's No. 2 prosecutor said Tuesday that they are not close to an arrest, but insisted that they are aggressively following a number of leads. Among them, Kern County Sheriff's Cmdr. Martin Williamson said, are reports that Stephen M. Tauzer may have had a house guest recently.
October 23, 2002 | Mark Arax and John Johnson, Times Staff Writers
BAKERSFIELD -- In the days before his murder gripped this oil and farm town, Stephen M. Tauzer walked in fear for his life. But Tauzer, the No. 2 man in the Kern County district attorney's office, didn't request police protection or even share his concerns with colleagues. Instead, the 58-year-old prosecutor told a friend that he had received a phone call warning him that Chris Hillis, a former Bakersfield cop and district attorney investigator, was going to kill him.
November 1, 2008 | John Horn, Horn is a Times staff writer.
Documentary filmmakers Dana Nachman and Don Hardy are drawn to miscarriage-of-justice stories -- their past television work includes a look at the Japanese American internment during World War II. Yet Nachman and Hardy longed to find a modern tale of a misguided prosecution that was unfolding in front of their eyes and cameras, rather than one they had to piece together from the past. Then, four years ago, they met John Stoll, and "Witch Hunt" came to life.
November 24, 1985 | FRANK CLIFFORD, Times Staff Writer
The president of the California District Attorneys Assn., John J. Meehan, a friend and former colleague of U.S. Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III, said Saturday that California Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird was wrong to link Meese to the current campaign against Bird and other members of the court.
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