Kern County In Depth

Each week, 17’s Jim Scott takes an in-depth look at the issues that concern Kern County. Click here for Kern County In Depth.

Homicide Tracker

Since 2000, more than a thousand local people have been shot, beaten or strangled to death. KGET is now tracking these crimes, creating a database of local crime and punishment and offering resources for families of victims. Click here for the 17 News Homicide Tracker.

Golden Empire’s Most Wanted

17 News has partnered with the US Marshal’s Office to help get Kern County’s Most Wanted off the streets. Click here for Kern County’s Most Wanted.

Kern’s Meth Epidemic

Kern’s Meth Epidemic is one of the signature issues we’ve been following at KGET since 2015. Kern’s Meth Epidemic shines a spotlight on meth addiction, help addicts find resources available for treatment and highlight law enforcement arrests and cases prosecuted against dealers and criminals accused of sensational crimes while high on the drug. Click here for 17 News’ ongoing coverage of Kern’s Meth Epidemic.

Kern’s Sober Reality

Drunk driving is a major problem that is 100-percent preventable. shine a spotlight on alcohol addiction, help addicts find resources available for treatment and highlight law enforcement arrests and cases prosecuted against suspected drunk drivers. Click here for Kern’s Sober Reality coverage and resources.

Domestic Violence

Through hearing stories from domestic violence survivors, it’s clear that every situation is different, but one common factor remains, many victims are ashamed to speak up, survivors say that needs to change. Click here for our coverage and resources to get help with Domestic Violence in Kern County.

Safe Sleeping

Infant deaths due to unsafe sleeping are 100-percent preventable. We teamed up with Kern Medical to provide portable cribs for parents who qualify for them and a program called Safe Home, Safe Baby to help educate them on safe sleeping practices. Click here for our Safe Sleeping coverage.

Murdered and Forgotten

Did a woman you know disappear in 1980? That’s when two women were brutally raped and murdered in separate crimes in central California. You can help bring these young mothers back to their families. Click here for Murdered and Forgotten.

Bakersfield’s Secret Serial Killer

A year-long investigation by KGET’s Olivia LaVoice asks: Does Bakersfield have a Secret Serial Killer?. Click here for Bakersfield’ Secret Serial Killer.

Kern County’s Questionable Conviction

Did Kern send an innocent man to Death Row? Event the state’s top prosecutors say “false evidence” was used to send a Kern County man to Death Row. KGET’s Olivia LaVoice investigates. Click here for Kern County’s Questionable Conviction.

Kern Corruption

Derrick Penney and Logan August made local headlines in 2017 when they were sentenced to probation and community service after admitting to using their department-issued keys to access a KCSO evidence facility where they stole marijuana. Click here for Kern Corruption.

Who Killed Kathleen Heisey?

It’s been 18 years and Kathleen Heisey’s family and friends still cry out of for justice. They say they aren’t getting it from the Bakersfield Police Department, so they reached out to us. By the dozen. They wanted us to tell them what detectives wouldn’t. They wanted us to make sure the case wasn’t forgotten. They want justice. They want to know: Who killed Kathleen Heisey? Click here for Who Killed Kathleen Heisey?

Sabrina Limon Trial

The murder trial of Sabrina Limon has become one of the most highly watched cases in Kern County Superior Court in years. Click here for 17 News’ coverage of the Sabrina Limon Trial.

Ecuador Earthquake Special

April 16, 2016, a massive 7.8 earthquake has leveled many towns in the South American country of Ecuador. 17 news reporter Lori Lizarraga is visiting the country when the quake hits. A year later she returns documenting the recovery efforts. Click here for 17 News’ coverage of the Ecuador Earthquake Special.