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Tuesday, Jun 18 2013 07:34 AM

'First Look': First News for June 18

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:

METH: A Bakersfield man is arrested after deputies say they found about two pounds of meth in his car and home. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on a car for Vehicle Code violations in the area of Di Giorgio and S. Fairfax roads Saturday evening and arrested 22-year-old Jaime Urias on suspicion of being an unlicensed driver. Deputies searched Urias' vehicle and reportedly found about a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine. They got a search warrant and completed a search of Urias' apartment on Lotus Lane in Bakersfield. Deputies say they found about one and a half more pounds of suspected methamphetamine and a loaded handgun. Urias was arrested on suspicion of sales and transportation of a controlled substance. Read the full story here.

BRAWL: A late night brawl ends in gunfire with one man still listed in serious condition at a Bakersfield hospital. Police went to the Lucky 7 convenience store off Planz and Stine Roads around 11 p.m. Sunday regarding a fight that broke out leading to shots fired. Several men are being questioned and at least one man sustained major injuries during the shooting. The suspect is identified as 22-year-old Eric Elizagoyen. Police say he took off in a vehicle but was stopped a short distance away and arrested. A gun was recovered inside the suspect vehicle. Police say the shooting does not appear to be gang related. Read the full story here.

ACCIDENT : An accident causes a traffic snarl for drivers in the mountains east of Bakersfield. The westbound lanes of Highway 178 were closed at about 4 p.m. Monday due to a car accident that sparked a fire. It happened east of Kern River call box 2. The CHP says a hillside was catching fire and that it subsequently discovered a vehicle was over the side of the highway and someone from it had been ejected. Crews knocked down the fire. The victim was taken to Kern Medical Center. Read the full story here.

FIREFIGHTERS TO YOSEMITE: Local firefighters are pitching in to help with a wildfire in Yosemite. The Kern County Fire Department has sent resources to help with the Carstens Fire in Mariposa County. The Rio Bravo Hotshot Crew, two bulldozers, five engines from various posts around Kern County, plus 17 other personnel have been deployed. The fire has scorched about 1,600 acres and has forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents from 150 homes. It is 15 percent contained.

DUI DRIVER: A local DUI driver learns his fate. Fifty-seven-year old Jose Arreyque-Andrade was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in connection with a hit-and-run crash last July that killed 22-year-old motorcyclist Mynor Canchan-Barrios. Arreyque-Andrade pleaded no contest to felony hit-and-run resulting in the death of another. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving with a suspended license. It was the evening of July 31 when the Chevrolet Tahoe Arreyque-Andrade was driving collided with a motorcycle driven by Canchan-Barrios at Chester Avenue and First Street in Bakersfield. Canchan-Barrios died as a result of his injuries. Arreyque-Andrade, who was still on probation for a drunk driving arrest in 2008, left the scene, but police were able to contact him within a half hour of the crash. Read the full story here.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com

IN-CUSTODY DEATH: A 25-year-old Bakersfield man has died while in custody. The coroner's office has identified the man as Wilfredo Ramos. The coroner's office says Ramos became unresponsive at about 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of South J Street in Bakersfield. Ramos was taken to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's emergency room, where he died at about 11:37 p.m. The coroner's office says an autopsy will be done today to determine the cause and manner of death. Read the full story here.

HOLLY CULHANE: NATIONAL GUN CONTROL DEBATE SPILLS INTO WORKPLACE: Californian contributing columnist Holly Culhane tackles the gun control debate as it relates to the workplace. She writes: It's not surprising that the debate over gun control that is roiling across the nation is spilling into the workplace. More than 20 states have enacted "parking lot gun laws," which require employers to allow their workers to bring guns onto company property as long as the weapons are locked in parked vehicles. Some states may go further. Several legislatures are considering laws that would prevent employers from banning guns being carried into office spaces. While California has not passed a parking lot gun law, the actions in other states and the national gun debate seem to be causing some confusion in California over the rights of employers to impose workplace rules. Read the full story here.

VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER SHOOTING OUTSIDE MARKET: Police say a man is in critical condition after he was shot Sunday night outside the Lucky 7 Market on Stine Road. Police arrived at the market at 3232 Stine Road at 10:50 p.m. to find the man, whose name was not released, had been shot during a disturbance and fight and was down in the parking lot. The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Eric Elizagoyen of Bakersfield, was stopped in a vehicle a short distance away and the firearm used in the shooting was recovered. Police said Elizagoyen was booked into jail on suspicion of attempted homicide. Read the full story here.

HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER GETS THREE YEARS: The judge called it "a horribly tragic case," and no one in the courtroom could have argued otherwise. Kern County Superior Court Judge Michael E. Dellostrito sentenced 57-year-old Jose Arreyque-Andrade to three years in prison Monday in connection with his involvement in a hit-and-run crash last July that killed 22-year-old motorcyclist Mynor Adolfo Canchan-Barrios. Dellostrito said he was "touched" by the tearful outpouring of grief and loss expressed by members of the victim's family who spoke at Monday's hearing, even as he explained to them that under the law, he had a limited number of options in determining a just sentence. Last month, even as a trial was being scheduled, Arreyque-Andrade pleaded no contest to felony hit and run resulting in the death of another. A no contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and driving with a suspended license. Read the full story here.

CLOSEST FRIENDS ARE STRICKEN BY TEEN'S DEATH: With a hair brush in hand, 18-year-old Mia Ramirez would sing her lungs out to her favorite Miley Cyrus song, "The Climb." She wouldn't care who was around. She would just sing loudly, giving her listeners goosebumps. The spur-of-the-moment songs sung by her are no longer heard. Her voice now only lives in the memories of her family and friends. The thought that she no longer alive still shocks those who knew her. "I can still picture her with my daughters, singing and dancing to the radio, just having the time of their lives," Celia Helms, a close family friend, said Monday as she fought tears at a car wash at Higher Ground Church to raise funds for Ramirez's funeral. Ramirez's body was found June 11 in a southeast Bakersfield garage after Kern County Sheriff deputies received a call from the neighborhood reporting a foul odor. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

ENERGY LEADS S&P 500 ON MONDAY: Thanks in part to it delivery of liquified natural gas from a new facility in Angola, Chevron moved 1.1 percent higher on the S&P 500 on Monday. The gains helped drive the markets higher on Monday, and the energy sector was the S&P's best performer, according to Barrons. Exxon Mobil also moved higher. Read the full story here.

HOUSE GOP RECOMMENDS RENEWABLE ENERGY CUTS: Republicans in the House of Representatives revealed that they will cut in half the amount of money the Department of Energy can spent on renewable energy. The Monday decision by the GOP member of the house, cuts nearly 1 billion dollars from the Department of Energy Budget, and tightens regulations around loan guarantees for renewable projects. Politico.com reported that the bill now seeks to protect the Energy Department's core science programs and defense-related spending for nuclear weapons. The White House has vowed to veto the bill.

 

THE TECH REPORT

SOCKS: For people interested in wearable computing but uninterested in funny looking glasses, there will soon be a new alternative: computerized socks. Heap-sylon has developed socks it has dubbed Sensoria that will initially focus on runners. But the data gathered by the socks could be useful to golfers looking for information on how they are shifting weight during their strokes; skiers who want to analyze their turns; and diabetics, whose feet often suffer from nerve damage that can lead to amputation. The fabric could also be shaped into other kinds of garments and cango in the washer and dryer. The company hopes to begin selling to the general public late next year. Read the full story here.

FORD: The Ford Motor Company is said to be restoring some physical controls to their dashboards after the company's MyFord Touch system was supposed to do away with those knobs and buttons in favor of a more flexible, versatile touchscreen interface. But with touchscreens, you can't feel where you're touching. Think about the way you drive: If you need to adjust the radio volume, you have a muscle memory as to where the knob is. You can find it without looking. Once your fingers reach the knob, you know how much twist is needed to make things louder or softer. The same is true for adjusting the temperature controls. Take those physical cues away and replace them with a flat touchscreen, and you have to look at where your hand is going. In addition to safety concerns, Ford added, that the nice thing about mechanical controls: no one ever had to reboot a radio knob. Read the full story here.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

SIBLING BULLYING: Siblings have been bickering and trading blows since the time of Cain and Abel. But the torment and fighting that is often shrugged off as normal sibling rivalry may not always be so benign. New research suggests that even when there are no physical scars, aggression between siblings can inflict long-term psychological wounds. The new study involved thousands of children and adolescents around the country and found that those who were attacked, threatened or intimidated by a sibling had increased levels of depression, anger and anxiety. Published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that while normal rivalries with siblings can encourage healthy competition, the line between healthy relations and abuse is crossed when one child is consistently the victim of another and the aggression is intended to cause harm and humiliation.

MERS: Four more people have died and three more have fallen ill in Saudi Arabia from the new SARS-like coronavirus MERS. Saudi Arabia has been the country most affected by the respiratory-system virus, with 49 confirmed cases, of whom 32 have died, according to data from The Saudi Health Ministry. The World Health Organization said the worldwide toll now stands at 38 deaths from a total of 64 confirmed cases. The virus can cause coughing, fever and pneumonia, and has spread from the Gulf to France, Germany, Italy, Tunisia and Britain.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

LOCAL STARS IN COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: You may see former Centennial High star Grant Watson tonight when UCLA takes the field against North Carolina State in the College World Series. Watson is the No. 3 pitcher for the Bruins and could come out of the bullpen if needed. The game is at 5 p.m. on ESPN 2. Another former Centennial pitching star is also playing in the College World Series. Tyler Painton, who also starred at BC, is pitching for Oregon State, which defeated Louisville last night to stay alive in the series. Read the full story here.

CONDORS COACHING SEARCH: Condors general manager John Olver said he's not about to make a rush to judgement when it comes to hiring a new coach. The team has been searching for a new coach since Olver was hired April 11. What's taking so long? Some of the people Olver has targeted are also in the running for jobs in the American Hockey League. Olver said: " I don't want to put a time frame on hiring. We will hire when we know we have the right head coach. It's obviously the most important decision we have to make here this summer." Read the full story here.

 

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