By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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STATE CLEARS PG&E TO FINISH DEMOLITION: State regulators have given Pacific Gas and Electric Co. permission to finish the Coffee Road plant demolition job that went wrong last summer, severely injuring a spectator. The California Public Utilities Commission and Cal-OSHA had forbidden PG&E from resuming demolition of the former power plant pending completion of their separate investigations of the August accident. While neither investigation is actually finished, both agencies confirmed Wednesday they have allowed the San Francisco utility to clear the site. Read the full story here.
KERN COUNTY HOT ON THE SRIRACHA TRAIL: Kern County would love to lure Huy Fong Foods, the maker of popular Sriracha hot sauce, to Kern County if the embattled business moves from its current location in Irwindale. Cheryl Scott, vice-president of the Kern Economic Development Corporation, said the group has contacted Huy Fong and added its name to a long list of other suitors hot to land the business. The city of Irwindale has fought with Huy Fong over the smell of the hot chili sauce that comes from the factory, which opened there in 2012. The city council was scheduled to vote Wednesday night on a resolution declaring the plant's peppery fumes a public nuisance. Read the full story here.
HIGHWAY LITTER A $55 MILLION PROBLEM FOR CALTRANS: Collecting highway trash cost Caltrans more than $55 million during the last fiscal year, an agency official said at a press conference Wednesday. Caltrans spokeswoman Tami Conrado said maintenance workers would spend the day picking up litter to highlight the problem. She also discussed the danger trash poses to drivers and the ecosystem. The event also highlighted a more positive development in Bakersfield -- a year of collaboration between the city and organizations like the Bakersfield Homeless Center -- has culled thousands of tons of trash from county highways. Read the full story here.
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MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED DRUNKEN DRIVING ACCIDENT INJURES ONE: One man was seriously injured Wednesday in a two-car accident at the intersection of Calloway Drive and Marby Grange Way, and Bakersfield police said alcohol was a factor. The 2:54 p.m. accident occurred when 30-year-old Keith Majusiak was traveling north on Calloway Drive in his white Chevrolet van. His vehicle struck a silver Toyota sedan headed west on Marby Grange Way. The driver of the sedan was taken to a local hospital. Majusiak remained at the scene and was arrested for driving under the influence causing injury and great bodily injury. Read the full story here.
POLICE SEEK MAN, WOMAN IN CIRCLE K ROBBERY: Bakersfield police are seeking two people suspected in the April 2 armed robbery at the Circle K store at 5600 Auburn St. At 5:55 a.m. a white or Hispanic man entered the store, brandished a black semi-automatic firearm and demanded money. Failing to get any money, he fled the store and got into a waiting vehicle driven by a woman. The first suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall with a thin build and short, dark, curly hair. The driver of the getaway vehicle was a white female in her 20s with blonde or brown hair. Anyone with information call BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
TWO MEN SOUGHT FOR ALLEGEDLY USING GUN IN CELLPHONE ROBBERIES: Bakersfield police are seeking two men wanted on suspicion of three armed robberies Wednesday morning. The men allegedly robbed three people at gunpoint of their cellphones. The robberies occurred between 9:46 and 10:39 a.m. in the 400 block of K Street, the 1200 block of New Stine Road and the 2600 block of Brookside Drive. Both suspects are described as Hispanic males between 19 and 20 years old. Anyone with information call BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
TIME TRAVEL?: You can now experience a blast from the past with Google Maps. The "street view" feature in Google Maps now lets you see photos of how a home, street or landmark looked in previous years. Photos only date back to 2007, but changes can be big if you look for buildings that have been restored or demolished, or for areas that suffered disasters.
THE HEALTH REPORT
SEXUAL ASSAULT RESPONSE TEAM: A coalition of law enforcement officials and health care providers has established a new Sexual Assault Response Team to conduct rape examinations in a more efficient manner. Starting this month, examinations of possible victims of child molestation and sexual assault take place in a private room set aside for that sole purpose at San Joaquin Community Hospital. A staff of eight specially trained nurses from Forensic Nurse Specialists of Central California will be on call at all times to conduct the exams as soon as the patient is released from the emergency room. Dedicated exam rooms have been available over the years at other hospitals, but they were thinly staffed, causing victims to wait as many as eight hours after an assault for the collection of forensic evidence, said District Attorney Lisa Green. Read the full story here.
THE SPORTS REPORT
ONTIVEROS HELPS PACK WIN WILD ONE OVER GV: A wild game in a wild Ridgeview season ended the only way that seemed to fit: With a wild pitch. Kyle Willman raced home when Golden Valley pitcher Andy Cantu sent a pitch to the backstop with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the Wolf Pack beat the Bulldogs 7-6 at home to clinch at least a share of the South Yosemite League baseball title. Read the full story here.
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