By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
ACCUSED DRUNKEN DRIVER TRAVELING AT 128 MPH IN FATAL CRASH: The motorist accused of drunken driving in the early morning Jan. 3 crash that killed 22-year-old Princess Flores Almonidovar reached a speed of 128 mph just before impact, according to police reports that became available Monday. Alex Anthony Rubio, 24, was traveling nearly three times the posted speed limit on New Stine Road as he crossed into Ming Avenue. Rubio's next court date is scheduled for March 18. Read the full story here.
TEJON RANCH ANNOUNCES MORE SHOPPING CENTER TENANTS: The Outlets at Tejon has added three big new names to the growing list of retailers who plan to hang their shingle at the new mall at the base of the Grapevine. And more names are coming. Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Van Heusen have all signed on at The Outlets and cleared their names for release to the public. The three retailers join 25 other shopping outlets including H&M, Gap, Banana Republic, OshKosh, White House/Black Market and Aeropostale, listed on The Outlet's web page. The grand opening will be Aug. 7. Read the full story here.
JUDGE POSTPONES TRIAL IN CRISP & COLE CASE: A federal judge has agreed to postpone until April the trial of the sole remaining defendant in the Crisp & Cole mortgage fraud case. The trial of Julie Dianne Farmer, former operations manager at Crisp, Cole & Associates, had been scheduled to begin Feb. 4. But the Fresno district court judge in the case moved the start date to April 8. Farmer has been charged with eight counts of mail fraud; four counts of wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud; one count of conspiracy to launder money; and one count of bank fraud. All 14 other defendants in the case have agreed to plea deals. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OWNER CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING: The owner of a Bakersfield medical marijuana dispensary and four others have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine and marijuana. Adam Christopher Vega, 30, was arrested late Friday in Bakersfield. He was the owner of California's Best Cooperative Inc. during the time of the alleged crimes. Three other Bakersfield residents were charged with conspiring to distribute meth. An Oakland resident is also charged with conspiring to manufacture and distribute marijuana. Read the full story here.
WINDFALL FUNDS EARMARKED FOR CITY PROJECTS: The city of Bakersfield is proposing to expand plans to build curbs, gutters and sidewalks in the east and southeast parts of town with expected winnings from a $4.2 million court decision last year. At a meeting of the Bakersfield City Council's Budget and Finance Committee Monday, Community Development Director Doug McIsaac said the city's November victory means more than $2.7 million of that money should become available to improve city streets. If approved by the full council, it would pay for curbs, gutters and sidewalks at five southeastern and eastern areas. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD MAN PLEDS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORN: A 66-year-old Bakersfield man pleaded guilty Monday to receiving child pornography. Bradley James Ghilarducci admitted to receiving child porn online between February and August of 2012. He faces a sentence of five to 20 years in prison at his April 14 sentencing. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
HOTEL KEYS: Guests arriving at the Aloft Hotel in Manhattan or one in Silicon Valley will soon be able to do something hotels have dreamed about offering for years: walk past the check-in desk and enter their rooms by using a smartphone as a room key. The boutique hotel brand from Starwood Hotels & Resorts plans to offer this feature at two hotels before the end of the quarter. Guests at these properties will receive a message on a Starwood app containing a virtual key, which will unlock the door with a tap or twist of their phone through the use of Bluetooth technology. The company says the iPhone 4s or newer models and the Android phones running 4.3 or newer will be compatible.
THE HEALTH REPORT
FIREARM INJURIES: A new study reveals that firearm injuries send about 20 U.S. children to the hospital each day. The research in the journal Pediatrics, looked at a nationally-representative sample of hospitalizations at more than 4,000 medical centers that occurred in 2009 for children and adolescents under 20 years of age. The majority of the hospitalized adolescents were injured during an assault. But, for children younger than 10 years old, 75 percent of the injuries were due to unintentional or accidental firearm injuries.
THE SPORTS REPORT
ECHL'S BULLS FOLD: The San Francisco Bulls hockey team of the Pacific Division of the ECHL's Western Conference has ceased operations, the team announced. The Bulls, who came into the league in 2012, finish the season at 15-20-5 with 32 game dates left vacated on their schedule, including seven with the Bakersfield Condors. The Condors had home games against the Bulls slated for Feb. 4, 8, 22 and March 22 and road games slated at San Francisco Feb. 20, 21 and March 30. The Condors, and the remainder of ECHL teams that were on the Bulls' schedule, will simply look to fill their open dates with games against other league teams. Read the full story here.
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