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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
KERN COUNTY ANIMAL HOARDER AT ODDS WITH LA COUNTY OFFICIALS: Kern County animal hoarder Cynthia Gudger appears to be up to her old tricks again. A KABC-TV in Los Angeles is reporting that Los Angeles Animal Services is investigating complaints that Gudger is again keeping animals in deplorable conditions. She was arrested in Kern County in July 2008 after being found living under the assumed name of Anita Gilbert with more than 50 living cats and dogs and 14 dead ones in a feces-filled warehouse in Tehachapi. Read the full story here.
CRIME SCENE PHOTOS SHOWN DURING POT SHOP HOMICIDE PRELIMINARY HEARING: Marquise Blackmon saw for the first time Thursday photographs showing the father of her three young daughters face down in a display case, shot dead last year in a Bakersfield medical marijuana dispensary. The photographs were shown during the preliminary hearing for Aaron Patrick Burris and Miracle Jackson, each charged with two counts of murder and other crimes in the July 17 killings at First Reliable collective. Police said Burris and Jackson fled with $20 in cash and 80.5 grams of pot. Read the full story here.
THURSDAY'S RAINFALL MUCH NEEDED DROP IN THE BUCKET: The 200ths of an inch of rain that Bakersfield got Thursday did not cost the area its dubious distinction of having its driest year since the National Weather Service began keeping records. For the rain year that began July 1, the area around Meadows Field has had 1.09 inches of rain, the least since anyone started recording rainfall there in 1889. There were some new systems headed for Kern County that could put a dent in the drought, with a slight chance of rain today. Read the full story here.
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HOGGZ CLOSES AT TOWN & COUNTRY VILLAGE: Hoggz Surf Shop, an independently owned store known as much for the booming enthusiasm of owner Chad Hoggard as for the store's hip styles, has closed. Hoggz closed about three years after opening near Trader Joe's at the Town & Country Village shopping center on the northwest corner of Stockdale Highway and Coffee Road. The store sold surfboards, skateboards, wakeboards, sunglasses and clothing. On Thursday morning, all merchandise had been removed from the roughly 5,000-square-foot space. Read the full story here.
THREE SUSPECTS WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH ROBBERY OF POTSHOP: Police say three men were involved in the robbery of a medical marijuana dispensary in south Bakersfield. Two suspects -- one armed with a handgun -- entered Safe Collective at 2850 S. Chester Ave. on Jan. 12 and forced the clerk to the ground, police said. They removed marijuana from a display case and ran to a waiting vehicle occupied by a third suspect. For photos of the three suspects and the vehicle, check out bakersfield.com. Read the full story here.
MOTORIST ACCUSED OF THROWING METH FROM HIS VEHICLE AS DEPUTIES GIVE CHASE: A motorist threw about a half pound of methamphetamine from his vehicle as deputies chased him east of Tehachapi early Thursday. Michael Pate, 27, a Ridgecrest resident, was contacted by deputies at 1:28 a.m. at Love's Travel Stop on East Tehachapi Boulevard. Deputies said Pate, who is on probation, refused to comply with deputies and drove away. Deputies chased him and the pursuit ended on Highway 58, at exit 151 and East Tehachapi Boulevard. Deputies said they located the discarded meth along the roadway. Pate was arrested on suspicion of drug offenses, attempting to destroy evidence, evading a peace officer and resisting arrest. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
PHONE SERVICE: The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to allow telecom carriers to run trials with Internet Protocol networks replacing traditional, copper-based telephone systems. The FCC's unanimous vote Thursday will allow carriers to experiment with providing voice service using IP, delivered over coaxial cable, fiber or wireless networks, with the eventual goal of retiring copper-based facilities. The tests will be focused on the impact of the transition on telephone customers, and on emergency services and look for potential problems such as service interruptions on electricity-dependent IP networks.
THE HEALTH REPORT
PEANUT ALLERGIES: Many children with peanut allergies who were fed small but escalating amounts of peanut flour were eventually able to eat a significant quantity of peanuts with no reaction, a new study has found. Six months after the treatment started, more than 80 percent of the children in the trial could safely eat the equivalent of five peanuts a day. That is at least 25 times the quantity of peanut protein that they could tolerate before the therapy.
THE SPORTS REPORT
FORMER CONDORS OWNER HAS ONE REGRET: A Wall Street trader from New York stood on the streets of Bakersfield 17 years ago and promised to bring a hockey championship to the city. Jonathan Fleisig, who finalized a sale of the Condors to the Edmonton Oilers last week, never made good on that brash boast, and that still saddens him. Read the full story here.
RENEGADES SHINE IN OPENER: Cole Hallum hadn't pitched in an official game since the spring of 2011. But he was Bakersfield College's opening-night starter on Thursday and worked seven sharp innings in the Renegades' 4-1 win over Porterville at Gerry Collis Field. "It's been a while," said Hallum, who went 9-1 in 13 games for Centennial High as a senior in 2011. "I wanted to get on the mound again and see if I could get it done." Hallum threw 92 pitches, according to BC coach Tim Painton, allowing the Pirates' one run on eight hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Read the full story here.
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