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Monday, Dec 23 2013 06:55 AM

'First Look': First News for Dec. 23

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

DRILLERS WIN STATE TITLE: Bakersfield High beat Loomis-Del Oro 56-26 for the CIF Division I State Bowl Championship on Friday night at the StubHub Center, capping a dominant postseason run that gave the Drillers their record seventh state championship. It's the first state title for BHS in the state bowl era, which began in 2006; after the Drillers won their sixth title in 1927, the state disbanded all state playoffs for the next 79 years. Now the new era of Bakersfield football, led by ninth-year coach Paul Golla, has made its mark, too. "We've left our legacy, all of us," senior quarterback Asauni Rufus said, and that goes for him especially after he burned Del Oro for 184 yards rushing, 71 yards passing and three total touchdowns. "We did all of our homework, and it paid off." Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD MAN DIES EN ROUTE TO JAIL: A Bakersfield man died Saturday morning while in custody of Kern County sheriff's deputies. Thomas Clinton Smoot, 27, died at 7:34 a.m. at the emergency room at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. The incident began at about 6:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Francis Street in Oildale when multiple people called to say a man was in the neighborhood yelling for help. At least one persson observed Smoot rolling around in one of the resident's front yard and shortly after he observed Smoot doing push-ups. A deputy arrived and contacted Smoot and handcuffed him without using any force. Deputies determined Smoot was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. As he was being taken to the downtown jail, the deputy noticed Smoot appeared to be in medical distress. The deputy pulled over and began performing basic life support procedures. Read the full story here.

MAN FOUND DEAD IN HOME; BOMB SCARE IN BODFISH DEFUSED: A county bomb squad Sunday finally cleared a booby trapped Bodfish home where a man was found dead along with at least two live bombs. It began Friday night with a neighbor's request to check on the man at 52 N. Salaine Drive who hadn't been seen for several days. Kern County Sheriff's deputies knocked on the two-bedroom home but got no answer. They then deployed robots to force entry into the home after a neighbor said the home owner may have booby trapped the property. On Saturday morning, they found the occupant dead, along with a live bomb and with additional live explosive devices. There were no details about the bombs provided by the Sheriff's Department. Read the full story here.


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

DEREK CARR OPENS UP ABOUT FINAL SEASON WITH BULLDOGS: The first time Derek Carr got under center at Fresno State, he wasn't quite ready. For any of what was about to come, starting with that first snap on the practice field. "I said, 'set, go' and the center thought it was on that and it wasn't. He snapped it early and my hand wasn't ready ..." The ball came up quickly, unexpectedly, and smacked him on the ring finger on his left hand, fracturing it. "Coach (Pat) Hill just looked at me and said, 'Get back in there.'" He did, and five years later Carr capped his Fresno State career with every school passing record in the books along with a slew of Mountain West records. Carr discussed his career at Fresno State, the 2013 season, his growth as a quarterback and what Fresno means to him and his family. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD MAN DIES IN HIGHWAY 178 CRASH: A 29-year-old Bakersfield man died early Saturday after his pickup truck collided with a traffic signal at Highway 178 and Canteria Drive. Stephen D. Ehret was driving a Chevrolet S-10 pickup west on Highway 178 at 1:40 a.m. when he struck the signal at Canteria Drive. He died about two hours later at Kern Medical Center. Read the full story here.

DASH ACROSS 99 PROVES FATAL TO LAGUNA HILLS MAN: A Laguna Hills man who experienced car trouble on Highway 99, not far from Highway 166, was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car as he tried to run across southbound traffic lanes, apparently while seeking assistance. Scott Girard Eichhorn, 28, suffered massive injuries when he was hit by a 2009 Toyota driven by 52-year-old Monica S. Arrazola of Van Nuys. Eichhorn's red 2000 Silverado was found near the scene at the center divider of southbound 99. The pickup had a flat tire and a jack was positioned under the truck. He may have needed additional tools or assistance, the CHP said in the release, before he made that last, fatal dash. Read the full story here.



APPLE IN CHINA: Apple announced Sunday that it has finalized a deal to sell the iPhone through China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone carrier. The deal has been in the works for years as Apple sought to gain a stronger foothold in the crucial smartphone market. Analysts have long said a deal with China Mobile was the single most important thing the company could do to re-ignite its rate of growth, which had been slowing over the last year.



GIRLS' BRAINS: It's always been conventional wisdom that girls reach maturity more quickly than boys, but now scientists have provided some proof. An international group of researchers found that girls' brains march through the reorganization typical of normal brain development earlier than boys' brains. The scientists documented the ebb and flow of new neural connections and noted entire reorganization seemed to occur sooner in girls' brains than in boys' brains. Females also tended to have more connections across the two hemispheres of the brain. What drives the gender-based difference in timing isn't clear.



CONDORS TOP IDAHO 4-3: BOISE, Idaho -- The Condors built a 3-0 lead in the first period but needed Joel Broda's third-period goal Sunday to earn a 4-3 victory over the Idaho Steelheads. The victory was the Condors' second in three games at Idaho and also the team's sixth in nine games. Read the full story here.

NICKELL, MENDOZA LEAD CSUB WRESTLERS: RENO, Nev. -- Cal State Bakersfield's Ian Nickell finished fourth at 141 pounds and Jose Mendoza (133) placed fifth to lead Cal State Bakersfield at the Reno Tournament of Champions. Nickell won his first four matches to advance to the semifinals, where he lost to No. 6 Evan Henderson of North Carolina a minute into the match. Nickell won his consolation semifinal to advance to the third-place match, where he was beaten 13-0 by Anthony Abdin of Nebraska. Read the full story here.



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