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Monday, Jan 06 2014 06:57 AM

'First Look': First News for Jan. 6

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

FAMILY, FRIENDS MOURN, REMEMBER THEIR 'PRINCESS': After a night of hanging out with friends, Neil Martinez was following his co-worker Princess Flores Almonidovar home early Friday morning when he saw a light rapidly approaching her car. All he saw were headlights and a car hitting the 22-year-old, he said. Princess was killed on impact just after 3 a.m. Friday, at the intersection of Ming Avenue and Stine Road. Princess' father, Joseph Almonidovar, said his daughter was the family's primary provider. She bought the home where she and her family lived in northwest Bakersfield. The driver who allegedly hit Princess, 24-year-old Alex Rubio was arrested by Bakersfield police after he reportedly ran from the scene. Rubio is being held on $170,000 bail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other crimes. Read the full story here.

COUNTY TO GRAPPLE WITH SPAY NEUTER PLAN: Kern County leaders continue to search for a way to spend $250,000 set aside nearly six months ago to fund a targeted, aggressive spay-neuter effort. On Tuesday Interim Animal Control Services Director Shyanne Schull will recommend a tight timeline for supervisors and the public to brainstorm a spay-neuter system in a series of committee meetings. The goal is for the two-supervisor committee to pull together a plan, get community support and bring the issue back to the full board by Jan. 28. Read the full story here.

FIRST CATHOLIC CHURCH IN 45 YEARS TO BREAK GROUND: It's been 45 years since a new parish church has been built to serve Bakersfield's Catholic community. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Bakersfield's newest Roman Catholic parish and the first centered in the city's northwest, will begin construction of its first-phase worship center and parish facilities beginning with a groundbreaking ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will be at the northwest corner of Old Farm and Reina roads -- the site of the planned 720-seat worship center. Read the full story here.


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

BRAZILIAN TOURIST DIES IN TWO-CAR WASCO CRASH: The California Highway Patrol said a woman killed Saturday afternoon in a two-car collision in Wasco was one of six Brazilian tourists in a large sport utility vehicle that ran a stop sign. The woman, 32-year-old Jacqueline Lopes Marques was from Manaus, Brazil. The accident occurred at about 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of McCombs Road and Palm Avenue. The Brazilians' were traveling westbound in a 2013 GMC Yukon XL on McCombs Road. It failed to stop and was hit by a pickup truck going north on Palm. The truck hit the right rear of the suburban, causing it to spin and then overturn several times, ejecting Marques, who was not wearing a seatbelt. Read the full story here.

BODY FOUND NEAR STINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Police found the body of a Bakersfield man Sunday morning in an alley off Actis Street. The body of 55-year-old William Davis was found at 8:53 a.m. in the west alley of the 2600 block of Actis, near Stine Elementary School and two churches. An autopsy will be scheduled. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call BPD Detective King at 326-3857. Read the full story here.

SOUTHWEST BAKERSFIELD SHOOTING KILLS 1: A man reportedly involved in a fight early Sunday morning at a southwest Bakersfield residence was shot and killed. Kern County Sheriff's deputies said 23-year-old Javier Meraz of Bakersfield was found in a home in the 100 block of Griffith Street about 3:15 a.m. with gunshot wounds to his hands and lower torso. He died about 5:15 a.m. at Kern Medical Center. Deputies said Meraz had been in a fight at that location prior to being shot. Witnesses said the assailants were Hispanic males, who fled in a light colored, late model vehicle. It is unknown if the incident was gang related. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.



MALWARE: Thousands of users who visited Yahoo's Web site over the past week were infected with malware delivered via malicious advertisements that appeared on the site. Yahoo confirmed the infection, but said it has already been removed.



FUNDRAISING: Susan G. Komen for the Cure saw a 22 percent drop in contributions in the year after the controversy over its decision -- which it later reversed -- to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Citing audited financial statements posted on its website last week, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based breast cancer charity said contributions dropped from about $164 million to $128 million.



CSUB MEN'S BASKETBALL DWARFED BY UTAH VALLEY IN WAC OPENER: Cal State Bakersfield's debut in the Western Athletic Conference was going well until the second half Saturday night. Utah Valley dominated the Roadrunners the final 15 minutes, pulling away for an 82-74 win before an announced crowd of 2,045 in Rabobank Arena. "In the second half they did a great job of executing their offense," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said after CSUB fell to 7-8 overall. "Defensively, we didn't answer the challenges tonight. We've got to go back to the drawing board and make sure that doesn't happen again." Read the full story here.




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