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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
BLAST INVESTIGATION: Two state agencies have opened separate investigations into Saturday's power plant implosion along Coffee Road that seriously injured one man and hurt several others. The Californian reports representatives of Cal-OSHA and the California Public Utilities Commission said their inquiries were under way Monday. Cal-OSHA enforces public and workplace safety laws, while the commission oversees the plant's owner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. A Cal-OSHA spokeswoman said her agency's investigation is focusing initially on Alpha Explosives, a Lincoln-based demolition company hired by plant owner PG&E's prime contractor on the job, Cleveland Wrecking Co., of Covina. Read the full story here.
CRITICAL INJURIES: A local sales and marketing executive injured in Saturday's implosion of an abandoned Pacific Gas and Electric Company steam power plant remains in critical condition. Forty-three-year old Jerry Wood of northwest Bakersfield was airlifted Saturday to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno after shrapnel from the demolition site traveled more than 1,000 feet and injured five spectators in the parking lot of Lowe's on Coffee Road. The Bakersfield Police Department had reported in the aftermath of the implosion that one of Wood's legs was amputated and a second badly injured. But Monday, a neighbor said Wood still had both his legs and surgeons were trying to save them. Read the full story here.
CLERK SHOT: A clerk is shot and injured at a neighborhood store in east Bakersfield. It happened at about 1:30 p.m. at La Perla Market on Robinson Street near Haley. According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, a man came in and shot the store owner, 60-year-old Fawzi Musaad multiple times in the upper body. Musaad reportedly returned fire, but it's unknown if the suspect was injured. Musaad was listed in stable condition at Kern Medical Center. Read the full story here.
WANTED: Police are looking for a guy who allegedly broke into a woman's home and groped her. Around 3 a.m. Sunday, the victim was a asleep at her home in the 800 block of East 4th Street when she reportedly woke up to find a man inappropriately touching her. he confronted him and he took off. The suspect was later seen driving an older green SUV. He's described as Hispanic, late 30s, about 5-5, 150 pounds, with black hair and a mustache. He wore a black tank top and tan khaki shorts. The man is wanted on charges of sexual battery and burglary. If you have any information, you're asked to call Bakersfield Police. Read the full story here.
NO CHARGES: A former Bakersfield city councilman will not be charged with spousal battery. Back in June, police went to the home of Mark Salvaggio on a domestic dispute call. Since then, officials say Salvaggio's wife has revised her statement. The Kern County District Attorney's Office cannot file charges, because officials lack independent evidence to link her original statement to those of the responding officers. Salvaggio served on the city council from 1984 to 2004. Read the full story here.
VALLEY FEVER WALK : A Bakersfield doctor known worldwide for his work to fight valley fever is being remembered with some special events this weekend. Dr. Hans Einstein died last year at age 89, and this Saturday, the People and Pets Walk Against Valley Fever takes place at the Kern County Museum. Einstein's daughter Paula Einstein is a well-known entertainer, and she's rounded up some friends for a special tribute following the walk. The walk starts at 8 a.m., followed by a raffle at 9:15, and then the tribute to Dr. Einstein. To pre-register for the walk and to find out more, go to valleyfever.com.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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PG&E BLAST VICTIM REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION: A local sales and marketing executive injured in Saturday's implosion of an abandoned Pacific Gas and Electric Company steam power plant remained in critical condition Monday.Forty-three-year-old Jerry Wood of northwest Bakersfield was airlifted Saturday to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno after shrapnel from the demolition site traveled more than 1,000 feet and injured five spectators in the parking lot of Lowe's on Coffee Road. Hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said Wood remained in critical condition. She declined to release any more information. The Bakersfield Police Department had reported in the aftermath of the implosion that one of Wood's legs was amputated and a second badly injured. But Monday, a neighbor said Wood still had both his legs and surgeons were trying to save them. Read the full story here.
SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE SHOWS POT SHOP SHOOTING: Surveillance cameras inside the First Reliable marijuana collective on Chester Avenue captured chilling footage of the July 17 killings of the dispensary's owner and an employee, which police say netted the suspects just $20 and 80.5 grams in pot. Bakersfield police released a detailed description of the footage in redacted reports Monday. The reports also include a store volunteer describing hearing the gunshots, and an interview with murder suspect Aaron Patrick Burris in which he denied knowing anything about the killings. Police say the footage shows 32-year-old Burris and a girl identified as 16-year-old Miracle Jackson, entering the shop. Tony Sherman, the shop's owner, left the bud-tending area of the business and talked with Burris in the lobby, according to the reports. Read the full story here.
STATE AGENCIES OPEN INVESTIGATIONS OF IMPLOSION: Two state agencies have opened separate investigations into Saturday's power plant implosion along Coffee Road that seriously injured one man and hurt several others. Representatives of Cal-OSHA and the California Public Utilities Commission said their inquiries were under way Monday. Cal-OSHA enforces public and workplace safety laws, while the commission oversees the plant's owner, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. A Cal-OSHA spokeswoman said her agency's investigation is focusing initially on Alpha Explosives, a Lincoln-based demolition company hired by plant owner PG&E's prime contractor on the job, Cleveland Wrecking Co., of Covina. Read the full story here.
WESTSIDE PARKWAY REPORT CARD: 36 TRAFFIC CITATIONS: Californian reporter Theo Douglas writes: Whether motivated by some intrinsically American desire to go west (or east) for five miles, or just by the lure of the wide-open, six-lane highway, Bakersfield residents started using the new Westside Parkway in earnest this weekend. According to Bakersfield police Detective Kenneth Farnsworth, there were no accidents over the weekend, but Bakersfield police who patrol the parkway issued 36 citations on it, mainly for speeding. Said Farnsworth: "I can say that we've stepped up (our enforcement) out there, just because it is new, and to see the trends that are going on out there. I think that most people are driving it just to say they did it." Read the full story here.
MARKET OWNER SHOT SEVERAL TIMES: A market owner in east Bakersfield was shot several times Monday afternoon and the suspect remained at large. Kern County Sheriff's deputies said 60-year-old Fawzi Musaad was taken to Kern Medical Center following the 1:30 p.m. shooting. Musaad owns the La Perla Market at 2237 Robinson Street. Deputies said the suspect entered the market armed with a handgun, and Musaad and the suspect exchanged gunfire. The suspect left the store and it's unknown if he was injured. The suspect is described as a Hispanic or black man last seen wearing a gray shirt and light-colored pants. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
OIL PRODUCTION: Which state produces the most oil? When it comes to oil producing states here in the U.S., everyone knows you can't get much bigger than Texas. After all, Texas has 7 billion in proven oil reserves. However, USA Today wrote Monday that California could become the country's largest oil producer if the Monterey Shale is developed. The newspaper wrote: "Even though the Monterey Shale is not currently available, its size (four times as large as the Bakken field in North Dakota) and the trends seen in other states, could mean California will soon surpass Texas in oil production." Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
WASHINGTON POST: Talk about going old school! Amazon.COM founder Jeff Bezos jumped back into the analog world on Monday with the stunning announcement that he bought the Washington Post for 250 million dollars. Just last year, Bezos predicted that the newspaper industry would not be printed on newsprint within 20 years. But on Monday the tech pioneer purchased the Pullitzer-prize winning newspaper from the Graham family and told his new employees: There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about -- government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports -- and working backwards from there.
THE HEALTH REPORT
'OBAMACARE' ACCOUNTS DEBUT: The Affordable Care Act is yet another step closer to reality for uninsured Americans. The Associated Press reports that the public can now open personal "Obamacare" accounts by going online to healthcare.gov and creating a user name and password. This comes as Oct. 1 looms. That's the start of open enrollment. But you can't yet use it to pick an insurance plan. That won't come until September, when details on the plans and premiums become available. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement Monday.
THE SPORTS REPORT
BC FILES THIRD IN SERIES OF APPEALS: Bakersfield College, 0-for-2 in its appeals of its football program sanctions, announced Monday it filed a third appeal, this time to the California Community College Athletic Association Board of Directors. In May, the Southern California Football Association found BC to be non-compliant with California Community College Athletic Association Bylaw 2, which governs subsidizing, inducements, and special privileges. Seven violations were noted in three categories. As a result of the SCFA findings, Bakersfield College's wins for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons were voided, including the 2012 CCCAA Championship game. The Bakersfield College football team has also been placed on a post-season ban for the 2013 season, and will be on probation for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Read the full story here.
CARR FAMILY HAS A NEW ADDITION: Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, a Bakersfield Christian graduate, and his wife, Heather, welcomed their first child into the family Monday morning. Family reports on Twitter say Dallas Mason Carr was born at 7 pounds, 10 inches. Derek Carr missed Fresno State's practice Monday but is expected back today. Former Bakersfield High and Bakersfield College quarterback Brian Burrell led Bulldogs' first-team offense in Carr's absence. Read the full story here.
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