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Monday, Jan 20 2014 06:36 AM

'First Look': First News for Jan. 20

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

VIDEO OF DEATH AT GROUP HOME RELEASED BY FAMILY OF VICTIM: The security video shows a sudden punch thrown and a brief struggle as three, then four men hold Joseph Adam Lynch face-down against the floor. Less than three minutes later, when the 27-year-old Bakersfield man stops moving, the realization sinks in: You're watching a man die. The video, released Friday, is connected to a wrongful death lawsuit filed last month in Kern County Superior Court on behalf of Lynch's family. Read the full story here.

BPD STRUGGLING TO PUT MORE COPS ON THE STREET: Seven months after the Bakersfield City Council approved spending $1.3 million to hire another 10 police officers and give the police department its largest sworn complement in history, good cops have proven hard to find. The city council voted in June to increase the number of sworn Bakersfield Police Department officers to 389, but when that happened, BPD had just 338 sworn officers. Today, the department still needs to add another 34 officers to reach its authorized force of 389. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN CRASH THAT KILLED PRINCESS ALMONIDOVAR: A suspected drunken driver involved in a devastating crash that killed a 22-year-old woman in southwest Bakersfield pleaded not guilty Friday to charges including second-degree murder. Alex Anthony Rubio, 24, entered his plea before Judge Michael G. Bush. Rubio is also charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing bodily injury, and hit and run causing death or permanent serious injury. He remains free on $17,000 bond. He could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the second-degree murder charge. Read the full story here.


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

EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD KILLED AFTER CRASHING INTO PARKED VEHICLE: A motorist was killed Friday evening after driving into a parked vehicle in east Bakersfield. Daniel Cervantes, 18, of Bakersfield suffered blunt force trauma in the 9:39 p.m. crash and died a short while later at Kern Medical Center. Officers said Cervantes was driving east on Center Street when he struck a vehicle legally parked along the south curb east of Rembrandt Street. He was not wearing a seat belt. Read the full story here.

DRUNKEN DRIVING SUSPECTED IN CRASH THAT KILLED PREGNANT WOMAN: A pregnant woman was killed in a crash early Friday in which police believe the driver of the other vehicle was under the influence of alcohol. Police said 26-year-old Joseph Haskell Maine was driving a pickup west on Fairview Road when he struck a car traveling north on Monitor Street at 12:40 a.m. Vanessa Carrillo, 25, a passenger in the car, died at the scene. Carrillo and the fetus died of blunt force trauma. Maine could be charged with second-degree murder because of his prior criminal history. Read the full story here.

SHOOTING VICTIM IN CRITICAL CONDITION: One person was in critical condition following a drive-by shooting Friday morning at an east Bakersfield market. Police said the victim was standing at the front of the Hollywood Market at 1107 E. Planz Road. A silver 4-door vehicle occupied by two to four black men drove by at 9:30 a.m. and shots were fired. The victim was taken from the scene by a witness and later found by officers at Cottonwood Road and Highway 58. He was taken to a local hospital. Read the full story here.



GOOGLE GLASS: The Sacramento Kings are teaming up with electronics company CrowdOptic to give fans a new view of the game using Google Glass beginning on January 24 against the Indiana Pacers.The Google Glass will be worn by team members, cheerleaders, and announcers to give fans a different view of the game, according to ABC News. The news of the Kings using Google Glass isn't surprising. The team began accepting Bitcoin earlier this year and Google Glass also was incorporated into the 2013 NBA Draft night.



BABY SHAMPOO: The only hint that something is different inside millions of bottles of Johnson's Baby Shampoo arriving on store shelves are two words: "Improved Formula." Johnson & Johnson products no longer contain two potentially harmful chemicals including formaldehyde. The reformulated products are making their way to store shelves around the world and will replace existing products over the next several months.



BROISSOIT'S 31 SAVES HELPS CONDORS TO WIN OVER REIGN: The Condors converted on their limited scoring chances and Laurent Brossoit provided his usual stellar goaltending, stopping 31 shots, as the Condors beat Ontario 3-2 on Sunday at Rabobank Arena. The Condors finished a busy week 3-0-0-1 and are 8-2-1-1 over their last 12. The team that started 1-10-1 is just one game under .500 at 16-17-1-2. Read the full story here.

HANEY PICKED AS BVARSITY BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Blake Haney's high school running career has been sensational, historic even, and it's not finished yet. Haney is the BVarsity Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year after a season in which he won a second Central Section title, finished third in the CIF Division I State Championship race and placed second in Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. Highland's Savannah Berry and Golden Valley's Mariah Ayala are the co-girls runners of the year, West's Mark Ogilvie was picked a boys coach of the year, and McFarland's Amador Ayon was named girls coach of the year. Read the full story here.




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