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Wednesday, Jun 04 2014 07:12 AM

'First Look': First News for June 4

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

STANDINGS IN ASSESSOR RACE: Russell Johnson and Jon Lifquist appear to have emerged Tuesday from the muddy final lap of the three-candidate race for Kern County assessor-recorder with the most votes. Lifquist, the office's chief appraiser, held on to first place with 43.78 percent and Johnson, a Bakersfield City Council member, ended in second with 39.8 percent. The pair will face off in November's general election. The third candidate, Lupe Esquivias, came in a distant third with 15.94 percent of the vote. Read the full story here.

STANDINGS IN 21ST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT RACE: The Democratic Party got what it was hoping for this time. Party favorite Amanda Renteria topped John Hernandez in the 21st Congressional District race Tuesday, setting up a head-to-head November matchup against freshman Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford. Valadao -- not surprisingly -- claimed the lion's share capturing 64.2 percent of the votes. Renteria placed second with 24.5 percent and Hernandez third with 11.3 percent. Read the full story here.

STANDINGS IN 32ND ASSEMBLY DISTRICT RACE: The votes are in for the 32nd Assembly District seat and it looks like teacher and farmer Pedro Rios will go head-to-head against incumbent Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield in the November elections. Salas maintained a commanding lead as expected with a final count of 9,926 votes, followed by Rios with 8,067 and Romeo Agbalog with 5,106. Those numbers gave Salas 43 percent of the vote, Rios 34.9 percent and Agbalog 22.1 percent. Read the full story here.


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

SETH WALSH CASE SETTLED FOR $750,000: The mother of a gay 13-year-old Tehachapi student who hung himself in 2010 after being bullied at school has accepted a settlement with the Tehachapi Unified School District for $750,000. Wendy Walsh, whose son Seth died after two years of bullying at Jacobsen Middle School, had initially sought more than $6 million. Walsh's attorney, Daniel Rodriguez, called the decision to settle an attempt to provide "closure." Read the full story here.

POLICE SEARCHING FOR MAN ACCUSED OF LEAVING TODDLERS BY THEMSELVES FOR TWO DAYS: Police have developed probable cause to arrest a man accused of leaving three toddlers alone in an east Bakersfield apartment for two days. Detectives are searching for 24-year-old Andres Rivera. Police described Rivera as Hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The children, ages 1, 3 and 4, had been left in Rivera's care while their mother was in the hospital. They were found May 29 living in soiled clothes, dirty diapers and filthy surroundings in an apartment in the 1300 block of Niles Street. Read the full story here.

POLICE SEEK VEHICLE TIED TO ALLEGED FRAUDULENT CREDIT CARD USE: Bakersfield police are searching for a vehicle tied to a suspected case of fraudulent credit card use in south Bakersfield last month. The early- to mid-2000s SUV was seen May 9 during the alleged crime at a gas station about 8:45 p.m. in the 2500 block of White Lane. The vehicle looks similar to a Lincoln Navigator or Ford Expedition, and is blue or green in color. Anyone with information is asked to call the BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.



NETFLIX TAKES ON VERIZON: Netflix is alerting its viewers whenever its picture quality slows down by no fault of its own, according to a CNET report. Late on Tuesday, Vox Media designer Yuri Victor posted to Twitter of a photo of a Netflix screen buffering to a video. An alert was posted towards the bottom of the page, saying that "The Verizon network is crowded right now." Netflix went on to say that it was "adjusting video for smoother playback." Not long after that was image was published to Twitter, Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland tweeted out that the feature is being implemented across the network to "keep members informed."



HEART HOSPITAL CEO: The board of directors of Bakersfield Heart Hospital announced Tuesday that David Veillette will be president and CEO starting Monday. He succeeds Randy Rolfe, who had announced his retirement. A news release from the hospital said Veillette has 40 years of experience in clinical and leadership roles. Most recently he was executive vice president for Renown Institute for Heart and Vascular Health in Reno, Nevada.



ROBINSON HOMERS AS PORTS BEAT BLAZE: Centennial grad Dusty Robinson hit a two-run home run to open the scoring for the Stockton Ports, and they built an early four-run lead en route to a 6-2 win over the Bakersfield Blaze on Tuesday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Despite the loss, the Blaze moved closer to the Cal League's first-half North Division title because second-place Visalia lost 6-5 to Rancho Cucamonga. Read the full story here.




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