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Thursday, May 15 2014 06:59 AM

'First Look': First News for May 15

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

DOG ATTACKS BOY, CAT ATTACKS DOG, WORLD CHEERS: A 4-year-old southwest Bakersfield boy with a fondness for Spider-Man has a new super-hero role model today -- his own family's cat. The gray tabby, named Tara, defended the boy against a vicious dog in a startling incident recorded on surveillance video -- a one-minute clip that has since gone viral and attracted national media. Preschooler Jeremy Triantafilo was walking his bike up the family driveway Tuesday afternoon when a neighbor's dog came up from behind the family's parked SUV and pounced, biting him on the left calf and overturning both bike and boy. But Tara sprang into action. Seemingly out of nowhere, the cat hurled herself at the dog, prompting it to release Jeremy and scurry off. Jeremy received 10 stitches. Read the full story here.

INVESTIGATOR SAYS ALLEGED TEXTING CRASH UNLIKE ANYTHING HE'S EVER SEEN: The lead investigator in the fatal 2012 crash allegedly caused by a texting driver knew at first glance the incident was unlike any he'd ever come across. The victim's sport motorcycle was upright and embedded in the front of the Toyota Tacoma driven by Anna Marie Reynosa, Californian reporter Jason Kotowski reported. The two vehicles conjoined at impact; about a third of the bike was under the truck. Bakersfield police Detective Chris Bagby said the crash was "tremendously remarkable" from a technical standpoint, and indicative of "significant" speed. The officer's testimony Wednesday came during the fourth day of Reynosa's trial for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Read the full story here.

TEHACHAPI COACH RESTING, IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER TAKING BATTED BALL TO THE HEAD: A day after a line drive knocked him out cold in front of hundreds of horrified spectators, Tehachapi High School baseball coach Chris Olofson was awake and alert but still hospitalized in serious condition. The coach was rushed to Tuesday to Kern Medical Center with a fractured skull, facial fractures and swelling and bleeding in his brain. Tehachapi Unified School District Superintendent Lisa Gilbert said Wednesday that he was coherent but in pain. Doctors are confident that he will progress without surgery. Read the full story here.



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

HANEY SWEEPS 3 AT SOUTH AREA CHAMPIONSHIP: The Central Section South Area Championships at Liberty on Wednesday was a normal track meet in many ways for Blake Haney. The Stockdale senior was his dominating self once again, banging out three commanding wins in the 800, 1600, and 3200. He plans on running all three at the Central Section Master's meet a week from Saturday at Buchanan High School in Clovis, but dropping the 800 for the state meet. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD BROTHERS ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED THEFT OF STATE PROPERTY: Two Bakersfield brothers were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing about $115,000 worth of copper wire and pipes, larger motor coils and canisters of refrigerant. The arrests of Ronald Wade Reimer and Steven James Reimer followed a nine-month investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The investigation showed that many of the items belonged to the California Department of Water Resources, where one of the brothers was employed. They made a profit of $87,000 over the course of a year by recycling the metals. The total loss to the state was in excess of $115,000. Read the full story here.

TWO MEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH WOMAN'S DISAPPEARANCE: A Bakersfield man was arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy related to the disappearance of a 34-year-old woman police believe is dead. Ruben Castro, 33, was arrested after police found a vehicle at his residence believed used to transport an unidentified heavy object from a motel room May 7. Daniel Norzagaray, 22, was also arrested after police found evidence at the crime scene -- the Super 8 Motel at 3620 Wible Road. Andrea Ladonne Russell was last seen the afternoon of May 7 at the motel and police have been unsuccessful locating her. Read the full story here.



GOOGLE GLASSES: If you have $1,500, now's your chance again to buy Google Glass. You'll remember that a month ago Google held a one-day sale during which U.S. residents could by the Internet-connected eyewear. Now Google is opening up sales on its website again, this time without specifying a time limit. Google is saying its product is still in "Explorer" mode, or a test mode.



ZUMBA YOUR BUTT OFF: A team of researchers led by UC Davis has launched a five-year study designed to reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes among immigrant Latino farmworkers. The study will include food and nutrition educational programs at the participants' on-farm work sites, as well as exercise activities such as Zumba classes. Fun! The program will start out on ranches in Salinas and Watsonville, but the ultimate goal is to disseminate the intervention program to farms throughout the country.



TAFT WINS FIRST SECTION BOYS TENNIS TITLE: TAFT -- Taft High affirmed its top seed in Division IV with a 7-2 win over second-seeded Reedley-Immanuel for the program's first Central Section boys tennis title in the school's history. Read the full story here.

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