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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
PLANT DEMOLITION: Looky-loo's are warned not to park on roadways or shoulders for Saturday's demolition of the PG&E plant on Rosedale Highway. Police say they'll be enforcing all the laws when the old building comes down between 5 and 6 a.m. The southbound and northbound lanes of Coffee Road between Rosedale and Brimhall will be closed for thirty minutes, and so will Jet Way at Coffee Road. he public is asked to avoid the area early Saturday morning and use alternate routes if possible. Read the full story here.
ACCUSED SCHOOL SHOOTER: The attorney for the accused Taft High School shooter says the teen should not have been charged as an adult. Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman said during a court hearing Wednesday that Bryan Oliver was only 16 at the time of the Jan. 10 shooting, and the District Attorney's office should have charged him as a juvenile. Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford said the law allows prosecutors to file adult charges against anyone 16 or older accused of committing certain serious offenses. Oliver has pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a gun on a person. He's being held on $1.5 million bail. Prosecutors say Oliver entered a classroom at Taft High and opened fire with a shotgun. A judge will rule on the issue next week. Read the full story here.
RESTAURANT GRADES: A new mobile app gives Kern County diners a heads up. You no longer have to look at a restaurant's front door to find the letter grade. Kern County Public Health Services has a custom app for smart phones and tablets linking you to reports for over 1,800 local eateries. You can even file a complaint with the option of sending a photo or video. To download the app, go to the Kern County website and click on Environmental Health. Read the full story here.
SEX OFFENDER: Here we go again with another local sex offender on the lam. Cops are looking for 45-year-old Douglas Horton who's a parolee and registered sex offender who disabled his GPS tracking monitor July 19. He's on parole for reckless evading of a peace officer and has a prior conviction for annoying or molesting children. Horton is described as white, 6-2, 215 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Bakersfield parole office or Secret Witness. Read the full story here.
DEPUTY CRASH: A Kern County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a crash Wednesday morning in the Oildale area. Deputy Bryan Eidenshink was driving east on China Grade Loop at 6:44 a.m. with his overhead lights and siren activated as he responded to an emergency call at Hart Park, sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Eidenshink entered the intersection at North Chester Avenue and collided with another vehicle. Neither Eidenshink nor the other driver was injured, Pruitt said. The crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The call Eidenshink was responding to was a medical emergency. Read the full story here.
TEEN GIRL: A teenage girl who had been missing for more than a week says she stayed at her cousin's house in Oildale and was not in the company of a convicted sex offender as police had suspected. The 15-year-old spoke briefly from a window at her home in the 400 block of Whitlock Street east of Union Avenue. She said she left home July 20 and returned Tuesday. She said she didn't know why she wanted to leave. Police said earlier in the week that they believed she may have been in the company of 37-year old John Gonzales, a convicted sex offender who disabled his ankle monitor. Bakersfield Police arrested Gonzales early Thursday morning on Goodman Street on suspicion of sexual intercourse with a minor and lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Read the full story here.
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PUBLIC ASKED TO STAY AWAY FROM POWER PLANT DEMOLITION: Bakersfield police have announced road closures in connection with the planned demolition early Saturday morning of the PG&E power plant at Coffee Road and Rosedale Highway. Roadways that will be closed for about 30 minutes between 5 and 6 a.m. include the southbound and northbound lanes of Coffee Road between Rosedale Highway and Brimhall Road, and Jet Way at Coffee Road. The public is asked to take alternate roadways to avoid delays. Police said they will be enforcing all laws against stopping on a roadway or shoulder. PG&E spokesman Denny Boyles said there isn't a designated zone for the public to view the demolition and recommended the public avoid the area if possible. Read the full story here.
INVESTIGATORS FIND ILLEGAL DUMPING AT SECOND VINTAGE OIL FIELD SUMP: A local oil producer may face closer scrutiny and the industry in general more regulation after water quality watchdogs found a second instance of unauthorized chemical dumping in a Shafter-area pond. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has determined that Vintage Production California LLC, part of Los Angeles-based oil giant Occidental Petroleum Corp., discharged oilfield fluids into two sumps near Shafter. An agency official said Wednesday that the state may now want to test other sumps owned by the company. A spokeswoman for Vintage declined Wednesday to comment on the agency's findings other than to say that addressing the issues raised by the water board "is a top priority" for the company. Read the full story here.
TEEN WHO WENT MISSING SAYS SHE WASN'T WITH SEX OFFENDER: A teenage girl who had been missing for more than a week said Wednesday she stayed at her cousin's residence in Oildale and was not in the company of a convicted sex offender as police had suspected. The 15-year-old teen spoke briefly from a window at her home in the 400 block of Whitlock Street east of Union Avenue. She said she left home July 20 and returned Tuesday. "I don't want to stay here," she said. Read the full story here.
DEPUTY INVOLVED IN CRASH WEDNESDAY: A Kern County Sheriff's deputy was involved in a crash Wednesday morning in the Oildale area. Deputy Bryan Eidenshink was driving east on China Grade Loop at 6:44 a.m. with his overhead lights and siren activated as he responded to an emergency call at Hart Park, sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said. Eidenshink entered the intersection at North Chester Avenue and collided with another vehicle. Neither Eidenshink nor the other driver was injured, Pruitt said. The crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. The call Eidenshink was responding to was a medical emergency. Read the full story here.
ATTORNEY SAYS ACCUSED TAFT SCHOOL SHOOTER SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN CHARGED AS ADULT: The attorney for accused school shooter Bryan Oliver argued Wednesday that the teen should not have been charged as an adult, and a judge will rule on the issue next week. Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman said during a court hearing that Oliver was only 16 at the time of the Jan. 10 shooting at Taft Union High School, and the District Attorney's office should have charged him as a juvenile. Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Pafford said the California Welfare and Institutions Code allows prosecutors to file adult charges against anyone 16 or older accused of committing certain serious offenses. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
ARE EXXON, CHEVRON BEING LEFT BEHIND?: The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that while the United States is producing more oil and gas than it has in decades, two of the country's biggest energy producers-- Exxon and Chevron -- are being left out of the boom. The newspaper reported Exxon and Chevron are tapping less oil and gas than they did even three years ago. Exxon reports its quarterly earnings today, while Chevron will report on Friday and analysts expect the results to show that production growth remains elusive. Last year alone, Exxon's oil and gas production fell 6% from 2011, to 4.2 million barrels a day. Chevron's production fell 2.4 percent, to 2.6 million barrels a day.
THE TECH REPORT
3-D PRINT JOBS : Do you need a 3-D print job? Six UPS stores in San Diego will be offering 3-D printing services. The website ENGADGET reported Wednesday the service will be aimed at small businesses, start-ups and retail customers in need of a professional grade model to produce things like prototypes and artistic renderings. With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.
THE HEALTH REPORT
VALLEY FEVER: Kern County's congressmen and other members of the Congressional Valley Fever Task Force are asking the Food and Drug Administration to put valley fever on the list of "qualifying pathogens." Rep. Kevin McCarthy's office says that the FDA is developing a list of pathogens that pose serious health concerns or are resistant to current drugs. It matters because if valley fever is listed, the FDA would prioritize reviews of any treatment, vaccine or other therapies for valley fever. McCarthy said, "Our community has continued to lead the way in fighting valley fever, and including this disease on the Qualifying Pathogens list would provide additional incentives for robust academic and private sector research and product development."
GO RED FOR YOUR HEART: Go Red Por Tu CorazÃ³n. A bilingual heart-health campaign encouraging Latinas to take better care of their health is coming to Kern County for the first time. The effort will kick off at a news conference today at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. The health movement aims to give Latinas information about their risks, symptoms and prevention of heart disease, the nation's Number One killer. The statistics are sobering: More women die from cardiovascular disease than all cancers combined. Kern County is ranked 58th of the 58 counties in California in the incidence of heart disease.
THE SPORTS REPORT
NUTS PASS BLAZE: The Modesto Nuts scored five fourth-inning runs and got four scoreless innings of relief pitching Wednesday in a 6-3 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Juan Silverio, Steve Selsky and Danny Vicioso had two hits each for the Blaze. Read the full story here.
PORTER TO JOIN COLORADO STATE COACHING STAFF: Former Colorado State and NFL standout Joey Porter, a Foothill graduate, will join the Rams' coaching staff this season as he finishes up his degree. Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday that Porter will serve as an undergraduate student assistant coach. Porter was a star for the Rams and went on to play 13 seasons in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl title with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005. He will be inducted into CSU's sports Hall of Fame in November. Read the full story here.
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