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Wednesday, Sep 04 2013 07:38 AM

'First Look': First News for Sept. 4

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:

PRINCIPAL RELEASED FROM CUSTODY: The elementary school principal arrested on suspicion of murdering her husband is released from custody. Prosecutors say they want more information from Kern County Sheriff's deputies before they take any possible action against 46-year old Jenea Chance who was arrested last Friday after the shooting death the week before of her husband, 45-year old Todd Chance. Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says Jenea Chance remains the sole suspect in the death of her husband. He says detectives have received information regarding what her motive might have been and are continuing to investigate. Jenea Chance is the principal at Fairview Elementary School in south Bakersfield. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT WANTED: Bakersfield police need your help identifying a suspect wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping. Police responded to the 800 block of Oak Street around 3 p.m. Tuesday morning and learned that the victim was approached from behind, grabbed, and dragged a short distance into a planter with shrubbery. The suspect threw her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. The victim fought back and managed to escape, and the suspect ran east on Sunset Avenue. He's described as Hispanic, 5 -1, medium build, full trimmed beard, wearing a black long-sleeved shirt with a white logo and black pants. Read the full story here.

FUNERAL HOME: Tense moments at a local funeral home. Sheriff's deputies say 83-year old Kenneth West entered Basham Funeral Home in the 3300 block of Niles Street yesterday (tue) afternoon and pulled a gun out of a briefcase. Seems West had recently paid for funeral arrangements at the mortuary. An employee convinced West to drop the gun and leave, where he was met outside the building by sheriff's deputies who took him to jail. He faces charges including false imprisonment, obstructing or delaying a peace officer in the performance of their duties, and weapons charges. Read the full story here.

ACCIDENT IN DELANO: A man is dead after a two-car accident in Delano. It happened Friday afternoon around 2:30 at the intersection of Garces Highway and Browning Road. Delano Police say the victim,died on the way to Kern Medical Center. No word yet on the name of the victim. The investigation is continuing. Read the full story here.

LOCAL CONGRESSMAN REACTION ON SYRIA: Two local congressman say they're undecided about whether they'll support any action President Obama takes against Syria. After attending a White House briefing, Hanford's David Valadao said he agrees we need to stop chemical weapons. Valadao appeared Tuesday on KERN's Ralph Bailey Show. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy came on right afterward and said he's also undecided on whether he'll support the President. 

CHP RECRUITING: The California Highway Patrol is looking for a few good men and women to join their ranks. They're holding a recruitment period beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, September 12 and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14. Candidates need to be a high school graduate, 20 to 35 years, old, a U.S. citizen with no felony convictions. All applicants need to go through some strict requirements including a written test, background investigation and physical ability test. To apply, or get more information, go to CHPcareers.com.


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

PRINCIPAL ARRESTED IN HUSBAND'S KILLING RELEASED: The elementary school principal arrested last week on suspicion of murdering her husband was released from custody Tuesday evening after prosecutors sent the case back to the Kern County Sheriff's Office for further investigation. Supervising Deputy District Attorney Andrea Kohler said she could neither discuss the information prosecutors sought from the Sheriff's Office in the case of Jenea Chance nor set a timetable for how long it might take. She said the case was "kind of front and center" with detectives. Chance, 46, was booked into jail Friday in connection with the shooting death of husband Todd Chance the weekend before. Read the full story here.

AG WORKERS CONTINUE TO FACE RAPE, HARASSMENT IN CA INDUSTRY: Women working in the country's fields and food processing plants continue to face persistent peril of sexual violence and harassment, that's according to an investigation done by The Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School. Many low-wage migrant laborers remain silent about workplace sexual abuse out of shame, fear of deportation or worries they'll be fired. More than four out of five workers who reported the problem to their employers say they were demoted, fired or subjected to further abuse, the analysis shows. Read the full story here.

MCKITTRICK MAN THIRD TO DIE FROM TAFT CRASH: A Saturday head-on collision on Highway 119 claimed its third victim Sunday when a McKittrick man died at Kern Medical Center. The coroner's office said 31-year-old Brian Maloy died at 3:13 a.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, Maloy was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu east on Highway 119 when he veered left into the path of a westbound 1994 GMC Sierra pickup about 11:55 a.m. Also killed in the accident at the intersection of Highway 119 and Dustin Acres Road in Taft were 32-year-old Chad Everett of Taft and 28-year-old Carlos Sanchez of Bakersfield. Read the full story here.

ANIMAL ACTIVISTS PUT CIRCUSES THROUGH THE RINGER: The protests have become a circus tradition in their own right. Animal rights activists show up outside circus venues to condemn what they consider to be inhumane treatment of exotic animals by traveling circuses. This dual routine is playing out in Bakersfield again this week with the arrival of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Animal Defenders International said it has prepared for Ringling's visit by taking out five billboards in Bakersfield urging an end to the animals' suffering. Read the full story here.

MAN DIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN EAST BAKERSFIELD: A Bakersfield man who was shot Monday night in the 3500 block of Pioneer Drive in east Bakersfield died early Tuesday at Kern Medical Center. The Kern County Coroner's office identified the man as 23-year-old Terrence Jamaal Nash. He was shot at 11:43 p.m. Monday and died at 12:31 a.m. Tuesday in KMC's emergency room. Homicide detectives went to the scene to investigate, deputies said. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause and manner of death. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at 322-4040. Read the full story here.



OIL PRICES CLIMB HIGHER ON SYRIAN FEARS: With the world watching what the U.S. Congress does about Syria, the world oil markets are reacting by sending future prices higher. West Texas Intermediate Crude for October delivery closed at $108.54 a barrel on Tuesday. All of this based on fears that the U.S. could strike Syria, possibly setting off a regional conflict in the mideast, according to the Associated Press.



HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: Hawaiian Airlines plans to offer passengers Apple's iPad Minis so they can have access to in-flight entertainment, such as movies, TV shows and games. The airline is deploying 15-hundred iPad Minis on its 767 aircraft serving 14 routes between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland, Asia and the South Pacific. Business class customers will receive the iPad Mini for free, while economy class passengers can pay 15 dollars for an iPad Mini at the gate or 17 dollars for it in-flight. The airline has teamed with Bluebox Avionics, a provider of in-flight entertainment products, for the entertainment package.

VERIZON: Verizon Wireless topped J.D. Power's most recent network performance rankings across all six U.S. regions, marking a first-time achievement for any operator since the semiannual study moved to a regional format in 2004. According to J.D. Power, Verizon is the operator achieving fewer customer-reported problems when it comes to dropped calls, initial connections, transmission failures and late text messages compared against the regional average. AT&T was second while T-Mobile and Sprint alternated between third and fourth place in five of the six regions



COVERED CALIFORNIA: Californians can now see specific rates from competing health plans on a new state-run insurance market set to open Oct. 1. Covered California, the new state marketplace, launched a new online feature enabling consumers to get detailed price comparisons for their area for the first time. Starting in January, health insurance premiums will be based on a person's age and location. Separately, federal subsidies are available to help pay premiums based on household income and size under the Affordable Care Act. You can visit CoveredCA.com to see your rates.

HEART DISEASE: At least 200-thousand deaths from heart disease and stroke can be prevented each year by quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and taking aspirin when recommended by a physician, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study published Tuesday, researchers found that the rate of avoidable deaths from cardiovascular disease had dropped 29 percent from 2001 to 2010. However, researchers found the pattern of decline differed by age, race and state of residence. In 2010, the states with the highest avoidable-death rates were primarily in the South, including Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. In the United States, roughly 800,000 people die of heart disease and stroke each year, the report says.



GARCES TOPS LIBERTY IN GIRLS TENNIS: Having lost three of its top four players to graduation, including Central Section singles champion Gracie Jacobs, the Garces girls tennis team expected this to be a rebuilding year. Ditto for Liberty, which no longer has the services of four of its best eight players from a year ago. Regardless of all the turnover, both teams demonstrated that they'll be just fine this season as the Rams edged the Patriots 5-4 Tuesday at the Garces Tennis Complex. "I am very happy with the way we played," Garces coach Barb Johnston said. "We played hard. It was a close match. I think both teams are kind of in a rebuilding year. To come out with a win against Liberty is good for us." Read the full story here.



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