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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
CHASE BANK ROBBERY: It's the stuff movies are made of -- an armed man with a dark blue bandana covering his face robbed a bank in the 4000 block of California Avenue Saturday afternoon in what Bakersfield police said was the latest in a surge of robberies at local financial institutions. Police say the robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash from the Chase branch at about 1 p.m. He's described as a white or Hispanic man in his 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches in height, with a husky build, dressed in a gray, long-sleeve, hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. The robbery follows a string of bank holdups, including one in April just a block away from Saturday's incident. Read the full story here.
MAN ANNOYS TWO JUVENILES: Bakersfield police are asking for your help finding a man who they say may have criminally annoyed two juveniles. It happened Wednesday in the 9900 block of Cheyenne Drive when a white man in his 50s driving an older, single-cab white Dodge Ram pickup approached the juveniles at about 4:30 p.m. and asked if they wanted a ride. They refused and the guy left. He's described as slim with short brown hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and was unshaven and dirty. Anyone with information about the man or the vehicle is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read the full story here.
BODY FOUND NEAR WASCO IDENTIFIED: We told you last week about a man's body found on a dirt road near Wasco. Turns out the man was from Wasco and was the victim of a homicide. An autopsy found that 49-year-old Jose Loya-Guiterrez was killed and his body was found Wednesday morning on the dirt extension of Jackson Avenue near an orchard about a mile east of Rowlee Road. Deputies say the body displayed obvious signs of trauma. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.
INMATE DEATH AT KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON: An inmate is found dead at Kern Valley State Prison in Delano. It's being investigated as a homicide. Authorities say 48-year-old Carmen Guerrero was pronounced dead at 12:39 a.m. Friday. Preliminary reports say he was strangled. Guerrero's cellmate, 42-year-old Miguel Crespo, has been named as a suspect in the case. Guerrero was transferred from Kings County to serve out a life sentence for first-degree murder. Crespo, from L.A. County, is in for first-degree murder. Read the full story here.
LETICIA PEREZ CLEARED OF VOTER FRAUD: A Kern County Supervisor's campaign for higher office is cleared of voter fraud allegations. District Attorney Lisa Green said Friday there's insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the Leticia Perez for State Senate Campaign regarding the alleged improper return of vote-by-mail ballots. Green said there were no attempts to improperly influence voter choice, no willful interference with ballot secrecy, or untimely return of ballots to election officials. However she said investigation did find noncompliance with delivery requirements of vote-by-mail ballots by campaign canvassers. The D.A.'s office reminds voters and campaign workers that there are statutory limits on who can legally return a vote by mail ballot, or else it might not be counted. Perez eventually lost in a runoff to Republican Andy Vidak.
FOSTER YOUTH AWARENESS WALK: Former foster kids now attending Cal State University Bakersfield are raising awareness with an on-campus event. On Nov. 8 members of the Guardian Scholars program will hold their first ever Foster Youth Awareness Walk. Among those taking part is communications major Nicole Dabbs, who opens up about being a Foster kid. The walk takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Friday at the CSUB campus. There will be, food vendors and entertainment, plus testimonies from people like Nicole. To find out more, call Kim Silva at 636-4248.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
MASKED MAN HOLD UP BANK ON CALIFORNIA AVENUE : An armed man with a dark blue bandana covering his face robbed a bank in the 4000 block of California Avenue Saturday afternoon in what Bakersfield police said was the latest in a surge of robberies at local financial institutions. Detective Ted King said the robber got away with an undetermined amount of cash from the Chase branch at about 1 p.m. The robbery follows a string of bank holdups, including one in April just a block away from Saturday's incident, King said. "Bank robberies this year have been significantly more than last year," he said. The handgun-toting perpetrator was described as a white or Hispanic man in his 30s, about 6 feet 2 inches in height, with a husky build. Read the full story here.
MORE THAN A CELEBRITY LAWYER, MARK GERAGOS TAKES BAKERSFIELD CASE : Celebrity attorney Mark Geragos has represented the likes of Michael Jackson, Chris Brown and Winona Ryder. So why is he coming to Bakersfield to represent the family of the late Jorge Ramirez? "We have, probably, one of the most vigorous police practices around, meaning we take cases when we think there is some kind of police misconduct," Geragos told The Californian this past week. He talked about his long career as a high-profile civil and criminal attorney, his willingness to go to trial and the local case -- involving a police informant who was shot and killed by officers he may have been trying to assist. Read the full story here.
MAN IN WHITE PICKUP SUSPECTED OF ANNOYING BAKERSFIELD JUVENILES : Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who they say may have criminally annoyed two juveniles Wednesday in the 9900 block of Cheyenne Drive. A white man in his 50s driving an older, single-cab white Dodge Ram pickup approached the juveniles at about 4:30 p.m. and asked if they wanted a ride. Police said they refused and the man left. The man was described as having a slim build and short brown hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and was unshaven and dirty police said. Anyone with information about the man or the vehicle is asked to call the department at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
PIPELINE REPLACEMENT TAKES AIM AT GOSFORD ROAD : The nighttime replacement of 1.8 miles of Shell crude oil pipeline in southwest Bakersfield, nearly half of it beneath northbound lanes of Gosford Road from White to Panama lanes, could begin as early as next week. That would make the project nearly two weeks behind its original schedule, as revealed to residents and business owners in an Oct. 8 letter from Shell Pipeline Company LP, explaining it would start Oct. 26 and continue "through December." But work may begin later still -- possibly not until after Veterans Day -- because as of Thursday, Shell still didn't have a signed contract with a subcontractor to help do the work, throwing a required pre-construction meeting Monday into doubt. Read the full story here.
FAMILY DONATES TO NORRIS MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY : The Lake Family Foundation is donating an undisclosed amount of money to help pay for a new, larger library at Norris Middle School. The foundation is run by the family that owns Rain for Rent, a local agricultural irrigation company. Neither the foundation nor the school would disclose the size of the gift, but it was big enough to earn the family naming rights. The new library will be called the Mary Louise Robinson Library after the Lake family matriarch, who attended Norris schools from 1926 to 1935. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
NETFLIX 4K: While TVs capable of Ultra HD resolution have arrived from most of the major manufacturers, the problem with 4K remains the content -- or the lack thereof. The large size of the 4K files and the difficulty of delivering them either via physical media or digitally has proven tricky for most studios and distributors, even those currently shooting in Cinema 4K. At CES in January this year Netflix and Samsung collaborated to show streaming 4K, and now Netflix has followed up on this test, offering live sample files of 4K video for streaming on its service. It's not exactly compelling viewing -- the files are mostly test footage designed to showcase Ultra HD -- but Netflix definitely has its sights set on a more robust offering. As GigaOm reports, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings used a recent earnings call to announce that he wants the company to be "one of the big suppliers of 4K next year". It's believed that Netflix will initially leverage its own original content, meaning that Ultra HD versions of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black could be on the way.
FCC: The FCC is making $32 million in Connect America Fund grants available to enable service providers in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska to bring broadband service to over 42,000 underserved homes and businesses. The new allocation is part of what the regulator says is a "jump-start" to extend broadband service to these areas.
THE HEALTH REPORT
GENDER: BBC News reports that Germany has become the first European country to recognize a third gender for babies with characteristics of both sexes. In other words, parents will no longer have to declare "male" or "female" gender on their baby's birth certificate. Instead, the new law will allow them to declare gender "undetermined" or "unspecified." According to BBC News, the purpose of the law is to take the pressure off of parents who might make hurried decisions on sex assignment surgery for infants. According to the Intersex Society of North America, experts at medical centers say that for about 1 in every 1500 births a specialist in sex differentiation is needed to determine the baby's gender. The group recommends that sex assignment surgery should not be performed until a child is mature enough to make an educated decision for herself or himself.
SUGARY DRINK TAX: A 20 percent tax on sugary drinks would reduce the number of obese adults in the United Kingdom by 180,000, say researchers writing in the British Medical Journal. The impact would be greatest in the under-30s. But some groups say a tax is misguided and simplistic, and would not have an impact on older age groups who might benefit most from losing weight. Earlier this year doctors called for a 15 to 20 percent soft drinks tax to reduce sugar intake.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CSUB's HILL, FIERRO WIN U21 TITLES IN SAN FRANCISCO: SAN FRANCISCO --Two Cal State Bakersfield wrestlers won titles to highlight the San Francisco State U21 Open on Sunday. Spencer Hill defeated teammate Hunter Hodges 16-5 in the finals of the 157-pound class. Hill won four matches by a score of 36-15 and had one pin. Adam Fierro, who is redshirting this season, won the 165-pound title. Fierro won three matches, two by technical fall. He defeated Justin Lozano in the finals 5-2. Matt Correa placed third at 125 pounds. Correa lost his first match before winning the next three on the docket including a 11-2 decision over Clakamas CC's Josh Johnson in the third place match. Sean Pollock went 2-2 to finish fourth at 184 pounds. Reuben Franklin was 2-2 at 197 pounds to earn a fourth place showing. Read the full story here.
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