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'First Look': First News for Dec. 2

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

WOMAN IN OILDALE SHOT TWICE: Sheriff's deputies arrested an Oildale man after he allegedly shot a woman twice. When the first deputy arrived at the home in the 3000 block of Worthington Avenue about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, he heard shots fired inside the house. As backups arrived, a woman with at least two gunshot wounds came out of the house onto the front porch. She was moved to a safe location. Deputies say 66-year-old Johnnie Hall was inside the garage armed with several guns. The county SWAT unit was dispatched to the scene, but before it arrived deputies were able to contact Hall and he surrendered. The woman and Hall were taken to Kern Medical Center. Her injuries were described as "moderate to major" but not life threatening. Deputies seized numerous firearms from the residence, where they also found a dog that had been shot. Hall was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, spousal abuse and felony animal cruelty. Read the full story here.

DELANO SUSPECT LEADS POLICE IN CHASE: Delano police shot a suspect who lead them on a chase and then opened fire on officers. It happened at about 11:50 a.m. Saturday with a disturbance call where someone pointed out a green pickup truck as the suspect vehicle. As officers approached, the suspect sped off and led officers on a seven-minute chase outside city limits, but then headed back toward the city. As he traveled west on 9th Avenue, an SUV was heading south on Browning Road. The suspect blew through a red light at the 9th Avenue-Browning Road intersection and was hit by the SUV. The pickup then clipped a power pole. The suspect crawled out of the passenger side of the pickup and began fire at officers who returned fire. The guy was hit several times. He was airlifted to Kern Medical Center. The officers were uninjured. The driver of the SUV suffered minor injuries. Read the full story here.

INFANT FOUND NOT BREATHING: An autopsy will be performed on a 7-month-old infant found not breathing in her home Nov. 30. Eilena Roberts was found in her home in the 3100 block of Stine Road about 1:30 p.m. She was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital and pronounced dead at 3 p.m. Read the full story here.

FIRE SEASON: Kern County's Fire Season is officially over, but homeowners still need to be aware of their surroundings. Wednesday was the official end point of the season, and the Kern County Fire Department reminds homeowners they still need to watch overgrowth on their property, and clear those weeds. Before you burn this winter, you can visit valleyair.org. You can pick up your burn permits from the Forest Service.

POLICE MAKE IMPACT ON YOUNG DRIVERS: The Bakersfield Police Department is making an impact on young drivers through its program called A Life Interrupted. Officers are going to local high schools and community events with tales of teens who have died locally in car crashes. Sergeant Jeff Saso says family members of the victims tell some very powerful stories. The BPD recently received a $44,000 grant to keep the program going. If you'd like to schedule a presentation, you should contact Officer Sonia Peerey at the Bakersfield Police Department.

BAKERSFIELD CHRISTMAS PARADE: No denying it, the Christmas season is here and so is the Bakersfield Christmas Parade. The 2013 Christmas Parade on Thursday will result in several streets being closed to traffic. Vehicles will not be allowed to park between F through Q streets and 19th through 23rd streets from 4 through 9 p.m. The area of 21st and 22nd streets between H and Eye streets will have no parking from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Cars that are still inside the parade route by 5 p.m. will be towed. Vehicles that are not on the parade route but contained within the parade route will not be allowed to leave until the parade is finished.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

RATE HIKES HIDDEN IN CALIFORNIA'S GLOWING OBAMACARE REVIEWS: During a meeting last week, officials at Covered California, the state's much-touted health insurance marketplace, made a pretty stark admission: Half of the approximately 1 million consumers whose health plans are being canceled will pay more under the Affordable Care Act. Covered California estimates that about 900,000 consumers will have their "non-grandfathered" policies canceled. Of those, 35 percent are eligible for a subsidy. Another 15 percent will see their rates decrease even though they won't receive a subsidy. And the rest? About 25 percent will pay more for similar or perhaps inferior coverage, and the remaining 25 percent will pay more but will receive additional benefits, such as coverage for prescription drugs. Read the full story here.

SHUTTLE SERVICE CANCELED TO LAX: It didn't take long for the wheels to fall off the new Bakersfield-LAX shuttle service. Just six days after it began offering $32 one-way fares, Interstate Bus announced it has cancelled shuttle service effective Nov. 30. All travel dates that day and beyond are being refunded. Joel Azumah, president of Interstate's owner, Transport Azumah, said Saturday that he decided to cancel service because of high expenditures and customers unwilling to use credit cards to pay in advance. He said it quickly became evident most customers in the Bakersfield area wanted to deal in cash, and his company by and large deals in credit. He said the buses transported about 300 people, including 95 on Thanksgiving day, during their week-long run. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT SHOT AFTER FIRING AT DELANO POLICE: Delano police shot and injured a suspect who led them on a chase and then opened fire on officers Saturday morning. Police said officers were called out about 11:50 a.m. regarding a disturbance. Someone pointed out a green pickup truck as the suspect vehicle and, as officers approached, the suspect sped off. The suspect led officers on a seven-minute chase. The suspect blew through a red light at the 9th Avenue-Browning Road intersection and was hit by the SUV, police said. The pickup then clipped a power pole. The suspect crawled out of the passenger side of the pickup and began fire at officers, police said. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect numerous times. Read the full story here.

PILE OF RUBBLE WAS CENTURY-OLD BREWERY, CITY HISTORY: Given the city's reputation for not preserving its old buildings, people Sunday were only surprised that the demolition of the Bakersfield Brewery Co.'s brick building on Union Avenue hadn't occurred sooner. All that remains of the 101-year-old building is a few walls behind piles of rubble. The building, which once stood four stories tall and included an office tower, was considered among the most modern breweries in the country when it was built in 1912. Read the full story here.

WOMAN SHOT TWICE IN OILDALE; SUSPECT SURRENDERS AFTER STANDOFF: Sheriff's deputies arrested an Oildale man Sunday afternoon after he allegedly shot a woman twice. When the first deputy arrived at the home in the 3000 block of Worthington Avenue about 1:30 p.m. he heard shots fired inside the residence. As backups arrived, a woman with at least two gunshot wounds exited the house onto the front porch. She was moved to a safe location. Deputies determined that the suspect 66-year-old Johnnie Hall was inside the home's garage armed with numerous firearms. Hall surrendered and deputies seized numerous firearms from the residence, where they also found a dog that had been shot. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

STOLEN SMARTPHONES: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless launched a database for stolen smartphones last year, and today the wireless industry says that database system is complete. The database now allows carriers to block activation of LTE smartphones as well as 3G devices, hopefully deterring their theft, and has been integrated with international databases so foreign carriers can assist the effort. While the US database has been active for a year, New York City officials say it hasn't made a real dent in smartphone thefts. Since foreign carriers weren't included in the original effort, organized crime syndicates were fronting truckloads of cash to ship stolen smartphones overseas where they can be sold without fear. Smartphone theft is such an issue in San Francisco and New York City, in fact, that prosecutors launched the "Save Our Smartphones Initiative", hoping to convince US carriers and smartphone manufacturers to install a "kill switch" in their devices that could completely deactivate them if they were stolen.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

BREAST CANCER: According to a new study, a molecule that originates from cholesterol can stimulate the growth of breast cancer. The study raises hope that a healthy lifestyle and the use of statins -- cholesterol-lowering drugs -- could be effective in preventing breast cancer. Over 232,000 new cases of breast cancer and nearly 40,000 deaths in women are estimated to occur this year in the U.S. according to the National Cancer Institute. Many studies in the past have shown a link between obesity and breast cancer. In people who are overweight, fat can expel hormones, including estrogen, to propagate cancer. Duke University scientists found that cholesterol was behaving similarly to estrogen.

GM FOODS: A controversial French study purportedly linking genetically modified foods to tumors and organ failure in rats has been retracted. The research was widely hailed by activists against genetically modified foods. The journal publisher announced last week that its journal, Food and Chemical Toxicity, was pulling the paper after lengthy review of the raw data. Because of problems with the type and number of animals used, they said, the study was inconclusive and does "not reach the threshold of publication." The original study described rats that for two years were exposed to herbicide-tainted water and fed an unlimited diet of Roundup-resistant maize, a type of corn genetically modified to resist herbicide and marketed by the agribusiness giant Monsanto.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

FORMER RENEGADE AD, START QB MADE BIG IMPACT ON AND OFF THE FIELD: Jan Stuebbe was a pillar of support for his Bakersfield College coaching staff during his tenure as the Renegades' athletic director. But Stuebbe's time at BC pre-dated his years as the AD. He was also an outstanding quarterback for the Renegades in the 1969 and 1970 seasons following an outstanding athletic career at Shafter High. He also spent many years coaching at the high school level. Stuebbe, who was 62, died Saturday night after a lengthy battle with cancer. Those who knew Stuebbe and visited him during his illness marveled at his will to live and the way he battled the disease until the end. Read the full story here.

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