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Thursday, Jan 30 2014 07:05 AM

'First Look': First News for Jan. 30

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

HOMELESS MAN SAVES WOMAN FROM FALLING INTO HIGHWAY 99: A homeless man persuaded a suicidal woman not to jump from a Highway 99 overpass and then grabbed and held her when she slipped and fell while trying to climb back to safety. According to Bakersfield police, the drama began unfolding on the Wilson Road overpass sometime after 3 a.m. when the unidentified woman climbed over the fence with the intention of leaping onto the highway to kill herself. As the woman apparently had second thoughts and began climbing back over the fence to safety, she slipped and fell. She held onto the chain link fence but was left dangling above traffic. Police said the man was able to grab the woman and hold onto her until help arrived. Read the full story here.

TEEN REUNITED WITH DEPUTY WHO RESCUED HIM: An outing with family and friends took a painful, scary turn Dec. 28 when 14-year-old Brendan Sparks crashed his motorcycle in a remote area of Dove Springs, breaking a femur and cracking his hip. His father tried to keep him calm while they waited for help to arrive. On Wednesday, Sparks got the chance to thank Deputy Brad Brandon in person, who rescued him by loading him into a rescue basket and raised into the sheriff's helicopter. He'd been telling his parents what a difference Brandon made during that nervewracking experience. Read the full story here.

AN INSTANCE OF OIL AND WATER MIXING: New water treatment technologies may help local oil companies cope with the dual challenges of drought and the Central Valley groundwater's growing salinity, industry professionals said at a conference in Bakersfield Wednesday. The all-day gathering of about 60 industry representatives focused on ways oil producers can make more efficient use of water when performing steam flooding, cyclic steaming and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- all of which are employed locally to produce oil. Some approaches discussed involved treating the water that many Kern County oilfield operators would otherwise dispose of. In some cases, treated water may be resold to farmers for irrigation. Read the full story here.


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

DEPUTY PUBLIC DEFENDER ACCUSED OF SMUGGLING CELL PHONE INTO LERDO JAIL: Deputies have submitted an investigation to the Kern County District Attorney's office regarding a Deputy Public Defender who they allege tried to smuggle a cell phone to an inmate at Lerdo Jail. Public Defender Konrad Moore said Thomas Alan Rogers made an innocent mistake when he brought the cell phone into the jail on Dec. 19. The phone was seized by deputies but has been returned. Moore said the phone was provided by someone who believes it contains information that could help John Wilburn, the inmate Rogers was seeing that day. Read the full story here.

JUVENILE AWAKES TO STRANGER IN HER BEDROOM: A juvenile awoke early Monday to a stranger in her bedroom. Police said a light was turned on in the female juvenile's room at 5 a.m. in the 2900 block of Crescent Ridge Street in south Bakersfield. She told officers she saw a Hispanic man in his 20s, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 180 pounds, black hair, brown eyes, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a baseball cap. The suspect is wanted on suspicion of burglary and annoying a juvenile. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call Detective John Rodrigues at 326-3870. Read the full story here.

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH EAST BAKERSFIELD SHOOTING: Bakersfield police Wednesday morning arrested a man in connection with a shooting earlier this week. Nicholas Salinas, 33, of Bakersfield was arrested during a traffic stop. After questioning at the police department, he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and booked into the Kern County Jail. Salinas is believed involved in the 7 p.m. shooting on Jan. 27 in the south alley of the 700 block of Sumner Street. Read the full story here.



DOMAIN NAMES: On February 4, you'll be able to get Internet domain names with such new generic top-level domains as dot-CHEAP or dot-NINJA. So, yes, if you really wanted to, you could have such domain names as dirt-dot-cheap or joe-the-dot-ninja. Generic top-level domains dot-com, dot-edu, and dot-gov. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers decided in 2012 that the 22 existing names weren't enough and decided to give us up to 1,400 new ones, claiming they will enhance competition, innovation and choice in the Domain Name space.



TANNING BEDS: The number of people using indoor tanning services is substantially higher than previously reported. More than 35 percent of American adults report ever using a tanning bed, along with 59 percent of college students and 17 percent of teens. The percentage of Americans who have used a tanning bed in the past year also was high -- 13 percent of adults, 43 percent of university students and 10 percent of teens, according to the report. Since 1992, U.S. rates of melanoma have risen 3 percent a year according to the American Cancer Society. People who use a tanning salon before age 35 increase their risk of melanoma by 75 percent.



HOT-SHOOTING BAYNE LEADS STOCKDALE BOYS PAST LIBERTY: It was all about aiming high for Christian Bayne and Stockdale's boys basketball team Wednesday night, and that's not a metaphor. The senior broke out of a shooting slump by aiming high -- literally -- and he scored 27 points to lead the Mustangs to a 60-51 home victory against Liberty, drawing the teams even in the Southwest Yosemite League race. Read the full story here.

RENEGADES OPTIMISTIC AS BASEBALL SEASON OPENS: After coming up short in the playoffs last year, the Bakersfield College baseball team is excited to start a fresh new season. "It's a new season. We're excited about it and there are a lot of new faces," said BC coach Tim Painton, whose team opens its season by hosting a three-day tournament starting today against Porterville College at 6 p.m. "You really don't know how good you are until you get on the field and get tested in an actual game situation, but we like the freshmen that have come in and we have returned some key pieces of sophomores. We like the group that we have." The Renegades went 24-14 overall and 16-8 to finish third in the Western State Conference South Division last season. Glendale College (27-13, 19-5) took first and College of the Canyons (24-16, 17-7) finished second. Read the full story here.



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