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Monday, Mar 10 2014 06:50 AM

'First Look': First News for March 10

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

REQUEST FOR LENIENCY COULD BACKFIRE ON JENNIFER CRISP: Jennifer Crisp was such a trusting wife she let her husband's employees take care of details she really should have handled herself. They not only made payments on at least seven homes fraudulently purchased under her name, but they paid her household bills "because I wanted no part of it," according to recent federal court filings. As The Californian's John Cox reported Sunday, if she was in the dark about her husband David's criminal business activities, she was not blind to the benefits. Among the court files are receipts for a $27,500 Chanel watch, a $1,140 Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and trips the couple took to Tahiti and Cancun, Mexico. Read the full story here.

COLOR ME RAD: WHAT PERCENTAGE GOES TO CHARITY?: Color Me Rad -- the 5K run-walk event -- is all about having some fun and getting some exercise. But what percentage of the money raised goes to charity? As reported by The Californian's Steven Mayer on Sunday, the company does not share information about how much money its events generate in gross receipts, costs or net profits. This year, the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House partnered with Color Me Rad and director Scarlett Sabin said she saw it as a win for both organizations. Read the full story here.

COURT: INTERNET CAFE GAMING ACTIVITY CAN BE BLOCKED: This could be game over for Internet cafes in Bakersfield. A state appellate court ruled Friday that sweepstakes cafes -- also known as Internet cafes -- offer "unlawful slot machine"- style gambling. The court's ruling affirms "sweepstakes cafes may be ordered to cease all gaming activity." There are at least 15 Internet cafes are currently open in Kern County, with three to four in Ridgecrest and at least 13 in Bakersfield -- defying officials, who believe they are gambling houses that attract a criminal element. Read the full story here.


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

GOSFORD ROAD CRASH VICTIM REMEMBERED AS FAMILY MAN: Drugs are believed to be a factor in a crash that killed a Rohnert Park man and injured four others Saturday morning, ripping off the front end of a car and smashing the driver's side door of an SUV on Gosford Road just south of Stockdale Highway. The driver of the SUV, 54-year-old David Aggio was killed instantly in the 11:50 a.m. crash. Police said 22-year-old Rodolfo Contreras the driver of the Civic, lost control of his car as he crossed Stockdale Highway and struck the raised center divider. Witnesses reported he was speeding. Police said drugs are suspected as a factor in the crash. Aggio's ex-wife, Kandace Millhouse of Rohnert Park, the mother of Aggio's two children said he was an amazing father. Read the full story here.

MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF SHOOTING AT POLICE: A 22-year-old Bakersfield man was arrested early Sunday after allegedly firing multiple shots at a Bakersfield police patrol car. The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. as police were pursuing a stolen car near Haley and Eureka streets in east Bakersfield. As the officers tried to stop the vehicle, Walter Michael Kai Williams fled. Williams allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired multiple rounds at the passing patrol car. None of the shots hit the car or surrounding people. A nearby officer confronted Williams, who discarded the weapon and ran. Police quickly apprehended him and recovered the gun, which was reported stolen. Officers fired no shots. Read the full story here.

MCKITTRICK MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 58 CRASH: A McKittrick man was killed Saturday morning in a crash on Highway 58 about five miles west of Lokern Road. Gerald Unruh, 29, died at the scene of the 4:12 a.m. crash. Read the full story here.



DEBATE RANGES ON DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION: How quickly should consumers be notified of a data breach involving their credit cards? How bad does it have to be for a retailer to tell you? The Associated Press reports that the laws on notifying customers vary greatly by state, and now Congress is taking up the issue. The AP says 46 states and the District of Columbia have their own laws on how to handle data breach notification. Attorney General Eric Holder is pushing for a national standard.



'OBAMACARE' FRUSTRATION: LONG HOLD TIMES: Employees in the billing office of Bakersfield's San Dimas Medical Group have been tearing their hair out since the new year, when patients who had purchased health plans made possible by the Affordable Care Act began streaming into the group's offices. The Californian's Courtenay Edelhart reports the medical group was surprised to learn it was in the networks of two insurers who sent paperwork asking providers to opt out, not in. Because it did nothing, the group was automatically included at the insurers' default reimbursement rates, which it says doesn't cover the cost of providing care. And then there are the hold times. Like others they're finding It's frequently an hour or more to reach a human being if you call an insurer that sells a Covered California plan, and longer if you have to be transferred. From Feb. 23 to March 1, consumers made 80,798 calls to the state agency Covered California seeking information about low-cost health insurance. The average wait time to get through was 46 minutes. Read the full story here.



DAY EDGES HORAN IN FUNNY CARS AT MARCH MEET; BARTONE WIN TIP FUEL DRAGSTERS: Dan Horan had the quickest Nostalgia Funny Car all weekend at Auto Club Famoso Raceway, but James Day was quicker on the lights. That was the difference on Sunday as Day's better reaction time at the starting line propelled him to victory in the 56th running of the March Meet. It was likely the closest Funny Car race in track history as it was decided by mere thousandths of a second. Horan stopped the clocks at 5.726 seconds, but Day got the win light with a 5.883. In Top Fuel, Tony Bartone ended all of his frustration over the years in Bakersfield -- 5.623 seconds -- to beat Rick White's game 5.715. For emphasis, Bartone, who came all the way from Long Island City, N.Y., also tacked on top speed in the last run of the weekend -- 262.13 mph. Read the full story here.




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