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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: Officer-involved shooting in southwest Bakersfield leaves two people dead and two officers injured. It happened at 12:30 a.m. Monday as Bakersfield police officers tried to make a vehicle stop in the east parking lot at the Four Points Sheraton at 5101 California Avenue. During the stop, a shooting ensued between the people in the car and the officers. Both people in the car were shot and were pronounced dead at the scene. Two officers were injured during the incident. One sustained a moderate gunshot wound to his head which does not appear to be life threatening. Another officer sustained a minor injury unrelated to the gunfire. The investigation is continuing. Read the full story here.
POSSIBLE HOMICIDE: The Kern County Sheriff's Office is investigating the possible homicide of a Lerdo Pre-Trial Jail inmate. Detention deputies found 41-year-old Augustine Hernandez unresponsive in his cell around 1 p.m. Friday. Deputies and jail nursing staff tried lifesaving procedures before Hall Ambulance and Kern County Fire personnel arrived a short time later. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide. An autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death. No word why Hernandez was in jail. Read the full story here.
CHECKPOINTS: A DUI checkpoint by the Bakersfield Police Department produces seven arrests for driving under the influence. Friday's checkpoint also caught 21 drivers who police say got behind the wheel without a valid drivers license. Twenty five vehicles were impounded at the event, which was held in the 200 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. Read the full story here.
UNION AVENUE ARRESTS: Over a dozen arrests during a prostitution sting on Union Avenue. On Thursday, Bakersfield Police and the Kern County Sheriff's Office pulled the operation, joined by agents from California Alcoholic Beverage Control. That's because they staked out the area around businesses licensed to sell booze. And they made a pretty good haul. Officers arrested 15 adults and one juvenile on charges of solicitation for prostitution. Read the full story here.
DRUG BUST: Search warrants result in authorities seizing more than a pound of methamphetamine, three rifles, two handguns, cash and drug paraphernalia from two locations in Bakersfield. Probation officers searched residences in the 400 block of Adams Street and the 1000 block of South Union Avenue on Thursday. Officers arrested 42-year-old Michael Shane Marlow on suspicion of offenses including possession of meth for sales and child endangerment. Three other people were also arrested. Read the full story here.
PAROLEE ON THE RUN: Another local registered sex offender on the run. Law enforcement is searching for parolee and registered sex offender Benjamin Feliz after he failed to report to a parole office upon being released from custody. Feliz is described as Hispanic, 53 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding Feliz's whereabouts is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
DRILLERS RUSH TO BIG VICTORY OVER RIVAL GARCES: The Bakersfield drillers scored touchdowns of 45 yards or more on three straight plays in the second quarter to break open a tie game in a convincing 56-7 victory over the Rams in non-league action Friday night. In total, BHS had four long scoring plays, including Hayes' electrifying 76-yard punt return to give the Drillers an early lead. Read the full story here.
FORMER ACTOR COULD FACE DEATH PENALTY IN PRISON KILLING: Prosecutors have charged a former actor best known for appearing in the first "Austin Powers" film in connection with the 2011 beating death of his cellmate in Wasco State Prison. 42-year-old Joseph Son was already serving a life sentence at the time of the prison killing. He's charged with assault by a life prisoner with force causing death, which is similar to a murder charge. Son's arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 26. Read the full story here.
MERLE HAGGARD'S LOCAL DOCTOR DIES: Merle Haggard's Bakersfield doctor, 65-year-old Marion C. Barnard II died Thursday. The pair knew each other since the 1970s, according to a 2008 Californian story. Read the full story here.
PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON HIGHWAY 99: A pedestrian was killed early Sunday on southbound Highway 99. The Californian Highway Patrol reported that the fatality occurred at 6:21 a.m. just south of Copus Road. The name of the victim was being withheld pending identification. Read the full story here.
SEVEN ARRESTED FOR DUI AT FRIDAY CHECKPOINT: A Friday night DUI check-point by the Bakersfield Police Department produced seven arrests for driving under the influence and caught 21 drivers who police say got behind the wheel without a valid drivers license. A total of 25 vehicles were impounded at the event, which was held in the 230 block of Mount Vernon Avenue. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
OIL FUTURES HINGE ON MIDDLE EAST CONCERNS: The International Energy Agency put forth an upbeat forecast of global oil supplies, but ongoing concerns about stability in the Middle East could raise prices. The website Market Watch reported that global demand is expected to rise as economies improve around the world. However, the good news is that North American production continues to grow, which could offset uncertainty in other markets. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
TOP NETWORKS: History was the top-ranked network in a Beta Research survey released Friday, with 23 percent of respondents ranking it as among their top five favorite basic channels. Rounding out the top ten in order: The Discovery Channel, ESPN, the Food Network, Syfy, USA, TNT, A&E and Comedy Central. ESPN draws the largest percentage of viewers who consume TV programming on mobile devices, with 21 percent of respondents saying they viewed programming on a smartphone or tablet within the past 30 days, according to Beta. Comedy Central and Discovery were also popular with mobile viewers.
KIDS: Fifty-three percent of U.S. children between the ages of 2 and 17 are spending more time gaming on mobile devices in 2013 than they did a year ago, according to a new survey conducted by the N-P-D Group. Teens ages 12 to 17 are driving the trend by dedicating an average of seven hours per week on mobile gaming activity, up from five hours a week in 2012. In addition, children are now starting to play mobile games at an average age of 8, compared to age 9 in 2011. While desktop computers, laptops and consoles remain the top device types used for gaming, almost as many kids are now gaming on mobile devices.
THE HEALTH REPORT
HIV VACCINE?: Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University have reported a major breakthrough in the field of HIV research, claiming they have created a vaccine that completely eradicates the virus that causes AIDS in some monkeys. The next step? Testing the vaccine in humans. Their research showed that half of the monkeys they tested responded to the vaccine. The monkeys were infected with simian immunodeficiency virus, which is similar to HIV in humans but 100 times more deadly. Of the monkeys who responded to the vaccine, they were still SIV-free up to three years later.
CHILD NEGLECT: A new report shows that physical and sexual abuse cases are down in the United States. But that child psychological and emotional abuse cases are on the rise. The report was issued last week by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. Physical and sexual abuse make up 8 and 9 percent of cases respectively. Child neglect makes up 75 percent of reported abuse cases in the U.S., and the majority involve children under the age of five.
THE SPORTS REPORT
LOUISVILLE RALLIES PAST CSUB IN MEN'S SOCCER: LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Zack Foxhoven's goal with 5:42 remaining capped a rally that lifted No. 16 Louisville to a 4-2 victory over Cal State Bakersfield in a non-conference men's soccer match Sunday afternoon. CSUB's Eduardo Caldaza got things started with an early goal and David Velasquez added another to give the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead. But Louisville scored to quick goals to start the second half, setting the stage for Foxhaven's go-ahead goal. "Hugely disappointing to take a 2-0 halftime lead and throw it away," said CSUB coach Simon Tobin in a press release. "Louisville is an excellent team, but our second-half performance was very poor and we allowed a season making performance to slip away." Read the full story here.
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