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'First Look': First News for Sept. 23

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

ANTI-ABORTION RESOLUTION: An anti-abortion resolution that could plunge the Bakersfield City Council into the national right-to-life debate comes before a key city committee Monday. The Bakersfield Californian reports the Legislative and Litigation Committee of the Bakersfield City Council will consider a resolution to "disfavor" abortion. If the committee approves the resolution, it next would have to be approved by a city council majority. City attorney Ginny Gennaro says that as is common for most resolutions, this one would not be enforced. The committee meets at noon at City Hall council chambers, 1501 Truxtun Ave. Read the full story here.

METHAMPHETAMINE: It was meth that killed a man who died in Bakersfield Police custody. The Kern County Coroner says 49-year-old Alexander Main died accidentally from acute methamphetamine effect. On August seventh, police went to a peace disturbance in the 2900 block of Eagle Valley Place. Main was arrested at the scene, and authorities say he stopped breathing after he was handcuffed. Officers did CPR but could not revive Main, who was pronounced dead about four hours later at a local hospital. Read the full story here.

ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH TODDLER DEATH: Police arrest a Bakersfield woman in connection with the death of a toddler found dead inside a vehicle. Wendy Guadalupe Gomez, 20, is being held on suspicion of willful harm to a child causing injury or death after officers responded to a call of a small child not breathing in the 3300 block of Chester Lane Friday night around 11 o'clock. As they tended to the girl, officers discovered obvious trauma to her lower extremities. Police are not yet releasing the toddler's name or information on the relationship between Gomez and the girl. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information on the case is urged to call Bakersfield police. Read the full story here.

FIRE NEAR LAKE ISABELLA: Kids with matches make for a bad outcome near Lake Isabella. A 4 1/2-acre fire that was started Sunday afternoon by three juveniles playing with matches forced the evacuation of 10 families before it was brought under control. The fire began just after 3 p.m. west of the intersection of Crestview Avenue and Lucerne Way. About 150 firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service fought the fire, which was 65 percent contained by Sunday night. They were aided by two helicopters and two air tankers. Firefighters planned to monitor the fire through the night. Everyone evacuated was allowed to return home within a short time. Read the full story here.

POSSIBLE HOMICIDE: A man who's body was found in a field off Highway 43 was likely the victim of a homicide. The body of 47-year old Arnoldo Montemayor was discovered near the corner of Highway 43 and Whisler Road just after midnight Sunday morning. Deputies later found Montemayor's work vehicle, which had been reported stolen, on Sherwood Avenue just east of Driver Road. The investigation is ongoing. Anonymous tips about this case can be sent to TIP411. Just type the keyword "KSCO" prior to the message. Read the full story here.

GRAPE HISTORY: Kern County's grape growers are helping to making history. On Friday, the USDA reported California table grapes are being shipped out at a record pace. Over four million boxes per week were moved from August through mid-September. August saw more than 18 million boxes of grapes shipped. The estimate for this season ending in January is projected at a record 15.7 million lugs weighing 19 pounds apiece.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH DEAD CHILD FOUND IN CAR: A Bakersfield woman was arrested Saturday by police in connection with the death of a 2-year-old girl found the day before inside a vehicle. Bakersfield Police arrested 20-year-old Wendy Guadalupe Gomez on suspicion of felony willful harm to a child causing injury or death. According to police, the child was found in a vehicle parked in the 3300 block of Chester Avenue. Police said the girl had suffered "obvious trauma" to her lower extremities. Read the full story here.

POLICE CALL BAKERSFIELD MAN'S DEATH 'SUSPICIOUS': The Kern County Sheriff's Office called the death of a 53-year-old Bakersfield man a "suspicious death." Terrence Tsitakis was found dead in the 3900 block of Bianchi Way Friday night. An autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 861-3110. Read the full story here.

LARGE CROWD AS COMMITTEE TAKES UP ANTI-ABORTION RESOLUTION : An anti-abortion resolution that could plunge the Bakersfield City Council into the national right-to-life debate comes before a key city committee on Monday. The committee will consider a resolution to "disfavor" abortion. The resolution commends groups that "advocate for" and educate the public about "alternatives to abortion," noting that some "individuals who have undergone pregnancy terminating procedures" have "suffered psychologically and emotionally from the procedure." Read the full story here.

APPARENT HOMICIDE VICTIM FOUND OFF HIGHWAY 43: A man who's body was found early Sunday in a field off Highway 43 was likely the victim of a homicide, Kern County Sheriff's deputies said. The body of Arnoldo Montemayor was near the corner of Highway 43 and Whisler Road just after midnight. Deputies later found Montemayor's work vehicle, which had been reported stolen, on Sherwood Avenue just east of Driver Road. The investigation is ongoing. Read the full story here.

FIRE SET BY JUVENILES FORCES FAMILIES TO EVACUATE: A 4 1/2-acre fire near Lake Isabella that was started Sunday afternoon by three juveniles playing with matches forced the evacuation of 10 families before it was brought under control. About 150 firefighters from the Kern County Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service fought the fire, which was 65 percent contained by Sunday night. They were aided by two helicopters and two air tankers. The fire began just after 3 p.m. west of the intersection of Crestview Avenue and Lucerne Way. Everyone evacuated was allowed to return home within a short time. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

iPhone: Less than 24 hours after the 5S went on sale, Apple's entire September stock was wiped out, according to Fortune. The company's U.S. online store shows the earliest available date to ship the iPhone 5S in any color is next month. However, Apple's new colorful budget phone, the iPhone 5C, is available to ship in 24 hours. In other iPhone news, the Chaos Computer Club has already broken Apple's TouchID fingerprint lock. According to a post on their site, all the group needed to defeat the scanner was an image of a user's fingerprint at 24-hundred D-P-I resolution. That scan was "cleaned up", inverted, and printed into a transparent sheet. The image of the print is then lifted from the sheet using latex milk or woodglue. They added that this technique can be used against the vast majority of fingerprint scanners.

OFFICE: Microsoft executives last week came the closest yet to saying that the company will release Office on iPads and Android tablets, but stopped short of promising anything specific or setting a timetable. One executive said the company is working on touch-first versions for core apps in the Office suite, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and they will bring these apps to Windows devices, and also to other devices in ways that meets customers' needs. No one on Microsoft's executive team, however, said straight out that Office will be available on iPads and Android tablets, or when that would happen.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

MEDICAL DEVICES: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published new rules Friday that will help keep millions of medical devices in check. The new electronic system is designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier. Devices ranging from pacemakers to hip replacements will be easily identified via a code, manufacture date and lot number that makes the devices more accessible to the database in order for safety issues to be monitored. Many doctors, hospitals and insurers are able to add the codes to patient's medical records in order to more quickly help them identify patients who may have received problematic implants or devices. The FDA will begin phasing in the new system in the coming year.

DIABETES: A drug that was used to treat a skin disorder has shown signs of being able to treat aspects of type 1 diabetes. A small trial on U.S. patients suggests that alefacept helps the body produce its own insulin, which is key for people with type 1 diabetes. Alefacept -- sold as Amevive --was used to treat the skin disorder psoriasis in the US before it was withdrawn by its manufacturer in 2011. In the trial 33 patients received weekly injections of alefacept. Another 16 participants were given placebo injections. The researchers found "significant differences" in how well the pancreas produced insulin between the two groups four hours after eating. They said the initial findings meant that in the future the drug "could be used to stabilize type 1 diabetes and prevent its progression" - but it was unlikely to be a cure.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

WINNERS OF WOLF PACK INVITATIONAL: It all came down to the final mile for cross country runners Savannah Berry of Highland and West High's Gustavo Delcastillo. Berry made a strong late push to distance herself from two other competitors and win the girls race during Saturday's Wolf Pack Invitational at The Park at River Walk. A short time later, Delcastillo pulled away from his only serious challenger right after the Two-mile mark en route to claiming victory in the boys race. Berry's winning time of 19:13 was more than nine seconds faster than second-place Caroline Diaz of McFarland. Delcastillo was 13.5 seconds quicker than boys runner-up Brandon Kan of Frontier. Read the full story here.

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