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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
CRASH FATALITY: One person is dead after a wreck just west of Interstate Five in Kern County. It happened at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday on Highway 223 about a half mile west of I-5. A 23-year old occupant of the car died at the scene. No word yet on that person's name. The California Highway Patrol is investigating. Read the full story here.
COFFEE ROAD CRASH: A Bakersfield man dies in a crash on Coffee Road. Anthony Pina, 25, was driving southbound on Coffee near Truxtun Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday when he crossed the median into the northbound lanes of Coffee Road, hit a tree and flipped over. Pina was the only person in the pickup and died at the scene. Police don't know yet if alcohol or drugs contributed to the crash. Read the full story here.
KERN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER: Moving day for the animals at the Kern County animal shelter. 300 dogs and cats were moved Sunday from their location at the shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue to their new place on Fruitvale Avenue. The move comes after the county got the boot from the city after the relationship between the two entities over the co-run facility went sour. The deadline was October 1st. The new facility will be open for business Tuesday. Read the full story here.
ENFORCEMENT OPERATION IN OILDALE: Big bust in Oildale. Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested 27 people in a directed enforcement operation Friday night on suspicion of charges including weapons violations, drug crimes and outstanding warrants. The operation began at about 6:30 and concluded about midnight with 10 deputies focusing on the 100 and 200 blocks of Beardsley Avenue. The operation was developed to cut down on crime and to improve relationships with residents in that area. Deputies contacted almost 60 people and made arrests on charges including suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Read the full story here.
STOLEN VEHICLE: California City police arrest a woman on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle. Jennifer Heffernan, 34, was taken into custody Friday after sheriff's deputies went to the 19200 block of Neuralia Road for a vehicle that matched the description of a recently stolen car. Officers say they saw Heffernan taking things out of the trunk and arrested her after she admitted to driving the vehicle. She is being held on $20,000 bail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and taking a vehicle without the owner's consent. Heffernan was on parole from state prison. Officers were able to go to her home and found
other items also suspected to be stolen. The stolen vehicle was returned without damage. Read the full story here.
LETTER TO THE FDA: Members of Congress, including Bakersfield's Kevin McCarthy, make a plea to the FDA. The Sept. 20 letter, with over 100 signatures, is addressed to Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. The representatives want the FDA to ensure that the Accelerated Approval process being developed by the Obama administration includes treatments, vaccines and therapies for rare diseases like valley fever. They want to make sure there's a clear framework for products like orphan drugs to get to the marketplace. McCarthy recently hosted a high-powered symposium on falley fever in Bakersfield.
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PICKUP DRIVER DIES IN EARLY MORNING COFFEE ROAD CRASH: A 25-year-old Bakersfield driver died early Saturday after he veered across a center median on Coffee Road and hit a tree in a parking lot, flipping the pickup he was driving. Anthony Rene Villalobos Pina was driving south on Coffee near Truxtun Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. when he crossed the median into the northbound lanes of Coffee. The pickup went over the sidewalk, hit a tree, overturned and slid to a stop in the business parking lot at 600 Coffee Road, police said. Pina, who was the only person in the pickup died at the scene of the crash. Read the full story here.
SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARREST 27 IN ENFORCEMENT OPERATION IN OILDALE: Kern County Sheriff's deputies arrested 27 people in a directed enforcement operations in Oildale Friday night on suspicion of charges including weapons violations, drug crimes and outstanding warrants. The operation began at about 6:30 p.m. and concluded about midnight with 10 deputies focusing on the 100 and 200 blocks of Beardsley Avenue. The operation was developed to cut down on crime and better relationships with residents in that area, deputies said. Deputies contacted almost 60 people and made arrests on charges including suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. Read the full story here.
ONE PERSON KILLED IN CRASH ON HIGHWAY 223: One person was killed Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 223 just west of Interstate 5. A 23-year-old man was driving a 1999 Ford Ranger pick-up eastbound on Highway 223, when he made an unsafe turn to the left at an unknown speed which caused him to loose control of his pickup. He crossed over both lanes of Highway 223, skidded off the north side of the road and overturned onto a dirt shoulder, the California Highway Patrol said. The driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The CHP continues to investigate. Read the full story here.
MOVING DAY FOR THE COUNTY'S DOGS AND CATS: Sunday morning was like a lot of moving days. The difference was the 300 dogs and cats. By mid-afternoon all the animals -- including 20 cats in carriers -- had been moved from their longtime home at 201 S. Mount Vernon Ave. to new digs at 3951 Fruitvale Ave. Earlier this month the county had been booted by the city with a mandated Oct. 1 deadline to vacate the premises. The new location will be open for business Tuesday. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD COLLEGE FALLS IN CONFERENCE OPENER: Bakersfield College staged a frantic second-half rally that fell short Saturday night in a 24-16 National Northern Conference opener at Memorial Stadium. The Renegades (1-3) lost their third straight. BC fought back to make it close on a pair of touchdown runs by freshman running back Preston Hodges, covering 1 and 6 yards. But it wasn't enough. It was Ventura's first win in Memorial Stadium in the program's history. The Pirates had been 0-13 since 1982. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
FAA: A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel voted to recommend that airline passengers be allowed to use their smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other mobile devices during takeoffs and landings, according to an Associated Press report. If the panel's recommendation is followed, passengers would have greater ability to use most devices below an altitude of 10,000 feet, though most devices would have to be switched to airplane mode, the report said. Downloading data and using the Web via cellular networks would still be prohibited.
CANDY CRUSH SAGA: Cross-platform social gaming company King has quietly filed for an initial public offering valuing the Candy Crush Saga maker at an estimated $5 billion. Candy Crush Saga offers more than 400 levels of match-three puzzles. Mobile gamers across the globe play Candy Crush Saga more than 700 million times each day, and it was the top revenue-generating iOS and Android application in July 2013. Another 15.5 million people play Candy Crush Saga each day on Facebook. In all King offers 150 exclusive games in 14 languages, and said last month that its titles generate a combined 1 billion daily plays across the mobile, Facebook and King.com platforms, up from 70 million in May 2013.
THE HEALTH REPORT
McDONALDS: Under pressure to provide healthier meals, McDonald's announced that it would no longer market some of its less nutritional options to children and said it also planned to include offerings of fruits and vegetables in many of its adult menu combinations. Customers choosing a value meals will have the option of having a side salad, a piece of fruit or a vegetable in lieu of the fries. McDonald's said it will also promote juice, low-fat milk and water as the drink choices for its Happy Meals for children, and plans to promote fruits and vegetables on its Happy Meals packaging. It plans to make the changes to its menu in 20 of the company's largest markets. But it will take three years or more to put them into place in about half the restaurants in those markets, and the remainder may not have the changes until 2020.
FLU SHOT: More children than ever got vaccinated against the flu last year, and health officials urged families to do even better this year. Far too many young and middle-aged adults still forego the yearly protection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned. And this year, Americans have an unprecedented number of vaccine options to choose from: The regular shot; the nasal spray; an egg-free shot for those allergic to eggs; a high-dose shot just for those 65 and older; and a tiny-needle shot for the squeamish. And a small number of the regular flu shots, and all of the FluMist nasal vaccine, will protect against four strains of influenza rather than the traditional three. CDC officials say now is the time to get vaccinated, not when the flu starts to show up in your community.
THE SPORTS REPORT
ROBERTS DEFENDS HIS TITLE AGAIN: Standing on the grass along the finish line waiting for the conclusion of Saturday's Action Sports Bakersfield Triathlon, Luke Roberts' wife Nicole held up a homemade sign that read, "Luke Roberts is # 1." Moments later Roberts proved his spouse prophetic when he completed the Olympic Course race at Lake Ming with a winning time of 2 hours, 26 minutes, 10.8 seconds. "She's definitely my rock and my supporter," Roberts said of his wife, a history teacher at Frontier High School. Roberts, a former swimmer at Centennial High and Cal Baptist, led the race coming out of the water at the end of the 1.5-kilometer swim. Read the full story here.
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