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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
BAKERSFIELD BLAZE STADIUM: The Bakersfield Blaze announced Monday that the $30 million needed to build a baseball stadium has not come through, throwing the franchise's future -- and possibly the surrounding mixed-use project -- into question. The team's owners said Monday they have raised $18 million from local individuals but have been unable to secure the balance because the privately financed project is too risky and offers too small a return on investment. While both owners held out hope for a ninth-inning turnaround, what happens next may depend on the team's former owner, who has an option good through the end of this month to buy back the team. Read the full story here.
NEW DETAILS IN SHOOTING DEATH: Neighbors of a 79-year-old woman who was shot and killed Sunday described the events to The Californian, including watching the suspected shooter --the woman's 19-year-old grandson -- walk away. Police have arrested Dylan McNabb on suspicion of murder, just a few houses away from where the shooting happened on Mohican Drive in northwest Bakersfield. Neighbor Benny Juarez said he heard a loud bang and then soon after one of the sons of his neighbor came running to his door saying his brother had shot his grandmother. Juarez went to the home and said it was "a pretty ugly scene" and it was obvious that Imogene McNabb was dead. Read the full story here.
ANIMAL CONTROL SPAT: The city of Bakersfield is looking to settle some animal shelter accounting with the county of Kern and reclaim $97,938 it says the county collected by licensing city residents' dogs. Kern County is looking to do its own accounting. Bakersfield City Manager Alan Tandy wrote interim Kern County Animal Services Director Shyanne Schull a letter last week demanding the misplaced licensing fees be returned to the city. Schull said the county is looking into the city's claims -- but will also be reviewing city license records to see if the city's records are accurate and whether the county is owed some money as well. Read the full story here.
LIBRARY HOURS: Kern County Library Director Sherry Gomez isn't expecting a lot of debate over the big item she's bringing to the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday. Supervisors are expected to grant routine approval to the new hours -- including an additional day of operation -- at 25 Kern County branch libraries. The new hours include some shifting of days at six of the libraries. Gomez said: "We did some very quick, informal polls of our patrons and over the years we've had patrons ask, 'Could you be open another day?' and 'This would be a great day." Read the full story here.
HEAD TRAUMA DEATH: An autopsy Monday revealed a woman killed over the weekend died as a result of blunt force head trauma and her death is a homicide. Forty-year-old Maria Cortes was pronounced dead early Sunday morning and her husband, Jorge Aceves-Cortes, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said the two had been in a domestic dispute before officers were called to their apartment late Saturday evening in the 700 block of Brundage Lane. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Bakersfield police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
GOLD BAR SCAM: Bakersfield Police are searching for two men wanted in connection with grand theft and burglary for a scam involving fake gold bars. According to police, one of the suspects approached a woman at the Walmart store at 8400 Rosedale Highway, saying his family was hospitalized and he needed to sell a gold bar to pay the hospital bill. The second suspect approached, and offered to buy the gold bar for $1,200. The first suspect told the woman he had a another gold bar for sale and convinced her to buy it. Both suspects accompanied her to a bank to withdraw the money and she purchased the gold bar. Once taken to a jeweler, the bar was determined to be fake. 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.
GRANDMOTHER SHOOTING SUSPECT MAY HAVE BEEN UNDER INFLUENCE OF 'BATH SALTS': There are new details from neighbors of 19-year-old Dylan McNabb who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of shooting his grandmother in northwest Bakersfield. The shooting victim has been identified as 78-year-old Imogene McNabb. A coroner's office news release said she suffered a gunshot wound to the head. A man who declined to identify himself at the McNabb residence Monday said Dylan McNabb had been under the influence of "bath salts," designer drugs containing synthetic chemicals similar to amphetamines. WebMD say the drugs' effects include paranoia, hallucinations, increased pulse, high blood pressure and suicidal thinking/behavior. Read the full story here.
BLAZE ANNOUNCE NEW STADIUM 'VERY UNLIKELY': Efforts to raise $30 million to build a new baseball stadium for the Bakersfield Blaze have fallen short, throwing the franchise's future -- and possibly the surrounding mixed-use development project -- into question. The team's owners said Monday they have raised $18 million from local individuals but were unable to secure the balance because the privately financed project offers too small a return on investment. The project, unveiled publicly in November, was to be part of Bakersfield Commons, a 255-acre retail, office and residential project at Coffee and Brimhall roads. The 3,500-seat stadium was to be the centerpiece of a family entertainment complex complete with restaurants and stores, and possibly a movie theater. Originally, the opening date was set for next year. Read the full story here.
WOMAN'S DEATH A RESULT OF BLUNT FORCE HEAD TRAUMA: An autopsy Monday revealed a woman killed over the weekend died as a result of blunt force head trauma and her death is a homicide. Maria Cortes, 40, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning and her husband, Jorge Aceves-Cortes, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police said the two had been in a domestic dispute before officers were called to their apartment late Saturday evening in the 700 block of Brundage Lane. Read the full story here.
RESIDENT RUPTURES LAMONT GAS LINE, FORCING EVACUATION: A gas leak in Lamont Monday morning forced the evacuation of 10 homes in the 10300 block of Tatum Street as a precaution. According to the Kern County Fire Department, a resident caused the leak by rupturing a pipe while digging a post hole about 9:15 a.m. There were no injuries. Read the full story here.
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE YIELDS HEROIN ARREST: Tehachapi Police arrested three men on narcotics and paraphernalia charges early Monday after finding at least one of them in a parked car allegedly smoking heroin. A Tehachapi officer discovered at least one of the two men in the car had been smoking heroin, and so-called "tar" heroin was recovered from the car and the men. Arrested were 29-year-old Marc Eric McClay and 24-year-old Dylan Michael Knowles both of Tehachapi. Jordan Lee Knowles, 20, was allegedly found in possession of 18 small packages of "tar" heroin and arrested at the Knowles residence. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
NORTH AFRICA MAY BE HEADED FOR SHALE OIL BOOM: North Africa may be "the next big opportunity" after North America for oil and gas production from shale, if drilling costs can be reduced, according to a representative from Repsol. Repsol has conducted a regional study covering the Saharan Platform in order to identify prospective areas for shale gas and oil. Algeria's oil and gas output should double in seven to 10 years as it brings on stream fields in under-explored regions and develops reserves of shale and tight gas. Africa's largest gas producer, Algeria this year decided to ease fiscal terms to attract investments in remote and unconventional deposits.
THE TECH REPORT
FLEXIBLE DISPLAYS: Electronics giant LG says it will start production of a flexible OLED display for use in smartphones. The panels are built using plastic instead of glass that allows them to bend without breaking. The first devices using the flexible OLED panels could arrive next year.
RUSSIA: The ever-curious Russian government is reportedly going to monitor "all communications" during the Winter 2014 Olympics. A Guardian newspaper investigation found authorities are hard-wiring the game's Black Sea resort of Sochi with pervasive surveillance. Investigators "found that major amendments have been made to telephone and Wi-Fi networks in the Black Sea resort to ensure extensive and all-permeating monitoring and filtering of all traffic, using Sorm, Russia's system for intercepting phone and internet communications." This up-and-coming scandal already has a catchy name, of professor has dubbed it "Prism on steroids."
THE HEALTH REPORT
ATHLETES: It's hard to watch any sporting event without seeing a commercial featuring a star athlete such as Peyton Manning or LeBron James. Now, a study published on Oct. 7 in Pediatrics shows that a lot of the foods they are promoting are unhealthy, concerning pediatricians because adolescents are among their primary viewers. Researchers looked at 512 brands endorsed by 100 different athletes during 2010. Forty-four food and beverage brands, 62 food products and 46 beverages were represented by an athlete. About 79 percent of the food items were energy-dense, meaning they were high in calories for how much they weighed, and nutrient poor, as measured by a healthfulness score of each product. Around 93 percent of the beverages had 100 percent of their calories come from added sugar.
THE SPORTS REPORT
MEXICAN SOCCER STAR BLANCO TO PLAY AGAINST LOCALS AT SAM LYNN: Former Mexican national soccer star Cuauhtemoc Blanco is scheduled to be in Bakersfield today to play in a soccer game said to be the first ever at historic Sam Lynn Ball Park. Blanco's team, Puebla, Mexico-based Lobos BUAP, is set to square off against Bakersfield All-Stars at 7 p.m. Gates open for the start of a youth game at 5 p.m. Nicknamed "The Hunchback" for his distinctive posture, Blanco, 40, is the second leading all-time scorer for the Mexican national team. Read the full story here.
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