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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
BODY FOUND IN CAR: Firefighters get more than they bargain for during a car fire in southwest Bakersfield. The body of a dead person was found inside a car that was on fire near Pacheco Road and Young Street early Saturday morning. City firefighters had responded to a report of a trash fire in the area. When they arrived, they found a vehicle engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, firefighters found the person in the car and police were called to the scene. The identity of the person will be determined by the Kern County Coroners office. Read the full story here.
PRETENDING TO BE FIREFIGHTERS: Can you expect to see Bakersfield city firefighters appearing at your front door? Not unless there's a fire. But there's a pair of guys pretending to be firemen, complete with uniforms and badges, asking to gain entrance to homes under the pretense of checking your smoke alarm. It happened twice Friday afternoon in the area of 5300 Fairfax Road. One homeowner actually let the guys in; the other got suspicious and called 9-1-1. City fire authorities remind you firefighters will never make unsolicited calls to your home and will never ask for money. If you see these two guys wearing their blue uniforms and unknown-type badges, call 9-1-1. Read the full story here.
HIT-AND-RUN: A Bakersfield man is killed and another arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a hit-and-run wreck. It happened Friday at about 11 p.m. on Weedpatch Highway just north of Wharton Avenue. The CHP says 24-year-old Virgillo Juarez of Bakersfield was extremely drunk while driving north on Weedpatch Highway. Meanwhile, 44-year-old Elias Martin Reyes-Campos, of Lamont, was on foot trying to cross Weedpatch north of Wharton. Juarez reportedly hit Reyes-Campos and then took off. He was found and arrested a short time later at a house in east Bakersfield. Reyes-Campos died at the scene. Read the full story here.
TRUCK DRIVER KILLED: A truck driver is dead after a crash near Shafter. It happened around 11:50 p.m. Saturday south of Beech Avenue. The Highway Patrol said 63-year-old Kenneth Fink from Colusa lost control of his truck and died after the rig overturned. The CHP is investigating. Read the full story here.
MAN ARRESTED: Stabbing in California City. Police say a man wanted in connection with an October 3 stabbing was arrested Sunday. Officers caught Keith Swett off guard at his home and arrested him on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. The victim is expected to make a full recovery. Read the full story here.
EMT ACADEMY: Bakersfield's Hall Ambulance Company is developing future first responders. Starting Dec. 10, Hall is holding a seven-week EMT Academy. It's an entry-level program with no previous experience required. Students will be full-time employees and will learn everything they need to get started as an EMT. The course is intense, with lots of science and six weeks in the field. Applications are being taken through Nov. 22. For a list of requirements and to apply, visit hallamb.com.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
SPARKS FLY AT HEARING ON TAFT SCHOOL SHOOTING CASE: Voices were raised and tempers flared Friday as a prosecutor and defense attorney butted heads in the case of Bryan Oliver, the teen accused of two counts of attempted murder in a classroom shooting at Taft High School in January. The fieriest exchange was over the rumored existence of a hit list; it came out that neither the prosecution nor defense is in possession of one. Superior Court Judge Michael Bush deferred Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman's motion for a change of venue. Bush's deferment means the decision about whether to move the trial outside of Kern County will likely be made by the trial judge. Read the full story here.
BODY OF A PERSON FOUND IN CAR ON FIRE: The Bakersfield Fire Department found a body of a person inside a car that was on fire near Pacheco Road and Young street early Saturday morning. Firefighters had responded to a report of a trash fire in the area at around 6:45 a.m. When they arrived, they found a vehicle engulfed in flames. After putting out the fire, firefighters found a body in the car and police were called to the scene. The identity of the deceased has not been released. Read the full story here.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER FATAL HIT-AND-RUN: One man was killed and another arrested on suspicion of drunk driving following a hit-and-run collision on Weedpatch Highway just north of Wharton Avenue at 11 p.m. Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol. Virgillo Juarez, 24, of Bakersfield was extremely intoxicated while driving north on Weedpatch Highway. Meanwhile, 44-year-old Elias Martin Reyes-Campos, of Lamont, was on foot trying to cross Weedpatch north of Wharton. Juarez hit Reyes-Campos and then fled, according to the CHP. He was found a short time later at a house in east Bakersfield and arrested. Reyes-Campos died at the scene. Read the full story here.
TRUCK DRIVER KILLED ON HIGHWAY 43 CRASH: A truck driver died late Saturday after his vehicle overturned on Highway 43 in the Shafter area. Kenneth Ray Fink, 63, of Colusa died at the scene at 11:54 p.m., according to a coroner's office news release. The crash happened south of Beech Avenue and is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. Read the full story here.
BC'S MEMORIAL STADIUM HOST TO MANY MEMORABLE MOMENTS: It was the first structure completed when the new Bakersfield College campus was built in the mid-1950s. It is the focal point of BC athletics. It is Memorial Stadium. Bakersfield College is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and Memorial Stadium has been the site of countless events and memories that have highlighted the Renegades' nearly century-long sports history. The double-decked, concrete and steel stadium was built for $1.161 million, according to BC's archives and temporary seating for certain events has led to more than 20,000 spectators several times. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
GOOGLE: Google and Facebook announced a detente of sorts in which Google will sell Facebook ad inventory. The ads will be sold via Google's DoubleClick Bid Manager, its real-time bidding system. In a few months, marketers will be able to buy ads for Facebook's Ad Exchange on the platform. "Partnership has been key to Google's success," said one Senior Product Manager at Google. Facebook introduced the ad exchange last year. The program lets advertisers drop cookies in users browsers and then retarget those users when they re-enter Facebook.
ELON MUSK: In what sounds like a staged bit for Storage Wars, a man bought a storage container for $100 and inside he found a random white car. The guy who bought it had never seen a James Bond movie and had no idea what that white car was, until someone else pointed it out to him that it looked exactly like the famous Lotus sub from The Spy Who Loved Me. The dots were ultimately connected and it was revealed to be the actual car from the movie, lost in storage. The vehicle went to RM Auctions, who led the restoration and put it up for auction, where it sold for $866,000 to a secret buyer. It was revealed later that the buyer is none other than Elon Musk, CEO of carmaker Tesla and SpaceX, who is also a noted car enthusiast.
THE HEALTH REPORT
MOSQUITOS: A mosquito capable of carrying deadly yellow fever, dengue and other diseases has been detected in California as vector control agents scramble to control its spread. The bugs first were detected in Madera and Clovis in June, and were detected again this week in the city of Fresno and in San Mateo County. They bite during the day, prefer people to animals, and need only a teaspoon of water to lay eggs to reproduce. So far none of the mosquitoes trapped within a 2-square-mile infected area of Clovis have carried diseases. But officials warn that if the mosquito bites someone infected with dengue, problems could arise as they have across southern Florida, where dozens of residents have been infected. Dengue is a virus that can cause headache and body pains and a rash similar to measles. Yellow fever is a virus that causes severe flu-like symptoms and sometimes jaundice. Both diseases can be fatal. California has had about 200 cases of dengue fever since 2010, all contracted out of the country.
THE SPORTS REPORT
FUNNY CAR DRIVERS LIGHT IT UP AT FAMOSO: It was a dual celebration on the starting line late Saturday afternoon at Auto Club Famoso Raceway. With the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Series Funny Car title on the line and points leader Jason Rupert watching, John Hale and Dan Horan squared off in the final round of the California Hot Rod Reunion. A win by Horan, of Rancho Cascades, would deliver him the championship. A win by Hale, of Addison, Texas, and the title went to Rupert for a third straight year. Read the full story here.
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