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Monday, Nov 11 2013 07:23 AM

'First Look': First News for Nov. 11

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

DEPUTIES, SWAT TAKE SHOOTER INTO CUSTODY: A Derby Acres man described by Kern County Sheriff's deputies as "suicidal" and armed with several guns is taken into custody after a standoff lasting more than five hours. Authorities say deputies fired at 40-year-old Steven Cordova and took him into custody early Sunday. Deputies first arrived at his house in the 24000 block of Highway 33 at 12:25 a.m but at 3:35 a.m. Cordova allegedly opened the front door and fired several shots at deputies, and then continued firing from inside the home. Nearby homes were evacuated and traffic on Highway 33 between Cloud and Derby avenues was diverted. SWAT moved in around 6 a.m. and took Cordova into custody. He was taken to Kern Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Read the full story here.

SHOOTING LEAVES ONE DEAD: Bakersfield Police are looking for clues after a shooting that killed a man. Police say Kern Medical Center notified them about 2:15 a.m. Sunday that 24-year-old Roberto Cortes was being treated for a gunshot wound. Cortes was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle and died just before 7 a.m. The shooting happened in the 200 block of East 18th Street. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact BPD. Read the full story here.

WOODBURNING BAN: The first woodburning ban of the season is in the books. Air district officials ordered the first ban on fireplace use Sunday in the valley area of Kern County -- and it remains in effect. The curtailment also applied to Fresno and Kings counties. The prohibition brought on by poor air quality started at midnight Sunday. Burning wood, pellets and manufactured fire logs in residential fireplaces, stoves and outdoor burning devices, like fire pits and chimneys, is forbidden. The wood-burning ban does not apply if burning solid fuel is a home's only source of heat, or if a residence does not have access to natural gas, even if propane is used. Violators of the ban can be fined. The Check Before You Burn program runs November through February to reduce winter pollution. Read the full story here.

REWARD OFFERED FOR CLUES OF SHOOTING: A reward is offered in a possible gang shooting that left a Bakersfield man dead. Christ Park, 26, died at about 11 p.m. Nov. 4 after being gunned down outside a home in the 700 block of Watts Drive. Police are looking for leads and on Friday, the Secret Witness Program put up a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and filing of a complaint against a suspect. If you have information on the case, you can call Secret Witness at 322-4040. Secrecy is guaranteed. Read the full story here.

FLU SHOT: Have you had your flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control predicts peak flu season will happen between December and March. Dr. Leonard Friedland is with Glaxo-Smith-Kline. He recommends everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated. A new study shows even healthy people -- especially children -- are at risk for flu. For more information, log onto CDC.gov.

TRANSGENDER BATHROOMS IN KERN: Bakersfield families are wrestling with the idea of a new law allowing transgender students to use the same restrooms as their kids. Kern County Superintendent of Schools Christine Lizardi Frazier says she understands their concern. Frazier said the Superintendent's office does not have the authority to set policy for individual districts, but can offer guidance on how to implement change. AB-1266 was signed by Governor Brown in August and goes into effect next year.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

ONE KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 58: A 23-year-old Bakersfield man was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 58 Friday morning. A coroner's office news release said Humberto Martinez-Rios died at the scene of the 5:12 a.m. crash 0.3 miles west of Mayer Avenue. He was wearing a seat belt. California Highway Patrol officers said Martinez-Rios was driving a Toyota Corolla east on Highway 58 about 60 mph. Elias Torres, 34, was driving a Honda Accord west on the highway at about the same speed. Martinez-Rios allowed his car to drift to the right, where it entered the dirt shoulder, officers said. He tried to correct by turning to the left and veered into westbound traffic, striking Torres' car head-on. Read the full story here.

DEPUTIES, SWAT TAKE SHOOTER INTO CUSTODY : A Derby Acres man described by Kern County Sheriff's deputies as "suicidal" and armed with several firearms was taken into custody early Sunday after a standoff lasting more than five hours. According to a sheriff department news release, deputies fired at Steven Cordova, 40, and took him into custody with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies first arrived at the residence of Cordova in the 24000 block of Highway 33, at 12:25 a.m. Contact was made with Cordova, according to deputies, but at 3:35 a.m. he opened the front door and fired several shots at deputies, and then continued firing from inside the home. Nearby homes were evacuated and traffic on Highway 33 between Cloud and Derby avenues was diverted. About 6 a.m. outside the residence, deputies and members of the county SWAT team engaged Cordova, who was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, and took him into custody. Read the full story here.

PROSECUTORS DISMISS EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGES AGAINST FORMER KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTY : Charges were dismissed Friday against a former Kern County sheriff's deputy who'd been accused of falsifying time sheets and defrauding the county of $3,300 in pay and benefits. Prosecutor Richard Harrold said the charges against Kacie Brooke Craven were dismissed because she had paid back the money she was overpaid, and she's no longer in a position of trust. She'd faced three felony embezzlement charges. Deputies arrested Craven, who was 25 at the time, on June 2, 2011 after an audit showed she had submitted time sheets reflecting she worked on days that she hadn't. Craven had been a three-year veteran of the department. Read the full story here.

WITH OIL POURING IN, BAKERSFIELD TO GET UNIQUE RAIL-TO-PIPELINE TERMINALS : A pair of rail terminals planned near Bakersfield may soon give Kern County a central role in California's shift from heavy reliance on foreign oil to greater use of domestic sources. Separate projects by Plains All American Pipeline LP and Alon USA Energy Inc. would offload a combined 220,000 barrels per day -- providing 13 percent of the state's current oil consumption compared to the less than 1 percent California now gets by rail -- and redirect most of that into pipelines leading to Los Angeles County and Bay Area refineries. Read the full story here.

REWARD OFFERED BY POLICE FOR HOMICIDE CLUES : A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by Bakersfield Police for information leading to the arrest of and filing charges against the suspect in a Nov. 4 south Bakersfield homicide. Police are searching for leads in the shooting of Christ Park, 26, that occurred about 11 p.m. in the 700 block of Watts Drive. Anyone with information about the case can contact police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

BIG SCREENS: An unnamed source tells Bloomberg that Apple is working on two extra-large iPhones that will have curved screens, and is also working on touch screens that can register different levels of pressure. The sensitivity to different levels of pressure is the most interesting rumored feature, as it would enable better "digital ink" features. You could scribble a note with your finger, or with a stylus, and make the lines thicker or thinner depending on how hard you pressed. It may sound like a minor detail, but it's one of the many small tweaks that can make writing on a screen feel more lifelike and responsive. Samsung is ahead of Apple in this regard. Its Galaxy Note series of phones have large screens that are sensitive to different levels of pressure from the stylus. Although initially mocked for the giant size of their screens, the Galaxy Note has gone on to become one of Samsung's most successful models.

GOOGLE+: Google this week rolled out a new Google+ security feature for organizations intended to help them keep certain conversations private from the larger Web. Much like Microsoft's Yammer, Google+ restricted communities will only allow access to approved employees. Community administrators can decide whether the site will remain open to everyone at the company, or kept private by invitation only. Google+ also allows for people outside of your domain -- clients, agencies, business partners -- to join the conversation. Once established, the community can be used to share files, videos, events, and photos from Google Drive, as well as discussion.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

ALLERGY CURE?: Could bone marrow transplants cure peanut allergies? One study says it's possible after a 10-year-old boy no longer had a peanut allergy after undergoing a bone marrow transplant for leukemia. The case involved a boy who was diagnosed with a peanut allergy when he was 15 months old. He had the bone marrow transplant at age 10 and received his new marrow from a donor with no known allergies. Soon after the transplant, it appeared that the boy no longer had a peanut allergy. That discovery was confirmed by allergists through an oral food challenge, in which the boy ate a small amount of peanut and showed no allergic reaction. Peanut allergy is the most common food allergy among school-aged children in the United States, affecting about 400,000 youngsters. Unlike milk or soy allergies, peanut allergies tend to last a lifetime.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BC MEN'S BASKETBALL TAKES THIRD: SAN LUIS OBISPO -- Lawrence Moore scored a team-high 18 points to lead Bakersfield College to a 55-52 victory over West Valley in the third-place game of the Rabobank Tournament at Cuesta College on Sunday. Corey McDonald-Mitchell had nine points and nine rebounds for the Renegades (2-1), who play at Monterey Peninsula at 5 p.m. Friday. Read the full story here.

BC'S HUSER IN HUNT FOR STATE PLAYOFF BERTH: SOLVANG -- Renegades sophomore Kendall Huser is 15th after the first day of the Southern Californian regional golf championships at the River Course at Alisal Ranch on Sunday. Huser, a Bakersfield High graduate, shot an 85 and is three shots from 12th-place, the final qualifying spot for the state championships. Final-round play resumes today. 

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