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Tuesday, Nov 12 2013 06:58 AM

'First Look': First News for Nov. 12

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

CAR CRASH WEST OF WASCO: A man is dead after the car he was riding in crashes west of Wasco. It happened Saturday on McCombs Road east of Gun Club Road. Authorities say 22-year-old Ulises Gutierrez-Cervantes of Lost Hills died at the scene. No information has been released on the driver or the vehicle. But we do know that the victim was wearing a seat belt. Read the full story here.

DEATH RULED ACCIDENTAL: The death of a Bakersfield man who died in custody earlier this year is ruled accidental. On Aug. 27, 39-year-old Ronnie Ledesma, Jr. died at Kern Medical Center after being arrested following a disturbance at a nearby Walgreens. Authorities said he became uncooperative and sustained injuries during his arrest as deputies used impact weapons to subdue him. Initial reports showed PCP in his system, and autopsy results were released Monday. The Coroner says Ledesma died from blockage of blood to the brain, and a blood clot. Read the full story here.

CHILD DROWNS IN POOL: Tragedy after a developmentally disabled child is reported missing in Southwest Bakersfield. Just after 11 a.m. Monday, police went to a home in the 11400 block of California Poppy Drive after getting a call that 8-year-old Grady Bobbitt of Bakersfield had disappeared. Officers searched the backyard of the home, as well as neighboring yards and found the boy floating in a swimming pool. He was pronounced dead at Mercy Southwestl hospital, and the investigation is ongoing. An autopsy will be performed. Read the full story here.

INVESTIGATION OF DEATHS: Bakersfield Police are investigating two unrelated deaths. At 10:35 a.m. Monday, officers were called to the 3500 block of O Street where an infant was reported not breathing. Joey Lee Fitch, 16-days-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Foul play is not suspected, but detectives are doing routine follow-up. About twenty minutes later, officers went to the 3000 block of Wilson Road where an adult male was found dead. Foul play is not suspected in that case either. Read the full story here.

AUTHOR TALKS ABOUT CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING: With more cases of child sex trafficking being reported in Kern County and elsewhere, you be wondering "why?" Author and attorney Pamela Samuels Young says the reason is very high profits and low risk. Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing crime, with an estimated $32 billion involved worldwide. Young's latest novel is a legal thriller titled "Anybody's Daughter." You can buy it wherever books are sold, and you can read an excerpt at pamelasamuelsyoung.com.

KERN COUNTY CELEBRATES VETERANS: Over a hundred organizations took part in Monday's Veteran's Day Parade. It started at 10 a.m. at 21st and L Streets and finished up at 20th and M. The parade honored Kern County's 50,000 military veterans. Read the full story here.


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

ANALYSIS: LACK OF IMMIGRATION REFORM ENDANGERS CALIFORNIA HOUSE REPUBLICANS: The House's failure to pass immigration reform could create political trouble for a growing number of Republican representatives from districts with sharply rising Latino and Asian populations. The problem is especially apparent in California, where Latino and Asian populations in Republican districts are triple the national average. Both groups gave President Obama more than 70 percent of their votes in 2012. As the number of voting-age Latinos and Asians grows, there is mounting political pressure on Republicans to support an immigration measure that would create a path to citizenship for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. Read the full story here.

INFANT FOUND DEAD MONDAY: An autopsy will be scheduled to determined the cause of death of a 16-day-old Bakersfield boy. Joey Lee Fitch was found dead at 10:35 a.m. Monday in a residence in the 3000 block of O Street, according to a coroner's office news release. Police said foul play is not suspected. Read the full story here.

BOY, 8, WHO WAS FOUND IN POOL, DIES: An 8-year-old developmentally disabled boy reported missing Monday morning was found submerged in a nearby pool and later died at an area hospital. Bakersfield Police said Grady Bobbitt lived in the 11400 block of California Poppy Drive, and was reported missing just after 11 a.m. He was found in a neighbor's swimming pool. He was taken to Mercy Southwest Hospital where he died about an hour later. The investigation is continuing. Read the full story here.

DEATH OF MAN ARRESTED BY DEPUTIES OUTSIDE WALGREENS RULED ACCIDENTAL: A stroke and blood clot caused the death of a Bakersfield man who was high on PCP and other drugs as he resisted arrest by numerous deputies outside an east Bakersfield store Aug. 19, according to a coroner's office news release. The death of 39-year-old Ronnie Ledesma Jr. was an accident. A deputy had responded to the Walgreens at 2628 Mt. Vernon Ave. at 8:35 p.m. for a report of two men acting strangely and possibly under the influence of drugs. The deputy tried to detain Ledesma in the parking lot but he became uncooperative and then resisted when the deputy attempted to arrest him. The deputy used a baton and control holds on Ledesma, who continued to struggle. More deputies arrived and used baton strikes and a K9 on Ledesma. Read the full story here.

LOST HILLS MAN DIES IN MCCOMBS ROAD ACCIDENT: A Lost Hills man died Saturday after the car in which he was a passenger crashed on McCombs Road. Ulises Gutierrez-Cervantes, 22, died in the accident less than a mile east of Gun Club Road. Gutierrez-Cervantes was wearing a seat belt, Kern County Sheriff's deputies said. They did not release any further information. Read the full story here.



AMAZON: The Internet, as everyone knows, has devastated the U.S. Postal Service. But what if the same forces could be harnessed to resuscitate the money-losing federal agency? That's what U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donohue is hoping as he unveiled a deal to provide Sunday package delivery for amazon.com. Government mail carriers will begin delivering Amazon boxes this week in Los Angeles and New York, as the Los Angeles Times reported, and the service will expand next year to Dallas, New Orleans, Phoenix, and other cities. More than anything, the agreement suggests that there is a future in the digital age for the 238-year-old agency, which lost $15.9 billion last year. The agency won the contract after bidding against several private companies.

WEB USE: We may not know how many people have watched "House of Cards" or "Orange Is the New Black," but there's no doubt that Netflix accounts for a lot of traffic on the Web. Netflix accounted for 31.6 percent of all Internet traffic in North America, according to Sandvine's latest Global Internet Phenomena Report. In second place is YouTube with 18.7 percent of usage. Amazon.com, which runs its Prime Instant service as a competitor to Netflix, was also in the top 10, but its share fell slightly year-over-year even as it has added content.



ER VISITS: Fewer kids went to U.S. emergency departments for reactions related to over-the-counter cough and cold medicine after manufacturers printed new warnings on medicine bottles, says a new government study. After questions about the medicines' effectiveness, reports of emergency department visits and even deaths among young children, drugmakers voluntarily recalled over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children in October 2007. The medicines were re-released the following year with stronger warnings. Before they were pulled from the shelves, the researchers found children under 10 years old who had a reaction to cough and cold medicines accounted for about 10 percent of all emergency visits for adverse events related to any drugs. After the medicines were put back on shelves, the number fell to about 2 percent. The researchers found about 64 percent of children under two years old who ended up in the emergency room after taking the medicine had swallowed it while unsupervised.

MENINGITIS: A meningitis outbreak has been declared at Princeton University after a seventh case of the disease was reported at the Ivy League school since March. Tests are currently underway to determine if this latest student is related to six cases associated with the University since the spring. Bacterial meningitis can be spread by kissing, sharing drinking glasses, smoking materials, eating utensils or drinking from a common source, such as a punch bowl.



CSUB BUILDS 50-POINT LEAD, CRUISES TO 97-54 WIN IN HOME OPENER: Call it a tuneup for a higher quality opponent. Cal State Bakersfield romped to a 97-54 victory over NAIA member UC Merced on Monday night in the Roadrunners' home opener before 1,818 at the Icardo Center. The outcome of the game was never in doubt. CSUB (1-1) had a 33-12 lead with eight minutes left in the first half and built a 50-point advantage before settling for the 43-point victory over the Golden Bobcats (0-3). "I was trying to get a lot of guys playing time," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said. "I was trying to gain some confidence for our team because we took a tough loss (Friday) at Washington State. We wanted to come back and correct some things." Read the full story here.



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