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Monday, Nov 18 2013 06:48 AM

'First Look': First News for Nov. 18

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

VIOLENCE IN LERDO FACILITY: Violence seals off a local prison. A melee that broke out Friday night at Lerdo Male Minimum Facility prompted the cancellation of all inmate visitations over the weekend. The Sheriff's Office reported that the decision to close to visitors was made after a disturbance broke out among inmates in the facility yard at about 6:45 p.m. Friday. Sheriff's deputies from the department's Metropolitan Division and its substations in Buttonwillow, Delano and Wasco responded as well as the California Highway Patrol. Several inmates suffered minor injuries but nobody was hospitalized. No deputies were injured. Read the full story here.

FIRE IN EAST BAKERSFIELD: Fire destroys a house in east Bakersfield. Flames broke out about 11 a.m. Sunday at an abandoned house in the 200 block of Wiseman Street. County and city crews tackled the fire in about 10 minutes. No word on the extent of the damages, but crews spared nearby structures valued at $300,000. Read the full story here.

ARVIN VIOLENCE: Police are on the lookout for whoever stabbed three juvenile boys and punched a girl in Arvin. It happened at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the area of South Hill and Hood Streets. The conditions of the victims were not released because they are juveniles. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Arvin Police. Read the full story here.

NEW DETAILS IN MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WOMAN INCIDENT: We're learning more about the man accused of killing a woman in Southwest Bakersfield. Patrick Terrel, 37, was arrested Thursday and charged with murder in the death of 56-year-old Clara Basta. Her body was discovered Sept. 7 in her home on Kilkenny Court. Police say Terrel is the son of Basta's longtime friend and roommate, Victoria Terrel, but he never lived at the home. Terrel was arrested two days after the murder on a probation violation and has been in custody ever since. He was arrested after detectives interviewed numerous people and analyzed evidence seized in the case. Terrel is also charged with arson, burglary and grand theft auto.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES ON HIGHWAY 178: Progress continues on a northeast Bakersfield roadway project. Monday through Friday, contractors for the 178-Morning Drive interchange plan to continue their electrical work around Canteria Drive. It will go on from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with intermittent traffic stops through the area. There could be delays of up to 10 minutes, so drivers are advised to adjust their travel time or take an alternate route.

LETICIA PEREZ WILL NOT RUN IN 2014: A Kern County Supervisor nixes the idea of another run for State Senate next year. In a statement released Friday, Fifth District Supervisor Leticia Perez said the board has a chance to usher in an unprecedented era of economic growth in the coming year both locally and statewide. The Democrat says these and other issues will need all her attention, so she cannot divide her time with a 2014 race against Republican Andy Vidak, who narrowly beat Perez in a July 23 election.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

BILLBOARD PORTRAYING SOLDIER AND MUSLIM WOMAN COMING TO BAKERSFIELD: An American soldier in uniform. A Muslim woman in his embrace. A glittering diamond on her left ring finger. All to pitch an anti-snoring product? If the billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles was designed to attract attention and get people talking, it has certainly succeeded, especially online with thousands of comments logged in the past two weeks on various social media sites and in response to related news stories. Now the billboard image is slated to come to Bakersfield next month, say representatives of the Camarillo-based company that makes SnoreStop, a throat spray the company says reduces snoring among people who have used the product. The ad campaign wanted to showcase couples that you don't always see in mainstream advertising circles. Read the full story here.

INVESTIGATION OF PROSECUTOR SUBMITTED TO ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE: The Kern County District Attorney's office has submitted a criminal investigation into one of its prosecutors to the state Attorney General's office, and county Public Defender Konrad Moore filed a motion Friday to dismiss the case that the prosecutor is accused of mishandling. District Attorney Lisa Green confirmed Friday that the investigation of prosecutor Robert Murray is now in the hands of the Attorney General's office. Murray is accused of placing a fabricated admission of guilt by a defendant into an interview transcript. Murray has been on paid administrative leave since Nov. 4. He has said the issue is a joke that a deputy public defender took the wrong way, and denied ever manipulating evidence. Read the full story here.

LERDO VIOLENCE ENDS VISITATIONS FOR THE WEEKEND: Violence that broke out Friday night at Lerdo Male Minimum Facility has prompted the cancellation of all inmate visitations this weekend. The Kern County Sheriff's Office reported that the decision to close to visitors was made after a disturbance broke out among inmates in the facility yard at about 6:44 p.m. Sheriff's deputies from the department's Metropolitan Division and its substations in Buttonwillow, Delano and Wasco responded, as did officers from the California Highway Patrol. Several inmates suffered minor injuries but none required hospitalization, the department reported, adding that no deputies were injured. Read the full story here.

THREE BOYS STABBED, GIRL PUNCHED IN ARVIN: Arvin Police are seeking suspects who stabbed three juvenile boys Saturday night and punched a girl. Police said the incident occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. in the area of South Hill and Hood streets. According to police, the suspects fled. The conditions of the three boys and girl were not released because they are juveniles. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Sgt. Schmick or Investigator Calderon at 854-5583. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING: Bakersfield police are searching for a man they say attempted to kidnap a female teenager Saturday morning. The suspect -- described as a black man in his late 30s, 5 feet, 8 inches tall with a large build -- grabbed and tried unsuccessfully to force the teen into his vehicle in the 3400 block of Chester Avenue, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release Saturday night. The man's vehicle was described as a dark green, four-door Honda Accord from the late 1990s, with rear tinted windows. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the department at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

FCC: The chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is publicly calling for wireless carriers to unlock phones for American consumers. He says it "is now time for the industry to act voluntarily or for the FCC to regulate." In other words, carriers can comply with the FCC request, or they can be forced by the FCC to do so. For consumers, the benefit of such a policy is the ability to purchase voice and data plans from any of the carriers in the US with your current phone once your contract is up. Wheeler says unlocked phones amount, essentially, to choice.

PLAYSTATION: Sony's PlayStation 4 is off to a hot start. Consumers in North America bought more than 1 million PS4s within the first 24 hours of the new $399 home video game console going on sale Friday. That's The highly publicized release of PS4 attracted the attention of some thieves. Two men were arrested in here Bakersfield after robbing a customer of a PS4 outside a store. And in Kansas, thieves broke into a home and took a PS4 in the early morning hours Saturday.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

BEVERAGE COSTS: Raising the cost of high-calorie beverages by a few cents decreases sales, a new study shows. This research comes after much discussion in recent years about trying to combat the nation's obesity crisis by adding a "soda tax." Researchers at Harvard conducted a study in the cafeteria of a financial services company. They increased the price of high-calorie beverages -- mostly soda, lemonade, whole chocolate milk, and some juices, by one cent per ounce. The price of low-cal and no-cal beverages stayed the same. The increased price resulted in a 16 percent decline in sales of high-calorie beverages.

SPICY SNACKS: Super spicy chips and snack foods have come under attack as being unhealthy, but now doctors say there's another reason spicy junk food should be avoided: It can result in a trip to the emergency room. ER doctors say they were seeing kids and some adults coming into the ER with gastritis, an inflamed stomach lining, or other stomach ailments after eating bags of spicy snack foods. Doctors say the spicy snack foods can change the pH balance in the stomach, making it painfully acidic. Dr. Martha Rivera, a Los Angeles pediatrician told KABC news that said she sees between five and six cases of children with gastritis each day.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BAKERSFIELD CONNECTION COMES THROUGH FOR USC IN UPSET OF NO.5 CARDINAL: Andre Heidari said Saturday night he and Cody Kessler never dreamed about this, when they left Bakersfield to play football for USC, never dreamed that Kessler and Heidari would take center stage as the Trojans upset one of the country's top teams. But Andre Heidari also said this was "just another kick." The reality: Heidari's 47-yard, pressure-packed kick bisected the uprights at the L.A. Colisuem and all but clinched a 20-17 USC victory over No. 5 Stanford in front of a sellout crowd of 93,607. "It was really fun; that's what kickers live for," Heidari said. "That's why I came to USC, for the competition, to hit a game-winning field goal. I'm just glad I got the opportunity." Read the full story here.

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