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Tuesday, Apr 01 2014 06:58 AM

'First Look': First News for April 1

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

DAVID CRISP SENTENCED TO 17 1/2 YEARS; WIFE JENNIFER GETS 'BREAK OF A LIFETIME': For their roles in a mortgage fraud case that rocked Bakersfield, David Crisp was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in prison while his wife, Jennifer, received what the federal judge in the case called "the break of a lifetime": five years probation. David, 34, was immediately remanded to custody to begin serving what amounts to the same sentence given in February to his former business partner, Carl Cole, who like Crisp had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud. Jennifer Crisp, who was ordered to pay $1.7 million in restitution, received a light sentence out of concern for the couple's 10-year-old son. Read the full story here.

LAST DAY TO SIGN UP FOR COVERED CALIFORNIA, AND INSURANCE EXCHANGE PORTAL CRASHES: The state jumped through all sorts of hoops to make sure it was ready for a deluge of applications on the last day of open enrollment for Covered California Monday. Didn't work. As Californian reporter Courtenay Edelhart reported, the Covered California health insurance exchange portal crashed sporadically, anyway. As of 2 p.m. at an East Bakersfield Community Health Center, the clinic had taken about 76 applications for health insurance. Unable to process applications electronically, the certified enrollment counselors at the center, prepared paper applications. Read the full story here.

COMPANY PUTS UP ARVIN EVACUEES IN APARTMENTS: Some of the approximately three dozen residents who have been evacuated for nearly two weeks due to a toxic gas leak in Arvin have been temporarily moved into apartments, paid for by Petro Capital Resources LLC. The eight Arvin homes on Nelson Court were evacuated March 18 when gas from a pipeline, owned by PCR since 2012, leaked into the soil and eventually polluted the air within the houses. The families have been given an undisclosed lump sum of cash while PCR determines the need for a daily allowance. The utilities for the apartments are also paid. Read the full story here.


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

BREACH OF CONTRACT COULD COST KERN FARM OPERATION $130 MILLION: A breach of contract verdict could cost two Kern and Kings county farming operations nearly $130 million. A Kings County jury handed down the eye-popping $128.6 million award Friday, more than two months after the trial started. The dispute involves more than 34 square miles of fallowed ag land and water rights in excess of 25,000 acre feet a year. John Vidovich, a partner in Sandridge Farms was found to have intentionally interfered with a contract. McCarthy Family Farms, of Kings County, was found to have breached its contract to sell lands to Los Angeles-area developer Quay Hays. Read the full story here.

POLICE LOOKING FOR WAL-MART THEFT SUSPECTS: Bakersfield police seek the community's assistance in locating five people wanted on suspicion of theft and robbery from the Wal-Mart at 2601 Fashion Place. At 3:55 p.m. on March 24, suspects one, two and three concealed merchandise while suspect four acted as a lookout. Then they met a fifth suspect before exiting the store. When the suspects got outside, a Wal-Mart loss prevention agent identified himself to detain the suspects. But suspect five pushed him and told the other four suspects to run. Read the full story here.

MAN GETS SIX YEARS AND SIX MONTHS PRISON CHILD PORN: A Bakersfield man was sentenced Monday to six years and six months in prison for possessing between 300 and 600 images of child abuse and child pornography. Fernando David Rangel, 20, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography Jan. 13 and was taken into custody. When he completes his prison term, he will be required to register as a sex offender and his access to minors, computers and the Internet will be restricted. Read the full story here.



NATIONAL WALKING DAY: It's time to lace up your running shoes as Wednesday is National Walking Day. The American Heart Association urges everyone to take at least 30 minutes out of the day to move away from the computer or stop sitting on the sofa watching TV in favor of walking. Research shows that one in two men and one in three women are at risk for heart disease. Individuals and employers can sign up for National Walking Day at heart.org.



MLB EXPANDED REPLAY: Major League Baseball was infused with technology Monday with expanded replay. Almost every umpire's call can now be challenged by a manager, and a decision will come from a replay booth in New York instead of on the field, the Associated Press reported. The AP also reported that instead of using the words "out" or "safe," you'll now hear "confirmed" or "overturned."



BC GOLFERS 4TH IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: Carlos Fernandez shot an even-par 72 to tie for sixth and help Bakersfield College place fourth among eight teams Monday in a Western State Conference golf tournament at Santa Maria Country Club. Sidney Wolf of College of the Canyons shot a 67 to win the tournament and lead the Cougars to a team title with 356 strokes. Santa Barbara (378) was second, followed by Ventura (380) and BC (385). Other BC scorers were: Paul Cooper (75), Jack Gilkey (79), Robert Chavez (79), Suraj Patel (80) and Jeremy Choi (80). Read the full story here.




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