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Thursday, Apr 03 2014 07:07 AM

'First Look:' First News for April 3

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

MAN KILLED IN DEPUTY-INVOLVED SHOOTING POINTED GUN AT DEPUTY, FIRED ONE ROUND: The 41-year-old man shot and killed by deputies last week had led law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Oildale and, after crashing his motorcycle, pulled a gun from his waistband and pointed it at a deputy's face standing five feet away. Two deputies then opened fire, striking and killing Christopher McDaniel of Bakersfield. In a press conference, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said McDaniel fired one round during the incident, which lasted less than four minutes. A sheriff's K-9 was also shot during the incident but is expected to make full recovery. Read the full story here.

DEMONSTRATION WEDNESDAY WORKS TO PREVENT IMPOUNDING VEHICLES OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: When Delia "Dee" Dominguez's close friend had a vehicle impounded and was left stranded on the side of Kern Canyon Road she decided to take action. Police had taken the car because her friend, an undocumented immigrant, did not have a driver's license. On Wednesday outside the offices of the BPD, there was a demonstration part of a statewide effort to create a moratorium on impounding the vehicles of unlicensed, illegal immigrants -- many of whom will be able to apply for licenses when a new law takes effect in nine months. Getting a vehicle out of an impound can be expensive. It can cost anywhere from $100 to $300 for release fees and $1,500 to $2,000 for impound fees, which sometimes exceeds the car's worth. Read the full story here.

DISTRICTS REPORT FEW KINKS WITH NEW TESTING METHOD: Instead of pencils and Scantrons, students are using keyboards and mouse pads this year as part of a pilot of new computer-based testing that will reach all schools in California next school year. The purpose of the field test is to assess the performance of more than 20,000 newly developed test questions and the test delivery system that align with a set of academic benchmarks adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Local school officials believe they can successfully administer the pilot testing -- about half the content of the completed assessment -- with the existing school labs and added computers. Read the full story here.


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

SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 45 YEARS TO LIFE: A man convicted of charges including continuous sexual abuse of a child was sentenced Wednesday to 45 years to life in prison. Martin Juarez, 44, was convicted of three felony sex abuse charges last month. Prosecutors have said Juarez was married to a relative of the victims, and the crimes occurred when the girls would come to his residence to visit on breaks from school. The abuse occurred from 2006 to 2011. Read the full story here.

MAN WHO SHOT GIRLFRIEND IN HEAD SENTENCED TO 28 YEARS TO LIFE: A Bakersfield man convicted of attempted murder and other charges for shooting his girlfriend in the head has been sentenced to 28 years to life in prison. Ignacio Gonzalez, 26, was arrested May 18, 2013 after deputies responded to a domestic dispute in the 900 block of Royal Way in east Bakersfield. They discovered a woman with a gunshot wound to the head. She was awake and able to communicate with deputies before she was taken to a hospital. Gonzalez was her live-in boyfriend. Read the full story here.

JOHN T'S UNIQUE GIFTS SAYS GOODBYE: John T's Unique Gifts has lost its lease at Valley Plaza, where it was one of the mall's last original tenants. A company representative said the 47-year-old tobacco, smoking accessories, games and collectibles retailer may reopen elsewhere in Bakersfield. John T's continues to accept orders for tobacco products online at JohnTsCigars.com. Read the full story here.



MICROSOFT DIGITAL ASSISTANT: Windows Phone users, meet Cortana. According to the Microsoft website, Cortana is a digital assistant that "gets better over time by asking questions based on your behavior and checking in with you before she assumes you're interested in something." Cortana will start in beta first and then launch in the United States, United Kingdom and China.



ENOUGH DENTISTS?: Those who detest seeing the dentist may be heartened by a report from UCLA that the number of dentists in the state is in danger of declining. But it might not be good news for dental health. The UCLA health policy brief Trends in the Supply of Dentists in California said there were 29,646 actively practicing dentists in California in 2012. Of the active dentists, 2,042 were in the San Joaquin Valley counties of Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. Statewide, there were 3.9 actively practicing dentists per 5,000 population in 2012, or one dentist per 1,282 people. The valley's dentist-to-population ratio of 2.4 was the lowest of any region in the state.



FOCUSED, LIBERTY'S MORGANNE HILL SHINES AT SWYL MEET: For the second consecutive Southwest Yosemite League meet, Liberty's Morganne Hill won three individual events and anchored the Patriots' victorious 1,600-meter relay Wednesday, leading Liberty to another team victory and serving notice that she'll again be a force at the CIF State Championships in June. Read the full story here.




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