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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
GUNS FOUND: A search of a Taft home turns up methamphetamine, lots of cash and some serious firepower. Kern County Sheriff's deputies served a warrant at 406 Hillard St. This was in connection with an arrest earlier that day of two burglary suspects, identified as Joe Barraza and Daniel Valdez. They were caught in the act while breaking into a home on E Street, deputies reported. During the search of the Hillard Street home, deputies found 100 grams of meth, $2,300 in U.S. currency and seven guns including an Uzi machine pistol, an AK-47, and a Bushmaster AR-15 complete with grenade launcher. Thousands of rounds of ammo were also seized. Both men were booked on numerous charges including residential burglary. Read the full story here.
SEX ASSAULT RECANTED: A Bakersfield College student who claimed she was sexually assaulted twice by a man on campus last week has recanted, saying the sex was consensual. At 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, BC reported the student's claim. But by 5 p.m. the college said Bakersfield police had determined that a crime had not been committed. Read the full story here.
DOCTOR SUSPENDED: The Medical Board of California has suspended a local physician's license after he pleads guilty to one federal felony charge of distribution of Hydrocodone. On April 15, Gonzalo Flores Ruiz was sentenced to 30 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release. A judge also recommended Ruiz participate in a substance abuse treatment program while in prison. An indictment in the case said Ruiz prescribed the painkiller "without a legitimate medical purpose." The Medical Board issued a "notice of automatic suspension order" Monday. The suspension will continue while Ruiz is in prison and carry on until a hearing is held, or until the board takes other action. Read the full story here.
CLEANUP: Kern County prisoners have been out on the streets doing some good. The Sheriff's Inmate Work Crew tackles high-target litter areas. Over the past week you may have seen them in their jumpsuits clearing illegally dumped trash on Granite Road, at the Little Village complex in South Bakersfield, and along railroad property. The crew has also been out and about picking up illegally dumped furniture and dozens of tires. The work is coordinated with Kern County Waste Management and the City of Bakersfield, with an assist from companies like Price Disposal and Varner Brothers. Read the full story here.
OFFENDER SOUGHT: Local law enforcement is searching for a parolee and registered sex offender. Thirty-two-year-old David Aguilar failed to report to the parole office upon his release from custody and his whereabouts are unknown. He's Hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches, 190 pounds., with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information regarding Aguilar's whereabouts is urged to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read the full story here.
STRIKE TEAM: A strike team from Kern County is helping battle a dangerous fire in Southern California. On Tuesday, 17 firefighters left for Idyllwild in Riverside County. That's where 8,000 acres have already burned and about two dozen homes have been evacuated. As of Tuesday morning, officials said the fire was only 10 percent contained, with extreme growth potential. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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ADVOCATE FOR VICTIMS OF BATTERED WOMAN'S SYNDROME DIES: Glenda Sue Crosley, who became an advocate for victims of domestic abuse after she was imprisoned for killing her husband, died Saturday. She was 69 years old. Crosley was one of several women featured in the 2009 documentary "Sin by Silence," a film about the prison group Convicted Women Against Abuse and its efforts to raise awareness of battered woman syndrome. At the time of her death, Crosley's supporters were working to win her freedom after a new law was enacted this year allowing a second look at cases tried prior to the 1990s, when testimony about the effects of domestic abuse often was disallowed or limited. Read the full story here.
MEDICAL BOARD SUSPENDS LAMONT DOCTOR'S LICENSE: The Medical Board of California has suspended a local physician's license after he pleaded guilty to one federal felony charge of distribution of Hydrocodone last fall. On April 15, Gonzalo Flores Ruiz was sentenced to serve 30 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release, according to U.S. District Court Eastern District of California records. A judge also recommended Ruiz participate in a substance abuse treatment program while in prison. An indictment in the case said Ruiz prescribed the painkiller "without a legitimate medical purpose." Read the full story here.
BC STUDENT RECANTS CLAIM SHE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED: A Bakersfield College student who claimed she was sexually assaulted twice by a man on campus last week has recanted, saying the sex was consensual. At 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, BC reported the student's claim. But by 5 p.m. the college said Bakersfield police had determined that a crime had not been committed. Read the full story here.
SUSPECT SHINES FLASHLIGHT IN VICTIM'S FACE DURING BURGLARY: The Bakersfield Police Department is asking for the public's help locating a suspect wanted for burglary. At 9:24 p.m. Saturday, Bakersfield police responded to the 2700 block of Pecan Grove for a burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they learned the victim was awakened by the suspect shining a flashlight in her face. The suspect, described as having a male voice, made sexual references to the victim. The suspect then fled the residence with several items. Read the full story here.
DEVELOPER TO DITCH CONTROVERSIAL CONDO PROPOSAL: The controversial Black Ops condominium project in southwest Bakersfield is officially a dead issue, the developer's representative told the Kern County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon. Roger McIntosh of McIntosh & Associates, which represents developer Black Ops Real Estate IV LLC, told supervisors that his client will send the city of Bakersfield a letter withdrawing the condominium project from consideration at Wednesday night's City Council meeting. McIntosh said that he and Matt Wade of Black Ops met with neighbors opposed to the project on Thursday, and agreed that instead of 100 condominiums, Black Ops will develop 78 single-family homes on vacant land at Ming Avenue and River Run Boulevard. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
OIL LEAKAGE FROM GULF ACCIDENT SITE RAISES CONCERN: Recurrent sheens of oil in the Gulf of Mexico near the site of 2010's Deepwater Horizon oil spill have led to fears that oil may again be spewing from the underwater well. But there is no new leak: The oil is coming from isolated tanks and pockets within the wreckage of the sunken rig. When the rig sank, it held tanks containing hundreds of barrels filled with a mixture of drilling mud and oil. Researchers say these tanks are leaking after being gradually corroded by seawater. One geochemist said, "Continued oil discharge to the Gulf is not a good thing, but there is some comfort that the amount of leakage is limited to the pockets of oil trapped within the wreckage." The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the biggest in American history, releasing about 205 million gallons of oil.
THE TECH REPORT
APPLE: Apple is said to be in discussions with a handful of television providers about a new premium subscription service that would allow users to watch live programming and auto-skip commercial breaks through Apple TV. Apple TV now allows owners to play media that they've purchased or stored in iTunes, access third-party video services like Netflix, and display their Apple device's screen on their television. Letting people access live programming on Apple TV would essentially replace the cable or satellite box that's issued by TV providers.
AT&T: A new AT&T plan will allow wireless customers upgrade their smartphones every year. The carrier announced AT&T Next, an option that lets a smartphone or tablet owner snag a new device every year at no additional costs. AT&T Next will work similarly to plans introduced by rival T-Mobile, which scrap traditional contracts in favor of paying for phones through monthly installments. The plan will be available nationwide starting July 26.
THE HEALTH REPORT
POT: Even parents who support legalization of marijuana expect strict regulation of its availability to kids and teens according to a national survey. The survey by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America reached more than 16-hundred adults, 12-hundred of whom are parents of kids ages 10-19. About 42 percent of adults favored legalizing marijuana for recreational use, 52 percent said it should be decriminalized, and 70 percent supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. About 90 percent of moms and 94 percent of dads say the legal age for marijuana use should be 21.
RETIREMENT: Retirement may not be good for your brain. According to a new study from France, older age at retirement leads to a reduced risk of developing dementia. Researchers say the new findings underscore the importance of maintaining high levels of cognitive and social stimulation throughout work and retiree life. The study found that for each extra year of age at retirement, the risk for dementia was 3.2 percent lower.
THE SPORTS REPORT
JAM AFFILIATES WITH 5 NBA TEAMS FOR 2013-14: The NBA and D-League announced Monday that the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz will be the NBA parent teams of the Bakersfield Jam next season. The Jam and Clippers have already been affiliated four years. Last season, the Hawks assigned John Jenkins and Mike Scott to the Jam. Phoenix will be affiliated with the Jam for a third year. The Suns assigned Kendall Marshall and Diante Garrett to Bakersfield last season. Toronto, in its third year with the Jam, last season assigned Quincy Acy to Bakersfield. This will be the Jazz's first year of affiliation with Bakersfield. The Jazz called up Jerel McNeal from Bakersfield in March. Read the full story here.
COLLEGE BASEBALL: Three members of the Bakersfield Sound have been named California Collegiate League all-stars and will play in the nationally-televised CCL All-Star Game and Prospect Showcase tonight in Compton. The Sound players selected are right-handed pitcher James Barragan from Stockdale High and Cal State Bakersfield, shortstop Aaron Smith from Central Arizona Junior College and catcher John Crummy from Miami of Ohio. They are on the CCL's South team. Read the full story here.
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