By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
911 TAPE: Bakersfield police on Thursday released a recording of the 911 call that led them to a northeast Bakersfield home where they found a woman shot and then arrested her attorney husband. "Get EMT over here, someone's been shot. 1220 Telegraph Avenue," a panicked male voice, later identified by police as Mark Madrigali, said in the first seconds of the brief call made early Wednesday morning. Read the full story here.
WALMART: Walmart proposes to build a new store in Lamont that would anchor a 20-acre shopping center on what is now farmland. The 130,000-square-foot store would open within the next two or three years at the southeast corner of Weedpatch Highway and Di Giorgio Road. First the company needs a zoning change from Kern County, which has designated the land for agricultural uses only. The project would also require a change to the county's General Plan. County Supervisors are scheduled to consider an agreement Tuesday under which Walmart would pay for a 290-thousand dollar environmental review expected to take between 12 and 18 months. Read the full story here.
METH ARRESTS: Two Bakersfield residents are looking out from behind metal bars after methamphetamine is seized from a hotel. Kern County investigators conducted a probation search Wednesday at a hotel in the 2300 block of Wible Road. Detectives found evidence of drug sales and about one quarter pound of meth valued at more than $14,000. Thirty-year old Annabelle Miller and 41-year old Benjamin Mendoza were arrested. Read the full story here.
BEATING: A badly injured baseball fan is forced to leave Bakersfield. Bryan Stow, a paramedic who roots for the San Francisco Giants, was severely beaten two years ago outside Dodger Stadium. He was left with permanent brain damage that required rehab at the Center for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield. After a year there, the Associated Press reports the family's insurance will no longer pay for it, so Stow is now getting round-the-clock care at a home in Santa Cruz. Two men await trial for the beating in L.A. Read the full story here.
BABY DEATH: Delano Police continue to investigate a toddler's death, but they don't consider the boy's death suspicious. Andrew Ceja was 1 year and nine months old when he was found dead Wednesday morning at his home in the 300 block of Calle Felix. The boy's father found him. Ceja was pronounced dead at his home. An autopsy was performed Thursday but Ceja's cause of death is still pending. Read the full story here.
COMPLIANCE CHECK: Sheriff's deputies are checking up on local sex offenders. Sheriff's Office personnel found only one registered sex offender who was out of compliance as they conducted numerous checks on registered sex offenders over three weeks in late May and early June. The efforts of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations Unit focused on Oildale and east Bakersfield. All but one of the offenders contacted during the check were in compliance with the registration requirement. Detectives discovered one man had failed to register after moving from one residence to another. They found the man and he went to the Sheriff's Registration Office later that day and updated his registration status. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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WALMART PROPOSES STORE IN LAMONT: Walmart Stores Inc. proposes to build a new store in Lamont that would anchor a 20-acre shopping center on what is now farmland. Still in the planning stages, the 130,000-square-foot store would open within the next two or three years at the southeast corner of Weedpatch Highway and Di Giorgio Road. That's according to Walmart spokeswoman Rachel Wall. The company needs a zoning change from Kern County, which has designated the land for agricultural uses only. The project would also require a change to the county's General Plan. Read the full story here.
KEY GREEN LIGHT FOR CALIFORNIA'S HIGH-SPEED RAIL: The California High-Speed Rail Authority won approval Thursday from a federal railroad oversight board to start construction this summer on the first leg of what would be the nation's first bullet train. The ruling removes an important hurdle for the rail authority to start construction of the $68 billion system in the Central Valley. A ruling against the state could have caused substantial delays and cost overruns for the project, which is under tight federal construction deadlines to collect billions of dollars in federal matching grants. Read the full story here.
QUARTER POUND OF SUSPECTED METH FOUND IN HOTEL: A Wednesday probation search at a Bakersfield hotel turned up a quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine and led to two arrests. Investigators with the Kern County California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team and the Kern County Major Violator Unit conducted the search at a hotel in the 2300 block of Wible Lane. Sheriff's officials say they discovered suspected drugs worth an estimated $14,260 on the street and evidence of drug sales. Two people were arrested. Read the full story here.
BC DISPUTES VIOLATIONS IN 77-PAGE REPORT: Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian said Thursday that most if not all of the alleged infractions by the BC football team did not occur. The college's president said: "We will continue our work to officially restore the state championship to our students and to ensure the level of sanctions is appropriate." The Renegades' football team has been accused of seven violations of California Community College Athletic Association bylaws. Read the full story here.
OUTDOORS COLUMNIST STEVE MERLO: ISABELLA LARGEMOUTH BASS BITE GOES BALLISTIC: Outdoors columnist Steve Merlo says the bass are biting at Isabella Lake. Likely due to the extended drought and drawdown, the bass bite has gone nuts, and though no one can put a finger on a definitive why, the big fish are once again on the prowl. While no one expects the lake to boot out a record-sized bigmouth or even come close, anglers are still taking advantage of the best bass fishing in years. Thirty-fish days and five-fish limits weighing well in excess of 40 pounds are showing up with an astounding regularity, and most weekend tournaments are being won with at least 30 pounds. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
MICROSOFT: Microsoft has struck a deal with Best Buy to create 600 stores-within-stores in the U.S. and Canada to sell customers on Windows 8, the Surface tablet line, and other PCs and devices. Microsoft has had a tough time moving the needle since the launch last year of Windows 8 and its less-functional spin-off Windows RT. Traditional PC sales have continued to slide and Windows-powered tablets have yet to gain significant sales traction. The Windows Store will essentially replace Best Buy's entire computer department in the 600 stores.
SMARTPHONE KILL-SWITCH: Law enforcement officials nationwide are demanding the creation of a "kill switch" that would render smartphones inoperable after they are stolen. Citing statistics showing that 1 in 3 robberies nationwide involve the theft of a mobile phone, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the formation of a coalition of law enforcement agencies devoted to stamping out what he called an "epidemic" of smartphone robberies. He said that all too often, the robberies turn violent. He likened the functionality of a "kill switch" to the ability for consumers to cancel a stolen credit card. Apple said at a developers' conference this week that such a feature would be part of its iOS7 software to be released in the fall.
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