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Wednesday, Nov 20 2013 07:02 AM

'First Look': First News for Nov. 20

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

BUSINESSES CITED FOR SELLING ALCOHOL TO MINORS: Three Bakersfield businesses are busted for selling alcohol to minors. Last Thursday a joint task force of Kern County Sheriff's deputies and state officers did an operation where decoys under 21 years of age attempted to buy booze at 16 locations in Bakersfield. They were successful at three -- Lucky 7 at 3232 Stine Road, Fastrip at 1200 Coffee Road, and Sam's Liquor and Gas on East California Avenue. Those businesses were cited for selling or furnishing alcohol to a minor. The next day, deputies nabbed seven men in Bakersfield and Lamont on charges of buying booze for minor decoys. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT WANTED: Delano Police are looking for the suspect in a fatal shooting. It happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. Monday at Kalibo Park. When police got there, they found 20-year-old Cody Jamal Harris suffering from a gunshot wound. He died about an hour later at a local hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Delano Police Department. Read the full story here.

HOLIDAY SAFETY TIPS: The holidays are busy days for thieves, and the Kern County Sheriff's Office has a few pointers on how to foil them. Ashley Glover is a Crime Prevention Specialist there. She says if you're going on the road, you'll need to make your home look like it's still occupied. When you're traveling, Glover says don't carry cash, but use traveler's checks or credit cards. Plan your trip carefully, have a printed map and don't rely on your GPS. And if you're staying at a hotel or motel, never leave valuables in your room. For more tips, you can call the Sheriff's Crime Prevention Unit at 392-6914.

PHONE SCAM WARNING: The Kern County Sheriff's Office is warning residents of a possible phone scam. Folks have been getting calls from people saying they're with the California State Sheriff's Association Foundation, trying to raise funds. The organization's president says they never solicit by phone. The calls are coming from one of the Association's dedicated phone numbers, 916-375-8000. Anyone getting calls from this number or from somebody claiming they're with the Sheriff's Foundation are warned not to give out personal information, but to report them to the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Read the full story here.

HOLIDAY TRASH PICKUP TIME: As Bakersfield enjoys turkey and all the fixings next week, there's no need to put the trash out just yet. The Public Works Department reports there won't be any pickups on Thanksgiving day. All of Thursday's trash, recycling and green waste services will be shifted to the next day, Nov. 29. And Friday's pickups will take place on Saturday. The Green Waste Facility on Mt. Vernon Avenue will be closed Thanksgiving and will reopen on Friday. 

USE TARPS OR GET CITED: The Kern County sheriff joined county waste officials on the road to Bena Landfill Tuesday to announce that negligent trash haulers will receive fines of up to $1,000 and free tarps as part of a program begun in October. A group of about seven Kern County Sheriff's deputies working overtime began writing misdemeanor and infraction tickets to motorists late last month. Their pay is funded by one of two one-time Kern Council of Government grants of $100,000 each. Read the full story here.



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

THIRD DEFENDANT SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN NECKLACE-SNATCHING MURDER: Natalie Ramos waited more than a year and sat through three trials. On Tuesday, she finally received closure. Christopher Harvell Patterson, the third and final defendant convicted of murder in the 2012 necklace-snatching death of Ramos' mother, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday morning. Patterson, 20, had no reaction as Judge Kenneth C. Twisselman II pronounced sentence. In addition to murder, Patterson was convicted Oct. 16 of robbery and participating in a criminal street gang. Read the full story here.

ALLEGED DRIVER OF PICKUP THAT STRUCK AND KILLED A PEDESTRIAN CLAIMED VEHICLE WAS STOLEN: California Highway Patrol officers say Israel Hernandez Nunez quickly came up with a story regarding his innocence in an Oct. 16 crash that killed a pedestrian. Nunez ran from his damaged Ford F-150 pickup on Oswell Street just south of Center Street and called his girlfriend to pick him up, according to a search warrant filed in court by the CHP. She drove him to his brother's house, where Nunez then called officers to report his pickup had been stolen. The pedestrian, Angel Gomez, died Oct. 18 at Kern Medical Center. As of Tuesday, no charges were listed against Nunez in connection with the crash. Read the full story here.

STORMS BRING CHANCES OF RAIN, SNOW, FOG TO KERN: Bakersfield could be in for some light rainfall today, possibly followed by another sprinkling Thursday -- either of which would help offset what has been an unusually dry year. On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service said there was a 20 percent chance of rain in town Wednesday, but that any precipitation would likely be just a few hundredths of an inch. A separate storm system due to arrive in Bakersfield Wednesday night or early Thursday was estimated to have a 30 percent chance of rain, but again, only dropping a few hundredths of an inch. Read the full story here.

ILLEGAL DUMPING GETS YOU A $1,000 TICKET, FREE TARP: The Kern County sheriff joined county waste officials on the road to Bena Landfill Tuesday to announce that negligent trash haulers will receive fines of up to $1,000 and free tarpaulins as part of a program begun in October. "This is really about beautifying our county. We really want to ask the public to partner with us and don't throw your trash out. Go to the dump," said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood. That's the message to illegal dumpers and careless trash haulers with uncovered loads. Read the full story here.

DEFENDANT ACQUITTED OF ATTEMPTED MURDER, OTHER CHARGES IN PRISON BEATING: Anthony Jose Campa had faced a potential life sentence after being charged with attempted murder, mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon last year in the beating of his cellmate at Delano's North Kern State Prison that left the cellmate in a coma. Deputy Public Defender Paul Cadman, however, argued during trial that Campa was the victim, and only defended himself after Gamez tried to rape him. A jury acquitted Campa on Monday of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon by a prisoner. Campa will be released, having served a 15-year sentence after being convicted of attempted murder in 2011 for setting his wife on fire. Read the full story here.



CODE: Silicon Valley firms tired of National Security Agency snooping are fighting back the best way they know how. With code. "Harder-to-crack" code may help shield "networks and online customer data" from government spying, according to Bloomberg News. Facebook, Google, and Yahoo now use "strengthened encryption" to mask e-mail and social media posts -- so strong that the government won't be able to crack it until 2030. Google's digital keys are now twice as long, and Facebook and Yahoo are now moving towards 2048-bit digital keys, according to company spokespeople.

SAMSUNG: Samsung Electronics latest patent filing in the U.S. suggests the company is preparing a new smartphone using a bendable display that would allow content to flow along the edges of the device. The company first showcased the technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. Samsung declined to confirm any plans to release a product featuring such bendable displays, but Bloomberg reported last week citing people familiar with the situation that the company may release a product with such features next year.



MENINGITIS: Health officials at UC Santa Barbara are on high alert after two students were recently diagnosed with the disease that causes meningitis. The university also announced that it has increased cleaning procedures in residence halls, the recreation center and sports club facilities and on any sports equipment. The university reminded students, and those who have gone without a vaccination since age 16, that the health department provides meningitis shots on a walk-in basis. The two cases of meningococcal disease at UC Santa Barbara haven't been linked to a meningitis outbreak at Princeton University in New Jersey.

KID HEALTH: Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. That's according to an analysis of studies on millions of children around the world that finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. Heart-related fitness has declined 5 percent per decade since 1975 for children ages 9 to 17. The American Heart Association, whose conference featured the research on Tuesday, says it's the first to show that children's fitness has declined worldwide over the last three decades. Health experts recommend that children 6 and older get 60 minutes of moderately vigorous activity accumulated over a day. Only one-third of American kids do now.



WARRIORS RISE: They live on a mountain, but Tehachapi's volleyball players have never finished a climb quite like this. Down two games and facing a 13-3 deficit in the third Tuesday night, the Warriors stormed back to beat Independence 20-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-11 at home in the Central Section Division II semifinals. Read the full story here.

CENTENNIAL FALLS IN ROBERTS' FAREWELL: The Centennial gym floor looked like a receiving line. One by one, former players, parents of players, students, friends, family members and other admirers stood in line to hug and have words with Centennial volleyball coach Brooke Roberts just after the Golden Hawks lost a five-set Central Section Division I semifinal heartbreaker to Clovis on Tuesday night. The 16-25, 25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 15-12 setback was, barring an unforeseen invitation to the state playoffs, the final match of Roberts' highly-successful high school coaching career. Read the full story here.



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