By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
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DAVID, JENNIFER CRISP PLEAD GUILTY IN COURT: Former real estate mogul David Crisp and his wife, Jennifer, admitted in federal court Monday to taking part in a massive mortgage fraud scheme that shocked Bakersfield, forced foreclosures throughout the city and cost banks millions of dollars. Crisp, 34, told a U.S. District Court judge in Fresno he was guilty of conspiracy to commit bank, mail and wire fraud. The former chief executive of Crisp, Cole & Associates faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine at his sentencing, set for March 3. His wife, 31-year-old Jennifer Crisp, pleaded guilty to one count each of mail and wire fraud. She also will be sentenced March 3 and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Read the full story here.
TEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH 2-YEAR-OLD'S DEATH: A teenage girl has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a 2-year-old boy Monday in east Bakersfield. Deputies say the 17-year-old was caring for the child at the time of his death and is an acquaintance of the boy's mother. The suspect's name has not been released. Deputies responded to the 1700 block of Jefferson Street at 3:15 a.m. and found Kayden Webb unresponsive. He was taken to Kern Medical Center and pronounced dead at 6:46 a.m. Read the full story here.
HOW A PLAN TO BUY NEW IPHONE WITH DUFFEL BAG OF CASH WENT AWAY: The victim in the Dec. 4 robbery that led to an officer-involved shooting brought $5,000 in a green-and-brown duffel bag to The Marketplace after seeing what he thought was a great deal on Craigslist for an iPhone 5c. The victim arrived outside the Chase Bank, took the $400 asking price for the phone from the duffel bag and showed it to the sellers. One of the sellers handed the man the phone, who began checking to see if it was stolen. It's unclear how the suspects knew there was cash in the duffel bag. But as the victim checked the phone, one of the men grabbed the duffel bag and ran. Read the full story here.
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STATE BOWL GAMES: TIMES, TICKETS, LOCATIONS: Friday, we're rolling an RV into Carson, where we'll do a live pregame show of the state bowl games -- probably around 2 p.m. -- from the StubHub Center parking lot. Here's the schedule: at 4 p.m. Division IV, Bakersfield Christian vs. Modesto-Central Catholic. At 8 p.m. Division I, Bakersfield vs. Loomis-Del Oro. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. Parking is also a $10 fee. One ticket will get you into all games for that day, so you'd be able to see both Bakersfield teams play Friday. Read the full story here.
PREGNANT WOMAN KILLED IN FIRE IDENTIFIED: The pregnant woman killed in a fire in central Bakersfield early Saturday has been identified as 30-year-old Christine Ann Soles. Soles, who was seven months pregnant, died at 4:42 am. in the fire in the 700 block of Eye Street. Bakersfield firefighters said the fire began accidentally when wood burning in a stove fell out. Soles had been staying in a detached back building illegally converted to a living space. Read the full story here.
SMOKE SHOP OWNER CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTION OF DESIGNER SYNTHETIC DRUGS: The owner of a warehouse and smoke shop in Bakersfield appeared in court Monday after being charged last week with three crimes related to the distribution of designer synthetic drugs. Mikhael Issa Kamar, 51, is being detained as a flight risk and danger to the community. The two-year investigation that led to Kamar's indictment resulted in the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of designer synthetic drugs from a warehouse and smoke shop called Havana House in Bakersfield. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
FACEBOOK DONATE: Facebook added a new donation feature on Monday that allows users to contribute cash to non-profits directly through the platform. Facebook partnered with 18 different non-profits during the initial rollout of the feature, including the Boys & Girls Club of America, Livestrong Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund. Users can donate using an embedded "Donate Now" button on each partnering non-profit's Brand Page. The button allows users to donate in preset amounts of $10 to $250, using a credit card, debit card or PayPal.
THE HEALTH REPORT
ANTI-BACTERIAL SOAPS: After more than 40 years of study, the federal government says it has no evidence that the anti-bacterial chemicals used in countless common soaps and washes help prevent the spread of germs. Regulators at the Food and Drug Administration said they are revisiting the safety of chemicals such as triclosan in light of recent studies that suggest the substances can interfere with hormone levels and spur the growth of drug-resistant bacteria. The government's preliminary ruling lends new support to outside researchers who have long argued that the chemicals are, at best, ineffective and at worst, a threat to public health.
ADVANCE TICKETS FOR BHS BOWL GAME ON SALE: Bakersfield High is selling advance tickets for Friday's CIF Division I State Championship bowl game against Loomis-Del Oro at the StubHub Center in Carson. Tickets are available in the BHS finance office from 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m.- noon on Friday. CIF-mandated prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students, children and seniors. Parking at StubHub Center is an additional $10. Bakersfield and Del Oro kick off at 8 p.m. on Friday night. Earlier that day, at 4 p.m., Bakersfield Christian plays Modesto-Central Catholic for the Division IV state bowl championship. Read the full story here.
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