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Monday, Dec 30 2013 06:56 AM

'First Look': First News for Dec. 30

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

EAST BAKERSFIELD MAN SHOT, KILLED BY POLICE: A man was shot by a Bakersfield Police officer Sunday morning in east Bakersfield. Police received a call at 8:02 a.m. about a domestic dispute in the 5200 block of San Mateo Drive. When police arrived they found 45-year-old Jaspal Singh outside next to a blue-green Honda holding a firearm. Detective Todd Farnsworth said when the man pointed the firearm at officers, one of them fired five shots at him. Singh was hit numerous times. It is unclear whether Singh fired his weapon. Singh was pronounced dead at Kern Medical Center at 8:57 a.m. Read the full story here.

COUNTY'S FINANCIAL FUTURE WILL BE DARK FOR YEARS: Kern County has been in a dark financial tunnel since the recession began in 2008, and there isn't much light at the end of it. Careful budgeting since then has allowed the county to make improvements in some areas. But it will be years, officials say, before the county can get back everything it lost. Estimates put the county's one-time cost increases at nearly $100 million by 2017 and its jump in ongoing, annual costs at between $25 million and $40 million through 2022. County tax collectors don't expect to pull in new revenues to offset those budget negatives. Read the full story here.

TEHACHAPI MAN AND 8-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED IN FIERY PLAN CRASH IN FRESNO: A 72-year-old Tehachapi resident and an 8-year-old boy believed to be the man's nephew have been identified as the victims of a fiery plane crash near a Fresno airport that happened Thursday evening. Fresno County officials have identified the man as Timothy Lowell Farmer, whose borrowed single-engine plane may have clipped a tree on approach to Fresno's Chandler Downtown Airport. Officials have said both occupants died when the plane crashed in the front yard of a home about 800 feet west of Runway 12. No one on the ground was injured and the house was not damaged. Read the full story here.


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

EAST BAKERSFIELD 5-MONTH-OLD FOUND DEAD IN HOME: A 5-month-old infant was found dead Sunday morning in an east Bakersfield home. Nathan Luis Velasquez was found just after 10 a.m. in a home in the 900 block of Descanso Street. The infant was unresponsive when deputies arrived. An autopsy has been scheduled for this week to determine cause and manner of death. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD MAN DIES IN OLD RIVER ROAD CRASH: The driver of a car in which a Bakersfield man died early Sunday when it struck a semi truck, was alcohol-impaired. Samuel Isaac Alarcon, 21, died at the scene of the 2:33 a.m. accident at Old River Road just south of Highway 119. Alarcon was a passenger in a southbound 2005 Kia Rio driven by 20-year-old J. Mayorga-Espinal, of Bakersfield. Parminder Singh, 36, was driving a tractor trailer combination commercial vehicle northbound on Old River Road. Mayorga-Espinal was intoxicated, and allowed his car to drift into the northbound lane. Alarcon, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. Read the full story here.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATED IN LAMONT: A Sunday morning homicide in Lamont is being investigated by Kern County Sheriff's deputies. The incident occurred in the 10000 block of Santa Ana Street about 9:20 a.m. Deputies said the victim was found at the scene and no cause of death was known. An autopsy has been scheduled. Read the full story here.



AMAZON: According to a new report from CNBC, Amazon set a record on Cyber Monday with 36.8 million items ordered globally, which is about 426 items per second. Due to this high amount of shopping traffic, Amazon was forced to limit new Prime memberships during the holiday season in an effort to protect the orders of current members. Aside from limited Prime memberships, Amazon also addressed delayed shipments from UPS and FedEx, refunding shipping charges for late packages and giving out $20 Amazon gift cards to those who didn't receive packages by Christmas (but should have).



THE SWINE FLU: The swine flu is back. The strain of influenza that struck in spring 2009 and quickly became a global phenomenon is spreading widely around the United States again, according to national and state reports on this year's flu season. Known as Type A, subtype H1N1 - the strain is making up more than 90 percent of positive influenza tests, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



CONDORS WIN THIRD STRAIGHT: The Bakersfield Condors won their third straight, posting a 3-0 victory over the Idaho Steelheads on Sunday at Rabobank Arena. It was Bakersfield's eighth win in 11 games and 10th over the last 15. Oh yeah, they've also won five straight on home ice. That's an impressive turn around from a 1-10-1 start. "When I first got here I talked about (how) we had to learn how to play hockey the right way, play smart and tilt the odds in our favor," said captain Joel Broda, who had a goal and assist and now has 18 points in the past 11 games. "It's been a process but I feel like for the most part we've done a great job of that. We've learned how to play as a team. And we've learned if we play a certain way we're going to have a great chance of winning every night, no matter who we're playing. I think that's a big part of it."  Read the full story here.



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