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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT RELEASED: Police released a suspect in Wednesday's robbery and officer-involved shooting in Southwest Bakersfield. Charles Robertson was released from custody Thursday and two more suspects remain at large. It started around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon when somebody was robbed of a bag full of money outside the Chase Bank at 9000 Ming Avenue. A police officer soon spotted the suspects in a Nissan Maxima on Ashe Road at White Lane. The car pulled into a parking lot and three suspects took off on foot. The driver, 23-year-old Eric Miles Jr., turned the car around and appeared to be heading toward the officer, who opened fire. He wounded Miles, who was still able to take off northbound on Ashe Road at speeds topping a 100 miles per hour. Miles lost control and skidded to a stop just south of Stockdale Highway. He was hospitalized with moderate injuries and arrested on several charges. The stolen money was recovered. Another suspect, 29-year-old Brandon Burns, was arrested a short time later on District Boulevard. Read the full story here.
RECYCLING CENTER OWNER ARRESTED: A local recycling center owner is arrested. Kern County sheriff's detectives found a recycling center out of compliance with state and local laws Thursday and arrested its owner. Kyu Bo Song, owner of Truxtun Recycling, was booked on suspicion of several offenses. Song is accused of illegally recycling non-ferrous metals. Read the full story here.
DRUGS BUST IN WASCO: A Kern County sheriff's SWAT team served a search warrant in Wasco Thursday and made four arrests in connection with drug sales. Richard Rubio, 39, Isaac Sanchez, 47, Cristian Gastelum, 29, and Jerell Ringold, 28, were all arrested at a residence in the 1800 block of G Street on suspicion of various drug crimes, deputies said. Read the full story here.
NO HEAT SYSTEM AT TEHACHAPI SCHOOL: Some Tehachapi kids have a short school day due to a chilly facility. Officials at Tompkins Elementary closed the school at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday because the heat system wasn't working. Turns out it was caused by a gas leak. Students caught an early bus home or their parents were notified to pick them up. Nobody was injured. Read the full story here.
DRUGS SOLD NEAR BOYS & GIRLS CLUB: A man is charged with selling drugs near the Boys & Girls Club in East Bakersfield. Kern County Sheriff's detectives got a tip about possible drug sales going on at a house in the 800 block of Monterey Street. On Wednesday afternoon, they found 33-year-old Miguel Aguilar leaving the house with an illegal knife, plus some marijuana. A search of the home turned up about a pound and a half of meth, a pound of pot, two ounces of heroin, and a bit of cocaine. They also seized a handgun, an Uzi, and $13,000 in cash. Aguilar now sits in jail on multiple charges. Read the full story here.
HOLIDAY COTTAGE: You can help foster kids in Kern County have a Merry Christmas by going to the Holiday Cottage. Cindy Uetz, an assistant director of Kern County Human Services said they're serving children ages zero through 18, and each one has two wishes. They include a 1-year-old who wants a Leap-Frog toy and Daniel, 11, who can't wait to find an orange bike under his Christmas tree. You can fulfill these wishes and others by going to the East Hills Mall from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 15. Participants will select a card representing a child, buy the gift and return it to the Holiday Cottage where it will be wrapped and delivered. To find out more, call 631-6000.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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RECYCLING CENTER OWNER ARRESTED: Kern County sheriff's detectives found a recycling center out of compliance with state and local laws Thursday and arrested its owner. Kyu Bo Song, owner of Truxtun Recycling, was booked on suspicion of several offenses, deputies said. Song is accused of illegally recycling non-ferrous metals. Read the full story here.
COACH PLACED ON LEAVE AFTER STUDENT WAS HURT IN CLASS, SOURCE SAYS: The suspension of Centennial boys basketball coach Hernan Santiago concerns an incident that took place in his weightlifting class while he was outside the classroom, a source close to the situation said. A student was injured while Santiago was outside the classroom talking to a student or students about a different situation, the source said. Santiago has been placed on paid administrative leave until an insurance investigation into the situation is resolved. Read the full story here.
FOUR ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH DRUG CRIMES: A Kern County sheriff's SWAT team served a search warrant in Wasco Thursday and made four arrests in connection with drug sales. Richard Rubio, 39, Isaac Sanchez, 47, Cristian Gastelum, 29, and Jerell Ringold, 28, were all arrested at a residence in the 1800 block of G Street on suspicion of various drug crimes, deputies said. Read the full story here.
MANDELA INSPIRED MUSIC, MOVIES, POEMS: Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world's most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies. Artists were equally drawn to the man and to what he stood for. Mandela died Thursday at age 95. Read the full story here.
COLD WEATHER RUINS CITRUS CROP IN DELANO: Freezing temperatures ruined an undetermined amount of citrus in Delano early Thursday as a near-record cold settled over the southern Central Valley. A supervisor of Kern County's Fruit and Vegetables Standardization Program said inspectors found ice crystals in navel oranges. There were no early reports of damage elsewhere in the county, though agricultural officials are aware of temperatures as low as 26 degrees for a brief period, and 28 degrees for longer durations. Temperatures below 29 degrees can destroy some kinds of citrus fruit, depending how long the cold lasts. Freezes rupture juice sacks inside oranges, lemons and mandarins, drying them out and rendering them worthless. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
NSA: The National Security Agency is tracking the location data and movements of hundreds of millions of mobile devices overseas and is also occasionally scooping up location date on U.S. citizens as part of a massive surveillance effort to track foreign intelligence targets, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The documents, which were first reported by the Washington Post, reveal that the NSA is gathering nearly 5 billion records per day as part of the program. The tracking program gets the data be tapping into the "cables that connect mobile networks globally and that serve U.S. cellphones as well as foreign ones," according to the Post. The NSA does not believe that there are many security rates amid all of the moble location data it sweeps up, but that it does because its most powerful analytic tools let it search for unknown contacts of knowing intelligence targets by seeing how the movements of those targets cross paths with others. The NSA does not target American's cell phone location date deliberately, but collects it "incidentally," the Post reported.
THE HEALTH REPORT
MEASLES: The United States is experiencing spike in measles, with 175 confirmed cases and 20 hospitalizations so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's about three times the usual number of cases of measles according to CDC Director Thomas Frieden. The U.S. has seen nine outbreaks this year, with the largest in New York, North Carolina, and Texas. Frieden said more than 98 percent of measles patients were unvaccinated. Measles has been officially eliminated throughout the Western Hemisphere but still has about 60 "imported" cases a year. The country's safety net has become more porous in recent years, as more parents are refusing vaccines.
DEMENTIA: A new report reveals the number of people worldwide living with dementia could more than triple by 2050. Currently, an estimated 44 million people worldwide have dementia. That number is expected to reach 76 million in 2030 and 135 million by 2050. Those estimates come from an Alzheimer's Disease International policy brief for the upcoming G8 Dementia Summit in London. The policy brief also predicts a shift in the worldwide distribution of dementia cases, from the richest nations to middle and low-income countries. By 2050, 71 percent of people with dementia will live in middle and low-income nations, according to the experts.
THE SPORTS REPORT
RUNNERS RUNNIN' ON EMPTY IN LOSS TO SANTA CLARA: It may not be rock bottom, but it's pretty close. Cal State Bakersfield's lackadaisical play and poor shooting translated into its most lopsided loss thus far this season Thursday, a 60-42 rout by Santa Clara before an announced crowd of 820 in Rabobank Arena. "There are highs and lows in a season," CSUB coach Rod Barnes said after the Roadrunners (5-4) lost their third straight game. "This is probably bottom for us right now." For the first time in Barnes' three seasons in Bakersfield, no Roadrunner scored in double figures. Read the full story here.