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'First Look': First News for May 21

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

CELL PHONE VIDEO: The attorney representing the witnesses in the in-custody death of a Bakersfield man releases cellphone video shot by one of the witnesses. Yesterday (mon) Daniel Rodriguez released the video shot by Francisco Arrieta the night 33-year old Daniel Silva was beaten by sheriff's deputies and Highway Patrol officers. Silva died an hour later. Arrieta's video shows no baton strikes by the officers who responded to the scene. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has said batons were used by deputies, but that he doesn't yet know how many blows were struck or where on Silva's body they landed. A second confiscated cellphone had no video, but witnesses insist it did. Rodriguez said Monday a private forensic analysis turned up no video on that phone.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has said batons were used by deputies, but that he doesn't yet know how many blows were struck or where on Silva's body they landed. A second confiscated cellphone had no video, but witnesses insist it did. Rodriguez said Monday a private forensic analysis turned up no video on that phone.

EXPLOSIONS: Small explosions at Bakersfield High School. Someone reported hearing an explosion outside the science building around 11 yesterday morning (Monday). Shortly after that, there was an explosion inside the boys bathroom inside Warren Hall. Then a third explosion outside the industrial arts building. Police questioned one suspect and were looking for a second. The explosions were caused by what's being called a chemical reaction device. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported. At 1 o'clock school was canceled for the rest of the day.

Police questioned one suspect and were looking for a second. The explosions were caused by what's being called a chemical reaction device. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported. At 1 o'clock school was canceled for the rest of the day.

16TH SENATE DISTRICT: Voters are showing up a 33 Kern County locations to cast their ballots in today's special election. At stake is a seat in the California State Senate. Michael Rubio left the 16th seat open when he decided to leave for family and career reasons. Five candidates face off today. The front-runners, Republican Andy Vidak and Democrat Leticia Perez, are backed by millions of dollars in state party money. The other three candidates -- Mohammad Arif, Paulina Miranda and Francisco Ramirez -- have operated on shoe-string budgets and are not expected to pull in much of the vote.

BIG RIG CRASH INTO CANAL: Rescuers find the body of a passenger of a big-rig who died in an accident on Highway 99 in north Bakersfield. It happened yesterday (mon) afternoon around 2 on southbound 99 at Norris Road when a truck crashed through the railing and plunged into a canal. Fire Department crews found the body under parts of the cab and debris after a heavy tow truck was used to secure vehicle. Earlier in the day, crews were unable to locate the body because of murky water and extensive damage to the truck. No word yet on names. The driver was able to escape and was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries.

MISSING: 45-year-old Kelly Gill was last seen Sunday (5-19) in the 2300 block of Castro Lane. He suffers from an acute medical condition, so he's considered at risk. Gill stands 5-9, and he weighs only 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing black pants and a blue Spiderman shirt. If you know where Kelly Gill might be, you're asked to call the BPD at 327-7111.

ABORTION ORDINANCE: A draft city ordinance that would have restricted abortion in Bakersfield was placed on hold Monday when the Bakersfield City Council's Legislative and Litigation Committee voted 3-0 to table its discussion indefinitely, and instead, ordered the drafting of a resolution that could be less restrictive.

The Bakersfield Californian reports the so-called Human Life Ordinance would have placed "Restrictions on Termination of Human Life,"making it "unlawful within the city of Bakersfield for any entity to receive any form of consideration for the purpose of killing any inhabitants of the city." City Attorney Ginny Gennaro warned the committee that passing the ordinance would open the city up to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawsuits from abortion providers whose livelihoods would be threatened if the ordinance were passed.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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SILVA'S SCREAMS MARK VIDEO THAT LACKS BATON STRIKES: Daniel Rodriguez, the attorney now representing the witnesses in the in-custody death of David Sal Silva following his beating earlier this month by several law enforcement officers, released cellphone video shot by one of the witnesses Monday. As expected, the video taken by Francisco Arrieta at just after midnight on the morning of May 8 shows no baton strikes by the sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers who responded to the scene. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood has said batons were used by deputies, but that he doesn't yet know how many blows were struck or where on Silva's body they landed. A second confiscated cellphone had no video, both the Bakersfield Police Department and the Sheriff's Office have said. Witnesses insist it did. Rodriguez said Monday a private forensic analysis turned up no video on that phone. Read the full story at bakersfield.com.

RESCUERS FIND BODY OF PASSENGER FROM RIG THAT CRASHED INTO CANAL: An occupant of a big-rig died after the truck crashed through a railing on southbound Highway 99 at Norris Road Monday afternoon and plunged into a canal. The Kern County Fire Department said rescuers found the body of a passenger under parts of the cab and debris after a heavy tow truck was used to secure vehicle. Read the full story at bakersfield.com.

SCHOOL CANCELED AT BAKERSFIELD HIGH MONDAY AFTER SMALL EXPLOSIONS: Classes were canceled at Bakersfield High School Monday after three small bottle bomb explosions struck campus. No injuries or damage to buildings were reported but at about 1 p.m., officials announced they were canceling the rest of the school day and urged parents to pick up their children at 14th and F streets at 1:30 p.m. Read the full story at bakersfield.com.

SUN PACIFIC GETS CUSTODY OF CUTIES IN PARAMOUNT DIVORCE: The two companies behind the popular Cuties brand of mandarins have begun a corporate divorce that forces a name change on a popular product that accounts for thousands of acres in Kern County orchards. Under a deal announced Monday, Pasadena-based Sun Pacific was to pay Paramount Citrus, part of Los Angeles-based Roll Global, an undisclosed sum to take over full ownership of the Cuties brand. Read the full story at bakersfield.com.

KERN SCHOOLS FEDERAL CREDIT UNION RESCUES AILING TEHACHAPI CREDIT UNION: The two companies behind the popular Cuties brand of mandarins have begun a corporate divorce that forces a name change on a popular product that accounts for thousands of acres in Kern County orchards. Under a deal announced Monday, Pasadena-based Sun Pacific was to pay Paramount Citrus, part of Los Angeles-based Roll Global, an undisclosed sum to take over full ownership of the Cuties brand. Read the full story at bakersfield.com.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

SOLAR POWER FOR ENERGY EXTRACTION: That's exactly what the nation of Oman will do to coax oil out of the ground, according to the New York Times. The Sultanate and Shell have created the joint venture and are demonstrating the technology. The system generates steam that helps extract the oil. The company that builds the technology, GlassPoint, has a small working model here in Kern County.

 

THE TECH REPORT

HACKERS ARE BACK: Unit 61398 -- the cyber arm of China's People's Liberation Army is back in business after several months of silence and is hacking into American government and business sites. Mandiant, a private security company that helps companies and government agencies defend themselves from hackers, said the attacks had resumed but would not identify the targets, citing agreements with its clients. But it did say the victims were many of the same ones the unit had attacked before.

ANDROID SUCCESS: Think Android profits are something to scoff at? The folks at Samsung would disagree. Samsung captured 95 percent of the $5.3 billion in profits generated by global Android smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2013. In a distant second place was LG, which took a scant 3 percent of global Android profits.

FLICKR: Yahoo wants to make Flickr "awesome again." The company announced a complete redesign of the photo-sharing site Monday. It now features high-resolution images and a massive 1 terabyte of free storage for all users.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

WORKERS START 2-DAY STRIKE AT UC HOSPITALS: University of California medical center workers began a two-day strike today that could involve thousands of employees and prompted postponement of some surgeries. The Associated Press reports that the union representing some 13,000 hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room scrubs and other health care workers began the walkout at 4 a.m. Tuesday at medical facilities in cities including San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Sacramento, home to UC Davis Medical Center. Green-shirted picketers were in place at the Los Angeles facility. The union is battling over staffing and pension issues.

BILL BACKS CALIFORNIA MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT PROGRAM: The state Senate approved legislation Monday making it clear that counties can use money from a special state tax on millionaires for programs that provide court-ordered mental health treatment for those who refuse to get help on their own. The Associated Press reports supporters of Laura's Law sought the bill in hopes that counties will expand the decade-old intervention program. So far, just two of California's 58 counties -- Los Angeles and Nevada counties -- let a judge order involuntary treatment if a patient is not getting help voluntarily, has a history of hospitalization or violent behavior, and might be dangerous.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BC WILL FIGHT SANCTIONS: Bakersfield College officials are going to fight to get back the state football championship that was taken away last Tuesday. The seven-member Kern Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday afternoon to appeal sanctions levied on the football program by Southern California Football Association.

The SCFA announced last Tuesday that BC was to forfeit all wins from the 2011 and 2012 seasons because of six violations of California Community College Athletic Association rules. That meant the 2011 and 2012 seasons became 0-10 years. And once the '12 season became 0-10, the CCCAA stripped BC of its state championship football title, stating a winless team would not have qualified for postseason play.

BLAZE MAKE IT 4 STRAIGHT: Ryan Wright had a homer, two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Bakersfield Blaze to a 5-3 victory Monday over the High Desert Mavericks at Sam Lynn Ballpark. It was the fourth straight win for Bakersfield, it's best streak of the season.

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