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Wednesday, May 22 2013 07:38 AM

'First Look': First News for May 22

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

VIDAK WINS 16TH: Looks like Andy Vidak is headed to Sacramento. The Hanford Republican won Tuesday's special election to the 16th Senate District seat left vacant by Bakersfield Democrat Michael Rubio. Vidak captured 51.9 percent of the vote to Leticia Perez's 41.7 percent. Other challengers, Paulina Miranda, Francisco Ramirez, and Mohammed Arif got a combined 6.2% of the vote.

SILVA CASE: Investigators have new information in the deputy-related beating death of a Bakersfield man. The security video and a limited number of Silva's medical records were ultimately released to investigators late last week. But first a hearing was held on Friday before Kern County Superior Court Judge Thomas Clark to determine whether it was appropriate to release Silva's medical records, and if so, to what extent. Records indicate 33-year old David Silva came to Kern Medical Center the night of May 8th asking directions. Later, a security officer found Silva sleeping on a lawn on hospital grounds. He was told he couldn't sleep there and was asked to leave. Apparently, Silva left the hospital grounds and lay down again near the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive directly across the street. It was here he would be confronted by several sheriff's deputies and CHP officers, some wielding batons. Silva died at KMC an hour after the incident.

NEW AIS CANCER CENTER: The new AIS Cancer Center in downtown Bakersfield is finally opening for business. San Joaquin Community Hospital officials held an official ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday morning. Two months ago, it was announced the opening would have to be postponed because of licensing problems, construction delays and the need for more training by staff using the center's sophisticated equipment.

HEALTH CAUTION: Air pollution officials have issued a health caution for blowing dust effective Tuesday night through Wednesday. The warning applies to the Kern County valley, as well as San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties. Valley air district officials say winds could cause areas of dust that could lead to unhealthy amounts of particulate matter 10 microns or smaller. Exposure could trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, aggravate lung disease, and increase the risk of respiratory infections. Officials advise people with heart and lung problems to follow their physicians' advice for weathering the conditions, and caution children and the elderly to avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion.

ROBBERY AND HOMICIDE ARREST: 18-year-old Theron Ausbie was arrested for robbery and homicide. His roommate, 45-year-old Kelly Gill, was found dead Monday night inside a home in the 2300 block of Castro Lane. Gill had been reported missing earlier this week. His body was found hidden inside the house.

MISSING BOY: An 11-year-old Bakersfield boy is missing and considered at risk. Jonathan Andresen (an-DREE-son) was last seen Monday afternoon just before 3 p.m. at Munsey Elementary School. His home is on nearby Apache Avenue. Jonathan has brown hair, brown eyes, wears glasses and has a broken front tooth. He was last seen wearing a red shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call authorities. You can leave a message on the Secret Witness hotline at 322-4040, or send an anonymous text to TIP-411, key word KCSO.



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

VIDAK WINS 16TH DISTRICT SENATE SEAT: Hanford cherry farmer Andy Vidak has won the 16th Senate District race, beating out a field of four other candidates. The Republican captured 51.9 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting, according to California Secretary of State returns early Wednesday morning. He beat out Democrat Leticia Perez of Bakersfield, who had 41.7 percent of the votes as of Wednesday morning. Early this morning, Perez posted this message on Facebook: "I am humbled and honored that so many people encouraged and supported me during the campaign with their time, energy and dedication. I will continue to work on behalf of Central Valley residents and families, and share my message of hope with them." Read the full story here.

INVESTIGATORS IN SILVA CASE OBTAIN SECURITY VIDEO, MEDICAL RECORDS: Kern County sheriff's investigators wanted to learn more about David Sal Silva's activities in the hours before his death following a physical struggle with several law enforcement officers May 8. They filed a search warrant that would ultimately lead to the release of security video showing the 33-year-old as he sought help the night of May 7 in the emergency room at Kern Medical Center, and later at the Mary K. Shell mental health facility nearby. Read the full story here.

PASSENGER IN BIG-RIG CRASH IDENTIFIED: The big-rig passenger who died Monday after the vehicle plunged over a railing and into a canal has been identified as Wisconsin resident Keith Michael Zeamer. The coroner's office says the 32-year-old died of blunt force injuries in the 2:15 p.m. crash on the southbound Highway 99 overpass at Beardsley Canal. Read the full story here.

PEOPLE WORLDWIDE WATCH SILVA CASE: Californian columnist Jamie Butow writes that there's no denying that the David Silva case is being followed worldwide, but now there's a new social media element: an online petition calling for "immediate dismissal and prosecution of officers involved in the death of David Silva, harassment of witnesses, and illegal seizure of video recordings pertaining to the event." Launched on Change.org last week by Michigan resident Stephanie Lada, the petition had garnered 443 signatures as of Monday afternoon. Read the full story here.

POLICE SEARCHING FOR RUNAWAY JUVENILE: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help finding a runaway juvenile considered at risk because of her age. Gabrielle Bensusen is described as 12 years old, 4 feet 11 inches tall, 80 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 12100 block of Marigold Drive. Read the full story here.



SOLAR CITY SECURES FINANCING: Roof-top solar energy provider, Solar City, secured more than $500 million in financing from Goldman Sachs to complete thousands of roof-top projects. The company’s stock took a hit last week when it reported a bigger than expected first quarter loss, but the news of the financing deal sent the stock surging 16 percent. Solar City’s chairman is Elon Musk, the pioneering developer of PayPal, Tesla and the Space X.



XBOX: Microsoft unveiled the latest game console Tuesday to replace the eight-year-old Xbox 360. The XBox One has the ability to run multiple apps at once. That means owners will be able to watch TV while taking part in a Skype video chat, or surfing the web. And many of those tasks can be accomplished by using either hand gestures or voice commands. The console has eight-gigabytes of RAM and a 500 gigabyte hard drive. Microsoft has not said when the Xbox One will launch, or how much it will cost. More information is expected next month. One sad note for gamers: Xbox One will not be backwards compatible, either with the Xbox 360 or the original Xbox.

TEENS ONLINE: A majority of teens are practicing safe-sharing according to a recent study. While teens sharing more information about themselves on social media sites sixty percent of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most say they are confident in their ability to manage their privacy settings. All this comes from the latest Pew Internet & American Life study. And what is the most popular social media site among teens? Instagram.



SUNSCREEN LABELING: Dermatologists say that new federally mandated labeling laws for sunscreens will help Americans make smarter choices when it comes to sun protection. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, new labels required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration must provide information about whether a sunscreen will protect against skin cancer in addition to sunburn, and will also have to indicate whether a sunscreen is water-resistant.

A new survey of 1,400 sunscreen products by the Environmental Working Group found that most products meet the new FDA requirements, but noted most people don't need anything higher than an SPF of 30 and that it should be reapplied every couple of hours. To reduce your risk of skin cancer, the academy recommends using a sunscreen that is broad spectrum -- that protects against UVA and UVB rays; has an SPF of at least 30; and is water-resistant for at least 40 minutes. Sunscreen makers are no longer allowed to claim that a sunscreen is "waterproof" or "sweatproof" because the FDA has determined that those terms are misleading.

GERMS AND PURSES: It's probably a safe bet that women don't wash their hands after they put them in their purse. But, according to a study by Initial Washroom Hygiene, perhaps they should. Researchers with the hygiene services company swabbed handbags and found that twenty percent of handbags swabbed contained more germs than the average toilet flush. Swabs revealed that face or hand cream were most-bacteria ridden items, followed by lipstick and mascara. One item that may have spread bacteria to the purse is none other than the cell phone. An infectious disease specialist noted how cell phones go into the bathroom with some people and are rarely wiped down.



GARCES GIRLS ADVANCE TO VALLEY TITLE GAME: With a 3-2 victory over Ridgeview Tuesday, Garces earned a shot at playing for the CIF-Central Section Division II championship tomorrow at Hanford West. Pitcher Cassie Handel worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning by striking out the last two batters she faced. And in the next inning, Maggie Arriola hit a single that would drive in the winning run for the Rams.

CAL STATE OPENS WAC TOURNAMENT TODAY: After losing two of three games to San Jose State last weekend, Cal State Bakersfield opens the Western Athletic Tournament against none other than San Jose State. While the Roadrunners are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, they've got to battle through San Jose State in pool play in order to advance. The tournament begins today in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Roadrunners also cleaned up on the postseason awards CSUB junior infielder Tyler Shryock was named the player of the year, Roadrunner senior Jeff McKenzie earned pitcher of the year honors and Bill Kernen was named coach of the year.

BLAZE WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT: The Bakersfield Blaze took control with a five-run seventh and then survived a rally from the High Desert Mavericks to win its fifth straight, 12-10, at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Ryan Wright hit two home runs, including a two-run blast as part of the big seventh that gave Bakersfield a 12-7 lead. Wright also homered and had two doubles Monday.

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