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'First Look': First News for June 3

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

MISSING MAN FOUND: A Bakersfield man who went missing Tuesday has been found alive after his pickup tumbled 300 feet down a mountainside in Sequoia National Park. Sixty-three-year old Frederick Porter was spotted Saturday by park service rangers and staff. They had been looking for him since Thursday, when video surveillance confirmed that he had entered Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks from Highway 198. A public information officer at Kaweah Delta Medical Center wouldn't elaborate on Porter's condition except to say he's in good condition. Read the full story here.

WARD 1 CAMPAIGN: An 11th-hour hit piece has been sent to Ward 1 Bakersfield City Council voters tying candidate Willie Rivera to his controversial former boss, Michael Rubio, and characterizing him as a rich kid who is too young for the job -- and a carpetbagger to boot. The Bakersfield Californian reports Rivera responded in a phone interview Sunday, calling the mailer "curious" and disputing its claim that Rubio has given his campaign more than $60,000. Rivera was a staff member for the 16th State Senate District. The mailer states that it was paid for by Voters for Good Government in Los Angeles. Former Bakersfield City Councilman Mark Salvaggio wrote in an email Sunday that he wants to file a complaint with the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Read the full story here.

FATAL CRASH: A Bakersfield man died when his car hits a brick wall. It happened Sunday morning around 2 a.m. in the 4700 block of McKee Road. Twenty-three-year old Ryan Wooley died at the scene. His passenger, 23-year-old Alyssa Basaldua, was seriously injured and was taken to a local hospital. Wooley's Acura was traveling eastbound near Stine Road at high speed when it hit the wall. Wooley was ejected. No word if drugs or alcohol played a part in the crash. Read the full story here.

HOSTAGE REPORT: A Boron woman frees herself after being held hostage for two days. Sheriff's deputies got a call just after noon on Saturday about a woman who had been repeatedly assaulted and kept captive by her ex-boyfriend in the 26-thousand block of Nugent Avenue. She had reportedly been beaten and strangled into unconsciousness several times over the past two days. Deputies arrested 33-year old Darrin Harper of Boron on suspicion of making criminal threats, burglary, domestic violence, attempted murder, false imprisonment and violation of a court order. Read the full story here.

SEX OFFENDERS: Bakersfield police are searching for two parolees and registered sex offenders who failed to report to the parole office upon their release from custody. Forty-one-year old Shawn Alvarez is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 190 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Thirty-two-year-old David Aguilar is described as Hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of either guy is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read about Alavarez and Aguilar.

OIL FIELD THEFTS: Three people are accused of stealing from several oil field companies in Kern County. The Sheriff's office says a deputy was patrolling the oil fields early Sunday morning west of Buttonwillow when a security guard pointed out two suspicious vehicles with trailers. he vehicles sped off but were later stopped south of Lerdo highway. Deputies found stolen items and some methamphetamine inside the truck. One of the suspects told deputies he had several stolen items taken from several past oil field burglaries in his garage. Investigators found $20,000 worth of oil field equipment. Read the full story here.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

AUTOPSY ANSWERS MANY, BUT NOT ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT SILVA'S DEATH: The autopsy of David Sal Silva answers many, but not all of the questions, about his death. The autopsy, conducted by pathologist Dr. Eugene Carpenter, concluded the manner of Silva's death was accidental, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. The cause of death: hypertensive heart disease. "Other significant conditions" listed in the report were acute intoxication, chronic alcoholism, severe abdominal obesity, chronic hypertension and acute pulmonary cardiovascular strain. Nowhere in the report did the pathologist assert that the multiple dog bites, multiple strikes from three deputies' batons, the fact that Silva's wrists and ankles were tied together behind his back, or the struggle itself were contributing factors in Silva's death. On the contrary, the report clearly states that none of those injuries could be considered fatal. Read the full story here.

BUSINESSMAN LEFT HIS MARK ON KERN COUNTY: Seventy-two-year-old Lawton Powers was a fifth-generation Kern County man and real estate broker who made his mark as a deal maker in the residential and commercial markets across the city and the county. He died Friday afternoon at his home after an extended illness. Powers' family remembered him as a hard-working business man whose passion for the deal kept him active and driven until his late 60s. But they also remembered his generosity, signature laugh, his love of a practical joke and the joy he took in bringing his family and friends together to celebrate their lives. His wife of 53 years, Aloma Powers, remembered him in the early years of his career -- when the family moved repeatedly from model home to model home in developments while Powers made deals. Their homes were open to curious buyers most days. "Everything had to be ready at 10 o'clock in the morning for anyone to come through," Aloma Powers said. Read the full story here.

LOIS HENRY WRITES: ONE MAN'S QUEST FOR ANSWERS STONEWALLED BY KERN COUNTY: Californian columnist Lois Henry writes: No one stonewalls like Kern County. John Hayes knows that better than most. He's been banging his head against the county's impenetrable masonry for the past two years trying to get answers and accountability for what he believes was a botched rescue attempt of his brother-in-law, Bill Bennett, in 2011. Bennett, a logger, died on Sept. 23, 2011, after a tree fell on him while he was working with a crew in the mountains south of Tehachapi. Hayes has been denied various reports, and been told others don't exist. Read the full story here.

BAKERSFIELD COULD GET LARGEST POLICE FORCE EVER: The Bakersfield City Council on Wednesday will consider expanding the Bakersfield Police Department by 10 sworn officers -- to 389, the largest in agency history -- during continued budget talks. Bakersfield Police Chief Greg Williamson said: "We've had a lot of crime. We had 3,000 additional property crimes last year and about 50 extra violent crimes last year." The chief said these increases were part of an 18 percent uptick in overall crime in Bakersfield for 2012. During the economic downturn between 2008 and 2011, the Police Department cut the ranks of employees, including a 1 percent reduction in the ranks of sworn officers, according to FBI statistics. Read the full story here.

POLITICAL HIT PIECE LINKS WARD 1 CANDIDATE RIVERA TO RUBIO, RICH WEST BAKERSFIELD: An 11th-hour hit piece has been sent to Ward 1 Bakersfield City Council voters tying candidate Willie Rivera to his controversial former boss, Michael Rubio, and characterizing him as a rich kid who is too young for the job -- and a carpetbagger to boot. Rivera responded in a phone interview Sunday, calling the mailer "curious" and disputing its claim that Rubio has given his campaign more than $60,000. "It never got to me if that's supposedly what (Rubio) contributed," said Rivera, a staff member for the 16th State Senate District. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

FRACKING: The New York Times examined a budding conflict between oil and agricultural interests over fracking. In a June 1 article, the newspaper focused on oil drilling expansion in and around Shafter. Farmers in the reason have sued oil companies over environmental concerns related to fracking.

 

THE TECH REPORT

TATTOOS AS PASSWORDS? Motorola's forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users. The technology aims to remove the need to enter passwords and replace them simply with a phone being close to a user's body. The tattoos contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer's skin using a rubber stamp. Motorola is also investigating the Proteus Digital Health pill. Its computer chip is powered by a battery using the acid in a user's stomach. The pill creates a unique signal that can be picked up by devices outside the body and which could be used to verify a user's identity. It can be taken daily for up to a month and has already been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

ANDROID LAPTOPS: The Android laptop is coming. Does that mean more market-share pain for Windows PCs? Hewlett-Packard's upcoming notebook offerings features the Android operating system and start at just $480. Windows-based PC's start at around $800. In a separate report, PC users aren't flocking to the new Windows 8. The latest figures from Net Applications show Windows 8 with just more than a four-percent share of PCs installed worldwide in May. Windows Vista has 4.5 percent of the market. Windows 7 still leads with almost 45 percent of the market, and is still growing.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK: A frozen fruit mix commonly used in smoothies is suspected in a hepatitis A outbreak that has affected five Western states including California, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty people have been infected with acute hepatitis A, and nine of them have been hospitalized. The outbreak has been traced to Townsend Farms Organic Antioxidant Blend, a mix of frozen berries and pomegranate seeds sent to only Costco stores. Costco has removed the product from its shelves. Hepatitis A inflames the liver, and according to the Mayo Clinic website, mild cases don't require treatment, and most people infected recover completely with no permanent liver damage. Read the full story here.

SCHOOL NURSES: A battle is brewing over whether California public schools must have licensed nurses on hand to administer insulin injections and other medications to schoolchildren. The California Nurses Association has argued that existing state law requires licensed nurses to provide insulin injections and other medicines, and two lower courts have agreed. But California Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical, questioning why districts should have to call in a licensed practitioner to administer a shot that a child's parents and physician have agreed could be given by an unlicensed but trained employee. California has more than 10,000 public schools, and 95 percent of them do not have a full-time nurse. More than a quarter have no school nurse at all. The Diabetes Association estimates that as many as 16,000 students in California require daily insulin injections. A ruling is due within 90 days.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

CIF CHAMPIONS: Stockdale's Blake Haney made history Saturday night at Clovis' Veterans Stadium. The junior distance runner became the first boy from Kern County win a CIF state championship in the mile or 1,600 meters in the 95-year history of the state meet. Haney, who is just a junior, won the title in 4-minutes, 6.91 seconds (4:06.91). He also became the first athlete in 60 years to win at that distance from the Central Section. Haney also won the 3,200 meters. The double wins in the distance races was also a first for Kern County and the Central Section. Ridgeview's Ivan Gonzalez won the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.71, becoming just the fourth athlete from Kern County to win at that distance.

 

 

 

 

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