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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
VICTIM PLEAS NOT GUILTY: He says he's not guilty of murder --that's the plea entered Tuesday by the northwest Bakersfield man who allegedly shot his grandmother to death. Neighbors say 19-year old Dylan McNabb may have been high on bath salts when he allegedly shot 78-year-old Imogene McNabb around 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 10000 block of Mohican Drive. An autopsy shows she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Police arrested Dylan McNabb shortly after the shooting as he was walking down the street. He sits in jail on a $1.5 million bail. Read the full story here.
POLICE INFORMANT SHOT: Bakersfield police have confirmed that one of the two men killed in a shootout with police September 16th outside the Four Points Sheraton Hotel was a police informant. Police Chief Greg Williamson says 34-year old Jorge Ramirez was an untested informant who placed himself in a volatile situation by failing to provide police with crucial information, including that suspect Justin Harger was armed with a handgun and wearing a wig. Williamson says Ramirez also told police he and Harger would be traveling in a Jeep when in fact they were in an SUV, and he didn't indicate who was driving the vehicle. The two men were shot to death after Harger reportedly pulled a gun on officers after a traffic stop outside the hotel. Read the full story here.
MAN WANTED FOR ROBBERY AND BEATING: Sheriff's deputies are on the lookout for a man wanted in connection with the robbery and beating of a 90-year-old east Bakersfield man. Johnny Gamel, 34, is a suspect in an Oct. 1 incident in the 1200 block of Grace Street where the elderly man was found bound and severely beaten in his home. He remains hospitalized. Gamel is described as white, 5 -11, 187 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. Deputies say Gamel is homeless. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff's Office or Secret Witness. Read the full story here.
BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA: It was blunt force trauma -- that's what the coroner says killed a Bakersfield woman. Maria Cortes, 40, was pronounced dead early Sunday morning and her husband, Jorge Aceves-Cortes, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police say the two had been in a domestic dispute before officers were called to their apartment late Saturday evening in the 700 block of Brundage Lane. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Bakersfield police. Read the full story here.
VOLUNTEER FOR THE BAKERSFIELD POLICE: John and Jane Q. Public can help keep the streets safer as part of the Bakersfield Police Department's new Citizen Volunteer Unit. Community Relations Specialist Carina Ortiz says it will be an important supplement to the work the officers do. Those chosen for the program can perform clerical and patrol work. The Academy runs from November 19th through Dec. 19. You can pick up an application at the BPD headquarters on Truxtun, or at the Buena Vista Substation.
GOLD BAR SCAM: Bakersfield Police are looking for two guys wanted in connection with scam. The Californian reports one of the suspects recently came up to a woman at the Walmart on Rosedale Highway, saying he needed to sell a gold bar to pay for a family member's hospital bill. A second suspect walked up and offered to buy the bar for $1200. Then the other guy allegedly told the woman he had a another gold bar for sale and convinced her to buy it. Both suspects accompanied her to a bank where she withdrew the cash. The victim later took the bar to a jeweler who determined it was bogus. The suspects are described as Hispanic, 40 to 50 years old, one possibly named Javier. Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police. Read the full story here.
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ONE OF TWO MEN KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE WAS AN INFORMANT : Bakersfield police confirmed Tuesday that one of the two men killed in a shootout with police Sept. 16 outside the Four Points Sheraton Hotel was a police informant. Police Chief Greg Williamson said 34-year-old Jorge Joel Ramirez was an untested informant who placed himself in a volatile situation by failing to provide police with crucial information, including that suspect Justin Bryan Harger was armed with a handgun and wearing a wig. The chief said Ramirez's handler -- the officer in charge of an informant -- made follow-up calls that night trying to get more information, but Ramirez would say he had to go and hang up. Ramirez called officers the evening of Sept. 16 and said he knew the whereabouts of Harger, who was wanted in connection with a shooting. Read the full story here.
DOWNTOWN PIPELINE EXPERIENCES TESTING 'FAILURE' : Pacific Gas and Electric Co. detected a rare "failure" Tuesday morning when it performed routine hydrostatic testing on a 1.27-mile natural gas pipeline in downtown Bakersfield. Water bubbled up during the test near the corner of F Street and Golden State Highway. Now the utility must determine why, make any needed repairs and re-test the pipeline. The work is expected to take no more than a week. Read the full story here.
SHOOTING SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO KILLING GRANDMOTHER : The 19-year-old accused of fatally shooting his grandmother pleaded not guilty to murder Tuesday and was ordered held on $1.5 million bail. Dylan McNabb wore paper clothing during his arraignment, an indication that he is on suicide watch. Police say McNabb shot and killed 78-year-old Imogene McNabb in the northwest Bakersfield home Sunday afternoon where they both lived. Police said although it could be weeks before toxicology tests are available, it appeared that at the time of the shooting McNabb was under the influence of "bath salts," a designer drug containing synthetic chemicals similar to amphetamines. Read the full story here.
WEEK 6 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS : Check out Californian sports reporter Zach Ewing's week six football game predictions on bakersfield.com. Plus, make sure to tune in Friday night for this week's live stream of Bakersfield High School versus Liberty High School, starting at 7 p.m. on bakersfield.com. Read the full story here.
TRANSIENT SOUGHT IN ASSUALT, ROBBERY OF 90-YEAR-OLD MAN: A man wanted in connection with the robbery and beating of a 90-year-old east Bakersfield man last week is being sought by the Kern County Sheriff's Office. Johnny Gamel, 34, is a suspect in an Oct. 1 incident in the 1200 block of Grace Street where the elderly man was found bound and severely beaten in his home. The victim remains hospitalized. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
RUSSIA: The ever-curious Russian government is reportedly going to monitor "all communications" during the Winter 2014 Olympics. A Guardian newspaper investigation found authorities are hard-wiring the game's Black Sea resort of Sochi with pervasive surveillance. Investigators "found that major amendments have been made to telephone and Wi-Fi networks in the Black Sea resort to ensure extensive and all-permeating monitoring and filtering of all traffic, using Sorm, Russia's system for intercepting phone and internet communications." This up-and-coming scandal already has a catchy name, of professor has dubbed it "Prism on steroids."
NEST SMOKE DETECTOR: Nest has already revamped the conventional thermostat by creating a smarter, sleeker device that reduces energy consumption and looks pretty hanging on the wall. Now, the Palo Alto-based company is giving the smoke detector a makeover. Nest, a company made up of former Apple engineers, has created a new smoke alarm called "Protect," which detects smoke and carbon monoxide in the home. Protect features a robot voice that alerts you about what's wrong. The device has both motion and smoke detection sensors. It also connects to a Wi-Fi network, and owners can download the Nest Protect app to their phone to receive any alerts about smoke in their home while away. Protect is expected to hit stores in early November with a price tag of $130.
THE HEALTH REPORT
SALMONELLA: Health officials urged consumers to cook chicken thoroughly and take other precautions after an 18-state salmonella outbreak has made hundreds sick in recent months. A public health alert was issued for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in Central California as some 278 people have fallen ill since strains of Salmonella were first detected in March. State health officials were not planning a recall, but said it is essential that chicken be cooked to 165 degrees.
FOODSTAGRAM DIET: Taking photos of food on Instagram has been voted one of the most annoying habits of the site but new research suggests the trend could actually be damaging our appetites, too. The study from Brigham Young University in Utah has found that looking at too many pictures of food can make it less enjoyable to eat, and can even put people off eating it in the future. The authors of the study call it sensory boredom.
THE SPORTS REPORT
LIBERTY HOLDS OFF BAKERSFIELD IN SWYL VOLLEYBALL OPENER: Who says that only baseball teams have closers? Liberty senior Nikki Leonard is challenging that theory. Leonard had kills on the final four points Tuesday as the host Patriots erased a fifth-game deficit and opened Southwest Yosemite League volleyball play with a thrilling win over Bakersfield, 21-25, 25-16, 25-12, 20-25, 15-13. "Honestly, I'm just going up hard and swinging," Leonard said. "I'm thinking of a spot and just going, because that's all you can really do." Leonard finished with 30 kills, including eight in the final game, which Bakersfield (14-6, 0-1 SWYL) once led 10-5. From that point, Liberty (15-7, 1-0) out-scored the Drillers 10-3. Bakersfield still led 13-11 when Leonard rotated to the front row and spiked four consecutive points. Read the full story here.
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