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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
GRANDMOTHER DEATH: Police say a Bakersfield man admits to killing his grandma while under the influence of bath salts. Dylan McNabb, 19, waived his right to an attorney and told authorities he used a hunting rifle to shoot 78-year-old Imogen McNabb in the face at their home on Mohican Drive Oct. 6. Police arrested Dylan McNabb shortly after the shooting as he walked away from the home. Read the full story here.
MISSING DELANO WOMAN: More information is released about a missing Delano woman. Police say 26-year-old Erika Lango went to the local AM-PM minimart on the night of Oct. 9. Surveillance video shows her making a purchase and then leaving in a car driven by her husband, Julio Lango. Later that night, she reportedly walked away from the couple's apartment and was reported missing. Julio Lango was arrested Friday for violating a restraining order. Police are investigating suspicious items found in his car including a sweater and a baseball bat.
KNIFE ENCOUNTER: Kern County sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 hangup in Rosamond confronted a 9-year-old boy armed with kitchen knives in his home. It happened early Tuesday morning as the juvenile threatened to stab his mother, ran with knives raised in a threatening manner and said it was "time to die." Deputies used pepper spray on him. The boy dropped the knives, covered his face and fell to the ground as the spray took effect. Deputies took him to a medical facility in Bakersfield for a 72-hour evaluation. Read the full story here.
BLAZE STADIUM: One of the owners of the Bakersfield Blaze explains the deal that put the team into the process of being reclaimed by its former owner. Local businessman Gene Voiland tells KERN's Ralph Bailey one of the conditions he and Chad Hathaway agreed to with the Elmore Sports Group was to build a new stadium. On Monday, Elmore took action to do just that, a few days after the announcement that funding for a new stadium had fallen short. For now the Blaze will remain in Bakersfield. Cal League Charlie Blaney says there's still a slim hope of getting a new stadium built. Read the full story here.
CONSTRUCTION ON WESTSIDE PARKWAY: More tweaking is being done Wednesday on Bakersfield's Westside Parkway. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., construction crews will close off one of the two lanes at the westbound Coffee Road offramp. They're finishing up work on some drainage inlets. Drivers will be able to use the inside lane of the offramp, but you're asked to be extra cautious while the workers go about their business.
DUNKIN' COMING TO TOWN: You'll soon have one more option when it comes to buying donuts. Massachusetts-based Dunkin Donuts announced it's coming to the Central Valley, including Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento. The company president said in a blog post that in addition to the company's more to Southern California, Dunkin' Donuts plans to develop as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state. The company has established agreements with four franchise groups to build 45 new restaurants in Southern California with the first restaurant expected to open in 2015. No word when stores in the Central Valley might open. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH TUESDAY NIGHT: A Bakersfield man was killed Tuesday evening when the motorcycle he was riding struck a vehicle. At about 7:12 p.m., Kern County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the intersection of Belle Terrace and Loch Lomond Drive in Bakersfield. They found 20-year-old Joshua Bencoma had struck the vehicle and died at the scene of his injuries. Read the full story here.
POLICE: MAN KILLED GRANDMOTHER TO RELEASE FAMILY MEMBERS FROM HELL: The voices in Dylan McNabb's head told him family members were suffering in hell. The key to releasing them? Kill his grandmother. McNabb, 19, told investigators he felt no remorse after shooting his grandmother in the face, killing her instantly. Redacted police reports filed in court also say he admitted to smoking "bath salts" earlier in the day. Police say McNabb shot and killed 78-year-old Imogene McNabb in the northwest Bakersfield home he shared with her and his father. McNabb has pleaded not guilty to murder and is being held on $1.5 million bail. His next hearing is scheduled for Monday. Read the full story here.
KNIFE-WIELDING 9-YEAR-OLD NO MATCH FOR PEPPER SPRAY: Kern County sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 hangup in Rosamond early Tuesday confronted a 9-year-old boy armed with kitchen knives in his home. The juvenile threatened to stab his mother, ran with knives raised in a threatening manner and said it was "time to die," deputies said. Deputies used pepper spray on him. The juvenile dropped the knives, covered his face and fell to the ground as the spray took effect. They took the boy to a medical facility in Bakersfield for a 72-hour evaluation. Read the full story here.
DUNKIN' DONUTS CHAIN SAYS IT WILL EXPAND TO BAKERSFIELD: Dunkin' Donuts, the Canton, Mass.-based doughnut and coffeehouse chain known as much for its coffee as for its pastries, announced Tuesday it is coming to the Central Valley, including Bakersfield, Fresno and Sacramento. Company president Paul Twohig said in a blog post that in addition to the company's move to Southern California, Dunkin' Donuts plans to develop as many as 1,000 restaurants throughout the state. "We are recruiting multi-unit operators to open both traditional restaurants and non-traditional venues," Twohig said. Twohig did not predict when stores in the Central Valley might open. Read the full story here.
RESOLUTION OPPOSING ABORTION GOES TO COUNCIL: A year's debate over the city's position on abortion could culminate today with a Bakersfield City Council vote on an anti-abortion resolution that's sure to generate fervent discussion. Fervent because the proposed resolution, which commends "organizations that advocate for and educate the public about the alternatives to abortions... ," has made enemies on both sides of the issue. Not only do abortion rights supporters oppose the resolution but so does Ward 6 Councilwoman Jacquie Sullivan, who would rather see passage of a more restrictive Human Life ordinance. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
LOCATION INFO: Despite widespread concerns among government and privacy experts about the way mobile apps collect and manage users' information, 80 percent of respondents to a research study from m-Blox said they would share location data to receive text messages or push notifications for discount coupons and relevant offers or to solve customer service issues. The company surveyed 15-hundred consumers across eight countries for its report and found the following: 57 percent of global respondents prefer text messages and push campaigns over other forms of mobile marketing, including video advertising, display ads and email. 47 percent said they would share location data in order to receive relevant offers or discount coupons. 54 percent of global respondents said they would send a text message to a company to enter a competition.
IN-APP ADS: For all the hype around in-app advertising, developers should realize that consumers are tuning them out. Forrester Research surveyed data from 60,000 individuals and found: 47 percent of U.S. smartphone users ignore in-app ads. 43 percent find them disruptive. 25 percent of smartphone owners and 21 percent of tablet owners would rather pay for apps than see ads.
THE HEALTH REPORT
BABIES: The world's population of so-called test-tube babies is booming, with half of the estimated 5 million children born through assisted reproduction techniques born in the last six years alone, a new report says. Techniques such as in vitro fertilization have been catching on since the birth of the United Kingdom's Louise Brown in 1978. But half the resulting babies have been born just since 2007, according to the new report. Driving the acceleration: increasing access in developing countries -- especially China -- and increasing insurance coverage in many nations.
OREOS: Eating Oreos is just as addictive as cocaine, at least in rats, and like many humans, rats eat the smooth sweet filling first, U.S. researchers say. Researchers at Connecticut College in New London found rats formed an equally strong association between the pleasurable effects of eating Oreos and a specific environment as they did between cocaine or morphine and a specific environment. They also found that eating cookies activated more neurons in the brain's "pleasure center" than exposure to drugs of abuse.
THE SPORTS REPORT
MIRA MONTE CAPTURES SHARE OF SYL GIRLS TENNIS TITLE: Mira Monte's girls tennis team rallied to win the No. 2 doubles match to beat host Ridgeview 5-4 and share the South Yosemite League championship with Golden Valley. "It's wonderful. We've struggled and pulled together and continued to improve," Lions coach Jeanette Baybo said. Golden Valley (13-8, 6-2), which was idle Tuesday, had clinched its share by beating South on Thursday. Ridgeview (11-8, 5-3 SYL) was the three-time defending league champion, and the Wolf Pack seemed poised to share a fourth straight when Simran Sarai and Racquel Kassas won their match at No. 1 doubles to give Ridgeview a 4-3 lead. Read the full story here.
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