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Monday, May 12 2014 06:49 AM

'First Look': First News for May 12

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

HOMEOWNER HOPES DRONE VIDEOTAPING FLIES 'UNDER THE RADAR': Linda Elias could always say, if the feds ever ask, that she simply wanted to share the magnificence of her 6,000-square-foot, Frank Lloyd Wright-esque home along the Kern River near Hart Park. She allowed a professional photographer to fly a miniature four-rotor helicopter equipped with a videocamera in and around her home last week for the purpose of marketing the property for sale. That alone may put her on the wrong side of a Federal Aviation Administration rule forbidding the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones. Read the full story here.

DOWNTOWN BUILDING MAY BE FOSTERING CHANGES: When it comes to preserving its unique architecture and historic locales, Bakersfield's track record has not been exactly stellar. But the recent "discovery" of the 104-year-old Security Trust Bank building in downtown Bakersfield may be inspiring a shift in thinking, a turning point in local attitudes. The revelation of the old concrete and brick structure has spurred city staffers to reach out to the new owner and explore new options. And at least one county supervisor is calling for substantive change in the way the county approaches the question of historic preservation. Read the full story here.

WITH BRAVOS AND BOWS, FARRER ENDS 39 YEARS WITH BSO: He'd led the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra in about two-thirds of Saturday's program before but on his last night as BSO's music director of 39 years, John Farrer got the first of several standing ovations before a note was ever heard. An audience of more than 800 at downtown's Rabobank Theater beamed, bravoed and repeatedly took to its feet to praise the man many credited with preserving and transforming BSO from a local group with the best of intentions to a world-class orchestra. Read the full story here.


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

FORMER DEPUTY CONVICTED OF ASSAULTING WIFE: A Kern County Sheriff's detention deputy was convicted Friday of assaulting his wife with a firearm. James Tackitt Jr. assaulted his wife on Jan. 30, 2013. The incident was not reported, however, until she had received assistance from the Alliance Against Family Violence. The conviction means Tackitt is no longer with the sheriff's department. The jury deadlocked on charges alleging criminal threats and false imprisonment. Tackitt will be sentenced June 5, and faces up to 14 years in prison. Read the full story here.

THREE WOUNDED IN EAST BAKERSFIELD SHOOTING: Police officers responding Friday night to a report of shots fired in east Bakersfield found an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest. Bakersfield Police Department officers arrived to the 200 block of Donna Street and found 18-year-old Antonio Castro suffering from a single gunshot wound to his chest. While officers were on-scene, they learned two additional male victims ages 16 and 17 had been taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle and were being treated for non-life threatening gunshot wounds. Anyone with information about the incident should call BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

POLICE SEEK WOMAN MISSING FROM MOTEL: Bakersfield Police Department asked for the public's help late Friday to find a missing woman last seen in southwest Bakersfield. Andrea Ladonne Russell, 34, was last seen around 1 p.m. May 7 at the Super 8 motel, 3620 Wible Road. Russell has brown hair and brown eyes, is 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighs about 135 pounds. Anyone with information on the incident should contact BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.



GADGET FOR PILOTS: Thanks to instrumentation, flying blind in bad weather isn't the problem it used to be, but pilots still suffer the unfortunate effects of spatial disorientation, according to an Engadget report. But pilots will now have a new gadget to help them see through cloudy, foggy skies. Elbit Systems has developed the Skylens heads-up display. Looking like a fairly hefty pair of ski goggles, Skylens overlays terrain, runway and horizon data onto the wearer's field of vision, enabling them to work out which way is up in poor-visibility conditions, the report said. The goggles will be available next year.



WOMEN WAITING LONGER TO HAVE FIRST CHILD: More women over 35 are giving birth for the first time, according to a government study released Friday. In 2012, there were more than nine times as many first births to women over age 35 than in the 1970s, a CNN report said. The study authors point out that there are pros and cons for women waiting to have children. Older moms typically have more resources, including higher incomes and better education than younger first-time moms. But women who have their first children after 35 are more likely to have health problems, as are their children.



ROADRUNNERS CRUSHED BY NEW MEXICO STATE IN SERIES FINALE: CSUB's baseball team was battered 19-7 by New Mexico State on Sunday at Hardt Field in coach Bill Kernen's final home game. Kernen announced last week he is retiring at the end of the season. Read the full story here.




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