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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
SCHOOL PRAYER DAY: Pastors, parents, politicians, students and school administrators gathered together Sunday to pray for a safe and successful school year in Kern County. About 150 people gathered at the Bakersfield Liberty Bell for what was called "School Prayer Day." The January shooting at Taft Union High School was referenced, as was the recent state law mandating that public schools allow transgendered students to use the bathrooms of their gender choice. Drugs, gangs, violence and dropouts also were mentioned. Assemblywoman Shannon Grove of Bakersfield organized the event and says she hopes to make it an annual event. She was joined by State Sen. and former educator Jean Fuller of Bakersfield. Read the full story here.
GUN ARREST: A Bakersfield man is busted on weapons and drug charges. It happened Sunday morning after Sheriff's deputies investigated shots fired at a southeast apartment complex where 37-year old Juan Cisneros allegedly fired a handgun several times into the ceiling of his apartment in the 1700 block of Cheatham Avenue before walking outside and firing again in the apartment complex's courtyard. Deputies arrested Cisneros and searched his apartment, where they allegedly found ammunition, suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. He was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of suspected drug paraphernalia. Read the full story here.
SHOOTING: Bakersfield Police are searching for a man in connection with a shooting that sends one man to the hospital. Officers responded after hearing shots fired about 1:35 a.m. Saturday and found two gunshot victims and a witness in the 1900 block of H Street. Police say there had been a disturbance earlier inside Club Inc. at 1919 K St. which moved outside and resulted in shots fired. One gunshot victim was taken to a hospital in stable condition. The second man was shot in his shoe and was not injured. Police describe the suspect as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, with a small beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball hat and a blue T-shirt, and carrying a small handgun. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Bakersfield Police. Read the full story here.
CHILD DIES: Delano Police are continuing to investigate the death Saturday afternoon of a 3-year-old boy struck by a car. Police say Michael Pineda was hit by the car at 3:56 p.m. on Cecil Avenue. He died a short time later at Delano Regional Medical Center. Read the full story here.
MARIJUANA SEIZED: A search of a woman's vehicle in a Delano parking lot resulted in the seizure of about 105 pounds of processed marijuana. Fifty-five-year-old Angela Hernandez was detained Friday after an investigation by several law enforcement agencies led them to search her white Ford Explorer about 2 p.m. in a parking lot west of Highway 99 and Woollomes Avenue. According to deputies, the marijuana was packed into 150 separate 1-pound bags with a street value of about $476,000. Hernandez was booked in the Kern County Jail on suspicion of possession for sales of marijuana in addition to other charges. Read the full story here.
DUI CHECKPOINT: How did we do on our last DUI checkpoint in Bakersfield? It happened Friday night in the 8600 block of Ming Avenue where more than 1,660 cars passed through. Here's the breakdown: two DUI arrests; one felony arrest; 26 drivers were found to not have a valid driver license; 12 of those drivers were found to have a suspended license; and 19 vehicles were impounded. Funding for DUI checkpoints comes from grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety. If you spot a drunken driver, you're urged to call 911. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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ARRESTS MADE IN COLLISION THAT KILLED TWO BAKERSFIELD RESIDENTS: A three-car accident Saturday that killed two Bakersfield residents resulted in the arrest of two men from San Luis Obispo County. California Highway Patrol and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies arrested 38-year-old Vicente Muniz Montes, and 27-year-old Florencio Ochoa Rojas and booked them Saturday into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. The CHP said Montes allegedly was eastbound on Highway 46 approaching McMillan Canyon when he made a left turn with his 1994 Jeep into the path of a 2012 Nissan Versa containing the two Bakersfield residents. The Nissan collided with the Jeep, and then was rear-ended by a 2005 Toyota Matrix driven by Suzi Ling Ghov of Monterey Park. The CHP said Montes and Rojas fled the scene but were tracked by witnesses, a CHP helicopter and other law enforcement before being arrested in Shandon. Neither of the victims -- a 69-year-old male and 68-year-old female -- has been identified. Read the full story here.
OUTLOOK IMPROVES FOR IMPLOSION VICTIM: Doctors are now "cautiously optimistic" that the Bakersfield man critically injured in this month's power plant implosion accident will be able to keep both his legs following an 11-hour surgery that extended late into Thursday night, his attorney said Friday. It remains unclear whether Jerry Wood, a 43-year-old sales and marketing director, will regain the use of either leg, lawyer Dennis Thelen said. Wood remained in intensive care Friday afternoon. While both of Wood's legs were severely injured in the accident, the left one was at greater danger of requiring amputation. Wood received initial treatment at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center. When more specialized care was required, he was transferred to California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Read the full story here.
WHEN WILL THE FINISHED WESTSIDE PARKWAY APPEAR ON MAPS?: If Google Maps can put a man on the moon -- which it effectively did eight years ago, plotting part of the lunar surface -- when will it and other mapping services show us the completed Westside Parkway? Bakersfield's new five-mile, $178 million freeway opened Aug. 2, but aerial Google Maps satellite images reveal it as an unpaved parkway, with unbuilt on- and off-ramps, and an unfinished Truxtun Avenue tie-in, in photos dated January 2012. That's in part because while freeways are planned decades before they're built, regularly updating their progress on maps would cost too much, even if it helped consumers. A Google spokeswoman wouldn't say much about the famous Google Maps cars it uses to photograph us, or when a Bakersfield update will be coming. Read the full story here.
POLICE INVESTIGATE DOWNTOWN SHOOTING: Bakersfield Police are searching for a man in connection with a shooting early Saturday morning that sent one man to the hospital. According to a BPD news release, officers responded after hearing shots fired about 1:35 a.m. and found two gunshot victims and a witness in the 1900 block of H Street. Police said there had been a disturbance earlier inside Club Inc. at 1919 K St. which moved outside and resulted in shots being fired. One gunshot victim was taken to a hospital and listed in stable condition. The second man was shot in his shoe and was not injured. Police describe the suspect as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, with a small beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball hat and a blue T-shirt, and carrying a small handgun. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
BAKERSFIELD MAN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF GUN, DRUG CHARGES: A Bakersfield man was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of weapons and drug charges after Kern County Sheriff's deputies investigated shots fired at a southeast apartment complex. According to the sheriff's office, 37-year-old Juan Reynaldo Cisneros allegedly fired a handgun several times into the ceiling of his apartment in the 1700 block of Cheatham Avenue before walking outside and firing a handgun in the apartment complex's courtyard about 6:10 a.m. Deputies arrested Cisneros and searched his apartment, where they found ammunition, suspected methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. Cisneros was booked on suspicion of negligent discharge of a firearm, being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of suspected drug paraphernalia. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
GOOGLE OUTRAGE: In what may be an unprecedented outage, all of Google's services briefly went dark about 4:52 p.m. Friday. The outage, which reportedly affected most of Google's services worldwide, led to a staggering 40 percent drop in global Internet traffic. The official downtime was between 1 and 5 minutes, according to Google. One observer estimates that even this brief blip might have cost Google $500,000 in lost revenue. The impact on the rest of the digital economy was likely far greater.
AUDI: Carmaker Audi will soon start selling the world's first car with built-in LTE connectivity in Europe, but will not bring the LTE connected car experience to the U.S. market until sometime next spring. The German automaker said that the S3 Sportback will be the first to get LTE. LTE is the latest addition to Audi's Connect service, which offers a range of infotainment options. Audi Connect service lets users access real-time news, weather and fuel prices. In addition, it lets drivers connect to Google Earth and Google Voice. The service also provides Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the vehicle for up to eight devices. Facebook and Twitter have also supported a text-to-speech function and a status function with prepared text modules for the system. Customers must pay extra for the service.
THE HEALTH REPORT
OBESITY: The death toll of the nation's obesity epidemic may be close to four times higher than has been widely believed, and all that excess weight could reverse the steady trend of lengthening life spans for a generation of younger Americans, new research warns. Some 18 percent of premature deaths in the United States between 1986 and 2006 were associated with excess body mass, according to a team of sociologists led by a Columbia University demographer. That estimate, published online in the American Journal of Public Health, is far higher than the 5 percent toll widely cited by researchers. The study makes clear that as obesity has become more widespread across successive waves of American generations, it has the momentum to reduce the average life expectancy of an entire population for many years to come.
FLAVORED CIGARS: U.S. health experts say more and more young people are drawn to flavored cigars because they are cheaper than government-regulated cigarettes. The New York Times reported this weekend that a Baltimore grocery's chocolate-flavored little cigar is its most popular item, along with white grape, pineapple, and strawberry. In 2009, Congress passed a law banning most flavors in cigarettes and intended to make it tougher for youngsters to smoke. It also gave the U.S. Food and Drug Administration broad discretion to regulate flavors in cigars and other tobacco products. Four years later, the agency still has not done so, the Times reported. FDA officials said they intend to regulate cigars and other tobacco products, but haven't said how or when that will happen.
THE SPORTS REPORT
NUTS CRUISE PAST BLAZE: Three Modesto pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Nuts cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze in the finale of a three-game series in Modesto. Tyler Anderson (2-2) allowed a run on five hits in seven innings, and Nelson Gonzalez and Ryan Buch each pitched a perfect inning in relief. The Blaze scored its lone run on an RBI double by Juan Duran in the fourth. Kyle Waldrop finished 2-for-3 for Bakersfield, which has a day off today before traveling to Lake Elsinore on Tuesday. Read the full story here.