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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION: The search for suspects in a double homicide leads to two Bakersfield homes. On Thursday, a Bakersfield Police SWAT team went to houses on Valley Forest Court and Schull Court, looking for 32-year-old Aaron Burris. He wasn't found, but police seized evidence related to Wednesday's fatal shooting of two men at the First Reliable Medical Marijuana collective on Chester Avenue. Authorities say the motive was robbery. Police have released photos of Burris and an unidentified woman also wanted in connection with the crime. Read the full story here.
CANAL: A man on the run in Delano has to be fished out of the water. Deputies were called Wednesday night after a man allegedly flashed a gun and took off running near Driver Road. Deputies found an abandoned car, and then they found the suspect hiding under a bridge in a canal. He was halfway in the water, naked, yelling for help with a handgun lying nearby. The man reportedly became unresponsive, so a Kern County Search and Rescue team was brought in to get him out. Deputies finally arrested 26-year-old Adell Evans of Tulare County and booked him on charges including being a felon in possession of a handgun. Read the full story here.
OIL SIGNS: What do you do after you steal a vintage sign? You sell it on Ebay. That's what authorities accuse 35-year old Dustin Drake of Oildale of doing. Detectives served a search warrant in connection with an investigation into stolen antique oil well signs being sold on eBay. Detectives found the signs at a house in the 700 block of Bryce Street on Thursday. A total of 266 stolen signs worth $30,000 were recovered. Drake was arrested on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Read the full story here.
WAYNE TRIBUTE: Cal State Bakersfield has established a scholarship fund for nursing students, honoring of the legacy of the late Wendy Wayne. The Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund has grown to more than $100,000 thanks to community contributions. Wayne's husband, Gene Tackett, family and friends were key to setting up the scholarship. Wayne died of cancer last year. She was a CSUB graduate with a nursing degree and held a doctorate in educational leadership as well as a master's in public health. Wayne spent much of her life as a humanitarian activist and advocate for public health locally and globally. In 2008, she was inducted into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame. Read the full story here.
SEXUAL ASSAULT: A sexual assault in northeast Bakersfield happened early Thursday morning in the 4300 block of Columbus Street. Police say the suspect forced entry into the victim's house where he bound and sexually assaulted her. He then took off with some valuable stuff from the house. He's described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a black ski mask, dark-colored shirt, black jean shorts, and black and white tennis shoes. If you have any information about the case you're urged to call Bakersfield police. Read the full story here.
PEDESTRIAN DEATH: A pedestrian is struck and killed on a Bakersfield street. It happened late Thursday afternoon at Oak Street and Chester Lane. Police got a call of a traffic accident around 4:15 p.m. and found a pickup had hit and killed a male pedestrian. The driver of the pickup was cooperating with officers, and it didn't appear drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accident. Read the full story here.
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FAMILY MOURNS MARIJUANA DISPENSARY SHOOTING VICTIM: TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT: Bridget Daniels was never concerned about her son working security in a medical marijuana dispensary. "It's like any other job you go to," she said Thursday. "You go to work and you go home." But 23-year-old Devin Daniels didn't go home Wednesday. He and 55-year-old Tony Conrad Sherman were shot and killed in a robbery at First Reliable collective Wednesday morning. Bakersfield police have identified one suspect as Aaron Patrick Burris. A $2 million warrant was obtained for the 32-year-old Bakersfield resident. The second suspect is described as a black woman in her 20s, 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a light complexion and black hair pulled into a bun. Read the full story here.
SUSPECT REPORTEDLY FORCED ENTRY TO RESIDENCE, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED VICTIM: A sexual assault was reported early Thursday in the 4300 block of Columbus Street in northeast Bakersfield. Police said they learned the suspect forced entry in the victim's residence, where he bound and sexually assaulted her. The suspect then left with items of value from the residence. Police said suspect is described as black, in his late 20s to early 30s, 6 feet tall, with a medium build, wearing a black ski mask, dark-colored shirt, black jean shorts, and black and white tennis shoes. Read the full story here.
HUNDREDS OF STOLEN OIL WELL SIGNS RECOVERED: Detectives served a search warrant in Oildale in connection with an investigation into stolen antique oil well signs being sold on eBay. The Kern County Sheriff's Office says detectives found stolen signs after serving the search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Bryce Street. A total of 266 stolen signs worth $30,000 were recovered. Deputies said they arrested 35-year-old Dustin Drake on suspicion of possession of stolen property. Read the full story here.
PEDESTRIAN STRUCK, KILLED BY PICKUP: A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup at Oak Street and Chester Lane late Thursday afternoon. Police spokeswoman Michaela Beard said police received a call of a traffic collision at 4:17 p.m.. They found a pickup had hit and killed a male pedestrian. Police said the driver of the pickup was cooperating with officers, and it didn't appear drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. Read the full story here.
CITY WAITING FOR SIGNAL TO STOP ILLEGAL GAMBLING AT INTERNET CAFES: Internet cafes in Bakersfield have become a haven for illegal gambling, City Attorney Ginny Gennaro told the city's Safe Neighborhoods and Community Relations Committee on Thursday. "We believe that internet cafes, as a general rule, are just a front for conducting illegal gambling acts," Gennaro told the committee, which comprises three City Council representatives. City officials are awaiting a decision later this year from the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno, which they hope will strengthen their legal grounds on which to prosecute cafes. In the interim, the committee directed Police Chief Greg Williamson to have officers park outside the cafes while writing up their reports, hoping a police presence will inspire law-abiding behavior. Read the full story here.
THE ENERGY REPORT
DEEP OIL WELL: The deepest oil well drilled in Israel's 65-year history may be the most important. Houston's Noble Energy will probe more than 4 miles below the Mediterranean seabed later this year, targeting as much as 1.5 billion barrels of crude, equal to about 15 years of Israeli demand. While explorers have found enough natural gas in the past five years to turn Israel into an exporter, a major oil discovery would break new ground. The Middle East's third-largest economy spends about $10 billion a year importing 98 percent of the oil it uses. Domestic production would increase tax revenue, boost the country's balance of payments and reduce vulnerability to supply disruptions.
THE TECH REPORT
VERIZON: Days after AT&T and T-Mobile revealed its plan to allow customers to quickly upgrade to the latest smartphones, rival wireless carrier Verizon is following suit. The company confirmed the arrival of Verizon Edge, a new program for consumers who want the flexibility of upgrading their devices more frequently than every two years. Consumers pay for the full price of the phone, in 24 monthly installments. After six months, they can choose to upgrade to a new device as long as they pay for 50 percent of the full price of the smartphone. Customers on Verizon's Share Everything plans can start using Edge on Aug. 25.
PRISM: A coalition of technology companies and civil liberties groups called on President Obama and congressional leaders to increase the amount of information reported publicly about U.S. government surveillance efforts. The request was made by more than 50 groups and organizations including Microsoft, Google and Facebook. It is the most sweeping and cohesive push to bring more accountability to electronic government eavesdropping. The letter will call on the government to remove restrictions that keep companies from reporting the number of surveillance requests they receive from U.S. officials.
THE HEALTH REPORT
DUBAI: Famous for its abundance of skyscrapers, megamalls and lavish real estate, the desert metropolis of Dubai is growing in another, less-appealing way: More than half its residents are overweight. In an effort to help people shed the flab, local government officials announced a 30-day challenge in which it promises to pay participants a gram of gold for every kilogram of weight lost. That's an estimated $41 for every two pounds or so, based on the going rate for gold. Dubai officials say there's no limit on the golden payout, but participants must lose at least two kilograms by Aug. 16.
CHICKEN: That chicken you bought at the farmers' market may not be as healthful as you thought. Researchers in Pennsylvania bought 100 whole chickens from grocery stores, half of which were organic, and 100 from farmers' markets and tested them for the presence of Salmonella and Campylobacter. Among the grocery store chickens, the worst were the non-organic chickens coming in at 52 percent contaminated with Campylobacter. But the chickens from farmers' markets were the most contaminated of all: 28 percent tested positive for Salmonella and 90 percent for Campylobacter. Poultry farmers who process fewer than 20 thousand birds a year are not subject to Department of Agriculture inspections. Researchers said both sellers and buyers have to make sure they're handling the products properly, keeping them cold, and making sure they're not cross-contaminating tabletops or kitchen implements.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: A Celebration of the life of former longtime Cal State Bakersfield wrestling coach T.J. Kerr will be held Saturday at the Icardo Center. The event is open to the public. Doors open at 2 p.m. with the Celebration of Life starting at 3 p.m. Former CSUB wrestlers Mike Mendoza, who succeeded Kerr as head coach, Stephen Neal, Darryl Pope and Coby Wright will speak, along with former CSUB track coach Charlie Craig. Wrestling memorabilia will be on display and a slide show prior to the start of the event at 3 p.m. will be shown. Read the full story here.
RAWHIDE RIPS BLAZE: Sean Jamieson had four hits including three doubles and two RBIs to lead the Visalia Rawhide to a 9-3 victory Thursday over the Bakersfield Blaze in a California League baseball game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The Rawhide scored all the runs (four) it needed in the first inning off Blaze starter James Allen, who surrendered eight hits and six earned runs in his two innings of work. The series with the Rawhide continues tonight. Read the full story here.
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