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Tuesday, Jul 23 2013 07:10 AM

'First Look': First News for July 23

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:

16th SENATE DISTRICT ELECTION TODAY: Voters in four counties will be going back to the polls Tuesday to finally settle the contentious and closely watched 16th Senate District special election battle. They're choosing between Republican farmer Andy Vidak and Democrat Leticia Perez, a Kern County supervisor, to replace former state Sen. Michael Rubio, who resigned in February to take a job with Chevron. Only 115 votes kept Vidak from winning the seat outright in the May primary election. In fact, Perez conceded the race the day after Election Day. But then late mail and provisional ballots swung Perez's way and it turned out Vidak didn't reach the 50-percent-plus-one-vote threshold to avoid a runoff after all. Which brings us to Tuesday's final showdown. Ballots will be cast in Kern, Kings, Tulare and Fresno counties. Read the full story here.

 

ANIMAL SHELTER: County officials will meet in the next few days to talk about how to pursue a long-term agreement for animal sheltering with the city of Bakersfield. That's according to County Administrative Officer John Nilon on Monday. The county has sheltered city animals at the Mount Vernon shelter on a contract basis since 2003. But the two jurisdictions have fallen into dispute about how much the city owes the county for the service. And, since the county shelter sits on city land, the county would be booted if the two groups cannot agree on a solution by Sept. 30, when the county's lease expires. Read the full story here.

SALTER LABS: Arvin-based Salter Labs is moving the last of its manufacturing jobs in the city to northern Mexico, where the privately held medical devices company already employs more than 800 people at a plant it opened 25 years ago. The move is directly related to the company's recent announcement to the state Employment Development Department that it plans to lay off 87 people by year's end. A company official said All are being offered severance pay and job placement help. All but about seven of the people being laid off make specialty products. The non-manufacturing jobs are in the areas of corporate quality and research and development; these positions are being moved to Carlsbad, near San Diego, where Repelin the company is opening a technology center "to be closer to the medical device industry." Read the full story here.

BURGLARY SUSPECTS WANTED: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted for burglarizing a business in downtown Bakersfield. Two men forced entry into a business May 25 in the 1000 block of 19th Street, Bakersfield police said. The suspects stole numerous items of value and returned to the business later that day to steal another item. One suspect event returned a third time and took another item, police said. Police described one suspect as white, 30 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, with a medium build and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a dark-colored T-shirt with white writing and blue jeans. The other suspect is described as white, 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build and short brown hair, wearing a dark-colored, pinstriped polo-style shirt, black shorts and a black backpack. Anyone with information regarding the identity of either suspect is asked to call Detective Todd Dickson at 326-3273. Read the full story here.

GRIMMWAY TO GET OUT OF CITRUS: Grimmway Farms is getting out of the citrus business in favor of a tighter focus on carrots and organic produce. The Bakersfield-based carrot giant announced Monday that it plans to sell its citrus division to Paramount Citrus, part of Los Angeles-based Roll Global LLC. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close later this month, were not disclosed. All 125 employees displaced by the move are expected to be offered jobs elsewhere within Grimmway. Under the deal, Paramount gets packing equipment and business relationships with more than 100 growers as far away as Ventura. Together, these growers represent 7,000 acres of citrus groves. Read the full story here.

CHURCH BURGLARY SUSPECT: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for burglarizing a church in east Bakersfield. The suspect forced entry to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 1900 Baker St. Sunday morning and stole several items, according to a Bakersfield Police Department news release. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a shaved head and a bushy moustache, wearing a blue T-shirt, khaki pants and black shoes. Read the full story here.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

GRIMMWAY PLANS TO EXIT CITRUS BUSINESS WITH SALE TO PARAMOUNT: Grimmway Farms is getting out of the citrus business in favor of a tighter focus on carrots and organic produce. The Bakersfield-based carrot giant announced Monday that it plans to sell its citrus division to Paramount Citrus, part of Los Angeles-based Roll Global LLC. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to close later this month, were not disclosed. All 125 employees displaced by the move are expected to be offered jobs elsewhere within Grimmway. Under the deal, Paramount gets packing equipment and business relationships with more than 100 growers as far away as Ventura. Together, these growers represent 7,000 acres of citrus groves. For its part, Grimmway plans to expand its carrot operation inside the Shafter packing plant where it has processed other farmers' lemons and oranges since buying Belridge Packing Co. from Shell Oil Co. in 1991. Read the full story here.

HOW WAS SILVA RESTRAINED, AND DID IT KILL HIM? A story from the weekend continues to gain steam online. The story examined how David Sal Silva was restrained before he died. More than 10 weeks after the death of David Sal Silva, silk flowers and family photos still adorn the east Bakersfield street corner where his heart stopped beating. Exactly what happened on that street corner in the midnight hour of May 7 and 8 will be crucial to the outcome of three high-profile lawsuits expected to be filed this month. Lawyers say one of the most important questions is exactly how law enforcement officers restrained the 33-year-old father of four before he died. Specifically they want to know whether Silva's ankles were bound to his wrists behind his back, in what is commonly called a "hogtie" position. Witnesses say Silva was hogtied. The Kern County Sheriff's Office has been less precise. Read the full story here.

ARVIN'S SALTER LABS SENDING LAST MANUFACTURING JOBS ACROSS MEXICAN BORDER: Arvin-based Salter Labs is moving the last of its manufacturing jobs in the city to northern Mexico, where the privately held medical devices company already employs more than 800 people at a plant it opened 25 years ago. The move is directly related to the company's recent announcement to the state Employment Development Department that it plans to lay off 87 people by year's end. Salter Labs' Human Resources Director Tatiana Repelin said that all the workers are being offered severance pay and job placement help. She added that some of the employees being let go have been offered positions at the Mexican plant in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Read the full story here.

TWO SUSPECTS WANTED FOR BUSINESS BURGLARY: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help in identifying two suspects wanted for burglarizing a business in downtown Bakersfield. Police say two men forcibly entered a business May 25 in the 1000 block of 19th Street. The suspects stole numerous items of value and returned to the business later that day to steal another item. One suspect event returned a third time and took another item. Read the full story here.

SUSPECT BURGLARIZED EAST BAKERSFIELD CHURCH: Bakersfield police are asking for the public's help in finding a suspect wanted for burglarizing a church in east Bakersfield. Bakersfield Police say the suspect forced entry to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 1900 Baker St. Sunday morning and stole several items. The suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a shaved head and a bushy moustache, wearing a blue T-shirt, khaki pants and black shoes. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Detective Todd Dickson at 326-3273. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

OIL SHIPMENTS BY RAIL CONTINUE TO BE PROFITABLE: Reuters reported that moving crude oil by rail is becoming increasingly popular in North America as oil output surges and environmental opposition and regulatory issues delay pipeline projects. In Canada, Canadian National Railway said it expects the boom and profits to continue even in the wake of a deadly train derailment in Quebec. Industry players estimate that Canada will export more than 200,000 barrels of crude oil by rail per day to the United States by the end of 2013, more than four times the average of 46,000 a day in 2012. The forecast comes despite a deadly accident in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, earlier this month, when a runaway crude oil train operated by small company Montreal Maine & Atlantic derailed and exploded, killing 47 people and devastating the small town. CN said it is reviewing all its safety procedures in the wake of the tragedy.

 

THE TECH REPORT

APPLE SCREENS: Apple and its Asian suppliers are testing larger screens for iPhones and tablets. In recent months the company has asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than 4 inches and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring about 13 inches diagonally. The current iPhone 5 has a 4-inch screen, while the iPad has a 9.7-inch screen. Whether the designs will make their way to market is unclear. Apple routinely tests different designs for its products as it refines them during development.

BRITAIN PORNOGRAPHY: Every household in Britain connected to the internet will be obliged to declare whether they want to maintain access to online pornography, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Monday. In the most dramatic step by the government to crack down on what they call the "corroding" influence of pornography on childhood, Cameron said that all Internet users will be contacted by their service providers and given a choice on whether to use filters. The new policy is an attempt to cut down on the cases of child exploitation.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

TOPPLING TVs: A new analysis shows falling televisions send thousands of children to hospital emergency rooms every year. Based on data collected from U.S. hospital emergency departments, the report shows that falling TVs accounted for more than 12-thousand injuries in children younger than age 18 in 2011, that's up 126 percent from 1990. The study's author said that a child is killed by a falling TV once every three weeks in this country. The report says prevention strategies, including public education, programs to distribute TV anchoring devices, and better standards for TV stability, are needed.

VA APPS: The Department of Veterans Affairs has officially launched m-Health pilot projects. The two projects are the Family Caregiver app and the Veteran Appointment Request Web App. For the Family Caregiver program, the VA has begun to distribute iPads to more than one-thousand caregivers of seriously injured veterans enrolled in the VA's Family Caregiver Program. The iPads feature a suite of apps that allow veterans and caregivers to access and share information about their health conditions and treatment options. The Veteran Appointment Request Web App will provide veterans with the ability to request primary care and mental health care appointments using mobile devices or desktop computers. The pilots were recently launched V-A medical centers in Washington D.C, and Palo Alto.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BLAZE LOSE 3-2: The Lancaster JetHawks scored all of their runs in the third inning and held off the Bakersfield Blaze 3-2 Monday night at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Losing pitcher Jon Moscot (1-14) allowed a leadoff single to Brandon Meredith to open the third. Nolan Fontana drew a two-out walk and Andrew Aplin hit his eighth home run of the season, a three-run shot to right field. Read the full story here.

JOEY PORTER HEADED TO COLORADO STATE HALL OF FAME: Foothill High graduate Joey Porter, a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals, will be inducted into the Colorado State Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, the university announced Monday. Porter, 36, played with the Steelers from 1999-2006, with the Dolphins from 2007-2009 and with the Cardinals from 2010-11. Porter played four seasons at Colorado State as a defensive end and recorded 20 sacks, 14 as a senior. He was selected by Pittsburgh in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. Read the full story here.

FORMER BC STAR TO MISS NFL SEASON: Tyrone Crawford, a standout defensive lineman for Bakersfield College in the 2008 and 2009 seasons who was a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys last season, was carted off the field Sunday during the team's first practice of the season with an apparent left Achilles' injury, according to the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said later Sunday that Crawford will miss the entire 2013 season. Dallas made Crawford a third-round pick out of Boise State in the 2012 NFL Draft. Crawford played in all 16 games for Dallas as a rookie, including 40 percent of the Cowboys' special teams plays and had 20 tackles. Read the full story here.

 

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