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Tuesday, Aug 20 2013 07:34 AM

'First Look': First News for Aug. 20

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BY THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

ROAD CLOSURES: Two major arteries out of Bakersfield end up shutting down because of weather-related events. The Kern County Fire Department said Monday that heavy rains had caused a rock and mud slide that closed Highway 178 in both directions. Near Tehachapi, part of Highway 58 also was closed around 6 p.m. A wreck between at least two tractor-trailer vehicles near the Dennison Road overpass closed the eastbound lanes of Highway 58. As of 8 p.m., eastbound traffic was still being diverted off of the highway at Tucker Road and rerouted down Tehachapi Boulevard around the scene of the accident. Read the full story here

WILDFIRES: A severe thunderstorm northeast of Bakersfield sparks wildfires and forces evacuations. Lightning near Lake Isabella Sunday night threatened 400 homes in Slick Rock and Alta Sierra, and residents were ordered to leave on Monday. No injuries were reported. Kern County and U.S. Forest Service crews battled at least eight blazes in the Sequoia National Forest. A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for central Kern County until 5:15 p.m. Monday. Read the full story here.

RESIDENTS SUE STOCKDALE ESTATES: A disgruntled group of citizens files suit over a wall in southwest Bakersfield. Members of the Amberton-Stockdale Alliance filed suit Monday, seeking the removal of a wall Stockdale Estates homeowner Michael Hansen had built June 14 on his private property. The wall was built to block a walkway used by a generation of school children to the neighboring Amberton subdivision Alliance members want the wall taken down, plus they're asking a judge to find that the public has a the right to use the walkway since it's been used as a passageway for over 30 years. The group is also seeking unspecified damages and attorney's fees. Read the full story here.

DELANO BUSINESS OWNER SHOT: A Delano business owner is found shot to death inside his shop. Around 10:30 a.m. Monday Kern County Sheriff's detectives went to Wholesale Tractor and Parts on Garzoli Avenue regarding a possible homicide. A man whom officials identified as the owner was found dead with a gunshot wound. 

BODY IN BACKYARD: The death of a northeast Bakersfield woman is being called suspicious. Around 9:30 p.m. Sunday Kern County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Primera Vista. That's where the body of a woman identified as 48-year-old Jonnette Adams was discovered in the back yard. The coroner will do an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Read the full story here

BURGLARS ON THE RUN: Police are on the lookout for two guys who burglarized a home in southeast Bakersfield. At about 12 p.m. on August 10, video cameras caught the pair forcing entry into a house in the 800 block of South Brown Street. They reportedly got away with numerous items of value. Both suspects are described as Hispanic, age 18 to 20, around 5 feet and 8 inches tall, and 155 pounds. One was wearing a Lakers jersey, number 32, the other sported a black baseball cap. If you know anything about these two, you're asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. 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

HIGHWAYS SERVING BAKERSFIELD SHUT DOWN MONDAY NIGHT: Two major arteries out of Bakersfield were closed Monday night because of weather-related events. But as of Tuesday morning, Highway 58 is open with a high wind advisory in effect from Bakersfield to 10 miles west of Tehachapi. Highway 178 remains closed due to a rock and mud slide that closed the highway in both directions. Read the full story here.

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN BACKYARD: A 48-year-old woman was found dead Sunday night in her east Bakersfield backyard. The coroner's office says Jonnette Adams was found in the 2800 block of Primera Vista Street, south of College Avenue and west of Oswell Street, at 9:26 p.m. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause and manner of death. Read the full story here.

GREAT-GRANDFATHER AND KINDERGARTNER BOTH KICK OFF SCHOOL YEAR : Loved ones anxious to hear about the first day of the new school year picked up Roberto Martinez and Bridget Murphy from their respective schools Monday. Murphy, 5, had just finished her first day of kindergarten at Old River Elementary School in southwest Bakersfield and her 91-year-old great-grandfather is back in school after a lifetime of working. Martinez was retired and had recently lost his wife when he decided, at the age of 81, that going back to school would be a good way to fill his days as a widower. A decade later, he's still working toward a high school diploma, but though he has trouble hearing and isn't as quick or steady on his feet as he once was, he says he'll keep going to class until he can't anymore. Read the full story here.

AMBERTON RESIDENTS SUE STOCKDALE ESTATES HOMEOWNERS OVER WALL: Members of the Amberton-Stockdale Alliance filed suit Monday, seeking the removal of a wall Stockdale Estates homeowner Michael Hansen had built June 14 on his private property, blocking a walkway used by a generation of school children to the neighboring Amberton subdivision. The lawsuit, filed in Kern County Superior Court asks a judge for a preliminary injunction ordering Hansen and his father Dan Hansen to "immediately deconstruct the wall, repave the passageway and otherwise restore the passageway to the condition it was in before defendants erected the wall," or to allow the plaintiffs to do the same. Alliance members also are asking a judge to find that, by having used the passageway for more than 30 years, the public has an "implied, common law" right as well as a "prescriptive" right to use the walkway. Read the full story here.

LIGHTNING IGNITES FOREST FIRES IN KERN: More than 200 Kern County Fire Department personnel continued battling the largest of 12 lightning-caused fires burning in the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument Monday night, with their efforts aided by a steady rain. By Monday night the so-called Shirley Fire still covered more than 400 acres and was threatening Alta Sierra. U.S. Forest Service officials earlier Monday had advised residents to be prepared to evacuate, but there had been no forced evacuations of any homes as of Monday night, a spokeswoman said. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

THE NEXT ENERGY BUBBLE? HOW ABOUT ALGAE?: Oil industry blog, THE BARREL, says that the next great energy breakthrough could come from a San Diego-based company that wants to turn algae into petroleum. The company has serious backing from Bill Gates and the Rockefeller family. The Barrel reports that Sapphire is attempting to produce the world's first "renewable crude," cultivating algae at its New Mexico farm and converting it into light, sweet crude that -- just like the crude extracted from underground -- can be refined into gasoline, diesel and other products.

 

THE TECH REPORT

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. LTE is the latest addition to Audi's Connect service which lets users who pay for it 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. The German automaker said that the S3 Sportback will be the first to get LTE.

APPLE KIDS: Based on their Twitter comments, developers are more than ready to better protect children's use of mobile apps by following the revised iOS guidelines released by Apple. Apple sent out an e-mail asking its developer community to classify its software as appropriate for use by one of three age groups for users under the age of 11. The classification system is designed to ease the navigation of parents searching for age-appropriate apps in the Apple App Store. The problem of kids making expensive in-app purchases has made international headlines, as has the growing concern for how the behavior of children is being monitored when they use app stores. The changes are scheduled to appear with the release of iOS7.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

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. FDA officials said they intend to regulate cigars and other tobacco products, but haven't said how or when that will happen.

SPANISH TESTING: A new study notes that only one in 10 pediatricians in California offers screening for general developmental and autism spectrum disorders in Spanish, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Previous research has found Latino children with an autism spectrum disorder are typically diagnosed about two and a half years later than white children. Also noted in the study is that most pediatricians said they had a difficult time recognizing autism symptoms in Spanish-speaking children.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

PREP FOOTBALL SEASON HERE: High school football season is here, and to get the fans ready, Californian reporter Zach Ewing is previewing the season on bakersfield.com. Go online to read his analysis and insights on Kern County teams as he counts down to Week 0 games. Read the stories here.

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