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Tuesday, Aug 27 2013 07:42 AM

'First Look': First News for Aug. 27

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

ANIMAL SHELTER: Kern County has made an offer to buy a large animal boarding business on east Brundage Lane as a possible replacement for the animal shelter it currently occupies on Mount Vernon Avenue. The Californian's Lois Henry reports Sczyrs Kennels & Cattery owner Frances Reynolds confirmed the county did make an offer last week and she is considering it. County officials visited the Sczyrs site on July 22. That was after the first dust-up following the city's public contemplation of evicting the county from the Mount Vernon shelter, which is owned by the city. At issue was a two-year agreement the city was hoping to reach with the county on shelter operations. The two entities have been feuding over animal sheltering issues for more than a year. Read the full story here

DEPUTY BACK IN COURT: A Kern County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriately touching two women under the pretext of searching them makes a court appearance. Gabriel Lopez, who was 26 at the time of his arrest, was back in court Monday facing several charges including assault by a public officer, sexual battery, false imprisonment and touching a person intimately against their will. Lopez pleaded not guilty April 22 to all counts. He is free after posting 10 percent of $60,000 bail. Next hearing is set for Oct. 15. Read the full story here.

MISSING TEEN: Bakersfield Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl last seen Aug. 15. Jamie Elizabeth Lawson is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and braces. She was last seen about 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hub Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

DRUNK DRIVER: A Bakersfield woman faces 16 years in prison for running a red light while drunk and seriously injuring three people. On Monday, a jury convicted April Crystal Trujillo on two counts of driving while impaired. In April 2011, authorities say she ran a red light at Gosford and White Lane, colliding with another car. Two of the car's occupants were left with major injuries, and the third was in a coma for nearly two months. Trujillo, who reportedly had consumed more than a hundred ounces of alcohol before the crash, will be sentenced September 24. In a statement, Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green said it's a tragedy that shouldn't have happened. Read the full story here

PAROLEE AT LARGE: Another registered sex offender is on the lam after ditching the parole office. Philip Foster Powell is 34 years old, stands 5 feet and 8 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has black hair and hazel eyes. The latest mugshot shows Powell with a widow's peak and long black sideburns. If you think you know where he is, you're asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

SWIMMING PROGRAM: The City of Bakersfield invites young swimmers to build up their skills. The Elementary and Junior High Swim Program runs Sept. 3 through October 19, Tuesdays through Thursdays, at two locations: The McMurtrey Aquatic Center and Silver Creek Pool. Cost is $75 and swimmers are encouraged to attend at least two practices a week, because there will be a championship meet Oct. 19 at Bakersfield College. To find out more information go to bakersfieldswim.us.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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

KERN COUNTY DEPUTY BACK IN COURT: A Kern County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriately touching two women under the pretext of searching them was back in court Monday. Gabriel Lopez, who appeared in a dark suit alongside his attorney, Susan Jerich, is facing several charges, including assault by a public officer, sexual battery, false imprisonment and touching a person intimately against their will. At Monday's hearing, Lopez agreed that the court could schedule his status conference Oct. 15. The deputy, who was 26 at the time of his arrest, pleaded not guilty April 22 to all counts. He is free after posting 10 percent of $60,000 bail. Read the full story here.

COUNTY OFFERS TO BUY KENNEL FOR SHELTER: Kern County has made an offer to buy a large animal boarding business on east Brundage Lane as a possible replacement for the animal shelter it currently occupies on Mount Vernon Avenue. Sczyrs Kennels & Cattery owner Frances Reynolds confirmed the county did make an offer last week and she is considering it. The city had been paying the county to care for city animals at the shelter. But in 2012, the county determined the city had been paying too little, about $340,000 a year, and wanted to up its share to just above $1 million a year. Read the full story here.

WOMAN GUILTY IN 2011 DRUNK DRIVING INCIDENT: A Bakersfield woman was convicted Monday of two counts of driving while impaired and injuring three people. April Crystal Trujillo was found guilty of running a red light on the night of April 23, 2011 at Gosford Road and White Lane and colliding with another car. The collision left one victim in a coma for nearly two months, while the other two sustained major injuries. Police at the time measured Trujillo's blood alcohol at .26; the state legal limit is .08. Sentencing is set for Sept. 24. Trujillo faces up to 16 years in prison. Read the full story here.

POLICE SEARCH FOR TEEN MISSING SINCE AUG. 15: Bakersfield Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl last seen Aug. 15. Jamie Elizabeth Lawson is described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 125 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and braces. She was last seen about 4 p.m. in the 1400 block of Hub Avenue. Anyone with information is asked to call Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. Read the full story here.

FAMILY: MAN FOUND DEAD IN FIELD 'THE BEST GUY': Family and friends of 45-year-old truck driver Todd Chance are waiting for a Kern County Sheriff's Office investigation to explain why his body was found in a field northwest of Bakersfield Sunday morning. "This is a great loss for everybody. He was the best guy, the best husband, the best dad," said stepdaughter 23-year-old Jessica Bullman. Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said investigators are hunting for clues as to why he left his southwest Bakersfield home Sunday and was found "no more than two or three hours later" in a field 16 miles away. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

BROADBAND RATES: Seventy percent of U.S. residents ages 18 and older access the Internet via high-speed broadband, according to survey results released Monday by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Just 3 percent of U.S. residents still access the Internet via dialup, which is unchanged since August 2011. The report points to several socioeconomic factors to explain the trend toward home broadband access. Groups with the highest rates of home broadband adoption continue to be college graduates, adults younger than age 50, adults living in households earning at least $50,000 a year, and white people and adults living in urban or suburban areas.

YAHOO: TechCrunch reports that Yahoo has acquired an image recognition startup named IQ Engines, though terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The IQ Engines team confirms, however, that they will be working with the Flickr team on "improving photo organization and search for the community." The company emerged in 2010 with $1 million in funding to develop a user friendly API to help people organize images on the run.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

STUTTERING: More than one in 10 children had a stutter by age four in a new study, but those kids scored just as high or higher than their peers on assessments of language, thinking skills and temperament. The researchers said the frequency of stuttering among their preschoolers - about 11 percent - was higher than in previous studies, perhaps because they started following the children earlier in life. Commonly accepted estimates put the rate of stuttering at about 5 percent of children and 1 percent of adults. The researchers said parents of children who stutter are typically advised to wait a year before seeking treatment - which can be both time-intensive and expensive - to see if the stutter goes away on its own, unless the child becomes distressed or stops talking.

BABY BOOMERS: Baby boomers may have no one to care for them in their old age, according to a new study by the AARP. The ratio of potential caregivers to boomers needing care will sink from 7.2 to 1 in 2010 to 2.9 to 1 by 2050, according to the study.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BLAZE SWEPT BY SAN JOSE: Bakersfield's Juan Silverio went 3-for-4, including his 17th home run of the season, but another big inning helped the San Jose Giants sweep the 4-game series with the Blaze, 5-2 in Monday's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. The Giants scored three runs in the first and then added solo runs in the seventh and eighth. Mac Williamson and Myle Schroder combined for five hits, including a double apiece. Bakersfield hosts Stockton for a three-game series starting tonight at 7:30. Read the full story here.

 

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