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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
IMMIGRATION: Immigration reform activists keep the pressure on a national lawmaker from Bakersfield. More than 2,000 supporters from around the state converged in downtown Bakersfield Monday to rally for immigrant rights. At a two-hour gathering in the Fox Theater and then a shorter meeting outside Representative Kevin McCarthy's local office, speakers alternated between emotional testimonies about "the gigantic tragedy" of the current immigration system and blasting McCarthy, who had already returned to Washington Sunday. The "Campaign for Citizenship" weekend was organized by PICO California, a statewide faith-based organization that includes congregations throughout California, including Faith in Action Kern County. Read the full story here.
TAFT HIGHWAY: The victims of a head-on crash on Highway 119 have been identified. Chad Everett, 32, of Taft and 28-year old Carlos Sanchez of Bakersfield were killed in the crash shortly before noon Saturday west of Golf Course Road. The Highway Patrol reports 31-year old Brian Maloy of McKittrick was driving east on Highway 119 when he veered left into the path of a pickup. The CHP says Maloy was drunk. Everett was killed while the driver, 39-year old Dennis Gathings Jr., and a passenger, 48-year old Charles Lewis, both of Taft, sustained major injuries. Sanchez was a passenger in Maloy's car. Maloy sustained major injuries. The collision slowed traffic for several hours. Read the full story here.
ARVIN CAR ACCIDENT: The victim of a one-car accident near Arvin has been identified. Jesus Guadalupe Pinzon Rios, 51, was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer north on a dirt access road east of Valos Road at a high rate of speed about 6:40 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle hit a soft patch of dirt and overturned several times, ejecting Rios and killing him. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Read the full story here.
SHOOTING IN EAST BAKERSFIELD: Sheriff's deputies continue their search for three men wanted in connection with a shooting and an assault in east Bakersfield. Twenty-something-year old Joel Rodriguez has been ID-d by witnesses as the suspect in the shooting late Saturday that sent two people to the hospital. Deputies say Rodriguez was in the company of 27-year old Ephran Ugues and 31-year old Jeremy Ugues at the time of the shooting in the 2900 block of Kentucky Street where deputies found a male victim of an assault. A man suffering from a single gunshot wound to the stomach was found nearby in the 2900 block of Lake Street. Both victims were taken to Kern Medical Center. The suspects took off in a black 2001 Ford Explorer with California plate 6-FAZ-764. Read the full story here.
BODY UNIDENTIFIED: Still no ID on a decomposed body found in a remote part of the desert near California City. Police reported that off-road vehicle riders found the body about five miles east of Silver Saddle just after 9 a.m Sunday. Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the California City Police Department. Read the full story here.
INMATE ON THE RUN: Inmate on the lam from a local prison. Michael Valdez, 27, escaped from North Kern Prison Sunday. He was serving a two-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He is described as Hispanic with a bald head, brown eyes, 160 pounds. North Kern is a minimum-security prison with about 4,600 inmates in Delano. Read the full story here.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
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PRINCIPAL ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH HUSBANDS DEATH: For the past three years, Leslie Jenea Chance has been principal of Fairview Elementary School, well-respected and praised for her work ethic. On Friday, she was in jail on suspicion of murdering her husband. It was a startling development near the end of a disturbing week that began Sunday morning with the discovery in a field of the body of her husband, Todd. He had been shot multiple times. Kern County Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said Friday he could not release details, but detectives uncovered information and evidence leading them to believe Jenea Chance was responsible for her husband's death. He said the murder weapon has been recovered. Read the full story here.
MORE THAN 2,000 RALLY IN BAKERSFIELD FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM: Vowing to keep pressure on U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and force a vote on immigration reform in the U.S. House, more than 2,000 supporters from around the state converged downtown Monday to rally for immigrant rights. At a two-hour gathering in the Fox Theater and then a shorter meeting outside McCarthy's local office, speakers alternated between emotional testimonies about "the gigantic tragedy" of the current immigration system and excoriating McCarthy. McCarthy, the House Majority Whip and third-ranking Republican, had returned to Washington, D.C. Sunday, according to a press release from his office. Read the full story here.
LOS ANGELES MAN DIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH: A Los Angeles man died late Sunday night in a motorcycle crash on Coffee Road. Bakersfield Police said 25-year-old Guillermo Enrique Aceituno Garcia died about 10:26 p.m. when his northbound motorcycle hit a curb. He was thrown from the bike in the 800 block of Coffee Road and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said speed appeared to be a factor in the crash. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Secret Witness Hotline at 322-4040. Read the full story here.
INMATE ESCAPES FROM NORTH KERN STATE PRISON: An inmate escaped from the North Kern State Prison Sunday. Michael Valdez was serving a two-year sentence for possession of a controlled substance. He is described as a 27-year-old Hispanic with a bald head, brown eyes and weighing about 160 pounds. Valdez was discovered missing about 5 p.m. The NKSP is a minimum-security prison with about 4,600 inmates in Delano. Read the full story here.
BODY FOUND NEAR CALIFORNIA CITY REMAINS UNIDENTIFIED: The body discovered Sunday in the desert near California City remains unidentified, and police have not determined a cause of death or identity. Lt. Frank Huizar of the California City Police Department said the body, discovered by off-road enthusiasts about five miles east of Silver Saddle, was located about a mile from the nearest paved road. There are no residences in the area, he said. The body, he said, "had been out there a while." An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
GOOGLE WATCH: With Google Glass well out the door, the Internet giant is all but certainly moving on to a smartwatch. It was reported Friday afternoon that the Android maker has acquired WIMM Labs, a somewhat smaller maker of wearable technology -- notably tech-heavy wristwatches. Financial terms of the deal have not been revealed, but the purchase does offer a big hint as to what Google wants to do in the burgeoning wearables market.
AT&T MOBILE: AT&T Mobility will launch its Aio Wireless prepaid brand on a nationwide basis starting in later this month, giving rival T-Mobile another competitor in the hot no-contract market. AT&T has only launched the Aio brand in 11 mainly southern U.S. cities thus far. The brand is separate from AT&T's GoPhone prepaid brand and offers a wider range of devices.
THE HEALTH REPORT
FLU VACCINE: This fall, some flu vaccinations will have a little extra protection.For the first time, certain vaccines will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. Called quadrivalent vaccines, these brands may prove most popular for children because kids tend to catch the newly added strain more often. These four-in-one vaccines are so new that they'll make up only a fraction of the nation's supply of flu vaccine, so if you want a dose, better start looking early. Federal health officials recommend a yearly flu vaccine for nearly everyone, starting at 6 months of age. On average, about 24 thousand Americans die each flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
PREGNANCY TESTS: It's official: There is literally a market to sell anything on the Internet. Pregnant women across the country have taken to Craigslist to sell positive pregnancy tests for about $25 a pop. Some ads suggest buyers use the tests to finally get longtime boyfriends to propose. Others suggest pranking mom and dad. One ad states: "I will provide you with one positive pregnancy test with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Taken same day. It isn't my business what you choose to use it for!"
THE SPORTS REPORT
DOVE SEASON OPENS: For most dove hunters venturing out on Sunday's opening day, the gods of hunting smiled broadly across the county. Hot, balmy weather and the long-term absence of colder temperatures kept thousands of birds from migrating out of the valley, and local shotgun enthusiasts made the most of this unusual opportunity. A large percentage of hunters were in and out of the fields a little past sun-up with their harvested limits, and veterans of the sport are calling their hunts the best in memory. Read the full story here.
DURAN HITS THREE HOMERS IN SEASON-ENDING LOSS TO VISALIA: VISALIA -- Bakersfield's Juan Duran hit three solo home runs, but the Visalia Rawhide rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Blaze in Monday's California League regular season finale. The Rawhide scored two in the second and three in the third to take the lead, and four relievers limited the Blaze to two hits over the final four innings. Duran went deep in the first and fifth innings before closing the game's scoring with his 20th home run in the seventh to trim Visalia's lead to 6-4. He finished 3-for-3 with a walk, and Juan Perez added two hits for Bakersfield. Read the full story here.
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