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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
LAWSUIT: Kern County supervisors will decide next Tuesday whether to further pursue a lawsuit the county filed against former Independence High School player Tyler Schilhabel over a car accident with a county employee that Schilhabel allegedly caused. The legal action would be to recoup the worker's compensation costs the county paid as worker Katie Long recovered from injuries sustained when Schilhabel reportedly rear-ended a Dodge Intrepid driven by the Sheriff's Office Services Technician. Tyler's father, Dave Schilhabel, calls the county's possible suit over $6,676 ridiculous and said he plans to fight it "on principle." Schilhabel lost his ability to walk in a September 2010 accident at Oceano Dunes. Read the full story here.
SHOOTINGS NEAR WEST HIGH: Parents are concerned and police are investigating following shootings on consecutive days at a park near West High School. Three people suffered injuries in Wednesday night's shooting at Patriots Park, and the shooter remains at large. One person suffered major injuries. Another shooting happened at the park at the corner of Ming Avenue and New Stine Road on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured but West High went on lockdown as people scattered from the park. The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 150 pounds. Read the full story here.
DOWNTOWN STABBING: Bakersfield Police Officers have caught Aaron Ruffin, the third suspect wanted for attempted murder regarding an assault downtown on Wednesday. Police said that on Thursday night, 34-year-old Ruffin was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy and providing false identification to a police officer. He was booked into the downtown jail. The BPD previously arrested 41-year-old Wilbert Robinson and 29-year-old Tashina Hughey in connection with the assault that left a man with stab wounds. Read the full story here.
SUNSET FIRE: A fire in central Bakersfield causes an estimated $25,000 in damage. Around 5:45 a.m. Thursday, city crews were called to a home at 3021 Sunset Avenue. They found heavy flames eating away at vegetation, a fence and a detached garage. Crews rolled out the hoses and quickly kept the fire from spreading to nearby homes. No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation. Read the full story here.
RENEGADES BACK ON AIR: KERN talk-meister Ralph Bailey responding to some breaking news today concerning Bakersfield College Renegade Football. Just when it looked like the season would begin with no live broadcasts for the first time in nearly six decades, BC spokesperson Amber Chiang said everyone came together and made it happen. And glory be, that game will be broadcast live on Newstalk 1180-KERN. Be sure to tune in Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
HOMICIDE: More information regarding a homicide that happened on March 2 at Highway 58 and South Real Road. Bakersfield police were called to that intersection at 2:30 a.m. for a report of shots fired and multiple victims of gunshot wounds in the road. Officers found the driver of a four-door sedan inside the vehicle in the intersection suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. 23-year old Kevin McMahan, 23, of Bakersfield was taken to Kern Medical Center where he died. A second shooting victim was taken to a local hospital and survived. Police say the occupants of a passing car fired multiple gunshots at McMahan's vehicle as they drove westbound on Highway 58 approaching South Real Road. The suspects remain at large. 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.
COUNTY CONUNDRUM: SHOULD IT SUE INJURED ATHLETE OVER ACCIDENT?: Kern County supervisors must decide whether to further pursue a lawsuit the county filed against former Independence High School player Tyler Schilhabel over a car accident with a county employee that he caused. Schilhabel lost his ability to walk in a September 2010 "quad" accident at Oceano Dunes. He's now a college student. Nearly a year after the quad accident, in August 2011, Schilhabel was driving his mother's Shelly's 2008 Toyota Scion -- modified so he could operate it with his hands -- when he rear-ended a Dodge Intrepid driven by Sheriff's Office Services Technician Katie Long. Read the full story here.
PARK SHOOTINGS PLACE WEST HIGH ON LOCKDOWN ON CONSECUTIVE DAYS: Parents are concerned and police are investigating following shootings on consecutive days at a park near West High School. Three people suffered injuries in Wednesday night's shooting at Patriots Park, and the shooter remains at large, Bakersfield police said. One person was suffered major injuries. The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, 6 feet 1 inch tall, 150 pounds. Another shooting occurred at the park, at the corner of Ming Avenue and New Stine Road just south of West High, on Tuesday afternoon. No one was injured but West High went on lockdown as people scattered from the park. Read the full story here.
BHS-WASCO GAME ABOUT RESPECT FOR BOTH TEAMS: When the game starts between BHS and Wasco, the trash-talking in the stands will quiet. But between the teams, there's nothing but respect. "They have a coach that understands his offense, and he understands that when you stop something, there's another answer. They do a great job. You'd never guess they were from a small school," said BHS coach Paul Golla. Watch the game live at bakersfield.com starting at 7 p.m. Read the full story here.
POLICE ARREST THIRD SUSPECT IN DOWNTOWN ASSAULT: Bakersfield Police Officers have caught Aaron Ruffin, the third suspect wanted for attempted murder regarding an assault downtown on Wednesday. Police said that on Thursday night, 34-year-old Ruffin was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery, conspiracy and providing false identification to a police officer. He was booked into the downtown jail. The BPD previously arrested 41-year-old Wilbert Robinson and 29-year-old Tashina Hughey in connection with the assault that left a man with stab wounds. Read the full story here.
TRIAL BEGINS IN COMPOST CASE THAT LEFT TWO DEAD: A Kern County judge threw critical questions at both sides as a trial got under way Thursday to decide the fate of a Lamont-area composting operation where two brothers died in October 2011. Community Recycling and two other parties sued the county in December 2011 to reverse a decision by supervisors to shut down the facility and fine it $2.3 million. The brothers are believed to have succumbed to toxic gasess. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
AD BLOCK: In an irony almost too rich to be real, AdBlock, the much-discussed browser extension that strips ads from web sites, is about to launch an ad campaign. Less than a week ago, AdBlock's founder posted a video asking AdBlock fans to donate money to bring AdBlock to the world. They've raised more than 55 thousand dollars to date to run conventional online ads, and place a billboard in Times Square. The AdBlock extension is used by 80 million people.
WEB PRIVACY: Americans can be very divided about technology, but it turns out we mostly agree on one thing: There's no such thing as Internet anonymity. Almost 60 percent of polled Internet users don't believe it is possible to remain completely anonymous on the Web, according to a recent Pew Research Center study. More than 85 percent of those surveyed have taken steps to remove or mask their digital footprints -- such as clearing cookies, encrypting their email, not using their real names online, and more. 59 percent of those surveyed said everyone should have the ability to surf the Web in secrecy. That view was most strongly held by young adults. Only 5 percent of those surveyed said they are trying to hide activities from the government. Most Web users are simply trying to protect themselves from criminals, marketers, and people from their past.
THE HEALTH REPORT
E-CIGARETTES: The percentage of U.S. high school students who say they have tried e-cigarettes has doubled in the past year to 10 percent, government researchers reported Thursday. They say it's a troubling trend as no one knows yet how safe e-cigarettes are, although they are often marketed as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes. An estimated 1.78 million middle- and high school students have used e-cigarettes as of 2012 according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration. Moreover an estimated 160 thousand students who reported ever using e-cigarettes had never used conventional cigarettes. The pencil-shaped devices use a cartridge to deliver an aerosol mist containing nicotine with flavorings. And they are pricey - an e-cigarette product ranges from $10 to $120.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: Most patients across the globe who have high blood pressure don't know about their condition, and of the people who are aware, only about a third have it under control. In a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers analyzed more than 140-thousand patients from 17 countries over the course of 10 years. Of the participants with high blood pressure, 53 percent did not know they had it. Among the patients who were aware of their condition, 87 percent were receiving drug treatment -- but only 32 percent of these patients had their hypertension under control. According to the study authors, hypertension is the leading cause of cardiovascular disease globally and is associated with 13 percent of all deaths.
THE SPORTS REPORT
BVARSITY LIVE: Watch Wasco take on Bakersfield live on bakersfield.com starting at 7 p.m. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The live stream will begin on the bakersfield.com home page at 7 p.m. Then join us for BVarsity Live, our weekly highlights and scoreboard show starting at 11 p.m.
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