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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
IN CUSTODY DEATH: The Bakersfield man who died in Kern County Sheriff's Office custody was killed by methamphetamine intoxication. That's the word surrounding the death of 25-year old Wilfredo Ramos who was in the back of a patrol car in the 1900 block of South J Street June 17 after being arrested on suspicion of illegal drug use and resisting arrest. Deputies noticed he was having trouble breathing and subsequently found Ramos had two plastic baggies with illegal drugs stuffed in his throat. He died a short time later at Memorial Hospital. An autopsy was performed June 18 followed by additional studies. Read the full story here.
CAR FOUND: The car Bakersfield Police had been seeking in connection with the death of a southwest Bakersfield woman in her burning home has been found abandoned. Authorities describe the death of 56-year old Clara Basta as suspicious in nature but won't comment about the 2002 Dodge Intrepid. Firefighters responding Saturday morning to a call of smoke coming from a house found Basta's body in the garage at 4207 Kilkenny Court. Police say the fire appears to have been intentionally set. A second car associated with the residence, and a second woman have been located but police won't release specifics about her relationship to Basta. Read the full story here.
BANK ROBBER ON THE LOOSE: Bakersfield bank robber on the loose. Police say a guy walked into the Chase Bank on Mt. Vernon Avenue Saturday around 4 p.m. and pulled a heist with a gun and a blue bandana over his face. The teller gave him an unknown amount of cash, and the man left. No employees or customers were injured. The guy's described as possibly Hispanic, late 20s or early 30s, heavyset, and wearing a gray, short-sleeved, hooded shirt, and blue jeans. Police are also looking for a getaway car described as dark gray, possibly a Passat or other Volkswagen vehicle. Call BPD if you know anything about the case. Read the full story here.
SUSPECT WANTED: Bakersfield Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting on Lotus Lane. When officers got to the 2000 block of Lotus Lane Saturday evening they found a man who had been shot several times. He was taken to a local hospital. The suspect has been identified as 32-year old Omagar Gonzalez Martinez. Anyone with information about Martinez's whereabouts is asked to contact Bakersfield Police or Secret Witness. Read the full story here.
DRUGS N GUNS: Kern County Sheriff deputies who initially stop a vehicle for suspected reckless driving end up arresting the driver on a number of alleged drug- and gun-related charges. Deputies stopped the vehicle in the 6200 block of Sweetser Road in Rosamond around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. The driver took off and tossed to the ground what police say was methamphetamine. Deputies got a warrant and searched 42-year old Steven Wilson's house where they seized two stolen guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Wilson was booked into the Mojave Jail on suspicion of numerous drug and firearm charges. Read the full story here.
ALZHEIMERS KEY NOTE SPEAKER: The son of a former President is coming to Bakersfield to raise funds for a cause close to his heart. Michael Reagan is the keynote speaker at "The Heart Never Forgets" Auction and Dinner, Oct. 24 at a private home. Robin McGarrah is with the Alzheimers Disease Association of Kern County. State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove will also share about her family's experience with Alzheimers. Tickets are limited and you need to RSVP early. To find out more, go to ADAKC.org or call 393-8871.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.
AS KERN SPENT MILLIONS KILLING ANIMALS, KEY SOLUTIONS WENT IGNORED; For a decade, Kern County has been mired in a futile, expensive quest to reduce the annual killing of tens of thousands of unwanted animals. Kern County has had to euthanize more than 250,000 unwanted dogs and cats since 2003. Consultants have long told the county that the best way to stop the tragic grind is to stop adding animals to shelters. And the best way to reduce shelter intake is to spay and neuter the pets producing unwanted puppies and kittens. The Kern County Board of Supervisors has voted to spend $250,000 this year to implement a spay-neuter plan. Read the full story here.
CAR CONNECTED TO WOMAN'S DEATH FOUND: The car Bakersfield Police had been seeking in connection with the death of a southwest Bakersfield woman in her burning home, has been found abandoned. Firefighters responding Saturday morning to a call of smoke coming from a southwest Bakersfield residence found her body in the garage at 4207 Kilkenny Court. They have described the death of 56-year-old Clara Basta "suspicious in nature." Read the full story here.
MAN'S DEATH IN DEPUTIES' CUSTODY RULED ACCIDENTAL: The 25-year-old Bakersfield man who died in Kern County Sheriff's Office custody on June 17 was killed by methamphetamine intoxication, the county coroner's office announced Sunday. Wilfredo Ramos was in the back of a patrol car in the 1900 block of South J Street after being arrested on suspicion of illegal drug use and resisting arrest. Deputies noticed he was having trouble breathing and subsequently found Ramos had two plastic baggies with illegal drugs stuffed in his throat. He died a short time later at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. His death was ruled accidental. Read the full story here.
AS A COURT DECISION LOOMS, IT'S STILL GAME ON FOR INTERNET CAFES: Internet cafes may be a "nice" business -- but they could also soon be outlawed. A ruling expected later this year from the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno will decide on whether Bakersfield's 13 active Internet cafes are humble purveyors of Internet access and copy and fax services, or houses of forbidden gaming. The city has sent letters to cafe owners informing them that "Las Vegas-style electronic slot machines" are prohibited under penal code. Read the full story here.
POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT IN SHOOTING: Bakersfield Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a shooting Saturday evening on Lotus Lane. When police arrived in the 2000 block of Lotus Lane they found the victim, an adult male, had been shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital. The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Omagar Gonzalez Martinez. Anyone with information about Martinez's whereabouts is asked to contact BPD at 327-7111. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
DIRECTV: DirecTV has designed a kid-friendly remote control which contains fewer buttons and could be used to navigate content that is filtered by their parents, according to a patent application filed by the satellite TV provider. The new remote is designed to be an auxiliary device that DirecTV could supply to subscribers. Images DirecTV submitted to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office show a remote control that contains no numbers or functions such as menu or info. Kids would use arrow keys to navigate thumbnail images on an interface that would display networks such as Disney Channel selected by parents. While DirecTV and other pay TV providers already offer subscribers parental controls that allow parents to block individual networks or limit access to programming based on content ratings such as G or PG, DirecTV said the current approach may be too complicated.
PAY PAL: eBay-owned PayPal is rolling out updated applications for Apple's iOS and Google's Android, making it easier for users to complete mobile payments at restaurants and retailers. The new version introduces a redesigned user interface allowing users to more efficiently toggle between payment options. PayPal users may also apply to finance purchases from inside the app by selecting the Bill Me Later option. And the new Shop tab identifies nearby merchants that accept in-store PayPal transactions.
THE HEALTH REPORT
BIRTHRATE: The average age of women giving birth in America rose last year as the nation's birthrate held steady following several years of decline. The birthrate among teens and women in their early 20s hit historic lows in 2012, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Meanwhile, the proportion of women in their 30s and early 40s who had babies rose. The birthrate for women in their late 40s held steady. Americans have been producing fewer babies every year since 2007, a trend that has been linked to the onset of the recession.
OBESITY: The country's obesity problem will grow to 113 million Americans by 2022, according to a new report from GlobalData. The report analyzed the obesity rates of several counties. The United States is projected to lead all of the countries in obesity rates, followed by Brazil, which is projected to have 26 million obese people by 2022.
THE SPORTS REPORT
CSUB WINS MEN'S SOCCER TOURNAMENT IN DAVIS: DAVIS -- The CSUB men's soccer team won the Copa de Causeway Tournament by defeating UC Davis, 2-0, Sunday at Aggie Field. Eduardo Caldaza scored in the 37th minute when he converted on a one-timer from Lucas Dall'Orso from two yards out. Caldaza connected again, this time at 52:38, to give the Roadrunners a 2-0 lead. Dall'Orso and David Velasquez earned the assists on the play. Read the full story here.
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