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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

T.J. KERR DIES: Former Cal State Bakersfield wrestling coach T.J. Kerr was found dead in his northwest Bakersfield home on Thursday. Kerr was 64 and was reportedly was having health issues. The Bakersfield Californian reports during his 26 years at the helm of CSUB, Kerr led the Roadrunners though a number of transitions -- stepping up from Division II to Division I in 1988, keeping the program afloat when threatened by the ramifications of Title IX (gender equity) in the 1990s and, ultimately, playing a critical role in helping the program survive when it was earmarked to be eliminated due to budget constraints. Kerr resigned following the 2010 season after the university decided to drop wrestling and three other sports unless those sports could raise the money to pay for their costs. Read the full story here.

CONDO DEVELOPMENT: Some Bakersfield folks say "Don't build it near us." The Bakersfield Planning Commission on Thursday heard pleas from a group of more than 50 residents asking it to deny a zoning change that would allow a controversial 100-unit condominium complex at River Run Boulevard and Elkhorn Creek Lane. Residents sent more than 115 letters, emails and telephone calls to the city asking commissioners not to approve the zone change, from low density to medium low density, that developer Black Ops Real Estate needs to build the condos on the approximately 12-acre site. The condominium complex would be built on land with potential cultural significance to the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi and Tejon Native American tribes. Read the full story here.

SALVAGGIO ARRESTED: A former Bakersfield city councilman gets busted on spousal abuse charges. Sixty-three-year old Mark Salvaggio was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor spousal battery. An inmate search Thursday through the Kern County Sheriff's Office website indicated Salvaggio was no longer in custody. Bakersfield Police have released no details regarding the circumstances of the arrest or the name of the victim. Messages left for Salvaggio by the Bakersfield Californian were not immediately returned Thursday night. Read the full story here.

LEWD ACTS: A Lebec man is sentenced to a year in jail for committing sex acts with a teenage girl in the Frazier Park area. Twenty-two-year-old Steven Brunelle was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest May 9 to committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. Brunelle was arrested April 19 after deputies learned he allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl in the Frazier Park area. The alleged molestation happened in December in the victim's home. Read the full story here.

GUILTY VERDICT: A Kern County jury finds a man guilty of killing a teenager. Hector Valle was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Cipriano Maldonado and assault with a deadly weapon on an 18-year-old victim. The jury acquitted co-defendant Saul Gonzalez. In 2011 the victims were walking on Oregon near Brown Street in Bakersfield when Valle and Gonzalez, who are Okie Baker gang members, drove by and yelled at the pair. Valle and three others then got out of the car and stabbed the victims. Maldonado later died. The other victim suffered serious injuries. Valle faces 25 years to life when sentenced in July.

RUNAWAY: Bakersfield police are asking the public's help locating a runaway juvenile considered at risk due to her age. Thirteen-year old Brianna Marquez is described as Hispanic, 5 -1, 110 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Marquez was last seen 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 4100 block of Gordon Street. She was last seen wearing a blue denim vest, black and white top, black and white leggings and black sandals. Anyone with information regarding Marquez's whereabouts is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read the full story here.

WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM

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FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF SPOUSAL BATTERY: A former Bakersfield city councilman who earlier this year joined the staff of Kern County Supervisor David Couch has been arrested on charges of spousal abuse. Sixty-three-year-old Mark Salvaggio was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of misdemeanor spousal battery, said Bakersfield Police Department spokeswoman Michaela Beard. She said that Salvaggio was booked into the Kern County Jail,. However, an inmate search Thursday through the Kern County Sheriff's Office website indicated Salvaggio was no longer in custody. Beard released no details regarding the circumstances of the arrest or the name of the victim. Messages left for Salvaggio were not immediately returned Thursday night. Couch likewise could not be reached for comment. Read the full story here.

FORMER LONGTIME CSUB WRESTLING COACH T.J. KERR DIES AT 64: Former Cal State Bakersfield wrestling coach T.J. Kerr was found dead in his Northwest Bakersfield home on Thursday. Kerr, who reportedly was having health issues, was 64. During his 26 years at the helm of CSUB, Kerr led the Roadrunners though a number of transitions, including stepping up from Division II to Division I in 1988, keeping the program afloat when threatened by the ramifications of Title IX (gender equity) in the 1990s and, ultimately, playing a critical role in helping the program survive when it was earmarked to be eliminated due to budget constraints. Read the full story here.

NEIGHBORS CONDEMN BLACK OPS CONDO PLAN AT COMMISSION HEARING: The Bakersfield Planning Commission on Thursday heard pleas from a group of more than 50 residents asking it to deny a zoning change that would allow a controversial 100-unit condominium complex at River Run Boulevard and Elkhorn Creek Lane. Residents sent more than 115 letters, emails and telephone calls to the city asking commissioners not to approve the zone change, from low density to medium low density, that developer Black Ops Real Estate IV, LLC, needs to build the condos on the approximately 12-acre site. Read the full story here.

ONE-YEAR JAIL SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO ENGAGED IN SEX ACTS WITH TEEN : A Lebec man was sentenced to a year in jail for committing sex acts with a teenage girl in the Frazier Park area. Court records show twenty-two-year-old Steven Michael Brunelle was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest May 9 to committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. Brunelle was arrested April 19 after deputies learned he allegedly molested a 13-year-old girl in the Frazier Park area. The alleged molestation happened in December in the victim's home. Read the full story here.

STANDARD SUPERINTENDENT LEAVING FOR PANAMA-BUENA VISTA: The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District has tentatively chosen Standard School District Superintendent Kevin Silberberg to take over the position being vacated by retiring Superintendent Kip Hearron. Silberberg has led Standard, a much smaller district in Oildale, for the last six years. Silberberg said: "Panama has always been one of the premier districts in Bakersfield. They have a lot of challenges that I find appealing, but they've always had really good leadership, and I'm excited about the district's plans and the direction that the board would like to go." Silberberg, 54, lives in the district, and all three of his now-grown children went through Panama schools before moving to San Diego. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

CHEVRON AND SHALE: Chevron has won a major legal victory in Argentina that will allow it to begin developing shale deposits in that country. The ruling by Argentina's Supreme Court unfreezes billions of dollars in assets, and eases the San Ramon, California-based company's move to develop shale deposits in the Lago Agria region of Ecuador. Bloomberg reported Ecuador has blamed Texaco Inc., which Chevron acquired in 2001, for destroying the environment in the Lago Agrio region through its oil exploration activities and damaging the living conditions of 30,000 inhabitants. The Ecuadorean plaintiffs filed the attachment order in Argentina under an international treaty signed by Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia. Chevron is among Kern County's largest employers. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

FCC AND CELL PHONES: The FCC will vote later this month on new rules that clarify how cellphone carriers can use their customers' call data and to ensure the data is better protected. The new rules would clarify when carriers need a customer's consent to use the data, and also direct the carriers on how they can protect the data from falling into the wrong hands. The FCC is expected to vote June 27. The inquiry into customer data was sparked in 2011 by disclosures that a company was collecting customer data on millions of smartphones. AT&T and other carriers defended the collection, saying they used the data to measure network performance. The information collected included users' locations, text messages, websites visited and keystrokes and was collected without being disclosed to subscribers.

VERIZON AND THE NFL: Are you ready for some football? Verizon Wireless is. This week the operator inked a multi-year agreement with the National Football League to stream all regular season and playoff games to mobile phones. The expanded partnership will enable the carrier to stream all games aired on NBC, CBS Fox, ESPN, and the NFL's Red Zone, including the Super Bowl.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

AIR IN SCHOOLS: When it comes to public schools, a majority of California elementary classrooms are failing to meet minimum state health standards for ventilating classrooms. In the largest study of its kind, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers measured carbon dioxide and fresh-air levels in school districts in three climate zones including in the Central Valley. They aren't saying which schools were evaluated. They found that more than 95 percent of the all-air-conditioned Central Valley schoolrooms failed to meet the state's minimum ventilation rate. The worst air statewide was found in portable classrooms. Experts say that healthy indoor air is key to battling airborne contaminants and suggested that if classroom ventilation rates were brought up to code, kids' illness-related absences would decrease by 3.4 percent and the schools would benefit from a boost of $33 million annually in attendance-linked funding. Costs of improving ventilation rates would only amount to about $4 million, the study said.

PTSD: Experts estimate that up to 20 percent of U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. But what if PTSD could have been prevented in the first place? Scientists have done something similar in traumatized mice by isolating a gene that seems to make them susceptible to PTSD and turning on a receptor that blocks fear and anxiety. The study raises the possibility that similar drugs could one day be given to people after combat, car accidents or other types of trauma. Two experts on trauma-related mental health disorders note that variations in the gene might one day be used to predict who is at greatest risk for PTSD and act as a guide to their treatment.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

SHAFTER GRAD WINS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: After two years as a runner-up, Anna Jelmini can finally call her self a national champion. The Shafter High graduate, a junior at Arizona State, won the NCAA outdoor championship in the discus Thursday, besting the field by more than 5 feet with a throw of 190 feet, 1 inch at Hayward Field. Read the full stoy here.

BLAZE WIN 5-2: Chris Berset's solo home run capped a three-run seventh inning as the Bakersfield Blaze defeated the visiting Lake Elsinore Storm 5-2 in a California League game. Juan Silva helped break a 2-2 tie when he tripled to score Juan Silverio. Silva later scored on a ground out before Berset came to the plate and homered to right field. The series with the Storm continues tonight at Sam Lynn Park. Read the full story here.

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