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Monday, Jun 10 2013 07:38 AM

'First Look': First News for June 10

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

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

MOJAVE INCIDENT: Kern County Sheriff's Deputies arrest a Mojave man after he allegedly fires at a vehicle containing his girlfriend and two small children. Deputies were called to the 15500 block of L Street in Mojave about 1:35 Saturday afternoon. They contacted a woman who told them her boyfriend, 28-year-old Tyrone Taylor, had held her and two children under the age of seven at gunpoint and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave. Taylor allegedly struck her several times in the face before she was able to flee with the children. She told deputies she went to a friend's home and as she, the children and the friend were leaving, Taylor fired a weapon toward them. No one was injured. Taylor hid the gun in an abandoned house and took off. Authorities located the weapon and later found Taylor at his house. He was arrested without incident. Read the full story here.

COACH CASE: New details in the case of a Garces High coach who allegedly had an affair with a 17-year-old student. Authorities allege 25-year old Jon Sweet knew the victim's age and knew she had become pregnant, but it isn't known if the pregnancy was carried to a full term nor if Sweet was the father. Sweet has been charged with unlawful sexual intercourse. He was an assistant junior varsity baseball coach at Garces when he and the student began a sexual relationship in early 2013 following winter break. Sweet told detectives he had sexual intercourse with the victim several times, including after finding out she was 17. He at first denied knowing the girl was a student or underage, but later admitted she had told him her age. Sweet has pleaded not guilty to three charges of unlawful sexual intercourse. A readiness hearing is scheduled for July 5. Read the full story here.

HOMICIDE: The Kern County coroner's office has ruled the death of a local infant a homicide. Four-month-old Paige Cohen of Bakersfield was found unresponsive on Tuesday at her home in the 2100 block of Park Way in central Bakersfield. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, then airlifted to Children's Hospital of Central California, in Madera, where she died on Thursday. The coroner determined her death was caused by a blunt injury to the head. Bakersfield police are investigating the incident. Read the full story here.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Sexual predator on the loose in Bakersfield. Police are investigating a sexual assault that happened around 2 a.m. Friday in the 5200 block of Monitor Drive. A woman walking in the area was approached by the suspect in a vehicle offering her a ride. She refused, but the suspect was persistent and she eventually agreed to the ride. The suspect drove her to another location where he sexually assaulted her. The suspect is described as black, medium complexion, in his early 30s, 5 -3, 200 pounds, with a heavy build. The suspect vehicle is described as a dark-colored older model two-door El Camino. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department. Read the full story here.

SHOOTING: Shots ring out in southeast Bakersfield. A man was shot Friday afternoon at the corner of 8th and V streets. Bakersfield Police got the call around 3:05 and arrived to find numerous shell casings on the street. The victim was taken to a hospital by private means with moderate to major injuries. Officers and detectives collected evidence and talked to several neighbors to figure out what happened. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the BPD. Read the full story here.

CREDIT UNION ROBBERY: Another Bakersfield credit union is robbed. Bakersfield police responded to a robbery alarm at the Kern Schools Federal Credit Union at 4530 Ming Avenue at about 5 p.m. Friday afternoon. Authorities say the suspect entered the business and handed a teller a note demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect ran away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, wearing a red-, white- and black-fitted baseball hat, white dress shirt and dark pants. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Bakersfield Police Department. 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

GARCES COACH'S RELATIONSHIP WITH GIRL DETAILED: Officials say the Garces Memorial High School coach who allegedly had an affair with a student at the school knew her age was 17 -- and knew she had become pregnant. It isn't known if the pregnancy was carried to a full term nor if the coach was the father. New but heavily redacted police reports on the case were made available last week. They shed light on the relationship but leave a number of questions unanswered. The suspect, Jon Aleczander Sweet, has been charged with unlawful sexual intercourse. He was an assistant junior varsity baseball coach at Garces when he and the student began a sexual relationship in early 2013 following winter break, according to the reports. Reports filed in Kern County Superior Court say twenty-five-year-old Sweet told detectives he had sexual intercourse with the victim several times, including after finding out she was 17. He at first denied knowing the girl was a student or underage, but later admitted she had told him her age. Read the full story here.

SILVA FAMILY SUPPORTERS RALLY ON EVE ON LEGAL ACTION: The attorney for the family of David Sal Silva plans to file a federal civil rights claim against local law enforcement this week in connection with Silva's death after a struggle with sheriff's deputies and highway patrol officers, he said Saturday, the same day a rally was held marking the one-month anniversary of the incident. Attorney David Cohn told The Californian he will file the claim -- a required step before filing a lawsuit -- against the Kern County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and Sheriff Donny Youngblood. He said he'd wanted to first obtain investigative records from the agencies to learn more about what happened to Silva but he's been denied them; he will seek them during litigation. Cohn also confirmed something Silva's father told the newspaper at Saturday's rally outside the Sheriff's Office headquarters on Norris Road -- that Cohn is having a pathologist examine tissue samples from Silva's body to learn more about the death. Read the full story here.

COLUMNIST LOIS HENRY WRITES: ANXIETIES RAMP UP OVER FREEWAY SHORTCOMINGS: As painful as the impending extension of Highway 58 will be no matter which route is chosen, the one thing think we all expected was that it would enhance traffic flow. Turns out things are a touch more complicated. Yes, the extension will allow drivers on 58 to get further through Bakersfield than Real Road, if not all the way to Interstate 5. At least not yet. But there are a couple wrinkles Lois Henry says she does not think everyone knows about. Read the full story here.

NUT FESTIVAL PROMISES TO BE A HULL OF A GOOD TIME: Kern County's inaugural Nut Festival -- five years in gestation -- will finally emerge from its shell Saturday at the Kern County Museum. It sounds pretty amazing. The event, whose main focus is food and beverages, will feature dozens of local restaurants and nonprofits selling inventive nut-centric creations from beer to haggis; several respected professional chefs, like Jeramy Brown from Valentien, will do live cooking demonstrations, and there's a cookoff for amateur chefs. The family-fun quotient has been turned up to 10, with tons of ways to wear out the kids -- bounce houses, pony rides, a train, cake walks, games and more. But the play is not restricted to the under-18 crowd: The Running of the Nuts race, which kicks off the action at 8 a.m., is just one of many adult-skewing contests and games. Read the full story here.

CORONER RULES INFANT'S DEATH A HOMICIDE: The Kern County coroner's office has ruled the death of 4-month-old Paige Cohen of Bakersfield a homicide. Paige was found unresponsive on Tuesday at her home in the 2100 block of Park Way in central Bakersfield. She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, then airlifted to Children's Hospital of Central California in Madera,where she died Thursday. The coroner determined her death was caused by a blunt injury to the head. Read the full story here.

 

THE ENERGY REPORT

IS NATURAL GAS THE FUTURE? A report by Citigroup suggests that natural gas usage in automobile, trucks and buses will grow rapidly in the coming years thanks to cheap prices and abundant supply. According to Citi, "the growth in gas supply should lower global gas prices from current levels, mitigate future price increases due to higher demand and the delinking of natural gas and oil prices, now prevalent in North America, should spread around the world." CNBC.com reported that Citi estimates that by 2020, natgas could displace as much as 1.8 million barrels per day of oil, or five percent of the current level of oil consumed for transportation purposes. Should the economics prove advantageous, "the percentage could be higher" the bank added. Read the full story here.

 

THE TECH REPORT

APPLE: A digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads are among the features expected as Apple opens its annual conference for software developers today. Apple is expected to unveil a simplified look to iOS, and if f the speculation is correct, it would be the most radical design change since the iPhone made its debut in 2007. Apple is also expected to debut a streaming music service dubbed iRadio. The Worldwide Developers Conference runs through Friday.

WAZE: Google has agreed to acquire map-software provider Waze for about 1.1 billion dollars in it's effort to keep competitors such as Facebook from eroding its lead in mobile-navigation programs. The deal for Palo Alto based Waze is expected to be announced today. As consumers shift toward smartphones and tablets and away from personal computers, Facebook and Google are increasing efforts to court customers on the move. Waze, whose mobile app solicits input from more than 40 million users to improve directions and display traffic and road-hazard details, would help Google add social features to its current mapping tool.

 

THE HEALTH REPORT

MISSISSIPI AND TEEN PREGNANCY: Mississippi will require doctors to collect umbilical cord blood from babies born to some young mothers, under a new law intended to identify statutory rapists and reduce the state's rate of teenage pregnancy which is the highest in the country. The measure takes effect on July 1 and targets certain mothers who were 16 or younger at the time of conception. Under the law, doctors and midwives will be expected to retrieve umbilical cord blood in cases where the father is 21 or older or when the baby's paternity is in question. Samples will be stored at the state medical examiner's office for testing in the event that police believe the girl was the victim of statutory rape. But they will not automatically be entered into the state's criminal DNA database.

E-CIGARETTE: Reynolds American is launching a revamped version of its Vuse-brand electronic cigarette in Colorado, with plans to go national. The move announced last week by the owner of the nation's second-biggest tobacco company is its first statewide e-cigarette distribution and is the latest in an industry-wide push to diversify beyond the traditional cigarette business. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. Devotees tout them as a way to break addiction to real cigarettes as the devices address both the nicotine addiction and the behavioral aspects of smoking without the more than four-thousand chemicals found in cigarettes.

 

THE SPORTS REPORT

BLAZE SPLIT SERIES WITH STORM: Tied 4-4 in the 9th, the Lake Elsinore Storm pulled off one of the most exciting plays in baseball, the squeeze, breaking the deadlock, and sending the Bakersfield Blaze to a disappointing 5-4 loss on Sunday afternoon in Bakersfield. The two teams split the four-game series. The Blaze are 25-38 but 14 games out of first place in the California League's Northern Division. Visalia comes to town tonight for the first of three game series. Tonight's game is at 7:45. Read the full story here.

HARVICK FINISHES NINTH: Kevin Harvick finished ninth in the Poconos 400 on Sunday in NASCAR'S Sprint Cup stop at Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The race was won by Jimmie Johnson, who earned his third victory of the 2013 season. It was Harvick's 5th top 10 finish of the season and he's now fifth in the Sprint Cup standings.

 

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