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Monday, Jul 21 2014 07:10 AM

'First Look': First News for July 21

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Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:

DENTAL DANGERS: LOCAL DENTIST'S INVISIBLE COMPLAINT FILE UNDERSCORES DENTAL BOARD'S SHORTCOMINGS: In a series of stories in The Californian Sunday and today, over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist's shoddy work left them with issues varying from bone loss and excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth or other problems. Dr. Robert Tupac, who practiced in the Los Angeles area before opening a Bakersfield office, has had at least 18 lawsuits and small claims cases filed against him citing problems with his work. Some of the court files involving the dental claims against Tupac indicate a settlement was reached but provide no details. Read the full story here.

STATE ACCUSES LOCAL OB/GYN OF 'GROSS NEGLIGENCE: The California Medical Board said Friday it was moving to suspend or revoke the medical license of a local obstetrician/gynecologist it accuses of "gross negligence" in the treatment of pregnant women. Dr. Rahul Sharma practices in Delano, according to the complaint filed Tuesday. According to the state, Sharma repeatedly failed to perform ultrasounds, performed the wrong kind of ultrasound or kept insufficient medical documentation of exams. Read the full story here.

STATE ALLOWS TWO OIL FIELD INJECTION WELL TO RESUME OPERATION: State oil regulators announced Friday they have lifted emergency shutdown orders on two of the 11 Kern County injection wells closed last week out of concern they may have contaminated protected groundwater. Longbow and Pace are oil producers based in Bakersfield, and both of their wells were for wastewater disposal. The companies had reported laying off a total of more than dozen workers as a result of the shutdown. Neither could be reached for comment. Read the full story here.


In case you missed it, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com.

BPD SEEKS INFORMATION IN ATTEMPTED HOMICIDE CASE: The Bakersfield Police Department is asking the community for help obtaining any information about an attempted homicide that occurred on Friday night, resulting in the arrest of five subjects. At 11:47 p.m., officers were called to the 2000 block of Eye Street for reports of a subject brandishing a knife in a threatening manner. After being directed toward the north alley of 20th Street at Eye Street, officers found the victim, a Hispanic male adult, suffering from blunt force trauma to the head Police are asking anyone with information relating to this case to call Detective Ted King at 326-3857. Read the full story here.

TWO HOSPITALIZED, THREE ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING: Two were hospitalized and three arrested after an altercation led to gunfire in East Bakersfield Friday evening. At 7:40 p.m., Kern County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 3200 block of Kentucky Street for the victim of a shooting, but upon arriving they found two victims, a 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl. Both were taken to Kern Medical Center, where the girl was transferred to Valley Children's Hospital with a head wound. The incident happened after two men were fighting and family members attempted to break up the fight but a gun was pulled out and fired. Read the full story here.

SCHOOL BOARD RACES ALREADY DRAWING CANDIDATES: School board members and trustee hopefuls in Kern County have sent candidacy announcements, created election Facebook pages and filed nomination forms in hopes of securing a spot on the ballot for school board elections Nov. 4. Five days into a 20-day period for prospective board members to officially establish candidacy for all districts, the Kern High School District already had one contested race and two newcomer hopefuls. Read the full story here.



TOYOTA'S NEW MINIVAN: Toyota's latest vehicle will now let you scream at your kids without ever needing to turn around. The 2015 Sienna minivan uses the car's built-in microphone to amplify your speech through the rear speakers -- solving the very real problem of parents not paying attention to the road when the little ones are getting unruly. There's no word on if this feature will come across to other vehicles in the range



MOSQUITO VIRUS: Seven months after the mosquito-borne virus chikungunya was recognized in the Western Hemisphere, the first locally acquired case of the disease was reported in Florida in a male who had not recently traveled outside the United States. Chikungunya virus is transmitted to people by two species of mosquitoes. Outbreaks of chikungunya have been previously reported from countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and India. People infected with chikungunya virus typically develop fever and joint pain. Other symptoms can include muscle aches, headaches, joint swelling or rash.



PEREZ POWERS BLAZE PAST QUAKES: Juan Perez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning to power the Bakersfield Blaze to a 7-5 victory over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Sunday's California League game at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Read the full story here.




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