Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Top Stories:
TEMPERS FLARE AT FAIR LIVESTOCK MEETING: A Kern County Fair Board meeting Monday to discuss an issue affecting a few dozen livestock exhibitors revealed deep divisions and tensions within the local livestock community, with frustrated audience members accusing fair management of changing rules capriciously and in secret, incompetence and ignoring their voices. Questions were raised about how and when livestock chairpeople are selected, confusion over the rule process, even a crack about the livestock rule book itself. Much of Monday's meeting centered on the plight of several children who purchased livestock they will not have the opportunity to show and sell at the fair in September because of their age. Read the full story here.
Bakersfield ice cream and sweets purveyor Dewar's says it is negotiating a lease for what would be its fourth location, a prominent, 780-square-foot space employing between 20 and 30 people in the food court at The Outlets at Tejon. Recently confirmed tenants at the 320,000-square-foot outlet project include Adidas, Brooks Brothers, China Max, Columbia, Converse, Dress Barn, Fossil and many others. The outlet center is under construction on the east side of Interstate 5 just north of The Grapevine. A grand opening is set for Aug. 7. .
CITY EXPANDS SPAY-NEUTER, VACCINE EFFORTS: The city will expand availability of dog licenses and low-cost spay-neuter and vaccine programs, in hopes of reducing animal overpopulation and shelter euthanizations, officials told members of a Bakersfield City Council committee Monday. The latest efforts to reduce the population at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center include temporary $15 dog licenses at licensing and vaccination clinics provided owners get their dog spayed or neutered in 60 days. So far this year, the city has issued 198 temporary discount licenses, but only about 25 owners have followed through -- a 13 percent compliance rate. Read the full story here.
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WITNESS TESTIFIES IN ALLEGED TEXTING CRASH: Michael Moon was driving home the evening of April 14, 2012, when he stopped at a stop sign on eastbound Reina Road as it intersects Jewetta Avenue in northwest Bakersfield. A motorcyclist heading north on Jewetta arrived at the intersection about the same time he did. He said the motorcyclist came to a complete stop, put her left foot down and looked right and left. Moon noticed something in his peripheral vision, and as he looked to the right he witnessed a pickup plow into the back of the motorcycle, sending its rider airborne. Moon said it was the worst thing he'd ever seen. He said it sounded like a cannon going off, and it threw the rider across the intersection. Moon's testimony came on the seventh day of Anna Marie Reynosa's trial on a charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. Read the full story here.
'GROW A PAIR,' PORTERVILLE MAYOR ADVISES BULLIED STUDENTS: The mayor of Porterville has raised a ruckus by coming down firmly of the side of a you're-on-your-own anti-bullying policy. Mayor Cameron Hamilton stirred up widespread ire by declaring that bullying victims should toughen up and defend themselves. Especially angered were city officials and gay rights advocates. At a recent City Council meeting, Hamilton said he opposes bullying but thinks it is too often blamed for the world's problems. Hamilton said some people need to "grow a pair" and learn to "just stick up for them damned selves." Read the full story here.
TWO JUVENILES SHOT SUNDAY IN SOUTHEAST BAKERSFIELD: Two juvenile males sustained gunshot wounds Sunday night in the Camellia Village Apartment Complex in southeast Bakersfield but details about the incident remained unclear Monday. Deputies responded to the shooting around 10:22 p.m. in the 1300 block of Cottonwood Road. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening and their names were not released. When deputies arrived they located one victim with a gunshot wound to the leg. The second victim had sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back. Read the full story here.
THE TECH REPORT
SPRINT FINED $7.5 MILLION: Sprint's bank account is going to be a bit lighter thanks to the FCC's recent announcement that the telco has failed to comply with customer "do-not-call" requests, according to an Engadget report. The Now Network has to pay a $7.5 million fine (the largest ever) for violating your pleas for its unwanted phone-and-text telemarketing to stop. The carrier also has to follow a two-year plan to ensure that it keeps following government requirements to protect said privacy.
THE HEALTH REPORT
WATER SAFETY COALITION: The Kern County Water Safety Coalition will gather at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kern River Campground to spread water safety messages to the general public and campers. Already one child has drowned this year, says the Kern County Department of Human Services. The coalition works to prevent death and permanent disabilities by teaching young and old how to be safe around water. The coalition made up of public agencies, schools, volunteers and businesses is spreading safety messages before the big Memorial Day holiday weekend.
THE SPORTS REPORT
STOCKDALE'S HANEY, FRONTIER'S O'CONNELL WIN AT TYACK AWARDS: Blake Haney and Lauren O'Connell will be off to bigger awards ceremonies and better competitions, possibly quickly, but Monday, they paused at Hodel's Restaurant for one last chance to be honored in Bakersfield. Haney and O'Connell won the Tyack Awards, presented annually by the Jockey Club to the best male and female senior student-athlete in Kern County. They each beat out a talented field of finalists with tremendous accomplishments in a single discipline. Read the full story here.