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FOOTBALL STAR INJURED IN SHOOTING: Shots fired at a Bakersfield party leave two teenagers injured -- one a stand-out local football player. It happened Sunday morning at 2200 Edwards Avenue. Sheriff's Deputies got a call from Kern Medical Center that two teenagers had been shot. 18-year old Ridgeview High student Kamari Cotton-Moya was shot in the upper body. Cotton just signed with Iowa State to play football. 18-year old Kolin Jones was shot in the face and shoulder. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries. Anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office.
INFANT DEATH INVESTIGATION: Bakersfield police are investigating the death of an infant. 5-month old Saul Martinez died Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hospital after being found unresponsive in an apartment at 617 Union Avenue on Thursday. Cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy has been scheduled.
WOMAN SHOT IN THE HEAD: A Bakersfield woman survives a gunshot wound to the head and her live-in boyfriend is arrested for attempted murder. Sheriff's deputies were called out to a domestic dispute in the 900 block of Royal Way in east Bakersfield at around 8:45 Saturday night. When they arrived they discovered a woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was awake and communicated with deputies before she was taken to an area hospital. Deputies arrested 25-year old Ignacio Gonzalez on suspicion of attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
KERN COUNTY'S IMAGE IN THE WAKE OF BEATING DEATH: Is Kern County's image tarnished by the recent deputy-related beating death of a Bakersfield man? The Bakersfield Californian's John Cox writes the May 8 death of 33-year-old David Sal Silva received back-to-back front page coverage in the Los Angeles Times and a staff-written story in the New York Times. An analysis of visits to The Californian's website shows the incident attracted huge interest from readers across the country and around the world. That's got many influential locals wondering if the negative attention has people wondering whether Kern County is a desirable place to live, work and do business. On the other hand, some local folks don't care what New Yorkers think of Kern County and feel the negative events in no way overshadow the positive things happening in the area.
SANTA CLARITA FIRE: Another blaze south of town, this one near Santa Clarita. It broke out Friday evening 30 miles away from Interstate Five and quickly grew to more than 500 acres. An elementary school was threatened and about 20 homes were evacuated. The fire burned dangerously close to the freeway during the evening commute -- that closed down one southbound lane of the Eye-Five for a while.
GRAND FIRE CONTAINMENT: Crews are getting a handle on the Grand Fire south of Bakersfield. As of last night (sun) at around 11 o'clock, the fire was 85% contained and has burned more than 4300 acres. No structures are threatened, but evacuations remain in place for Hungry Valley State Park and Piru Creek recreation area. The road closures for Hungry Valley State Park and Gold Hill Road are scheduled to be lifted on Wednesday while Frazier Mountain Road will remain closed until Friday. More than 1100 personnel are fighting the fire which began Wednesday afternoon. No injuries reported. Full containment is expected by Wednesday.
BAKERSFIELD BURGLARY: Bakersfield police are asking the public's help identifying two people of interest regarding a residential burglary. On April 24, two people were seen leaving the backyard of a residence that had just been burglarized. The first person is described as a Hispanic man, 18-21 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, wearing a gray T-shirt with no sleeves and gray or blue jeans. The second person is described as a Hispanic man, 18-21 years of age, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, wearing a white and blue baseball hat, black T-shirt and tan shorts. Anyone with information regarding the identity of these men is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERFIELD.COM
In case you missed it over the weekend, here are the stories that are trending across bakersfield.com
RIDGEVIEW ATHLETE’S CLOSE CALL: Ridgeview quarterback Kamari Cotton-Moya was shot in the arm just after midnight Sunday morning when gunfire broke out at a large party in east Bakersfield. A second man, 18-year-old Kolin Jones. was also shot several times. Neither man’s injuries were life-threatening, Kern County Sheriff’s deputies reported. The 18-year-old Cotton-Moya texted The Californian Sunday afternoon to say he was “perfectly fine” after being shot in the right arm during what neighbors called an unsupervised party that got “out of control,” filling Edwards Avenue with fighting, wild teenagers. Read the full story here on bakersfield.com
THE OPENING OF THE KERN COUNTY RACEWAY WAS A HUGE SUCCESS: Thousands turned out to see the new track along Enos Lane and Interstate 5 on Saturday night. A crowd of more than 8,000 turned out to see the racing and the new track. "Beautiful," said Tom and Marilyn Kirk, in unison, with Tom adding: "This is awesome, this is a real track." The Kirks were regulars at Mesa Marin and also at Bakersfield Speedway. Read the full story here on bakersfield.com.
SOMEONE IN TAFT WINS POWERBALL PRIZE: Someone who shopped a Taft 7-11 may be a multi-millionaire after the ticket they bought came within one number of the jackpot in Saturday's $590.5 million Powerball drawing.
But even five numbers is worth $2.3 million, according to the California Lottery -- which administers the national Powerball game. According to California Lotto press releases two 7-Eleven stores in California, one in San Jose and one at 1124 6th Street in Taft, sold tickets containing five of the six winning numbers in the Lottery. Read the full story here on bakersfield.com
THE SILVA CASE’S IMPACT ON KERN COUNTY’S IMAGE: The death of a man in custody, along with the seizure of witness cell phones, have gained international attention and raised concerns here that the incidents could tarnish the county's emerging reputation as a desirable place to live, visit and do business. For longtime community leaders who have invested much of their careers in building Kern County's image, the incident is troubling at best. Former county supervisor Ray Watson had this to say: "I think, short term, it would have an (economic) impact, because it does give the community a bad image.” And former Bakersfield Mayor Mary Shell weighed in with this comment: "I don't think there's any question.” Read the full story here on bakersfield.com
SILVA WITNESS PRESS CONFERENCE: During a late Friday afternoon press conference, Bakersfield attorney John Tello said the analysis of cell phones taken by Kern County Sheriff’s deputies in the wake of the in-custody death of David Silva would not be finished until TODAY. Tello also told reporters that he would be handing over representation of witnesses in the case to fellow Bakersfield attorney Daniel Rodriguez. Read the full story here:
THE ENERGY REPORT
VULNERABLE ENERGY, UTILITY INFRASTRUCTURE: The Department of Homeland Security’s top investigator said that Cyber attacks against the nation’s energy grid, nuclear reactors and water-treatment plants are increasing, and with possibly lethal effect.
In a story published in Bloomberg, Charles Edwards, the department’s acting inspector general, said the attacks havepotential to create large-scale power outages or cause “physical damage, loss of life and other cascading effects that could disrupt services.”
Read the full story from Bloomgerg here
THE TECH REPORT
YAHOO PURCHASES TUMBLR: Yahoo has paid $1.1 billion for blogging application Tumblr. The deal was officially announced Monday by Tumblr CEO David Karp. In an email to employees, Karp outlined the deal and finished by writing: “EXPLETIVE DELETED” YEAH, David.
GOVERNMENT AND APPLE: Uncle Sam is officially an Apple fan.
Last week the Pentagon approved the use of iPads, iPhones, and other Apple products by its soldiers, sailors, and pilots. The announcement is a defeat for BlackBerry as almost 80 percent of the U.S. military’s 600,000 mobile devices are BlackBerrys. BlackBerry has historically, it has wooed corporate and government buyers with the promise of the most hack-proof network on the market. When the the Department of Defense is cool with the security provided by Apple, it’s hard for an I-T guy to argue.
GOOGLE GLASS PRIVACY: Members of Congress are asking questions about the privacy implications of Google Glass. Eight members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus have sent a letter to Google CEO and co-founder Larry Page requesting answers to a series of privacy questions and concerns. Topics of those questions include Google track record on consumer privacy and concerns about the devices ability to use facial recognition technology. The committee has requested Google's official response no later than June 14.
THE HEALTH REPORT
BRAIN SHOCK: Bad at math? An electrical jolt to the brain may be just what the doctor ordered. A new study finds that painless electrical stimulation to the brain helped people perform a set of calculations faster than people who didn't receive the shocks. Not only that, the skills appeared to last for several months. Researchers say that electrical stimulation won’t turn you into Albert Einstein, but it might be able to help some people to cope better with math. An estimated 20 percent of the population admit to struggling with algebraic concepts. Whether brain stimulating machines will be rolled out to classrooms remains up for debate. On researcher noted that if the electrodes aren’t applied to the subject correctly, negative results could occur, including memory loss and scalp burns.
ASPIRIN: Coated versus uncoated aspirin? That’s the question many are asking as “aspirin resistance” is discussed in the medical community. Doctors say the idea of aspirin resistance is essentially a myth and that research found that in people who appear to be immune to aspirin’s effects, it is the coating that interfered with the drug’s absorption. The rationale for the coating is that it protects the stomach against bleeding. But that benefit has never been proven in research, so the message of the University of Pennsylvania study is that there is no reason to pay extra for coated aspirin when the uncoated tablets are cheaper.
THE SPORTS REPORT
HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD: Stockdale junior Blake Haney, Liberty sophomore Morganne Hill and Golden Valley senior Luis Matos are leading an impressive Kern County contingent to the CIF-State Track and Field Championships May 31 at Buchanan High School in Clovis.
Haney set a section record in the 1,600 meters during Saturday’s Master’s Meet and just missed the record in the 3,200 meters. Haney will be the favorite to win both at the state meet.
Hill won the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, while Matos won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
Ten other Kern County athletes and relay teams will compete in the two-day state meet.
Haney, meanwhile, will compete Saturday in New York City at the prestigious Dream Mile.
THOMAS SIGNS WITH REDSKINS: Bakersfield High graduate Phillip Thomas signed a rookie contract with the Washington Redskins, the team announced Friday. Thomas, a safety who starred at Fresno State, led major college football with eight interceptions last season. An All-American, he was the 119th overall selection in last month's NFL draft.
CAL STATE HEADS TO CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: Despite losing two of three games in the regular season finale against San Jose State, Cal State Bakersfield’s baseball team will be the No. 1 seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament that starts on Wednesday in Grand Prairie, Texas. And who will the Roadrunners face in the first game of the round robin tournament? San Jose State.
BLAZE UPDATE: With a 10-1 win on Sunday over visiting High Desert, the Bakersfield Blaze is on a three-game winning streak. The Blaze have won six of their last nine games. They play High Desert again tonight at 7:30 p.m.