Lead stories from "First Look with Scott Cox's" Big 6:
WAL-MART SHOPLIFTER: Police are looking for a guy who shoplifted a Bakersfield store, then escaped in a stolen car. On June 27th, a man reportedly left the Walmart on Rosedale Highway without paying for some stuff. Security workers confronted him, but he drove off in the car which has since been recovered. The suspect is described as white, in his 30’s, about six feet tall and weighing 245 pounds. He had dark hair with a mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black decorated T-shirt, grey shorts and black shoes.
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Immigrant advocacy groups step up the pressure on Bakersfield Representative Kevin McCarthy to stand up for immigration reform, even as McCarthy dismissed the possibility of a comprehensive vote on the matter by the House. The Bakersfield Californian reports about 50 activists representing labor, minority and environmental justice groups staged a loud noontime rally in front of McCarthy's Bakersfield office yesterday (thur) to announce a series of actions aimed at persuading the House majority whip to push for a vote on the immigration bill passed by the Senate last month. The coalition is asking for passage of legislation that would give the estimated 11 million immigrants in the United States a chance at citizenship.
ATTORNEY'S WIFE DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS: It’s a homicide -- that’s the ruling of the Kern County Coroner in the case of a woman allegedly shot by her own husband. An autopsy Thursday revealed that 51-year old Trivia Madrigali died of complications from the gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide. Madrigali was shot June 12 at her home in the 1200 block of Telegraph Avenue. She died Wednesday morning. Madrigali's husband, 57-year old Mark Madrigali, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a gun and spousal abuse. Prosecutors may file different charges against him now that his wife's death has been ruled a homicide. Madrigali says the shooting was an accident.
CHECK FORGING ARREST: A Bakersfield man is busted on charges of forging checks. Around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, police went to the 4500 block of Wilson Road, where they arrested 39-year-old James Roger Sanders. He was wanted for allegedly using stolen personal and business checks belonging to Western Pacific Research, Inc. Sanders faces separate charges of business burglary, forgery and check forgery.
LOCAL WOMAN HELPS WITH ASIANA CRASH: A Kern County woman is helping in the aftermath of the San Francisco Airport tragedy. Local Red Cross volunteer Louise Kolar was deployed to the Bay Area at noon Thursday. She’ll be assisting survivors of Saturday’s crash landing of an Asiana Airlines 777. Two teenagers were killed and more than 160 others were injured. Federal officials are investigating the cause.
TODDLER INGESTS PCP: Bakersfield police are investigating how a 9-month-old boy was able to get access to and ingest PCP. The boy became unconscious Tuesday and was taken from his home in the 2900 block of Truxtun Avenue to Mercy Hospital. There was no evidence of physical abuse, but a toxicology screen revealed PCP in his system. As of Wednesday the boy was breathing on his own and steadily improving. He'll be placed in protective custody once he's released from the hospital. Police say the boy's parents are experiencing marital issues. No arrests have been made, but an investigation is ongoing.
WHAT'S TRENDING ON BAKERSFIELD.COM
Here are the top trending stories from Friday morning on Bakersfield.com.
RACISM THE BASIS FOR ACCUSATION, ARREST: Antonio Saldana had a simple explanation for why numerous patrons identified him as the person who stabbed a customer at a downtown bar. They're racist and don't like him because he's Mexican, he told police. The 46-year-old Saldana has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder after allegedly stabbing a Guthrie's Alley Cat patron with what police described in redacted reports as a window scraper with a four-inch blade. He's being held on $600,000 bail.
KERN RIVER LEVELS: Due to historically low levels of melting snow, the Kern River watershed is experiencing its third driest year in more than a century. Bakersfield Water Resources Manager Art Chianello said snowmelt runoff levels in the Kern for 2013 are at 21 percent, matching conditions in 1931. The city began keeping records of water levels in 1893. Two years are considered to be the watershed's second driest: 1924 and 1977. During each of those years, the Kern yielded 20 percent of a 100 percent snowmelt runoff. And the driest year is 1961, when the Kern system had just 19 percent of a 100 percent snowmelt runoff.
IMMIGRANT RALLY: Immigrant advocacy groups stepped up pressure on Rep. Kevin McCarthy Thursday to stand up for immigration reform, even as the Bakersfield Republican dismissed the possibility of a comprehensive vote on the matter by the House. About 50 activists representing labor, minority and environmental justice groups staged a loud noontime rally in front of McCarthy's Bakersfield office to announce a series of actions aimed at persuading the House majority whip to push for a vote on the immigration bill passed by the Senate last month. United under the name California Table, groups including United Farm Workers and the Dolores Huerta Foundation outlined plans to register new voters and organize get-out-the-vote campaigns, as well as make phone calls and send text messages to members of Congress.
ATTORNEY'S WIFE DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS: An autopsy Thursday revealed the wife allegedly shot by her attorney husband died of complications from the gunshot wound and the manner of death was homicide. The 51-year-old Trivia Jean Madrigali was shot June 12 at her home in the 1200 block of Telegraph Avenue. She died Wednesday morning. Madrigali's husband, Mark Joseph Madrigali, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, assault with a gun and spousal abuse. He's being held on $1,525,000 bail.
TODDLER INJESTS PCP: Bakersfield police are investigating how a 9-month-old boy was able to get access to and ingest PCP. The boy became unconscious Tuesday and was taken from his home in the 2900 block of Truxtun Avenue to Mercy Hospital, according to Bakersfield police. There was no evidence of physical abuse, but a toxicology screen revealed PCP in his system. Police said the boy was steadily improving.
THE ENERGY REPORT
FRACKING WASTEWATER AND EARTHQUAKES: Does hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, lead to earthquakes? That’s been a theory, but a story by Bloomberg raises the question further, especially when it involves wastewater from fracking. Bloomberg reported researchers from Columbia University and the University of Oklahoma found a “profound” increase in the number of earthquakes at three sites where wastewater from fracking was injected into the ground. The research was published in the journal Science. The story said oil and natural gas producers typically dispose of water and other fluids from fracking by injecting it into the ground. The report found that as subsurface rocks become saturated, fault lines in the area may become less stable. Read Bloomberg's story here.
THE TECH REPORT
AMAZON KINDLE UPDATE: Amazon is planning to refresh all three of its Kindle tablets in the near future, according to a report that cites anonymous sources familiar with the company’s plans. Last year, Amazon dropped the price of its original Kindle Fire to $159 and introduced the Kindle Fire HD. But rather than introduce a new product, Amazon is apparently going to refresh each of those devices. Sources indicate that the refreshed line of Kindle Fire tablets should be available to consumers just before the holiday season shopping begins.
MICROSOFT REORGANIZES: Microsoft confirmed a much-rumored company-wide reorganization Thursday, announcing it will focus its efforts on delivering services and devices for individuals and businesses optimized for use at home, at work and on the go. Moving forward, Microsoft will realign its corporate structure by function with four areas: O-S, Apps, Cloud, and Devices.
THE HEALTH REPORT
NEWBORN UMBILICAL CORDS: In most hospital delivery rooms, doctors routinely clamp and sever the umbilical cord less than a minute after an infant’s birth, a practice thought to reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhaging. But a new analysis has found that delaying clamping for at least a minute after birth allows more time for blood to move from the placenta and significantly improves iron stores and hemoglobin levels in newborns and does not increase the risks to mothers. Newborns with later clamping had higher hemoglobin levels 24 to 48 hours postpartum and were less likely to be iron-deficient three to six months after birth.
OMEGA 3s: What’s good for the heart may not be so healthy for other organs, says the latest study that links omega-3 fatty acids to an elevated risk of prostate cancer. Fish oils found in species like salmon, trout and tuna have been associated with a lower risk of heart disease and even Alzheimer’s. But a new study shows that those with high concentrations of marine-derived omega-3s in their blood showed a 43 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer than those with the lowest levels. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, and the latest statistics show that most men will eventually develop prostate cancer if they live long enough. A quarter of a million Americans are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year.
THE SPORTS REPORT
BLAKE HANEY AT WORLDS: Stockdale senior Blake Haney made an impressive debut on the international stage by winning his heat in the 1,500 meters at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in the Ukraine. Haney’s time of 3-minutes, 51.95 seconds was the sixth fastest time of the day and qualified him for Sunday’s world championship final. Fellow American Grant Fisher had the fastest time of the day with a 3:50.30.
BLAZE LOSE IN SPECTACULAR FASHION: The Bakersfield Blaze are finding new ways to lose and Thursday night was a memorable one during a 5-4 loss at Lake Elsinore. With the game tied at 4-4, Blaze pitcher Pat Doyle allowed a single and three wild pitches, which allowed the winning run, in the bottom of the ninth inning. Classic quote from the Blaze press release: Doyle released his third wild pitch of the inning, scoring Hedges for the game-winner, and sending the Blaze back to the hotel dejected and annoyed. Bakersfield continues the series at Lake Elsinore tonight.