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- 10/30/14--12:47: Bakersfield police looking to hire post academy officers
- 10/30/14--15:36: Special Report: Allergies versus intolerance
- 10/30/14--17:21: Evacuated Arvin residents allowed to return home Friday
- 10/30/14--19:17: Judge sentences gang member to life without parole
- 10/31/14--08:22: SWAT team dispatched for attempted murder arrest
- 10/31/14--13:55: One dead in SpaceShipTwo test flight crash
- 10/31/14--16:00: Mother, Father arrested for infant death
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Sheriff's officials say during the weekend of October 4 through 5, 2014, a man forced open the mailboxes in the 7600 block of Segrue Rd. in Lamont. During the theft the man stole an ATM card which had recently been mailed to the victim.
The person pictured in the attached wanted notice and image used the stolen ATM card to make two withdrawals at the Kern Central Credit Union in Lamont on the morning of October 5.
If anyone has information on this persons identity, or information on this case, call the Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110 or Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.
Anonymous text tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the keyword “KCSO” prior to the message.
While twelve women face solicitation charges, there are hundreds more still on the streets. The founder of Magdalene Hope, an organization helping sex workers get out of the industry, says many prostitutes are not criminals, but victims.
Magdalene Hope founder Doug Bennett said, "They're being forced. Usually through threats, family members being injured or harmed. Some girls are tased. Some girls are beaten on their head, to where the bruises don't show up."
Bennett says the majority of prostitutes in Bakersfield aren't choosing to sell their bodies, but are forced, through sex trafficking.
Bennett said, "We would see a quarter of them as criminals or breaking the law, by choice. The other three quarters, or 75%, would be forced to be there. We would look at them as victims."
Bakersfield Police Sergeant Joe Grubbs says it's not known how many prostitutes are in Bakersfield and under what circumstance.
"We've had prostitutes who will come, literally on buses from Fresno, a group of them, and they will conduct their business here in Bakersfield," Grubbs said,
Bennett said, "The I-5 corridor is from Canada to Mexico. The women are moved and trafficked and Bakersfield is one of the stops, being off the 99."
California is ranked as one of the worst states for human trafficking. Last October, a man convicted in Kern County's first human trafficking case was sentenced to 32 years, 8 months in prison. In June, two women were arrested in Oregon for allegedly sex trafficking a 17-year-old Bakersfield girl.
Grubbs said, "Our experience has been, with the sex trafficking, it's usually girls that get involved in it. At some point, that becomes their way of life, their business. I mean, that's what they're doing and it becomes very difficult to get out of."
Bennett said, "We have a victim centered approach. That's really what we're trying to push with law enforcement and just letting the public know we have victims out here who are being, most of them are forced to be out there."
Sergeant Grubbs says sex trafficking isn't suspected in any of these recent arrests. Soliciting prostitution is a misdemeanor charge.
If you missed the Special Report by Kristin Price, you can click HERE to view that report.
To help raise awareness of the threat posed by Vampire Appliances, PG&E is announcing its list of Top Ten Vampire Appliances for 2014, in order of their energy-sucking appetite:
1.Flat Screen TVs
2.Home Computers (Laptops and Desktops)
3.Video Game Consoles
4.Digital Video Recorders
9.Cell Phone/Tablet Chargers
10.Small Appliances - Microwave/Toaster Oven/Coffee Maker
Among the top five tips PG&E is recommending that every household adopt are:
1.Unplug: Unplug appliances, electronics and chargers that aren’t in use or turn them off using an inexpensive power strip.
2.Buy Smart: By spending as little as $20 for advanced power strips households can achieve energy savings of nearly 50 percent.
3.Go Green: The more energy efficient appliances aren’t simply good for the environment, they will help save you money.
4.Home Energy Check-Up: Consider taking a home energy check-up. It will help you learn more about your energy usage so you can become an even smarter energy consumer.
5.Auto-Power Down: Turn on an automatic power-down feature on your TV or Game Consoles and set the right predetermined inactivity level for your household.
For more budgeting tips, and other ways to save and conserve energy please visit http://www.pge.com/saveenergymoney
Families looking to adopt a new 'furrever' pet will push a button on our special footballs at the adoption counter. Once opened, the family will retrieve a ticket with a 7, 14 or 21 which will be their total adoption price.
“We love this promotion and are thrilled to see it grow each year! Anything we can do to get more adoptable pets into loving homes and out of the shelter is a win for our community.” stated Julie Johnson, Executive Director of the Bakersfield SPCA and City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center.
All pets will be spayed or neutered, micro-chipped, fully vaccinated, flea treated and dewormed.
The special adoption fee covers all animals at The City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center, at 661-832-PETS. The special adoption fee covers animals at the Bakersfield SPCA that are 6 months of age or older and have been there 3 months or longer at 661-323-8353. To view adoptable pets, just go to www.bakersfieldacc.us or www.bakersfieldspca.org
Police say the position requires one year employment as a full-time paid Peace Officer with a P.O.S.T. approved California Law Enforcement agency and possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate by the filing deadline.
BAKERSFIELD, CA. - Gluten-free diets are all the rage these days. But while some people cut certain foods because of an intolerance, others avoid it because it could kill them.
While an estimated 15-million Americans have food allergies, a closer look at some local families reveals the struggles they go through being allergic to some foods as opposed to being intolerant.
For those living with a food allergy there is a big difference in treatment and diagnosis versus the way one would treat a food intolerance, according to experts.
Both the Ramirez and Wilson families struggle daily to make sure their young children are not exposed to foods that can trigger a severe reaction. Each of the families has even changed their eating habits to accommodate the needs of their children.
Diana Ramirez said her 4-year-old son Isaiah is severely allergic to dairy and wheat, so they have to keep him on a gluten-free diet.
"We avoid any of those foods that he's allergic to, which is kind of hard because a lot of our foods consist of wheat," said Ramirez.
Brittnee Wilson said that her 2-year-old daughter Olive Wilson suffers from both allergies and intolerance to some foods, adding that allergic reactions can be very painful for Olive.
"She breaks out in eczema on her face," said Wilson, as she describes some of different reactions Olive goes through. "She has really bad diarrhea, stomach aches, with dairy, she gets really congested where it sounds like she's not breathing well."
While both allergies and intolerance to foods are not pleasant, Dr. Eric Boren of Kern Allergy said there is a distinct difference.
"[The] IgE antibody means you're allergic and you can die. The food intolerances are ones that if someone says they eat a food and it bothers them and it's fairly mild symptoms -- not anaphylaxis where they're calling 911. If the tests are negative, it says you're intolerant," said Boren.
"You don't need an EpiPen, but don't eat it because it doesn't agree with you," he added.
Celiac Disease is one form of intolerance where the body creates an immune system response to gluten and attacks the small intestine.
According to the national foundation for Celiac awareness, there aren't any recommended methods to test for non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, there are tests to determine an allergy.
Boren said both are real conditions, but are not diagnosed in many cases. He adds that the term allergy is often misused by people when they are referring to irritants and intolerances.
Boren also points out that wheat and milk are the two most common intolerances for the human system and that many choose not to eat those foods.
"So many people, whether it be easier to lose weight, if they're having a low carb diet, or just the way they feel with either feeling bloated, many people will find if they eliminate dairy and reduce wheat or grain products, they're going to feel better," Boren said.
Eliminating foods with common ingredients like wheat and dairy can be more difficult than it sounds as both the Wilson and Ramirez family can attest.
"We just stick to eat vegan, stay home, cook constantly," said Wilson.
Wilson said changing up their lifestyle is not easy but adds that both she and her fiance are benefiting from the change and have even lost 20 pounds each as a result of the healthier choices.
"We were completely overwhelmed," said Wilson. "I was to the point where I was almost crying in the store because I didn't know what to do, but it gets easy. It gets easier."
Boren said that when he tells patients about the types of foods they will need to check for that it's common for people to spend hours in the grocery store reading labels and trying to find what will work for them.
"It's shocking how much foods you may not realize are in something you're eating," said Boren.
Ramirez had a similar experience, saying that finding the right products can be frustrating.
"At first, reading the food label I was like 'ugh...' every time. Now I know. When I go to the store I'm like 'OK, I know exactly what he can have,'" said Ramirez.
What is Gluten?
Gluten, as defined by Gluten Free Society, "is a protein formed when wheat flour and water mix ... the stringy, elastic texture you see is gluten. The protein has an important function in food, giving structure to many grain-based products such as pasta, waffles, pastries and most bread."
We have put together several resources to assist you with allergy concerns, as well as more information on Gluten, Celiac Disease, products to avoid, and Facebook groups with recipes and local people to connect with.
Here is a Facebook page called Gluten Free Recipes dedicated to posting gluten-free recipes. There are currently more than 350,000 followers on this page.
Search for apps in your preferred app store.
Is That Gluten Free? - Cost: $7.99 (#1 gluten-free app )
Find Me Gluten Free - Cost: Free
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Gluten Free Restaurant Items - Cost: $2.99
Grain or No Grain - Cost: Free (allows user to add lists of favorites and information about gluten free products)
Dine Gluten Free - Cost: Free - (database of gluten free restaurants)
Here are some lists from Gluten Free Society of gluten-based foods to avoid.
Rice (does not include wild rice varieties but does include brown rice)*
*These foods are considered gluten-free, however, to maintain a true gluten-free diet, glutenfree.org recommends avoiding these foods.
*** These items have a high risk of cross contamination with gluten products and glutenfree.org recommends verifying they are gluten-free before including them in your diet.
"These pseudo cereals are also very high in glutamic acid and should be discouraged as substitutes for patients with neurological symptoms," according to glutenfree.org.
Other items can also contain gluten.
Modified food starch
Textured vegetable protein
Hydrolyzed plant protein
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate
Extenders and binders
Maltodextrin (wheat or corn based)
Seasonings (check labels)
Caramel color and flavoring
Bouillon cubes or stock cubes
Candy may be dusted with wheat flour; ask.
Canned soups – Most are not acceptable.
Cheese spreads & other processed cheese foods.
Chocolate – may contain malt flavoring.
Cold cuts, Wieners, Sausages – may have gluten due to cereal fillers.
Dry sauce mixes
Honey Hams – can be based with wheat starch in coating.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt – check all dairy. Cows are fed grains and many react to dairy for this reason. Grass-fed dairy recommended
Instant Teas & Coffees – cereal products may be included in the formulation.
Mayonnaise – check thickener and grain based vinegar ingredients
Mustard – Mustard powder may contain gluten
Oil, frying – Check for cross contamination or corn based oils.
Poultry and meats – Check out the flavorings and basting and inquire about meat glue
Sour cream – May contain modified food starch of indeterminate source.
Dry roasted nuts & honey roasted nuts
French fries in restaurants – Same oil may be used for wheat-containing items.
Gravies – check out thickening agent and liquid base.
Vitamin supplements (different brands contain grain based ingredients – check the labels carefully)
Baking powder (commonly contains grain – wheat or corn)
Grain based spirits (many claim that distillation removes gluten…Gluten Free Society recommends avoidance regardless)
There are also many non-edible items that are in every household containing gluten that you may not have considered.
Stamps & envelopes
Hairspray & Shampoo
Medications & Vitamins
What is celiac disease?
Celiac disease, as defined by Mayo Clinic, is an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. It triggers a response in your small intestine that produces inflammation, preventing you from absorbing some nutrients.
The malabsorption can affect children more severely, causing irritation and stomach pains.
"The intestinal damage can cause weight loss, bloating and sometimes diarrhea. Eventually, your brain, nervous system, bones, liver and other organs can be deprived of vital nourishment," according to the Mayo Clinic website.
The Mayo Clinic states that there is no cure for celiac disease and that the best treatment is to avoid gluten-based foods and products.
The following is information directly from the Mayo Clinic website.
The signs and symptoms of celiac disease can vary greatly.
Although the classic signs are diarrhea and weight loss, most people with celiac disease experience few or no digestive signs or symptoms. Only about one-third of people diagnosed with celiac disease experience diarrhea, and about half have weight loss.
Twenty percent of people with celiac disease have constipation, and 10 percent are obese.
In addition to digestive problems, other signs and symptoms of celiac disease include:Children
As many as 75 percent of children with celiac disease are overweight or obese. Digestive signs and symptoms are experienced by 20 to 30 percent of children with the condition although the precise signs and symptoms differ by age.
In infants, typical signs and symptoms of celiac disease include:
Failure to thrive or weight loss
Older children may experience:
Neurologic symptoms, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disability, headaches and lack of muscle coordination
When to see a Doctor
Consult your doctor if you have diarrhea or digestive discomfort that lasts for more than two weeks.Consult your child's doctor if he or she is pale, irritable or failing to grow or has a potbelly and foul-smelling, bulky stools.
Be sure to consult your doctor before trying a gluten-free diet. If you stop eating gluten before you're tested for celiac disease, you may change the test results.
Celiac disease tends to run in families. If someone in your family has the condition, ask your doctor if you should be tested. Also ask your doctor about testing if you or someone in your family has a risk factor for celiac disease, such as type 1 diabetes.
The precise cause of celiac disease isn't known.
When the body's immune system overreacts to gluten in food, the immune reaction damages the tiny, hair-like projections (villi) that line the small intestine. Villi absorb vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from the food you eat. Normally, villi resemble the deep pile of a plush carpet, on a microscopic scale. The damage resulting from celiac disease makes the inner surface of the small intestine appear more like a tile floor. As a result your body is unable to absorb nutrients necessary for health and growth.
A study done by Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health estimates that about 1 in 141 people in the U.S. have celiac disease, although the disease often goes undiagnosed. Celiac disease is most common in Caucasians.
Some gene changes (mutations) appear to increase the risk of developing the disease. But having those gene mutations doesn't mean you'll get celiac disease — meaning other factors must be involved.
Sometimes celiac disease is triggered — or becomes active for the first time — after surgery, pregnancy, childbirth, viral infection or severe emotional stress.
The lifted order will also restore power and gas service to the homes.
On March 18, the Kern County Fire Department issued an evacuation order to homes located on Nelson Court in Arvin. Kern County Fire department said the evacuation order was necessary due to the presence of explosive gas inside the homes. At that time, the power and gas service was shut off in order to prevent an explosion.
The letter sent to residents says, as a result of mitigation efforts by Petro Capital Resources and testing by Kern County Public Health, it has been determined the explosive gas is no longer present, and residents can return home.
She also told detectives he knocked on her cell window and began making a "petting" motion. Documents say investigators found a shoe print in the flower bed just outside the girl's window.
Navejar was arrested Thursday just after three in the 2000 block of Ridge Road.
He's been booked into Kern County Jail in connection with this incident.
Dvontae Pink, 22, had been found guilty of 11 felonies in August. Prosecutors say he was a member of Country Boy Crips street gang when the shootings took place.
Pink and Jimmy Baker shot Floyd Bean Jr. several times inside Roy's Market on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on February 10, 2013. Several days earlier prosecutors say Pink and two others fired shots and injured two people inside Roy's Market.
Baker had already been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The Bakersfield Police Department says Charleston Weaver, 23, had been involved in a physical altercation and fired multiple shots at another person at a residence in the 3400 block of Horne Street, Oct. 18. Police responded to a shooting call at the residence, and say Weaver had fled the scene before they arrived.
Saturday, officers saw Weaver at an apartment complex in the 1400 block of Flower Street, and called in the SWAT team due to the seriousness of the crime, police say. Weaver was arrested and booked into jail for attempted murder and other weapon related charges.
BPD encourages anyone with information regarding this case to call the department at 661-327-7111. Anonymous text tips can be sent to 274637 by sending BPDCRIMES along with a message.
MOJAVE, CA - SpaceShipTwo, the Virgin Galactic space plane, has crashed east of Mojave, according to the director of the Mojave Air and Space Port Stuart Witt. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of one test pilot. A medical helicopter carried one patient with major injuries to Antelope Valley hospital for treatment.
At 10:13 a.m. Friday, Virgin Galactic announced that the rocket plane had "experienced an in-flight anomaly" on its Twitter page. The first reports of a downed aircraft came in at 10:51 a.m. Officials refused to release the names of the victims, but said their families had been notified. When asked about the pilot in the hospital's condition, aerospace company Scaled Composites President Kevin Mickey said that the pilot was "doing as well as can be expected."
The Kern County Sheriff's Department is currently leading the investigation.
"Space is hard, and today was a tough day," said Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides. "We are going to be supporting the investigation as we figure out what happened today, and we're going to get through it. The future rests... on hard days like this, but we believe we owe it to the folks who were flying these vehicles, as well as the folks who were working so hard on them, to understand this and to move forward."
Officials at Virgin Galactic and Kern County-based Scaled Composites said the rocket took off from Mojave Spaceport around 9:20 a.m., nestled underneath the White Knight Two glider that carried SpaceShipTwo to altitude.
About 50 minutes later SpaceShipTwo separated from the mothership, and the pilots were set to fire the rockets into space when something went wrong.
"I detected nothing that appeared abnormal," Witt said. "I know I was briefed the plume would look different this time, and it did, but I couldn't detect anything."
Witt specified that there was no explosion.
Virgin Galactic worked with Scaled Composites on the space craft, and in a Friday press conference hours after the crash, Whitesides confirmed that the pilots involved were from Scaled Composites.
This was the first powered flight of SpaceShipTwo since a May change in fuel was announced. Previously, the hybrid rocket, which combines both a solid and liquid ignition source, was powered by a rubber-based solid fuel. However in May, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whiteside announced that SS2's rocket, RM2, would now be powered by polyamide, a thermoplastic that was developed at Scaled Composites, the designer of SS2.
Virgin Galactic released a statement to NBC News about the crash:
"Virgin Galactic's partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of SpaceShipTwo earlier today. During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle. The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time. We will work closely with relevant authorities to determine the cause of this accident and provide updates as soon as we are able to do so."
Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, said on Twitter Friday "thoughts with all @virgingalactic & Scaled, thanks for all your messages of support. I'm flying to Mojave immediately to be with the team." He is expected to arrive Saturday morning, and another press conference is planned.
The Bakersfield Police Department arrested 25-year-old Eddie Leyva for murder, felony child endangerment and misdemeanour child endangerment Friday. Police also detained the infant's mother, 30-year-old Vanessa Wolfe.
After interviewing Leyva and Wolfe and conducting an investigation of the scene, they arrested Leyva on murder and child endangerment charges. Wolfe was arrested for felony child endangerment and misdemeanor child endangerment.
Thursday, officers responded to a call of a deceased infant, finding a 3-month-old dead at a residence in the 1000 block of L Street. Police say Leyva, the father, fled the residence with his 1 and 3-year-old children. Leyva was found by police and arrested for two outstanding warrants: resisting arrest and providing false information to a peace officer.
The final findings of the autopsy have not yet been released by the coroner's office, and police say additional charges may be pending for Leyva and Wolfe.
BPD encourages anyone with information regarding this case to call the department at 661-327-7111. Anonymous text tips can be sent to 274637 by sending BPDCRIMES along with a message.
Francisco Beltran, Junior, 26, was found guilty of first-degree murder in October for the murder of Tafoya, 30, who was shot inside his home on Columbus Street in east Bakersfield.
The conviction comes after numerous delays. A Mexican national, Beltran received a new lawyer paid for by the Mexican government. The lawyer had pushed for more time at the beginning of this year, saying she needed more time to review the case.