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- 11/11/14--16:40: _Appeals Court: Fami...
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- 11/11/14--17:43: _Drive through flu s...
- 11/11/14--18:43: _Special Report: Ker...
- 11/11/14--23:21: _Relay for Life gets...
- 11/12/14--08:33: _Special Report: Sta...
- 11/12/14--11:24: _NTSB releases updat...
- 11/12/14--13:14: _LAPD and local SWAT...
- 11/12/14--13:40: _Delano VFW building...
- 11/12/14--14:56: _DMV extending servi...
- 11/12/14--15:57: _BC alert system not...
- 11/12/14--16:25: _Nationwide LGBT equ...
- 11/12/14--16:34: _Hall announces Gift...
- 11/12/14--16:53: _KCSO re-releasing v...
- 11/12/14--18:47: _Leaders light fuse ...
- 11/13/14--10:59: _Special Report: Sta...
- 11/13/14--11:08: _Taft Union High Sch...
- 11/11/14--11:14: County supervisors discuss illegal fireworks
- 11/11/14--13:45: Covered California tour in town today
- 11/11/14--15:39: Bakersfield's Relay for Life has new location for 2015
- 11/11/14--17:21: Settlement in Community Recycling wrongful death lawsuit
- 11/11/14--17:43: Drive through flu shot clinic Wednesday in southwest Bakersfield
- 11/11/14--18:43: Special Report: Kern County DUI epidemic
- 11/11/14--23:21: Relay for Life gets a new location
- 11/12/14--08:33: Special Report: Stay-at-Home Moms
- 11/12/14--11:24: NTSB releases update on SpaceShipTwo crash
- 11/12/14--13:14: LAPD and local SWAT arrest man after standoff
- 11/12/14--13:40: Delano VFW building sold to area hospital
- 11/12/14--14:56: DMV extending services due to AB 60
- 11/12/14--15:57: BC alert system notifying students of bomb threat
- 11/12/14--16:25: Nationwide LGBT equality study rates Bakersfield
- 11/12/14--16:34: Hall announces Gifts for Seniors drive
- 11/12/14--16:53: KCSO re-releasing video in hopes of more leads
- 11/12/14--18:47: Leaders light fuse to crack down on illegal fireworks
- 11/13/14--10:59: Special Report: Stay at home moms starting businesses
- 11/13/14--11:08: Taft Union High School shooting trial: jurors sworn in
According to a news release, "With Relay's enormous growth and tremendous community support, we need at least 20-30 acres to accommodate the more than 300 teams that participate annually," said Diana Wilson, local leadership volunteer.
"The site must provide a huge walking track with room inside for 300 team campsites plus additional space for a survivor tent, luminaria area, kids camp, team food area, and other vendors."
"Shade and grass for campsites was our team captains' number one priority," said volunteer committee member Christie Ray, "especially for cancer survivors and those still undergoing treatment with delicate health. We also think the dust problem from the Wingspoint location will be solved by our new site at the Kern County Fairgrounds."
The site also provides fenced security, multiple entrances, and paved parking for thousands of vehicles. To start or join a team for the inaugural Relay at the Kern County Fairgrounds or to register as a survivor or as a volunteer, log on to Facebook or visit www.relayforlife.org/bakersfieldca
Rod Fiorini, 23, was shot to death by police after they say he was drunk and firing a shotgun in a back yard when his roommates called police for help.
The appeals court says as officers arrived, Fiorini stepped out on his porch with a shotgun resting on his shoulder, but he never fired. However, eight officers fired 63 shots killing Fiorini.
The family of Rod Fiorini blamed the drink "Four Loco" for his strange and violent behavior. So in 2011, the family filed a lawsuit here in Fresno County, against the manufacturers of the drink. This beverage also known as "liquid cocaine" and "blackout in a can," contained as much alcohol as five to six 12-ounce cans of beer and as much caffeine as approximately four cans of Coca-Cola.
The Fiorni's say that combining alcohol, with caffeine and other stimulants created a product that was unreasonably dangerous, increasing high-risk behavior.
In 2013, a Fresno Superior Court judge threw the case out, agreeing with the manufacturer that the company could not be held responsible for how the product was used. But last week, the Fifth District Court of Appeals disagreed, reinstating the case.
Four years since Fiorni's death, Four-Loko was sued in 20 states, each with allegations similar to the Fiorinis. In March of this year, the company agreed to discontinue manufacturing. 17 news tried reaching out to both parties, but have not heard back.
17 news has learned the settlement was reached in late September. An attorney for Community Recycling could not disclose the settlement amount, saying it was confidential.
He did say there was a mutual satisfaction between both parties. The Ramirez family filed a lawsuit against Community Recycling and the county after the death of 16-year-old Armando Ramirez and his brother, 22-year-old Eladio Ramirez in 2011.
They were killed by toxic fumes while working on a drainage canal at Community Recycling. Last month, the district attorney's office said no criminal charges would be filed against Community Recycling, due to insufficient evidence to prosecute.
Officials at Mercy and Memorial Hospital say the clinic will take place at Mercy Southwest Hospital from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
You must be 18 or older to receive a shot. Those who are interested are asked to enter the hospital parking area at Old River Road and Howell Drive.
For more information, call 661-861-0852.
In fact, prosecutors said impaired driving has reached an all time high in Kern and poses a very real and immediate threat to the lives of you and your family.
The District Attorney's Office says the feeling of safety on local roads is slowly evaporating.
Prosecutors say in order for the number of DUI cases with injury or death to start going down, people need to step up and realize drinking and driving can change lives forever.
"I'm 20 years old and I'm currently doing a four-year prison sentence in Kern County Jail, said Kurt Evans, convicted of DUI Vehicular Manslaughter.
In his orange jumpsuit, Evans described the night he barely survived.
"I thought it was going to be a normal night hanging out with friends, go to work the next morning. I woke up about a week later in the hospital and don't remember anything," said Evans.
Evans had been drinking during a camping trip when he got behind the wheel to get more firewood.
But that evening, he didn't get far.
"Made it about 40 yards from the campfire and I lost control and started rolling down a mountain. I rolled about 150 to 200 feet," said Evans.
The crash in Bodfish killed his friend and passenger 18-year-old Kevin Gutierrez.
"Sleepless nights, endless shame and regrets for a lifetime of one simple choice that could be completely prevented," Evans continued.
People like Carla Pearson have to pay the price.
"I will never, ever get over the pain that it has caused myself and also my family. It's just something you don't get over," said Pearson.
She says the loss of her son is still fresh.
Adam Pierce was killed in 2002, when he got into the car of a repeat drunken driver.
Pierce was a 23-year-old Motocross superstar.
"That day at the memorial, it was a nice day if you can say that -- with all the people that showed up and supported the family and all the love that was given. But, you're not supposed to bury your children, they're supposed to bury you," said Pearson.
Twelve years after her son's death, Pearson is an advocate with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, helping victims' families go through the legal process.
"I advocate for the rights of the people all the time, everyday I'm down there. It's long and it's hard but we seem to manage," Pearson said.
A person she has helped tremendously is Shelley Hatcher.
Hatcher's son, 22-year-old Josh Stancliff, a Sheriff's Detention Deputy, was killed in 2005 by a drunk driver in a fiery crash on Rosedale Highway.
"The public just doesn't, they don't understand I guess the consequences that drinking and driving has until it happens to them -- and the thing is, what happened to my son can happen to anyone's son," said Hatcher.
Her son was at a stop light when he was rear ended by Ryan Edwards.
Stancliff and his passenger, 23-year-old Corey Wahl, died at the scene.
"Even if Josh wasn't there in front of Ryan, somebody was going to die that night because Ryan was drinking like a blood alcohol level of 0.23 to 0.257 -- they said in one report," Hatcher said.
Deputy District Attorney Jim Simson says since 2000, DUI's with injury have dramatically increased.
He says the numbers for this year might be record-breaking.
"Based on what I've seen so far in this year, there's no indication whatsoever that the trend we're on is changing," said Simson.
"When they take that roadway, it's a total disregard for human life. They don't care, they're on a mission, they want to get home and they don't even seem to care about themselves getting home safely," said Pearson.
The latest state DUI Management Report released last year, shows in 2011, 4,633 DUI arrests were made county-wide.
And, when you break it down into age categories -- here's what it looks like.
Under the age of 18 -- 31 people were arrested.
Age 18-20 -- 389
Age 21 to 30 -- 2,020
Age 31 to 40 -- 991
Age 41 to 50 -- 707
Age 51 to 60 -- 384
Age 61 to 70 -- 93
And age 71 and above -- 18.
"When you hear stats that one in three people are around you while you're physically driving a car and may be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both -- our citizens should fear that. We have a big problem here," said Pearson.
A problem Simson says is out of control.
"I think if I were to tell someone that you're going to go out tonight and you're going to die by a criminal act -- the chances are far more likely it's going to be as a result of a DUI driver than anything else we experience here."
Simpson says education is everywhere about drunken driving.
He says society needs to change how it looks at DUI's.
"The crime doesn't have the stigma that it deserves. Individuals are still willing to tolerate an intoxicated person walk out of the door with the keys in their hand. I think for there to be change, that stigma has got to be established."
Pearson agrees and hopes with change, nobody has to experience the heartbreak she has to.
"You receive a phone call, you're rushed to a hospital, your loved one is on life support, you watch them take their last breath and you didn't even say goodbye or that you're proud of them. It's over, it's done." said Pearson.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports a driver will be under the influence 87 times before they are caught.
It also says someone is killed in a DUI crash every 51 minutes.
Carla Pearson says if you know you will be drinking, find a designated driver beforehand or arrange a taxi.
The BPD wants to remind everyone, if you see a drunk driver, call 911 immediately.
Organizers with the American Cancer Society announced today they've reached a deal with the Kern County Fairgrounds...something they've dreamed about for years.
The first relay for life was at Bakersfield College, and then at Garces High School, but the event quickly outgrew those venues. For years it was held on the soccer fields at CSUB, plenty of room there, but their contract expired.
The site north of Meadows Field was big enough, but it was way too dusty.
Finally, Relay For Life has the venue of its dreams...the Kern County fairgrounds.
Sylvia Cariker, a spokeswoman for Relay for Life, said, "the fairgrounds offer more shade, more grass, and that's what our team captains told us they wanted. And of course we have the availability of some of the buildings there, and we have some great ideas to put into those buildings. So we are very, very excited about this."
Sylvia Cariker says the fairgrounds should offer what last year's site did not.
That is, a smoother flow of traffic, easier parking, multiple entrances and exits, more shade, and less dust.
Cariker says they are hoping for a very high attendance next year.
Relay for Life takes place May 2 and 3.
The alert states: "BC has received a bomb threat against Panarama Campus. We are asking you to evacuate while we search buildings. Please take all personal items."
More on the story as new information is available
With the holidays approaching, generosity and acts of kindness will be a plenty, with particular focus on the children in our community. However, there is one segment of the population that will likely go through the season with little attention cast their way—but could use your help.
Kern County Fire Chief Brian Marshall said, "We have a zero tolerance for the possession and use of illegal fireworks." Local firefighters said it's a big problem in Kern County and this year was the worst. Kern County Fire issued between 75 and 80 citations for illegal fireworks last Fourth of July weekend and confiscated over 3-thousand pounds of illegal fireworks.
Marshall presented four recommendations to the board. The first was saturation of the communities that are the most problematic. The second is to create, "a massive educational campaign, working with fireworks vendors, would really get the message out to our citizens," said Marshall. Third recommendation, a "social host" ordinance, to make homeowners responsible for the use of illegal fireworks on their property. And lastly, to create an anonymous tip line to report illegal fireworks.
The Board of Supervisors will decide whether to adopt the new recommendations in January. Board of Supervisors Chairman, Leticia Perez said, "The ideas of public campaign and social host stuff is really great, it's creative, I think there should be a positive component in addition to prohibition obviously, so we can nip it in the butt."
Kern County Fire Department said that if you have left over illegal fireworks you can turn them in without facing a penalty.
Fifty-two percent of U.S. companies operate as home businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. And the Center for Women in Business says 40 percent of self-employed workers in California are women, which is a 15 percent increase over the last 13 years.
If you're thinking of starting your own home business but aren't quite sure how, here is a list from the U.S. Small Business Administration of the 10 steps to starting a business: http://www.sba.gov/content/follow-these-steps-starting-business
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Court proceedings started Thursday morning with the swearing in of twelve jurors. Attorneys also selected four alternates, after questioning a dozen potential jurors.
Hundreds of prospective jurors were considered in the last two and a half weeks, since jury selection began in the high profile case.
The judge denied requests Wednesday for the jury to be moved from Kern County, or be sequestered.
News cameras are banned from the trial, but we will be covering it from inside the courtroom.
Bryan Oliver, 18, faces two counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors say Oliver, then 16 years old, walked into a science class in January 2013 and shot fellow student Bowe Cleveland.
Cleveland was seriously wounded. Shotgun pellets also grazed teacher Ryan Herber.
Investigators say Herber and campus supervisor Kim Fields, persuaded Oliver to drop the gun.
Oliver said Cleveland bullied him, and his attorney plans to present evidence that bullying on the campus went unchecked even though Oliver's parent's reported it to school authorities.