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Miracle Jackson, 17, entered the plea Thursday morning in a closed hearing in Kern County Juvenile Court before Judge Raymonda Marquez.
Jackson and Aaron Burris were charged with two counts of murder and robbery for the July 2013 shooting at First Reliable Cooperative on Chester Avenue. In the shooting Deven Daniels and Tony Sherman were killed. The rest of the charges against Jackson were dismissed under the plea agreement.
Deputy District Attorney Eric Smith declined to comment on Thursday's plea agreement. Jackson is scheduled to be sentenced February 5. The criminal trial for Aaron Burris is scheduled to begin March 23. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in his case if he's convicted.
He has accepted a teaching and assistant coaching position at Bakersfield High School. McKeown resigned as head coach in order to spend more time with his young son who has special needs.
He says the responsibilities as a head coach from the months of January to June are too much at this time. McKeown was hired as Independence's head coach in 2007, before the school even opened.
He led the falcons to five playoff appearances since the 2008 season. He was an offensive coach with the Drillers before that.
McKeown says his decision does not reflect on the administration, this decision was based on the needs of his son.
She was last seen Wednesday morning near Stockdale Hwy. and Real Rd. driving her 2009 silver Subaru hatchback, CA Lic.#6HYA537. Merrick was following her boyfriend, who was in a separate vehicle, to Tehachapi when it appears she became disoriented and took a wrong turn, possibly southbound on Hwy. 99.
Police say Merrick suffers from dementia and has very poor short term memory. She is able to drive and care for herself but she is not able to secure lodging without assistance.
Police say Nancy Merrick was seen Wednesday night, at about midnight at the Subway restaurant at Calloway Dr. and Allen Rd. She was still driving the same vehicle.
Her credit card was used in Wednesday afternoon at an Exxon-Mobile gas station. If you have information, call Detective Nathan McCauley at (661) 326-3546 or the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.
The first call came in Tuesday afternoon in the 4600 block of Bloomquist Drive. Police received three additional calls from woman reporting the same incident in the 100 block of Bermuda Court, 2400 block of Pinion Springs Circle, and the 2500 hundred block of Olmo Court.
Police say at one address, 53-year-old Calvin Cartwright entered the home and kissed a 15-year-old girl who was sitting on the couch. Officers arrested Cartwright Wednesday morning.
He's been booked into the downtown jail on several charges including burglary, trespassing and annoying a child
He's due in court Friday.
The sheriff's department says the man, tried to get a young student into a white, four door car Wednesday afternoon.
Deputies say when the student refused to get in, the man chased him into the school's office, then took off.
If you have any information on this case, call the sheriff's office at 861-3110.
Officials say just after two Thursday afternoon, county fire received a call for heavy smoke and flames from a residence behind the Johannesburg Community Center.
A reinforced alarm was started by dispatchers. Firefighters from Randsburg were the first on scene and reported more than 50 percent fire involvement in a double-wide mobile home in the 27700 block of Goler Road.
The fire crew from Randsburg deployed a hose line and protected exposures, including a nearby shed and home. Crews from Ridgecrest and Inyokern arrived on scene to establish a water supply and assist with fire attack. The fire was controlled in approximately 45 minutes.
The residence where the fire began is a near total loss. There was approximately $1,500 in damage to the shed and no damage to the nearby home. One woman was transported to a nearby hospital for smoke inhalation burns. It is believed she reentered the home prior to firefighter arrival to retrieve her dogs. Two dogs are believed to have perished. One man was displaced by the fire. He declined support from the Red Cross.
It's not uncommon for kids who have retainers to straighten their teeth to accidentally throw them away. That's because you have to take them out when you eat. But what is uncommon is authorities getting involved in the search. That is exactly what happened in Stallion Springs.
It was 7:30 at night and 11-year-old Faith Napier realized she had forgotten to put in her bright yellow retainer with pink polka-dots.
"She went to get her retainer. It wasn't there. She realized she wrapped it in the napkin, the number one thing your dentist tells you not to do," said Michelle Napier, Faith's mother.
It has been tossed out with the trash. The tiny piece of plastic and wires, worth hundreds of dollars, was mangled in a whole mess of muck thrown away by an entire neighborhood.
"If I'm going to be honest, I told my daughter I was going to make her go in the dumpster and go look for it," said Michelle Napier, laughing about the night.
"I was praying and I was really scared that we weren't going to be able to find it," said Faith.
But that night, they weren't alone at the dumpster. California Highway Patrol officer, Sean Galloway, was there, off-duty, but ready to serve and search with Michelle and Faith.
"First, I thought maybe we can lower the daughter in there, but she might sink in the trash bins. So, I just jumped in," said Galloway.
"And this off duty CHP officer just jumps in the dumpster after I tell him my daughter threw away her retainer. He went through other people's trash and I didn't even know him," said Michelle.
"But there were fish guts and tree limbs in there, people's trash," said Sean.
"He didn't even use gloves and, as a mom, I'm like, oh my gosh," said Michelle.
After a half an hour, it seemed the search was a dark, dirty, dental, disaster. They were down to one last bag.
"The last bag, we find the retainer, wrapped in the napkin," said Michelle.
"What happened was the bag was behind me the whole time. I think I was standing on it because it was literally the last bag we checked," said Sean.
The retrieved retainer is now back with Faith thanks to one off-duty officer who went all in to help out.
"You know, it was a stinky mess, but eventually we found it, found her retainer and all is well," said Sean.
"People just don't get that notice anymore for a random act of kindness. Like he didn't have to jump in that dumpster," said Michelle.
"I'm not going to wrap my retainer up in a napkin ever again," said Faith.
That's not all Faith learned. She also learned kindness should be thanked.
Faith took $40 of her birthday money and bought Sean and the community supervisor who also helped them search, each $20 gift cards to show her appreciation.
It was undisputed in a 2012 trial that Dr. Mohamad Harb, now 65, had worked a full day as a neonatal specialist at Kern Medical Center before he crashed his car Nov. 24, 2007 on 24th Street near Oak Street.
The doctor said police officers delayed his medical treatment because they thought he crashed because he was under the influence of alcohol.
What happened next was the focus of the trial.
Witnesses said he staggered from his Mercedes after the accident, dazed and disoriented, and vomited and urinated.
The first police officers on the scene thought he was drunk, according to reports. Officer Claudia Payne was in charge of the scene and quickly handcuffed the doctor, still dressed in hospital scrubs.
A Hall Ambulance arrived, but left, according to testimony. Witnesses said Officer Payne sent the ambulance away because she planned to take Harb to jail.
He sat on the curb, unattended, for nearly an hour, according to testimony, until a nurse he worked with at the hospital happened by, and convinced police to call another ambulance.
Harb’s attorney, Steve W. Nichols of Bakersfield, said his brain damage was caused by the delay. His family said he will never walk or practice medicine again.
The suit named the City of Bakersfield, Officer Payne and Hall Ambulance. All were cleared of responsibility at the trial
Defense attorneys Michael Marderosian and Jim Braze, who won the verdict, presented witnesses who said there was evidence Harb had suffered an earlier stroke and hadn’t been taking the medicine prescribed to him, and that may have contributed to the second stroke.
In a civil suit, a verdict can be reached when only nine jurors agree. But in this case, all 12 jurors, nine women and three men, agreed.
That verdict was overturned Friday by the 5th District Court of appeal in Fresno.
Justices said jurors shouldn’t have been told about how Harb managed his medical conditions before the accident because the primary issue at trial was the delay in treatment after the accident.