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Bakersfield Man Held After Little Boy Slapped On Video

Posted on | April 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Bakersfield Man Held After Little Boy Slapped On Video

Police have arrested a man after surveillance video from a Bakersfield convenience store showed a toddler being knocked down with a slap to the face.

KERO-TV reports 23-year-old Justin Whittington was taken into custody Thursday night on suspicion of child endangerment.

The video posted to social media showed a boy running through Vest Market. The toddler was approached by a man who hit him in the face.

The man then picked up the toddler and woman came up and took away the boy, who appeared to be crying.

The Kern County Jail website showed Whittington remained in custody Friday with bail set at $1 million. A call for comment was left a Whittington telephone listing.

Video Captures Man Beaten By Deputies In Southern California

Posted on | April 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Video Captures Man Beaten By Deputies In Southern California

(KNBC 4) – San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon ordered an immediate internal investigation Thursday into what he called “disturbing” video showing an arrest by deputies after a horse pursuit that was caught on camera by NewsChopper4.

Deputies appeared to use Tasers to stun a man and then beat him after the pursuit in San Bernardino County Thursday afternoon.

Aerial footage captured by NewsChopper4 showed the man falling off the horse, and then being stunned with a Taser by a sheriff’s deputy.

The man then appeared to fall to the ground with his arms outstretched. Two deputies immediately descended on him and began punching him in the head and kneeing him in the groin.

The group surrounding the man grew to 13 sheriff’s deputies as several appeared to kick, hit, and punch him dozens of times over a two-minute period.

In the two minutes after the man was stunned with a Taser, it appeared deputies kicked him 17 times and punched him 37 times and struck him with batons four times. Thirteen blows appeared to be to the head. The allegedly stolen horse stood idly nearby.

The man did not appear to move from his position lying on the ground for more than 45 minutes. He did not appear to receive medical attention while deputies stood around him during that time.

The man, identified as Francis Jared Pusok, 30, of Apple Valley, was hospitalized with unknown injuries, authorities said.

Three deputies were injured during the search. Two suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse. All three were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The series of events started when deputies from the Victor Valley station went to a home on Zuni Road to serve a search warrant in an identity theft investigation, authorities said in a news release.

The suspect took off in a vehicle and deputies initiated a pursuit through unincorporated Apple Valley, the town of Apple Valley and unincorporated Hesperia. The area is more than 80 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Pusok allegedly abandoned the vehicle 40 miles away from Hesperia in a place called Bowen Ranch where he took off running.

During a search on foot, with off-road vehicles and by helicopter, deputies learned the suspect had stolen a horse and rode it on dirt trails through rugged, steep terrain, causing numerous injuries to the horse.

A sheriff’s helicopter inserted a team of deputies to take the suspect into custody. As deputies made contact with Pusok, the horse threw him off.

Deputies said the Taser was ineffective due to his loose clothing and a use of force occurred.

“I can certainly understand the concerns in the community based on what they saw on the video,” McMahon told NBC4. “I’m disturbed by what I see in the video. But I don’t need to jump to conclusions at this point, until we do a complete and thorough investigation. If our deputy sheriff’s did something wrong, they’ll be put off work and they’ll be dealt with appropriately, all in accordance with the law as well as our department policy.”

San Bernardino Superior Court records show Pusok has convictions for resisting arrest, animal cruelty, disturbing the peace, attempted robbery and failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility.

Rim Fire Featured In New Short Film

Posted on | April 9, 2015 | Comments Off on Rim Fire Featured In New Short Film

In this 13-minute film, filmmakers Stephen Most and Kevin White examine how problematic policies and fuel build-up have endangered America’s forests.

When the Rim Fire burned 256,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park in 2013, it exposed the impacts that high intensity wildfires are having on watersheds, wildlife, and carbon storage. It also forged a coalition of environmentalists, loggers, scientists, officials, and land managers who are responding to this megafire and recognize the need to forestall the next one.

“The Fire Next Time” is a precursor to Filmmakers Collaborative’s feature-length work-in-progress, “MEGAFIRE at the Rim of the World.” For more information, visit megafirefilm.org.

April 2015 Storm Over Mother Lode

Posted on | April 8, 2015 | Comments Off on April 2015 Storm Over Mother Lode

This full 360 degree rotation video was shot on Jacksonville Road in Jamestown, California on the evening of April 7th, 2015.

Every color of the sky imaginable is represented with this incredible stormy sunset.

Lightning Over Groveland, CA

Posted on | April 8, 2015 | Comments Off on Lightning Over Groveland, CA

Tuesday’s storm in the Mother Lode included snow, hail, wind and thunderstorms.

This bolt of lightning was caught on video looking south from Jamestown towards Groveland.

Flying Over California’s Nonexistent Snowpack

Posted on | April 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Flying Over California’s Nonexistent Snowpack

A pilot takes us on a flight over the Sierra Nevada to showcase the dismal amount of snow this year.

“Sting Flight” made this flight in February.

As of April 1 2015, the snowpack was down to 5% of annual average.

Comparing Water Photos from 2011 To 2015

Posted on | April 3, 2015 | Comments Off on Comparing Water Photos from 2011 To 2015

Before and after photos show us the severity of California’s drought just over the past four years. These pictures on KTVU 2 television (San Francisco) include Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome and Badger Pass ski area.

La Grange Water Shortage

Posted on | April 1, 2015 | Comments Off on La Grange Water Shortage

(KPIX 5) – California’s drought has become so bad, a community in the Sierra Foothills may run out of water later this year.

Three hours east of San Francisco, next to Lake Don Pedro, the town of La Grange is the kind of place where it’s easy to feel a thousand miles from anywhere. But even here, it’s impossible to escape the drought.

Peter Kampa of the Lake Don Pedro Community Services District describes where the town’s water originates from. “Comes from Lake McClure, which is directly right out of Yosemite National Park,” Kampa told KPIX 5. “Snow melt and rain runoff, right down into the reservoir.”

But one look at that lake is all that is needed to understand how bad things have become.

“This is incredible, I can tell you,” said longtime fisherman Javier Renteria. “I’ve been coming here for the past 20 years, and this is the worst I’ve ever seen.”

In fact, the water is so low, that one can look right through the old railroad tunnels that used to make for catfish habitat.

But the bigger problem is the water line will soon drop below the pumps themselves, meaning the people here will simply run out of water.

“We’re counting back from about mid to late August of this year,” Kampa said.

Plan A: would be cutting releases to nearby waterways, but that would mean getting relief from the state. “A lot of what ifs, whenever you’re dealing with the state water board,” Kampa said.

Plan B: Digging deeper for groundwater, which costs time and money this community doesn’t have.

“We’re right in between two of the biggest reservoirs in the state of California and we’re going to run out of water? That’s really ironic,” said Kampa.

From here, the problems just run downstream to the parched fields of the valley, where farmers have their demands. Caught in the middle are the fish that depend on healthy rivers and creeks.

It’s a tangled, complicated mess that’s really just the new reality – as the drought bears down even harder.

Mystery Booms Echo Through Mother Lode

Posted on | March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on Mystery Booms Echo Through Mother Lode

They are called the “mystery booms” of the Mother Lode and they have been rattling local nerves and even the windows of a few homes for quite awhile.

The daytime only booms are heard from Mariposa County to Amador County. Residents in Copperopolis, Twain Harte and Cedar Ridge report them often on social media but they are also heard consistently in Jamestown, Valley Springs, Sierra Village and on the east side of the Sierra Nevada from Markleeville, CA to Minden, NV.

So what are they? A lot of speculators think it is granite blasting from Hawthorne, NV and the mountains carry the sound west, all the way to various locations throughout the Mother Lode.

But that is just a theory.

Most who hear the booms say it sounds like distant thunder. Those who say their windows rattle, typically ask if they are earthquakes.

We’ve linked one of the very few videos that captures the sound of the booms. You’ll have to ignore this Mariposa County resident’s heavy breathing, but if you listen carefully, you’ll hear the booms, typically two at a time.

The mystery of the “mystery booms” in the Mother Lode continues….

Former Governor Of Maryland Wants To Be Next President

Posted on | March 30, 2015 | Comments Off on Former Governor Of Maryland Wants To Be Next President

Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulus”. He talked about his high interest in seeking the 2016 Democratic nomination for President. At times he seemed reluctant to mention the name of the Democrat’s favorite choice for President; Hillary Clinton.

The video is the complete unedited interview.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopolous is broadcast every Sunday morning on AM 1450 KVML from 11 am – Noon.

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