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23ABC News at 5 PM | Top Stories for November 7, 2019

Video Credit: 23ABC News | Bakersfield
Published on November 8, 2019 - Duration: 11:27s

23ABC News at 5 PM | Top Stories for November 7, 2019

A family pleading for help as they search for a relative who went missing in Los Angeles.

We hear from one of the family members who lives here in town.

Plus a new report is out on diabetes.

Details on what it revealed and what Congressman TJ Cox said in response to it.

Those stories and more.

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23ABC News at 5 PM | Top Stories for November 7, 2019

HER SISTER FROM TAFT -- REPORTEDMISSING.FAMILY SAYS THE 64-YEAR-OLDWOMAN WITH SCHIZOPHRENIAESCAPED FROM HER HEALTH CAREFACILITY IN LOS ANGELESSATURDAY -- AND NOW HER FAMILYFROM BAKERSFIELD ISHOPING THE COMMUNITY CAN HELPBRING HER HOME SAFE.23ABC'S EMMA LOCKHART SPOKE TOTHE MISSING WOMAN'S SISTERAND SHE'S JOINING US LIVE INSTUDIO WITH DETAILS ON WHATFAMILY MEMBERS AND LAWENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS SAYTHEY KNOW SO FAR.FAMILY TELLS ME THEY FEAR 64-YEAR-OLD NADINE PUCKETT ISPOTENTIALLY WANNDERING THESTREETS.SHE HAS NO CAR, CELL PHONE ORMONEY... BELIEVED TO BEOFF HER MEDICATION -- ANDMENTALLY UNSTABLE.HER SISTER NOW FRUSTRATED -- ASTO HOW THIS HAPPENED...TELLING ME THEY THOUGHT SHE WASIN GOOD HANDS.CARS DRIVING BYSUSAN LYNN BEROY'S FEARS --TURNING INTO REALITY.

LEARNINGHER 64-YEAR-OLD SISTER NADINEPUCKETT ISMISSING.ME AND HER ARE THE ONLY ONESLEFT INOUR FAMILY, EXCEPT FOR OURCHILDREN AND SO IT IS VERYCONCERNING THATSHE IS OUT THERE.BEROY SAYS HER SISTER WHO HASSCHIZOPHRENIA ESCAPED FROMTHE WINDSOR PALMS CARE CENTER OFARTISIA IN LOSANGELES SATURDAY.SHE LIVES IN THE PAST, WHEN SHEIS ONHER MEDICATION SHE IS STABLE ANDNORMAL, BUT WHEN SHE GETS OFFHERMEDICATION SHE LIVES LIKE 30YEARS AGO.THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF'SOFFICE CONFIRMING THEFACILITY REPORTED PUCKETTMISSING LAST WEEKEND.HOWEVER DETECTIVES STILL HAVE NOLEADS REGARDING HERWHEREABOUTS.BEROY LEFT FRUSTRATED -- ASKINGHOW HER SISTER WAS ABLETO ESCAPE.IF IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ALOCKDOWNFACILITY, THERE ARE SUPPOSED TOSUPERVISED ALL THE TIME ANDWATCHED.SO HOW DID SHE ACTUALLY GET OUT.THEY HAVE NO FOUND THAT OUT.23ABC REACHED OUT TO THE WINDSORPALMS CARE CENTER FORA COMMENT BUT THEY DID NOTRESPOND,DRIVINGBEROY BELIEVES PUCKETT IS TRYINGTO MAKE HER WAY BACK TOTAFT -- WHERE SHE IS FROM.BUT WITHOUT MONEY, A CAR OR CELLPHONE AND OFF MEDICATION --THE ATTEMPT COULD BE DANGEROUS.HER PLEA NOW -- ASKING THECOMMUNITY FOR HELP LOCATING HERSISTER AND GETTING HER HOMESAFE.

SHE WANTS TO BE AROUNDFAMILY, SHEHAS ALWAYS BEEN AROUND FAMILY,AND MY HOPE IS THAT SOMEONE WILLFINDHER AND THAT SHE WILL BE FINE.YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE MOSTRECENT PICTURE OF PUCKETT.SHE IS DESCRIBED AS FIVE FOOTFOUR... 170 POUNDS WITHBROWN EYES AND WHITE SHORT HAIR.IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATIONABOUT PUCKETT'S WHEREABOUTS --YOU ARE ASKED TO CALL THE LOSANGELES SHERIFF'S OFFICEAT (213) 229-1700WE REACHED OUT TO THE WINDSORPALMS CARE CENTER FOR A RESPONSE-- BUT HAVE NOT HEARD BACK AS OFNEWS TIME.REPORTING IN STUDIO EMMA LOCHART23ABC NEWSCONNECTING YOU.CONGRESSMAN T-J COX INPATNERSHIP WITH DIGNITY HEALTH--RELEASING A REPORT ON DIABETESEARLIER THIS MORNING..HE SAYS THE NUMBERS WERECONCERNING AND UNACCEPTABLE."WE FOUND OUT THAT 14,000 OF MYCONSTITUENTS EXPERIENCEDDIABETES.

IT COST THEM ANAVERAGE OF$1,200 OUT OF POCKET ANNUALLY TOCOVER THIS DISEASE, BUT WHAT WEREALLYFOUND OUT THAT WAS SHOCKING WASTHAT 25% OF THESE INDIVIDUALSANDFAMILIES THEY HAD TO RATIONTHEIR HEALTH CARE.

THEY HAD TORATION THEIR INSULINBECAUSE OF THE COST.

TO ME, THATWAS INACCEPTABLE."COX DISCUSSED THE IMPORTANCE OFSUPPORTING DIABETES CARE.HE WAS JOINED BY MEMORIALHOSPITAL PRESIDENT ANDC-E-O KEN KELLER AS WELL ASREPRESENTATIVES FROM OTHERLOCAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS ANDELECTED OFFICIALS.COX SAYS THEY ARE LOOKING TOTACKLE THE ISSUE WITH A SPECIALDIABETES PROGRAM THAT NEEDS TOBE FUNDED.HE ADDS THAT THEY NEED TO FIND ALONG-TERM SUSTAINABLEFUNDING SOLUTION FOR DIABETESCARE.LOS ANGELES COUNTY HAS MADE ASHIFT TOWARD THE USEOF SOLAR POWER ENERGY.NOW GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARELOOKING TO KERNCOUNTY TO HELP WITH THAT SHIFT.L-A MAYOR ERIC GARCETTIANNOUNCED A 25 YEAR CONTRACTTO BUY SOLAR ENERGY FROM KERNCOUNTY AS PART OF HISGREEN NEW DEAL.OPPONENTS OF THIS NEW DEAL ARGUETHAT IT WILL AFFECTLOCAL JOBS AND THE ENVIRONMENT.A SPOKESPERSON FROM THE L-ADEPARTMENT OF WATER ANDPOWER SAYS THIS PROJECT ISSCHEDULED TO BE DELIVERINGENERGY IN ABOUT TWO YEARS IN20-22.WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FORCUSTOMERS IS ABOUT 5 DOLLARSPER YEAR IMPACT ON THEIR BILL.THE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE AVERAGEBILL INCREASE IS FOR RESIDENCESAND SMALL BUSINESSES.IT IS EXPECTED TO HELP CUSTOMERSSAVE MORE MONEYWITHIN THE FOLLOWING YEARS...THE ENERGY CENTER IS EXPECTED TOBE RUNNING FULLY BYTHE END OF 20-23.BAKERSFIELD POLICE HOPING YOUCAN IDENTIFY THE MANSUSPECTED OF BEING INVOLVED IN ASTRONG ARM ROBBERY INSOUTHWEST BAKERSFIELD.THE ROBBERY HAPPENED BACK ONOCTOBER 24-TH AT THE 7ELEVEN ON STOCKDALE HIGHWAY NEARREAL ROAD.A MAN ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTED THECLERK WHEN HE ATTEMPTED TOSTOP HIM FROM STEALING BEER.THE SUSPECT IS DESCRIBED AS AWHITE OR HISPANIC MANBETWEEN 20 TO 30 YEARS OLDWEIGHING ABOUT 240 POUNDS WITHTATOOS ON HIS CHEST.IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ONHIS WHEREABOUTS --CALL B-P-D AT 327-71-11.THE CITY OF BAKERSFIELD ISBREEDING INCENTIVE FORBUSINESS DEVELOPERS TO HEADDOWNTOWN TO START THEIRBUSINESS TONIGHT-- FOLLOWING ANEW CHANGE IN A CITYORDINANCE.23ABC'S TORI COOPER WHO IS LIVEFROM DOWNTOWNSPOKE WITH THE CITY PLANNINGDIRECTOR AND A LOCAL BUSINESSAND HAS DETAILS ON HOW THISCHANGE IS BUSINESS OWNERFRIENDLY IN TERMS OF PARKING.TIM JESS,I'M HERE IN DOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELDWHERE AS YOU KNOW, PARKING CANBE A CHALLENGING THING TO FINDWHEN ATTENDING YOUR FAVORITERESTAURANT OR BAR-!BUT LAST NIGHT CITY COUNCILVOTED TO ADOPT THE CHANGES TOA PARKING ORDINANCE THAT WILLNOW MAKE IT EASIER ONBUSINESSES TO START UP THEIRESTABLISHMENTS DOWNTOWNWITHOUT PARKING REQUIRMENTS!COYLE PLANNING DIRECTOR CITY OFBAKERSFIELD) "CITY COUNCIL TOOKACTION LAST NIGHTON THE PARKING ORDINANCEAMENDMENT, IT WAS ADOPTED ITWILL GOINTO AFFECT,"BAKERSFIELD CITY PLANNINGDIRECTOR, KEVIN COYLE SAYSPARKING REQUIREMENTS INBAKERSFIELD WILL CHANGE IN JUST29 DAYS --AS A WAY TO CREATEINCENTIVE TO GET BUSINESSES TORELOCATE DOWNTOWN AND REDEVOLPECURRENT BULDINGS.(KEVIN COYLE PLANNING DIRECTORCITY OF BAKERSFIELD)"THE CURRENT PARKINGREQUIREMENTS FOR A BANK ARE ONESPACE PER 300 SQUARE FEET SOTHAT WOULD MEAN THE BANK WOULDHAVE TO PROVIDE 10 PARKINGSPACES.

IF YOU ARE CONVERTING TOA RESTAURANT, A RESTAURANTREQUIRES ONE SPACE PER 75 SQUAREFEETSO YOU WOULD ACTUALLY HAVE TOPROVIDE FOUR TIMES THE AMOUNT OFPARKING FOR A RESTAURANT,HOWEVER WITH THIS ORDINANCEAMENDMENT YOU WOULD NOT BEREQUIRED TO PROVIDE ANYHOWEVER WITH THIS ORDINANCEAMENDMENT YOU WOULD NOT BEREQUIRED TO PROVIDE ANYADDITIONAL PARKING THAT WOULD BEREQUIRED FOR THE BANK,"AND SOME CURRENT LOCAL DOWNTOWNBUSINESSOWNERS BELIEVE IT IS A POSITIVEMOVE."IF MORE PEOPLE COULD COME INANDOPEN BUSINESSES AND NOT BEREQUIRED TO BRING IN ADDITIONALCOSTLYPARKING, I THINK IT WOULD HELPBOOST THE LIVLIHOOD ANDEVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENINGDOWNTOWN,"FORTUNATELY FOR TCIBOUKAS SHEWAS ABLE TO CONVERT THE OLDBUSINESS BUILDING LOCATED ON THECORNER OF 18TH AND CHESTER INDOWNTOWN BAKERSFIELD WITHOUTBEINGHINDERED BY THE OLD ORDINACE"WE WERE NOT REQUIRED TO CREATEADDITIONAL PARKING BECAUSE OURFOOTPRINT OF OUR BUILDING DIDN'TALLOW IT AND OUR PROPERTY LINE,WE WOULD HAVE TO DEMOLISH PARTOFTHE BUILDING TO ACTUALLY BRINGIN SOME TYPE PARKING WHICHWOULDN'T BEPOSSIBLE."NOW BUSINESS DEVELOPERS CANAVOID THE COST OF HAVING TO ADDMORE STREET PARKING IN ORDER TOOPEN THEIR DOORS-- IN WHATTCIBOUKAS SAYS IS APRODOMINANTLY WALKABLE COMMUNITYATMOSPHERE.THE CITY MAKING THIS ORDINANCEMOVE ISREALLY GOING TO SUPPORT MOREBUSINESS, SMALL BUSINESS, FAMILYOWNED BUSINESSES COMING DOWNHERE AND MAKING DUE WITH WHAT WEHAVE HEREIN THE CITY AND SINCE DOWNTOWNIS SUCH A WALKABLE PLACE YOUDON'T NEED TO NECCESSIARILY ADDMORE PARKING,"SO AGAIN THE CHANGE IN PARKINGWILL GO INTO AFFECT INJUST 30 DAYS FROM RIGHT NOW.BUT FOR NOW LIVE IN CENTRALBAKERSFIELDSTARTING NEXT MONTH -- YOU'LL BEABLE TO CATCH A FREE RIDEAROUND BAKERSFIELD.GOLDEN EMPIRE TRANSIT ANNOUNCEDTHIS MORNING THATALL RIDES ON ITS FIXED ROUTESAND "GET-A-LIFT" WILL BE FREETHROUGH ALL OF DECEMBER.IT'S ALL PART OF ITS 'FREE RIDESFOR THE HOLIDAYS'CAMPAIGN.GET'S 'RYDE' SERVICE WILLCONTINUE TO COLLECT ITSNORMAL FARE.AND... A REMINDER THAT GET DOESNOT OPERATE ONCHRISTMAS DAY.THE CITY OF RIDGECREST HIT WITHANOTHER EARTHQUAKE THISMORNING, THIS COMING 4 MONTHSAFTER MASSIVE QUAKES SHOOK THEREGION.ACCORDING TO THE U-S GEOLOGICALSURVEYRIDGECREST WAS HIT WITH AMAGNITUDE 3.5 EARTHQUAKEJUST AFTER 4-30 THIS MORNING.THAT QUAKE CAME NEARLY TWO HOURSAFTER A 2.9 HITNEIGHBORING SEARLES VALLEY.OF COURSE IT WAS JUST IN JULYTHAT THE AREA WAS HIT WITH 6.4AND 7.1 EARTHQUAKES.IT DOESNT APPEAR THERE'S BEENANY DAMAGE OR INJURIES FROMTHIS MORNING'S QUAKES.WARMER THAN AVERAGE AND DRYCONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BETHE STORY ACROOS THE REGION.HIGH PRESSURE REMAINS IN CONTROLAND WILL BRING SOMEOF THE WARMEST TEMPERTAURES THATWE HAVE SEEN ALL WEEKON FRIDAY.

BAKERSFIELD WILL HAVEA HIGH OF 82, LAKEISABELLA IN THE LOW-80S ANDSOUTH MONTAINS IN THE LOW-70S.AIR QUAITY WILL BE UNHEALTHY FORSENSITIVE GROUPS AND THERE IS NOBURNING UNLESS WITH A REGISTEREDDEVICE.

WE CONTIUNE TO TRACK THESTAGNAT AIR, DUE TO THE LACK OFA FRESH BREEZE TO HELP CLEAR OUTTHE HAZE.A BLACKHAWK FLYING OVER FROMFRESNO TO BAKERSFIELD --AND MAKING A LANDING AT CALSTATE BAKERSFIELD'SCAMPUS IN HONOR OF THEUNIVERSITY'S VETERANS DAYCELEBRATION.IT WAS THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OFTHE EVENT HELDAT RUNNER PARK NEAR C-S-U-B'SSTUDENT UNION.THE EVENT WAS OPEN AND FREE TOALL STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OFTHE COMMUNITY.ORGANIZERS SAY IT WAS A CHANCEFOR THE COMMUNITY TOCOME TOGETHER AND HONOR OURLOCAL VETERANS.C-S-U-B ALSO SAYS THE EVENTPROVIDED STUDENTS WITHRESOURCES."IT'S A WAY TO UNITE OURCOMMUNITY TOGETHER TO SHOW ITSPATRIOTISM, AND GIVES A CHANCEFOR STUDENTS TO HAVE A LITTLEFUN, GET A CHANCE TO SEE UPCLOSE WHAT THE MILITARY DOES."C-S-U-B OFFICIALS SAY IT'SIMPORTANT TO REMINDSTUDENTS WHO ARE VETERANS THATTHERE ARE RESOURCES TOHELP THEM IN THE TRANSITION FROMBEING DEPLOYED TO BEING BACK INSCHOOL.WITH VETERANS DAY TAKING PLACEMONDAY -- THAT MEANS THE BIGPARADE HERE IN TOWN IS ALSOHAPPENING AND THERE ARE SOMEROAD CLOSURES TO BE AWARE OF.THE VETERANS DAY PARADE WILL BESHUTTING DOWN SEVERAL ROADS INTHE DOWNTOWN AREA BEGINNINGMONDAYMORNING.THE MOST AFFECTED AREA WILL BEFROM F STREET TO QSTREET -- BETWEEN 19TH AND 23RD.THE PARADE WILL BE FROM 10 A-MUNTIL NOON.... BUT YOU CANEXPECT THE ROADS TO BE CLOSEDFROM 8-30 A-M UNTIL 1 P-M.THIS MONTH --- 23ABC IS WORKINGTO GET DONATIONS FORCHILDREN AND PARENTS AROUND KERNCOUNTY.... AND WE NEEDYOUR HELP.FOR THIS BAKERSFIELD BABY SHOWER--- WE HAVE TEAMEDUP WITH 3 LOCAL AGENCIES WHOTAKE CARE OF THE MOSTVULNERABLE BABIES AND CHILDRENIN KERN COUNTY.YOU CAN DROP OFF DONATIONS --SUCH AS DIAPERS...WIPES... FORMULAS AND CLOTHES --AT EXPRESSPHARMACY LOCATIONS AROUND KERNCOUNTY..

ANDHERE AT THE 23ABC STUDIOSTHROUGH NOVEMBER 20-TH.THEN ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST-- WE WILL HAVE ABABY SHOWER HERE AT THE 23ABCSTUDIOS WHERE MOREDONATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ALLDAY FROM 5 A-M UNTIL 7-30 P-M.OUR STUDIOS ARE LOCATED AT 32121ST STREET IN DOWNTOWNBAKERSFIELD.FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THEORGANZIATIONSBENEFITTING FROM THE BABY SHOWERAND ITEMS THAT ARENEEDED FOR DONATION -- VISIT OURWEBSITE TURN TO 23 .COMAND ALL OUR SOCIAL MEDIAPLATFORMS.COMING UP ON 23ABC NEWS AT

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