MORGAN HILL - Jury selection has begun in the murder case of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra Lamar. ANTOLIN GARCIA-TORRES is accused of abducting and killing the teen, and he faces the death penalty. Because of that, prospective jurors are being asked how they feel about Capital Punishment. On a related note: if Proposition 62 is approved by California voters next month, no more Death Sentences will be issued.
FELTON/HOLLISTER - 2 Central Coast women died in 2 separate accidents over the weekend. A 34 year-old Felton woman died when her vehicle went off Highway 9 north of Boulder Creek Friday night, and a Gilroy woman died Saturday when her vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines on Highway 25, and went off the road on the far side (south of Bolsa Road near Hollister). Both fatal accidents are being investigated by the C-H-P.
PRUNEDALE - A 46 year-old Prunedale man has been sentenced to 100 years-to-life in prison for sexually molesting his 4 year-old daughter and 10 year-old stepson. David Thomas has also been ordered to register as a sex offender (if he is ever released).
MONTEREY/CHUALAR - A 3rd murder suspect (in a chualar case) was arrested over the weekend. Paulo Barcenas was arrested after he was wounded in a shoot-out that came as the culmination of a stand-off at the Casa Verde Inn on Fremont Street in Monterey. Barcenas is suspected of being involved in the murder of Ronnie Cronn, whose body was found in the spring in the Chualar Canyon area.
APTOS - A fire, that may have been burning for over a day, destroyed an Aptos beachfront home over the weekend. The blaze, in the unoccupied Beach Drive home, was reported around 8:30 Sunday morning…..after someone noticed smoke and flames coming out of a 2nd story building. It took Aptos/La Selva firefighters until nearly 2 p-m to put the fire out. The owners have been notified.
(11:50) Gilroy - A Grammy-nominated blues guitarist died on Saturday. John Garcia of Gilroy was a well known blues guitarist who performed with John Lee Hooker and then with his son, John Lee Hooker Jr. Garcia played with musicians such as Paul Simon, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Bonnie Raitt. Garcia is remembered by many locals for being a guitar instructor at Gavilan College, South Valley Music Conservatory, and the Morgan Hill Adult Community School. Garcia was also on the faculty at the School of the Blues in San Jose and the Gilroy Music Academy. On October 30th there will be a “John Garcia Celebration Of Life” concert held at the Poorhouse Bistro from 6-9 p.m.
(11:00) California - AAA Northern California has partnered up with Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in an effort to educate people of what to do when an earthquake occurs. At 10:20 a-m on October 20th (International Shakeout Day) people worldwide will practice how to “drop, cover, and Hold On” during an earthquake. AAA will also be launching a new game on that day, Magnitude Meter. The game was designed so that when smartphone owners shake their phones they create a simulated earthquake and receive tips on how be prepared for an earthquake. Every time someone shakes their phone $5 dollars will be donated to American Red Cross to support disaster relief. For more information on Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills visit www.shakeOut.org or visit aaa.com.
(10:20) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Derby Groms and the Steamer Janes will be competing in their final games of the season on Saturday, October 29th. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costumes as the team’s battle out their last games in Halloween themed setting. One ticket gets you admission to both games; Tickets range from $16-$32 dollars. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Haven of Hope. Haven of Hope is a non-profit in Santa Cruz that provides group homes and transitional programs in support of girls who have been abandoned, abused or neglected. To purchase a ticket visit SantaCruzTickets.com.
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