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A  Salinas  elementary  school  student  has  been  honored  for  his  efforts  to  try  and  stop  bullying….world-wide.    11  year-old  6th  grader  Roberto  De  Leon,  who  attends  Creekside  Elementary  School,   was  recognized  at  the  Sunday  night  San  Francisco  Giants  Game  for  the  video  he  made  about  stopping  bullying.  Thousands  of  applications  were  sent  in,  and  de  Leon’s  video  was  chosen  as  the  winner  in  the  10-13  age  group. 

The  Seaside  chief  of  police  has  been  placed  on  Paid  Administrative  Leave.    Chief  Robert  Jackson  reportedly  posted  some  questionable  items  on  his  personal  facebook  page.  Jackson  is  the former  police  chief  in  Turlock  California,  and  has  served  in  Seaside  for  less  than  a  year.    Commander  Judy  Veloz  is  the  current  “acting”  police  chief  in  Seaside.

A  Salinas  man  suffered  fatal  injuries  when  he  was  hit  by  a  truck  over  the  weekend.    The  44  year-old was  reportedly  standing  in  the  middle  of  Highway  156,   when  the  big-rig  (that  was  merging  onto  the  highway)  hit  him.  The  Salinas  man  was  declared  dead  at  the  scene.   Anyone  with  information  about  this  accident  is  encouraged  to  contact  the  C.H.P.

(09:40) In support of breast cancer awareness month, Watsonville Police Officers will wear pink police patches on their police uniforms for the month of October.  The pink patches are intended to generate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the on-going fight against the disease.   The pink patches are being sold at the Watsonville Police Department for $1.000 each.   All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research.    

(09:30) Santa Cruz County- A teen, who was reported missing over the weekend has been found safe.   15 year-old Melia Betancourt reportedly ran away from her Capitola home early Saturday morning.   Betancourt returned home safely yesterday.  The Capitola Police reported that do not suspect any foul play in this case.

(09:00) Save our Shores reported that 6 tons of trash was removed from the Monterey Bay Shores on Saturday.   Nearly 3,000 volunteers showed up for Save Our Shores 33rd Coastal Cleanup Day.  In just 3 hours, volunteers removed 12,269 pounds of trash from 77 beach, river and slough cleanup sites along an 85 miles stretch of coastline between Northern Santa Cruz and Monterey County.   

(07:40) Watsonville - Officers are searching for a man who robbed a store yesterday in Watsonville.   The robbery took place just before 8:30 p.m. at Walgreens’s on Freedom Boulevard.    The man reportedly brandished a handgun at the pharmacy techs, then jumped over the pharmacy counter and demanded prescription medications.   The robber was last seen fleeing the store on foot towards Green Valley Road.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Watsonville Police Department. 

(07:15) Santa Cruz - CAL Fire reported that a brush fire in Santa Cruz is 100 percent contained.  Crews contained a 1-2 acre brush fire in Wilder Ranch State Park.    The fire started just before 3:00 yesterday afternoon and was completely contained around 4:30.  The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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