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Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrest a suspected car thief on Saturday. Following a 4 a.m. report of a stolen vehicle from Little Creek Road in Soquel a patrol unit spotted the vehicle at a convenience store. Officers observed an individual on probation for vehicle theft near by and a compliance search of Giovanni Puga turned up keys to the stolen vehicle. Puga was booked into county jail and the vehicle was returned to its owner.

 

Water supplies in Big Basin State Park have tested at close to double the legal limit for a contaminant. The park has tested positive for TTHMs, a carcinogen,  produced when chlorine interacts with decaying vegetation. The California Stae Parks department is currently working on a solution for treatment of the water supply. The department has until December to resolve the issue.

 

Salinas police are investigating a vehicle theft. Shortly before 8 p.m. a patrol unit was alerted to the 700 block of Bellarmine Drive by an On Star stolen vehicle tracking device. At the scene, officers observed 36 year old Guadalupe Ramirez flee the area. A search found Ramirez  hiding on the roof of a nearby apartment building. He was booked into county jail for resisting arrest, other charges are pending following the completion of an investigation.

 

Senate Bill 54, also known as the sanctuary stae bill has passed through the California senate.  On Friday SB54 was passed by a 50 to 25 vote. The legislation deters law enforcement agencies from acting on a subject’s immigration status. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

A Capitola teenager is missing after apparently running away from home early Saturday. Authorities say that 15 year old Melia Betancourt was last seen leaving home at 5 a.m. near 41st Avenue in jeans, a white sweat shirt and black shoes. She may be in the downtown Santa Cruz area. Anyone with any information on her whereabouts is encouraged to contact police.

(09:55) Soledad - Soledad City Officials have announced they will be installing cameras and a wireless network throughout the City of Soledad.   This addition will consist of 11 new cameras being installed at areas deemed hot spots for crime. These cameras will be fully integrated with the City’s existing cameras at City Hall and the Police Department. City officials believe that this technology will help law enforcement to have a more proactive role in preventing crime in the Soledad Community.

(09:00) There is an ongoing investigation on phone scams in Santa Cruz County.   The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported that the Perpetrator is calling victims using names of members within the Sheriff's Office, in order to solicit money.   The call consists of a request for funds by mentioning that a loved one has an outstanding warrant.   The offender has previously asked for payment via a green dot card.   The public is encouraged to report this scam by calling the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office AT 831-454-7600.

(08:40) Monterey County - The Monterey Jazz Festival will be celebrating its 60th anniversary beginning today at the Monterey County Fairgrounds.   The festival that has hosted many jazz legends over the years holds the title for the second ever produced Jazz music festival, and still functions by its original goal as a not-for-profit, funding education and outreach.   The festival begins tonight at 6:00 p.m. at the Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road.   For tickets and a schedule of performances go to Montereyjazzfestival.org. 

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