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(10:35) Watsonville - The Annual Police In Pursuit event will be held this Friday in Watsonville.  The fundraiser helps support the Special Olympics Northern California.   Local Law enforcement will race in retired police vehicles, in a 12-lap competition at Ocean Speedway. The Police in Pursuit event will start at 6 p.m. this Friday at Ocean Speedway, 2601 E Lake Avenue.  Tickets start at $15.   More information is available at www.sonc.org.

 

(10:00) Carmel - The California Attorney General’s Office filed a civil lawsuit seeking to recover thousands of dollars from two Carmel charities that they believe scammed donors.  The Coast Equine Rescue and Retirement (CCERR) and Wounded Warriors Support Group (WWSG) are run by a family of four, that claim to rescue horses and support wounded veterans with therapeutic riding.  The law suit states that the Gregory’s charities raised over $782,000 between 2014 and 2015 and spent the money on buying cars, traveling and paying off credit card debts.  To read the full law suit filed visit www. alameda.courts.ca.gov

(08:45) Santa Cruz - The UC Santa Cruz Police Department announced there will be an increase in law enforcement on campus tomorrow.   An unsanctioned gathering known as 4-20 is expected to take place throughout the day and may create traffic disruptions and hazards.    There will be an increase in law enforcement looking for individuals in violation of the law, including the possession of and/or using marijuana and alcohol or other drugs; and will enforce unpermitted vending of any merchandise, food, or medical marijuana on the campus.  The Santa Cruz Area CHP will be conducting a DUI checkpoint near the west side of the campus. 

(06:45) Santa Cruz - There is a fundraiser being held for the Live Oak Child Development program at Pizza My Heart today.  Money raised will fund the after school programs and preschools for the Live Oak District.  When customers mention Live Oak Child Development, 30% of each purchase will be donated to the program.  The fundraiser will be held today from 4 – 9pm at Pizza My Heart,  2180 41st Avenue.   

The Soledad Unified School District is looking for a new District Superintendent. The Monterey County District Attorney after an audit of the use of credit cards by former superintendent Rupi Boyd has determined there was no criminal misappropriation of funds. Boyd had been on administrative leave and resigned during the investigation. District trustees are expected to interview prospective hires within a couple weeks,  and want to have their new superintendent in place by July 1st.

Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Community Hospital of the Monterey Penninsula in Monterey, Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System in Salinas has been given a grade of A. Watsonville Community Hospital received a B, making them five of highest rated hospitals in California. The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by employers and health care providers, ranked nearly 300 California hospitals with grades of A through F.  Leapfrog looks at things like infections, medical errors, and accidents to help a patient determine which hospital to visit.

The  10th  annual  Pebble  Beach  Food  And  Wine  Festival  is  slated  to  be  held  this  coming  weekend.     100  chefs  are  expected  to  be  on-hand,  and  250  wineries  are  scheduled  to  be  represented,   at  the  world  re-knowned  4-day  foodie  event.     The  festival  is  due  to  begin  Thursday  evening,  and  then  continue  FridaySaturday,  and  Sunday.     More  information  can  be  found  on-line at:    pbfw.com

The  man  who  is  believed  to  have  kidnapped  and  killed  13  year-old  Christina  Marie Williams  back  in  1998,   is  now  scheduled  to  be  arraigned  in  3  weeks.     56  year-old  Charles  Holifield  was  charged  last  week  with  her  murder,  along  with  enhancements  and  special  circumstances  for  kidnapping,  lewd  acts  on  a child,   and  for  prior  convictions  for  previous  crimes.    Holifield  is  currently  serving  time  in  Valley State  Prison,  in Chowchilla,  for  a  3-strikes  conviction.   If  convicted  on  all  of  the  charges  against  him  now,  Holifield  could  face  either  life  in  prison  without  the possibility  of  parole,  or  the  death  penalty.

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