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A MONTEREY SCHOOL BUS DRIVER HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR FELONY LEWD ACTS AND MISDEMEANOR CRIMINAL THREATS.  31-YEAR-OLD CARLOS DOMINGUEZ RODRIGUEZ THE THIRD WAS SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN CUSTODY AND FELONY PROBATION YESTERDAY (TUES).    THE SALINAS MAN WAS ARRESTED IN OCTOBER AFTER GROPING TWO GIRLS WHILE DRIVING THEM HOME FROM SCHOOL.   RODRIGUEZ ALSO THREATENED TO RAPE ONE OF THE GIRLS.   HE WILL SERVE SIX YEARS IN STATE PRISON IF HE VIOLATES THE TERMS OF HIS PROBATION.

 

 

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A WATSONVILLE MAN REMAINS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY JAIL AFTER BEING LINKED TO SEVERAL STOLEN CARS.   35-YEAR-OLD JOSE LUIS ORTIZ WAS ARRESTED SATURDAY ON SUSPICION OF POSSESSION OF A STOLEN VEHICLE, BURGLARY, VEHICLE THEFT, ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT, AND A PROBATION VIOLATION. OFFICERS SPOTTED ORTIZ GETTING IN AND OUT OF TWO STOLEN HONDA ACCORDS.   HE WAS LINKED TO A THIRD STOLEN VEHICLE IN THE INVESTIGATION THAT FOLLOWED.   OFFICERS ALSO FOUND ORTIZ IN POSSESSION OF NUMEROUS SHAVED KEYS USED TO STEAL OTHER HONDAS.

 

 

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SALINAS ANIMAL WELFARE OFFICERS ARE INVESTIGATING THE KILLING OF A DOZEN DUCKS.    THE TWELVE BIRDS WERE FOUND DEAD IN THE POND BEHIND THE CALIFORNIA WELCOME CENTER IN SALINAS YESTERDAY (TUES) MORNING.   THE DUCKS THAT WERE KILLED WERE DOMESTICATED.    A THIRTEENTH DUCK WAS FOUND INJURED.

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THE CITY OF SANTA CRUZ HAS IMPLEMENTED MORE CHANGES TO THE COUNTY’S NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM.   THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVED THE CHANGES YESTERDAY (TUES), INCLUDING REDUCING THE HOURS OF OPERATION AT THE EMELINE AVENUE EXCHANGE FROM FIVE DAYS A WEEK, TO TWO DAYS A WEEK.    SUPERVISORS ALSO APPROVED RESTARTING A NEEDLE HOME DELIVERY PROGRAM AND CREATING KIOSKS AT PHARMACIES.    THE CHANGES AIM TO ADDRESS THE EXCESSIVE LITTERING OF USED SYRINGES IN PUBLIC PARKS, BEACHES, AND NEIGHBORHOODS IN SANTA CRUZ.

 

 

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING MULTIPLE BURGLARIES AS WELL AS AN ATTEMPTED BURGLARY IN THE SUMMITAREA LAST FRIDAY.   THE BURGLARIES OCCURRED ON JENSEN ROAD AND OUTER ZAYANTE ROAD.   THE ATTEMPTED BURGLARY ALSO OCCURRED ON JENSEN ROAD AT AROUND 10:40 A-M WHEN A MALE ATTEMPTED OPENING A HOME’S LOCKED DOORS WHILE THE RESIDENT WAS HOME.     THE RESIDENT CAME OUT OF HIS HOUSE AND SAW THE SUSPECT FLEE IN A SILVER FORD FOCUS WITH LICENSE PLATE 6-Y-N-M-3-9-3.    THE SUSPECT HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS 20 TO 30 YEARS OLD, AROUND 5-FOOT-7, WITH A DARK COMPLEXION, AND A MEDIUM BUILD.    POLICE ARE ADVISING SUMMIT RESIDENTS TO SECURE THEIR HOMES AND TO CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY IF THEY SEE SUSPICIOUS PERSONS OR VEHICLES.

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TODAY MARKS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOCAL AUTHOR JOHN STEINBECK’S NOVEL “THE GRAPES OF WRATH”. THE PULITZER-PRIZE WINNING CLASSIC WAS RELEASE D ON THIS DATE IN 1939. THE NATIONAL STEINBECK CENTER IN SALINAS IS SCHEDULED TO HOLD THE ANNUAL STEINBECK FESTIVAL FROM MAY 2ND THROUGH THE 4TH.

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DUE TO HIGH LEVELS OF DOMOIC ACID BEING FOUND IN CERTAIN MARINE CREATURES, PEOPLE ARE BEING WARNED NOT TO EAT COMMERCIALLY (OR RECREATIONALLY) CAUGHT ANCHOVIES AND SARDINES THAT ARE CAUGHT IN THE OCEAN OFF OF SANTA CRUZ AND MONTEREY COUNTIES. IN ANCHOVIES AND SARDINES THE TOXIN IS GENERALLY FOUND IN THEIR DIGESTIVE TRACK, AND THAT’S A CONCERN BECAUSE THOSE FISH ARE LITTLE ENOUGH THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T GUT THEM BEFORE EATING THEM. PEOPLE ARE ALSO BEING WARNED NOT TO EAT THE INTERNAL ORGANS OF LOCALLY HARVESTED CRABS FOR THE SAME REASON. THIS ADVISORY IS IN ADDITION TO THE ONE POSTED LAST WEEK WARNING PEOPLE NOT TO EAT RECREATIONALLY CAUGHT BI-VALVES (SUCH AS MUSSELS, CLAMS, SCALLOPS, AND OYSTERS). COMMERCIALLY CAUGHT BI-VALVES ARE STILL SAFE TO EAT.   THE SYMPTOMS OF DOMOIC ACID POISONING CAN KICK IN WITHIN HALF AN HOUR, OR COULD TAKE 24 HOURS TO BE RECOGNIZED…AND THEY INCLUDE ANYTHING FROM VOMITING AND DIARRHEA TO PERMANENT LOSS OF SHORT TERM MEMORY AND BREATHING TROUBLES….TO DEATH.

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IN A MOVE THAT WOULD CLOSE 2 LARGE AREAS OFF TO OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION, AND RESTRICT THE MOVEMENT OF CARGO SHIPS, AIRCRAFT, AND JET SKIS, FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE PROPOSING TO MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SIZE OF 2 MARINE SANCTUARIES (ALONG THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTLINE). THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO EXPAND THE BOUNDARIES OF THE SANCTUARY IN THE GULF OF THE FARALLONES, AS WELL AS THE CORDELL BANK NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY. OFFICIALS WITH N-O-A-A SAY THE EXPANSIONS ARE NEEDED TO PROPERLY PROTECT WHALES, SHARKS, SALMON AND SEABIRDS THAT FEED IN THOSE REGIONS ALONG THE SONOMA AND MENDOCINO COUNTY COASTLINE.

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