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CA Suicide Law Use-6/24/18-1703-PMD

The California Department of Public Health reported on Friday that 577 patients requested and received aid-in-dying drugs in 2017. The report also stated that 374 of the patients used the drugs to end their lives. 2017 was the first full year the law was in effect in California. A judge halted the law this spring, but an appeals court has reinstated it.


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Huntsman’s Brother Sentenced-6/24/18-1658-PMD

Michael Rice, the brother of Tami Huntsman, who is serving a life sentence for the murder and torture of two children, has also been sentenced to prison. Rice pled no contest to charges in connection with a home invasion in Salinas last year. He was ordered to spend 17 years behind bars.

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Homicide Victim-6/24/18-1655-PMD

Salinas police have released the identity of the city’s ninth homicide of the year. Investigators say that 45 year old Sergio Carmaco was fatally shot multiple times on the 100 block of Center Street on June 11th.    The motive for the killing is unknown. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police.


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Salinas Victim ID’ed-6/24/18-1651-PMD

The victim of a June 16th fatal shooting has been identified.  21 year old Jose Alberto Ramirez Lopez has been identified as the victim of a fatal shooting on the 400 block of Carol Drive in Salinas on Friday, June 16th. Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact Salinas police. 



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SC Co. West Nile-6/24/18-1705-PMD

The presence of the West Nile Virus has been confirmed in Santa Cruz County. A dead crow was recovered in Live Oak near 30th Avenue between Moran Lake and Pleasure Point on June 13th. The bird was examined by the California Department of Public Health's (CDPH) West Nile virus program and determined to be infected by the virus. No human cases have been reported this year to date.



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Pleasure Point Street Fair 062218 0737 CM

The sixth annual Pleasure point Street Fair is set to run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Portola Drive between 38th and 41st avenues. Admission is free and the event will feature a beer garden, activities for kids, six bands and more than 90 vendors. Proceeds from the event benefit the Live Oak Education Foundation’s efforts to fund arts and science programs.

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Community power forum in Monterey- 062218 CM

Monterey Bay Community Power is hosting its final community forum on Tuesday for customers to ask questions about the newly formed energy management agency. The agency is taking over residential power service in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties on July 1. Customers are automatically served by the agency unless they opt out within 60 days of July 1. The forum will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Irvine Auditorium of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at 499 Pierce Street.

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