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August 28, 2015: Burglary, Property Damage at San Benancio Middle School

(09:41) SALINAS - Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a burglary at a school in Salinas. The break-in occurred around 1 a.m. Wednesday at San Benancio Middle School. Two burglars are seen on surveillance footage breaking into a shed and taking two air compressors and 50 feet of air hose. They are also seen vandalizing the electrical panels on two school buses and siphoning gasoline from a another vehicle. Officials believe the burglars were not only stealing property but were also attempting to disrupt the first day of school. Anyone with information is to contact the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. (S.G.)

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August 28, 2015: Two Arrested in Soledad Drug, Gun Bust

(08:45) SOLEDAD - Two people were arrested in Soledad this week on suspicion of possessing guns, drugs, and stolen property. Following a month long investigation, law enforcement officers served a search warrant at a residence on the 600 block of Malaga Court. A search of the home recovered drugs, ammunition, and firearms, including a handgun that was reported stolen out of San Bernardino County. Officers apprehended 38-year-old Isabel Pineda Garcia and 31-year-old Jose Miguel Gomez. Both suspects were booked into Monterey County Jail. (S.G.)

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August 28, 2015: Santa Cruz and PG&E Collaborate on Street Lighting

(08:26) SANTA CRUZ – Santa Cruz officials are collaborating with PG&E to make the city’s streetlights more energy efficient. The utility will be converting nearly 1,000 streetlights to longer-lasting LED fixtures. The conversions are expected to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 644 metric tons. PG&E will begin retrofitting the streetlights in late September. (S.G.)

 

 

 

 

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August 28, 2015: Salinas Recognized for National Marketing Campaign

(07:58) SALINAS - Salinas has been recognized for its efforts in promoting economic development. The city has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Savvy Awards in the category of Marketing and Tools. Salinas’ national marketing campaign emphasizes its emerging role as a national agtech hub and its commitment to sustainable growth. The final decisions for the Savvy Awards will be announced September 10th at the 27th annual conference of the City-County-Communications and Marketing Association. (S.G.)

 

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August 28, 2015: Santa Cruz Police Release New Information on Beating

(07:27) SANTA CRUZ - Santa Cruz police have released additional information on a beating that left a man seriously injured. The victim was attacked by two men around 11:30 p.m. last Friday on Broadway near the Laurel Street bridge. Officers have since obtained surveillance images of the two men. One has been described to be around 5-foot-8 with a heavy build. He wore a black t-shirt, khaki pants and a turquoise baseball cap. The other man is around 6 feet tall with a thin build and wore a white or light-colored long-sleeve shirt and khaki pants. Anyone with information is to contact Santa Cruz police. (S.G.)

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August 28, 2015: California Reduces Water Use by 31 Percent

(06:35) CALIFORNIA – State water officials have reported a drop in water use in July. Consumers exceeded state mandated water restrictions in June with a 27 percent reduction. Last month, residents cut water use by 31 percent. Data shows that 290 water suppliers met or exceeded the 25 percent conservation target in July, which is an increase from 265 in June. The latest numbers are being attributed to a number of factors including heavy rains in southern California and strict enforcement. (S.G.)

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August 27, 2015: Soledad Prison Riot

(22:45) SOLEDAD- A riot broke out in Salinas Valley State Prison yesterday (Thursday) morning. Authorities say that the riot involving 90 inmates started after a fight started in a maximum security yard at 9:45 a.m. guards used pepper spray and non lethal force to stop the riot. Several handmade weapons were seized and two inmates received slash wounds and had to transported to outside trauma centers. The cause of the incident is being investigated.

 

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August 27, 2015:Cigarette Tax Bill Supported

(22:30) SACRAMENTO- A new poll reports Californians support a cigarette tax increase. The survey by the California Wellness Foundation found two thirds of voters would back a bill that is currently being presented to lawmakers that would increase the price of cigarettes by two dollars a pack. California currently ranks 33rd in the nation at 87 cents a pack in contrast to New York which has a $4.35 tax.

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