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2 Sal. Shootings 09/12/10 9:30pm TDH

3-people were injured on Saturday night, in 2-separate shootings in Salinas.    Just before 8 p.m., a lone gunman approached a 23-year-old victim on the 12-hundred-block of Del Monte Avenue, and shot him in the upper torso and head.   He was air-lifted to a Bay Area hospital in critical condition.   About an hour later, a 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl were both shot on the 1-thousand block of Sieber Street.   The male victim was treated at a local hospital and released, while the female victim was air-lifted to a Bay Area hospital with critical injuries.   Police have not made any arrests, and are investigating whether the incidents were connected.

 

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Sheriff's Deputies Promoted 09/12/10 9:45pm TDH

2 Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputies have been promoted within the department.   41-year-old Greg Landsdowne has worked in the Sheriff's Department since 1992, and was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.   49-year-old Joe Clark earned the rank of Sergeant.   He has been with the department since 1991.

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Monterey Plaza Fire 09/12/10 10:15PM TDH

A small fire forced more than a hundred people to be evacuated from the Monterey Hotel and Spa on Saturday.   Seaside and Monterey firefighters were able to extinguish the 3:21 p.m. blaze within 15 minutes.   The fire didn't injure anybody, and caused only minimal damage.   The sprinkler-system that helped control the flames, however, flooded several of the lower floors of the complex, and caused significant damage.    The cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to be related to a fan motor that malfunctioned.  Guests were allowed back to their rooms later in the day.

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Smart Meter Forums 09/12/10 10 pm TDH

P.G. and E. representatives are scheduled to host a series of forums to address concerns with the company's new Smart Meters.   P.G. and E. is replacing existing meters with electronic ones, however some residents have raised concerns about the meters' accuracy and the safety of their wireless technology.    The first meeting is set for today(Mon), from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at the Scotts Valley Senior Center at 375 Kings Village Road.   Meetings are also scheduled for September 22nd in Capitola, September 30th in Watsonville, and October 13th in Santa Cruz.

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S.C. Inter-faith Gathering 09/10/10 6pm TDH

An inter-faith gathering is planned to be held this Sunday in Santa Cruz, to celebrate religious diversity and freedom.   The Interfaith Dialogue Group of Santa Cruz is set to hold the gathering at 5 p.m., at the Santa Cruz clock tower at the north end of Pacific Avenue.  Local Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders are scheduled to attend the event, along with public officials.

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