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Santa Cruz Fisherman Rescue 12-10-13 21:00 av

A stranded fisherman was brought to safety after falling into the ocean off West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz yesterday.   The man, who was in his sixties, was fishing off rocks near Coumbia Street, when he slipped and fell into the water.  The man was able to climb back onto the rock about 30-feet from shore with head injuries, before someone on the road spotted him about an hour later and called 9-1-1.  Santa Cruz Fire rescue swimmers arrived, helped the man aboard a personal watercraft, before he was transported by ambulance to a nearby trauma center.

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Salinas Home Fire 12-10-13 20:30 av

No injuries were reported after a Salinas home caught fire last night.    Fire crews responded to the home on the 300 block of California Street shortly before 7 o’clock.  Officials believe the fire erupted after the home’s owner said she forgot to unplug a light bulb hanging from an extension cord in her attic.   The woman told authorities she smelled smoke and noticed flames coming from that area.   The woman was able to escape unharmed.   Good Samaritans meanwhile were able to assist the woman to safety, along with several pets inside the home.

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King City Teacher Arrested for Assault 12-10-13 20:00 av

A King City High School History teacher and wrestling coach has been arrested on suspicion of beating up a 15-year old student.  According to Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies, the student and a 15-year old female family member of 45-year old Michael Ciccarelli are both on the wrestling team and are dating, when the two were absent  from wrestling practice on November 21st.  Ciccarelli discovered the two in a compromising position when he went to the boy's home and broke down the door to the teen's bedroom before punching and kicking the boy in the face.  The boy suffered a broken nose.  The incident was reported the following day and Ciccarelli was arrested after an arrest warrant was served.

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YMCA South County Domestic Violence Services 12-10-13 18:30 av

The YMCA will begin providing domestic violence counseling for south Monterey County abuse victims, after being awarded a contract by Medi-Cal.  Counseling services start next year on January 1st, and will be provided  every Wednesday in Soledad at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 359 Gabilan Drive.    The agency will also serve King City clients on Friday at the Behavioral Health Clinic located at 620 Broadway Street.

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Monterey Fitness Club Reopens 12-10-13 18:00 av

A Monterey County Gym reopened today after the city shut it down last week due to sewage system problems.   Officials say Fitness Evolution was shut down Friday because of a faulty sewage pump that prevented the building, on the 2000 block of Garden Road, to dispose waste.   A Monterey permit and inspection services building official says he was under the impression the sewage system was not working for at least 2 weeks.   The building is also home to Cypress Coast Physical therapy, which was also closed.

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