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Carmel appoints city councilwoman 08/16/12 5:45p.m. TDH

Carmel city council members voted 4 to zero Wednesday to fill a vacant seat by appointment, (rather than special election).  The unanimous vote appointed the city’s current cultural commissioner carrie theis to the seat.  The 5th city council seat became available after councilwoman paula hazdovac announced her resignation (in order to spend more time with her family).  theis is set to take the seat September 7th.   (That seat won’t be up for election again until November, 2013).


Salinas Market held up 08/16/12 5:45p.m. TDH

A salinas market was robbed at gunpoint last night. 2-male suspects participated in the robbery of la vina market (on the 21-hundred block of north main street).  the-2 entered the market just before 7 p.m., held up the only employee inside, and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The employee was not injured in the incident.  the suspects were not immediately located.


Bicyclist injured, P.G. 08/16/12 5:15p.m. TDH

A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle was struck by a car wednesday evening in pacific grove.  The accident occurred on 19th street and laurel avenue at 6:30 p.m.  the victim was airlifted to santa clara valley medical center with non-life threatening injuries following the collision.   The incident remains under investigation.


D-U-I conviction, sentence 08/16/12 5p.m. TDH

A scotts valley woman was sentenced this week to 1-year in santa cruz county jail, after pleading guilty to Driving under the influence.     Michelle marie whiting was also given 5-years of probation.    It’s the 4th time whiting has been arrested for D-U-I.  this latest incident occurred      may 21st, when she was pulled over while driving on graham hill road.    other drivers had called 9-1-1 to report her erratic driving.  Whiting was ordered to report to santa cruz county jail by September 15th to begin serving her sentence.


DA won’t seek death for murder suspects 08/16/12 5p.m. TDH

3-men accused of gunning down a 21-year-old man in aptos this past may appeared in a santa cruz county courtroom thursday.  prosecutors announced they would not seek the death penalty in the case against alfredo alanis Garcia, Christopher Herrera-bermudez and Rafael Zamora barron.   The-3 have pleaded not guilty to killing live oak resident Fernando Mendoza-avila as he walked on the freedom boulevard overpass of highway-1.    the 3 men are scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on December 10th.