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A 46  year-old  watsonville  man  was  arrested  yesterday,   after  he  stole  a   woman’s  car  and  nearly  ran  her  over  with  it.        Mark  Anderson faces  possible  charges  of  carjackingassaultrobbery,   and  hit-and-run.      The  incident  occurred  around  3  p.m.,   when  the  40  year-old  victim  left  her  keys  in  the  car  as  she  was  dropping  her  children  off  at  the  freedom  branch of  the  Watsonville  library.

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MARSHALLS COMES TO S.C. 09-08-10 09:00 a.v.

Construction work has begun on a new Marshalls store slated to open this upcoming winter in Santa Cruz. The 28,000 empty square foot space on Commercial Way, was formerly occupied by a Circuit City store, next door to the Toys-R-Us retailer. Construction for the discount store is expected to cost around $926,000. A grand opening is scheduled for November 6th.



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S.C. RENTAL ORDINANCE PASSED 09-08-10 08:00 a.v.

Santa Cruz City Leaders approved an ordinance last night that would allow thousands of rental units around town to be monitored. The ordinance, which requires owners of rental properties to register their units and submit to an inspection, if called to do so, was passed by City Council members in a 5-to-1 vote. Council members say the measure, which will be overseen by the Planning Department, is necessary to target suspected illegal units and negligent landlords.


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HWY 156 BIG RIG FATALITY – UPDATE 09-08-10 07:30 a.v.

Investigations continue into a fatal big rig crash that occurred on Highway 56 yesterday that shut the road down for nearly 4 hours. The accident took place at 2:32 p.m. between San Juan Bautista and Hollister near Bixby Road, when a Toyota pick-up truck drifted over to the other lane and collided into a big rig killing the driver of the Toyota, a 56-year old Atascadero man. The man was pronounced dead at the scene; meanwhile a 2nd person was airlifted to an area hospital. The crash caused roughly 150 gallons of diesel fuel to be spilled on the road. The highway reopened as of 6 p.m.

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The owner of a local aviation business and his son suffered fatal injuries when a plane crashed in Arkansas yesterday. Santa Cruz resident, 62-year old Bob Joseph Ross, the owner of United Flight Services, and his son, 32-year old Michael C. Ross of Austin, Texas, were the only 2 aboard a 1982 Cessna T-210 plane when it crashed around 12:30 p.m. in a remote area near Buffalo City, about 90 miles north of Little Rock. The plane, which was registered to Watsonville-based Monterey Bay Aviation, which operates United Flight Service, was traveling from Danville Illinois to Austin Texas.

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