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sc hit and run sentencing 04/02/12 0730 e.a.

a live oak man convicted of killing a bicyclist near u.c. santa cruz in a hit and run incident last summer is expected to be sentenced today.  elliot dess pleaded guilty to hitting and killing zachary parke on empire grade road near u.c.s.c’s west entrance, and then leaving the scene.  dess faces 2 years in prison for the charges by pleading guilty. 

Donation, sierra lamar search 04/01/12 TDH

The search effort for a missing 15-year-old morgan hill girl has gotten some financial assistance.   Brokers and agents at intero real estate raised 12-thousand dollars, which has been donated to the klaas kids foundation.   The money is to be used exclusively to help fund search efforts for sierra lamar. Sierra lamar was last seen as she left for school on march 16th.  Extensive searches by authorities and volunteers have so far come up empty, however her cell phone and backpack were found near her school bus stop.

Proclamation Day 04/01/12 TDH

Santa cruz city leaders both past and present gathered yesterday, to proclaim april 1st “proclamation day.”  the fundraising-event made light of the often-passed local proclamations from santa cruz mayors and city councils.  Several former mayors, along with current mayor don lane, gathered on pacific avenue and church street, to talk about their favorite resolutions, and encourage others to write their own.  The event served as a fundraiser for the teen center at the louden nelson community center.    mayor don lane unveiled a giant proclamation from the Rittenhouse building, in observance of the fundraiser.   The teen center is run by the santa cruz parks and recreation department.


Beach rescues 04/01/12 TDH

Large surf and strong currents yesterday contributed to multiple rescue calls from santa cruz beach-goers.   Santa cruz firefighters and fire department lifeguards responded to a few incidents at mitchell’s cove.  In 1-incident, a couple of surfers were able to get themselves to safety without help, while in another incident, a surfer had to be assisted by a lifeguard boat.  He refused medical treatment.   Shortly after that, a boogie-boarder had to be assisted by another person.  She also refused medical treatment.   Fire department lifeguards were also called to assist a woman at the san Lorenzo river mouth, however there were no victims upon arrival.

Weapons arrest 04/01/12 TDH

A 20-year-old man was arrested in salinas on Saturday, after leading salinas police officers on a foot chase.  Just before 3 p.m., Officers on the violence suppression unit stopped art rivas for vehicle code violations.  officers allegedly found a loaded handgun in the vehicle, at which point rivas took off running.   After a yard-to-yard search, rivas was located in a backyard on the  2-hundred block of toro avenue.  he was booked into monterey county jail on multiple charges, with gang enhancements.