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Scotts Valley Caregiver Arrested 11-05-13 19:00 av

An in-home health-care provider has been arrested on suspicion of taking more than $20,000 from her Scotts Valley client.   Police arrested 42-year old Crystal Gilbert yesterday on suspicion of elder abuse, grand theft, and embezzlement after money was found missing from the man’s trust account. Police found two of the man’s credit cards after a search was conducted on Gilbert and her apartment.   

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SC Cyclist Killed After Driver Fell Asleep 11-05-13 17:00 av

An accident that killed a 40-year old Santa Cruz cyclist was caused after the driver of the vehicle that struck the man, said he fell asleep at the wheel.   The incident occurred Saturday at 11:30 a.m. when a 63-year old man driving a Tesla, drove into a group of cyclists riding in the opposite direction on Highway 1 near Dimeo Lane, and fatally struck one of the cyclists, Josh Alper.   Police say the impact of the crash caused Alper to go head-first into the Tesla’s windshield.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Meanwhile the driver of the Tesla cooperated with investigators and was not arrested.

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New Leader for Santa Cruz Non-Profit 11-05-13 16:30 av

The Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County announced today a Watsonville woman will now head the anti-poverty non-profit.  Maria-Elena De La Garza will step into the Executive Director position formerly held for 27-years by Christine Johnson-Lyons, who retired in September.  De La Garza was the deputy director of development and outreach at Janus of Santa Cruz, She also worked as Chief Executive officer for the Mexican American Community Services Agency in Santa Clara for 17 years.

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Missing Man Found 11-05-13 16:00 av

A man who went missing from a Monterey Care Facility has been found safe.   Police say 62-year old Lee Elder was found in Pacific Grove today.   Elder was last seen at the Drake Avenue Facility around 7 a.m. yesterday, when he was reported missing. 

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Fire at W’Ville’s Ramsay Park 11-05-13 15:30 av

No injuries were reported after a fire broke out this afternoon in Watsonville’s Ramsay Park.   Fire crews from three different agencies responded around 2 p.m. to find flames coming from the park’s soccer complex off Main Street.  The blaze, which was contained to half an acre, burned brush in Harkins Slough at the edge of Ramsay Park.   No structures were threatened and the cause of the fire is still being investigated. 

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