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S.C. COUNTY POWER OUTAGE - UPDATED 08-24-10 17:30 a.v.

A power outage that occurred in Santa Cruz County today, is still affecting thousands of PG&E customers. A PG&E spokesperson has reported that 2,000 customers in the Aptos and Capitola areas are still without power. The outage occurred at 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, affecting 4,200 customers. PG&E crews have determined that the outage was caused by problems with underground equipment. Restoration is expected for later this evening.



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MCO FIRES 08-24-10 17:00 a.v.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury after 2 fires broke out near Salinas today. The smaller of the 2 fires was quickly extinguished after it broke out along Highway 101 near Dunbarton Road in the Aromas area, charing a 30-foot-by-30-foot spot. No one was injured and no structures were damaged. Meanwhile, the 2nd fire, burned 10-acres, when it broke out on a ranch off of Salinas Road, south of San Juan Bautista at about 12:30 p.m.  No injuries were reported. The fire was caused by sparks from welding done by a property owner. The firefighter was treated and released at the scene.

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S.C. COUNTY POWER OUTAGE 08-24-10 15:45 a.v.

A power outage occurring in Santa Cruz County currently has left thousands of PG&E customers without power. As of 2:45 p.m. this afternoon, 4,200 customers in the areas of Aptos, Capitola and Soquel are being affected. PG&E crews are now on scene investigating the cause, and working to get power restored. No restoral time has yet been released.

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Greenfield Double Homicide 08/24/10 0800 E.A.

A hearing on whether or not a Greenfield teenager should be tried in juvenile or adult court has been postponed once again. The 15-year-old suspect is accused of fatally shooting two people in a motel room in Greenfield in December. The delays in the hearing stem from delays in a “fitness report” from the Probation Department recommending the boy should be tried as an adult or a juvenile. The suspect's lawyers agreed to return to court September 8th to schedule a firm date for the fitness hearing.


Police are still seeking another person who may be involved with this incident. 18-year-old Francisco Alejandro is described as 6-feet-5-inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Greenfield Police Department.

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Monterey Bay Sardines Study 08/24/10 0800 E.A.

Local fisherman will be assisting a team of scientists in conducting a study of sardine populations along the west coast. Two fishing boats and a small plane from Watsonville will be used in a large-scale study of the sardine populations in order to help the fisheries industry better regulate fishing seasons. The survey will photograph transects at 15-mile intervals from Washington state to San Diego.

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