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Unclaimed County Cash 8/21/12 7.40a AF

The Santa Cruz County Auditor-Controller has posted names of individuals and businesses that have unclaimed funds with the County due to uncashed checks issued more than three years ago.      Individuals and businesses are encouraged to check the county website where current lists of these checks and claiming instructions can be found.     These lists are also periodically published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.       For more information, contact the County Auditor-Controller’s Office at 454-2500.


Multiple Drug Arrests 8/21/12 7.20a AF

Three people were arrested and one cited yesterday in a move made by the Salinas Police Department’s Violence Suppression Unit.      At 3:30pm VSU officers pulled over a car driven by 18-year-old Veronica Navarro, who was unlicensed, with passenger, 18-year-old Cesar Gomar.    Gomar is a known gang member and officers discovered a loaded .32 caliber handgun next to his seat.     Gomar was arrested on multiple firearm possession charges.   Navarro was cited.     A 16-year-old juvenile was arrested at Navarro’s residence for drug sales.  A short while later, VSU officers stopped 19-year-old Jose Matias, another known gang member.    Marijuana, Cocaine, and digital scales were found in his Matias’ car.    He was taken to Monterey County jail for drug transportation and a parole violation.


Accident freedom blvd/valencia 08/20/12 5:55p.m. TDH

A 2-vehicle accident on aptos’ freedom boulevard had traffic snarled in the area of Valencia road, c-h-p officer sarah Jackson said the wreck occurred just after 5 p.m., and roads remain closed for more than an hour while emergency crews worked extricate a person trapped in 1 of the vehicles.  There was no immediate word on the cause of the accident, or the extent of injuries to those involved.


Soquel store robbed 08/20/12 7p.m. TDH

A gas station convenience store was robbed early Sunday morning by a man armed with pepper spray.  The suspect was wearing a motorcycle helmet when he entered the soquel drive store (near Dominican hospital) at 12:45 a.m.   he demanded money (while threatening the clerk), and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Due to the helmet, witnesses were not able to provide much description to authorities.  Anyone with further information about the incident is encouraged to contact the santa cruz county sheriff’s department.



sal. Man guilty, gun 08/20/12 6p.m. TDH

A 33-year-old man has been convicted by a monterey county jury of possession of a firearm by a felon.      Salinas resident Anthony Hernandez was arrested in September of last year, after salinas police officers found him with a gun, (which he is prevented from possessing).  Hernandez is scheduled to return to a monterey county courtroom for sentencing September 27th.  He faces up to 8-years behind bars (due to his previous convictions).



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