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hollister murder conviction 03/12/12 0700 e.a.

a jury convicted a man thursday of killing a 20 year old hollister man in 2007.  27 year old travis hoffmeister was found guilty of bludgeoning christella macias to death in june of 2007, and leaving her body on c streethoffmeister faces 25 years to life in prison.

puppy killer mental competency 03/12/12 0700 e.a.

a gilroy man accused of killing his wife’s chihuahua puppy has been deemed incompetent to stand trial.  53 year old bud wally ruiz was RECOMMENDED to seek help with an appointed doctor at a psychological facility, where he will remain in custody until he is considered fit for trial.  the court appointed PSYCHOLOGIST has requested funding for further examinations of ruiz. criminal proceedings have been halted for now.  he faces 25 years to life in prison under california’s 3 strikes law because of past felony convictions.

barista competition 03/12/12 0600 e.a.

a barista from a local coffee roaster poured up a venti cup of first place at a regional barista competition yesterday.  the southwest regional barista competition was held at the rittenhouse building in downtown santa cruz.  jared truby of verve coffee roasters won first place, based on a range of factors, such as taste, appearance, and the barista’s knowledge of the coffee.  the 6 finalists from the competition are eligible for the nationals, which are set for april 19th through the 22nd in portland, oregon.

americorps new members 03/12/12 0600 e.a.

29 new members of americorps are set to head out to projects around the state today.  a “conservationist boot camp” was held at the louden nelson center this weekend, with training on wilderness first-aid, no-trace-left-behind camping, and more.  the program provides food and housing while members work on conservation projects on federal, state, and private land.  at the end of the program, members receive about 27-hundred dollars for use on past or future education costs.  for more information on americorps, visit online at


u - s -a  conservation dot org.

salinas dmv repoens 03/12/12 0600 e.a.

the salinas department of motor vehicles is set to reopen this morning after major renovations.  the east laurel drive location has been getting an upgrade over the last year, including new flooring, paint and office furniture.  the dmv office is expected to reopen at 8 a.m.