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Grant Funds W.V. Program 02/27/11 3p.m. TDH

A 90-thousand-dollar grant has been announced for the Watsonville Police Department, to help administer a program designed to reduce domestic violence.  The grant was given by Verizon, and is expected to be used to fund a program sponsored by the non-profit group Kid-Power.  Kid-Power works with the Watsonville Police Department and other organizations, and will use the grant to provide advice and training on domestic and relationship intervention skills.

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W.V. Man Faces Attmpt. Murder 02/25/11 5:45p.m. TDH

A 20-year-old Watsonville man has been arrested, after being identified as a suspect in an assault last month.   Roberto Meza faces charges of attempted murder, after a group of people beat a juvenile with bats, and stabbed the victim several times.  The victim has been treated and released from a bay area trauma center.   Meza was re-arrested at Santa Cruz County Jail, where he was already being held for a strong-armed robbery.   Watsonville police officers are still looking for the other suspects in the beating, which happened on the 7-hundred block of Madison Street on January 23rd.

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Wanted Man Arrested, S.C. 02/25/11 4:45p.m. TDH

A man who had been watned in santa cruz since Tuesday, was arrested today, on charges of attempted sexual assault.    39-year-old keith Rodriguez was arrested at the santa cruz police department on center street, at 2:15 this afternoon.   Police officers had told Rodriguez to come to the station because there was a problem with his registration as a convicted sex offender.   Keith Rodriguez is required to register with the police department every 30-days, because he is also homeless.   He is accused of brandishing a knife at a jogger on the san Lorenzo railroad bridge and demanding a sexual act.  The victim ran away, and escaped unharmed.

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SALYER TOMATO TRIAL 02/25/11 0600 E.A.

A SACRAMENTO FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DENIED A PROSECUTOR'S MOTION IN THE CASE OF TOMATO KING SCOTT SALYER. THE FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SALYER AND HIS ATTORNEYS ARE PRIVLEGED COMMUNICATIONS AND CANNOT BE ACCESSED BY PROSECUTORS. A MOTION HAD BEEN MADE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PROSECUTION TEAM SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO LISTEN TO AND USE PHONE CALLS SALYER MADE TO HIS ATTORNEYS. SCOTT SALYER FACES CHARGES OF RACKETEERING, BRIBERY, AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY SEND HIM TO JAIL FOR LIFE.

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