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L.O. PLASTIC BAG PUBLIC INPUT MTG. 01-25-11 18:30 a.v.

A Public Information Hearing to discuss a proposed single-use plastic bag ban is slated for tomorrow in the Live Oak area of Santa Cruz. The proposal calls for businesses to stop offering single-use plastic bags and to charge customers 10 cents for each paper bag. The paper bag fee would reportedly increase to 25 cents after the 1st year of the ordinance. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Simpkins Family Swim Center at 979 17th Avenue. Members of the community are invited to attend tomorrow’s meeting.


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Police in Hollister arrested 3 suspects in connection with burglarizing a restaurant Monday. Police arrived to a burglary in progress just after 1:30 a.m. at the El Michoacano Restaurant on San Juan Road to find 23-year old Jose Ramiro Gutierrez and a juvenile female standing in front of a broken business window before running from officers. Police caught the two after a brief foot chase, then later found a 17-year old female hiding under a table inside the restaurant. The burglars were reportedly trying to steal beer and chips, as well as $150, that was found on one of the 3 people arrested.

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An Orange County surfer  was in fair condition as of this morning after nearly drowning while surfing at Mavericks over the weekend. Hospital officials say Jacob Trette was in critical condition as of yesterday, but today was conscious and showed stable vital signs that were within normal limits. Trette was found floating face down at around 10 a.m. Saturday after getting caught inside several giant waves while surfing the big-wave spot near Half Moon Bay.

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BROOKDALE MAN REARRESTED 01-25-11 17:00 a.v.

A Brookdale man has been re-arrested on child sexual abuse charges. 43-year old Peter Konrad Sigmund was initially arrested in August for inappropriately touching a child younger than 14-years of age after 3 separate occasions last year. Detectives rearrested Sigmund this afternoon out of his home in Brookdale on new charges of child molestation. Sigmund was booked into Santa Cruz County jail again for molesting a child, and bail is currently set at $450,000. Investigations into this case continue as more victims are expected to step forward.


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A U.C. Santa Cruz student was killed over the weekend during a snowboarding accident at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. The student, who has been identified as Rasheka Keith of Oakland, was said to have suffered blunt force trauma after sitting on her snowboard and using it as a sled when ran the tower pole at the Granlibakken Resort on Tahoes West Shore on Saturday. An autopsy is still pending. Keith is said to have been involved in the University’s theatre department.


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