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Most wanted arrest(Oregon) 07/02/12 6p.m. TDH

A man who was previously listed on santa cruz county’s most wanted list was arrested monday in Oregon.  28-year-old Kenny joe ufford was wanted by capitola police for suspicion of grand theft.  He was taken into custody by authorities in Washington county, Oregon for another violation.  He is expected to be transferred to santa cruz county authorities (once the legal matter in Oregon is settled).



Not guilty pleas: aptos murder 07/02/12 6p.m. TDH

3-men pleaded not guilty monday to murdering a 21-year-old man in aptos.  20-year-old Rafael Zamora barron, 21-year-old afred alanis Garcia, and 20-year-old Christopher Herrera Bermudez entered their pleas today in a santa cruz county courtroom, more than a month after the  may 30th shooting death of Fernando martin Mendoza-avila.     Mendoza-avila was gunned down on the freedom boulevard overpass of highway-1.  the 3-suspects are set to return to court on july 31st to schedule a date for a preliminary hearing.


WV opens Fireworks sales 07/02/12 7:50p.m. TDH

Fireworks went on sale in the city of Watsonville on Sunday.  Only fireworks designated “safe and sane” are allowed to be sold.  Every year watsonville city officials allow a limited number of non-profit organizations to raise funds through the sale of fireworks.  safe and sane fireworks are only permitted in watsonville, seaside, marina, greenfield, king city, soledad, gonzales, salinas, gilroy, and hollister.  in san juan bautista they may be used, but are not sold.  and, in capitola, safe and sane fireworks are only permitted on private property.  “Safe and sane” fireworks do not explode or shoot into the air.


Prostitution sting, sal. 07/02/12 7:45p.m. TDH

undercover Salinas police officers conducted a prostitution sting on Friday night.  12-suspected-prostitutes were cited in the operation, which targeted areas of john street.  7-women were cited, along with 5-men (whom were dressed as women).  11-suspects were cited and released, while 1 was booked into monterey county jail on an outstanding warrant. The suspects ages ranged from 21 to 55 years old.




Dean NPS dies, Jet ski accident 07/02/12 7:30p.m. TDH

The dean of students at monterey’s naval postgraduate school died on Sunday after being involved in a jet ski accident.  51-year-old captain alan “dex” poindexter was vacationing in florida when the accident occurred.  poindexter was struck by another jet ski and fell into the water.  He was reportedly conscious after the accident, but was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.   An autopsy is expected to be conducted to determine the cause of death.   Captain alan “dex” poindexter graduated from the naval postgraduate school in 1995, and went on to be selected to NASA’s astronaut corp.   he served as captain of the space shuttle discovery’s 2nd-to-last-mission in 2010.


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