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Hearing set for bus driver 01/18/12 11p.m. TDH

A woman accused of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter has been given a date for a preliminary hearing.   58-year-old mary ellen miller, (a former santa cruz metro bus driver), is accused of being at fault when she struck a pedestrian in Watsonville last february.  79-year-old Salvador chipres later died from his injuries.   miller is scheduled to return to court on march 29th.   Meanwhile, she is also facing a civil suit, along with the santa cruz metro transit district.  chipres’ family is seeking to recover more than 400-thousand dollars.

New monterey-san diego route 01/18/12 5p.m. TDH

Alaska airlines has announced that it will offer daily flights from monterey to san diego, starting this summer.   The airline plans to run non-stop service, through its subsidiary horizon air.    Flights are scheduled to begin on june 4th.

svmh tentative deal 01/18/11 0800 e.a.

a tentative agreement has been reached on a contract with the salinas valley memorial healthcare system and members of the national union of healthcare workers.  a ratification vote is slated for tomorrow by union members and a special meeting of the hospital’s board of directors would then be called to approve the agreement.  the new contract would end 12 months of negotiations that included a one day strike by union workers and a 2 day lockout of those workers by the hospital.

live oak car chase 01/18/11 0800 e.a.

a watsonville man was arrested yesterday after a high speed chase in live oak.  around noon, santa cruz county sheriff’s deputies spotted a toyota tercel that had been reported stolen from 38th avenue earlier in the day.  deputies attempted to pull over the driver but he sped away down portola drive at speeds of 80 miles per hour.  when the suspect entered an area near an elementary school on 17th avenue, deputies called off the chase.  witnesses reported a man matching the description emptying his pockets and looking suspicious.  23 year old oscar vasquez was arrested on suspicion of felony evasion and other charges.  vasquez had outstanding warrants for narcotics violations, and sale of marijuana and methamphetamines.

a.b.c. investigating crash 01/18/11 0730 e.a.

investigators from the california department of alcoholic beverage control are working to determine how a 19 year old aptos woman obtained alcohol before she was involved in a crash that killed a 21 year old man and injured several others friday night.  an investigator has been assigned through the target responsibility for alcohol connected emergencies program find how and where erica shanice duran got alcohol before the van she was driving crashed on san miguel canyon road.  more charges will be filed if the investigation finds an adult or an a.b.c. licensed business provided the alcohol to the suspect.