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OLD STAGE ROAD FIRE 07-22-10 18:30 a.v.

Monterey County fire crews responded to a report of a grass fire in Salinas this afternoon. The blaze, which was reported just after 3 p.m., burned an open field on the east side of Old Stage Road across from Spence Road. Fire officials say the fire was quickly contained due lots of open land around the flames. The cause of the fire awaited confirmation from PG&E officials, who were on scene examining a power pole at the edge of where the fire began. No structures were damaged or threatened, and no injureis were reported.


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A Salinas priest, who’s been accused of sexually assaulting a teenager, appeared in court this afternoon (thurs). 42-year old Antonio Cortes (of Saint Mary of the Nativity Church in Salinas) faces felony charges of sodomy with a minor, and misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography. The hearing was held to select which evidence will or will not be excluded from the case. Arguments are slated for September 16th followed by a reported ruling. Cortes was placed on administrative leave after his arrest, which came 2 days after the molestation claims were made.


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A Medical Marijuana Dispensary that opened in downtown Monterey is no longer in business, and another separate clinic also faces possible closure. Police say, the business that operated under the name of Green Shores Patient Center opened in the 100 block of West Franklin Street earlier this year and has recently stopped operating out of the building. A representative for the Monterey Police Department also says that the city is expected to take legal action on a separate clinic. Court papers are currently being prepared to close down My Caregiver Co-op, a medical marijuana clinic on Lighthouse Avenue that opened last year.


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A man wanted for allegedly threatening 2 young women at gunpoint while demanding sexual favors, is currently being sought. Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies say the incident took place around noon this afternoon at Castle Rock State Park. The man was last seen on the Saratoga Gap Trail at Castle Rock Falls, about a half mile away from Highway-35. The Latino man is described as 5-foot-4 with a stocky build, clean shaven, wearing a khaki shirt and gray and blue camouflage cargo pants. Anyone with information, is asked to contact Santa Cruz or Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies.


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S.C. PAROLEE ARRESTED ON DRUG BUST 07-22-10 17:00 a.v.

A parolee, suspected of selling methamphetamine, was arrested in downtown Santa Cruz this week. Officers served a search warrant at a motel on the 3-hundred block of Riverside Avenue Tuesday and found meth, scales, and packaging material. 33-year old Calvin Carlson, who was on parole for drug possession, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of transporting and possessing drugs for sale and a parole hold.


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