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Soledad Jogger Shooting - UPDATE 11-12-13 17:00 av

A jogger who was shot twice in the leg yesterday near Soledad has been identified as an online sexual predator.   Police say 20-year old Ruben Martinez was jogging along Metz Road around 3:30 p.m. when two people traveling northbound in a silver Honda, got out near Stonewall Canyon Road and fired multiple shots at him. Martinez was one of 14 men who was recently arrested in a child sex sting called Operation Mama Bear.  No suspects have been identified and whether the victim’s recent arrest was behind the motive, remains under investigation.

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Scotts Valley Hwy-17 Fire - UPDATE - 11-12-13 16:00 av

Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a wild land blaze that ended up closing one lane of Highway 17 for about an hour this morning.    Officials say the fire broke out in Scotts Valley near Crescent Drive at about 10:30, after being started by a log that had caught fire from discarded embers of a campfire that burned a few days ago. The far right, northbound lane of the highway was closed while crews extinguished the blaze in about 10 minutes.  No injuries were reported and no structures were damaged.

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18 Y/O KILLED, 18 Y/O INJ - 11/12/13 11:49 S.S.

THE  INVESTIGATION  INTO  WHY  A  DRIVER  LOST  CONTROL  OF  HIS  S.U.V.  IN  NORTH  MONTEREY  COUNTY  SUNDAY  NIGHT  CONTINUES.   THE  10:10  P.M. ACCIDENT   OCCURRED  WHEN   THE  18  YEAR-OLD  DRIVER  FAILED  TO  CORRECTLY  NEGOTIATE  A  TURN  ON  LIVE  OAK ROADWEST  OF  McGINNIS  ROAD.       HIS  18  YEAR-OLD  PASSENGER,  RUBEN  HUERTA,    SUFFERED  MODERATE   INJURIES  IN  THE  CRASH,    AND  WAS  AIR-LIFTED  TO  SAN  JOSE  REGIONAL  MEDICAL  CENTER.

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TOYS FOR TOTS COLLECTING - 11/12/13 10:45 S.S.

TOYS  FOR  TOTS  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY  IS  STARTING  TO  COLLECT  TOYS  FOR  THIS  HOLIDAY  SEASON.    THE  25  YEAR-OLD  ORGANIZATION,  THAT  WAS  STARTED  AFTER  THE  1989  LOMA  PRIETA  QUAKE,  HOPES  TO  RECEIVE  14  THOUSAND  TOYS  BY  DECEMBER  16TH OF  THIS  YEAR.     THE  ORGANIZATION  COLLECTS  NEW,  UNWRAPPED  TOYS;   AND  THEY  CAN  BE  DROPPED  OFF  AT MORE  THAN  30  PLACES  IN  SANTA  CRUZ  COUNTY.  FOR MORE  INFORMATION  ON  THOSE  LOCATIONS,  PEOPLE CAN  GO  ON-LINE  TO:

         www.SantaCruzCounty.ToysForTots.org

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FIRE NEAR HIGHWAY 17 (SV) - 11/12/13 10:48 S.S.

AUTHORITIES  HAVE  SHUT  DOWN  1  LANE  OF  HIGHWAY 17,  DUE  TO  A   FIRE  ON  THE  NEARBY  HILLSIDE.     THE  BLAZE,  WHICH  IS  NEAR  CRESCENT  DRIVE,    APPEARS  TO  HAVE  BEGUN  AS  A  TREE-ON-FIRE,  AND  THEN  IT  SPREAD.     FIREFIGHTERS  ARE  WORKING  TO  GET IT UNDER  CONTROL. 

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