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VIERRA RANCH CONSERVATION - 05/16/14 10:25 S.S.

THE ACQUISITION OF A CONSERVATION EASEMENT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED. THE BIG SUR LAND TRUST SAYS THE PROPERTY IS ON THE 965-ACRE VIERRA RANCH (6 MILES NORTH OF SALINAS, IN THE PRUNEDALE AREA). BECAUSE IT’S A CONSERVATION EASEMENT, LOCAL RANCHERS WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP CATTLE THERE, AND VEGETABLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE GROWN ON A 10-ACRE PORTION OF THE LAND. GABILAN CREEK, WHICH RUNS FOR 2 MILES ALONG THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE RANCH (AND FLOWS YEAR-ROUND INTO THE MONTEREY BAY), IS RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE AS A STEELHEAD SALMON SPAWNING RUN.

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2 OVERNIGHT FIRES - 05/16/14 08:57 S.S.

A COUPLE OF FIRES WERE CALLED IN EARLY THIS MORNING IN THE SAN LORENZO VALLEY. AT 1 A.M., A BRUSH FIRE WAS CALLED IN ON HUCKLEBERRY CIRCLE IN FELTON, AND AROUND 2:30 A-M ANOTHER BRUSH FIRE WAS CALLED IN NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SAN LORENZO AND AVILA. BOTH BLAZES WERE PUT OUT BY AREA RESIDENTS BEFORE FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED.

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S J B WATER EMERGENCY DECLARED - 05/16/14 07:56 S.S.

A WATER EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED IN SAN JUAN BAUTISTA. THAT AFTER HIGH LEVELS OF NITRATES WERE FOUND IN ONE OF THE CITY’S WELLS. HIGH NITRATE LEVELS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ISSUES FOR CHILDREN UNDER 6 MONTHS-OLD, PREGNANT PEOPLE AND THOSE PEOPLE WITH IMMUNE PROBLEMS.

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AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT ARR - 05/16/14 07:49 S.S.

A 20 YEAR-OLD SALINAS MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION HE SEXUALLY ASSAULTED A GREENFIELD MINOR. OSCAR LUCAS FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT WITH A CHILD UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE, MAKING CRIMINAL THREATS, ANNOYING AND MOLESTING A CHILD. ANYONE WITH ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THIS CASE OR LUCAS’ INTERACTIONS WITH MINORS, IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE GREENFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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BRANDON KENNEY PLEADS N G - 05/16/14 07:42 S.S.

A FORMER MARINA MAN HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY IN CONNECTION WITH THE DEATH OF HIS TODDLER SON. 33 YEAR-OLD BRANDON KENNEY FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES (INCLUDING CHILD ABUSE, CHILD ENDANGERMENT RESULTING IN DEATH, AND WEAPONS POSSESSION. KENNEY’S WIFE, CHRISTINA, ALSO FACES CHARGES STEMMING FROM THEIR 19 MONTH-OLD SONS DEATH. THE KENNEYS REPORTEDLY MOVED TO THE STATE OF WASHINGTON SHORTLY AFTER THEIR CHILD DIED.

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