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Sal. man dies from weekend assault 05/24/12 8:20p.m. TDH

A 57-year-old salinas man who was attacked this past weekend, has died from his injuries.  jose luis Garcia was last seen leaving a bar in downtown salinas Sunday at 2 a.m. nearly 2 hours later, salinas police officers were called to the 9-hundred block of north madiera avenue, where Garcia was found with head injuries.  he had been assaulted and robbed of his car and wallet.   garcia was airlifted to a bay area trauma center, where he remained on life-support until thursday. The case is now being treated as a murder.  It marks the 10th homicide in salinas this year.

WV Animal hospital moving 05/24/12 8:15p.m. TDH

The animal hospital of Watsonville is changing locations.  The hospital is expected to move operations the first week of june, to a new facility in the pajaro plaza shopping center.   the animal hospital will be located at the corner of south green valley road and main street.   it has been at its current location for more than 3 decades.

Artist of the year public show 05/24/12 8:10p.m. TDH

A free art show and poetry reading is scheduled for fridayevening, to honor santa cruz county artist of the year gary young.  Young’s work spans several genres, including poetry, letter press-printing, typography, and other visual arts.   Gary young’s work will be celebrated with readings and demonstrations, at the santa cruz museum of art and history.  the free show is open to the public, but seating is first-come first served.  The show begins at 7 p.m. friday.    the santa cruz museum of art and history is located at 705 front street.   Young was named the inaugural santa cruz county poet laureate in 2010.  his work is displayed in museums worldwide, and his new book of poetry, “Even So,” has just been released.

Mail theft, fake checks 05/24/12 7:45p.m. TDH

A 28-year-old woman was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing mail from houses around monterey county.   tammy sue lara was arrested at her salinas residence on Tuesday.   monterey county sheriff’s deputies allegedly found drugs, fake checks, and cash at the home, as well as stolen mail.  The mail was taken from houses in carmel valley, salinas, and other locations in monterey county.  lara was booked into monterey county jail on multiple charges.


Max enforcement period 05/24/12 7:30p.m. TDH

This memorial day weekend will see more law enforcement officers on the roads.  The California highway patrol is expected to have every available officer on duty, from  6 p.m. Friday to midnight Monday morning.  so-called “maximum enforcement periods” are declared when authorities expect an increased risk of D-U-I incidents.   In monterey county, additional local law enforcement will be deployed as part of the “avoid the 18” campaign.   Checkpoints are expected to be set up at multiple locations around the county, with at least 1 in salinas.