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S.C. Arsonist Arrested 01/08/12 9p.m. TDH

A 49-year old man is facing arson charges, after allegedly starting multiple small fires in santa cruz on friday.   Merced resident Victor Vargas-Chavez was arrested shortly after the 2nd incident, which occurred at san Lorenzo park.   At 12:35 p.m., Vargas-Chavez is accused of setting a tree and a fence post on fire.  About an hour and a half before that, santa cruz fire fighters had responded to another report of someone setting a tree on fire.   That incident occurred in front of a hotel on the 5-hundred block of Ocean Street.  No injuries were reported in either incident.   Vargas-Chavez was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

Gilroy Homicide 01/08/12 8p.m. TDH

A 60-year-old man was shot to death on saturday at a residence near Gilroy. The shots were reported at 8:45 a.m. neighbors told santa clara county sheriff’s deputies that 2-masked suspects fled from the (house on the 27-hundred block of leavesley road).   niether suspect was immediately located, and No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening.   The homicide is under investigation.

Body found, Live Oak 01/08/12 8p.m. TDH

Authorities are working to determine the cause of death of a man whose body was found on Sunday morning.  The body was found in the live oak area of santa cruz county, near the train tracks in the area of El Dorado Avenue.  A person reported the discovery to 9-1-1 dispatchers at 10 a.m.  Anyone with information about the man, (who is believed to be in his late 30s or early 40s), is encouraged to contact the santa cruz county sheriff’s department.

Felton DUI Wreck, Sunday 01/08/12 8p.m. TDH

A Sunday morning car wreck in felton is believed to have been the result of drunk driving.  The solo-vehicle accident occurred on graham hill road, near santa cruz county juvenile hall.   The man is believed to have been attempting to deploy his emergency brake at  high speed, causing the vehicle to roll over and hit a tree.  The driver was airlifted to Stanford medical center after the          5:15 a.m. accident.  The man is accused of being under the influence, and is facing D-U-I charges.

Cal-Fire: Observe Burn Ban 01/08/12 8p.m. TDH

Amid dry weather in northern and central california, cal-fire officials are asking central coast residents to refrain from conducting open burns.   Burns are already banned, (except on approved days), but those are being scaled back because of the weather conditions.  Fire- officials are reminding residents to observe the ban when there is an increased risk of fires.  Cal-fire officials also remind residents of houses with fireplaces to check to make sure your spark arrestors are attached, and working properly.   And, always dispose of ashes in a metal can with a lid.