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HOLLISTER STRUCTURE FIRE - UPDATED 04-27-11 07:00 a.v.

Fire crews responded to a report of a structure fire just South of Hollister early this morning. Multiple agencies arrived at 5 a.m. to the home located at the intersection of Ashford Circle and Cienega Road, to find the residence engulfed in flames. Crews from Cal-fire, San Benito County Hollister and South Santa Clara County were on scene battling the blaze. Officials say the resident who lives in the building has not been accounted for. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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S.C. APPROVES POLICE RETIREMENT PLAN 04-27-11 06:00 a.v.

As part of a 2-year contract that’s expected to save the city 3-million dollars during the next 2 years, Santa Cruz police have agreed to contribute 20% of their salaries toward the cost of their pensions, and move to a 2-tier retirement system. The tentative agreement was ratified Monday by the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association and approved yesterday by the city council during a closed session. The cuts represent over 10% of the bargaining group’s overall compensation next year and 8% the following year.

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WVILLE CITY COUNCIL APP. DUE 04-26-11 20:00 a.v.

The city of Watsonville will accept applications through tomorrow for a vacant District 3 seat on the City Council. Former Mayor Lowell Hurst and former Planning Commissioner Dobie Jenkins have reportedly applied for the position. The council is looking to make an appointment to the post by May 3rd. The term is slated to end in November of 2012.

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U.C.S.C STUDENTS ROBBED 04-26-11 19:30 a.v.

Police are searching for a group of 4 or 5 men after 4 U.C. Santa Cruz students were robbed at knife-point over the weekend. The students were walking to a U.C.S.C bus stop on Bay Street at about 1 a.m. Sunday, when one of the men in the group brandished a knife and demanded their money. The robbers fled in a mid-sized, gray, 4-door sedan with a loud exhaust after stealing a wallet from one of the victims along with an i-pod. Police recovered the wallet from a near-by convenience store and are investigating surveillance footage from the store.

 

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18 Y/0 WVILLE MAN ARRESTED 04-26-11 19:00 a.v.

Police in Watsonville arrested an 18-year old man after he tried to rob a man at knifepoint this week. Police say the teen approached the 55-year old man  Monday in a parking lot at Ramsay Park, located between Main Street and Harkins Slough Road, when he brandished a knife at the man and demanded his money. Officers arrested Victor Sanchez without incident, and booked him into Santa Cruz County Jail.

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