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Power back for Smart Meter protesters 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

P.G. and E. restored power on Friday to 5 customers who had removed their Smart Meters.   Officials at the utility had argued that the move to cut the power was due to safety concerns.   However, local elected officials had questioned the decision, which likely influenced P.G. and E. to reverse course.  for now, The customers are being permitted to run power without a meter.

P.V. People of the Year 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

The pajaro valley chamber of commerce and agriculture has announced the organization’s people and organizations of the year.  Former watsonville fire chief gary smith was named “man of the year”, and teacher diane severin was named “woman of the year.”   The 2 are set to be honored, along with others, at a dinner ceremony scheduled for January 28th.  Also being recognized is the Watsonville relay for life, which won “event of the year,” and Court appointed special advocates, known as CASA, which was named “organization of the year.”    Taylor’s Office City was honored as “business of the year.”  The lifetime achievement award is set to be given to retired teacher Rhea DeHART.

salinas man arrested, suspected homicide 12/16/11 6:45p.m. TDH

A 29-year-old man has been arrested for the suspected homicide of his mother.  Christopher Sorenson is suspected of killing his 71-year-old mother janet nene Sorenson, who was last seen on December 7th.    Christopher could not be located for several days after his mother’s disappearance.  He was located in a van parked near monterey’s jack’s park, and was taken into custody.  Janet Sorenson still has not been found.  Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact local authorities.

 

Skuba convicted 12/16/11 5p.m. TDH

A 2nd person has been convicted of murder, for the 2009 death of los angeles resident elias Sorokin.  34-year-old stewart scuba was found guilty today by a santa cruz jury, of killing the 29-year-old during a failed attempt to rob Sorokin of marijuana.  Skuba escaped conviction on 2-counts of kidnapping, as the jury was divided on those charges.  another man, kennth clamp, was also found guilty of murder this past august, while a 3rd man, adam hunt was convicted of robbery charges relating to the incident.

 

Chris rene makes final 3: “X-Factor” 12/16/11 5p.m. TDH

Santa cruz resident chris rene has advanced to the final-3, of the nationally-televised talent show “the X-factor.”   The show, which is produced by simon cowell and airs on fox, is an American-idol type search for musical talent.  Chris rene was voted in last night, as one of the show’s finalists.   The finale is scheduled to air on December 22nd at 8 p.m.