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Salinas Food and Wine Festival Seeking Volunteers 8/20/12 9.20a AF

Salinas Valley Food and Wine Festival leaders are looking for volunteers to help run the October event.        The festival itself is set to take place on October 20th and will feature 50 wineries, 30 breweries, and 150 vendors including local crafts, food, and no profit organizations.   100% of the profits will go to benefit charity.    A meeting will be held this evening for anyone interested in helping out with event organization.    Interested parties can find the festival leadership committee at 1032 South Main Street tonight from 7 to 9pm in Salinas.

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Fire Safe Council Meets 8/20/12 9.00a AF

Representatives from 5 counties met at the Zayante Firehouse on Friday to discuss fire prevention and funding in the area.     The two dozen members of the regional Fire Safe Council, including some from Santa Cruz County, gathered for the second time this year to share information about fire challenges they are facing.    Fire Departments around the state have to make due with only $4.5 million dollars to fund 140 proposed fire safety projects, many of which will not be able to be implemented.    With increased fire activity in the state this year, many local firefighters have been sent to help fight the largest blazes, also leaving home communities with fewer resources.

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Teen Escapes Detention Center 8/20/12 8a AF

A teen who escaped from a youth detention center in Salinas yesterday is still on the loose.      16-year-old Robert Campos was seen escaping the facility around 7:30 pm on Sunday, through a hole in the fence that is thought to have been cut by an accomplice at an earlier time.     Campos was last seen running toward Cesar Chavez Park, wearing a purple shirt, black sweatpants, and no shoes.     An extensive search of the area and Campos’ last known address did not turn him up.     Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Robert Campos is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department.

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Possible Gang Shooting in Salinas 8/20/12 7.50a AF

A shooting last night in Salinas is thought to be gang related and left one man in serious condition.     The 21-year-old victim was walking on Gabilan Street around 8pm when he was approached by 3 men in their early 20’s.     the suspects challenged the man, asking about his gang affiliation.   The victim denied gang involvement and began to leave, when he was shot in the back several times with a small caliber handgun.     The man was able to run away and make it to a pub on Monterey Street where he waited for help to arrive.     The victim was airlifted to a Bay Area trauma center in serious medical condition.

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Missing Man Found at Hospital 8/20/12 7.40a AF

A Boulder Creek man reported missing on Friday was found Sunday morning in Palo Alto.    57-year-old Frank Edwin Golding disappeared from the back deck of his Crows Nest Drive home on Friday afternoon, leaving behind his wallet, keys, and cell phone.    Golding’s wife reported him missing to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday morning.    Golding was found at a VA Hospital in Palo Alto, though it is still unclear how or why he ended up there.

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