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Election Results Certified 06/29/12 5:30 p.m. TDH

The results in santa cruz county have been certified for june 5th's primary election.  Santa cruz county clerk gail pellerin said that the results show the 5th supervisorial district race is indeed headed for a runoff in November.  The race will be between eric hammer and bruce mcpherson.   Pellerin said voter turnout was an all-time low for a presidential primary election.  The official results are posted on the county clerk’s website, www.votescount.com.

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Salinas Homicide arrests 5p.m. 06/29/12 TDH

Salinas police arrested 2-people yesterday following the 8 p.m. shooting death of a 26-year-old man.  Juan carlos franco Hernandez was found with multiple gunshots wounds in a residence on the 14-hundred block of teton avenue.  he was declared dead at the scene.  1-victim was found in a nearby intersection.   He was treated at a local hospital and released.    A 3rd person, 19-year-old jose sebastian was also shot, however he has been arrested for murder.  he arrived at a local hospital after the incident.   The murder victim’s sister, 21-year-old noemi Hernandez was also arrested for murder, as well as conspiracy and gang enhancements.

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Saturday Special

This Saturday, join MZ, Dr. Corey Gold, Dr. Joel Wallach, Ted Anderson, and Pharmacist Ben Fuchs, and others, for a discussion on the real way to beat the health-care-industrial-complex: prevention and self-empowerment. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that Americans must get health insurance, it's time for all of us to take control of our own health!

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SCC Grand jury report 06/28/12 11:45p.m. TDH

The 2011-2012 santa cruz county grand jury released its final report yesterday.   The 134-page report outlined 6-main areas that the grand jury looked into.   The grand jury evaluated the effectiveness of programs that seek to improve English skills for children, and recommended that schools publish more information about such programs so that parents can be better informed. The grand jury also found that the local agency formation commission needs better policies for dealing with special districts (such as water and fire-protection districts) that are facing trouble.   Grand jurors also found that the city of Watsonville still lacks transparency, and recommended implementing cash-handling procedures among city government and at the strawberry festival.   The grand jury report said operational status of the 225-thousand dollar fire truck that was finally delivered last year is “unclear.”   The grand jury also recommended implementing better procedures for issuing building permits.     And, the grand jury recommended that county supervisors request periodic updates on the condition of gas pipelines in the county.

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3 shot in 2nd sal. Incident/KC murder 06/28/12 11p.m. TDH

Hours after 4 people were shot at a salinas shopping center, 3-more people were shot elsewhere in the city.  the 8 p.m. shooting occurred on teton avenue.  no suspects were immediately located in either shooting.  Meanwhile, in king city, 2-people were shot at 6:30 p.m. while driving on 1st street.   the male driver died from his injuries, while the passenger in the vehicle was airlifted to a bay area trauma center with serious injuries.

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