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A sanity review has been delayed for an Aptos mother accused of killing her 3-year old daughter nearly 2-and-a-half years ago. A Santa Cruz County judge ruled yesterday to delay a mental health review for Veva Virgil, who has been charged with suffocating her daughter, Isabella Grace Martinez to death in a Watsonville Motel room in November of 2008. A San Francisco psychiatrist is expected to review a progress report in court mid-June.


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NEW INFO. INTO STOW’S ATTACK 04-06-11 06:30 a.v.

New details have emerged from the investigation of a local San Francisco Giants fan who was beaten outside Dodger Stadium last week. Unconfirmed reports say that 3 men in Giants gear were also struck by the same attackers before Scotts Valley resident 42-year old Bryan Stow was beaten, knocked to the ground, striking his head on the pavement for wearing Giants attire. The other victims did not report the crime and are said to be key potential witnesses. Stow, meanwhile, remains in a coma and is said to have severe skull fracture showing signs of “brain injury and dysfunction. A reward leading to the arrest of the 2 men who attacked Stow has been increased from $10,000 to $100,000.



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MCO CELLPHONE CRACKDOWN 04-06-11 06:00 a.v.

In observance of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a zero tolerance will be enforced in Monterey County during the entire month of April. Motorists texting or talking on their cellphones will be cited for breaking the law. The minimum ticket cost is $159 with subsequent tickets costing nearly $300. Over 225 local agencies and 103 California Highway Patrol Officers are expected to participate in the crack down.

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ARBORIST SCAM 04-06-11 05:30 a.v.

Since many trees around the Central Coast have been seriously damaged as a result of the recent storms, authorities say to watch out for scam artists posing as arborists. Officials say it’s common right now to see people going door-to-door offering their services as “tree specialists” to either remove or repair damaged trees. They warn most of these individuals have little or no training. Cal-fire officials say a legitimate tree specialist or arborist rarely goes door to door, and instead they should be an established business in the community with a listing in the phone book, under “tree service”. They should also have a California Contractor’s license or a Timber operator’s license. Ideally, they should be a member of a professional group such as the American Society of Consulting Arborists. Officials say try to get more than one estimate to ensure the price offered is competitive.


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SEASIDE PHONE/EMAIL SCAMS 04-06-11 18:30 a.v.

Police in Seaside warn residents of phone and internet scams involving money wires and check cashing schemes. Police say in the past few weeks people have received phone calls from an unknown person stating a family member is incarcerated in Mexico, urging the victim to wire money to Mexico for bail. Police warn people to not send checks, money orders or items of value to persons or businesses you do not know. Do not give out your personal or account information over the phone or internet, unless you can verify the recipient. Report all “scams” online to the National Consumers League Fraud Center at www.fraud.org, and call your local law authority if you are the victim of crime.

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