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update: highway 1 reopened 06/25/12 4p.m. S.S./TDH

BOTH LANES OF HIGHWAY  1 NORTHBOUND,    NORTH  OF  THE  MORRISSEY  BOULEVARD EXIT WERE REOPENED BY 3:30 THIS AFTERNOON.      THE HIGHWAY HAD BEEN BLOCKED AFTER  A  CONCRETE  MIXER,   CARRYING  30  THOUSAND  GALLONS  OF  WET  CONCRETE,   ROLLED  ONTO  ITS  SIDE  JUST  AFTER  9  O’CLOCK  THIS  MORNING.        ALTHOUGH  IT  DID  NOT  SPILL  ANY  OF  ITS  LOAD  IN  THE  INCIDENT,    THE  ENTIRE  LOAD  OF  WET  CONCRETE  HAD  TO  BE  EMPTIED  SO  THE  TRUCK  COULD  BE  RIGHTED  AND  TOWED  AWAY.     THE  TRUCK’S  DRIVER,    A  57  YEAR-OLD  SOLEDAD  MAN,  WAS  TRAPPED  INSIDE  FOR  A  WHILE.      HE  HAS  SINCE  BEEN  TRANSPORTED  TO  AN  AREA  HOSPITAL.  NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC  WAS  DIVERTED  OFF  HIGHWAY-1 AT  MORRISSEY  BOULEVARD IN  SANTA  CRUZ.

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Hollister dog attack, still loose 06/25/12 8:45p.m. TDH

2-hollister residents were attacked by a pit bull on Monday.  1 of the victims was a 9-year-old girl.  She was getting mail out of her mailbox when the un-accompanied-dog ran up and bit her arm.   The girl’s father came to assist her, and the dog bit him as well, before the pit bull ran away from the house on jan avenue and Gabriele court.  Both victims were treated at a local hospital for moderate injuries.   As of late Monday, the dog had not been located.

 

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Santa clara county withholds 49ers $ 06/25/12 8:40p.m. TDH

Members of Santa clara county’s redevelopment-trust-fund oversight board have voted to withhold 30-million dollars from the project to build a new 49ers football stadium.  Members of the newly-established oversight board voted 4 to 3 friday to cancel the agreement, with the goal of redirecting the funds to education and other areas.  The oversight board was established in the wake of the elimination of redevelopment agencies in California.  Board members are tasked with dispersing the remaining redevelopment money that the state allowed santa clara county to keep.   Officials with the city of santa clara are set to discuss the matter at a closed door meeting tuesday.    49ers representatives are expected to respond later this week.  The move is not expected to delay the construction of the stadium in the short term.

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Fort Ord controlled burns 06/25/12 8p.m. TDH

A series of controlled burns is scheduled to be held in the upcoming weeks on former fort ord.   u.s. army personnel are expected to begin the prescribed burns anytime after july 1st, (as the weather allows).  After vegetation is cleared, crews will continue looking for, (and destroying), un-exploded munitions in the area.

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Alleged Rabbit abuser faces misdemeanors 06/25/12 8p.m. TDH

A former rabbit breeder is facing criminal charges related to the seizure of more than 1-hundred rabbits from his aptos property.  Mario albert de la garza is facing 10-misdemeanor counts for “failure to care for animals.”    This past November, 114-rabbits were seized from the property near freedom boulevard and hidden oaks lane.    De la garza has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  he is set to return to a santa cruz county courtroom august 2nd.   Many of the neglected rabbits have been placed with foster homes or adopted, while the remaining rabbits remain under the care of The rabbit haven rescue center.

 

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