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Monterey County: Highest CA Murder Rate 12/06/11 8p.m. TDH






Monterey county has the highest homicide rate in the state.  That’s according to a report from the California department of justice.   The report, titled “homicide in California 2010,” was released late friday, and reveals that monterey county ties with merced county for the highest rate, at 10 murders for every 100-thousand residents.  It’s the 2nd year in a row that monterey county has topped the list.  There were 44 homicides last year in the county, which is a decline from 2009’s 51 murders.  Of last year’s 44, 20 of the homicides were recorded in salinas.

Tuesday traffic accidents 12/06/11 7:45p.m. TDH





Traffic was snarled on highway-156 on tuesday, when 2-separate accidents occurred.  The first wreck happened at 4:20 p.m., in Hollister, when a semi-truck towing a mobile home crashed near bixby road.  In the 2nd incident, (near Prunedale), a truck carrying a trailer-load of horses crashed near the interchange with highway-101.   No injuries were reported in either accident.   Elsewhere on the central coast, commuters were hung up in the Watsonville area, when a car fire broke out.

Frost/freeze advisory, wed.am. 12/06/11 7:30p.m. TDH

A frost advisory was issued by the national weather service for the salinas valley.  The advisory is set to last from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday.  It’s the 2nd night in a row the area is under advisory; temperatures dropped into the 20s in parts of monterey county on Tuesday morning.  The advisory means that plants and crops that are vulnerable to cold should be covered, and pets and livestock should not be left exposed.  The spca of monterey county also advises not to leave pets in vehicles when it gets cold, and make sure to check outdoor water supplies to see if they have frozen.  If your animal must be outside, it is legally required to have a structure to protect it from the cold.


Fraud sentence 12/06/11 6p.m. TDH

A man convicted of ducking-out on a medical bill, then providing false information in order to receive more care, has been sentenced to 6-months in santa cruz county jail.  65-year-old William Monroe devine had failed to pay a bill for over 51-thousand dollars from domincan hospital, for treatment he received in 2008.   in October of this year, he again sought care at Dominican, but provided a false social security number and other information, in order to avoid the bill.   Devine was recognized, though, and arrested.  In addition to the 6-months of jail time, he has been ordered to pay 66thousand dollars in restitution, and serve 3-years of probation.


Prowling, arrest 12/06/11 6p.m. TDH

Santa cruz police officers arrested a 55-year-old man yesterday for prowling.  Watsonville resident nebosia freeman was found hiding behind some garbage cans on westcliff drive, near the house that he is accused of prowling around.  Freeman was booked into santa cruz county jail.