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state parks 12/08/11 1130 e.a.

a fundraising effort is underway to keep 2 state parks in the santa cruz area open.  the portola and castle rock foundation are attempting to raise 500-thousand dollars to keep portola redwoods state park and castle rock state park open through the next 3 years.  the two parks along with 70 others throughout the state, are slated to close in july.  other state parks in the area are undergoing similar fundraising efforts, including henry w. coe state park and the santa cruz mission historic park. 

amber alert 12/08/11 1130 e.a.

an amber alert has been issued for a missing solano county teen.  17 year old christina almanza is possibly being held captive with 3 other teenagers.  police believe almanza was abducted by several male suspects. christina almanza is DESCRIBED as a hispanic female, 5-feet 7 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes.  the suspects vehicle is believed to be a navy blue oldsmobile silhouette with a california license plate of :

4 e b s 0 6 6 . 

bogus prize warning 12/08/11 0800 e.a.

a number of incidents of people being scammed from fake prizes and sweepstakes have been reported in the santa cruz area.  victims have been contacted by an unknown individual and told that they won 500-thousand dollars and a new car, and all they had to do was wire 199 dollars to an address in jamaica or peru.  the santa cruz district attorney’s office has issued a warning to beware of any prize or sweepstakes offer that come to resident’s homes.  all telemarketing calls should be treated as suspect, and residents should not wire money to strangers.  anyone who has been scammed by a bogus offer is asked to contact th district attorney’s consumer affairs division at 831-454-2050.  

bart to san jose 12/08/11 0800 e.a.

silicon valley commuters could see a change in their travel earlier than expected.  bart trains could begin running in santa clara county before christmas 2016, nearly 18 months ahead of schedule.  the valley transportation authority approved the 772 million dollars needed to begin construction of the 10 mile extension.  the new routes are planned to run from fremont to the berryessa area of san jose.  all that remains before construction can begin is approval from the federal transit administration in february.  

Break in, county bldg 12/08/11 7p.m. TDH

An attempted break in at the santa cruz county government building was thwarted by county employees.  A man and woman were trying to break a window on the first floor of the building, when they were spotted.  Employees inside called 9-1-1 as the 2 suspects, along with a lookout, fled.  The 6:30 p.m. incident is under investigation.  No damage was ultimately sustained by the building.