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Seaside arrests, drugs 02/27/12 7:30p.m. TDH

2-seaside residents were arrested on Saturday in monterey.  33-year-old reza sotoodeh and 34-year-old Shannon davis were taken into custody by members of the monterey county gang task force.  The 2 were arrested on multiple drug-related charges.

Record # of sick, dead otters 02/27/12 7:30p.m. TDH

Another report has been released that indicates that California sea otters are suffering from an increased number of shark attacks.   The shark-bitten otters contributed to a record number of the endangered animals being found dead, sick, or injured.  According to the U.S. Geological survey, 335 otters were found in such a condition in 2011, which is a record high.  compared to 1990, The percentage of otter deaths from shark bites doubled last year, from 15-percent to about 30-percent.

suspect turns herself in 02/27/12 7:30p.m. TDH

A wanted Watsonville woman has surrendered to authorities.  25-year-old Nicole puchi turned herself in friday, at the Watsonville police department.  The case was then forwarded to the santa cruz police department.   Puchi is suspected of purchasing more than 1-thousand dollars worth of merchandise at various stores around santa cruz county with a stolen credit card.  she was booked into santa cruz county jail.   A 2nd suspect in that case is still wanted.

Attempted kidnapping, sketch released 02/27/12 7:15p.m. TDH

Authorities in santa cruz are looking for a man that attempted to abduct a teenager in live oak on monday morning.  at 8:15 a.m., the man got out his vehicle near 17th avenue and Rodriguez street, and tried to grab a 15-year-old girl.  The girl was on her way to harbor high school.  She was able to get away from the suspect, and continue to school.   The victim reported being followed until she arrived at the school.    The suspect’s vehicle is described as a rusty-red, 2-door ford pickup truck.  The suspect is described as 5-foot-9, (in his early 20s), with dark brown hair and brown eyes.  A sketch has been released, the image can be viewed below.

Names of accused palma employees released 02/27/12 6p.m. TDH

The principal of palma high school has released the names of 3-former school employees that are accused of, (or have been convicted of), sexually abusing students.  The former employees are: Gerald funcheon, Jerome heustis, and Robert brouilette.  none of the 3 still work at the salinas high school.   Funcheon was the one most recently employed, he left the school in 1985.   palma high school is operated by the irish Christian brothers, a catholic order that runs several schools around the country.  The names of the accused employees were released to encourage anyone who suffered abuse to come forward.  There is an august 1st deadline to join a lawsuit against the irish christian brothers.