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shark rescue honors 02/01/12 0630 e.a.

a ceremony was held yesterday at the naval postgraduate school to honor two soldiers and a civilian paramedic for assisting a monterey man who was attacked by a shark in october.  the 27 year old victim suffered injuries on his neck, shoulder, wrist and forearm after a shark attacked his surfboard. two soldiers, army major jonathan bleakley and master sergeant garric banfield brought the man to shore, where paramedic lorenzo navarro rendered first aid.  bleakley and banfield were honored with the army commendation medal, and navarro was awarded a certificate of commendation.

live oak school board nom 02/01/12 0630 e.a.

a santa cruz county native has been nominated to fill a vacant position on the live oak school board. sergio martinez has experience as a youth counselor, adult educator and teacher, and is currently president of the early learning advisory council at live oak elementary schoolmartinez was one of 2 candidates INTERVIEWED by the current board members at a special session last night.  the vacancy comes after the death of board member barney bricmont last month.  the school board’s next scheduled meeting is slated for february 7th.

seaside child porn convict 02/01/12 0630 e.a.

a seaside man convicted of possession of child pornography was sentenced yesterday.  65 year old george bastian was arrested in march of 2010 after detectives from the internet crimes against children task force traced videos of child pornography back to bastian’s home computer.  he was sentenced t o 2 years in prison, and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life upon release.

p.g. business closing 01/18/11 0630 e.a.

a pacific grove business that has been operating for nearly 24 years will be closing its doors at the end of the month.  stacy strauch, owner of patrick’s consignment store, says the recession hit her business hard, and she has seen numbers decrease as the days progressed.  her father opened the store in the 1980’s.

Arrest, car burglaries 01/31/12 8:15p.m. TDH

A Watsonville man has been arrested in connection with a string of vehicle burglaries.  32-year-old ernie puchi was taken into custody after being implicated in the incidents, which occurred over the past few days in a parking garage on river street.  Puchi was booked into santa cruz county jail on suspicion of burglary.