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MONTEREY CAB DRIVER STRIKE 02-01-11 17:00 a.v.

Cab drivers on the Monterey Peninsula are protesting a new licensing authority that is being run by Monterey-Salinas Transit. Multiple Cab Companies held a protest today at the Monterey Plaza Hotel saying the strike is a sign of solidarity against regulatory plans by the new Monterey County Regional Taxi Authority, who are expected to put cab drivers out of business through high inspection and permit costs, and coverage requirements. Officials with Monterey-Salinas Transit say the idea to regulate drivers came from the regional taxi authority, which said it needed the help from an outside agency.

 

 

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W’VILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR SEX ABUSE 02-01-11 17:00 a.v.

A Santa Cruz County man was sentenced yesterday for having sex and giving drugs to a 14-year old girl. 24-year old John Nicholas Deanda was ordered to register as a sex narcotics offender and was placed on probation for 3-years. Deanda’s father, meanwhile awaits trial for allegedly abusing the same victim starting when she was 7. Both Deanda and his father, 47-year old John Carlie Deanda were arrested last July from their Watsonville area home on Gilchrist Lane, after the girl, who is 17 years of age now, reported the abuse to a social worker.

 

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BONNY DOON MANHUNT 02-01-11 16:00 a.v.

A search for a wanted man continues in Santa Cruz after homes in Bonny Doon were on lock down for nearly 9 hours yesterday. Police say 24-year old Juan Mendoza Cruz is wanted for a felony warrant for illegal weapons possession with a gang enhancement. Officers were in the area of Ice Cream Grade and Martin Road yesterday at around 1:15 searching for Cruz, who was spotted before he ran into the woods. A reverse 9-1-1 call got underway just before 3 p.m. asking neighbors to remain in their homes. The search was called off at 7 p.m. even though homes remained on lockdown for several hours afterwards. Cruz is described as 5-feet 6-inches tall and weighs up to 140 pounds, and was last seen wearing dark clothes.

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DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD - 02/01/11 10:22 S.S.

A  DEATH  SENTENCE  HAS  BEEN  UPHELD  FOR  A  SALINAS  MAN,   WHO  WAS  CONVICTED  OF  KILLING  HIS  11  YEAR-OLD  NEIGHBOR  BACK  IN  1998.       RONALD  WAYNE  MOORE, WHO  WAS  A  HEROIN  ADDICT  AT  THE  TIME,  KILLED  THE  GIRL  AFTER  SHE  INTERRUPTED  HIS  BURGLARY  OF  HER  HOME.      THE  CALIFORNIA SUPREME  COURT UPHELD  MOORE’S DEATH  SENTENCE  YESTERDAY  (MONDAY).

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POSSIBLE REVOCATION OF S V BUSINESS LICENSE - 02/01/11 09:33 S.S.

A  SCOTTS  VALLEY  SPA,  THAT  WAS  INVESTIGATED  MORE  THAN  A  YEAR  AGO  ON  SUSPICION  OF  LEWD  ACTS  WERE  CARRIED  OUT  THERE,  MAY  BE  SHUT  DOWN  SOON.    ON  FRIDAY,  THE  OWNER  OF  THE  SHIATSU  SPA WAS  ARRESTED  ON  SUSPICION  OF  LEWD  ACTS  AND  PROSTITUTION;  AND  NOW  SCOTTS  VALLEY POLICE  OFFICERS ARE  WORKING  TOWARD  THE  REVOCATION  OF  THE  BUSINESS  PERMIT  FOR  THE  SPA.

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