Santa Cruz County firefighters are warning of a recent telephone scam in which callers try to get donations for the fire department. In most cases, the scammers say they are with “your local fire department” or with the “Aptos/La Selva Fire District”, and try to collect money for the so-called “Burn Foundation Charity”. The calls appear to be coming from an 831 area code, where the victims are asked to donate money with a credit card over the phone. Residents are advised not to give any information over the phone and to report the call. The Fire District says it does not and never has solicited donations over the telephone.
A Watsonville woman known as the Central Coast bandit pleaded not guilty in a San Luis Obispo Courtroom yesterday. Christina Padilla is charged with eight felony counts for allegedly robbing seven banks in three counties across the Central Coast. Authorities believe Padilla is responsible for six bank robberies in San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Stanislaus counties since December. She is expected to be back in court on March 10th.
Natividad Medical Center’s new Trauma Center got the go-ahead this week to hire about new medical staff. Monterey County Supervisors approved the plan Tuesday. Officials say the annual 8.8 million dollar cost for the 70 new workers makes up about a third of the projected 26.9 million dollar yearly cost of the county-owned center. Natividad was chosen over Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital in a bidding process to have the trauma center program, the first of it’s kind in the area. The program is expected to be fully operational by the beginning of next year.
An Aptos man convicted of murdering a Capitola woman in 1975, has once again been denied parole. The Board of Prison Terms says 63-year old Vincent Regan lacked remorse and an understanding of why he committed the crime. Regan along with another man broke into the home of 27-year old Joyce Coulter on April 26th, when the two raped and beat the woman, strangling her with her own bed sheets, before stabbing her to death. Coulter was found by her husband. Regan has been incarcerated since he was convicted of murder in December of 1975.
A 30-year old Soledad man was hospitalized after suffering several non-life threatening gunshot wounds this afternoon. Police say the man stepped out of the front door of his Andalucia Drive home at 2 o’clock, when he noticed a man from across the street approach the home when he was shot twice. Police are searching for a man who is about 5-foot-11 with a thin build who was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored bandana. Police are unsure if the shooting is gang-related.
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