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Robotics fair held, NPS 05/09/12 9:45p.m. TDH

Robotics and engineering Students turned out yesterday at monterey’s naval postgraduate school, to hold the robotics in the roses research fair.  Attendees got to see a variety of devices made by students in the school’s “consortium for robotics and unmanned systems education and research”, known as “Cruser.”   The devices included flying drones, wheeled vehicles, and watercraft.  The unmanned systems are designed for a variety of uses, from combat and mine clearing, to navigation.



W.V. gets SWAT grant 05/09/12 9:30p.m. TDH

The watsonville police department has received a federal grant to establish a SWAT team.  The 100-thousand dollar grant is being awarded by the Department of homeland security’s urban area security initiative.  The SWAT team will be initially made up of 10 watsonville police officers, who will receive training for special weapons and tactics, to deal with violent situations.  The announcement came the same day that officers and santa cruz county sheriff’s deputies stormed the Watsonville courthouse, following a report of a gunman there.  (that situation was resolved without incident.)  The SWAT team could be operational as soon as july.



Report of gunman closes WV court 05/09/12 6p.m. TDH

Watsonville police officers and santa cruz county sheriffs deputies swarmed the Watsonville courthouse on 2nd street thursday afternoon.  that, after A 47-year-old-man caused a disturbance following a child custody hearing.   brian funk threatened his ex-wife with a gun, that he claimed to have hidden near the courthouse.   No gun was ultimately found.  The area around Watsonville civic plaza was closed down while authorities secured the scene.  funk was found on Rodriguez street trying to flee on a santa cruz metro bus.  He was taken into custody and is expected to undergo a mental evaluation while charges are considered.   Watsonville civic plaza was re-opened by 1:30 p.m.


Pajaro river project closer to starting 05/09/12 9:20p.m. TDH

Officials with santa cruz county flood control have approved a project to clear the pajaro river of sediment.  The excavation project calls for removing about 320-thousand cubic yards of dirt (over 2-years).  The first phase of the 8-point-3 million dollar project will involve removing about 140-thousand cubic pounds of dirt, starting near main street bridge and working west.  The project now goes to the bidding process.   A contractor is expected to be chosen by june 18th.



Soledad police layoffs 05/10/12 9:20p.m. TDH

The soledad police department is being reduced, due to budget constraints.  5 soledad police officers have received layoff notices.  The layoffs will be effective june 30th.   The soledad police officers association objected to the decision, arguing that staffing levels will be too low to adequately deal with crime in the city.



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