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Gonzales turbines approved

Updated: 5/29/13, 6:03 PM


The Monterey county planning commission approved a project to bring industrial wind turbines to Gonzales Tuesday night.

The venture, between the city of Gonzalez and developer Herbert Myer, proposes the construction of two turbines that could stand nearly 400 feet tall.

The power generated would be used to power the proposed Vista de Santa Lucia Agricultural Business Park in Gonzalez.

A three year monitoring program will be established to assess the impact on wildlife. An amendment was included to allow the construction to surpass the existing 200 foot height limit.

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Salinas phone scam

Update: 5/29/13, 5:50 PM


A phone scam has duped a Salinas woman of over 500 dollars.

The women received a phones call Tuesday from someone claiming to be a police official.

The man told the women she failed to appear in court for a traffic violation and if she didn’t give a credit card number she would be placed under arrest. The woman drove into town to buy a prepaid credit card.

Local authorities would like to remind everyone they never contact people over the phone about traffic warrants.

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Hospital guard molests patient

Updated: 5/29/13, 5:17 PM

Santa Cruz District Attorney Bob Lee announced Wednesday a security guard for Watsonville community hospital has been charged with molesting a juvenile patient.

23-year-old Alberto Maldonado worked at the hospital and was tasked with watching high risk patients.

He was arrested Tuesday night and will be arraigned Thursday and faces a variety of federal charges.

No other details were released.

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PG beach water safe

Updated: 5/29/13, 5:00 PM


A Pacific Grove beach that has been unsafe for contact has received the all clear.

Lover’s Point Beach has had a Beach Advisory posted since early April.

Monterey Health Department officials say recent samples taken from the water show bacteria levels have fallen.

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Child porn sweep in M Co.

Updated: 5/29/13, 3:55 PM


Monterey County Law enforcement agencies, the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and 26 other agencies conducted a sweep Wednesday of people suspected of having child pornography.

The agencies served search warrants on 10 individuals throughout Monterey County suspected of having child pornography. 7 people were arrested, including people in Salinas, Marina, and Castroville.

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