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P. G. High grad protests TSA by undressing 04/18/12 6:45p.m. TDH

A pacific grove native and graduate of pacific grove high school was arrested at an Oregon airport on Tuesday.     49-year-old john brennan disrobed in the security line, and refused to get dressed again.   Brennan told the san jose mercury news that he undressed to protest screening procedures used by T-S-A.   he was arrested for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct, and has since posted bail.   Brennan graduated from pacific grove high in 1980—he was set to fly from Portland to san jose.

 

Marina/W.V. Schools locked down (all lifted), separate incidents 04/18/12 5p.m. TDH

3-schools in marina were placed on lockdown this afternoon, while an armed man was chased by marina police officers.   Marina vista elementary school, marina high school, and los arboles middle school were all locked down at 1:30 p.m., following an armed robbery of an ice cream vendor.  That robbery occurred at the corner of carmel avenue and Everett circle.  The suspect shot the vendor multiple times in the leg; the victim is expected to recover.   A man described as a “person of interest” was taken into custody, however he is not a suspect, and the shooter has not been located.   the marina lockdowns were lifted at 2:45p.m.      meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a report of a shooting in Watsonville caused authorities to place rolling hills middle school on lockdown.  No injuries were reported in that incident.  a shell casing was found at the scene that indicated that a shooting had taken place, however no victims or suspects were located. the lockdown was lifted at 4:07 p.m.

Conviction: Choates murder (Seaside) 04/18/12 5p.m. TDH

A man on trial for 1st degree murder was found guilty today.   Donald ray parker was convicted of shooting and killing 26-year-old Dwayne choates junior in seaside in november of 2010.   Parker was convicted of committing the murder under what is deemed a “special circumstance,” because of the way he waited outside of choates’ apartment, with the intent to kill choates.   The enhancement means that parker will be sentenced to life without out paraole.  A hearing has been scheulded for april 27th, to determine how many of parker’s crimes will carry felony “strikes” under the state’s 3-strikes law.

UCs MORE SELECTIVE 04/18/12 09:25 DF

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS ARE BEING FORCED TO GROW INCREASINGLY SELECTIVE.    ALTHOUGH A RECORD TOTAL 80 THOUSAND FRESHMAN WERE ADMITTED TO UC CAMPUSES FOR THIS FALL, THIS NUMBER STILL FAILS TO KEEP UP WITH THE GROWING AMOUNT OF APPLICATIONS THE UNIVERSITIES RECEIVE.   THE UCs ALSO SAW A HIGHER RATE OF OUT OF STATE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ACCEPTANCE THIS YEAR.    THOSE NUMBERS HAVE GROWN BY 33 AND 60 PERCENT RESPECTIVELY.    THIS IS DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING, AS CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS PAY A REDUCED TUITION RATE.    OVERALL, THE FIGURES POINT TO HEIGHTENED DIFFICULTY GETTING INTO THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA FOR ALL STUDENTS.

MORGAN HILL KIDNAPPER IN COURT 04/18/12 09:25 DF

A MORGAN HILL RESIDENT WHO WAS ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPING HIS GIRLFRIEND IN JANUARY WILL BE IN COURT NEXT MONTH.    21-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER FRANCO WAS ARRESTED AFTER POLICE RECEIVED A CALL THAT FRANCO HAD ENTERED THE M AND H TAVERN, GRABBED THE WOMAN BY HER NECK, AND DRAGGED HER OUTSIDE, WHERE HE PUNCHED HER IN THE FACE BEFORE PULLING HER INTO A CAR.    POLICE WERE ABLE TO LOCATE BOTH FRANCO AND THE VICTIM AT A MORGAN HILL RESIDENCE, USING THE VICTIM’S I.D. CARD.     FRANCO IS A CONFIRMED NORTENO GANG MEMBER, AND HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY ARRESTED ON UNRELATED CHARGES.    FRANCO IS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN A SANTA CLARA COUNTY COURTROOM TO NEGOTIATE A SETTLEMENT ON MAY 17TH.