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Loan Modification Scam 9/5/12 9.00a AF

Homeowners from Santa Cruz and Watsonville are being warned about a loan modification scam by the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s consumer affairs report.      The scam targets homeowners on the brink of foreclosure.    Alleged salespeople are going door to door claiming to be able to stall sale of the house, as long as the homeowner gives them their mortgage payment.   The Consumer Affairs department warns homeowners that this practice is illegal, and urges them to avoid paying anyone but their lenders.    They say that most of these operations, some of which are advertised in newspapers or on TV, usually yield no positive results.      

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Teen Seatbelt Use Assessed 9/5/12 8a AF

A survey conducted by California State University Fresno, and released by the California Office of Traffic Safety on Tuesday reveals that Monterey County teens are less likely to wear their seat belts than most of the rest of the state.   Seat belt usage for Monterey teens was found to be at 87.2%; almost 9% lower than the state average of 96.1%.     The reports overall show an increase in seat belt usage among the youngest drivers, likely to due increased enforcement efforts and a number of awareness campaigns implemented in recent years.   The study also found that girls are slightly more likely than boys to wear seat belts, and that those driving truck have the lowest rate of seat belt use.

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Man Shot in Early Hours 9/5/12 7.40a AF

A man was shot 3 times early this morning while walking near South Hebbron Street in East Salinas.     The 44-year-old victim was walking through an alley around 4am when a silver car pulled up and someone reportedly began demanding money from him in Spanish.    Just moments after the command, the culprit fired three shots that hit the victim in the chest, neck, and hand.     The victim was able to make it to a nearby house before collapsing.     He was in critical condition when admitted to Natividad Medical Center, but was stabilized before being transported to a bay area hospital.      Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

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SVMH Begins Search for New CEO 9/5/12 7.30a AF

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital has begun their search for a new CEO.     The Hospital has employed the executive search firm Witt/Keifer to pursue and interview prospective CEOs across the country.     The position was previously held by Sam Downing, who held the job for decades before retiring last year.   The hospital is offering a salary between $450,000 and $500,000, in an effort to attract qualified candidates.   The firm is expected to find a candidate in about 5 to 6 months.

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ROBBERY IN SALINAS - 09/05/12 04:10P S.S.

2 PEOPLE ARE BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH YESTERDAY’s ARMED ROBBERY OF A MAN IN SALINAS. THE SHORTLY BEFORE 11:30 A.M. (Tuesday) INCIDENT REPORTEDLY OCCURRED IN THE PARKING LOT OF A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT ON NORTH DAVIS ROAD. THE EMPLOYEE THAT WAS ROBBED, WAS ON THE WAY TO THE BANK WITH THE RESTAURANTS TAKE FOR THE DAY. THE VEHICLE THE SUSPECTS WERE IN IS WAS DESCRIBED AS A 2000 SINGLE-CAB CHEVROLET.

ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON THIS ROBBERY IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

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