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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.

HEALTH TRUST GRANTS RELEASED 04/18/12 08:45 D.F.

THE PAJARO VALLEY COMMUNITY HEALTH TRUST RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH IT HAS GIVEN MONEY IN THE LAST YEAR.   THE TRUST AIMS TO PROVIDE FUNDING TO PROJECTS THAT WILL HELP TO LOWER LEVELS OF DIABETES AND OBESITY, AND RAISE STANDARDS OF ORAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH AMONG RESIDENTS OF THE PAJARO VALLEY.    THE LARGEST GRANT, TOTALING 457 THOUSAND DOLLARS, WAS GIVEN TO THE DIABETES HEALTH CENTER. SEVERAL SMALLER GRANTS WERE GIVEN TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS HEALTHY KIDS OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AND THE WATSONVILLE FAMILY YMCA.

LIQUOR STORE BUSTS 04/18/12 08:00 D.F.

THE GILROY POLICE DEPARTMENT BUSTED TWO LIQUOR STORES FOR UNDERAGE ALCOHOL SALES DURING A MINOR DECOY OPERATION ON FRIDAY. CHARLIE’S LIQUORS AND EAGLE RIDGE LIQUORS WERE THE TWO WHO FAILED TO CHECK IDENTIFICATION OUT OF 28 TOTAL STORES SURVEYED. BOTH STORES WILL LIKELY RECEIVE FINES OF BETWEEN 750 AND        3 THOUSAND DOLLARS, THOUGH NEITHER WILL LOSE THEIR LIQUOR LICENSE DUE TO IT BEING THE FIRST OFFENSE FOR BOTH. THE STORE CLERKS WILL ALSO BE CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANORS.

HOLLISTER FIRE STATION 04/18/12 07:40 D.F.

THE DEMOLITION AND RECONSTRUCTION OF FIRE STATION NUMBER ONE IN DOWNTOWN HOLLISTER IS NEARLY COMPLETE, THE CITY SAYS.   THE NEARLY 4.7 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT BEGAN MARCH OF 2011, AND WHEN COMPLETED WILL YIELD A TWO-STORY, 12 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT FIRE STATION.     THE NEW STATION WILL BE NEARLY TWICE THE SIZE OF THE PREVIOUS ONE.    HOLLISTER PLANNING OFFICIALS HOPE TO MOVE 3 FIREFIGHTERS INTO THE NEW FACILITY AND BEGIN TAKING CALLS THROUGH FIRE STATION NUMBER 1 BY THE END OF THIS MONTH.

BOBCAT EATER DUE IN COURT 04/18/12 07:20 D.F

THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING AND EATING A BOBCAT WILL APPEAR IN COURT FOR A PRE-TRIAL HEARING.    38-YEAR-OLD HENRY ARNIBAL WAS ARRESTED ON NOVEMBER 8TH OF LAST YEAR AFTER AN INVESTIGATION ONTO HIS PROPERTY BY SHERRIFF’S DEPUTIES,  INITIALLY LOOKING FOR A MARIJUANA GARDEN,  LED THEM TO THE DISCOVERY OF A BOBCAT CARCASS, COCKFIGHTING INSTRUMENTS, AND A SMALL AMOUNT OF METHAMPHETAMINE.    ARNIBAL TOLD THE SHERRIFF’S THAT HE KILLED THE BOBCAT BECAUSE IT WAS EATING HIS CHICKENS.    ARNIBAL IS SET TO APPEAR IN COURT ON APRIL 26TH .