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fatal stabbing trial 12/22/11 0900 E.A.

fatal stabbing trial       12/22/11   0900 E.A.





a hearing to set a new trial date has been postponed for a man accused of stabbing chris carr to death at a 2006 party in la selva beach.  23 year old leopoldo alejandro cortes was convicted of 1st degree murder for the stabbing in 2008, but the conviction was overturned after it was ruled that more testimony from a defense hired psychiatrist should have been allowed in the trial.  a hearing to set the date for a new trial has been scheduled for january 12th.

wville diner closes 12/22/11 0600 E.A.

wville      diner closes    12/22/11   0600 E.A.





the poor economy has claimed another victim in the local business world.  the beach street diner in watsonville closed its doors for good on friday.  hand written messages of farewell from customers adorn the front doors.  favorite meals from regulars included the ham and cheese omelets and the veggie burgers.

teens crash stolen suv 12/22/11 0900 E.A.

no one was seriously injured when police chase ended in a crash in watsonville last night.  3 teens led watsonville police on chase at about 6:30 p.m, after an officer noticed the car they were driving was reported stolen.  the 13 year old driver of the s.u.v. then crashed into a large wooden structure on brennan street.  a 13 year old, a 15 year old and a 17 year old were arrested on suspicion of VEHICLE theft.  ammunition was found in the pockets of the 17 year old, who faces a gang enhancement.  all 3 were booked into juvenile hall.

smart meter demonstration 12/22/11 0600 E.A.

about a dozen p.g&e. smart meter opponents marched to the santa cruz county building yesterday to return wireless meters they had once again removed from their homes.  the demonstrators marched to senator joe simitian’s office and assemblyman bill monning’s office to thank the officials for their efforts in influencing p.g.&e. to restore power to those who had removed their smart meters and replaced them with analog meters.  now the utility is charging 15 dollars a month for customers to keep their analog meter, a fee that protestors want repealed.

salinas nurses wage increase 12/22/11 0600 E.A.

the registered nurses of salinas valley memorial healthcare system have come to a wage agreement with hospital officials.  nurses have agreed to defer their scheduled wage increases over the next few years.  in a statement issued by the hospital, officials “recognize the difficult economic situation of the hospital, and want to continue to provide excellent patient care to members of the community”.