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No contest pleas 04/15/11 5:30P.M. TDH

A 20-year-old man pleaded no contest to several charges today, including assaulting a police officer.   Oscar cruz entered the no contest pleas for 7-charges, stemming from an incident last november.  Cruz was caught stealing items from vehicles near watsonville's hope drive and firethorn way, and fought with the watsonville police officer who tried to apprehend him.  Cruz also pleaded no contest to gang involvement.  He is scheduled to be sentenced on may 18th.


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Salinas arrests 04/15/11 4:30p.m. TDH

2-people were arrested for burglarizing a k-mart store in Salinas yesterday.   A Salinas Police officer was flagged down by a security guard at the store, who identified the 2-suspects trying to flee the parking lot.  After allegedly resisting arrest, 23-year-old Michael Farley was taken into custody.   His accomplice, 26-year-old Joshua Padilla, escaped from the scene.  He was located later, after a resident found him inside their house on the 2-hundred block of Massolo Court.   He was apprehended with the help of another resident, and both men were booked into Monterey county jail.  Stolen items from the residence, as well as the K-mart were recovered.

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Governor Jerry Brown today issued a State of Emergency for 19 counties including Santa Cruz, and Monterey, for damages caused during a series of severe storms last month. The rainstorms, which swept across California between March 15th and 27th, brought high winds, heavy rains and flooding. The bad weather caused roads and highways to close as a result of mudflows, debris, floods, and erosion. These conditions are said to require continuing emergency response, including significant repair, reconstruction work and debris removal.

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A former Aptos Junior High teacher pleaded guilty this week to 12 separate felony crimes of sexually abusing a student. 61-year old Steven Jay Sande also admitted to 7-related charges of child pornography, for a total of 19-felonies. The maximum possible sentence Sande could face for these crimes is 35 years, 4 months in prison, and the lowest term he could receive is 3 years in prison. Sentencing is slated on July 22nd, he currently remains out on bail.


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POLICE RESPOND TO S.C. RAVE 04-15-11 10:30 a.v.

Law enforcement authorities responded to several reported fights and a medical call during a rave this week in Santa Cruz County. No victims or suspects were found after police received 3 separate reports Wednesday night during the event held at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium. Increased security was added after police were notified that widespread drug use would occur. Emergency responders also assisted a 21-year old man who passed out. About 1,600 people attended the DJ concert.


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