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Wanted Man Arrested, S.C. 02/25/11 4:45p.m. TDH

A man who had been watned in santa cruz since Tuesday, was arrested today, on charges of attempted sexual assault.    39-year-old keith Rodriguez was arrested at the santa cruz police department on center street, at 2:15 this afternoon.   Police officers had told Rodriguez to come to the station because there was a problem with his registration as a convicted sex offender.   Keith Rodriguez is required to register with the police department every 30-days, because he is also homeless.   He is accused of brandishing a knife at a jogger on the san Lorenzo railroad bridge and demanding a sexual act.  The victim ran away, and escaped unharmed.

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SALYER TOMATO TRIAL 02/25/11 0600 E.A.

A SACRAMENTO FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DENIED A PROSECUTOR'S MOTION IN THE CASE OF TOMATO KING SCOTT SALYER. THE FEDERAL JUDGE RULED THAT TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN SALYER AND HIS ATTORNEYS ARE PRIVLEGED COMMUNICATIONS AND CANNOT BE ACCESSED BY PROSECUTORS. A MOTION HAD BEEN MADE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PROSECUTION TEAM SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO LISTEN TO AND USE PHONE CALLS SALYER MADE TO HIS ATTORNEYS. SCOTT SALYER FACES CHARGES OF RACKETEERING, BRIBERY, AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE THAT COULD POTENTIALLY SEND HIM TO JAIL FOR LIFE.

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MONNING HOSTS SODA TAX BILL EVENT 02-25-11 07:00 a.v.

Local assemblymember Bill Monning will host an event in Monterey County this morning to raise awareness about a bill that would target obesity-related ailments. The bill levies a penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages such as soda pop, energy drinks, sports drinks and sweetened teas. The new ordinance, which was introduced this week, is estimated to generate 1.7 billion dollars annually, and is expected to help educate schoolchildren and nonprofits about the problems and diseases related to obesity.

Monning’s kick off event for the new soda tax bill take’s place at Marina’s Monterey County Health Clinic at 10 a.m.

 

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S.C. LOCAL MAKES AI’S FINAL 24 02-25-11 06:30 a.v.

A Santa Cruz local is now officially one of the final 24 competitors on the Fox Network show, American Idol. The show’s 3 judges decided last night that 21-year old James Durbin of Santa Cruz will be among the 12 men competing. Beginning next week, however, Durbin’s fate now moves from the panel of judges to the show’s viewers, who will be able to vote for their favorite by text message, phone or new this year, through Facebook. The men take the stage Tuesday, followed by the women Wednesday. Judging for the finals takes place Thursday.

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