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APTOS NON-PROFIT ROBBERY 01-13-10 21:30 a.v.

Investigations continue into a robbery where over $35,000 in computers and phones were stolen from an Aptos non-profit. Officials at Community Bridges reported that over 17 laptop and desktop computers were stolen either late Friday or early Saturday. The Seacliff non-profit oversees 9 programs including the Child and Adult Care Food Program, which was said to be impacted the most by the theft. Anyone with any information on the suspects or the crime, is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Investigations Department.

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BLAKESLEES REIMBURSEMENT BILL 01-13-10 20:30 a.v.

Local state senator Sam Blakeslee introduced a new bill this week that would reimburse counties for costs incurred for special elections held over the past two years. Senate Bill 106 would force the state to reimburse the 26 counties a total of 17.7 million dollars spent on 23 special elections held from January 2009 through April 19th of 2011. Blakeslee’s new bill would provide a mandate that all counties affected by recently held special elections shall be reimbursed for all costs associated with recent special elections.

 

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UCSC TO AID BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS 01-13-10 19:00 a.v.

Researchers at U.C. Santa Cruz have identified a key molecule that would aid in the process of performing bone marrow transplants, used to treat lymphoma and leukemia. The molecule, called Robo-4 is said to play a role in anchoring stem cells that live in bone marrow and differentiate into various kinds of mature blood cells into the bone marrow. Researchers are working to develop a way to inhibit Robo-4 and mobilize the hematopoietic stem cells from bone marrow with drugs. The team’s findings were published in the January issue of the scientific journal “Cell Stem Cell”.

 

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S.C. TEEN CAR BURGLARS ARRESTED 01-13-10 19:00 a.v.

2 teenagers were arrested in Santa Cruz  Wednesday in connection with a car burglary. A 15-year old boy and a 17 year old were spotted by neighbors breaking into a car near Poplar Avenue and Parnell Street. Police responded to the area and chased the boys through the backyards of several homes in the area. The boys were taken into custody near Stanford Avenue and Water Street.The stolen property was returned to it’s owners and the boys were booked into Juvenile Hall on suspicion of auto burglary, fleeing arrest, possession of burglary tools and conspiracy.

 

 

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SALINAS FATAL DRIVE-BY SHOOTING 01-13-10 18:00 a.v.

The victim of a drive-by shooting in Salinas this morning has succumbed to his injuries. Police responded to the 11-hundred block of Parkside Street at 10:50 a.m. to find a 26-year old man sitting in the driver’s seat of a red chevrolet pickup truck suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The man was taken to an area hospital where doctors pronounced him dead shortly after his arrival. The suspect vehicle was last seen turning eastbound onto West Laurel Drive. Police are searching for a Hispanic man in his 20’s, bald with no facial hair last seen in a green 1990’s model Mazda with faded paint. Anyone with any information is asked to call 1-800-78-crime.Police are investigating this case as gang-related.

 

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