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An employee of the Salinas Police Department pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges filed against him for sexually assaulting a minor. 28-year old Scott Callan, an adviser to the department’s Explorer program, is charged with multiple counts of lewd and lascivious acts of a child under the age of 15 by a person at least 10 years older. Callan, a Community Service Officer, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl now 16, between December 2009 and March. Callan, who was arrested on October 6th, is slated to return to court on November 17.

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FREMONT PEAK DRUG BUST 10-14-10 19:10 a.v.

Over 4,000 marijuana plants were discovered today in San Juan Bautista. Multiple agencies including the San Benito County Marijuana Eradication Team found and destroyed the plants which were located in an area of Fremont Peak State Park. No one was found when officers entered the pot garden. Anyone with information is urged to call 831-755-3722.

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ARANA GULCH PLANS REJECTED 10-14-10 19:00 a.v.

Plans to add a bicycle path and hiking trails to Santa Cruz’s Arana Gulch was rejected today by the California Coastal Commission. This week’s decision, which follow’s a decade long controversial debate, prevents the city’s longtime bid to build a network of trails and visitor facilites in the 68-acre greenbelt above the Santa Cruz Harbor. The plan was to pave a bicycle path connecting the city with the community of Live Oak. The commissioner’s concern was that the plan did not protect the forest and meadows of Arana Gulch.


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Scott’s Valley disc drive and storage maker, Seagate Technology says it’s looking into “going private”. Company officials said this week that they’re in discussions with an un-named party that is showing an interest regarding a “going private” transaction and possibly other strategic alternatives. The company, which stressed that there is no guarantee that it will receive a formal offer or complete a deal, has meanwhile retained financial and legal counsel regarding the possible transaction.


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The identity of a woman whose body was found inside the trunk of a burning car over the weekend, has been identified as the owner of the car. The results of the autopsy were positively identified through dental records that the victim has been confirmed as Greenfield resident 22-year old Yvette Martinez. Martinez, who was reported missing Saturday, was found Sunday night when firefighters were called to the scene of the torched vehicle off Highway 198 between San Lucas and Coalinas in the Priest Valley area.

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