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W.V. Drive-By 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

Watsonville police are investigating a drive-by shooting that was reported on Saturday afternoon.   Witnesses told police that the shots were fired at 2:30 p.m. from a dark-colored, 4-door BMW.   The bullets struck a white toyota, on the 1-hundred block of 2nd avenue.  A window was broken, but officers are unsure if anyone was struck.   Anyone with information about either vehicle involved, or the suspects, is encouraged to contact the Watsonville police department.

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Marina house fire 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

A wall heater is believed to have sparked a small house fire in marina on Saturday.   The flames broke out on the  2-thousand block of California avenue, after the heater malfunctioned.   PG and E crews disconnected the gas line that was connected to the house, as marina firefighters worked to put out the flames.  The fire was extinguished before the house was significantly damaged.

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DUI accident, SCC 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on Saturday night, on suspicion of driving under the influence.   The juvenile lost control on corralitos’ varni road, and struck a fence.   The vehicle then went down an embankment and rolled over.  The teen was not reportedly injured.  He was taken into custody and booked into santa cruz county juvenile hall.

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Power back for Smart Meter protesters 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

P.G. and E. restored power on Friday to 5 customers who had removed their Smart Meters.   Officials at the utility had argued that the move to cut the power was due to safety concerns.   However, local elected officials had questioned the decision, which likely influenced P.G. and E. to reverse course.  for now, The customers are being permitted to run power without a meter.

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P.V. People of the Year 12/18/11 11p.m. TDH

The pajaro valley chamber of commerce and agriculture has announced the organization’s people and organizations of the year.  Former watsonville fire chief gary smith was named “man of the year”, and teacher diane severin was named “woman of the year.”   The 2 are set to be honored, along with others, at a dinner ceremony scheduled for January 28th.  Also being recognized is the Watsonville relay for life, which won “event of the year,” and Court appointed special advocates, known as CASA, which was named “organization of the year.”    Taylor’s Office City was honored as “business of the year.”  The lifetime achievement award is set to be given to retired teacher Rhea DeHART.

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