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A Watsonville man accused of molesting 2 children, turned himself into police today after he saw his picture in a newspaper. 49-year old Ismael Padilla, also known as Ismael Sanchez, was featured on Monterey County’s most wanted list. Police opened an investigation into Padilla’s whereabouts in 2009, when the incident was discovered. Padilla was wanted on molesting 2 children under the age of 14. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

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3.1 QUAKE NEAR GONZALES 03-17-11 17:00 a.v.

According to the U.S.G.S, no injuries or damages were reported this morning when a 3.1-magnitude earthquake struck 8-miles north-west of Pinnacles National Monument. The quake’s depth was recorded at 3.5 miles and struck at around 10:30 about 14 miles from Gonzales.


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pvusd pink slips 03/17/11 1045 e.A.

administrators from pajaro valley unified school district alerted over 200 teachers and other employees that their positions might be eliminated at the end of the year.  those who received the PRELIMINARY layoff notices were the 109 teachers on temporary contracts and 100 employees whose subjects included math, art, science and social studies.  most of the teachers at the watsonville/aptos adult school also received preliminary layoff notices.

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hwy 1 crumbles near big sur 03/17/11 1045 E.A.

a STRETCH of highway 1 about 12 miles south of carmel is closed indefinitely after a portion of the roadway crumbled into the pacific ocean.  about 40 feet of the two-lane highway washed out after 5 p.m. on wednesday.  the affected area is just south of the rocky creek bridge.  drivers who wish to get to big sur from the north can take highway 101 to south of king city, and nacimiento-fergusson road to the coast.  it is unknown when the highway will reopen.

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UCSC ANTI SEMITISM 03/17/11 1015 E.A.

officials from the united states department of education are conducting an investigation based on complaints of anti-semitism at u.c. santa cruz.  a faculty member has complained that a series of pro-palestinian events at the university has crossed the line into anti-semitism and created a hostile environment for jewish students.  campus officials say the university will fully cooperate with the federal investigation.

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