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INVESTIGATIONS CONTINUE INTO S.C. SHOOTINGS 09-28-10 19:30 a.v.

Investigations continue into 3 recent Santa Cruz shootings which left one person dead over the weekend. 22-year old Beach Flats resident Omar Alejandro Lopez Patlan was fatally shot just before 1 a.m. Saturday while he was sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked near 17th Avenue and Rodriguez Street. Then an 18-year old man attending a memorial service for Lopez-Patlan was shot Sunday at 6:15 p.m. Police believe that shooting was gang-related. A 28-year old Santa Cruz man was shot several times Saturday at 6:45 p.m. after a confrontation with another man near Center and Lincoln Streets. Police say that shooting stemmed from drugs and gangs. Finally, on Sunday evening, a shooter on a bicycle fired shots into a home on Woodrow Avenue and Walk Circle. Police found the bike of the suspected gunman in the 400 block of California Street. Police ask anyone with any information into any of these crimes to contact them at 831-420-5820.

 

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BODY FOUND IN S.C. CALLED “SUSPICIOUS” 09-28-10 18:50 a.v.

A body that was found in Santa Cruz today is being called ‘suspicious in nature’. Santa Cruz County deputies recovered the body on private property in a wooded Soquel area. The body, which was sent to the Santa Cruz County morgue for an autopsy, has been tentatively identified, however the victim’s name is being withheld until family members are notified.

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SALINAS’S 13TH HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED 09-28-10 17:50 a.v.

A Salinas teen, who was fatally shot this morning in East Salinas, has been identified. The Monterey County Coroner’s office has identified 17-year old Ulises Jacobo-Corona as the victim who was fatally shot at 8:18 a.m. by 2 men who walked up and opened fire while he and another teen were walking on the 1200 block of Del Monte Avenue near the intersection of Towt Street. Jacobo-Corona was pronounced dead at the scene. Several area schools were placed on lockdown for about 20 minutes after today’s fatal shooting, which marks the city’s 13th homicide of the year. Police are searching for a 90's Honda Accord with tinted windows, which is believed to be used during the gang-related shooting. The car was last seen going southbound on Towt Street.

 

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EMBEZZLEMENT TRIAL FOR SALINAS SGT. 09-28-10 17:30 a.v.

After a preliminary hearing today, a Salinas sergeant will stand trial on embezzlement charges after he stole thousands of dollars from his mother. The preliminary hearing ended today for Sergeant Jay Malispina, who is being charged with stealing over $40,000 from his mother after he reportedly tricked her into giving him authority over her finances and then wrote checks to himself. The trial is slated to begin on November 3rd.

 

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S.C. ALLOWS MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES 09-28-10 17:00 a.v.

Santa Cruz County supervisors unanimously agreed today to incorporate regulations that will permit marijuana dispensaries to sell the drug to prescription users in unincorporated communities. The vote also includes a moratorium on any new dispensaries until rules are drafted and adopted. Among some of the concerns among county officials include where dispensaries should be allowed, whether they should be permitted to advertise and who should supply the marijuana they sell. Supervisors expect to have a draft ordinance for public review by November 9th.

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