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A man charged with providing alcohol to a minor, who killed his friend during a DUI crash on New Year’s Day, pleaded not guilty yesterday. 41-year old Timothy McLaughlin was charged last month with 3 misdemeanors related to providing alcohol to the teen, Alexander Gordon Winn, who caused the death of his friend, Adam Arias during the fatal crash on Corral de Tierra Road, in Salinas. If convicted, McLaughlin faces up to a year in jail, a fine or both, in 2 of the charges, and a fine and 24 hours of community service if convicted of the 3rd. McLaughlin is expected to return to court on August 12th.


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Officials in King City last night approved spending $10,000 to hire an outside consultant to help investigate complaints about the city’s police department. The vote comes after many residents voiced their concerns over the police department’s performance saying that they don’t trust the officers and believe they’re not doing a good enough job at keeping the community safe. Over 200 people attended the city’s council meeting last night. One main issue cited by residents was the department’s failure to make arrests in the city’s 4 homicides this past year.



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SALINAS WEAPONS ARREST 07-14-10 12:30 a.v.

2 men were arrested early this morning on multiple charges including weapons and probation charges. Officers were conducting a ‘beat check’ around 5:16 a.m. in the parking lot of a North Main Street fast food restaurant, when they discovered a vehicle with fogged windows. After officers contacted the occupants inside the car, 29-year old David Zamora and 30 year old Greg Warren, along with another male, were taken in for questioning after a pistol magazine and a stolen handgun were found hidden inside the car. Both Warren and Zamora were booked into Monterey County Jail.

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S.C. COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET 07-13-10 20:20 a.v.

A 74.5-million dollar general fund was approved by city council members in Santa Cruz today. After a 6-percent drop from 2009 to 2010, revenues are expected to rise 1.2 million over last year due to projected increases in sales tax, fines and permits. The new plan, which represents a budget that is 5-percent smaller than it was 2 years ago, allows for expenditures which is said to leave an estimated 2.2 million dollar deficit that the council is looking to eradicate by using 1-million dollars in reserves along with cutting other costs. Some of the areas affected include cuts in social services including the county’s Conference and Visitors Council and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County.


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U.C.S.C. ACTIVISTS TRIAL DISMISSED 07-13-10 18:10 a.v.

Charges against 4 animal rights activists accused of a violent protest at the home of a U.C. Santa Cruz researcher nearly 2 years ago, have been dismissed. A federal judge, who dismissed the case a month ago, sided with the activists in a 14-page ruling issued yesterday. The judge claims the rulings against the 4 were not specific enough. Joseph Buddenberg, Maryam Khajavi, Nathan Pope and Adriana Stumpo were arrested back in February of 2009 and charged with interfering with animal enterprise, a violation of a federal law and conspiracy.


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