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S.C. ASSAULT WITH TOOL 10-15-10 07:50 a.v.

A man was hospitalized Wednesday night after he was assaulted with a mallet (or similar tool) in downtown Santa Cruz. Police say, 2 unidentified suspects, one wearing a Halloween-type mask and a man, struck the victim in the head about 10 times at 4:45 p.m. near Mission and Laurel streets. The victim, who is expected to recover, believes the incident was gang-motivated. Police have made no arrests and ask anyone with any information to call the crime tip line at 831-420-5995.


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B.C. MAN PLEADS NO CONTEST 10-15-10 05:30 a.v.

A Boulder Creek man pleaded no contest yesterday to felony charges child endangerment after throwing a 22-month old child out of a car window in April. 24-year old Erik Rebert Johnston faces those, as well as related charges, after throwing the child out of Volkswagen Beetle near Riverdale Boulevard in Boulder Creek on April 1st. Johnston is expected to be sentenced in December to no more than 10 years in prison, meanwhile the child suffered minor injuries and has recovered.


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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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