State lawmakers are currently considering a bill, that could make California the first state to experiment with digital license plates. The bill passed the State Senate unanimously last month. It would authorize the state to begin researching devices that would display regular license plates when a car is moving, but would begin displaying digital messages or advertisements when the vehicle is idle for more than 4-seconds. Supporters of Senate Bill 14-53 say the move could generate ad-revenue for the cash-strapped state, and that the digital plates could be used to broadcast Amber Alerts and traffic information. If the Assembly approves the bill, the research costs are expected to be borne by a private company that the state would partner with, and D.M.V. officials would report their findings by 2013.
The Santa Cruz County Chapter of the American Red Cross is scheduled to hold its annual meeting this week. Wednesday's meeting will review the chapter's disaster support and preparedness classes over the past year. Officials are also set to discuss the organization's goals for the next year. The meeting is open to the public, and is scheduled to be held at 2960 Soquel Avenue, in Santa Cruz, at noon.
Cal-fire crews were able to contain a wild-fire in eastern San Benito County on Saturday, before the flames grew out of control. The blaze began at 5 p.m., near Panoche and Little Panoche Roads. About 68 firefighters were able to contain the flames to 10-acres. They were aided by a 4-air tankers, an observation plane, a helicopter, and a bulldozer. The fire was 100-percent contained by 8:45 p.m, and no injuries were reported in connection with the incident.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies arrested a man in Santa Cruz on Saturday, who had been wanted for fleeing from authorities. 48-year-old Donald Carl Peter was taken into custody at Ocean and Broadway Streets, after leading deputies on yet another chase, this time on foot. Sheriff's deputies had been on the lookout for Peter since last Tuesday, when they attempted to serve him with a warrant for a previous police pursuit. He fled the Escalona house in his S.U.V. Authorities noticed the vehicle just before 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, which lead to his arrest. He is facing charges of resisting arrest and violating probation. Donald Peter was convicted 3-months ago of selling methamphetamine to recovering drug addicts at the Seabright-area sobriety home where he was a manager.
On Saturday morning, King City Police officers arrested a known gang-member, who is accused of assaulting a teenager on Friday afternoon. The incident occurred at 5:30 p.m., on the 500-block of North 3rd-Street, when the suspect, Oscar Nunez, confronted the victim about graffiti that had been scrawled at a nearby apartment complex. During the confrontation, Nunez allegedly hit the teen in the head with something metal. At 3:30 a.m. Saturday, officers served a search warrant at Nunez's residence. They allegedly found a loaded handgun, along with ammunition. Police say Nunez is a known Sureno gang member, and he was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and gang-enhancements.
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