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Rape Arrest 01/02/11 11:30pm TDH

A 51-year-old Marina man was arrested on New Year’s morning, for allegedly raping a woman.   The victim told Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies that Henry Burl Reed Junior forced himself on her in the back of a vehicle in Salinas.  Reed said the encounter was consensual.  He was already on probation, and out on bail for a burglary charge.  Reed was booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of rape, probation violation, and violation of his terms of bail.

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Armed Prowler Arrested (S.C.) 01/02/11 11:30pm TDH

A Santa Cruz man was arrested for several charges on Saturday, after a resident allegedly saw him prowling.   A Santa Cruz Police officer was flagged down at 9:23 a.m., on the 1-hundred block of Hubbard Street, by a man who reported seeing a prowler.  Officers located the suspect near the San Lorenzo River levee, and arrested him after a foot chase.  18-year-old Ryan Quinn Lanthier faces several charges, including being a gang member in possession of a firearm, after he tried to pull the weapon out during his arrest.   Police say Lanthier is a Norteno gang member.   He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.

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Missing Girl Found Safe 01/02/11 11:30pm TDH

A brief search for a missing teenager in Santa Cruz ended successfully on Saturday.  15-year-old Priscilla Maldonado was reported missing just after midnight on New Year’s Morning, after she had become separated from her family.  The Los Banos family was in Santa Cruz to celebrate New Year’s.   Santa Cruz Police conducted a city-wide search, and found Maldonado’s dog, before locating Priscilla in a house in Santa Cruz at 12:30 p.m.  She was safely reunited with her family.

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Settlement, MCO 12/31/10 6:15pm TDH

5-television makers settled a case yesterday, which ends a consumer-protection lawsuit filed several years ago.   The case was brought by Monterey county, along with 6-other counties, which accused the electronics manufacturers of mis-representing the size of their TV screens.   The settlement allows the companies to disclose the size of their screens to within a tenth of an inch.   And the manufacturers have agreed to pay 1.25-million dollars to cover legal penalties and costs, as well as 1.1-million dollars’ worth of televisions for schools and other public institutions.  Monterey county is expected to receive 163-thousand dollars for legal costs, and 28-thousand dollars in penalties.

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1,000,000 Giant Dipper Rides in 2010 12/31/10 5:45pm TDH

2010 was a successful year for the santa cruz beach boardwalk.   At 2:40 this afternoon, the 1-millionth roller coaster rider was recorded.   The million-rider mark was passed when a train of 24 people set out on the Giant Dipper.   The last time the million-rider-mark was passed was in 2002.  Since its opening in 1924, roughly 58-point-4 million rides have been given on the giant dipper, which is a national historic landmark.

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