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SERIAL ROBBER ARRESTED 07-02-10 06:30 a.v.

A 44-year old Santa Cruz man was arrested yesterday in connection with robbing several banks in 3 separate counties.   Kent Lee Maxon is accused of robbing banks in Santa Cruz, San Jose and Santa Clara County.    The most recent string of robberies Maxon is accused of includes Monday’s robbery at the Comerica Bank on Mission Street.   The other robberies occurred Saturday at Bank Of The West on South DeAnza Boulevard in San Jose, and another robbery on June 22nd, at the Comerica Bank on Saratoga and Sunnyvale Roads in Saratoga.

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S.C. COURTHOUSES CLOSE EARLY TODAY 07-02-10 06:00 a.v.

Starting today, hours at both courthouses in Santa Cruz County will be reduced.   The court clerk offices in Santa Cruz and Watsonville will close as of 2 p.m. this afternoon.   The courtrooms and jury offices, however, will stop operating ALL services at 3 p.m.    Public drop boxes for court documents and fine payments WILL be available at both courthouses from 2 to 5 p.m.    Both courthouses open at 8 a.m., daily.     The early closures are part of a cost-cutting plan targeted at saving 2.3 million dollars this fiscal year and will occur EVERY Friday.

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CAPITOLA PEDICAB SERVICE BEGINS 07-02-10 05:50 a.v.

Human powered pedi-cabs began operating in Capitola yesterday.  The new “Tiki-Cab” service, expects to operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days a week, shuttling locals and tourists to various locations in and around the Capitola Village during the summer, along with offering a pick-up and drop-off service for locals.   There are no set fees for the service, drivers will rely mostly on tips from riders.   The idea for the new service came after a Capitola resident (and Santa Clara County firefighter) learned about the business during a trip to San Diego last year.

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SALINAS ILLEGAL FIREWORKS CONFISCATED 07-02-10 05:30 a.v.

100 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized yesterday in Salinas after an 11-year old boy was found playing with a firecracker.  Officers made that discovery while patrolling the 800 block of Garner Avenue around 12 p.m., after hearing a firecracker go off.   An investigation led officers to the 1-thousand block of Garner Avenue where a woman was found with the illegal fireworks, she told officers she had gotten them from Las Vegas.

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MIN. WAGE ORDERED FOR STATE WORKERS 07-02-10 05:00 a.v.

Since the state legislature has not passed a budget yet, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered state workers to be paid a federal minimum wage. However, state controller, John Chiang, will reportedly not follow the governor’s order, citing the “impossibility of being able to pay some workers minimum wage and others their current salaries”.  The order, stating that state employees will be paid the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour for the July pay period, is said to affect roughly 200-thousand state employees.   The change, made effective yesterday, is expected to be reflected in state employees next paycheck. Workers, in the meantime, should expect their normal wages, paid in full retroactively, once the budget is passed.

 

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