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CHURCH YOUTH LEADER PLEADS GUILTY 08-05-10 19:40 a.v.

A former youth leader has pleaded guilty to charges of molesting an-11-year old Salinas church youth group member last year. 20-year old Erik Mendoza pleaded guilty to 2 counts of forcible lewd acts with a child under the age of 14. Mendoza, who is expected to receive 12-years in prison when he is sentenced on September 9th, reportedly molested the girl on the property of the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida Church.

 

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SALINAS STOLEN CAR ARREST 08-05-10 19:20 a.v.

A 43-year old man, out on parole, was arrested in Salinas early this morning on suspicion of stealing a vehicle. Police spotted the car, which had been reported stolen, at Williams Road and Grandhaven Street at around 1:30 a.m. Police stopped the driver of the vehicle, Mark Valenzuela, for a routine traffic stop, took him into custody and booked him into Monterey County Jail.

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ZERO MOTORCYCLE GRANT 08-05-10 19:00 a.v.

A nearly 1-million dollar grant has been awarded to a Scotts Valley business. The California Energy Commission has given the $900,000 grant to Zero Motorcycle to launch a new electric power-train development project in Santa Cruz. The City Council approved a $175,000 loan to help the reported leader in the electric motorcycle industry obtain matching funds for the grant. The company plans to open a dealership along with it’s new research center in Santa Cruz.

 

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JAMES MARTIN TOXICOLOGY - 08/04/10 21:30 S.S.

A  SALINAS  MAN'S  DEATH  HAS  BEEN  RULED  AN  ACCIDENT.  THAT  AFTER  THE  TOXICOLOGY  TEST  RESULTS  FOR  30  YEAR-OLD  JAMES  MARTIN  SHOW  THAT  HE  DIED  AS  A  RESULT  OF  "Excited  Delirium due to acute methamphetamine intoxication".    MARTIN  IS  BELIEVED  TO  HAVE  LEFT  HIS  HOME  THROUGH  A  WINDOW,   THEN  GONE  OVER  A  FENCE   AND  THROUGH  A  NEIGHBOR'S  GARAGE  WINDOW,   INTO  THE  GARAGE  WHERE  HIS  BODY  WAS  LATER  FOUND.

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APTOS TEACHER PLEADS NOT GUILTY 08-05-10 17:00 a.v.

An Aptos Junior High School teacher pleaded not guilty to all charges today after having been accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year old female student. 60-year old Steven Sande faces 20-counts of sex crimes, including continuous abuse of a child, lewd acts with a child, creating and possessing child pornography, sending lewd matter to a child over the internet, and arranging a meeting with a child for sexual purposes. The charges carry a possible prison term of up to 30 years. Sande, who was the victim’s math teacher, also sent school officials a letter of resignation last week, effective August 17th. A preliminary hearing date has been set for November 15th.

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