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Wanted S.C. man arrested 6/20/10 TDH

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.

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King City Assault, arrest 6/20/10 TDH

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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Public Records fees (SCC) 6/20/10 TDH

Tomorrow(tues), the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to consider giving final approval to a measure that would impose a fee on certain requests for public records.   The fee would be charged for any request that took more than an hour to fill, and would vary depending on how long it took to complete, and what agencies were involved in the effort.  State law gives any citizen the right to request public records, although it is usually media organizations that make the requests.   The law also allows government agencies to recoup any costs associated with requests.  Most recent requests in Santa Cruz County reportedly would not be subject to the fee.   Supervisors gave preliminary approval to the measure last week, and are expected to make the move official, when they meet at 9 a.m. at 701 Ocean Street, in Santa Cruz.

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Salinas Shooting 6/20/10 TDH

A 24-year-old man was shot in Salinas late Friday night.   The incident occurred in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 700-block of Garner Avenue.   Salinas Police say the victim was shot in the upper body, after an unknown suspect approached him and began arguing with him.   The victim was flown to a Bay-area hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound.    The suspect fled the area after the shooting, and has not been located.

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SEIU Furlough agreement 6/20/10 TDH

Members of Santa Cruz County's largest public union voted to approve new contract stipulations last week.   About 16-hundred workers represented by Service Employees International Union, or S.E.I.U., agreed to take 15 unpaid furlough days in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st.   That's 2-more days than union members took off this year.   The union also agreed to a wage freeze, however county leaders agreed to cover any increase in health insurance costs.    The 1-year-contract is estimated to save the county about 7.1-million dollars, and the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is expected to give its final approval on Thursday.

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