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W.V. Hospital Diverting Patients 10/21/10 6:15am TDH

Officials at Watsonville Community Hospital are preparing for a strike by nurses, scheduled for next Tuesday.   Today, hospital administrators plan to begin diverting critical care patients to other hospitals.  Dominican Hospital is expected to see the biggest increase in patients, as Watsonville staff prepare for a 24-hour strike planned by nurses to be held starting at 6:45 a.m., Tuesday.  Nurses say the move to not admit critical care patients is a way of holding the community hostage, as the nurses union continues to seek a new contract.  Negotiations on a new contract have been on-going since January.   Other operations at the hospital, including elective and out-patient surgery, will also be disrupted.   Watsonville Community hospital is owned by Tennessee based Community Health Systems.


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S.V. Pot bust 10/21/10 5:45am TDH

2-people have been arrested in scotts valley, for allegedly growing and selling marijuana.  The investigation began when a woman attempted to send a suspicious-looking package across state lines.  Store employees opened the package, which contained 1-pound of marijuana, and they contacted police.   Officers located and arrested 36-year-old Eva Marie Lyons.   They say she told them about a marijuana grow-operation in the Santa Cruz mountains, and police searched the property.   They located 7-pounds of marijuana packaged and ready for sale, as well as 5 additional pounds of cut marijuana.   Police arrested the property owner at the station, alleging that 33-year-old Jamie Andrew Merritt participated in the operation.  He is charged with conspiracy, as well as cultivation and sales of marijuana.

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Violence Awareness workshop--Thurs. 10/21/10 7:20am TDH

The 1st of 2 scheduled workshops to offer information and advice in response to violence against women is set to held today(thurs) in capitola.   The community meeting will address all kinds of violence, and offer a discussion forum, as well as techniques in dealing with violence.  The meeting is being offered by the commission for the prevention of violence against women, and is set to be held at the united way of Santa cruz county building, at 1220 41st avenue, suite c.

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Sal. Carjacking(updated) 10/21/10 7:45am TDH

2-suspects were arrested, and salinas police are looking for 1-more, after a man was car-jacked yesterday afternoon.   The victim had parked his vehicle on park street, near central park, when a group of 3-young men got in his car, demanded his keys at gunpoint, and sped away.   Officers began pursuing the vehicle just after      3:30 p.m.      18-year-old andrew chavez, and a 17-year-old were arrested after the car crashed at west market and capitol streets.    Police believe another suspect got away, and are continuing to investigate.    Police also believe the 2-suspects were involved in an attempted homicide at wal-mart in september.  Chavez was also charged with a prior burglary.

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Door-to-Door Scam/Robbery 10/20/10 6pm TDH

Salinas Police are warning residents to be cautious when solicited by door-to-door salesmen, after a house was robbed yesterday.   The resident of the house on the 1-thousand block of told police that she was solicited by 2-men who claimed they were from a company called Rainbow Vacuum.  She told them she didn’t have time for their demonstration, and when she returned home later, her front door had been kicked-in, and her house had been robbed.   Police remind residents to always ask for identification and credentials from door-to-door salesmen.

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