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SMART METER MEETING 08/27/10 4:45pm TDH

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY LEADERS ARE ASKING STATE UTILITY-REGULATORS TO DO MORE TO STOP THE INSTALLATION OF P-G- & E SMART METERS.  SUPERVISORS MET YESTERDAY WITH A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CALIFORNIA PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION, TRYING TO WORK OUT CONCERNS RELATING TO THE NEW, WIRELESS METERS.   STATE REGULATIONS GOVERN THE UTILITY, WHICH CONFLICTS WITH THE COUNTY’S DECISION TO TRY TO IMPOSE A MORATORIUM ON THE METERS’ INSTALLATION.   SOME RESIDENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE METERS’ ACCURACY IN MEASURING USAGE, AND ABOUT RADIATION EMITTED BY THE DEVICES.    A REPORT IS EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK REGARDING THE METERS’ ACCURACY, AND ANOTHER IS DUE LATER THIS YEAR ADDRESSING SAFETY CONCERNS.  IN THE MEANTIME, STATE OFFICIALS ARE SET TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO DISCUSS HALTING OR CONTINUING THE INSTALLATION EFFORT.

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WATSONVILLE ASSAULT & ROBBERY ARREST 08-27-10 12:25 a.v.

2 reported gang members were taken into custody last night near Watsonville High School.   The suspects approached the victim, who was riding a skateboard along the sidewalk, at 7:15 p.m. in the area of Maple and Union Street, and asked him his gang affiliation.   The victim was then punched in the face and then robbed of some clothing items.   Watsonville police captured the 2 suspects, 18-year old Antonio Mendoza and a 16-year old juvenile, and charged them with strong armed robbery, conspiracy, and a gang enhancement.

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LIFE SENTENCE/SOLEDAD PRISON GUARD 08-27-10 11:25 a.v.

A former Soledad prison guard was sentenced to life in prison today. Former correctional officer with Salinas Valley State Prison, 39-year old Timothy Rodriguez was found guilty for hiring an undercover officer, who was posing as a hit man, to kill his former girlfriend. After 2 days of testimony in a bench trial, Rodriguez was found guilty of attempted first degree murder and solicitation of murder. Rodriguez is expected to be under protective custody, and away from the general population of the prison.

 

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BIG SUR CAR CRASH 08-27-10 11:25 a.v.

The C-H-P has received reports that a car has gone off Highway-1 near Big Creek Bridge. The crash was reported at 9:16 a.m. this morning (fri). The car was seen 200 feet below mile marker 29 with smoke rising from the vehicle. Crews are headed to the scene and believe it may be a suicide attempt.

 

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S.C. ELDER ABUSE SUSPECT SOUGHT 08-27-10 10:50 a.v.

A man suspected of elder abuse is being sought after a Santa Cruz bank teller averted a theft this week. A 90-year old woman requested a large sum of money be withdrawn from her bank claiming that a man came to her home Tuesday showing her a badge saying she needed to pay a bond associated with an accident she had a few weeks prior. The woman, who thought the man was a police officer, rode with him to the bank on River Street. The teller alerted police and the man with the badge was no longer in the woman’s vehicle when officers arrived.

 

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