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Salinas police arrested an 18-year old man after he stole a car and led officers on a pursuit causing a hit and run crash leaving one car damaged today.   Police say Jose Regalado stole a Chevy Impala that was left running in a driveway on the 900 block of Garner Avenue around 9:40 a.m.,after the owner of the vehicle briefly walked away from the car.Officers pursued Regalado who turned onto Towt Street when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.  He then fled the scene on foot and was seen in a backyard near Fremont School where he was arrested.  Regalado was booked into Monterey County Jail on several charges including suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle, hit and run, and resisting arrest.

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S.C. PASSES 3-STRIKES AMENDMENT 06-22-10 22:50 a.v.

A unanimous vote was passed by Santa Cruz City Council members to enforce it’s 3-strikes rule against those who ignore citations for municipal code violations. Tonight’s vote comes after the council passed a 3-strikes provision last year making it a misdemeanor to fail to appear in court for 3 or more citations in a 6-month period.  The amendment passed today will now enable city officials to file each successive violation as a misdemeanor, which could mean more serious legal consequences and jail time. City officials say the stricter penalty is an effort to deter people from not answering to such infractions as repeated overnight camping, urinating in public or aggressive panhandling.

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BAY AREA COUPLE FOUND SAFE 06-22-10 20:40 a.v.

A Mountain View couple, hiking in the Los Padres National Forest over the weekend, were found safe after being reported missing Monday.  The Monterey County sheriff’s office was contacted after 29-year old Brandon Boers and his wife, 26-year old Amanda Boers didn’t return Saturday from a 2-day hiking trip from China Camp to Big Sur. The couple, along with their Australian shepherd, who were found safe in the Miller Canyon area, were flown out of the area early this morning.

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S.C. CITY EMPLOYEES HONORED 06-22-10 19:40 a.v.

2 City employees were honored during the Santa Cruz City council meeting today.    Director of the Parks and Recreation division, Dannettee Shoemaker and solid waste worker in the Public Works Department, John Lippi, were both acknowledged by council members during today’s 3 p.m. meeting.  Also during today’s meeting, Mayor Mike Rotkin issued a proclamation recognizing July as Parks and Recreation month.

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SALINAS TODDLER RESCUED 06-22-10 19:15 a.v.

An off-duty nurse came to the rescue of a 2-year old boy who was choking Saturday at the Northridge Mall movie theatre in Salinas.  38-year old Jesse Magallon happened to be in the lobby of the Century 14 movie theatre when the boy, Gabriel Rico started choking on a coin. Magallon performed the Heimlich Maneuver, along with other techniques, to help dislodge the coin.   Both the boy’s mother and Magallon had bought tickets to see same movie, when the incident took place in the theater's lobby.

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