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AN ASSISTANT BASEBALL COACH IN SALINAS HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES.    OFFICIALS SAY 55-YEAR-OLD RONALD STEVENS WAS CAUGHT BUYING COCAINE BEHIND NORTH SALINAS HIGH SCHOOL AROUND 4 P-M YESTERDAY (WED).   THE ARREST WAS MADE AFTER A SEVERAL WEEK INVESTIGATION FOLLOWING REPORTS OF DRUG DEALS NEAR CAMPUS.  THE ALLEGED DRUG-DEALER, 56-YEAR-OLD ALBERTO MANRIQUEZ, WAS ALSO ARRESTED.

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AN AROMAS MAN HAS PLEADED GUILTY FOR COUNTS OF LEWD ACTS ON A CHILD.   25-YEAR-OLD RAMIRO SOTO SEXUALLY ABUSED A 9-YEAR-OLD CHILD LIVING IN HIS HOME LAST JULY. SOTO ENTERED GUILTY PLEAS FOR THREE FELONY COUNTS OF LEWD ACTS ON A CHILD AND THREE ADDITIONAL COUNTS OF LEWD ACTS ON A CHILD ACCOMPLISHED BY FORCE.  HE WILL BE SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN STATE PRISON ON MAY 1ST.

 

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A WATSONVILLE MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION.   34-YEAR-OLD VICENTE GARCIA WAS SENTENCED TO 86 YEARS IN PRISON YESTERDAY (WED).   GARCIA WAS CONVICTED IN JANUARY OF 16 FELONY COUNTS OF MOLESTING A CHILD OVER A PERIOD OF SIX YEARS.    HE WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE IN 72 YEARS.

 

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A SANTA CRUZ ORGANIZATION HAS LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN FOCUSING ON THE LABELING OF NEEDLES.   THE GROUP TAKE BACK SANTA CRUZ IS CALLING FOR SYRINGES TO HAVE LABELS SHOWING WHERE THEY CAME FROM.    THE CAMPAIGN’S GOAL IS TO PROVE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY NEEDLE EXCHANGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THE DISCARDED SYRINGES.    OVER             4-THOUSAND DRUG NEEDLES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE COUNTY WITHIN THE PAST SIXTEEN MONTHS.

 

 

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A  1 THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD IS BEING OFFERED, FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF THE PERSON WHO ABANDONED A HORSE IN THE ROYAL OAKS AREA OF NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY THIS WEEK. THE 12-15 YEAR-OLD GELDING WAS FIRST SEEN RUNNING LOOSE IN THE SAN MIGUEL CANYON ROAD AREA ON SUNDAY. HE WAS UNDERWEIGHT AND SUFFERING FROM A SEVERE LEG DEFORMITY, THAT APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY AN UNTREATED INJURY.

ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION ON WHO MAY HAVE ABANDONED THE HORSE IS ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE S-P-C-A FOR MONTEREY COUNTY.

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