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June 17, 2016: Watsonville Police Conduct Minor Decoy Operation for New Age Minimum

(08:15) WATSONVILLE – Police conducted a minor decoy operation in Watsonville this week. The operation was launched to ensure businesses were complying with the new age minimum for tobacco sales. On June 9, the state’s minimum age to buy tobacco was raised from 18 to 21. The minor decoy was sent into 20 businesses to attempt to purchase tobacco. One store clerk, at East Lake Food and Liquors, was cited for selling cigarettes to the minor. (S.G.)




June 17, 2016: California Legislature Approves Bill to Expand Education for Inmates

(07:44) SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers have approved legislation that would expand education opportunities for prisoners who are awaiting trial. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone, aims to address jail overcrowding and reduce recidivism. Currently, county jails are authorized to give program credits to inmates serving time. This bill would expand the authorization of prisons to allow all inmates to participate in the programs, including those who have not yet been sentenced. The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature. (S.G.)



June 17, 2016: Santa Cruz County Organization Holds Fundraiser to Help Distribute Backpacks to Homeless Children

(07:35) SANTA CRUZ COUNTY – The Santa Cruz County organization Lynda Kidz Backpack Project is holding a fundraiser in Scotts Valley this weekend. The project’s mission is to assist low-income families by providing backpacks and school supplies for their children. Their goal this year is to distribute 850 backpacks. The organization has collected 453 backpacks so far. The community is invited to attend a Craft Fair fundraiser at Bruno’s BBQ on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to help the organization meet its goal. (S.G.)

June 17, 2016: Missouri Man Wanted on Multiple Charges Seen Near Salinas

(07:07) MONTEREY COUNTY – Monterey County authorities are looking for a man wanted out of Missouri on suspicion of domestic assault, robbery and failure to register as a sex offender. 38-year-old Jason Thomas Piel served time in Missouri for sexually assaulting a teenage girl and domestic violence. A warrant was issued this month after he failed to appear in court. This week, Piel and 36-year-old Yolanda Goodwin were seen driving a stolen vehicle on Highway 101 near Salinas. Piel pulled the car over at Heritage Garden Apartments and walked away, leaving Goodwin inside the car. Goodwin drove the vehicle away from the apartment complex and was pulled over shortly after. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and possession of stolen property. Piel is still at large. He is described as a white man, around 5-foot-10-inches tall, about 225 pounds and bald. He has a tattoo of a crown on his left eyebrow and the word “Raza” tattooed on the front of his neck. Anyone with information is to contact Monterey County authorities. (S.G.)

June 17, 2016: UPDATE: Capitola Drive-By Shooting

(19:20) CAPITOLA- Santa Cruz County law enforcement agencies are investigating a  drive-by shooting. Authorities say the incident took place near Opal Cliffs Drive and East Cliff Drive in Capitola at 5:11 p.m. (Thursday) last night. Shots were fired from a Black SUV, striking a 25 year old male in a another vehicle. The suspect vehicle sped of an a 14 year old male was arrested near 49th Avenue after he exited the SUV. 22 year old Anthony Hernandez, and 25 year Patrick Diaz were arrested after the SUV caught fire near Soquel High School. The victim is recovering in stable condition. All three suspects have been charged with attempted murder.