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Santa Cruz Man Charged with Murder in Death of Sand City Woman- 4/16/15 07:00 S.G.

A Santa Cruz man has been charged in the death of a Sand City woman. 28-year-old Scott Thomas White allegedly stabbed 79-year-old Helen Morrow in her home on Orange Avenue early Monday morning.  She was transported to the hospital in critical condition and has since died from her injuries. White has now been charged with murder. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment yesterday afternoon. White will appear in court April 26th for a preliminary hearing.

 

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Shooting at Occupied Vehicle and Traffic Accident in Salinas- 4/16/15 06:00 S.G.

Salinas police are investigating a non-fatal shooting that occurred last night. The incident took place at the intersection of East Boronda Road and McKinnon Street shortly before 10:30. Officials say the 30-year-old victim was stopped at the red light with his two children in the back seat when a green Honda Accord occupied by four males pulled up next to him. The Honda’s passengers flashed gang signs before the driver fired several shots at the victim. The victim sped away and the suspect vehicle pursued him at high speeds. He lost control on Sherwood Drive near Cherry Street and his vehicle rolled onto its side. No one was injured. There was no indication the victim was involved with gangs. The incident is under investigation.

 

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Monterey Wildfire Contained – 04/15/15 16:06 P.S.

A fire that burned one and a half acres in Monterey County today is now contained. The fire engulfed an area close to Del Monte Shopping Center and La Mesa Village this afternoon and was contained at approximately 2:45 p.m. A helicopter was dousing the fire while 40 firefighters assisted in putting the blaze out.

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Powder Works Bridge Designated National Historic Landmark – 04/15/15 14:00 P.S.

The California Powder Works Bridge was designated as a National Historic Landmark today. The bridge was constructed in 1872 and spans the San Lorenzo Valley River at Keystone Way in Paradise Park. It was built as part of the California Powder Works, which was the first black powder mill on the West Coast. The Powder Works Bridge, also called the Paradise Park Bridge, is an excellent example of a Smith truss, a nationally-significant timber bridge type, with only 23 historic examples surviving.

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Mini Mermaids Raise Funds for BirchBark Foundation – 04/15/15 13:29 P.S.

Mini Mermaids will donate $3,000 dollars to the BirchBark Foundation this Friday, April 17. Last Sunday, 40 first through sixth grade girls participated in the first 5K race for the Mini Mermaids Running Club at Happy Valley School. The girls earned nearly $3,000 to help support pets and families. Mini Mermaids will donate the money to the BirchBark Foundation in a assembly at Happy Valley School at 10:30 a.m.

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