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Jack’s Cigar Store & Lunchroom celebrates 100 years

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Hidden in a cozy nook in the center of downtown Watsonville sits Jack's Cigar Store & Lunchroom, an Old World-style neighborhood shop that time seems to have forgotten.
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Name released in fatal gang shooting

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Police are continuing an investigation into a shooting Wednesday that left a teen male dead. Jason Reyes, 15, was shot on the corner of Airport Boulevard and Ross Avenue at 6:20 p.m., said Watsonville Police Lt. Saul Gonzalez. Reyes was reportedly on a bicycle but was off the bike at the time he was shot.
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Thieves strike WHS athletics again

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Thieves made off with about $20,000 worth of sporting equipment from the Watsonville High School track and field and soccer departments Thursday night or early Friday morning.
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Annual Christmas train returns to Watsonville

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- With Thanksgiving less than a day over, the Train to Christmas Town took its first riders of the year Friday, departing from Ohlone Parkway in Watsonville. Rides will continue through Dec. 28.
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Residents urged to be wary of door-to-door marketers

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The City of Watsonville is advising residents that it is not affiliated with sales representatives who have been going door-to-door offering cheaper natural gas for residents.
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Fatherhood conference aims to expand program

Posted: Friday, Nov 28th, 2014
PAPÁS is looking to expand its reach and influence with the first-of-its-kind Father Involvement Conference. The conference is scheduled for Dec. 1 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Santa Cruz Vets Hall, 846 Front St. in Santa Cruz.
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Teen dies after being shot on Airport Boulevard

Modified: Thursday, Nov 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A teenage boy died after he was shot on Airport Boulevard near Ross Avenue Wednesday night.
According to Watsonville Police, around 6:20 p.m., the boy was confronted in the area of Ross Avenue and Airport Boulevard and shot multiple times. The victim was flown out to a Bay Area hospital and was pronounced dead prior to arriving.
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Businesses donate turkeys, gifts for Thanksgiving

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Silverio Torres has been a regular customer at 7-Eleven on Main Street for 10 years, shopping there nearly every day.
A loyal customer, Torres was one of many who received a free turkey Monday during the store's annual giveaway. In total, 170 turkeys were donated across owners Kirk di Cicco's and Sherry Dang's four stores: 1461
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Small businesses urge customers to shop local

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Being a vital part of a local community can mean many things, but when one gets to the heart of what makes a community thrive and work for the people who are a part of it, small business is at the center.
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Toys for Tots gears up for 26th year of helping local children

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 25th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Toys for Tots of Santa Cruz County is once again preparing to put their toy workshop back into action as they take on their 26th year of service to local kids and families in need.
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Community Assessment Project released

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Santa Cruz County's homeless population climbed significantly in 2013, with 3,536 counted during a biennial survey. That number was up 765 from 2011.
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Train to Christmas Town begins Friday

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The annual Train to Christmas Town returns this year to Santa Cruz County offering one-hour holiday train excursions.
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Dentist comes full-circle

Posted: Monday, Nov 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- When Samuel Kuo a young boy growing up in Santa Cruz in the early 2000s, he needed the low-cost dental services provided by Dientes Community Dental Care.
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Preparing for the worst

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- In a yellow tent outside Dominican Hospital's emergency room Thursday, a woman came in complaining of fever and cold-like symptoms. She joined two others in the tent, both of whom had similar complaints.
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PV High faces challenges in building athletic, performing arts facilities

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- If plans to build a sports complex and performing arts center at Pajaro Valley High School move forward, the Watsonville Pilots Association will likely take legal action to stop them, WPA Secretary for Legal Affairs Dan Chauvet said Thursday.
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Family offers $10,000 in Las Lomas homicide case

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
LAS LOMAS -- A North Monterey County family is offering $10,000 for information that leads to the killer of their son in December. Martin Vazquez, 19, was shot and killed a half-mile from his Las Lomas home as he walked along Las Lomas Drive.
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Obama overhauls immigration

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A day after President Barack Obama introduced sweeping changes to the nation's immigration laws, Watsonville immigration attorney Doug Keegan urged residents to wait before taking action.
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Protests decry 43 missing Mexican students

Posted: Friday, Nov 21st, 2014
MEXICO CITY -- A largely peaceful march late Thursday by tens of thousands demanding the return of 43 missing students ended in violence, as a small group of masked protesters battled police in Mexico City's main square.
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Five-vehicle collision involves Sheriff's deputy

Posted: Thursday, Nov 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A collision between five vehicles on Highway 1 Thursday afternoon ended with a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Deputy's truck becoming sandwiched between a guardrail and a white Nissan minivan.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Craig Geddes, the incident occurred when two vehicles traveling south on Highway 1 approximately 4 p.m. slowed to get onto the Highway 52/Green
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New trauma center designation could bolster county’s services

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SALINAS -- On a twisting rural road just north of Salinas early Tuesday afternoon, a man driving a beat-up pickup swerved to avoid someone who pulled out in front of him, lost control and slammed head-on into a tree.
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Supervisors appoint new District Attorney

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday that the Santa County Board of Supervisors unanimously appointed current Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey S. Rosell to succeed the late Bob Lee, and to serve as the next District Attorney of Santa Cruz County.
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Mass casualty threat closes Santa Cruz High campus

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz High School was shut down for the entire school day Wednesday following an email threat of mass casualties at the campus.
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City updates definition of smoking

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- An updated definition of smoking was recently written by state legal experts to close loopholes for electronic cigarettes. That prompted the Watsonville City Council, which agreed to ban smoking e-cigarettes in public places on Oct. 28, to approve the updated definition in the Watsonville Municipal Code Tuesday.
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A test conquered, a new chapter begun

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- For some, coming into a new country can be as easy as stepping across a border, while many endure mountains of paperwork and stringent immigration laws. But for nearly anyone hoping to become a U.S. citizen, the requirements are daunting.
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Man found guilty in Freedom overcrossing murder

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 19th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Christopher Bermudez Herrera, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder for the shooting death of 21-year-old Fernando Martin Mendoza-Avila on May 30, 2012 on the Freedom overcrossing at Highway 1 in Aptos, District Attorney Jeff Rosell announced Wednesday.
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Community hub turns 100

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
CASTROVILLE -- The Andy Ausonio Library is currently writing another chapter in its long history that has seen it located in stores, post offices, homes, a novelty store, a strip mall, and finally, to its current home on 11160 Speegle St., a 12,000-square-foot facility that opened in 2006. On Saturday from 1-4 p.m., the library will mark its centennial year with
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Cabrillo eases the way for high school kids to take classes

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
APTOS -- High school students with an eye on continuing education have always been able to take courses at Cabrillo College while they attend their schools. This "concurrent enrollment" -- taking classes at both schools -- is billed as a chance for young people to earn extra credit while getting an early view of college life.
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State officials: local pesticide exposure low

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The levels of potentially hazardous pesticides released near Ohlone Elementary School over the past two years were well below regulatory targets and are considered safe, according to a report released in October by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
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Nonprofit looks to support city's parks

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A new nonprofit aims to enhance the city's parks and recreational programs for youth. The Friends of Watsonville Parks and Community Services, Inc., which was founded on Jan. 7, received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service on Nov. 3 confirming its nonprofit status. The nonprofit's goal is to promote the welfare of the community through the
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Deputies working to keep camps clean

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three weeks ago, a team of Santa Cruz County Sheriff's deputies dismantled an encampment of homeless people in a wooded area off Airport Boulevard near Green Valley Road.
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Watsonville man dies in motorcycle crash

Posted: Monday, Nov 17th, 2014
SOQUEL -- A Watsonville man died Saturday in the foothills above Soquel Village when his motorcycle collided with a car.
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