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Police chase down kidnapping suspect

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man, who is a suspect in a recent kidnapping, is in custody following a dramatic vehicle and foot chase Tuesday.
While searching for Rudy Corpus, 26, members of the Santa Cruz Auto Theft Reduction and Enforcement Team set up surveillance on a stolen 1999 Mercedes Benz 230 that was parked on East Beach Street
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Relay for Life a big boost for American Cancer Society

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- One hundred and twenty cancer survivors and their supporting teams helped raise $115,000 over the weekend at the annual Relay for Life.
The event, which ran from 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday at Watsonville High School's athletic field, serves as the main fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, a nationwide community-based volunteer health organization dedicated
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Author to sign copies of first book

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When he was 21 years old, Nick Adams flew from Watsonville Municipal Airport to Cabo San Lucas.
The 2,000-mile trip, which Adams took with priest Mike Cross in 1980, proved to be more difficult than they previously imagined: Crash landings, hurricanes, black fog and more were some of the obstacles they faced.
"We almost died
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CHP sergeant remembered

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
APTOS -- A massive motorcade filed through Aptos Monday to begin the memorial service for CHP Sgt. Kevin Enox who died July 12. The motorcade, made up of hundreds of patrol cars, motorcycles and such from Santa Cruz County law agencies and other agencies, crept along Highway 1 from the CHP office in Aptos to Twin Lakes Church where the
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Hand grenade prompts neighborhood evacuation

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Emergency personnel had their hands full Saturday just before noon when they received a call about a hand grenade that was found in a garage.
Watsonville Police Ed Delfin said the call came in at 11:56 a.m. regarding the grenade in a home on the 300 block of Palm Avenue.
"I was at
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Shots fired into vehicles

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Police are investigating two shooting incidents Saturday that left two vehicles with bullet holes but no injuries.
The first incident occurred at 6:10 p.m. on Saturday in the area of Sixth Street. When officers arrived on scene witnesses indicated gunfire had occurred near 145 Sixth St. Witnesses also pointed out a possible victim, said Sgt. Mike
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Gilroy Gardens opens Water Oasis

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
GILROY -- In a drought-stricken state, an oasis of water that has appeared in Gilroy is not a mirage.
Water Oasis, a new water play area at Gilroy Gardens, opened Saturday, with the goal of educating children on the importance of conserving water.
The nonprofit theme park showcased the area during a preview event Thursday.
The
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City receives grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The City of Watsonville has received $225,500 in grant funds for wetlands trails and greenway projects.
This funding comes from the California Strategic Growth Council's Urban Greening for Sustainable Communities Grant Program.
In partnership with the Watsonville Wetlands Watch, the city will be improving pedestrian trails and landscaping at Hazelwood Park, and restoring
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Renowned musician hosting first-ever Arabic Music Week

Posted: Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- World-renowned Arabic accordionist and singer Elias Lammam has gathered students from all over the state for the first-ever Santa Cruz Arabic Music Week.
The week-long workshop in Arabic music, beginning today and held at a studio on 41st Avenue in Capitola, will culminate on Saturday with a performance at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.
Lammam, who is originally
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A second life

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Seven years ago, doctors told Watsonville resident Johnny Valoroso he had less than a year to live.
He has since recovered from a double-lung transplant, and last week took home two silver medals and a bronze medal from the Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas for his performance in a 5K run, a 100-meter run and a
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Dead fish wash ashore

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
MANRESA STATE BEACH -- Thousands of dead fish washed ashore at Manresa State Beach Thursday night, coming in on the high tide after likely being dumped by a fishing boat.
The small fish, called white croaker, were strewn at the high tide line in a thick swath several thousand feet long just north of the main entrance to the
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California Rodeo Salinas returns

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SALINAS -- When the women competing in the barrel-racing portion of the California Rodeo Salinas prepare for their run, there are an enormous amount of things on their mind.
Racing at speeds and performing turns one official described as "barely out of control," the racers must look ahead and perform hairpin turns around three barrels as the animals tear
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Gaining appreciation for ocean, staying fit

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- Chip Bockman started as a Junior Guard when he was a young boy, and after enduring the daily workout sessions for years, he said he came away with a lifelong love for the sea.
"It taught me to love the ocean," he said. "From then on I stayed involved in swimming."
Once a summer activity for him,
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Nine decades and counting

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- Anita Haduca has called Watsonville home since she moved here from Los Lunas, New Mexico in 1950.
Here, she raised six children, all of whom graduated from Watsonville High School. She has lived in her home on Phillips Road since 1964, for which she paid $20,000.
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Festival del Nopal set for July 27

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The fifth annual Festival del Nopal (cactus) is coming next week to downtown Santa Cruz. The free event includes live music, plenty of freshly prepared food, dancing, traditional folkloric performances, and a recipe contest.
"For hundreds of years, the cactus, particularly the prickly pear cactus, has long been a staple in the diet of many Mexican
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Homeless housing program surpasses goal

Posted: Friday, Jul 18th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The 180/180 initiative in Santa Cruz County celebrated surpassing their goal of housing 180 chronically homeless people and announced their new goal of ending chronic homelessness in Santa Cruz County by 2020. The celebration, held at the Simpkins Swim Center in Santa Cruz, included city and county elected officials, law enforcement and judicial representatives, local business leaders,
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Berry good invention

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville farm manager has invented a tool that has made harvesting berries a great deal easier for his workers.
Historically, workers picking berries placed them in buckets, and then poured the buckets into the clamshell containers that go to market.
This resulted in the berries being touched numerous times, and often in the
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Victim of fatal shooting identified

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The Watsonville man who was shot and killed Sunday night in downtown Watsonville has been identified as 44-year-old Hilario Hernandez Ramirez, said Watsonville Police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.
Ramirez died around 9:30 p.m. from a single gunshot wound to the back of his neck. He was found slumped on the sidewalk outside the main entrance to the
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California approves fines for water-wasters

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
SACRAMENTO -- California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own
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Dientes expanding services to young people

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- An addition to Santa Cruz-based Dientes Community Dental Care will allow the organization to increase its numbers of patients by the thousands, and to have a renewed focus on young patients.
Construction on Dientes' new pediatric wing got underway in December, and on Tuesday carpenters were busy sawing, hammering, putting up the frame of the building.
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WPD: Moving car riddled with bullets

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- No injuries were reported late Tuesday when someone opened fire with a gun on a car on Shady Oaks Drive.
Watsonville Police Sgt. David Rodriguez said police were dispatched to a report of a hit-and-run traffic collision at 11:36 p.m. Officers were quickly updated that there were shots heard in the area with four to five
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Alleged prostitute pleads not guilty

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 16th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The woman who allegedly injected a lethal amount of heroin into a Silicon Valley executive on his yacht before cleaning up and leaving pleaded not guilty Wednesday.
Santa Cruz County Judge Timothy Volkmann denied a request to release Alix Tichelman, 26, on her own recognizance, or to lower her $1.5 million bail.
She is scheduled to
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Still molding young minds

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When Bevey Calahan was 9 years old, she heard a slogan that would have a profound impact on her life.
"The child who reads is the child who leads," are the words that she never forgot.
And so the retired teacher has now penned her first book, "Shirley's Surprise Bus Ride," fittingly geared toward children.
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Man shot and killed downtown

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was shot and killed Sunday night in downtown Watsonville and no suspects have been identified.
Just before 9:30 p.m. Watsonville Police were dispatched to 30 West Beach St. for a report of a shooting victim found at the front entrance of the Wall Street Inn, said Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.
When officers
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Election season kicks off

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Two Watsonville City Council incumbents got a jump on the upcoming election season Monday when they pulled their papers to run for their seats in the Nov. 4 election.
Nancy Bilicich and Lowell Hurst were the first ones to visit the Watsonville City Clerk's office on the day the filing period opened. Candidates have until Aug. 8.
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CHP Sgt. Kevin Enox dies at 47

Posted: Monday, Jul 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Long time California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Enox of the Santa Cruz area CHP died suddenly Saturday in Watsonville.
CHP officer Grant Boles said Enox, 47, was on a bicycle ride with a fellow officer on Casserly Road early Saturday when he collapsed. Though medical results have not officially been released his death might have been a
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Case grows against alleged prostitute

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Police in Georgia are taking a fresh look at a suspicious death there after a Santa Cruz murder case showed strikingly similar patterns.
Alix Tichelman has been charged in the November heroin overdose death of Google executive Forrest Hayes, 51. According to police, Tichelman was working as a prostitute when she visited Hayes on his yacht in
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Hundreds compete in fairgrounds equestrian event

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Quinn Durbin has been riding horses since she was three, Quinn, 9, of Brentwood, said she appreciates the challenge of keeping her pony under control as she competes in equitation and hunter-jumper events.
Hard pressed to choose a favorite aspect of her hobby, however, she said she loves "everything" about horses.
Quinn was competing Thursday, July
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Babcock named Artist of the Year

Posted: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- John Babcock has been named the 2014 Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission.
Babcock, an internationally-recognized visual artist whose medium is paper, is the county's 28th artist to be so honored.
Recipients must live in Santa Cruz County and have a national and/or international reputation, as
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Two women die in head-on crash near Watsonville

Modified: Friday, Jul 11th, 2014
MOSS LANDING -- Two women died in a head-on collision early Friday on Highway 1 just south of Watsonville.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adam Rodriquez said the women were traveling north on Highway 1 in a white Hyundai sedan when their car, for unknown reasons, drifted off the right shoulder just before 7 a.m. The driver most likely over-corrected
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Fire displaces families

Modified: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Nine people were displaced early Thursday morning after a fire destroyed two connected residences, according to the Watsonville Fire Department.
Firefighters were dispatched to 23 Altamont Drive approximately 3 a.m. for a report of a fire alarm. A Watsonville police officer confirmed that the fire had spread to two structures, and that the residents had been evacuated.
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Suspected tagger arrested, charged with vandalism

Posted: Thursday, Jul 10th, 2014
LIVE OAK -- A Santa Cruz man was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with vandalism and a probation violation after he was caught with graffiti tools and evidence connecting him to several tagging incidents, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office reported.
Alexander Tinaza, 20, was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
According to
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Cancer survivor granted wish

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
AROMAS -- Renzo Lombardi got behind the wheel of a gigantic Caterpillar 777D Tuesday, rolling into the work zone at the A.R. Wilson Quarry in Aromas.
Once he arrived, he then hopped into a Krupp rock crusher, and after he finished, he checked out the quarry's truck repair shop to make sure that everything was in order.
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Grant gives Rispin Mansion a respite

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- The famed Rispin Mansion of Capitola has just gotten a major financial boost, a $383,925 state grant that will be used to fix up surrounding gardens and paths.
Since the six-acre site is owned by the City of Capitola, officials there plan to make up the rest of a $600,000 tab to restore the mansion's garden and
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Wharf to Wharf has record sellout

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
CENTRAL COAST -- The 42nd annual Wharf to Wharf race has set a new record: All 16,000 openings sold out in 19 hours.
Scott McConville, race director, said racers this year are coming from more than 40 states and more than 10 countries including New Zealand, Japan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and Canada.
"It is the same six-mile
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Prostitute suspected in Google exec’s heroin death

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 9th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A high-end prostitute made her first court appearance Wednesday where she faces felony manslaughter charges in the death of a Google executive.
Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, of Folsom is suspected of killing Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51, aboard his 50-foot yacht, Escape, while it was docked at the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor in November.
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