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City approves ban on e-cigarettes in public places

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Smoking electronic cigarettes is now prohibited in places where traditional cigarettes are banned. The Watsonville City Council unanimously approved changes to the municipal code Tuesday to include e-cigarettes in the definition of smoking.
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New book a unique view of the Central Coast

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville woman has penned her first book, "Going Coastal," a 38-chapter book of unique observations of the not-so-common goings-on in and around the California Central Coast.
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Kaleidoscope Toy Store closes

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- For four decades, children, parents and teachers have been drawn to Kaleidoscope Toy Store in Capitola. From within the maze-like arrangement of shelves teeming with toys and bursting with books -- all with an educational aim -- customers regularly found treasures that would help them learn and teach as they played.
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Cutting up the waves for $50,000

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The annual O'Neill Cold Water Classic surf contest got under way Wednesday at Steamer Lane on the west side of Santa Cruz. Sixteen competitors from around the globe, including Shaun Burns of Santa Cruz, are plying the waters with the finest skills in hopes of grabbing the $50,000 purse.
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Rolling quartet battles cancer

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
APTOS -- For Vancouver, British Columbia resident Katie Munro, the decision to embark on an epic bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research was a no-brainer.
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New technology aims to keep officers safe

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office has become one of two law enforcement agencies in the world to test a new firearm tracking technology that could someday help keep all officers safe during critical incidents.
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‘Mi Casa es Tu Casa’ exhibit honors the dead

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The 22nd annual "Mi Casa es Tu Casa" exhibit at the Pajaro Valley Gallery opens Wednesday. The exhibit features 20 community groups presenting installations and seven individual artists presenting two-dimensional work, sharing their interpretations of Dia de los Muertos utilizing the theme of "Visitations."
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Officials offer Halloween safety tips

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Halloween is just around the corner, and it's a good time to review some safety tips for children and teens.
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Aptos Chamber dishes out awards

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
APTOS -- Heysa Janssen's father survived the Holocaust, and her mother lived through the Great Depression in New York. Even through it all, they still took the time to help others.
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Sheriff’s Office announces new hires

Posted: Monday, Oct 27th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department announced Saturday that it has hired 15 new deputies.
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Moving in, moving up

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Jessica Mora grew up in a rough neighborhood in Hollister, and was often too afraid to play outside. As a child she remembers thinking that the presence of a police officer on patrol would have made her feel safer.
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Watsonville restaurant moving into airport

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Six months after Props Restaurant & Lounge shuttered at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, a new restaurant is looking to fill the vacant space.
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A chance for aeronautic adventure

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The idea was born from a gathering of adventurous aviators at the Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show. A scenic helicopter flight over the sweeping Monterey Bay, a leisurely flight in a glider and a parachute jump from an airplane -- quite possibly all packed into one day -- would allow would-be daredevils to check three items off their so-called bucket
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Plans continue for transit center renovation

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Plans to renovate the Watsonville Transit Center have moved into the design phase, and Santa Cruz METRO and the City of Watsonville held a meeting Thursday to gather input from the community. The transit center relocated to 475 Rodriguez St. in 1994, a site that was originally a bank, and since then has not seen any major upgrades
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Ceremony a remembrance for late DA

Modified: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The United States and the California flags were flown at half-staff Friday in front of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse in honor of District Attorney Bob Lee who died of cancer Oct. 11.
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Inaugural Community Health Day is Nov. 15

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The first-ever Community Health Day, presented by Pajaro Community Chiropractic and Watsonville Community Acupuncture, will take place at the East Lake Village Shopping Center on Nov. 15.
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Sophisticated bank robberies halted

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
SAN JOSE -- A Watsonville man was one of three men that were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of carrying out a string of highly sophisticated bank robberies in and around San Jose since 2013.
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Long-time teacher retires

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In a brief celebration as boisterous as only middle-school students can make it, Lakeview Middle School bade farewell to Bob Seuss, who on Monday ended a career in education that spanned four decades.
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District Attorney Bob Lee dies

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Bob Lee led the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's office for 12 years and among other things launched the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force and the Santa Cruz Downtown Accountability Program.
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Defense: Death aboard yacht an accident

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Defense attorneys for call girl Alix Tichelman, who is accused of killing Google executive Forrest Hayes, 51, aboard his yacht in November, said the drug overdose was an accident and that Tichelman was in a heroin-induced state of panic.
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Police investigating Friday night shooting

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Police are looking for suspects and information about a Friday night shooting that occurred in downtown Watsonville just before midnight.
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Tour brings together authors from different states

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Christine Mason and Gail Elizabeth Kretchmer have known each other for several years, the two authors frequently critiquing each other's writing while chatting about their latest literary escapades. The two are preparing for their joint book tour to promote their new novels, and the California leg of the tour will begin at Crossroads Books, 1935 Main St. in
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Partial solar eclipse is Thursday

Posted: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
CENTRAL COAST -- A partial solar eclipse will occur Thursday, according to a report at www.skyandtelescope.com.
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Woman arrested after shots fired outside restaurant

Modified: Monday, Oct 20th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A woman was arrested Friday night after shots were fired in the CVS Pharmacy parking lot outside the Appleton Grill.
According to Watsonville Police, around 11:57 p.m. officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area of 410 Rodriguez St. When officers arrived on scene a crowd of people was spilling out of the Appleton
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