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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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Renaissance High School teacher bolsters wood shop program

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Renaissance High School wood shop teacher Kevin Miske is adept at cobbling treasure from discarded objects, at creating useful items from things once thought obsolete. Since he started at the school last year, he has among other things taught his students to make polished, gleaming furniture pieces from weather-beaten slats of wooden fence that were stored at his house
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County remembers Loma Prieta Earthquake

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A quarter-century after the Loma Prieta Earthquake rocked Santa Cruz County, cities and towns, roads and bridges have mostly been rebuilt.
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Watsonville comes together for homecoming parade

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A school's homecoming is a time of pride, spirit and creativeness. Watsonville High School hosted its seventh annual homecoming parade Friday, after a decade-long hiatus due to lack of participation, which ended in 2007, taking over downtown while each class celebrated their school spirit by decorating a float with themes of the decades.
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Talk addresses rise in farm worker abuse

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A rise in sexual violence in the farm worker community has prompted organizations to focus efforts on providing justice for those victimized. On Friday, Monarch Services, in partnership with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, hosted a regional training session for health and social service providers titled "Sexual Harassment and Violence in the Fields" at the Pajaro Valley
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Convention designed to garner conservation plans

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- In the face of a statewide drought that is showing no signs of abating, a group of city officials on Thursday held the first-ever Santa Cruz Water Supply convention.
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‘Dead Writers Night’ comes to S.C.

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- On Oct. 24 from 7-10 p.m. at the Tannery Arts Center Courtyard in Santa Cruz will be the first-ever "Dead Writers Night," a fundraising event hosted by the Young Writers program.
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Corralitos Woman’s Club pitches in

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- The Corralitos Woman's Club held their annual Club Cards & Game Fall Luncheon Thursday. The event, which included lunch, is one of three fundraisers the club holds each year to drum up funds for scholarships and other causes.
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A spooky, educational time

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- On a small farm on the outskirts of Watsonville Wednesday, dozens of children were romping among piles of pumpkins as disembodied skulls, leering ghouls and other simulated fiends peered at them menacingly.
The kindergartners from Valencia Elementary School were on a field trip to Crystal Bay Farm, which every year hosts a pumpkin patch, all decked out
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City moves forward with third McDonald’s

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- More than 70 people spoke out to the Watsonville City Council Tuesday, nearly split on the issue of adding a third McDonald's to the city.
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No bail for alleged killer of 4-year-old girl

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The man accused in the shooting that killed a 4-year-old girl and a 26-year-old man appeared briefly in court Wednesday, but did not enter a plea.
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Measure G oversight committee meets for first time

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A dozen members of the Revenue Measure Oversight Committee for the public safety sales tax Measure G met for the first time Wednesday to help shape the direction and control of monies raised for Watsonville Police and Fire departments.
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Girl Scout tackling social issues

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Emily Garcia, 14, has been a Girl Scout for nine years, and said she enjoys the camaraderie and philanthropic activities membership affords her.
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Walk set to raise hunger awareness

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- People of all ages will walk through Watsonville Saturday for the annual CROP Hunger Walk, a benefit for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
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Man arrested in shooting that killed 4-year-old girl

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The 4-year-old girl killed Friday night in a suspected gang shooting Friday night was identified Monday morning by the Watsonville Police Department as Jaelyn Zavala. Michael Escobar has been arrested in the shooting that also killed a man and injured another.
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Air Show wows crowd again, at age 50

Posted: Monday, Oct 13th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- As the 50th Watsonville Fly-in & Air Show blasted across the weekend skies, organizers Sunday said attendance for the first-ever October show was encouraging.
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Drought benefits grape growers

Posted: Monday, Oct 13th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- While the ongoing drought has cast a negative spell over the land, with shrunken streams, powder dry hills and water rationing, local grape growers are reveling in a healthy bounty of quality grapes.
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Watsonville woman launches music program

Posted: Monday, Oct 13th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- In a time when school music programs have been slashed thanks to budget cuts, a Watsonville woman is hoping to bring it back to young people.
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Four-year-old girl killed in apparent gang shooting; one man killed, another struck

Modified: Sunday, Oct 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A 4-year-old Watsonville girl and a 34-year-old Watsonville man were shot and killed late Friday night on the 900 block of Main Street.
Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano said police received reports of gunfire at 11:50 p.m. at the rear of the Fish House Bar & Grill.
Police say the 34-year-old man was apparently the
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A show in the skies

Modified: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The 1944 T-6 SNJ-6B was one of the last trainer planes World War II pilots would fly before they would graduate to the front lines. The advanced trainer plane could be fully equipped with machine guns and bombs, said Jeff Quaid, a pilot out of Paso Robles who is showing his plane during the 50th annual Watsonville
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Watsonville beauty school takes home top prizes

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The competition got ugly for these cosmetologists. But students from a Watsonville cosmetology school has taken home high honors earlier this month in a competition against six other schools and 16 teams from around the state.
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Horse show running at fairgrounds

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The annual California State Horseman's Association Show of Champions is unfolding at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds. The six-day event, which is free to the public, is a blend of competitions including English, Western, Gymkhana, horsemastership and royalty.
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Man arrested for threatening girlfriend

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville man was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife.
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Corralitos firefighter digs up hope amid destruction

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WEED -- In the fire-ravaged town of Weed, Cal Fire Corralitos firefighter Tommy Janow and other crew members work through the ashes and rubble, digging for items that may hold sentimental value for the people who lost nearly everything. The duty is not only difficult emotionally, but physically as well. Janow described the job as "literally combing through ashes
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McDonald's construction subject to amendments

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Three weeks after the city approved its third McDonald's restaurant, the Watsonville City Council will look to adopt two ordinances Tuesday to pave the way for construction.
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First open farm tour focuses on Corralitos growers

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- A local group will hold the first-of-its-kind Corralitos Open Farm Tour, a one-day self-guided tour on Nov. 1 where seven farms will throw open their doors and show visitors what they grow, encourage them to shop locally and, more importantly, emphasize the importance of supporting local growers.
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Bob Lee to step down at end of year

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Citing "invasive and persistent cancer," Santa Cruz County District Attorney Bob Lee announced Wednesday he will not be serving his fourth term as top prosecutor.
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Air show celebrates planes, from large to tiny

Modified: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The 50th annual Watsonville Fly-In & Air Show will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Watsonville Municipal Airport, 100 Aviation Way. For information, visit www.watsonvilleflyin.org or view the insert in Thursday's Register-Pajaronian.
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Corralitos man completes cross-country endurance run on antique motorcycle

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
CORRALITOS -- A Watsonville area man recently spent weeks traveling across the country on a 94-year-old motorcycle, a grueling journey fueled by a passion for motorcycles and history.
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Community responds to dog attack

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville couple is offering words of praise to the community for the strong outpouring of support they received following a vicious attack on their small dog in early September.
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Printing backlog delays vote-by-mail ballots

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Ballots mailed to voters who are signed up to be a permanent vote-by-mail voter and those assigned to an all-mail ballot precinct have been delayed. For information, voters may contact the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections Department at 454-2060, toll-free at 1-866-282-5900 or visit www.votescount.com.
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Man arrested after carjacking, fleeing

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- A Capitola man was arrested Tuesday after a brief chase after he allegedly pulled a victim out of his vehicle and drove away in it. Cody Sakoman, 29, was charged with carjacking, auto theft and evading police. He was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on $25,000 bail.
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