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6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Year Later, Capitola Police Chief Remembers Fallen Friend, Sergeant Butch Baker

A stone at the center of the Memorial Garden dedicated to Sergeant Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

A  year ago today, two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed during a sexual assault investigation. Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker were the first in the department’s 150-year history to die in the line of duty.

This morning, the Santa Cruz Police Department dedicates a memorial garden to honor the fallen officers, and their colleagues reflect on life in law enforcement.

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5:37 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

King City Police Officers Arrested in Car Towing Scheme

Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo announces the arrest of six members of the King City Police Department.
Credit Doug McKnight

Six King City police officers, including the former police chief and acting police chief, are facing corruption charges.  The arrests were made Tuesday morning by the Monterey County Sheriff,  the FBI, Salinas Police and the Monterey County District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo said the arrests came after a six month investigation initiated by complaints from King city residents. “People saying they take our  property, they take our money, they take our cars,” said Flippo.

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Local
6:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Routine Practices Uncover Sea Otter Killings

photo courtesy of Greg Magee Photography, http://www.wildcentralcoast.com/
Credit Greg Magee

Investigators are trying to determine who shot and killed three sea otters near Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove back in September.  California Sea Otters are protected under the federal Endanger Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. 

The fact that the cause of death was discovered at all, is a credit to those protections and the broad network of organizations working to aid the recovery of the sea otter. 

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Local
4:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

John Lennon Exhibit Imagines No Hunger

Volunteer Leonard Rang sorts through food donated during the holidays. Volunteers must inspect each item before putting it on Food Bank shelves.
Credit Krista Almanzan

Singer-Song writer John Lennon died more than 30 years ago, but both his songs and his art live on. And like Lennon once did, his art is doing tours on the road. The traveling exhibit opens Friday in Carmel. 

The exhibit features nearly 100 limited edition lithographs, serigraphs and copper etchings of Lennon’s pen and ink artwork, and hand written song lyrics. Rudy Siegel of Legacy Fine Art & Productions says most were printed after Lennon’s death in 1980 and some have been colorized by Yoko Ono.  

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2:58 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

The Volunteer Engine Behind the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Ted Bell has been a volunteer driver at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am for 55 years.
Credit Krista Almanzan

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is in full swing after a rain delay Thursday.  Each year this charitable tournament raises millions of dollars for Monterey Bay Area non-profits, in large part thanks to thousands of volunteers.

In a small trailer about a twenty minute walk from the first tee at Pebble Beach, four volunteer drivers sit waiting for the phone to ring.   Tournament players call here when they need someone to take them from the airport or hotels to the golf courses.

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