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Santa Cruz Harbor celebrates 50th birthday

The Santa Cruz Harbor is celebrating its 50th birthday this weekend.

A re-dedication ceremony took place Friday with a special "pop-up museum" event planned for Saturday, April 19.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and the port district invite members of the public to come share harbor-related memorabilia -- photos, documents, other artifacts -- at the Mariner Park Lawn in the harbor for public viewing from 1 to 3 p.m.

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Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car

Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car

A woman was taken to Dominican Hospital then flown to a Bay Area trauma center with minor injuries after she was hit by a car Wednesday night.

California Highway Patrol says it happened on Brommer Street and Seventh Avenue just after 7 p.m.

Witnesses say the woman was crossing Seventh Avenue when the car had the right of way when he turned from Brommer onto Seventh and hit her.  Several witnesses said the sun was in such a position that the glare could have been in his eyes.

Think twice before you buy a bunny for someone for Easter

News release provided by the Monterey County Health Department.

Baby chicks, bunnies and ducks may seem like the perfect Easter basket addition, but think twice! These cute babies grow up into large, adult animals requiring full-time care.

Rabbits make wonderful pets, but they aren't care-free pets. They have to be taken care of just like you would a dog or a cat. Rabbits commonly live for 8-10 years, and can live as long as 15, depending upon the breed, so it is a long-term commitment. Other factors to consider include the fact that not as many vets are experienced with rabbits, so your veterinary costs could be higher than you might expect to pay for a dog.

Santa Cruz man arrested by FBI faces federal weapons charge

A Santa Cruz County man taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms, according to court records.

Giraldo Angelo Sultana was arrested in an early morning raid at his 37th Avenue home Wednesday. FBI agents were assisted by members of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office.

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Report: Violent crime in Watsonville reaches lowest rate in 10 years

The rate of violent crimes in the city of Watsonville reached its lowest rate in a decade last year, according to the Watsonville Police Department.

The rate was 4.6 violent crimes per 1,000, according to the department's 2013 annual crime statistics report, which was released Monday.

The report is compiled using the FBI crime index statistics. The FBI crime index includes the violent crimes of murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. It also includes the property crimes of larceny-theft, burglary, vehicle theft and arson.

Unlicensed contractor who bilked Santa Cruz, San Diego residents arrested in San Diego

Unlicensed contractor who bilked Santa Cruz, San Diego residents arrested in San Diego

A man convicted in Santa Cruz County for scamming residents and being an unlicensed contractor is now being held in San Diego County on similar charges.

Alex Pike Mitchell of Perris previously pleaded no contest in Santa Cruz County to five felony counts of obtaining money, labor or property by false pretenses; four misdemeanor counts of contracting without a license with a prior conviction and one count of failing to secure worker's compensation insurance. The convictions carry a maximum potential sentence of 8.8 years in state prison, according to state officials.

Grieving families, community members march for violent crime victims

Story by Jake Reiner

Gathering at the only place in Santa Cruz County where justice can officially be served and closure realized, a crowd of friends and families joined together, still feeling the pain of violent crimes.

It's national victims' rights week and for the third straight year Santa Cruz hosted a victims' rights march.

On they marched to City Hall.