Student dies in New Mexico crash
A student at Mission Hill Middle School in Santa Cruz died Saturday night in a vehicle crash in New Mexico, school officials said.
Another student from the school and a student from Santa Cruz High School also were injured in the collision, said Gary Bloom, superintendent of Santa Cruz City Schools.
School officials have not released the names or ages of any of the students. Grief counselors talked with Mission Hill students about the crash on Tuesday, Bloom said.
The student's family had been driving to Mexico for the holidays. No other details on the collision were available Tuesday night.
Dog rescued in ravine
Firefighters and State Parks rangers rescued a dog in a ravine near New Brighton State Beach on Tuesday after someone reported hearing screams from a child in danger.
About 12:55 p.m., someone called 911 because they heard yelping from some bushes near Potbelly Beach Road and Las Olas Drive in Aptos, said Central Fire spokesman Mike DeMars.
Firefighters and park rangers searched the area and initially saw a deer. They then found a Boxer named Sophie, who was not injured, De Mars said.
Authorities speculated that the dog might have chased the deer. Responders rescued Sophie and reunited her with her owner about 2:50 p.m.
Trial set for burglary spree suspects
A trial date of Feb. 25 was scheduled Tuesday for two brothers charged in a spate of home burglaries in the San Lorenzo Valley.
Lawrence James Smith, 20, and Brandon Chip Smith, 19, were arrested in November on suspicion of burglary and drug charges.
Sheriff's deputies say the brothers stole jewelry, electronics, music equipment and cash in burglaries from March to November. Deputies say they are linked to more than a dozen burglaries, most of which took place in their home area in the San Lorenzo Valley.