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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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A  boy was  rushed  to  the  hospital  this  afternoon,   after  he  was  swept  out  to  sea  from  a  Carmel  beach.     The  boy  had been  playing  with  his  father  at  Monastery  Beach  when  an  8-12  foot  tall  wave  knocked  him  down,  and  pulled  him  about 100 yards  off-shore.    2  men  were  able  to   get  him  back  to  shore,  where  they  administered  C-P-R.

(09:15) Santa Cruz - The City of Santa Cruz is scheduled to begin construction of the Broadway Pedestrian Crossing Enhancements Project on Wednesday, March 29.  Traffic control will be in effect without lane closures until construction is completed in April.  The project includes marked crosswalks across Broadway at Cayuga Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine Street and Caledonia Street. Enhancements at each crosswalk will include parking lane islands with pedestrian signs and intersection lighting over marked crosswalks.  The project cost of $120,000 is funded with federal funds and a Community Development Block Grant.  For questions or more information call 831 -420-5086 

 

 

(06:35) Salinas - Authorities reported that one suspect is in custody after a shooting in Salinas last night.  The incident took place around 9:20 outside Applebee’s restaurant.  Police reported that several groups of people got into an argument while dining, and when they went outside, two people opened fire.   A 27 year-old man was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.   The gunman was then shot by a second suspect.  During a helicopter search officer’s detained one suspect on Cherokee Drive.  The second suspect is still at large. 

2  Radio  Shack  stores  in  Watsonville,   and  1  in  Gilroy,  are  3  of the  522  Radio  Shack  stores  closing  nationwide.    The  company says  it will  “continue  to evaluate”  the fate  of  the  remaining 1000  stores  nationwide.   The  current  store  closures  are set  to  take  place  by the  end  of  next week, with  some  closing  immediately.  The Gilroy  store  is  on  East  10th  Street, while  the  Watsonville  stores  are on  Freedom  Boulevard  and  at  the  corner  of  Main and Ohlone.

Due  to  the  above-average  rainfall  this  year,   a  big  bloom is  expected  in  various  area….including  Pinnacles  National  Park.    Park  rangers  there  are  reportedly  getting  lots  of  calls  (and  more  people  visiting),   to  see  the  short-lived  bloom  of  the  native  wildflowers  in  the  park.    They  recommend  visitors  take  pictures  of  the  flowers,   not  the  flowers  themselves,   so  that  the  flowers  can  re-seed  the  ground  there.    The  peak  of  the  wildflower  season  is  expected  within  the  next  2  weeks.

Criminal  Animal  Cruelty  Charges  are  likely  to  be  charged  in  connection  with   a  cockfight  that  was  held  in  Salinas  Sunday  afternoon.   100  roosters  were  rescued  from  the  property  on  the  300  block  of  Addington  Road  (in  the Boronda  neighborhood).     Property  owner,  Jose  Ruiz,  reportedly  admitted  to  hosting  the  fight,   and  allowing  people  to  use  his  roosters  to  fight.     Several  fighting  spurs  were  found  at  the  scene.

The  Salinas  Fire  Department  has  applied  for  a  grant  from  F-E-M-A.       Money  from  the  “Safer”  grant  would  allow  the  department  to  hire  6  more  firefighters,  and a  paramedic  squad.    Right now  the  department  only  has  59  firefighters  to  serve  the  needs  of  the  140,000 residents  of  the  largest  city  on  the  Central  Coast.

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