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
(06:50) Central Coast - The US National Weather Service of San Francisco Bay/Monterey has issued a beach hazard from sunrise through sunset today. There will be an increased risk for rip currents, large shore breaks, and sneaker waves, especially for the northwest and west facing beaches. Beach goers are advised to stay off jetties, keep your eyes on your pets, and never turn your back to the ocean.
(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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