(09:45) Santa Cruz County - Multiple traffic officers have teamed up with Scotts Valley Police in an effort to reduce aggressive driving. Today the SVPD will be hosting BADGES (Before Aggressive Drivers Get Everyone Stopped), which is a county-wide program targeting aggressive drivers in designated areas. All cell phone, seatbelt, and speeding violations will be strictly enforced throughout the day.
(09:20) Watsonville - A man was arrested for shooting into an occupied residence and for burglary yesterday in Watsonville. The first incident took place around 12:20 p-m on the 100 block of Clifford Avenue. Witnesses reported that several shots were fired into their home. A few hours later a resident reported a burglary a few houses away from the shooting. The suspect, 22 year-old Andre Lopez was arrested after Officers located evidence linking him to the shooting and burglaries.
(07:55) - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Services announced they have extended the duration of an emergency closure of the commercial rock crab fishery in Northern California. The Emergency Crab Season Closure is extended Due To Neurotoxin. The area impacted is north of Pigeon Point in San Mateo County to the Oregon border. The closure of the commercial fishery will remain in effect until domoic acid levels no longer pose a threat to public health.
(06:55) Santa Cruz - A man was arrested after he was spotted in a stolen vehicle on Tuesday. The Santa Cruz police received a report of a stolen vehicle at 7:38 a.m. on the 1100 block of Pacific Avenue. An hour later, officers spotted the vehicle on River Street. The driver, 42 year-old Phillip Penn, of Santa Cruz, was arrested for auto theft. The Santa Cruz Police Department reported that Auto theft is on the rise and encourage the public to use the following tips: Never leave your car running and unattended, or leave the keys in your vehicle. Never hide a spare key to your vehicle on or inside the vehicle. Park in well-lit and highly visible areas. And Do not leave valuables in plain view.
(06:30) Salinas - The Salinas Police Department announced that the next Community Academy will take place in the fall of 2017. Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along, learn about the SWAT team, CSI unit, participate in scenarios, and learn about the hiring process. Each class will feature a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations and discussions. The Salinas Police Department will announce the dates of the next Community Academy in July. For more information call 831-758-7247.
Santa Cruz has made its city hall property at 810 Center street unavailable to homeless people wanting to sleep there. City administrators Tuesday made the grounds closed to the public nights after 6 pm weekdays and all weekend. they changed the properties designation from an open-access “park” to office grounds. Reasons cited for the changes include complaints about people (homeless) being increasingly more aggressive towards city workers and the public.
The winners of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for the 20th congressional district have been announced. The first place winner (for her black and white photograph “La Vieja”) is Carmel high school sophomore, Korenna Fife. the second place winner was “Gloria’ by Aeja Rosette, a junior at San Benito high school. Third place award went to junior Seon Ha Yun a student at Stevenson’s school in Pebble Beach. Fife’s piece will be displayed in the corridors of the capitol in Washington.
A training exercise took place underwater today. Members of the Monterey County’s Sheriff’s Office, the Coast Guard, and the San Francisco Division of the F-B-I dove into the Monterey Bay to determine how to investigate an underwater crime scene. The exercise is part of those officers preparing for possible underwater attacks.