BIG SUR - Although parts of the Santa Cruz mountains reportedly received 10 inches of rain over the weekend, the Soberanes Fire (burning in the Big Sur area) is still smoldering. Firefighters have that wildfire fully contained, and are working to mitigate the potential for landslides in the burn areas.
CALIFORNIA - A new on-line tool is now available to California voters. It provides information about campaign contributions for each of the state’s 17 Propositions. The website also includes what a “yes” or “no” vote will mean for each proposition, as well as arguments for both sides. The website is: QuickGuideToProps.sos.ca.gov
MONTEREY PENINSULA - Construction is scheduled to begin next month on a 7-mile water pipeline, that will allow Cal-Am to comply with a cease and desist order from the state. The pipeline is designed to deliver 3,500 acre-feet of water per year to the Monterey Peninsula, so cal-am can stop depending on pumping excessive water from the Carmel River. The water will come from the Pure Water Monterey Groundwater Replenishment Project And Aquifer Storage Project. The pipeline project is expected to be completed late next year.
MORGAN HILL - Jury selection has begun in the murder case of Morgan Hill teenager Sierra Lamar. ANTOLIN GARCIA-TORRES is accused of abducting and killing the teen, and he faces the death penalty. Because of that, prospective jurors are being asked how they feel about Capital Punishment. On a related note: if Proposition 62 is approved by California voters next month, no more Death Sentences will be issued.
FELTON/HOLLISTER - 2 Central Coast women died in 2 separate accidents over the weekend. A 34 year-old Felton woman died when her vehicle went off Highway 9 north of Boulder Creek Friday night, and a Gilroy woman died Saturday when her vehicle crossed over the double yellow lines on Highway 25, and went off the road on the far side (south of Bolsa Road near Hollister). Both fatal accidents are being investigated by the C-H-P.
PRUNEDALE - A 46 year-old Prunedale man has been sentenced to 100 years-to-life in prison for sexually molesting his 4 year-old daughter and 10 year-old stepson. David Thomas has also been ordered to register as a sex offender (if he is ever released).
MONTEREY/CHUALAR - A 3rd murder suspect (in a chualar case) was arrested over the weekend. Paulo Barcenas was arrested after he was wounded in a shoot-out that came as the culmination of a stand-off at the Casa Verde Inn on Fremont Street in Monterey. Barcenas is suspected of being involved in the murder of Ronnie Cronn, whose body was found in the spring in the Chualar Canyon area.
APTOS - A fire, that may have been burning for over a day, destroyed an Aptos beachfront home over the weekend. The blaze, in the unoccupied Beach Drive home, was reported around 8:30 Sunday morning…..after someone noticed smoke and flames coming out of a 2nd story building. It took Aptos/La Selva firefighters until nearly 2 p-m to put the fire out. The owners have been notified.
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