(11:50) Gilroy - A Grammy-nominated blues guitarist died on Saturday. John Garcia of Gilroy was a well known blues guitarist who performed with John Lee Hooker and then with his son, John Lee Hooker Jr. Garcia played with musicians such as Paul Simon, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Bonnie Raitt. Garcia is remembered by many locals for being a guitar instructor at Gavilan College, South Valley Music Conservatory, and the Morgan Hill Adult Community School. Garcia was also on the faculty at the School of the Blues in San Jose and the Gilroy Music Academy. On October 30th there will be a “John Garcia Celebration Of Life” concert held at the Poorhouse Bistro from 6-9 p.m.
(11:00) California - AAA Northern California has partnered up with Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills in an effort to educate people of what to do when an earthquake occurs. At 10:20 a-m on October 20th (International Shakeout Day) people worldwide will practice how to “drop, cover, and Hold On” during an earthquake. AAA will also be launching a new game on that day, Magnitude Meter. The game was designed so that when smartphone owners shake their phones they create a simulated earthquake and receive tips on how be prepared for an earthquake. Every time someone shakes their phone $5 dollars will be donated to American Red Cross to support disaster relief. For more information on Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills visit www.shakeOut.org or visit aaa.com.
(10:20) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Derby Groms and the Steamer Janes will be competing in their final games of the season on Saturday, October 29th. Attendees are encouraged to dress up in costumes as the team’s battle out their last games in Halloween themed setting. One ticket gets you admission to both games; Tickets range from $16-$32 dollars. A portion of the proceeds from the game will be donated to Haven of Hope. Haven of Hope is a non-profit in Santa Cruz that provides group homes and transitional programs in support of girls who have been abandoned, abused or neglected. To purchase a ticket visit SantaCruzTickets.com.
(10:15) Santa Cruz - A Controlled burn operation will be conducted at the Wilder ranch State Park starting today (Monday) and last till Thursday. The controlled burn operation will help enhance natural resources and reduce the threat of wildlife. To insure public safety some of the trails may be closed during the operation. For more information call the Santa Cruz District Office at 335-6318
(06:50) Monterey - Police are investigating a shooting that took place downtown in Monterey yesterday (Sunday). Police reported that around 1:30 a-m fight broke out and several shots were fired near Alvarado Street. No injuries have been reported.
(13:57) SANTA CRUZ- An investigation into the use of deadly force by a Santa Cruz police officer is underway. Authorities say that at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday morning (Sunday) officers responded to reports of a deranged 32 year old man menacing the occupants of a home on the 200 block of Chace Street. When police arrived at the scene the individual was at the back door of the residence threatening to kill everyone inside. As the subject attacked police with a metal rake, tasers were deployed, when tasers proved ineffective an officer shot the man. Police performed CPR until medical crews arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene. The incident may be related to a similar confrontation earlier in the week. The deceased identy is being withheld at this time.
(10:49) SACRAMENTO- A ceremony honoring fallen firefighters recognized three central coast men at the state capitol on Saturday. The California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony recognized 29 fallen firefighters, their names will be added to the nearly 1,300 names currently inscribed on the California Firefighters Memorial, including area residents : Cal Fire firefighters Robert Alan Lee and Johnny Chun, and Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District firefighter Steven Brosig.
(10:39) MONTEREY- The FBI has joined the investigation of a Monterey payroll company. Authorities began investigating Pinnacle Business Services after recent complaints the company hadn't processed employee checks or withheld tax deductions. The business then ceased all operations and closed its office. At this time it is believed that as many as 1,200 clients across 45 states may be affected.
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