(9:00) Aptos: Congressman Jimmy Panetta announced on Tuesday that Aptos-based FarmLink will receive a nearly six thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These funds awarded through USDA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, will be used to train local up and coming farmers as well as to help them access land, capital and marketing opportunities. In the 18 years since its inception FarmLink has helped more than 700 aspiring farmers and landowners in creating and sustaining successful farm businesses in the 20th Congressional District.
(10:20) Santa Cruz - Judge, John Salazar, has increased the bail amount for a Santa Cruz Neurosurgeon and 2 nurses who are accused of child sex abuse. A new arraignment was held this morning in Santa Cruz for 57 year-old Dr. James Kohut, Watsonville Nurse, 43 year-old Rashel Brandon and an Arizona Nurse, 30 year-old Emily Stephens. Upon re reviewing video footage, county officials have increased the initial charges against all 3 defendants and have increased bail to 15 million dollars each. Kohut is currently accused of 43 different charges. While Brandon and Stephens are facing 40 charges each. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to be held on March 12th.
(06:50) Monterey - The Monterey County Food Bank held its annual meeting yesterday. This meeting is held every year to discuss the best ways to feed as many hungry people as possible. The Food Bank maintains the situation is currently dire, with Monterey currently ranking 58th out of 58 counties for food insecurity. Congressman Jimmy Panetta was the keynote speaker at the event. Congressman Panetta, who is a member of the U.S. Agriculture Committee, spoke about the importance of food distribution, nutrition, and his goals for the county. Last year the food bank donated over 10 million pounds of food to 150 non-profits in monterey county alone.
(06:25) Pacific Grove - The city of Pacific Grove is implementing stricter parking enforcement measures. This new license plate recognition has been added to its parking scooter. Monterey officials hope that this new technology will help make their employee’s job easier and more efficient. This technology ensures that no tickets will be issued by mistake. Right now this technology has only been implemented on one parking scooter; there are currently no plans yet to add license plate recognition to any others.
A 27 year-old man was arrested after he led Salinas police officers on a vehicle and foot chase last night in Salinas. Kailas Dahl sped away after he saw a police vehicle as he cut off a semi-truck at the intersection of Market and Salinas Streets. The vehicle chase ended when Dahl’s vehicle hit another one, after he went through a stop sign. Dahl then tried to flee on foot but was caught. He was booked into Monterey County Jail, on a variety of felony charges.
A “long period swell”, that has brought 8-10 foot wave swells, sneaker waves, and rip currents is expected to continue through tomorrow night. The rough waves exist between Monterey and Sonoma counties. Locally, some of the beaches that can be expected to be seriously impacted are those that face northwest, such as Asilomar State Beach and Marina State Beach.
2 thousand marijuana plants were discovered on Bureau Of Land Management land in San Benito County. While searching the grow site, San Benito County Sheriff’s deputies discovered 2 suspects who fled the scene. One was arrested, and the other ditched a loaded firearm while being pursued through the brush. That person is still being sought.
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake occurred in the San Juan Bautista area today. it was epi-centered less than 10 miles from Hollister and 11 miles from Salinas. There have been no reports of damage connected with the 9:16 a.m. seismic event.
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