(08:20) Central Coast - More than 30-thousnad customers are without power across the central coast causing school closures. The Washington Union School District in Monterey County has cancelled classes for the day at Toro Park School, Washington Union Elementary, and San Benancio Middle School. In Hollister, San Benito High School has also cancelled classes for today.
(06:55) Santa Cruz - Deputies arrested four people for commercial burglary, identity theft and conspiracy in Santa Cruz yesterday. The incident happened in the Toy’s R Us and Marshall’s parking lot when a deputy patrolling the area contacted a suspicious man. The man was in possession of stolen credit cards and was working with 3 accomplices inside of Toy's R Us and Marshall's. As the three accomplices exited the stores, they were detained by Deputies. All four suspects were arrested for charges that included commercial burglary, identity theft, and conspiracy.
(20:20) SANTA CRUZ- The main branch of the Santa Cruz County Library system is home to a Veterans Information Center. Yesterday (Thurs) an official ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the center which has actually been operational for two months. The Veterans Information Center is staffed by volunteers and funded with a three year federal grant to pair veterans with benefits through referrals. Hours are 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.
(20:10) HUNTER LIGGETT- Monterey County officials announced that a section of Mission Road near the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hunter Liggett was closed last night due to flooding. The closure took place at 5 p.m. and will remain in affect until further notice. Residential traffic will be re-routed through the Army post. People headed to Mission San Antonio, and area residents west of the Army post, will be escorted through the Army post.
(19:59) GREENFIELD- The Monterey County DA’s office is reporting that three members of the Triqui community council have pleaded guilty to felony extortion. The men are part of a self imposed group that extorts money from member of the thousands of Triquis in the Greenfield area. An investigation found the men were working with a group in Mexico that threatened harm to relatives of the local victims if payments were not made. If anyone has information on similar activity they are encouraged to contact the DA’s office.
(19:41) BIG SUR- The Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge has been closed indefinitely. The CHP on the advice of Caltrans closed the bridge, located in Big Sur Village, to all traffic on Wednesday night due to an active mudslide. The bridge will be re surveyed next Tuesday to determine structural integrity. Until then it remains closed to all traffic including foot traffic.
(18:57) SANTA CRUZ- The Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office absolved the Santa Cruz police officer involved in a fatal shooting of any criminal intent. The DA’s office reported that no charges will be filed against officer Erik Bailey for the shooting death of 32 year old Sean Arlt on October 16th of last year. An attorney for the Arlt family said a civil suit will be filed against the Santa Cruz Police Department later this month.
(18:27) PAJARO- The SPCA has rescued 26 neglected animals from a property in Pajaro. Last week the Monterey County SPCA received an anonymous tip about a property on Hudson Landing Road. The report stated that animals were confined in their own feces and urine, that there were dead animals in the bottom of a well, and that animals were being slaughtered on the property with the meat sold to customers. The SPCA rescued 15 rabbits, 4 sheep, 3 lambs, 3 goats (two who are pregnant), and one chicken. One severely emaciated lamb did not survive despite emergency veterinary care. In addition, one lamb was found deceased. A dead baby goat was also found floating in waste water. The case has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.