A new and larger passport office is opening Monday, May 1st in Salinas. The new office that is located down the hall from where the old one was will process about one-hundred and fifty passports a day compared to forty in the old office. Waiting times are expected to be much shorter. It was common to wait for six hours for a passport in the old office.
(12:00) Soledad - California prison authorities reported that 2 inmates were found dead in unrelated events at Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad on Saturday. 22-year-old Cedric Saunders death is being investigated as a homicide. Saunders was serving a 5 year sentence for second-degree robbery with a street gang enhancement. Minutes later a 61-year-old inmate was found dead in his cell. A cause of death has not been released and his name is being withheld until his family can be notified.
(07:40) Santa Cruz County - The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help in identifying a man who robbed a store in Aptos. The incident took place on Thursday in the Rite Aide, located at 80 Rancho Del Mar. The suspect allegedly stole items from the store and battered an employee in the process. A picture of the man can be found on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page. Anyone with information regarding the suspect is encouraged to call 831-471-1121.
(06:55) Watsonville - The Watsonville Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a man who allegedly touched a 16 year-old girl in a sexual manner at a store. The incident took place on Friday at the CVS Pharmacy, located on 490 Rodriguez Street. After the unwanted touching, the suspect fled the store in a black BMW. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, mid to late 20's with short dark hair, light complexion, and a goatee. A picture of the suspect can be found on the Watsonville Police Department's Facebook Page. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Watsonville Police Department.
(06:20) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Police Department is inviting the community to join them for coffee and conversation. Coffee with a Cop was created to give the community an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and to get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Coffee with a Cop will be from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Java Junction, located at 580 River Street in Santa Cruz.
(15:07) MONTEREY BAY- The Save Our Shores Earth Day clean-up took place on Saturday. Five hundred and thirty three volunteers from Santa cruz and Monterey Counties focused on cleaning up debris at 11 locations. The volunteers removed 921 pounds of trash in Santa Cruz County and another 244 pounds in Monterey County. The clean up effort is one of several carried out during the year for information about future clean ups visit: saveourshores.org
(14:49) SANTA CRUZ- An estimated four thousand people gathered at Santa Cruz City Hall, on Saturday. The gathering was the beginning of A March for Science event organized to coincide with Earth Day. Participants carried signs and wore lab coats as part of a nationwide movement alleged protesting fake news regarding climate change by the new administration.
(14:28)SALINAS- The last day to request a vote by mail ballot for the City of Greenfield Special Parcel Tax Election is tomorrow (Tuesday). Ballots can still be requested in person at the Monterey County Elections office in Salinas, until Election Day. Voters can also return the ballots in person at the Greenfield City Hall drop-off box or the Elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots sent by mail must be postmarked by Election Day. For more information, call (831) 796-1499.
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