(10:35) Santa Cruz - The four accused LSD drug dealers, in connection with the Luke Smith case, were released from jail on Wednesday. Smith was reported to be on LSD when he was fatally shot by a Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Officer after advanced towards them with a wielding knife. 24 year-old Bradly Hodge, 28 year-old Taylor Filson, and 20 year-old Thomas Negron appeared in court on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to manufacturing drugs. The three were released and did not have to post bail. The fourth person arrested, Nathaniel Trescano, is currently in a coma and being treated at a hospital.
(10:00) Santa Cruz & Monterey County - The California State Parks Department, the California State Parks Foundation and the Save the Redwoods League have teamed to create GreenFriday. The organizations are providing free-day-use parking passes for today to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and to spend quality time with their friends and family. Go to www.greenfriday.org to get you free parking pass.
(09:40) Salinas - Salinas City leaders have announced that Oldtown has a new name and is now called Salinas City Center. In addition to a new name the downtown area also has new businesses that offer retail shopping as well as new restaurants with outdoor seating. Existing businesses such as Taylor Farms and the First Capitol Bank have relocated to the City Center. The Tuesday’s Tree lighting ceremony kicked off a week of events in the Salinas City Center. Tomorrow (Saturday) is “Forget the mall and shop small” day. This event encourages shoppers to support local small independent merchants. There will be games, carolers and special deals. On Sunday the Christmas light parade will take place down Main Street at 6 p.m.
(08:10) Monterey - A man suffered fatal injuries after he crashed into a car and power pole. The incident took place on Wednesday on Highway 1 in Monterey. 30 year-old Mario Olvera was driving on Westside Boulevard, near Buena Vista Road, and failed to yield to another vehicle. Olvera’s car spun into a power pole, knocking out the electricity for several hours. CHP reported that alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the cause of the accident.
(07:40) Salinas - A man who was honored by the Salinas City Council for rescuing a boy during an Amber Alert last August is battling cancer. Victor Worden was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in May of 2015. Worden’s daughters set up a GoFundMe page on Wednesday to help pay for medical expenses. 81 people have donated and the family has raised $4,315 dollars bringing them closer to their 5- thousand dollar goal.
(07:35) Santa Clara County - Four inmates escaped from the Santa Clara Main Jail yesterday at around 11 p.m. Two of the inmates were caught right away but the other two are still on the loose. Police are looking for 33 year-old Rogelio Chavez and 26 year-old Laron Campbell. Chavez is a Hispanic male, 6’1” and weighs 190 pounds. Campbell is an African American man, 6’4” and weighs 220 pounds. If anyone sees them call 911
(18:49) MONTEREY-The Kiwanis Club, along with the Food Bank for Monterey County served the less fortunate Thanksgiving meals yesterday. Volunteers cooked and served over 100 turkeys and ham along with 600 pounds of potatoes and other trimmings to more than a thousand comunity members. Attendees also had the opertunity to take home donated clothing and fresh vegatables.
(18:12)CASTROVILLE- An investigation led to the arrest of two Norteño gang members in Castroville on Wednesday. Authorities served two search warrants simultaneously at homes on Main Street and Axtell Street . The searches uncovered a number of illegal guns, drugs and various illegal items. 21 year old Arthur Marquez and 37 year old Fabian Huerta were booked into Monterey County jail on multiple charges.