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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

After years of praying for rain, Santa Cruz County has had more than its fill. Looking for something to bet on now that the Super Bowl is in the past? Try betting on whether 17 will stay open!

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Governor  Brown  appointed  3  people  today,   and  one  of those  was  a  Corralitos  woman.    59  year-old  Jody  Belgard  was  appointed  to the  14th  District  Agricultural  Association,   Santa  Cruz  County  Fair  Board  Of  Directors.      This  position  does  not  require  senate  confirmation.  

A  starving  sea  lion  pup  was  reportedly   rescued  recently  by  a  Santa  Cruz  surf  instructor.     It  was  high tide  when  the  little  sea  lion  was  spotted  trying  to  make  it  to  shore.     The  pup  was  then  picked  up  by  a  volunteer  of  the  Marine  Mammal  Center  to  be  taken  to  their  rehabilitation  center.   A  Marine  Mammal  Center  spokesperson  suggests  that contact  between  humans  and  marine  critters  be  minimized,  so  the critters  do not get used  to people.  

A  52  year-old  Gilroy  man  died  when  his  motorcycle  crashed  into  an  S-U-V  in  Gilroy  Saturday  evening.      The  driver of the S-U-V,  and  his 2 passengers,  suffered  minor  injuries  in  the  5:25  p-m  incident  on  Leavesley  Road.      The  cause  of  the  fatal  accident  is  still  being investigated.

A  man  who  killed  2  of his  estranged  wife’s  relatives  in  Salinas  in  2015  has  been  sentenced.       Samuel  Ejaz,  who  Pleaded  Guilty  last  month  to  trying  to  kill  his  wife  (and  3  of  her  relatives),  was ordered  to  spend  the  rest  of  his  life  in  prison.    The  shooting  took place outside  the  social security  office  in  Salinas.

(11:30) Santa Cruz - Two of Santa Cruz's county supervisors have sent a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, to take Santa Cruz County off a pilot supervised injection services program.   Assembly Bill 186 would allow heroin addicts to shoot up in a supervised injection site.   In a letter to Assemblymember Eggman, Supervisors Ryan Coonerty and Bruce McPherson stated that Santa Cruz is actively working on strategies to address opioid addiction, but an injection services program is not part of the county’s approach.  The Safe Injection Site Bill is scheduled to go before the state assembly public safety committee tomorrow.

 

(10:40) Nation Wide  - Target has issued a recall for over 560 thousand water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys.  The Toys were recalled due to a serious ingestion hazard.  The recall includes three specific products: Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs.  The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that if the small toy is ingested, it can expand inside a child's body and cause intestinal obstructions, resulting in vomiting, dehydration and could be life threatening.   The affected Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs and Easter Grow Toys have the model number: 234-25-1200 on the back of the packaging and the Hatch Your Own Dino Eggs have a model number of 234-09-0016, which can be found on the label inserted in the product's packaging.   All products were sold at Target stores nationwide from February 2017 to March 2017. 

(10:25) Santa Cruz -  The California Highway Patrol reported a hit in run this morning in   Santa Cruz.   The incident took place at 2:30 a.m. on 41st and Soquel.    A silver Sedan was on its side when CHP arrived.  The driver and passenger were uninjured.   The driver of the other vehicle has not yet been located.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CHP

(09:10) Santa Cruz County - California Highway Patrol reported that the number of traffic crashes on Highway 17 rose last year.   The increase in crashes is due people on their cell phones, an increase in traffic and driving too fast for weather conditions.  There were 664 collisions in 2015 and 983 in 2016.   Although there has been a significant increase in collisions, injuries and fatalities have not risen.  In 2015 there were 187 injuries and in 2016 the number dropped to 126.    In an effort to reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities a long term plan is underway.  The $40 million plan will include a ban on left turns, to make roadside changes and build interchanges at places like Vine Hill Road.      

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