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Authorities are investigating a fatal collision that took place in Marina, Friday night. The CHP has reported that at about 11:30 p.m. the driver of a Hyundai attempted a turn across oncoming traffic and was struck by two vehicles. The 35 year old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 



Watsonville police arrested two suspects in connection with a drive by shooting on Friday. Shortly after 5 p.m. patrol units arrived to a reported shooting on the 100 block of 5th Street. Officers then learned a 24 year old gunshot victim had been transported to the hospital in stable condition. A description of the suspect vehicle was obtained and a short time later a vehicle chase ensued as police attempted to confront the occupants. The truck was cornered on the dead-end on Tierra Alta Drive. 26 year old Rogelio Alvarez Castillo and 25 year old Juan Luis Garcia Nava were taken into custody on multiple felony charges including attempted murder.

Santa Cruz Fire Fighters along with police and first responders held an honorary funeral procession on Friday. The procession was to honor fallen Santa Cruz fire fighter Clayton Ogden who passed away on August 1st after a battle with stomach cancer, Clayton was 47 years old.

The Salinas Police Department has been rejected from the school districts, after being denied to be put on local campuses.     The $ 3.4 million dollar grant that is used for resource officers will expire at the end of August if officers aren’t put into place.     Adele Fresé, the Salinas Police Chief, is looking to extend the deadline.     Any schools interested in getting resource officers are welcome to call the city manager’s office.

Julie Work Beck and Jerry Anderson of the Saucito Land Company confirmed on Thursday that a new lease was signed to have Safeway replace the Nob Hill location between Pacific Grove and Monterey.     Since the new site needs upgrading, the addition of the grocery store will be a positive addition for Monterey and Pacific Grove.     Anderson has expressed to Safeway Management that he hopes they will work to hire Nob Hill employees to the new establishment.

The Aptos-La Selva Fire Protection District Board voted to approve the separation with fire chief Jon Jones.     They were deciding if they wanted to extend his contract for 2 years, but the Fire Protection Board decided at their meeting on Thursday that Jones has failed the community during his last three years of service.     The agreement won’t be final for 7 days and they will have an interim fire chief until the Aptos Fire Protection District finds a new chief.

(08:40) Santa Cruz - The Santa Cruz Family Fair will be held tomorrow.  The event will have carnival games, a BBQ, swimming, dunk tank, live music, field games, and prizes.   The fair will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at 326 Evergreen Street, at Harvey West Park, in Santa Cruz.  Admission is free.  

 (07:50) Santa Cruz County - An Arizona nurse accused of child sex abuse, involving a Santa Cruz Neurosurgeon and a Wastonville nurse, faces two new charges.   30 year-old Emily Stephens faces two new charges of copulation or penetration with a child younger than 10.    The charges were filed in Santa Cruz and stem from still images taken from a video.   Stephens remains at Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, without bail.    57 year-old Dr. James Kohut, is a codefendant of Stephens, and faces eleven felonies linked to raping children.   43 year-old Rashel Brandon, the third defendant in the child rape case, faces eight felonies.    Brandon and Kohut are scheduled to be back in court at 8:15 a.m. on September 6, in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.

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