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Flooding, Road Closures As Heavy Rains Fall On Saturated Ground

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Active  Shooter  Training  was  held  at  U-C-S-C  today.     It  was  the  5th  consecutive  year  law  enforcement  officers  (and  firefighters)  could  prepare  for  a worst-case  scenario.   First Responders  not  only  trained  for  having a  shooter  on  a  campus,  but  for how to  help  wounded  people  in  such  a scenario.  

 (09:50) Authorities reported that 3 people are injured after a head on collision on Saturday.   The crash took place at 10:30 p.m. on Graham Hill Road in Felton.  48 year-old Todd Russo, of San Francisco, was driving under the influence of alcohol when he crossed over the double yellow lines and crashed head on with a Mazda.  The driver of the Mazda was transported to the hospital and is in critical condition; the passenger was treated for moderate injuries.  Russo sustained major injuries and was airlifted to Dominican Hospital.  The collision is currently under investigation. 

(08:40) Capitola - A man was taken into custody after he robbed a gas station in Capitola.   The incident took place yesterday morning at 3:45 at the Shell Gas Station on 41st Avenue.  The suspect reportedly brandished a knife at the clerk, demanded money and then fled on foot from the business.  Officers located the suspect, Jesus Palafox, on 38th Avenue at Capitola Road, after searching the area for an hour.  A knife and cash were recovered during the arrest.  Palafox was booked in Santa Cruz County Jail. 

 

(08:25) Santa Cruz - Agents with the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team’s Gang Task Force arrested a man for carrying a loaded gun and possession of a controlled substance on Friday.  Agents spotted a vehicle in downtown Santa Cruz, near Front Street, with tail lights blacked out and tinted windows.  Inside the vehicle agents found 30-year-old Francisco Garcia in possession of 27.5 grams of heroin and loaded firearm.  Garcia was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail. 

 

 

(08:00) Boulder Creek - A car crashed into a power pole last night causing power outages and a road closure.  The incident took place on Highway 9 at Spring Creek Road in Boulder Creek.  PG&E is currently working to clear the downed power lines.   There is no estimated time of when the road will reopen. Santa Cruz CHP reported the driver was taken to a hospital, but the extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.

(07:50) Monterey - The Transportation Agency for Monterey County announced that a 10-day construction phase on the Holman Highway 68 roundabout project began yesterday.   The construction will cause a complete shutdown of the southbound Highway 1 on-ramp through next Tuesday.   After that it will be closed at night through the early hours of June 29th.

The  nearly  650-foot  long  cruise  ship  that  has  been  docked  in  the  Monterey  Bay  since  Sunday is  scheduled  to  leave  on  Wednesday.  Passengers   on  the  ship,  named  “The  World”, created  their  itinerary.    At  each  port,  experts  educate  the  passengers  on  the  languageculture,  and  traditions,  of  the  area.     

 

“The  World”  is  expected  to  make  4  trips  this  year,   but  this  is  the  only  one  that  is  scheduled  to  dock  in  the  Monterey  Bay. 

The  Behavioral  Health  Bureau  of  Monterey  County’s  Health  Department  has  been  awarded  6  million dollars.     The  state  funds  will  be  used  to  provide  more  mental  health  services  at  2  sites  in  south  Monterey  county;  and  to  create  a  sobering  center  and  offer  other  services.   The  2  new  mental  health services  sites  are  slated  to  be  established  in  King  City.

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