Monterey Fire Department evacuated a Cannery Row business Wednesday night. Fire Crews responded to reports of smoke at a restaurant, customers and staff were evacuated as a precaution, while fire fighters searched for the source of the smoke. After about 30 minutes a smoldering pile of flammable debris was located under the establishment. The incident is under investigation.
Salinas police are investigating a suspicious death. Early yesterday (Thurs) morning officers were called to perform a welfare check at a motel on Kern Street. Police entered a room and found a deceased female in her 30’s. The death is considered suspicious because of the decedent’s age and lack of medical conditions. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death.
A ceremony is taking place at the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge. Several local officials will be joined by Caltrans representatives and state Senator Bill Monning for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Bug Sur Highway 1 Bridge that replaced the one destroyed by last winter’s storms. The event starts at 10 a.m.
A stolen vehicle was recovered in Santa Cruz on Wednesday. Shortly after 12 p.m. a Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team, Gang Task Force patrol unit identified a vehicle reported stolen out of Watsonville near Seabright and Broadway Avenue. A vehicle stop was performed and a records check showed the driver, 44 year old Michael Toledo had several outstanding warrants. He was booked into Santa Cruz County jail for possession of a stolen vehicle.
State fire officials are investigating the possibility that utilities equipment failure may have started the northern California wildfires. Investigators have found downed power lines in areas where the fires could have started. It is unclear at this point in the investigation whether the downed lines started the blaze or were caused by the fires.
(12:35) Salinas - A restaurant in Salinas caught on fire this morning. The fire started around 6 a.m. in a garbage can next to the Golden China restaurant. The fire quickly spread to the restaurant causing an estimated $25,000 to $50,000 worth in damage. Officials are investigating what was placed in the garbage can to cause the fire.
(12:20) Monterey - The Monterey Bay Aquarium is offering free admission to residents in communities under a state of emergency due to the wildfires. Free admission will be offered from now until October 22. Guests are being asked to bring a drivers license and proof of residence. Up to four people are allowed per visiting family.
(12:00) Salinas - A driver of a pickup truck lost control on Highway 101 in Salinas and crashed down an embankment. CHP reported the accident took place this morning just before 6:30 a.m. on Highway 101 near Kern Street on ramp. There have been no reports on any injuries. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.