(08:20) Authorities reported that 8 gang members were arrested for smuggling drugs into a local correctional facility. On Tuesday morning Watsonville Police Officers assisted by the California Highway Patrol and California State Parole served several arrest and search warrants at residences in Watsonville, Moss Landing, and the unincorporated area of Santa Cruz County. Street level amounts of marijuana, tobacco, Cocaine and 5 firearms were seized. The suspect’s charges include conspiracy to smuggle drugs into a correctional facility while being active participants of a criminal street gang.
(06:55) Watsonville - During a probation search at a motel officers arrested a man in possession of a loaded revolver. The incident took place at 6:00 last night at a room at National 9 Motel in Watsonville. The room was occupied by 36 year-old Jesus Melgoza. During the search, Officers located a loaded revolver with its serial number defaced. Melgoza was arrested and booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number.
A MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING A LOADED GUN. ON TUESDAY, THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL AND THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT IN VENTURA WAY IN SALINAS. BRYAN MAGDALENO, 23, WAS IN POSSESSION OF A LOADED FIREARM. OFFICERS ALSO FOUND AN ASSAULT RIFLE, A SHOTGUN, AS WELL AS OTHER FIREARMS. MAGDALENO WAS CHARGED WITH CARRYING THE LOADED FIREARM IN PUBLIC.
A WILDFIRE HAS HIT THE RUGGED MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK AND HAS PLACED 1,500 STRUCTURES UNDER THREAT. THE DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION SAYS THAT THE FIRE NEARLY DOUBLED IN SIZE OVERNIGHT AND HAS SCORCHED ABOUT 71 SQUARE MILES. 2,000 PEOPLE IN MARIPOSA ARE UNDER EVACUATION AS THE FIRE BURNS DENSE VEGETATION. THE END OF THE DROUGHT AND MORE RAINFALL WAS GREAT FOR THE VEGETATION, BUT THIS HAS FUELED THE FIRES EVEN MORE. GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN CALLED FOR THE STATE’S RESOURCES TO BE USED TO BATTLE THE FIRE, AND THE CAUSE OF IT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.
ACCORDING TO THE NEEDS SOLUTION TEAM, 14,620 NEEDLES HAVE BEEN DISCARDED IN PUBLIC OVER THE PAST 4 1/2 YEARS IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. SYDNEY FISHMAN HAS MORE FOR KSCO.
VOICER: SANTA CRUZ COUNTY TOOK OVER AND IMPLEMENTED CHANGES IN 2013, BUT SYRINGES HAVE BEEN FOUND AT MANY BEACHES. MORE THAN 550 NEEDLES WERE FOUND LAST MONTH. ONE 6 YEAR OLD CHILD MISTOOK A SYRINGE FOR A THERMOMETER AND PUT IT IN HER MOUTH, ANOTHER 11 YEAR OLD CHILD STEPPED ON A SYRINGE ON SPRING STREET WHILE SWIMMING IN A LOCAL POND. EVEN IF ADULTS AND CHILDREN DON’T GET SICK, THEY OFTEN NEED TO BE TESTED TO MAKE SURE THEY DIDN’T CATCH ANYTHING. THE GIRL WHO PUT THE SYRINGE IN HER MOUTH WAS TESTED FOR HEPATITIS B AND C.
OQ.......STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS CAN REDUCE POLLUTION, AND JASON HOPPIN, A SPOKESMAN FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, HAS STATED THAT THE COUNTY HAS STOPPED ALLOWING DRUG USERS TO GET NEEDLES WITHOUT TURNING IN AN EQUAL NUMBER OF USED ONES.
THIS PAST WEEKEND, 73 ANIMALS WERE BROUGHT INTO THE SPCA ANIMAL SHELTER IN MONTEREY COUNTY WHICH IS A HIGH NUMBER. IT IS AN OPEN ADMISSION SHELTER AND THEY DO NOT TURN PEOPLE AWAY. SUMMERTIME IS WHEN THE SHELTER SEES THE MOST ‘SURRENDERS’ BECAUSE THIS IS THE TIME WHEN PEOPLE ARE OFTEN MOVING WITHOUT THEIR ANIMALS. IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT FOR THE FACILITY TO FIND HOMES FOR THEIR EXOTIC ANIMALS, LIKE HORSES, BIRDS, AND OTHERS. IF YOU WANT TO HELP YOU CAN ADOPT APET, DONATE MONEY, FOSTER AN ANIMAL, AND MAKE SURE YOUR PETS ARE SPAYED AND NEUTERED.
NEAR THE MOUNTAIN WINERY IN SARATOGA, A FIRE WAS REPORTED AT ABOUT 3:10 PM ON MONDAY. SYDNEY FISHMAN HAS MORE FOR KSCO.
BY 10 PM, THE FIRE BLAZED 10 ACRES AND WAS 75 PERCENT CONTAINED. THE FLAMES BURNED AWAY FROM HOMES AND TOWARD THE MOUNT EDEN VINEYARDS. POWER WAS OUT IN THE ORCHARD MEADOW DRIVE REGION, BUT NO INJURIES OR DAMAGED STRUCTURES WERE REPORTED. THE CREWS WERE AIDED BY LIGHT WINDS BUT HIGH VOLTAGE POWER LINES HAMPERED EFFORTS TO CONTAIN THE FIRE, AND THE FIRE HELICOPTER WAS FORCED TO LAND AFTER A DRONE WAS SPOTTED IN THE AIR. ALSO, AN ALERT WAS SENT OUT FOR LOCALS TO TAKE SHELTER, BUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT JUST WANTED PEOPLE TO AVOID THE ROADWAY BECAUSE OF FIRE EQUIPMENT.
H.R. 2690, called the blue card bill, was introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein in may. Representative Jimmy Panetta and Representative Luis Gutierrez along with 44 other congressman, are pushing to put undocumented agriculture workers on the path to citizenship. Under the agricultural worker program act, farm workers will have to show employment over the past 2 years, pay a fine and pass a thorough background check to receive a blue card. The current co-sponsors of H.R. 2690 are democrats. Panetta is also reaching out to republicans who represent agriculture hubs to get their support.