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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!

Take A Look At Some Local Flooding

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(11:35) Santa Cruz - A Santa Cruz man has been arrested for statutory rape.  Santa Cruz police reported that 20 year-old Shawn Michael Cox and a 14 year-old female met on social media and began a sexual relationship that lasted over two weeks.  According to the reporting party, the 14-year-old victim disclosed that Cox and she had a consensual sexual relationship.  As a result of extensive interviews with associates of Cox, Santa Cruz Police located an additional female juvenile victim. Detectives are continuing to follow up on the case to determine if there are additional victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department Investigations Unit at (831) 420- 5820.   

(10:50) Monterey - Caltrans announced that a 3 day emergency tree removal on US Highway 101 is scheduled start this Monday.   The number 2 (right lane) of northbound US Highway 101 will be closed at Dunbarton Road in the Prunedale area.  The removal of damaged Eucalyptus trees from recent storms will ensure the safety of the public.  Motorists can expect delays not to exceed 30 minutes.  The tree removal will take place from  9 a.m. till 2 p.m. starting this Monday and end Wednesday, April 26.   For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 at 1-831-372-0862.

 

 

(10:30) Santa Cruz - A trial date has been set for two brothers who are accused of shooting and killing a man in Santa Cruz.   The incident took place on August 2, 2014 when Marcus Bates and Michael Bates exchanged gunfire with Alejandro Sanchez as they were driving on Mission Street.   During the gang rival Sanchez was shot and crashed into a restaurant parking lot. The Bates brothers are facing gang-related murder charges in connection with Sanchez’s death.    A trial date has been set for June 12, at 9 a.m.

 

(09:15) Watsonville - A trial date for eight defendants in a shooting that left an 8 year old girl and 33 year old man dead in Watsonville has been set.    The eight men face murder and gang-related charges in connection with the shooting that killed 33 year-old Ramon Rendon and 8 year-old Jaelyn Zavala.  The incident took place almost three years ago on October 10, 2014 outside a Main Street restaurant.   Rendon, a rival gang member, was shot in the parking lot from two different angles.  Zavala, who was waiting in the restaurant for her mother, when she was shot and killed by a stray bullet.  A trial date has been set for September 25, in Superior Court.

(07:35) Santa Cruz County - A curve realignment project near Aromas will continue on a ½-mile section of eastbound and westbound Highway 129 near the Santa Cruz/San Benito County line. The five-day full closure will begin Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. until Friday May 5 at 11 p.m.  Motorists are advised to take an alternate route or use detour map.  This project will improve traveler safety by realigning the high way to increase the curve radius and sight distance.   For lane closure information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in San Benito County, residents can call the District 5 at 1-831-423-0396 

There  are  plans  to  renovate  the  nature  lodge  museum  at  Big  Basin  Redwoods  State  Park.    Although  many  of  the  current  exhibits  are likely to  be  kept,   the  $1.1  million  facelift  is  expected  to  include  interactive  exhibits,  as  well being designed to  inspire  and  promote  citizen  science.    The  museum,  which  originally  opened  in  1948,  was  designated  as  an  Historic  Resource  a  number  of  years  ago.   

Registration  is  now  open  for  a  local  micro  business  summit,   which is  scheduled  to be  held  later  this  month.   The  summit  is  designed  to  help  small  businesses  thrive  in  Santa Cruz  county.   The event is slated  to  take  place  from  8  a.m.  until 5  p.m.  April  28th  at  Cabrillo  College.  More information  can  be  found  on-line  at:  MicroBusinessSummit.com

Coming  up  May  1st,   new  “Green  Cards”  (that  are  issued)  will  look  different.      The  Permanent  Resident  Cards,   which  have  new  graphics,   are  said  to  be  more  tamper-resistant.    It will  still  be green,  and  will  include  images  of  the  Statue  Of  Liberty  and  the  U.S. Flag.     newly  re-designed  Employment  Authorization  Documents  are  also  expected  to  be  released  May  1st.  

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