The Presidio of Monterey saw a change of command Tuesday. Col. Gregory J. Ford is taking over command of the active military installation and replaces outgoing commander Col. Lawrence T. Brown. The ceremony to welcome Ford was held Tuesday. The Presidio houses the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
Although full containment was achieved Monday on both the 513-acre Eastern Fire near Bitterwater, and the 1314-acre Airline Fire (that are still burning in San Benito County), a new fire began yesterday (very close to where the Airline Fire broke out last week). As of 8 p.m last night the Beaver Fire had burned 250 acres east of King City, and firefighters had been able to get about 20 percent containment of that wildfire.
If all goes as expected, Highway 1 at Mud Creek is now expected to re-open by the end of July….2 months ahead of schedule. That new section of Highway 1, which will include embankments, and netting, will go across the landslide that dumped more than 6 million cubic yards of dirt and debris on the roadway, and changed the shape of the coastline. After that section of Highway 1 re-opens to the public, there may be occasional closures as the roadwork continues.
A 32 year-old woman was arrested after she led Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase through the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monday. Samantha Vetter is believed to have broken into a home on the 8-thousand block of Highway 9, before deputies arrived and she fled in a vehicle she stole from the home’s garage. She was later arrested in the Happy Valley area of Santa Cruz, after she went door-to-door there asking for gasoline for her car. Vetter faces a variety of charges that include burglary and vehicle theft, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm.
Another woman faces a charge of assaulting an arresting officer. This time the arrest was in Soquel, and was done by a C-H-P officer. Rochelle Sherman tried to kick out the windows of the patrol car, and when the officer returned, she spit at him. Although she was taken to Dominican Hospital first for a medical clearance, Sherman was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail.
Motorists are being reminded (yet again) to remain extra alert when driving through any of the more than 900 active construction projects being worked on statewide. This reminder comes after a contract worker was hit and killed today in southern California. Motorists are also reminded that State Law requires them to move over a lane (when that’s safe to do); or to slow down when approaching vehicles that have flashing amber warning lights.
A 28 year-old forklift operator died very early Monday, when his rough terrain forklift flipped and rolled down an embankment near Soledad. The just after midnight accident occurred along Camphora-Gloria Road. The forklift driver was from El Centro.
A 9th opium poppy field has been found on the central coast. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the poppy field on a property on the 1000 block of Riverside Drive in Watsonville. The field included about 400 poppy plants, that had been planted between weeds and other plants as cover. The property has been vacant for over 90 days. Spokesmen for both the Santa Cruz and Monterey County Sheriff’s Offices say their Poppy Investigations are ongoing.
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